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Kuster Sends Letters to FERC and Kinder Morgan Relaying Constituent Concerns on Proposed Pipeline

 Concord, NH – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) sent letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and to Kinder Morgan relaying concerns that she shares with her constituents regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline.  Kuster has fought for an open, transparent, and fair review process for the pipeline and recently toured a number of sites in southern New Hampshire that would be impacted by construction and operation of the pipeline.  Kuster sent the letters as a result of her recent visits and other meetings and discussions held over the last several months. 

“I am committed to supporting sensible energy policies that protect our environment and our local communities,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “In the last month, I have travelled to many of the towns impacted by the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.  I have taken the opportunity to meet with families, Select Board members, Conservation Commission members, town officials, and pipeline awareness groups, and in Mason, Temple, New Ipswich, Amherst, and Pelham. I share their concerns about many aspects of the proposal, including the environmental impact of construction and management of the pipeline and the potential safety implications that the current route raises for our rural communities.  I am hopeful that these letters will ensure that the voices of my constituents are fully heard throughout this process.” 

Please see these letters below. 

Additionally, last month Congresswoman Kuster requested FERC delay the scheduling of the Cheshire County scoping meeting and extend the comment deadline.   In response, FERC has agreed to delay the meeting and extend the comment period, though no firm dates have been set as of yet.

“I believe that this additional time for the scoping period is a vital step to ensure that my constituents have a chance to provide thoughtful input during FERC’s preliminary filing period,” said Kuster.  “I am pleased that FERC has complied with our request by announcing the Cheshire County scoping meeting will be delayed and the comment period extended.  I look forward to helping get word out to my constituents so that they can be a part of this process.” 

September 2, 2015 

Mr. Allen Fore, Director
Public Affairs
Kinder Morgan
3250 Lacey Road, Suite 700
Downers Grove, IL  60515 

Dear Mr. Fore:

I am writing to you to convey some of the concerns that my constituents have regarding Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project. Since this project was first proposed, I have had the opportunity to listen to my constituents, community leaders and locally elected officials in towns affected by the pipeline route.  Additionally, I have travelled to many of these towns in southern New Hampshire to survey the land where the pipeline route would lay and meet with families to discuss concerns surrounding the NED project.  I am writing today to ensure that Kinder Morgan is informed of the practical concerns that my constituents and I share regarding the NED project.

One of the primary issues that has been brought forth by my constituents is the potential impact that the NED project will have on conservation lands and environmentally sensitive areas.  New Hampshire has a rich tradition of protecting our land and preserving it for future generations to enjoy.  The ecological vitality of Granite State conservation lands is critical to ensuring that wildlife species continue to live safely within their existing habitats. In particular, citizens of the town of Amherst have raised concerns about the pipeline’s potential effect on the Ponemah Bog and Scott Conservation land that are within close proximity of the pipeline route.  Citizens of Amherst have highlighted that the biodiversity of these areas and their role as local wildlife sanctuaries could be negatively impacted by the NED project. I respectfully request that Kinder Morgan review these environmental factors and draft alternative routing proposals in the town of Amherst that do not interfere with the Ponemah Bog and Scott conservation land. 

Citizens of the towns of Pelham and Mason have also expressed uncertainty about the NED project disrupting recreational areas. The Peabody Town Forest in Pelham is a highly valued parcel of land under the town’s jurisdiction that is frequented by hikers, nature observers and sportsmen throughout the year. The people of Pelham treasure their public-use lands and are worried that the NED project, which is routed through the Peabody Town Forest, will negatively affect their ability to enjoy this land. Similarly, the Fifield conservation land located in the town of Mason is designated as a habitat of high priority by the state of New Hampshire.  Mason has established this conservancy area to preserve wildlife habitats, fisheries and other important natural resources, and citizens have expressed concerns that the NED project would impact the town’s ability to responsibly manage this conservation land.

I also share the concerns expressed by many towns including Mason, Pelham, and Temple that the route crosses over crucial aquifers that provide drinking water to thousands of residents along the route.  These towns deserve thorough analysis about how the NED project would influence properties like the Peabody Town Forest, Fifield conservation land, and town aquifers. 

Furthermore, the proposed location of the pipeline between the Amherst Middle School and Elementary School, and the location of a compressor station in New Ipswich near the local elementary school has raised questions about emergency preparedness and safety.  The Temple Elementary School is located approximately 1,300 feet from the location of a compressor station and the pipeline route in Amherst crosses directly through two adjacent schools. Many local residents whose children attend the schools in both towns have questions about safety and disruption.  The Compressor Station in particular raises concerns about noise pollution and the ability of volunteer emergency responders in surrounding rural communities to manage potential incidents.  This is an issue of high concern for many small, rural towns along the route; I share my constituents’ concerns regarding the ability of volunteer emergency responders to properly manage any incidents that could occur along the pipeline or near the compressor station and ask that this issue be addressed before this project moves forward.

The Temple Elementary school also serves as the local community’s shelter in the event of an emergency. If an emergency were to occur with the pipeline or compressor station, there would not be a safe shelter for area residents.  The safety and well-being of my constituents is a top priority of mine in Congress, and it is important that Kinder Morgan reviews all emergency preparedness plans and safety concerns while engaging with local communities.  Small, rural towns have a narrow range of options for designating emergency shelters, and the placement of the NED project near the Temple Elementary school could require town planners to significantly alter emergency preparedness plans.  In addition, I request that Kinder Morgan draft alternative locations for the compressor station that are not located within a close proximity to education facilities and buildings that are designated as emergency shelters.

New Hampshire is a quiet, rural state and thus there are considerations that must be taken into account in order for my constituents to maintain the peaceful quality of life that attracts them to the Granite State.  I appreciate Kinder Morgan’s attention to the concerns that my constituents and I share, and understand the complicated process of siting a large energy proposal like the NED project.  Many of my constituents have raised questions about the NED project’s impact on environmentally sensitive areas, public health and emergency preparedness plans, and I request that Kinder Morgan fully analyzes the specific concerns outlined in this letter during the decision making process. Thank you for your attention to these requests.

Sincerely,                                                                        

Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress

Governor Hassan And Senator Shaheen Call For Full Funding Of Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels dinner (image by Roger W, Flickr)

Meals on Wheels dinner (image by Roger W, Flickr)

(SALEM, NH) –  New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called for bipartisan support for full funding of the state’s Meals on Wheels Program, which faces inadequate funding at the federal level and is threatened by unpaid-for corporate tax cuts at the state level. The two participated in a roundtable discussion about the effects of inadequate funding with staff, volunteers and clients of the Rockingham County Meals on Wheels Program at the Ingram Senior Center in Salem this afternoon.           

“Our older citizens have made significant contributions to our communities, our economy, and our high quality of life, and we must maintain our commitment to providing the support that they deserve in order to maximize their ability to continue engagement in our society and economy,” Governor Hassan said. “I have presented a fiscally responsible, compromise budget proposal that protects our ability to support critical priorities like Meals on Wheels now and into the future, and I continue to urge Republicans in the legislature to negotiate in good faith and offer a true counter-proposal that addresses the central issue of our disagreement – unpaid-for corporate tax cuts that create a $90 million hole in future budgets – so that we can reach a fiscally responsible, bipartisan budget agreement as soon as possible.” 

“In New Hampshire, Meals on Wheels delivers food to more than 30,000 seniors, and the demand is only growing, with our state’s over-65 population expected to nearly double by the end of the decade,” said Shaheen. “Meals on Wheels can deliver nutritious meals to a senior for an entire year for less than it would cost for that senior to spend one day in the hospital, potentially saving us billions in Medicare and Medicaid costs. We need bipartisan cooperation in Washington and Concord to keep this program funded and benefiting our seniors. I’m asking my Republican colleagues in the Senate to work with Democrats to adequately fund Meals on Wheels moving forward.”   

In June, Governor Hassan vetoed the Republican budget because it was unbalanced and fiscally irresponsible, including unpaid-for business tax cuts that would create a $90 million hole in future budgets at the expense of critical priorities like Meals on Wheels. The Governor has since presented a fiscally responsible compromise budget proposal that provides Republican legislators with what they have indicated is their highest priority – cutting corporate taxes – in a faster timeframe while addressing concerns about long-term fiscal responsibility and protecting our ability to support critical economic priorities.

In the United States Senate, nearly every Republican Senator voted for a budget that is going to result in drastic cuts to funding for Meals on Wheels over the next decade. In the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Labor-Health-Education Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016 fails to provide enough funding to Meals on Wheels’ growing needs in New Hampshire and across the country. Shaheen strongly opposed the Republican budget as well as the Appropriations bill.

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to Visit Penford Products Union Members in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Image from AFGE

Bernie Sanders, image from AFGE

In a sign of solidarity, Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders will join BCTGM Local 100G members and supporters in an informational picket outside the Penford Products factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday, September 4th. Union members at the plant have been fighting for a fair new contract with Ingredion, Inc. which purchased the facility this spring.

Sanders is expected to join Local 100G members, labor supporters and community leaders outside the Penford plant at approximately 5:15 p.m. and deliver remarks shortly thereafter. The plant is located at 1001 First Avenue, S.W. in Cedar Rapids.

“Bernie Sanders has been a voice for working people all his life. He is a man who never gives up and who always makes decisions based on what is good and right for the average American. We are proud he has chosen to take time out of his extremely busy schedule to visit Local 100G members in Cedar Rapids,” says BCTGM International President David B. Durkee.

The informational picket outside the Penford plant is the second in a series of protests against Ingredion’s unfair contract proposals. The collective bargaining agreement covering approximately 160 union members at the plant expired on August 1. Workers at the plant continue to work under the terms of the expired pact while Union negotiators attempt to reach a fair new contract.

Union and company negotiators have held three negotiating sessions and the most recent talks came to a halt after company representatives delivered to the Union what it termed as its “last, best and final offer.” Ingredion negotiators have proposed more than 100 concessionary changes to the collective bargaining agreement.

The Penford site was opened in 1890 as the Douglas Starch Works and has employed generations of family members from the Cedar Rapids area. Ingredion, a multinational Corporation is headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.

When:
5:00 p.m./Friday, September 4, 2015
 

Where:
Penford Products
1001 First Avenue, S.W. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Joyce Craig Statement on Vote for Teachers Contract

MANCHESTER – This morning, Alderman Joyce Craig released the following statement on her vote for the teachers contract last night.

“Last night, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen again passed the fiscally responsible, bipartisan teachers contract and was again forced to override the Mayor’s misguided veto,” said Craig.  “I voted for this contract, again, because it contains significant healthcare concessions and has creative provisions to improve education in our schools.  Our school year begins today and this contract is good for parents, teachers, students, and taxpayers.  

“Mayor Gatsas attempted to rationalize his second veto by questioning the professional financial assessments of both our city finance director and school district finance director who validated this contract. 

“Our public education is vital to Manchester’s future in so many ways and great schools will spur development and investment.  We have 15,000 students in the Manchester public school system, and we need to ensure they have the resources and support they need to succeed.  During the Mayor’s six-year tenure, the number of teachers in our school district has decreased and many of our classrooms remain too large for our students to receive an adequate education.

“We need to change course and we need a mayor who will protect tax dollars and act in the best interests of our students, parents, and taxpayers. It is easy to vote no, but a true leader must come up with a solution, a compromise, to move our city forward.  This contract was a unique opportunity for our city to save money on rising healthcare costs, and I am proud to vote for it in the best interests of our city.”

Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester. 

Congresswoman Kuster Unveils Working Families Agenda in Nashua

Annie Kuster In Nashua 9-1-15

Rep. Kuster was joined by local advocates and experts who shared their stories and called for Congress to prioritize Kuster’s initiatives to support working families in the Granite State.

Nashua, NH – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced her Working Families Agenda, a plan for Congress to prioritize legislative initiatives that help support working families in New Hampshire and across the country.  Congresswoman Kuster was joined for the announcement by a diverse group of community members, and she heard from them about their experiences and about how the challenges they face underscore the need for Congress to support working families in New Hampshire and across the country. 

“We are lucky in many ways to live in a state with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country,” said Congresswoman Kuster, “But as many Granite Staters continue to face underemployment, soaring child care costs, lack of access to family leave, and so many other issues that are vital for the success of our working families, there is still work to be done to improve the quality of the jobs offered, and to ease the burden on working families who are struggling to get by. Today, I was proud to unveil my Working Families Agenda, which outlines a list of initiatives that Congress must pursue in order to support working families in the Granite State and across the country so that they can thrive in the workplace and at home.” 

Kuster’s new Working Families Agenda includes initiatives to address pay equity, family leave time, and access to affordable child care and health care, among other issues. Participants in the announcement include the Executive Director of Nashua’s Adult Learning Center, a Work Readiness Coordinator from Nashua Community College, and the CEO of Lamprey Health Care, and a child care professional, among others. 

“I was so grateful to hear from local advocates and experts who shared their stories today. Despite all the work that must be done to ensure our working families can succeed in this economy. Their stories inspire me and demonstrate the need for Congress to prioritize the initiatives outlined in my Working Families Agenda. When I return to Congress in the coming weeks, I will bring with me today’s conversation, share it with my colleagues, and continue to fight for these issues that are crucial to the success of working families.”

Kuster has long worked to increase accessibility to vital services like child care, health care, and affordable education that can otherwise impose a tremendous burden on working families in today’s climate. Kuster has cosponsored a number of bills to reduce the strain on working families, including the Healthy Families Act, which would require employers to provide one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and the CARE Act, which allows more families to benefit fully from a valuable child tax credit and afford child and dependent care. During Tuesday’s event, Kuster will discuss new legislative initiatives she’ll be fighting for as part of her Working Families Agenda. Kuster has also held numerous roundtable discussions and other events throughout the district to hear from working New Hampshire families about what Congress can do to better support them, which has additionally helped shape her Agenda leading up to Tuesday’s announcement.

Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee to Headline NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast

Democratic Presidential candidates Sanders and Chafee will be joined by surrogates representing the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, as well as Gov. Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster, and numerous NH officials.

Manchester – Today NH AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett announced the speaking program for the 2015 NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast.

“The NH AFL-CIO is very proud to welcome these amazing candidates, surrogates, and other officials to the Labor Day Breakfast,” said Brackett. “The 2016 election will be a watershed moment for working people in this country, and I know union members in NH are looking forward to hearing how the Presidential candidates will tackle the issues that matter most to workers and their families: raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and creating sustainable economic growth.”

Added Brackett, “New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary is a fantastic tradition, and the NH AFL-CIO is honored to be able to host these great candidates. We invited all five declared Democratic candidates, and we were very happy that Sen. Sanders, Gov. Chafee, and representatives of the Clinton and O’Malley campaigns were able to join us.” 

What: 2015 NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast
When:  September 7th at 9am
Where: St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
              650 Hanover St.
              Manchester, NH

The program at the 2015 NH Labor Day Breakfast will include the following Speakers: 

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, speaking on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign
  • Alexander Sanchez, former MD Secretary of Labor, speaking on behalf of the Martin O’Malley campaign
  • Gov. Maggie Hassan
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
  • Congresswoman Annie Kuster
  • Executive Councilor Chris Pappas
  • Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern
  • Sen. Jeff Woodburn
  • Sen. Lou D’Allesandro
  • Sen. Donna Soucy
  • Rep. Jeff Goley
  • NH Labor Commissioner Jim Craig

Joyce Craig Statement on Sunday night’s shooting in Ward 1

MANCHESTER – This morning, Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig released the following statement on the shooting this past Sunday night near the intersection of Ray and Carpenter streets in Ward 1.
“My heart goes out to the Robert family and all those affected by Sunday night’s awful events,” said Craig. “This is a terrible, senseless and heart breaking tragedy. We join together as a city to grieve for Denise and to mourn with all who loved her.
“Mike and I learned of this event when our youngest daughter, Kathryn, was at a birthday party a couple blocks away and was out playing with dozens of her friends in the neighborhood. She came back that night and told us about a car accident. This was an easier version for the parents to handle telling the kids, but I had already heard from several constituents about a shooting in the neighborhood.

“This event was shocking and many were stunned by the news. While the residents wondered what happened and why, the Manchester Police Department and the Office of the Attorney General began their investigation. Chief Willard’s actions to put every detective on this case and increase the amount of police patrol in the neighborhood were swift and appropriate. I am grateful to Chief Willard for keeping in close contact with me and for working with me to organize last night’s community meeting.

“I would also like to thank the Public Works Department for agreeing to install an additional street light in the area immediately after I made the request on behalf of neighborhood residents.

“Parents across the city will be having difficult conversions with their children in the coming days. As a mother, I am wrestling with how to discuss this tragic event with my children. As an alderman, I am concerned about the very serious crime problem in our city, and what impact this incident will have in our neighborhoods in the coming weeks and months.

“Although it has been a difficult few days for Manchester, I am truly inspired by the response thus far. I spoke to dozens of constituents and heard tales of parents looking after each other’s kids, neighbors lending others a helping hand, and residents reaching out to get more involved. I am also thankful for the prompt response we saw from our public safety officials in Manchester. Sunday night was a tragedy that will not soon be forgotten, but I am confident that we will move forward as a city and as an even stronger community.”
Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester. 

New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Adopt Resolutions on Climate Change And Transportation

New England Governors Also Take Action On Opioid Abuse, National Surface Transportation Legislation, and Low Income Home Heating Assistance

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR – Governor Maggie Hassan, her fellow New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers advanced regional collaboration on critical issues at the 39th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, adopting resolutions on climate change, transportation and mutual emergency aid. 

In addition, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) issued letters to national leaders urging action on the opioid epidemic, national surface transportation legislation and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“From energy to emergency preparedness, transportation and the opioid crisis, we face a number of shared challenges as a region that we must work together to address so that our people, businesses and communities can grow and thrive,” Governor Hassan said. “Our regional partnerships are critical as we work to expand middle class opportunity, support job-creating businesses, encourage innovation and combat the serious public health and safety challenge posed by heroin and other opioids. This year’s sessions were a valuable part of those efforts, and I am confident that the initiatives we have presented together will help create jobs, protect our natural resources and our communities, and improve the economies of all of our states and provinces.” 

The NEG/ECP adopted three non-binding resolutions on climate change, transportation and mutual emergency aid at this year’s conference.  Every state and province was represented at this year’s meeting, with Governors Malloy (CT), Baker (MA), Shumlin (VT), LePage (ME) and a representative from Rhode Island participating in today’s CONEG meeting.

On climate change, the NEG/ECP resolved today to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 35 percent to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. This is the most recent action in a series of collaborative efforts that began in 2001, when the governors and premiers were the first to adopt an international plan to address climate change in a region and set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2020 and by 75 percent to 80 percent by 2050 compared to the baseline year of 1990. 

A recent regional inventory showed that the region has surpassed earlier targets and is nearing its 2020 target, and this resolution allows the region to set an interim goal between its current success and its 2050 goal. The NEG/ECP Committee on the Environment will oversee the development of a document presenting possible joint actions to present to the governors and premiers at the 40th NEG/ECP conference next year. 

Recognizing that efficient and effective border security is critical for the economic development and the tourism industry throughout the region, the transportation resolution unanimously calls on Canadian and U.S. authorities to enhance rail infrastructure throughout the region and urges the Canadian and U.S. federal authorities to ratify as soon as possible an agreement negotiated in March regarding preclearance for land, rail, marine and air transport. 

Acknowledging that emergencies and disasters from natural, technology-based and human-induced events do not honor state or international boundaries, the NEG/ECP resolved to continue the use of existing mutual aid compacts and to strengthen partnerships and exchange of information to achieve the strategic implementation of emergency management. They also resolved to build on lessons learned from joint state-province emergency training and to collaborate further to effectively respond to HazMat incidents in the region. 

In a separate meeting on Monday morning, the Northeast Governors met to take action on the opioid epidemic, national surface transportation legislation and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 

The six New England governors recommended to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that the FDA require labeling changes for Immediate Release opioid analgesics that effectively communicate to patients and prescribers the serious risks of addiction, overdose, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and death associated with the drugs. They also wrote to Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose urging accelerated action by the Ministry to align the regulatory approaches of the U.S. FDA and Health Canada on regulations for tamper resistant/abuse deterrent guidelines for controlled-release oxycodone products. (Click here to read the full letter to the FDA and here for Health Canada 

On transportation issues, CONEG members also agreed on language urging Congress to act quickly to ensure continuity and stability of the nation’s highway, transit, rail and safety programs and the Highway Trust Fund. (Click here to read the full Surface Transportation Authorization letter

In a letter to U.S. House and Senate authorization leaders regarding the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the six governors urged lawmakers to secure the maximum funding level for low-income families within the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. CONEG members asked Congress to maintain the current language from the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 so that states can efficiently assist low-income households with the delivery of essential home heating oil or restoration of vital gas or electric utility service as soon as winter weather arrives. (Click here to read the full LIHEAP letter

UFCW President Perrone: “We Will End LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace”

UFCW_logo.svgUFCW Vows to Fight for LGBTQ Rights at Work and Advocate for Comprehensive Healthcare for Transgendered Workers

ORLANDO — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, addressed LGBTQ union members at the AFL-CIO Pride at Work conference in Orlando, Fla. The UFCW was the first labor union to endorse the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The UFCW also implemented a policy of including gender reassignment surgery as part of a comprehensive Health and Welfare plan for union employees:

“Even though we are celebrating marriage equality this summer, too many LGBTQ workers still endure discrimination in workplaces that are far from equal. Today, in 29 states, it is still legal to fire a worker on the basis of their sexual orientation. In 33 states, a worker can be fired for being transgendered.

“Right now, the only way for these workers to gain the protection at work that we all deserve is through a union contract.

“In this spirit, I am proud to say that as part of our long commitment to equality for all workers, the UFCW is changing our Health and Welfare plan to include gender reassignment surgery. While this is a change that should have been made long ago, it is a change that I am proud of.

“The UFCW is committed to putting an end to discrimination in the workplace. We will stand up, speak out and fight for what is right when companies disregard the value of hard-working men and women, based on whom they may love or who they are.”

Join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) online at www.ufcw.org

We are 1.3 million families standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family deserves.

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NH Legislators Speak Out Against GOP’s Anti-Women Policies On Women’s Equality Day

Rubio’s Policies for Women? Hop into this Time Machine!

Open Letter to Granite Staters

Dear Granite Staters,

Like so many of you, we’ve spent the last few weeks feeling like we were trapped in a time machine. It’s the year 2015 – and Republicans are still trying to defund Planned Parenthood and block access to critical health services for women and families. Seriously?

Recently, New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled Executive Council voted to defund Planned Parenthood. 12,000 New Hampshire women will be impacted by this decision. But the impact goes beyond those women – this vote affects their families too. State Republicans are lining up behind the extreme agendas of the Republican Presidential candidates by voting to defund women’s health clinics that cover cancer screenings, breast exams, and birth control.

Take, for example Sen. Marco Rubio, who happens to be campaigning in New Hampshire today, trying to convince Granite Staters that he is with them on the issues, but the truth is that he and his Republican colleagues are the ones stuck in a time machine.

Nearly 7 in 10 New Hampshire voters oppose Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. But not only does Rubio want to defund Planned Parenthood, he even repeated un-scientific language we once heard from Todd Akin just a few years ago.

Rubio’s long record opposing women’s health services is no secret, and neither are the records of his fellow Republicans. Earlier this month, Rubio made clear that he opposes choice without any exceptions for rape and incest survivors. Scott Walker agrees – he wants to ban abortion with no exceptions and goes further that an abortion to protect the health of a mother is a “false choice.”  And his anti-choice record proves it – the latest abortion ban deemphasizes the health of the mother. John Kasich? Yep, he signed an abortion ban with with no exception for rape and incest. And Jeb Bush defunded Planned Parenthood as Governor, taking away money that “was being used to provide family planning services to poor women, and had been available for more than a decade.”

Marco Rubio and his Republican colleagues are simply pushing policies that are not only blasts from the past, but they hurt women and families.

And their backwards views on funding health services won’t get them very far with women in New Hampshire.

 

Sincerely,

Representative Susan Almy, Lebanon

Representative Sue Ford, Easton

Representative Martha Hennessey, Hanover

Representative Cindy Rosenwald, Nashua

Senator Donna Soucy, Manchester

Representative Suzanne Smith, Hebron

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