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On The House Floor, Shea-Porter Pushes Amendment To Require Insurance Coverage Of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

As Congress Debates Health Care Legislation, Congresswoman Highlights New Hampshire Heroin, Fentanyl, and Prescription Opioid Crisis 

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today offered and the House voted on a Motion to Recommit that would require association health plans to provide coverage for substance use disorder treatment. As Congress this week considers the American Health Care Act, which would cause 24 million Americans to lose their coverage, Shea-Porter called on her colleagues to work together to improve access to quality, affordable health care.

“Today, Members of Congress can say to my constituents in New Hampshire and their constituents across this great nation: we hear you. We know your sons and daughters, your nieces and nephews, your neighbors and friends are struggling, and we have your back,” said Shea-Porter. “We believe all Americans deserve good health insurance they can count on when they need it most. We aren’t going to pull the rug out from under people who are about to turn their lives around.”

Shea-Porter’s remarks highlighted the fact that much-needed treatment facilities, such as Hope on Haven Hill in Rochester, which she recently visited, have been able to open because more Americans now have insurance that covers treatment thanks to the Affordable Care Act and its Medicaid expansion. 

177 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted for Shea-Porter’s motion.

SHEA-PORTER’S FULL HOUSE FLOOR REMARKS

“I rise today on behalf of the families and communities across this nation that are confronting a public health threat of our time: the heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid crisis. 

“This motion would simply ensure that the health insurance plans that today’s bill would permit must still cover substance use disorder treatment, including for opioids, as an essential health benefit.

“Under current law, we require insurers to cover this treatment. Before the Affordable Care Act, many insurers either didn’t cover treatment at all or imposed onerous requirements that blocked people from getting needed care.

“H.R.1101 would roll back that guarantee. It would allow association health plans to return to the kind of skimpy coverage that left so many people struggling with an opioid disorder in dire straits at critical moments. We know there’s often a narrow window of opportunity — after an overdose, for example — for someone to commit to treatment, and these are the moments when being able to make a single phone call can make all the difference. 

“This week’s debate about health care is extremely important. Will we decide to work together to improve the American people’s access to quality, affordable health care or weaken benefits and kick 24 million or more of our constituents off their plans? We all need to speak up on behalf of those whose lives have been turned around because they can now access care.

“As I talk to families, medical professionals, and law enforcement officials in my district, I hear stories that highlight the dramatic impact that improved access to coverage has had in making treatment a real option for people with substance use disorder.

“This week, we see that base of coverage is under serious threat. In fact, experts estimate that repealing the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions would cause about 2.8 million Americans with a substance use disorder to lose some or all of their coverage.

“And the quality of that coverage is also at risk. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance now must cover treatment for behavioral health and substance use disorder, just the same as it would cover any other medical service. These parity protections mean insurers must cover treatment for substance use disorder with comparable cost-sharing — no more surprises, like annual visit limits, higher copays, or frequent pre-authorization requirements and medical necessity reviews.

“Badly needed facilities are opening because plans now cover these services. I recently visited a recovery home for pregnant women and new mothers that was able to open its doors this year in my hometown only because it could rely on Medicaid expansion. Legislation like H.R.1101 would cause fewer people to have this coverage, meaning fewer facilities can open.

“Many of you know that my home state of New Hampshire is on the front lines of the heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid crisis. Our communities are struggling, and helping people get treatment is key to turning the tide. I have met the people who couldn’t be in a recovery facility without Medicaid expansion. 

“Today, Members of Congress can say to my constituents in New Hampshire and their constituents across this great nation: we hear you. We know your sons and daughters, your nieces and nephews, your neighbors and friends are struggling, and we have your back. We believe all Americans deserve good health insurance they can count on when they need it most. We aren’t going to pull the rug out from under people who are about to turn their lives around.

“I urge my colleagues to support this motion, which would not delay passage of the underlying bill. Thank you.”

Lying Carpetbagger From NY, Shawn O’Connor, Gets Backing Of Right-Wing Super PAC

‘Independent’ Candidate For New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, Shawn O’Connor, Gets Advertising Mailer Sent Out
By Peter T. Paul’s NH Priorities PAC

O’Connor also released a new ad that lies about Shea-Porter taking money from a “sponsor of terrorism”

As the election draws to a close, some candidates are slinging the mud as fact as their little hands can muster.  Shawn O’Connor, the millionaire carpetbagger from New York who now lives in Bedford has hit a new low.

Early this week, O’Connor released a new TV ad that said, “Shea-Porter has taken $140,000 from a lobbying organization that supports Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism which funds ISIS.” The ad claims that, J Street, a progressive pro-Israel group is actually a pro-Iranian group and a sponsor of terrorism.

The people over at the Daily Kos were quick to debunk this lie and shed a little more light on the subject.

“…Last year, back when he was still a Democrat, O’Connor traveled to J Street’s offices in D.C. and sought the group’s endorsement! For him to turn around now and tell rank lies about an organization whose support he tried to earn is truly craven.”

Then yesterday people in the first district started to receive mail from the Peter T Paul’s NH Priorities PAC in support of O’Connor, highlighting O’Connor’s endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders campaign for President.  It should be noted that the Bernie Sanders for President steering committee openly endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for Congress.

 

oconnor-adoconnor-ad-2If you do not know much about Peter T Paul and his political involvements, we talked about him in a recent post entitled: Business Economist And Industry Shill Now Chair Of Health Economics At UNH.

Paul founded Headlands Mortgage known for creating and selling “Alt-A” mortgages that many attributed to the financial collapse in 2007.

Headlands Mortgage, which he founded in 1986, called them Alt-A loans: Alternative “high-quality” loans. The California-based company examined the worth of the home and the down payment, the amount of cash in the bank, and the credit history, but was looser on income verification,” wrote Bob Sanders of the NH Business Review.

Paul created a Super PAC to support his friend and former UNH Business School Dean, Dan Innis in his run for Congress in 2014.

Mother Jones reported, “Paul created a super-PAC, New Hampshire Priorities PAC, and financed it with $562,000.

Now it appears that Peter T Paul is helping his fellow Wall Street buddy buy a seat in Congress, after his last candidate failed to beat Guinta in a primary.

filingMake no mistake, the NH Priorities PAC is not a progressive organization and though the mailer was sent out in support of O’Connor, they do not support any of Bernie Sanders progressive ideas like taxing Wall Street or increasing the Minimum Wage.  Peter T Paul helped institute Joseph Sabia, a well know shill for the restaurant industry who writes economic reports about the ill effects of raising the minimum wage, into a high powered position at the Peter T Paul school of Business and Economics at UNH.

Look deeper, this ad is not really to support O’Connor who is barely breaking double-digits in statewide polling, but to attack Carol Shea-Porter.  If they can trick enough people into believing that O’Connor is a pro-Bernie progressive they might be able to steal just enough votes from Shea-Porter to allow the real candidate they want to win, Republican Frank Guinta.

Do not be fooled into thinking that a Right-Wing super PAC whose founder opposes increasing the minimum wage and has made a fortune of the suffering of millions of Americans in the mortgage crisis supports Shawn O’Connor.  They will stop at nothing in their attempt to stop the true progressive in this race, Carol Shea-Porter, from winning her seat back.


UPDATE:

Since the original posting of this article, Shawn O’Connor has disavowed any connection to the flyers, which is cute because you cannot take back the mail that has already been delivered.

WMUR’s John Distaso tweeted this:

Shea-Porter Dominates Guinta in Second Debate

 North Conway, NH— Tonight, Carol Shea-Porter continued her dominant debate performances, holding Guinta accountable for his constant deception of New Hampshire voters. On issue after issue, Frank desperately tried to inflate his record, but Carol wouldn’t let him. She held him responsible for voting against funding for opioid treatment and prevention and for failing to provide adequate funding for the new programs passed last summer. He wasn’t able to defend his irresponsible votes to take drug treatment away from 6,000 people.

“This is important work that needs to be done, but if you’re going to vote against the ACA than you’re voting to take away treatment. There’s no other way to explain that. You actually voted against the bill, the Omnibus, last December which had money for treatment for opioid and heroin addiction,” Shea-Porter said. “Now you’re on the Budget Committee. You didn’t get your budget passed.  But you voted for things in the Budget Committee, and one of them, you had an opportunity to vote for more money for the opioid crisis, and you said no. So you can’t stand here and say that you know that we need these resources and then go to Washington and vote against it,” added Shea-Porter. 

Shea-Porter laid out her plans for the future, “There’s no statute of limitations on caring for people,” she said. She called for affordable higher education for Americans and highlighted her record expanding Pell Grants and lowering student loan interest rates by having students apply directly for a federal school loan. The subsidies that banks used to collect were plowed back into increasing Pell Grant funding. 

On funding for education for children with disabilities, Shea-Porter said, “It’s really shameful, it’s a commitment [Congress] made, and they should honor it.” She showed the audience her compassion and commitment for fighting for all Americans, not just those at the very top. “We have to keep working at this because it’s an obligation we have to every child no matter where that child is no matter what the zip code is, no matter what the difficulties that their family faces or the child faces, the challenges. Every child deserves an opportunity to be fully engaged and part of what I call a piece of the American Dream,” concluded Shea-Porter

16 Term Alderman From Manchester Endorses Shea-Porter For Congress

Former Manchester Alderman William Cashin Endorses
Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Manchester, NH— Today, highly respected former Manchester Alderman William Cashin endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for Congress. William B. Cashin served a record 16 consecutive terms as an alderman representing Wards 10 and 11 on the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center is named in his honor.

“I’ve always admired former Alderman Bill Cashin’s commitment to public service, and he has a long and impressive record of service to the people of Manchester.  I’m truly honored to have his endorsement, and I thank him,” said Carol Shea-Porter.   

Full endorsement:

I am endorsing Carol Shea-Porter because I believe she is the best candidate to represent Manchester in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this election, it is vital that voters send to Congress candidates whom we are assured will help and defend ordinary people.

When I say ordinary, I am not talking about people who are average or common, but people like you and me, people without great wealth or connections, people for whom the “System” is something not to be manipulated. I speak of people who are part of a community that helps them realize their hopes and dreams if they play by the rules and work hard.

The people I served as alderman for 32 years were people who gave back to the community more than they took, but who relied on the community they built with their family, friends and neighbors for help if the chips were down. These are people whose labor and their commitment to faith, duty and love of country made the United States the greatest nation on earth, and New Hampshire the best state to live in. 

I am voting for Carol Shea-Porter as her record shows she is committed to defending two of the most vulnerable groups of Americans, senior citizens and veterans. I am both a senior and a vet.

The fight to ensure that seniors can enjoy their twilight years with security and dignity has been, and unfortunately still is, challenging and difficult, given the long history of opposition of Republicans to Social Security. This is a fight that has spanned my entire lifetime, the Social Security Administration having been established by Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is a fight that was and is lead by Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter.

New Hampshire is the only state lacking a full-service veteran’s hospital. Over a decade ago, when Republicans controlled the New Hampshire Congressional delegation, the Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) suffered cutbacks and lost its status as a hospital. The staffing levels of the facility deteriorated as Republicans during the George W. Bush Administration pushed for privatization.

The attempted privatization of veteran’s health care services was defeated. After the election of Carol Shea-Porter and fellow Democrat Paul Hodes to the House in 2006, and with Democrat Jeanne Shaheen elected to the Senate in 2008, the situation at the Manchester VAMC improved. Over 160 staff were added.

Unfortunately, with the return of Republican control of the Senate and the return of Frank Guinta to the House, there are again problems at the VAMC. I believe that returning Carol Shea-Porter to the House and electing Maggie Hassan to the Senate are necessary to ensure that the Manchester VAMC not only is preserved, but will once again become a full-service hospital, improving care for New Hampshire’s vets. 

I also am voting for Carol Shea-Porter as I have her commitment that, in Congress, she will do all she can to help Manchester, the largest city in the Granite State, address its problems. When I began my career as an alderman, Manchester was in a severe economic decline due to the loss of manufacturing jobs caused by the closing of the textile mills and shoe manufacturers. In the generation that followed, I worked with many dedicated individuals to reverse that decline.

Our efforts grew stronger due to the tenacious support of the community, those ordinary people who have always been the backbone of the Democratic Party. After many long years, we achieved a great success. The Queen City, which once seemed to have a bleak future, regularly was named as one of the Top Ten cities to live in, in the United States.

Our fight for Manchester’s future was a vision that attracted the support of good people of both parties, as does so many programs created and shepherded by Democrats, like Social Security and Medicare. Those vital programs enjoying broad, bipartisan support among ordinary people again are under threat. And so is the economic future of Manchester.

It is sad to see the progress that came through hard work and the love of this great city jeopardized.

Manchester recovered from the economic decline caused by the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the Queen City flourished. But in recent years, Manchester has been plagued by difficulties foreshadowing a new economic decline, caused by the mismanagement or municipal economic policy by two Republican mayors.

This cycle, which is marked by the erosion of Manchester’s ability to attract manufacturers, began under then-Mayor Frank Guinta. Carol Shea-Porter is committed to strengthening the economic base of Manchester and New Hampshire through economic policies that will make our city and state attractive to companies representing the 21st Century economy, with their innovative products and services and high-paying jobs.

I ask you to vote for Carol Shea-Porter as the only candidate with a proven record of defending and helping seniors and veterans, and because of her commitment to the economic development of Manchester and New Hampshire.

Thank you.

William B. Cashin,

Manchester, New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Receives Endorsement From President Obama And LBGTQ Gun Violence Prevention PAC

Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter received to major endorsements in her election campaign in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.  Shea-Porter received the endorsement of President Barack Obama and the nationwide LGBTQ organization, Pride Fund To End Gun Violence.

Obama called Carol Shea-Porter a “fighter for the middle class,” and cited her work making the country “stronger, safer, and fairer for Granite State families.” 

“I’m proud to endorse Carol Shea-Porter for the United States House of Representatives,” said Obama. “Carol is a fighter for Granite State working families, and will be the kind of independent leader we need to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, safer, fairer country for our children. In Congress, I know that Carol will push to make sure veterans get the care they deserve, secure equal pay for equal work for women, and fight for affordable childcare and paid family leave. All Granite State families know that Carol will stand up for them.”

“I’m deeply humbled to have earned Barack Obama’s support,” said Shea-Porter. “In Congress, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, make sure veterans get the care they deserve, and focus on keeping jobs here in New Hampshire.”

Ending gun violence in our communities is a pilar of Shea-Porter’s campaign.  She has already received the endorsement from Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Gun Solutions, for her commitment to “stand against the Washington gun lobby.”

Today, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, America’s only LGBTQ organization focused solely on gun violence prevention, announced its endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter, Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate, and 15 House candidates. 

“We support these candidates because of their demonstrated commitment to support equality and safety for all, and for their commitment to acting on common sense gun reforms,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund. “We need elected officials who will stand up for people – not for the profits of the corporate gun manufacturers.” 

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. This organization is committed to mobilizing the LGBTQ community and allies to help eliminate senseless gun tragedies and hate crimes, and I am proud to stand with them. We need to work together to pass common-sense legislation that reduces gun violence while protecting our Second Amendment rights, so that massacres like the Pulse night club shooting never happen again,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

With this election, we have an opportunity to reclaim our communities from the threat of gun violence. Pride Fund is turning anger into action by working to elect candidates who have committed to making our cities, our states, and our country safer for everyone.  

Pride Fund’s endorsed candidates have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ equality during their service in office, in their communities, or in their personal lives. All Pride Fund endorsed candidates have pledged to support the following key issues:

  • Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales
  • Prohibiting suspected terrorists from purchasing guns
  • Restricting access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Supporting federally funded research on gun violence
  • Preventing individuals convicted of committing hate crimes from purchasing guns

In the House, Pride Fund endorses Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Terri Bonoff (MN-03), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Bill Foster (IL-11), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Sander Levin (MI-09), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Jerry Nadler (NY-10), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Carol Shea Porter (NH-01), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Brady Walkinshaw (WA-07). 

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a political action committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates who support sensible gun reforms. Pride Fund is America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun policy reform to ensure safety for all.

The Conway Daily Sun Endorses The Republican In Independent Clothes For NH 1st District

Today the Conway Daily Sun endorsed Republican Independent Shawn O’Connor for Congress in the First Congressional District.

O’Connor the candidate to beat the ‘rigged’ system,” so far is only available in print, is more proof that even solid Republicans cannot stomach Guinta’s reelection effort.

“We disqualify Guinta for fudging his campaign finances and then lying about it,” they stated. At least the people of the North Country can agree on one thing, Congressman Guinta is a lying, corrupt politician.

If they disqualified Guinta for lying, why would they promote another candidate who also has questionable integrity and has lied to people about being mistreated?

Remember those lies that O’Connor lobbed at the Democratic Party and the Shea-Porter campaign about starting a “whisper campaign” against him. He attacked Shea-Porter and Ray Buckley, Chair of the NH Democratic Party, but when the reporters began digging, they could not find any proof of his allegations.

The fact is the Conway Daily Sun wants to endorse a Republican and they just could not endorse Guinta, so they picked the next best thing: A Republican pretending to be an Independent.

Other than the fact the Conway Daily Sun’s editorial board would not even sit down with the Democratic candidate, they spelled out their bias quite clearly in their editorial.

“And although he lines up with Democrats on progressive issues, as a former staffer for Jim Greenwood, a Republican Congressman from Philadelphia, he is no stranger to conservative ideas.”

“Corporate tax rate too high at 39%? … [O’Connor] says cut it in half.”

Cutting taxes on corporations who don’t pay their fair share already does not sound very progressive. It sure does not sound like something Senator Bernie Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren would support.

The Conway Daily Sun also referenced “polls” that claim O’Connor is pulling “20%” of the electorate. The truth is that O’Connor has not broken double digits in any public poll, which would disqualify him from the upcoming debate on Oct 31st in North Conway that the Conway Daily Sun is promoting.

O’Connor is trying to say he is ‘progressive’ because he supports an increase in the minimum wage. You know what, so does 80% of Granite Staters including every Democratic candidate up and down the ticket.

O’Connor also likes to promote that he endorsed Senator Sanders for President. The problem is that those in the Bernie Sanders for President N.H. Steering Committee do not support O’Connor. In fact, the Steering Committee just announced their endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter, a true progressive.

Someone who once claimed to be from the “Warren wing of the party” now says if he is elected he will caucus with Republicans. How progressive of him.

The fact is that O’Connor is a carpet-bagging Republican who left Wall Street and moved up here from NYC to buy himself a seat in Congress. So far O’Connor has loaned over $1.2 million dollars to his own campaign.

Things are going so bad from O’Connor that him most recent FEC filing shows that he made -$315 last quarter. That’s right, he actually refunded more donations than he brought in.  O’Connor’s campaign is hemorrhaging money so badly that O’Connor himself had to loan his campaign another $200,000. Even after all of that additional money, he only has $23,601 left at the end of the quarter.

Following O’Connor’s campaign is like watching two trains running head on at each other. You know it’s going to hurt, but you just cannot turn away.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress Endorses Carol Shea-Porter

vmfp-logoRochester, NH— Today, Carol Shea-Porter received the endorsement of Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP). Founded in 2005, VMFP works to ensure that the needs of veterans, active duty service members, and their families are understood by the American public and supported by legislation, regulations, and public policy initiatives. 

“Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans and active armed forces. While serving in the House of Representatives on the Armed Services Committee Carol Shea-Porter clearly demonstrated her determination to work on behalf of our nation’s active military and veterans by supporting legislation that would benefit all of our active military men and women and veterans. Ms. Shea-Porter’s strong commitment to the issues that are critical to veterans, those serving now, and their families is unsurpassed. Her public support for priority funding of the Veterans Administration and her declared determination to provide for the establishment of a national veterans and military family policy give all veterans and their families, especially those who are living in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, hope that they will continue to have a Congresswoman who will vote in such a way as to keep faith with those who have served and sacrificed. We feel that veterans, active duty, military families, and in fact, all people of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will be well-served with Carol Shea-Porter as their representative by ensuring that America remains strong in national defense and in fighting terrorism,” said VMFP in their endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter. 

As the daughter of a World War II veteran and the spouse of a veteran, Carol Shea-Porter has a deep and personal understanding of the commitment and sacrifice our service members make every day. She successfully expanded access to services at the VA in Manchester, voted for the Choice Card for vets, and was an original cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. She’s been instrumental in passing legislation to create jobs for veterans and ensure that they get the benefits they’ve earned.

“I am honored to have earned the support of Veterans and Military Families for Progress. I’m a former military spouse, and I’m proud of my husband’s service. The problems at the VA must be fixed and we must ensure that our veterans have access to care and get the benefits they’ve earned. I was proud to vote for increased funding for medical care, PTSD research, and claims processors because veterans should never have to wait for care or the benefits they deserve. I was also proud to be an original cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill of Rights to ensure that veterans returning home from their service have jobs and educational opportunities,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

In New Campaign Ad ‘Vision’, Shea-Porter Showcases Distinct Differences Between Candidates

In New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, we have two very distinctly different choices.

Guinta ABC MailerIn one corner we have Congressman Frank Guinta, who in 2010 won the distinguished title of “Most Corrupt Politician” from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Guinta has also been busted by the FEC once for illegal campaign contributions and already has another FEC complaint against him.  Guinta receives lavish campaign support from the Koch Brothers network, The Americans for Prosperity, and dozens of special interest Super PACs.  During previous campaigns Guinta received heavy support from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) who actively lobby against unions and push for so-called “Right to Work” in our State House.

In the other corner we have former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a proven fighter against the special interests and who refuses to take corporate PAC money.  She is committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare for future generations and refuses to let politicians balance their budgets on the backs of seniors.  Shea-Porter is a strong labor ally who has fought hard against attacks on workers rights and specifically against attacks on the USPS.

“I’m running for Congress because New Hampshire needs an independent voice, someone who isn’t beholden to corporations or special interests. DC Democrats weren’t very happy when regular citizens asked me to run again because they know I’m independent and I refuse to accept corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money.  When I’m back in Congress, I’ll once again stand up for veterans, seniors, students, and working men and women.  I’ll fight for raising the minimum wage, for equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, affordable child care, Planned Parenthood, and debt-free college,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

Earlier this week, the Carol Shea-Porter for Congress campaign released “Vision,” their first campaign ad of the season.  

The 30-second spot highlights Carol’s commitment to New Hampshire values: family, hard work, responsibility, and fairness.  In the ad, Carol talks about her priorities, like passing equal pay for equal work, raising wages for workers, and making sure veterans get the benefits they deserve. 

Shea-Porter Calls On Guinta To Renounce Trump’s Statement About Veterans With PTSD

Congressman Frank Guinta remains silent after Donald Trump attacks veterans suffering from PTSD as not being “strong enough.”

Photo by Evan Guest

Photo by Evan Guest via Flickr CC license

Yesterday at an event with Retired American Warriors PAC, Donald Trump implied that veterans returning from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not strong enough to handle it.

“When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump told a room full of veterans.

According to the Lone Survivor Foundation, “1 in 3” combat service members return with “invisible injuries” like “combat trauma, traumatic brain injury (or both).”  Combat trauma, or PTSD, has many tell tale warning signs such as “flashbacks, avoidance, isolation, hyper-arousal reactions including anger outbursts.”

On average we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide. Many of these veterans are suffering from PTSD reliving the worst moments in their lives, over and over again.  Many veterans organizations have put access to treatment for PTSD as their highest priority.

We should not be surprised by Trump’s comments about veterans suffering from PTSD as he said that Senator John McCain was not a war hero because “he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Ironically, Trump himself avoided military service four times through student deferrals and was eventually medically disqualified in 1968. He told reporters at the Washington Post that he had “a bone spur in his foot, but did not recall which foot had been injured.”

Guinta 2010 - 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

Guinta 2010  (Image by Jason Meserve)

In New Hampshire, Congressman Frank Guinta, one of CREW’s most corrupt politicians, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, remained silent after Trump’s outrageous statements last night. Guinta’s opponent, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, condemned Trump and called for Guinta to “renounce Trump’s comments” in a statement released last night.

“Frank Guinta is serving as a lapdog for Donald Trump instead of standing up for the people Trump is bullying. Trump’s newest attack is again on veterans, and again, Mr. Guinta is silent. Carol Shea-Porter was a military spouse and served on the House Armed Services Committee.  She has met many brave men and women who served their country in war and are now being treated for PTSD. They are heroes and do not deserve Trump’s insults,” said Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for Carol Shea-Porter. 

This is not the first time Guinta has taken heat over his “support” for veterans.  Last week we released a story about Guinta’s “double speak” when it came to supporting veterans and funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Guinta voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the government. The bill increased fundingfor the VA by $6.4 billion. The legislation, which fortunately was not tanked by Guinta’s refusal to support it, increased funding for medical care by $4.7 billion and provided funds to hire 770 VA disability claims processors to tackle the claims backlog.” 

Will Guinta continue to support Donald Trump who: attacked war hero, John McCain; disparaged the Kahn’s, a gold star family who lost their son in combat; and implied that combat service members returning with PTSD are not strong enough.

If this is the type of “support” that a Trump/Guinta ticket has to offer, they can just keep it.

Shea-Porter Garners Endorsement From Americans For Responsible Gun Solutions PAC

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ Organization, Americans for Responsible Gun Solutions, Endorses Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Rochester, NH— Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization founded by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, endorsed Carol Shea-Porter.  Americans for Responsible Solutions advocates for common sense solutions to reduce gun violence while protecting responsible gun ownership.

“Carol Shea-Porter knows that with freedom comes responsibility, and that we can do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us. I am proud to support Carol, my former colleague and a leader who is committed to standing up to the Washington gun lobby and to bipartisan change that will help prevent gun tragedies. In Congress, Carol will be a tireless champion for the vocal majority of Granite Staters who are calling on their elected leaders to do more to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer,” said Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. 

Unlike Congressman Guinta, Carol Shea-Porter supports universal background checks to make it easier to stop criminals or terrorists from purchasing firearms. She believes that stalkers who have threatened or abused their partners and are under a restraining order shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a firearm. Carol knows that if someone is too dangerous to fly, that person shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a gun. 

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Americans for Responsible Solutions. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have done incredible work advocating for gun violence prevention measures,” said Carol Shea-Porter. “Sadly, it’s far too easy for criminals, terrorists, and individuals who are a danger to themselves or others to buy guns. Congress needs to pass common sense legislation that protects people’s Second Amendment rights while helping our law enforcement agencies keep illegal weapons off the black market and out of the hands of criminals.”

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