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New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Strongly Opposes GOP Repeal Of ACA

This week, Republicans released their new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with something much worse.

“House Republicans should be ashamed of their new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would hurt New Hampshire workers and families by ending Medicaid expansion, driving up premiums, leaving fewer people with coverage than before the law passed, and setting us back in the fight against the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid epidemic,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “Despite months of pleas from their own constituents, who are terrified about losing their coverage, House Republicans have written a bill that shows total disregard for the people they are supposed to represent and instead bows to special interests. Unbelievably, after almost eight years, House Republicans still refuse to say how much their plan would cost and how many people it would force off their coverage – Republican leadership is trying to jam their bill through before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office even has the chance to score it. Instead of House Republicans’ backroom approach, the American people deserve an honest bipartisan debate on a bill that doesn’t erase the Affordable Care Act’s progress in driving the uninsured rate to the lowest on record, but instead makes needed fixes and improvements to our health care system to ensure all Granite Staters have access to affordable, quality healthcare.”

Congresswoman Kuster said the ACA is “not perfect” but “their proposal would increase costs, limit access, and cover fewer Americans” in her statement.

“It’s clear why Republicans in the House felt it necessary to keep this Affordable Care Act repeal plan hidden behind lock and key. Their proposal would increase costs, limit access, and cover fewer Americans. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and I’m willing to work with Republicans and Democrats to improve the law, but not at the expense of the healthcare of thousands of Granite Staters and millions of Americans nationwide,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. 

“The plan would cut Medicaid spending and phase out the expansion, which has helped thousands of people in New Hampshire access health insurance and has increased treatment and recovery services for those struggling with substance use disorders. Repealing health care subsidies would drive up costs for seniors and less healthy individuals, and provisions to defund providers such as Planned Parenthood do nothing to increase access to care. This is a huge giveaway to the wealthiest Americans, and the plan appallingly even includes a tax break for insurance CEOs making more than half a million dollars. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to rethink this misguided approach and instead come to the table in good faith to help improve the system for all Americans,” Kuster added. 

The Alliance for Retired Americans called the bill “another tax giveaway” to the wealthiest Americans and would “gut” the Medicare Trust Fund.

“After seven years Republicans have finally shown us what their repeal of Obamacare looks like. It would be a disaster for older and working Americans and for our health care system,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “The bill repeals the increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high earners. That will reduce the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund by 4 years, from 2029 to 2025. This is an insult to the fifty-seven million Medicare beneficiaries who have earned their guaranteed Medicare benefits, and many millions more who contribute to Medicare expecting it to be there when they retire.   

“The bill also cuts federal funding for Medicaid by $560 billion over 10 years. Cuts of this magnitude will force states to make deep cuts in the number of people who receive benefits, or the amount of health care provided. Over 70 million beneficiaries rely on Medicaid, including almost 6 million seniors who depend on it for their nursing home and home care services. The GOP’s message is, ‘Sorry, you’re out of luck.’

“Republicans have topped this off by changing the age rating for older Americans from 3:1 to 5:1, or even greater in some states. Enabling insurers to charge older Americans that much more will greatly increase costs for people over the age of 50,” Fiesta concluded. 

Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the bill would hurt middle class families in New Hampshire and across the U.S.

“This repeal bill would be nothing short of a disaster for healthcare coverage in New Hampshire and a devastating blow to our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Shaheen. “This is clearly a broken promise by President Trump and Republican leadership who assured the American public that nobody would be kicked off of their healthcare coverage. It’s unconscionable that this bill would decimate the Medicaid program and eliminate healthcare subsidies for the middle class while the wealthy get another tax break and insurance company CEOs get a pay bump. The bill also defunds Planned Parenthood, jeopardizing vital preventative and reproductive care for thousands of women in New Hampshire. It took Republican leadership seven years to come up with this repeal bill.  This proposal clearly demonstrates why Republican leadership should keep the Affordable Care Act and finally commit to working across the aisle to improve it.” 

Senator Maggie Hassan spoke out against the new House bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan, force older Americans and middle class families to pay more while providing tax breaks for insurance CEOs and the wealthiest Americans, force drastic cuts to New Hampshire’s traditional Medicaid program for children, seniors and people with disabilities, and defund Planned Parenthood.

At a press conference in the Capitol with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Hassan specifically highlighted the devastating impact that the House bill would have on New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan and efforts to combat the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis.

“Make no mistake – this so-called replacement plan would end Medicaid expansion, which experts have said is the most important tool available to fight the substance use crisis. The House Republican plan also hurts children, seniors and people with disabilities with drastic federal cuts to the traditional Medicaid program. It would force states to either cut services our citizens need or to raise taxes,” said Senator Hassan.

Senator Hassan added, “Repealing Medicaid expansion would severely hurt the ability of those on the front lines to save lives and turn the tide of this deadly substance abuse epidemic. Substance use treatment providers have been clear that if Medicaid expansion is repealed, they will have to significantly cut back on the help that they can provide to those in need. To pull the rug out from millions of people across the country who are seeking a lifeline from the throes of addiction is the height of irresponsibility. And we cannot – and we will not – let it happen.”

Granite Staters Rejoice As Planned Parenthood Funding Is Restored.

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Thousands of Granite Staters are rejoicing today as the New Hampshire Executive Council voted 3-2 to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.

Going into the vote, Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas were firmly supporting restoring the funding as they also voted against defunding Planned Parenthood last year. On the other side, Councilors David Wheeler and Joe Kenny were staunchly against it.

This left Councilor Chris Sununu to cast the truly deciding vote.

Ahead of the vote, more than 1,500 voters signed a petition urging the Executive Council to fund Planned Parenthood and a crowd of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund supporters watched as the vote took place.

To the surprise of many, Chris Sununu voted “yes” to approving the contract, restoring funding to Planned Parenthood.

Sununu said in a statement after the vote that he originally voted against funding of Planned Parenthood last year because they “under investigation.” He said that now that Planned Parenthood has been cleared of any wrongdoing, “they should be treated like any other organization that comes before the council.”

Image curtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image curtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“Today’s vote is a victory for women in New Hampshire,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Restored funding to PPNNE will increase Granite Staters’ access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. We are pleased that a bipartisan majority of the Council listened to their constituents and the majority of New Hampshire voters and chose to reverse course from last year’s vote. Blocking access to health care at Planned Parenthood threatened the wellbeing of Granite State citizens.”

“Finally, after nearly a year of New Hampshire women having less access to birth control, cancer screenings, and annual exams, today’s vote was a big win for the people of our state,” said Executive Councilor and Democratic candidate for Governor, Colin Van Ostern. “I’m proud of the thousands across New Hampshire who brought the grassroots pressure needed to flip this vote, and I promise to keep fighting — and to keep winning — for better access to health care for women and families every day.”

“Today’s vote was a victory for the thousands of women and men who receive care at Planned Parenthood health centers across the state,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas. “I’m hopeful we’ve put the divisive politics of the past behind us and will keep ideology out of the Council chamber on women’s health.”

“We must always promote health and economic security in our communities, and I will continue to speak up for the thousands Granite Staters who depend on basic access to life-saving health care,” added Pappas.

“Today’s vote is a critically important step forward for the health and economic well-being of thousands of Granite Staters,” said Governor Maggie Hassan.

“The fundamental right of women to access health care is essential to the economic security and vitality of our families, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England provides critical primary and preventive health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing. This contract reflects our bipartisan agreement with the legislature to fund these critical family planning services through the budget this biennium, and I am pleased by today’s vote to support access to these critical health services for women and families across the state,” added Hassan.

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“It’s troubling that women’s access to reproductive health care is still the subject of ideological and political attacks, and we must not let up in our fight to ensure that women and families have access to the important health services that are essential to the economic security and vitality of our families,” Hassan concluded.

“This is an important victory for the women and families of New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “Despite threats and intimidation, Planned Parenthood of New England provides critical health care services to almost 13,000 women in the Granite State. Many of these women rely on the full range of health services offered at Planned Parenthood to get the care they need. Women in every part of our state deserve access to affordable reproductive health services and vital preventive care. After last year’s destructive vote to defund Planned Parenthood, I’m very relieved that the New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to right a wrong and prioritize women’s health.”

Some of the Democratic candidates for Executive Council used this opportunity to highlight the differences between themselves and their Executive Councilor opponents.

“Quality, affordable health care is the building block of a successful life and should never be subject to partisan politics,” said Dan Weeks, former Executive Director of Open Democracy and Democratic candidate for Executive Council in District 5. “I congratulate Republican Councilor Chris Sununu on joining Democratic Councilors Chris Pappas and Colin Van Ostern to return our state to its longstanding bipartisan tradition of investing in women’s health, even as my opponent Councilor Wheeler decided to again prioritize his personal ideology over the needs and wishes of his constituents. If I am elected Councilor in District 5, I will ensure that New Hampshire continues the vital tradition of supporting women’s health.”

“If our goal is protecting women’s health, reducing abortions and teenage pregnancies, and saving taxpayer money, this contract is a no-brainer,” Weeks said. “My opponent espouses a ‘pro-life’ and ‘fiscally-conservative’ position but his actions do not appear to bear it out, nor do they represent the wishes of his constituents. I urge Councilor Wheeler to stop playing politics with women’s health through his rejection of routine Planned Parenthood contracts and other gender-equity reforms.”

“Women shouldn’t have to beg those in power to place their needs before partisan political considerations,” said Beth Roth, candidate for Executive Council in District 3 seeking to succeed Chris Sununu. “Councilor Sununu made a reckless, foolish choice last year in voting down the Planned Parenthood contract. He made critical health care services inaccessible to thousands of women in New Hampshire.”

“Now that he’s felt political pressure from people in his district and around the state, he made the political calculation it is expedient to approve the contract. I applaud the fact he found it in his heart to reinstate these services, but NH women have the right to expect better from their Councilor. This kind of power politics has no place in a body such as the Executive Council, and underscores the reason I chose to seek the seat Councilor Sununu is vacating. We need people on the Executive Council who are serious about governance and understand what real New Hampshire women and families are going through,” Roth concluded.

Shaheen Applauds Senate Passage of Elementary & Secondary Education Reform Bill

Legislation Includes Several Shaheen Provisions Supporting
STEM Education and Community Service Programming

Jeanne Shaheen STEM SpeechWashington, DC – This afternoon, Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted in favor of broad reforms to elementary and secondary education policy, known as The Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177). The Senate passed this legislation by a bipartisan vote of 81 to 17. This legislation reforms and updates many problematic policies that were put in place by the No Child Left Behind law passed in 2002.

“As a former teacher and governor, I know that it’s the teachers and administrators on the ground in our local school districts that know how best to address the education needs of their communities,” said Shaheen. “This legislation represents long overdue reforms to federal education policy by giving state governments and local school districts more control and flexibility in how they use federal funds as they work to support and improve their elementary, middle and high schools. I’m also very pleased that the legislation expands science, technology and math programs that will help create and encourage the next generation of American innovators.”

Several Shaheen priorities were added to the legislation, including an amendment that supports science, technology and math (STEM) after-school learning programs by making federal funding available under a new STEM education grant. The bill also includes a Shaheen provision that provides support for low-income students in innovative STEM activities, such as robotics competitions, as well as a provision that allows local school districts greater flexibility to use federal funds for programs that promote volunteerism and community service.

Shaheen Campaign Releases New Two-Minute TV Ad For GOTV Weekend

Ad Highlights the Impact of Outsourcing in New Hampshire, Tells Personal Stories of NH Citizens Whose Jobs Were Sent Overseas

NH Citizens Slam Scott Brown for Supporting Tax Breaks for Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas and Cashing In on Board of Company that Outsourced Jobs

Manchester – Today, the Shaheen campaign released a new, two-minute long TV ad featuring New Hampshire natives Ed and Ginger Cunningham who have lived in New Hampshire their whole lives but saw their lives turned upside down after their jobs were shipped overseas. In the new ad, which will air this weekend, Ed and Ginger tell their personal stories and call out Scott Brown for both voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and for cashing in on the board of a company that outsourced American jobs. Earlier this week, the Shaheen campaign released a similar online ad featuring Ed and Ginger’s story.

To view the ad click here: http://jeanneshaheen.org/cunninghams-broadcast/

“There were 8000 people who worked at Lucent and one out of four of them were New Hampshire residents,” Ed Cunningham says in the ad. “A community of 8000 people was basically dissolved under my eyes.

“It was devastating to see it happening, watching the people leave little by little, just seeing the jobs go away, wondering what everybody was going to do,” Ginger Cunningham says.

“Scott Brown took our tax dollars and used them to ship our jobs overseas,” Ed Cunningham adds. “Scott Brown is stabbing us in the back and selling us out right now, he’s working for that company that’s exporting the jobs.”

“Using government money to send jobs overseas, which to me is just completely greed,” Ginger Cunningham adds. “I don’t think Scott Brown is going to take care of me. I don’t think he’s going to take care of the people of New Hampshire any more than he did before.”

“Scott Brown’s outsourcing policies have had very real consequences for middle class families here in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen Campaign Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “Ed and Ginger’s personal stories show firsthand why Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire but for the corporate special interests that line his pockets and campaign coffers.”

As a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted to protect tax breaks for companies that outsource American jobs. Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made more than a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear Brown’s signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy. Meanwhile, New Hampshire has lost the highest percentage of jobs to China than any other state in the nation.

A Senator Should Care Deeply About the State

Mark Mackenzie at PNS RallyBy MARK S. MacKENZIE

As the clock winds down toward Election Day, the TV ads and phone calls will have reached a fevered pitch. Yet many Granite Staters couldn’t care less about the mass advertising being directed their way. What they have been looking for – and might still be looking for – are answers to some very basic questions: How will this candidate help me and my family weather tough times? How will this candidate help me and my neighbors find jobs? How will this candidate help ensure that the jobs we have pay enough to keep up with the rising cost of living?

For so many of us, it comes down to economic opportunity. Over the past 30 years, the richest 1 percent in this country has taken home nearly 50 percent of all income gains. Meanwhile, our roads and bridges are crumbling, taxes on the middle class have risen, and working people have struggled more and more to pay the bills. The economy is slowly recovering, but too many men and women in our state have yet to feel that things have gotten better.

The Senate race between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen is one race where the contrast is clear. As a two-term governor who was elected to the Senate in 2008, Shaheen has a record of creating jobs, pooling resources to help our communities and small businesses, and working around the gridlock in Congress to deliver for New Hampshire working people.

As governor, she was a careful steward of taxpayer dollars and a strategic financial manager. She established a $1 million-a-year job-training fund that helped businesses upgrade the skills of their current employees and train new ones. She tripled New Hampshire’s rainy day fund and put together the state’s first economic plan.

As senator, Shaheen created jobs for hundreds of workers when she fought for a federal prison to be built in Berlin. She connected 1,200 Granite Staters to homeowners’ assistance in order to help them avoid foreclosure. She has worked across the aisle with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte to fight furloughs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and reopen the government after it shut down in 2013.

Contrast that with Scott Brown, whose interests don’t go much further than Scott Brown. He set his sights on New Hampshire after losing his seat as a Massachusetts senator and only moved north after looking at several bids for public office in other states. During his tenure in Massachusetts, he held up crucial aid to unemployed workers and opposed tax cuts to middle-class Americans if they didn’t include huge tax breaks for the rich.

As a member of the board of directors of Kadant, an equipment supplier for the paper industry, he collected $270,000 after the company shipped American jobs overseas. Two months ago, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and the State Employees Association of New Hampshire asked Scott Brown to resign from the board of directors. He has yet to honor that request.

Serving as senator is not about reaching for that next rung on the career ladder or making your next million; it is about helping the men and women who have trusted you to represent their best interests. Jeanne Shaheen understands New Hampshire – its unique culture, economy and political significance. For Scott Brown, however, it is little more than a consolation prize.

Election Day is days away, and we are facing a stark choice. Super PACs have been bombarding New Hampshire with ads for months, but when it comes down to it, this election is about people. Your family. Your co-workers. Your neighbors. It’s about the community we share here in the Granite State.

When making the decision to vote on Nov. 4, we should not only look at what candidates’ ads say or what their proxies say, but what their records say. Our next senator should care about this state as much as we do. Granite Staters deserve nothing less.

(Mark S. MacKenzie is president of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO.)

Also published in the Concord Monitor: Friday, October 31, 2014

President Bill Clinton: Jeanne Shaheen Is Making a Difference for the People of New Hampshire

In New Radio Ad, Clinton Highlights Clear Choice for New Hampshire Voters 

2014-10 President Bill Clinton and Senator Jeanne ShaheenManchester – Today, the Shaheen campaign released a new radio ad featuring President Bill Clinton that highlights the clear choice for New Hampshire voters between Jeanne Shaheen and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. In the ad, President Clinton discusses Senator Shaheen’s long record making a difference for middle class families and small businesses throughout New Hampshire.

To listen to the audio, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQWuQmKx3S4&feature=youtu.be

“Jeanne Shaheen is making a difference for the people of New Hampshire,” Clinton says in the ad. “She always has. It’s her life’s work. She got tax cuts for your small businesses, and helped them expand their exports. She worked with Democrats and Republicans so our veterans can finally get access to healthcare close to home. Now she’s helping to refinance your student loans at lower rates.”

“Jeanne Shaheen is the real deal,” Clinton adds. “She’s always been there for you, and I hope you’ll be there for her now. Let’s vote for progress not protest. You’ll always be glad you did.”

Jeanne Shaheen has deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here, and she has a long record of standing up for New Hampshire families and businesses. She helped write the bipartisan Small Business Jobs Act, which cut taxes for New Hampshire small businesses, increased businesses’ access to credit, and helped New Hampshire companies export their products overseas. That bill has helped countless New Hampshire small businesses grow and create jobs.

Shaheen also reached across the aisle to include a provision in the bipartisan veterans reform bill that will allow veterans in New Hampshire to seek care closer to home. She is also fighting for legislation that allows students to refinance their loans at lower rates.

Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire after he lost his election in Massachusetts. When he represented Massachusetts in the Senate, he voted for tax breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street, and companies that outsource American jobs. And since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made over a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan.

Debate Exchange of the Night


Scott Brown Cluelessly Fumbles New Hampshire Specific Question
Jeanne Shaheen Takes Him to School On Her Record of Putting New Hampshire First

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXDK8nQF0xw

Shaheen Campaign Responds to More Attacks from Scott Brown’s Wall Street Allies

Scott Brown in 2010 Image by Wiki Commons

Scott Brown in 2010
Image by Wiki Commons

Manchester – The Shaheen Campaign today released the following statement responding to the latest attacks from “Ending Spending,” a Wall Street front group that has funneled millions of dollars into New Hampshire in an attempt to buy Scott Brown a Senate seat:

“Jeanne Shaheen is the only candidate in this race with a record of making a difference for New Hampshire families. Scott Brown’s out-of-state Wall Street allies are trying to buy him a Senate seat with more attack ads so he can get back to protecting special interests, just like he did when he lived in Massachusetts. This ad is just more proof that Scott Brown is for the big corporations and Wall Street, not New Hampshire.”

Earlier attack ads from “Ending Spending” were widely discredited because of their dishonest claims that were labeled “false” and “scandalous.”

One attack ad was so false that a television station in Boston pulled it off the air.

Want to know more about this group that calls itself “Ending Spending”?  Read the USA Today analysis “Mega-influence: These 42 dominate super PAC donations” here.

Shaheen Visits Republican-Owned Small Business, Highlights Her Record Of Putting New Hampshire First

Shaheen Continues ‘GOTV-New Hampshire Tour”, Contrasting Her Record With Scott Brown’s Pro-Outsourcing Agenda

SenJeanneShaheenAmherst – Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” this morning at LaBelle Winery in Amherst where she discussed how her record of supporting New Hampshire small businesses stands in stark contrast to Scott Brown’s record of supporting out-of-state corporate interests, including companies that outsource American jobs. At the event, Shaheen was endorsed by LaBelle Winery owner Amy LaBelle, a registered Republican, who cited Shaheen’s record of working to help New Hampshire small businesses grow and create jobs.

“Throughout my career I’ve worked to support New Hampshire small businesses and middle class families,” said Shaheen. “That’s why I fought to close tax loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs and instead led the fight to pass legislation that cut taxes for our small businesses, which create jobs and support our economy here in New Hampshire. Scott Brown didn’t just oppose that legislation; he championed special tax giveaways to Big Oil companies, Wall Street banks, and even companies that ship jobs overseas.”

“I’m a registered Republican but I know that when it comes to who will fight for New Hampshire and its small businesses, Senator Shaheen is the clear choice,” said Amy LaBelle, owner of LaBelle Winery. “Senator Shaheen has fought for small businesses throughout her career, while she was New Hampshire’s governor and now as our US Senator. She has been focused on the policies that help business owners like me create jobs.”

“Scott Brown’s record shows that he’s only interested in himself and in the big money corporate donors, who fund his campaign,” LaBelle added. “He’s voted against commonsense bills like the Small Business Jobs Act that help New Hampshire businesses. And what’s more is that while he was a Massachusetts Senator, he voted for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas to places like China and Mexico. He’s not voting for companies that are creating jobs here.”

Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for New Hampshire small businesses. She led the fight to pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which cut taxes for small businesses, increased businesses’ access to credit, and helped companies export their products overseas. That legislation has helped countless New Hampshire businesses grow and create jobs but as a Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown voted against it.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown voted to support special tax breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that offshore American jobs. Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made over a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear Brown’s signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy.

At each of her events this week, Jeanne Shaheen is meeting with voters about what is at stake this November. She has deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here, and has a record of making a difference for New Hampshire families both as Governor and Senator.

New Shaheen Campaign TV Ad Shows How Shaheen Gets the Job Done For New Hampshire

Latest Ad Highlights Shaheen’s Record of Fighting For NH Jobs, Small Businesses, Working Families and Veterans

Jeanne ShaheenManchester – Today, the Shaheen campaign released a new television ad titled “Granite,” which shows how Senator Shaheen always fights for the people of New Hampshire, not special interests like the big banks or Big Oil. The ad describes her work to protect jobs in New Hampshire and how she has helped small businesses, working families, and veterans across the state.

To watch the ad, click here: http://jeanneshaheen.org/granite/

“They don’t call us the Granite State for nothing. We’re tough here. I never back down from a fight for the people of New Hampshire. I don’t work for the big oil companies or the big banks, I work for you,” says Senator Shaheen in the ad.

Jeanne Shaheen works for the people of New Hampshire, not the Big Oil or corporate special interests. But when Scott Brown was a Senator from Massachusetts, he supported billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil. He secured billions in special breaks for Wall Street and worked to water down new regulations on behalf of the big banks. He also voted to protect tax breaks for corporations shipping American jobs overseas. And since getting voted out of office, Brown is now collecting more than a quarter of a million dollars by serving on the board of a company that sent jobs to China and Mexico.

“Jeanne Shaheen’s common sense leadership makes a difference for New Hampshire,” said Shaheen campaign Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “She has deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here and her record proves she will always put New Hampshire first.”

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Shaheen has taken on her own party to oppose a new round of BRAC which could threaten the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the thousands of New Hampshire jobs there. This summer she worked with Republicans to pass bipartisan legislation reforming the VA, and a special provision she worked to include will soon allow New Hampshire veterans to receive health care closer to their homes.

Shaheen helped write the Small Business Jobs Act, a law that cut taxes for small businesses, increased their access to credit, and helped New Hampshire companies export their products. And she stood up for working families by introducing the Bank On Students Emergency Loan Refinance Act, legislation that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance their student loans and reduce their loan debt.

A transcript of the ad is below.

Title Granite
Media TV 0:30
Date 10/27/14
Script Backup
Sen. Shaheen: They don’t call us the Granite State for nothing. We’re tough here. I never back down from a fight for the people of New Hampshire. I don’t work for the big oil companies or the big banks, I work for you.Sen. Shaheen: Saving jobs at the Shipyard.Saving Jobs
Shaheen Led The Fight To Stop A Potential BRAC Round That Would Put PNSY AT RiskCapital Beat: In Face Of Call For BRAC Round By President Obama That Could Put PNSY At Risk, Shaheen Among NH’s “Heavy Hitters” For The Shipyard. “Eight years ago, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was on the Pentagon’s chopping block. In the end, it was spared during the 2005 round of military base closures, but the experience left advocates for the shipyard – and its thousands of employees – wary. President Obama called this year for a new round of base closures, starting in 2015. But the proposal has gained little traction on Capitol Hill, and it looks like the shipyard can breathe a little easier for now. […] On the Senate side, New Hampshire has a couple of heavy hitters in U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte.” [Concord Monitor, Capital Beat, 7/7/13]Shaheen-Led Readiness Subcommittee Rejected BRAC Requests In 2013 And 2014. [Associated Press, 6/11/13; Politico, 5/21/14]
Sen. Shaheen: Helping our businesses compete.Helping Business
Shaheen-Backed Small Business Jobs Act Provided Help To Small Business To Increase Exports To Expand, Create JobsShaheen Voted For Small Business Jobs Act That Included 8 Small Business Tax Cuts. [Vote 237, 9/16/10; U.S. Small Business Administration, Accessed 10/22/14]Small Business Jobs Act Provided Funds To Help Create New High-Tech Companies In The State, A Provision Shaheen Championed. [New Hampshire Union Leader, 7/9/12]Report: “Dozens” Of NH Companies Will Receive Grants Through Small Business Export Program That Shaheen “Helped To Craft.” [Foster’s Daily Democrat, 12/31/2012]·         Headline: 35 NH companies receive export grants [New Hampshire Union Leader, 12/29/12]
Sen. Shaheen: Allowing families to refinance student loans…Refinance
Shaheen Introduced Legislation To Let College Grads Refinance Student Loans, Saving ThousandsShaheen Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Bank On Students Emergency Loan Refinance Act That Would Allow Students To Refinance Their Loans At Lower Interest Rates. [S.2432, Introduced 6/4/14]Student Loan Refinancing Bill Would Help 25 Million Borrowers Save $2,000 Each Over The Lifetime Of Their Loans. [Boston Globe, 6/11/14]
Sen. Shaheen: …and veterans get health care close to home. Getting the job done for New Hampshire.Veterans
HEALTH CARESen. Shaheen: I’m Jeanne Shaheen. I approve this message. I didn’t just move here, I’ve been here fighting for you. I’d be honored to have your vote.VOTE NOV 4TH  Jeanne Shaheen
Shaheen Worked To Get Provision In VA Reform Bill To Allow NH Veterans To Get Health Care Close To HomeShaheen & Ayotte Held Joint Press Conference To Mark Passage Of The VA Reform Bill Containing The Equivalent Care Provision They Crafted. [New Hampshire Union Leader, 8/1/14]·         Provision Will Let NH Veterans That Live More Than 20 Miles From A Full-Service VA Hospital Obtain Care Outside The VA System. [Concord Monitor, 7/31/14]·         Report: Provision Will “Mean Elderly, Ill New Hampshire Veterans Will Not Have Travel Hours To Get Medical Care Treatment” At Out-Of-State VA Hospitals. [New Hampshire Union Leader, 8/1/14]
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