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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.

Guinta Attempts To Blame Shea-Porter For GOP Obstructionism In Washington

Frank Guinta’s Failed Attempt To Blame Shea-Porter for Tea Party Chaos

Guinta Snipes At Shea-Porter As Tea Party Wreaks Havoc In DC

Frank Guinta (Image by Mark Nassal)

Frank Guinta 2010 (Image by Mark Nassal)

MANCHESTER, NH — On Thursday afternoon, former Congressman Frank Guinta sent an email to supporters with subject line “They’re Leaving?” slamming Carol Shea-Porter for “packing her bags for a five week summer vacation.” The only problem (besides the fact that Speaker Boehner, not Shea-Porter, sets the schedule)? Guinta’s email was sent hours after it was announced that members of Congress would remain in Washington indefinitely after a Tea Party insurrection engineered by “Acting Speaker of the House” and Guinta mentor Ted Cruz killed a bill to address the border crisis.

“The Congresswoman had planned to tour a factory this afternoon and discuss jobs and the economy with New Hampshire workers,” said Shea-Porter campaign spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Unfortunately, due to the lack of leadership from Frank Guinta’s extremist Tea Party allies, she will have to reschedule.  It is disappointing, but not surprising, that former Congressman Guinta refuses to acknowledge the dysfunction that his own party is causing in Washington.”

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The vote on the border bill was cancelled in a last-minute shock. The failures comes after more than a year of House Republicans refusing to hold a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate with votes from New Hampshire Senators Shaheen and Ayotte. There is wide agreement that if House Republican Speaker Boehner allowed a vote on the Senate bill, it would pass with bipartisan support, but he refuses due to the 2010 Tea Partiers who have hijacked his Republican caucus.

163 Members of Congress Demand a Vote, Not Silence, to Prevent Gun Violence

Reps. Shea-Porter, Thompson Lead 163 House Members in Calling for a Vote on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara, Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), a member of the House’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) led a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signed by 163 Members of Congress demanding a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.

“Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre,” Shea-Porter, Thompson, and 161 of their colleagues wrote. “The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.”

“Moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough.  The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote,” they continued.

Recently on the floor of the House of Representatives, Shea-Porter called on Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on legislation to help prevent more deaths from senseless gun violence.

The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which is chaired by Thompson, released a comprehensive set of policy principles that will reduce gun violence and respect the Second Amendment.

Of those recommendations, one of the most important pieces is H.R. 1565, bipartisan legislation written by Reps. Thompson and Peter King (R-NY) and cosponsored by Rep. Shea-Porter, to strengthen and expand background checks. This legislation bolsters the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners and helps keep guns from criminals, terrorists, and the dangerously mentally ill.

Right now, a criminal in many states can buy a firearm at a gun show, over the internet, or through a newspaper ad because those sales don’t require a background check.  H.R. 1565 requires comprehensive and enforceable background checks on all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows, over the Internet, or through classified ads, while providing reasonable exceptions for family and friends. Background checks would be conducted though a licensed dealer in the same manner as they have been for more than 40 years. The Thompson-King bill bans the creation of a federal registry and makes the misuse of records a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

“Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence,” Shea-Porter, Thompson and others concluded in their letter.

Full text of the letter to Speaker John Boehner is below. The full list of signatories can be found here.

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June 26, 2014
Speaker John Boehner
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough.  The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.

Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.

Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic. 

Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.

Sincerely,

 

Shea-Porter Introduces DELIVER Act to Improve Wait Times at the VA

Legislation would help VA Doctors, Nurses, and Other Medical Staff Repay Student Loans and Speed Up Wait Times Caused by the VA Doctor Shortage

Shea-Porter: “The VA needs fully qualified long-term staff, and one thing holding the VA back right now is that doctors can make more money and pay back student loans faster by working in the private sector” 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) introduced a new measure to improve recruitment and retention of doctors, nurses, and medical staff at VA medical facilities. The Doctors’ Education Loans Impact VA Employee Retention (DELIVER) Act, would expand programs to help VA employees repay higher education loans and help address the current shortage of doctors at the VA. Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and John Tierney (MA-06) joined Shea-Porter as original cosponsors of the legislation.

“Our veterans deserve to receive treatment quickly, and they deserve the best care our country can offer,” Shea-Porter said. “To achieve those goals, the VA needs fully qualified long-term staff, and one thing holding the VA back right now is that doctors can make more money and pay back student loans faster by working in the private sector. My legislation would help some VA employees get out from under their student debt as long as they are serving our veterans. ”

The long wait times that have plagued VA medical facilities across the country are caused in part by staff shortages.  In May, The New York Times reported that “at the heart of the falsified data in Phoenix, and possibly many other veterans hospitals, is an acute shortage of doctors, particularly primary care ones, to handle a patient population swelled both by aging veterans from the Vietnam War and younger ones who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“As I visit the VA health centers in Iowa, I am told time and again that they need more doctors, nurses and support staff to handle the influx of patients. This commonsense bill will attract more doctors to the VA and begin dealing with this problem. As a military parent, I believe there is no greater responsibility than caring for our veterans with the same dignity and honor with which they served. We owe it to them to provide the VA with the resources necessary to hire additional doctors and nurses so they can continue the great work they do,” Congressman Loebsack said.

“A major issue facing the VA is the lack of medical professionals available to help our veterans. We need a responsible and commonsense solution in order to ensure veterans receive the quality and timely medical care they deserve. Today, we’re introducing an expansion of the VA’s loan forgiveness program that would help VA medical professionals repay their student loans while also addressing the shortage of medical professionals at the VA,” Congressman Tierney said.

VA doctors are supposed to take care of about 1,200 patients each, but staff shortages have forced them to treat more than 2,000 each, according to J. David Cox Sr., National President of the American Federation of Government Employees. Furthermore, exhausted and overworked VA doctors and other medical staff, such as nurse practitioners struggling to repay crushing levels of student debt, are often poached by private sector employers that can offer higher salaries. Primary care doctors and internists at veterans centers generally earn from about $98,000 to $195,000, compared with private-sector primary care physicians whose total median compensation was $221,000 in 2012, according to the Medical Group Management Association and The New York Times.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s bill will make it easier for VA employees to pay back student loans, thus ensuring they can attract and retain high-quality professionals and give our nation’s veterans the best possible care. Specifically, the DELIVER Act would “direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the repayment of higher education loans for certain employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.” The VA’s existing Education Debt Reduction Program allows the Department to compete with the private sector in areas where there are staff shortages. Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s DELIVER Act will build on that program’s record of success.

Full text of Shea-Porter’s legislation is available here.

GET THE FACTS: EPA Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution (Via Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter)

Kyndby Powerplant (Image by Peter Madsen Flickr)

Kyndby Powerplant (Image by Peter Madsen Flickr)

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The Clean Power Plan proposal will help protect public health and fight climate change by cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30% below 2005 baseline levels by 2030.

“Climate change is real and we’re increasingly seeing its impacts on New Hampshire’s natural resources and our economy,” Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter said. “That’s why New Hampshire’s small businesses support new guidelines to limit the amount of carbon pollution power plants can dump into our environment. These safeguards will protect our health and spur innovation, potentially creating thousands of jobs and making us more energy independent.”

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released a package of facts, myths, and statistics about the new EPA guidelines. New Hampshire doesn’t have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment, and these numbers prove it. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

·         New Hampshire will have flexibility to meet the EPA’s target using the energy sources that work best for our state and by cutting energy waste. New Hampshire has been a leader in efforts to curb harmful emissions, and these rules will help level the playing field by requiring other states to do what New Hampshire has already done.

·         New Hampshire is already experiencing extreme weather. Since 2010, severe weather caused $47 million in property damage. In mountains along the Maine and New Hampshire border, snow depth decreased by 16 percent in recent years, affecting outdoor recreation industries like skiing and snowmobiling and contributing to a decline in moose due to a longer tick season.

·         Combatting carbon pollution will improve Granite Staters’ health, including the 10.2% of New Hampshire adults who suffer from asthma. In New Hampshire, there were over 1,000 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of close to $12,300 for each stay.

·         Clean energy is already playing a role in New Hampshire’s economy. In New Hampshire, renewable energy generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources increased more than 35 percent since 2009.

·         New Hampshire is already making progress. Between 2008-2011, carbon emissions from the power sector in the Granite State decreased by 25 percent.

NATIONWIDE

Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no federal limits on carbon pollution levels. By 2030, the Clean Power Plan will:

·         Cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year.

·         Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit.

·         Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits.

·         Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

MYTH vs FACT

MYTH: JOHN BOEHNER: Climate change policies will kill 224,000 jobs and surge electric bills by $17 billion every year.

FACT: We rate his statement False. [Politifact, 6/2/14]

“Boehner said the EPA’s plan to regulate carbon emissions in existing power plants will increase electric bills by ‘$17 billion every year’ and ‘potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year.’ Those numbers are based on a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study that came out before the EPA announced the regulations on existing power plants.

“That study wrongly assumed the administration would set a benchmark of reducing carbon emissions by 42 percent before 2030. The regulations released June 2 actually put forward a 30 percent reduction within that timeframe. The chamber itself told PolitiFact its estimates are not based on the goals as announced.

“But despite these serious flaws, Boehner used the numbers anyway.”

POLLS

A recent Washington Post – ABC News poll found that the majority of Americans support efforts to reduce carbon emissions:

·         70 percent say the federal government should require limits to greenhouse gases from existing power plants.

·         57 percent of Republicans, 76 percent among independents and 79 percent of Democrats support state-level limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

·         The overall results are closely in line with Post-ABC polling since 2009, where between 65 and 75 percent have supported limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Health organizations, business community leaders, and religious groups are also coming out in support of the EPA’s proposed standard:

·          “A coalition of 176 companies, including Unilever, Mars Inc. and clothing maker VF Corp., sent letters Monday to the Obama administration and congressional leaders to support the administration’s proposal to limit power plant carbon dioxide emissions.” [The Hill, 6/2/14]

·         U.S. Conference of Bishops: “We are pastors in a faith tradition that teaches, as Pope Francis recently stated, ‘Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.’ The best evidence indicates that power plants are the largest stationary source of carbon emissions in the United States, and a major contributor to climate change.”

·         The American Lung Association: “Power plant pollution makes people sick and cuts short lives. We are pleased to see significant health benefits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants, which would reduce the burden of air pollution in America.”

ICYMI

When asked if New Hampshire already had compliance with the EPA rule “in the bag”, state officials said that seems to be the case.

N.H. Likely Has Proposed Carbon Limits ‘In The Bag’
NHPR // Sam Evans-Brown
June 2, 2014

Under a proposed rule out of the EPA Monday, New Hampshire will have to come up with its own plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, many of the building blocks for that plan are already in place. 

The new EPA rule says that New Hampshire should emit 486 pounds of carbon per megawatt hour of electricity generated, and that, as of 2012, New Hampshire’s rate was 905 pounds per megawatt hour. 

Mike Fitzgerald with the New Hampshire DES says the 486 pound limit is “sort of akin to a speed limit of miles per hour.” 

That speed limit is more than four times less what comes out of an average coal-fired power plant,  which likely means New England can’t have many of those on-line and meet the new rate.

Responses to the proposed rule came swiftly. The only company that operates coal plants in New Hampshire, Public Service of New Hampshire, said in a statement that while it produced 70 percent less carbon in 2013 compared with 2005, “it may be challenging to grow our success.” Environmental groups like the Clean Air Task Force hailed the rule as “an excellent first bid,” and energy industry groups such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers claimed the rule would have far-reaching economic impacts. 

Compliant Already?

New Hampshire will try to figure out if it can get below the speed-limit proposed by the EPA with the variety of programs already underway.

For instance, Fitzgerald says the “ideal situation” would be if by simply pointing to the state’s membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state carbon cap-and-trade program, the EPA would give the state its approval.

RGGI places a cap on how much carbon dioxide can be emitted by power plays, which Fitzgerald thinks is “more analogous to a limit on the total length you can drive.” DES will have to translate the distance-driven cap into the speed-limit number that the EPA is looking for. 

The EPA also says energy efficiency programs and state renewable energy goals will be considered toward compliance with the proposed rule, though state officials say they are still working out how those factors will be weighed. New Hampshire has both efficiency programs and a “renewable portfolio standard” which says the state will get 25 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025.

When asked if New Hampshire already had compliance with the EPA rule “in the bag”, state officials said that seems to be the case.

New Hampshire will have until 2016 to come up with the plan, and the rule itself won’t be finalized until June of next year.

Shea-Porter Announces Manchester Community Health Center Receives $1.5 Million Grant

MANCHESTER, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) is pleased to announce that Manchester Community Health Center will receive a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“I have been proud to support the Manchester Community Health Center over the years, and I am confident that this grant will allow them to continue providing the highest quality health care to Manchester’s working families,” Shea-Porter said. “I am also grateful for the role the Center played in helping New Hampshire citizens obtain health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. I will continue working with MCHC to ensure more Granite Staters have access to quality, affordable health care.”

MCHC President Kris McCracken said, ”MCHC is extremely grateful to have the continued support of HRSA and HHS for our Federally Qualified Health Center’s two locations of care. The consistent support we’ve received from HRSA has been a foundation of our ability to provide high-quality primary care, prenatal care and support services like counseling, nutrition and interpretation. The New Access Point funding we are now receiving as a part of this grant, supporting our new location at 184 Tarrytown Road, has allowed us to add over 1,500 new patients to our practice in the last 12 months. We are now serving almost 12,000 patients of all ages at our two locations, and we are able to meet the needs of this diverse patient population with our talented staff, including Family Practice, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Internal Medicine and Podiatry. Recently, our Outreach & Enrollment staff have been able to help almost 2,000 community residents apply for healthcare coverage through the Exchange under the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to continuing to enroll new patients as NH expands access to healthcare coverage. With this continued funding from HHS/HRSA, as well as the funds we receive from several local and state organizations, we will be able to continue to grow the practices and provide more care to the estimated 19,000 individuals in Greater Manchester without a primary care provider or health home.”

The funding from HHS will allow Manchester Community Health Center to continue its operations and services at both its primary care site at 145 Hollis Street and at its New Access Point site at 184 Tarrytown Road, which opened for services in March 2013. Manchester Community Health Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center offering high quality, comprehensive, and family-oriented primary health care and support services since 1993.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has long supported community health centers and the vital role they play in providing health care to uninsured and underserved populations. This year she received the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award. The award was presented by Bi-State Primary Care Association President and CEO Tess Stack Kuenning in a ceremony at the Manchester Community Health center.

Rep Shea-Porter Helps Secure A Grant To Repair North Country Roads After Hurricane Irene

White Mountain National Forest Awarded $2 Million Federal Grant

Funding will help repair roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene

CAMPTON, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced that the White Mountain National Forest will receive a $2 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to help repair roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“Heavy rain from Hurricane Irene significantly damaged roads in the White Mountains,” Shea-Porter said. “This funding will ensure that Slippery Brook Road, Rocky Branch Road, and East Branch Road can be returned to good condition and remain safe for travelers.”

In January 2013, Shea-Porter voted for bipartisan disaster relief funding that contained $2 billion for the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Program. The White Mountains received an ERFO grant to help repair roads on three Forest Service routes.  Work on Forest Service Route 17 (Slippery Brook Road) includes riprap installation, ditch repair, and road slide repair.  Work on Forest Service Route 27 (Rocky Branch Road) and Forest Service Route 38 (East Branch Road) includes bridge replacement.

On Friday, May 2, 2014, Shea-Porter will meet with hikers and tour the White Mountain National Forest with Appalachian Mountain Club President John Judge. In October, Shea-Porter visited the White Mountain National Forest to discuss the impact of the government shutdown with White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner.

As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Shea-Porter has consistently fought to protect New Hampshire’s environment. She also recognizes the importance good roads and bridges play in New Hampshire, from creating well-paying construction jobs, to growing businesses, to supporting the vital tourism industry.

 

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand STEM Education

Legislation could benefit NH’s FIRST Robotics Competition

Supported by Rocket Scientist Rep. Rush Holt and GOP Rep. Thomas Massie

First Robotics Competition  2010 (Image Wiki Commons)

First Robotics Competition 2010 (Image Wiki Commons)

WASHINGTON, DC –With economic projections indicating that the U.S. will need 1 million more workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within the next decade, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today introduced the STEM Mentoring and Inspiration Act, legislation that would expand the number of programs eligible to compete for federal STEM funding.

Currently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers grants to help schools improve STEM education. Shea-Porter’s STEM Mentoring and Inspiration Act expands grant eligibility to after-school programs that incorporate self-directed student learning, inquiry-based learning, cooperative learning in small groups, collaboration with mentors, and participation in STEM competitions. This bill does not cost anything; it simply makes additional programs eligible for already-existing NSF funding.

“STEM education is vital to building a high-tech workforce and preparing students for jobs in the global economy,” Shea-Porter said. “Today, some of the most promising STEM programs incorporate mentoring and self-directed learning to inspire and engage students. Those programs should be on an equal playing field when it comes to accessing federal grant funding.”

Original cosponsors of the legislation include (Rocket Scientist) Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12); Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky who holds an engineering degree from MIT along with 24 patents; and Rep. Annie Kuster, from New Hampshire, a member of the STEM Education Caucus.

Shea-Porter is a member of the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) Caucus. In March, she spoke at the opening ceremonies of the FIRST Robotics competition at UNH. Earlier in the year, she wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor expressing her support for Manchester School District’s STEAM Ahead initiative.

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