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Classroom Expense Deduction (REPAY) Passes House

Congresswoman Led Bipartisan Fight To Pass Teachers Provision

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) is pleased to announce that the Classroom Expense Deduction was included in a bipartisan package that passed the House today by a vote of 378-46.

“I am very happy that when teachers file their taxes next year, they’ll have this modest recognition of the financial sacrifices they make for our kids,” said Shea-Porter.

Last October, Shea-Porter introduced H.R.3318, the Reimburse Educators who Pay for Academic Year (REPAY) Supplies Act, and built an active coalition of 68 bipartisan cosponsors. Throughout 2014, she led bipartisan letters and advocacy efforts, speaking with colleagues on both sides of the aisle about the importance of extending this deduction.

Shea-Porter began her efforts in response to a letter she received from Margaret Morse-Barry, an educator from Derry, New Hampshire, who urged Shea-Porter to look into extending the expiring tax deduction.

“For teachers, educating students is much more than just a day job,” said Shea-Porter. “They come to school early, stay late, and give up their own time and money to create welcoming and engaging classroom environments. The Classroom Expense Deduction lets us put some of that money back in teachers’ pockets, mitigating the financial sacrifices they make on behalf of their students.”

Supporters of Shea-Porter’s legislation include the National Education Association (NEA), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), NEA–New Hampshire Chapter, AFT–New Hampshire Chapter, and the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.

Shea-Porter Statement on H.R. 5682, Legislation to Fast-Track Keystone Pipeline

Bill Would Stop Environmental Review, Leave Taxpayers On The Hook for Spills

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) issued the following statement after voting “no” on H.R. 5682, a bill to fast-track Keystone Pipeline approval that would stop environmental review of the pipeline and could leave taxpayers on the hook for oil spill cleanup, which passed the House by a vote of 252-161:

“This legislation to fast-track the Keystone Pipeline project is a political ploy that would result in a huge giveaway to TransCanada. Under current law, the United States would bear all the risk of spills and leaks without a guarantee of receiving any of the oil.  Right now, the companies responsible for piping diluted bitumen (tar sands oil) through pipelines do not have to pay into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. This means that, when there’s a spill, the taxpayer will have to bail out TransCanada for the cost of the cleanup, because TransCanada doesn’t have to pay into the fund.

“History has shown that these pipelines are notorious for springing leaks, and middle class American homeowners, farmers, and ranchers stand to lose the most if there is a spill. The sections of the Keystone Project that are already in use suffered over thirty spills in their first year of operation.

“What’s more, there is no evidence that the oil carried by this pipeline would actually improve North American energy independence. The endpoint of the pipeline will be an international trade port, where the fuel will be processed and shipped to whoever in the world is the highest bidder. In testimony before Congress, the executives of TransCanada have refused to guarantee that the fuel would be used here in the United States. 

“In order to create jobs and boost the economy, Congress should stop delaying legislation to address our nation’s infrastructure and clean energy needs and pass comprehensive bills now. This country needs infrastructure, and men and women need jobs—now.

“I remain convinced that, without significant changes, this project is too risky, and I oppose this bill and any other proposals that would circumvent the State Department’s ongoing process.”

 

BACKGROUND

Last year, when the House voted on a nearly-identical bill, H.R. 3, Congresswoman Shea-Porter offered two amendments: the first would have clarified that nothing in H.R. 3 approves or authorizes any proposed pipeline activity between Portland, Maine and Montreal, Canada, and the second would have required that TransCanada disclose its campaign contributions and other electioneering expenditures over the previous five years to the public before the Act would take effect. 

Sad News For New Hampshire Working Families, Carol Shea-Porter Loses Election. (Shea-Porter’s Statement Included)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter  (image by MARCN Creative Commons On Flickr)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
(image by MARCN Creative Commons On Flickr)

It is with a heavy heart that I must share this press release with you.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter is my Congresswoman, and I did everything I could to help her stay in office.  Her service and dedication to New Hampshire is unmatched.

I know I will see Carol around at different events throughout the state and I know that she will never stop working for working families.

Shea-Porter Election Night Remarks

PORTSMOUTH—Carol Shea-Porter, surrounded by family, friends, staffers, and supporters, delivered the following remarks on Tuesday night at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center:

Thank you. I just called Frank Guinta and I wished him well, and said that I would help him in any way that I could as we transition, again. This is a swing district, as we all know, and I am very grateful for all the people that came out and voted for me. And I think that we know this is a tough district, we did the best we can, I just want to thank everybody who helped here. I have my family on stage, and wonderful people that have been there, so I thank you all. I’m very, very grateful.

“I also want to congratulate our wonderful governor, Maggie Hassan. And my colleague Annie Kuster who’s done such a great job and I’m absolutely delighted she’ll be there serving us and Jeanie Shaheen one of the most wonderful senators we’ve ever had. We have a lot of work to do, we know that country needs more jobs. This country needs an agenda that focuses on the middle class. I’ve talked for a long time about fairness and how important that is, so I certainly hope we’ll be focusing on the people that need this government to do that. So again I congratulate Frank and his team. It was a very hard fought election. I thank everyone that worked so hard with me and for me and I expect that I will be active in public service because you can serve your country and serve the people of New Hampshire inside and outside of government. So thank you everybody and I just love you all.”

State Of The NH 01 Race: Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter Maintains A Slight Edge

Carol Shea-Porter enters the final countdown to Tuesday’s election with the wind at her back as she campaigns to keep representing New Hampshire’s First District. Shea-Porter enjoys a consistent lead over Tea Party Republican Frank Guinta in the polls, with independents and undeclared voters steadily swinging her way over the past weeks. The polls show her personal popularity remains high with New Hampshire voters, despite the millions spent in attack ads during the final weeks of the campaign.

  • Shea-Porter goes into the final days of the race maintaining an edge in the polls [WMUR]
  • Voters continue to view Shea-Porter favorably, while Frank Guinta’s favorability is underwater [WMUR]

The fact that Shea-Porter doesn’t accept corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money resonates with voters in an environment where public disapproval of special interests and outside-money attacks has reached record highs. Meanwhile, the Guinta campaign has made the strategically disastrous decision to close its campaign by bringing up his campaign finance controversy, which Shea-Porter had not mentioned in her TV ads, by airing his own misleading ad that tries and fails to whitewash his ongoing FEC investigation.

As former New Hampshire GOP Executive Director Fergus Cullen said: “Guinta is a deeply flawed candidate. I don’t believe his vague and shifting explanations about the origins of the $355,000 he lent his campaign… He’s not being honest. The Republican Party cannot afford to risk nominating a candidate who is one subpoena away from a full-blown scandal.”

Guinta’s extreme positions are hurting him in key voting blocs: seniors are disturbed by his support for Medicare vouchers and chained CPI; women are turned off by his hard-right agenda that includes support for limiting access to contraception; and active duty service members and veterans are disturbed by his support for drastic sequester cuts to the military budget.

Shea-Porter supporters on the ground are energized by the knowledge that the race has now reached the stage where the get-out-the-vote ground game and grassroots support is key. The Shea-Porter team is confident that the same grassroots organization that propelled Shea-Porter to a stunning victory in 2006 will again secure a victory for Carol, their true grassroots candidate.

“Although Frank Guinta and his corporate supporters can litter the airwaves with misleading, mudslinging ads, one thing they can’t do is buy support at the grassroots level — and that is something Carol doesn’t have to buy, because she earns it every day by being a public servant of unquestioned integrity and an effective, independent voice for the people of New Hampshire’s First District,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly.

Metal Trades Council endorses Shea-Porter

Carol Shea porter 2In case you missed it: Portsmouth Herald: Metal Trades Council endorses Shea-Porter

PORTSMOUTH – With the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a backdrop, Paul O’Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council, gave Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter an endorsement from the shipyard workers in her bid for re-election to New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

O’Connor recognized Shea-Porter’s efforts to keep the shipyard open and minimizing the impact of sequestration as well as working with the shipyard leadership and labor management with many issues including workplace rights.

He said only one of the two candidates running for the 1st Congressional district “supports the working men and women.”  She is a strong, hardworking, roll-your-sleeves up fighter for the middle class, for our shipyard, for the community, for New Hampshire and for our nation.

Read the full article here.

Shea-Porter Endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Organization Chooses Shea-Porter Over Guinta for November 4th Election

MANCHESTER—The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), a nonpartisan organization representing millions of members nationwide, has endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for re-election to Congress in New Hampshire’s First District.

ARA -Carol Shea Porter Endorsement 4“As a former social worker, senior center director, and a caregiver to her parents, Carol knows how vital seniors’ earned benefits are, and she’s fighting to protect them. She will keep working to strengthen and defend these programs, and will always oppose Frank Guinta’s reckless plans to voucherize Medicare and cut Social Security,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly.

NCPSSM President Max Richtman said, “Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families.”

During the 2014 election cycle, Shea-Porter has earned endorsements from a number of senior advocacy groups, including the Alliance for Retired Americans and Senior Votes Count.

Full text of the NCPSSM Endorsement Letter:

Dear Congresswoman Shea-Porter:

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, on behalf of its millions of members and supporters, enthusiastically endorses your candidacy for re-election to the United States House of Representatives.

Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. You are well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and their families and will continue to make the preservation of Social Security and Medicare a priority in office.

You understand that renewed calls to privatize Social Security would undermine the nation’s most successful social insurance program. You appreciate that Social Security has not contributed to the nation’s debt and that its modest benefits are earned and should not be cut in order to reduce spending. You recognize fully that Medicare is crucial to the health of older Americans, many of whom cannot afford higher out-of-pocket costs that some in Congress are calling for as a way of reducing federal spending while doing nothing to restrain general health care inflation. You appreciate that steps already have been taken to extend the viability of Medicare, to close the prescription drug “donut hole,” to provide preventive services without copays and deductibles, and that these noteworthy improvements should not be repealed. National Committee members and supporters want you to protect and enhance Social Security and Medicare – the twin pillars necessary to a good qualify of life for Americans of all ages – in the United States House of Representatives.

There is no membership in the nation more aware or active politically than the men and women who proudly are associated with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. National Committee members know they can count on you!

Sincerely,

Max Richtman
President/CEO
Chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors

Shea-Porter Wins WMUR Debate; Guinta Misleads on FEC Investigation

Carol Shea Porter Official PhotoMANCHESTER—At tonight’s WMUR Granite State Debate, Carol Shea-Porter outlined her work for New Hampshire’s middle class families and small businesses, while Frank Guinta evaded questions and misled voters about his ongoing FEC investigation.

“Carol talked about her work to grow the economy and support opportunity for middle class families; Frank Guinta refused to explain his support for unlimited dark money in politics, defended his attack ads against Carol even though he knew independent fact-checkers have called them lies, and misled voters by saying his FEC investigation is closed, when it is in fact ongoing,” said Shea-Porter campaign spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Voters have a clear choice November 4th between Carol Shea-Porter, who cares about the middle class and works hard for New Hampshire, and Frank Guinta, who refused to level with viewers tonight.”

Professional Fire Fighters of NH Endorse Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Carol Shea-Porter_Official.2010-300x288CONCORD – The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire back Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (CD1) in her re-election campaign. The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire represent over 2,000 active and retired fire fighters and paramedics across the state. Congressional District one has 23 out of 43 PFFNH locals.

“Congresswoman Shea-Porter has always stood up for middle class families. It is very clear from her history and her voting record, that her priorities are to the people on Main Street, not the people on Wall Street. She has always been a friend to fire fighters, and knows that keeping the public safe is not just a talking point, but a responsibility that she takes seriously,” said Dave Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of NH.

“I am honored to receive the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorsement in the general election. I thank President David Lang and the firefighters for this prestigious endorsement. Firefighters put their lives on the line constantly to protect others, and they are deeply respected by our citizens. I promise to continue working hard for fire fighters and for everyone else in New Hampshire,” stated Shea-Porter.

WBIN First Congressional District Debate Video Links, Recap And Shea-Porter Statement

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Last night Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Congressman Frank Guinta went back and forth for the umpteenth time.  Both candidates pushed their own message points.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter focused on her work to help middle class families by expanding access to healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and reversing the draconian cuts forced on the government by the Sequester.

Congressman Guinta focused on his work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, stating the 20,000 people had their policies canceled by the Affordable Care Act.  Congressman Guinta is correct that some people did have their policies canceled but it was Anthem who canceled their policy, not Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  Anthem was forced to provide a minimum level of coverage and instead of updating their previous plan, they canceled it and told people to buy their new policy through the ACA Exchange.  In 2015, Granite Staters will have a real choice on the ACA exchange as more insurance companies will be offering policies on the Exchange.

Congressman Guinta also attempted to attack Shea-Porter on her voting against a resolution to block Congress from using tax payer money to purchase First Class airfare.  Shea-Porter quickly pointed out that the resolution in the GOP budget.  Her vote was against the proposed budget, not the resolution about First Class travel.  Guinta has been running an attack ad on the First Class travel that earned Four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. 

Congressman Guinta also made false claims about three bills he supposedly had signed into law during the 112th Congress. The Congressional record disagrees.

A closer look at his record shows that none of the nine bills he introduced came up for a vote, much less became law. Two of Guinta’s nine 112th Congress bills, H.R.1863 and H.R.4968, were re-introductions of legislation Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter introduced in the 111th Congress.

“Frank Guinta is resorting to inventing accomplishments to cover-up his do-nothing record while in Congress,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Granite State voters won’t be fooled by Guinta’s latest desperate attempts to distract voters from his extreme Tea Party agenda that would devastate New Hampshire’s middle-class families.”

NH News 1 has posted the full debate in three parts.

Part 1                 Part 2                 Part 3

After the debate Congresswoman Shea-Porter released the following statement:

Shea-Porter Cleans Up at NH1 Debate;
Guinta Runs From Extreme Record

Carol Shea-Porter emerged the clear winner at tonight’s NH1 debate, discussing the work she is doing to create jobs around the District, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and offering solutions for middle class families that left Frank Guinta fumbling to defend his extreme Tea Party record.

“While Carol highlighted her work for New Hampshire’s middle class, Frank Guinta refused to explain his anti-middle-class budgets that would hurt seniors, came out in opposition to our state’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion, and wouldn’t tell voters why he voted against Planned Parenthood and why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “First District voters have a clear choice on November 4th between Tea Partier Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, who’s working for the ‘Rest of Us.’”

What do you think? Who do you think won the debate? Leave us a comment here or on our Facebook Page with your opinions.

Shea-Porter Cleans Up at NH1 Debate; Guinta Runs From Extreme Record

CONCORD—Carol Shea-Porter emerged the clear winner at tonight’s NH1 debate, discussing the work she is doing to create jobs around the District, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and offering solutions for middle class families that left Frank Guinta fumbling to defend his extreme Tea Party record.

“While Carol highlighted her work for New Hampshire’s middle class, Frank Guinta refused to explain his anti-middle-class budgets that would hurt seniors, came out in opposition to our state’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion, and wouldn’t tell voters why he voted against Planned Parenthood and why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “First District voters have a clear choice on November 4th between Tea Partier Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, who’s working for the ‘Rest of Us.’”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight’s New Hampshire 1st Congressional debate:

“Tonight’s debate featured Tea Party former congressman Frank Guinta reiterate his extreme Koch Brothers agenda that includes cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and big oil companies at the expense of middle-class families, cutting Social Security and privatizing Medicare, and opposing a woman’s right to choose even to save the life of the mother.”

“Granite State voters will reject Frank Guinta’s out-of-touch Tea Party views and his mystery-money scandals, and continue to support Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s proven record of standing up for middle-class priorities and supporting economic growth here in New Hampshire.”

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