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IBEW Local 2320 Endorses Chris Pappas For Congress

Manchester, NH – Garnering his second union endorsement Chris Pappas announced that IBEW Local 2320 has endorsed  his run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“IBEW Local Union 2320 is proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Congress,” said Business Manager Steve Soule.

“Chris Pappas has been a friend and advocate for our members throughout his time in public service.  He’s someone we can trust to tirelessly fight for New Hampshire’s working families.  Washington needs more members of Congress with the values and community outlook that Chris possesses.  We enthusiastically support him in this race.”

“It’s an honor to have the support of Local 2320 in my race for Congress,” Chris Pappas said.

“Whether it’s investing in infrastructure or expanding middle class opportunity, I am committed to taking steps in Congress that will help build a brighter future for New Hampshire.  I am grounded in the people and places of this state, and I want to ensure that working families have a voice in Washington.  I am very thankful for the support of IBEW Local 2320 in this campaign.”

Local IBEW 2320 represents highly trained, professional women and men in all corners of New Hampshire.  The union is comprised of a talented group of individuals in many differing fields including Administrative Specialists, Automotive Mechanics, Building Equipment Mechanics, Circuit Design Specialists, CDL A & CDL B Truck Drivers, Community College Professors, Customer Service, Equipment Installation Technicians, Facility Design & Inventory Specialists, Fiber Splice Technicians, HVAC Technicians, Information Technology Specialists, Line Construction, Payroll Processing, Power Distribution Technicians, Security Officers, Stock Room Attendants, and Workers in the Nuclear Industry.

Pappas was recently endorsed by the Teamsters Union local 633.

Steelworkers Endorse Mark MacKenzie For Congress

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has endorsed State Representative and former New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie for Congress to fight on behalf of working families in the First Congressional District.

Mark MacKenzie

“I am proud and honored to accept the endorsement of the Steelworkers Union, representing over 800,000 working men and women across our country. They understand that our campaign will bring the fight to protect and expand the middle class to the race, and will represent New Hampshire’s working families in Washington.” Mackenzie said.

USW District 4 Director John Shinn credited MacKenzie for serving working families for more than 40 years, as a firefighter and a leader within the labor movement each for 25 years and now in the state legislature. 

“Mark has been a tireless, visible and vocal champion of working families for decades,” Shinn said. “His leadership was instrumental in building a bipartisan coalition to defeat the so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation brought before the New Hampshire House early this year.”

Shinn said that MacKenzie’s record of unashamed, outspoken and ultimately effective advocacy for American workers, their families and communities is too rare in Washington, D.C., and that the USW is proud to be the first major union to endorse the campaign to put him there.

“As a nation, if we want to create good jobs, a modern energy policy, address our crumbling infrastructure and expand the middle class,” he said, “then we need to elect representatives who know how to make it happen.”

“When we stand together in solidarity and fight together in unity for policies based on fairness and justice, we cannot be defeated,” Shinn said. “Nobody running for Congress understands that better than Mark MacKenzie.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, the auto supply and energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

It’s Official: Mark MacKenzie Announces Candidacy for Congress

MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Manchester State Representative and former NH AFL-CIO President Mark Mackenzie announced his candidacy to represent New Hampshire’s 1st District in the U.S. Congress with the following statement:

“I am entering this race today and will join with thousands of working men and women throughout our state and country who find themselves struggling in an economy which has failed them. The American dream has dissolved into the American struggle, as more and more people try and stay above water.

Wealthy Americans are the beneficiaries of a rigged system which has allowed a small minority of people to amass enormous amounts of money while most Americans continue to work harder to make ends meet. Working families deserve an economy that works for them.

My service to working families and the community span more than 40 years. As a firefighter in the State’s largest community, Manchester, I had the honor to work with my sisters and brothers in the fire service community making our City a safer place to live and work.

As a community activist and a leader, I joined with people all over our state working shoulder to shoulder to fight for fair wages, good pension benefits, health care for all and fair treatment of all people regardless of one’s sexual or gender preference.

I enter this race tempered by this lifetime of work and ready to help lead a movement which will restore “Liberty and Justice for all”.

I believe in:

A quality health care system for all Americans, beginning with the expansion of our current Medicare system to more people by incrementally reducing the eligibility age.

A public college education which is affordable and moves us towards free education at public universities. This would open up opportunities for thousands of people and relieve the crushing burden college debt has cause for to many of our citizens.

Equality and justice for all. This phrase is not just a slogan but a declaration of our values. It should apply to all Americans regardless of the color of their skin, nationality or sexual and gender orientation.

An energy strategy which first acknowledges climate change is real, and moves this country away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources of energy. This strategy would create millions of good paying jobs.

Investing in rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure of our county. Thousands of roads and bridges are in disrepair. Aging systems in communities and all over the country threaten our way of life and put at risk our water and air.  This too will create thousands of good paying jobs in communities all over the country.

We can do better as a nation to address these problems and many others which undermine the lives of working people in this country.

We have an opportunity in this election to send a clear message about what we want and expect from our elected officials .

Let’s come together and help redefine what “making America great again” means for us .

I want to thank Carol Shea-Porter for her legacy of service to all of us in the first district, and I hope to continue and renew her efforts to find and fund community based solutions to the opioid crisis, work for affordable childcare as well as paid family leave policies and immigration reform. My attempts with Carol over the years to raise the minimum wage to a living wage has been extremely rewarding and meaningful to me. I will continue to seek her counsel as we move forward.”

MacKenzie has been a resident of Manchester since he joined the Fire Department at the age of 21 in 1974, eventually earning the rank of Captain and being chosen to represent his fellow firefighters, achieving improved working conditions and livelihoods for public servants across the state of New Hampshire. He retired from the Fire Department after 25 years of service.

His 25-year tenure as President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO was recognized nationally for his numerous achievements on behalf of working people including defeating Koch Brother funded anti-worker “right to work” legislation in many legislative battles.

Mark has been at the forefront of virtually all successful Democratic campaigns over many years in New Hampshire, including Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster, Senators Shaheen and Hassan, Governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan including countless State Senators and Representatives. He has also worked closely with New Hampshire elected officials from both parties.

Representative MacKenzie helped to form the NH Bernie Sanders Steering Committee in 2015 and remains an active member of that group.

Mark has been an active member of the community serving with many organizations including:  Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board – Department of Labor, Post Secondary Voc-Tech Education System, New Hampshire State Job Training Council, Manchester United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Trust, National Council of Public Employees Retirement Systems, New Hampshire State School-to-Work Team, NH Citizens Commission on State Courts and NH Citizens Health Initiative.

He has an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degrees from  Franklin Pierce College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The University of New Hampshire. He has also completed the Trade Union program at Harvard University. He is a member of The National Political Science Honor Society and the Harvard Alumni Association.

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.

NH CD01: A Clear Choice For Granite Staters

Carol Shea Porter - Frank GuintaThis election, voters in New Hampshire’s in the First Congressional District once again have a choice between two candidates that we know very well: Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta.

The two candidates have faced each other in the same race for the last three election cycles.

Carol is a true fighter for the middle class: pushing for stronger labor laws, a higher minimum wage, and access to healthcare for all Americans.

Frank is a self proclaimed “Tea Partier” who opposes any increase in the minimum wage, wants to “reduce government regulations” that help protect our environment, and would take away a woman’s right to choose.

Carol has the endorsement of workers organizations like the NH AFL-CIO, the State Employees Association, The American Federation of Teachers -NH, and the National Education Association of New Hampshire. Carol has also been endorsed by Planned Parenthood for her opposition to the attacks on women’s rights, the Human Rights Campaign for protecting the rights of the LBGT community, and the Sierra Club for her work protecting the environment.

On the other hand, Frank has been endorsed by the Koch brothers funded Americans For Prosperity and the Association of Builders and Contractors. Frank and the ABC held up construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps building because they were opposed to a federal agreement that would have protected construction workers and ensured that they were paid a fair wage.

Carol has voted time and time against proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare – programs that Americans have paid in to, their entire working lives. Vote after vote, Carol has defended the promises of retirement security that Americans have relied on since 1935. Protecting Social Security is one of the cornerstones of Carol’s service in Congress, and that’s why she has been endorsed by the New Hampshire Alliance For Retired Americans.

Frank, on the other hand, supports Paul Ryan’s plan to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Carol has defended the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from threats to close it. She was also very vocal in her opposition to last October’s 16-day government shutdown.

There is no doubt that Frank would have voted with the extremists in Congress to shut our government down. And Frank has already promised he would join the faction that keeps forcing the House to waste resources voting on Obamacare (at least 60 times so far).

Once again, Granite Staters in the First District have a very clear choice between candidates.

  • If you want a fighter for the middle class who opposes corporate PAC money, vote for Carol Shea-Porter.
  • If you want someone in Washington who will vote for his corporate funders and against the middle class, then Frank Guinta fits the bill.

Myself, I will be voting to re-elect Congresswoman Shea-Porter.

The Party Of “NO” Continues With Dan Innis

GOP Elephant (FLICKR DonkeyHotey)

GOP Elephant (FLICKR DonkeyHotey)

It is becoming increasingly clear that the New Hampshire Republican Party is lost. They keep recycling the same broken rhetoric and failed policies.

Take, for example, Dan Innis who spoke to the Union Leader this week.

In an effort to distance himself from his opponents, mainly former Congressman Frank Guinta, he touted his business experience and the fact that he has never run for office before.

“People I know and respect have told me this is a good thing for me to do because of my background and experience, and the fact that I haven’t been a politician,” Innis said.

I respect the outsider approach, but if you have no experience in politics why would anyone support you? Would you hire a plumber who has never sweat pipes, or vented a sewer line? I think a business owner would know that.

Innis believes his success as a business owner and administrator of a large institution would play well in the general election.”

Secondly, I am of the opinion that running a profitable business does not make someone a good person to lead government. The government is not a business; government agencies are not trying to make a profit. The function of government is to provide services to the community – not to return a profit to stockholders. Government helps people; it provides roads and bridges to facilitate commerce; it ensures public safety; it protects the environment, which protects our children and our tourism industries. Government doesn’t make widgets, and it’s not supposed to be a profit-making enterprise.

Other than those two things, Dan Innis is just like CREW’s most corrupt politician, Frank Guinta.

“His positions on issues like Obamacare, the economy, deficits, taxes, regulation and immigration are consistent with the Republican Party platform. He would vote to repeal Obamacare, cut taxes, reduce regulation, and bar any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

The party of “No” continues:

  • No on Obamacare (even though it is working, and saving people lots of money)
  • No roadmap to citizenship (sorry, you 11,000,000 people: your decades of waiting were for nothing, we hope your employers don’t mind)
  • No new taxes, aka “cut taxes” (its ok, those poor kids don’t need to eat)
  • Cut regulations (so my friends the Koch brothers can pollute as much as they want – then we can be just like China)

Reading his statements makes me believe that Innis is in favor of the “Sequester,” because it forced Congress to take the “hard votes.”

“I like the idea of a five- to 10-year plan that sits on top of the annual budget process and forces Congress’ hand. Congress would have to hit the targets that are laid out.”

The blueprint would function much like the so-called “sequestration” that led to the fiscal cliff budget cuts. “Sequestration was a way that Congress could hide and not take hard votes on the cuts,” he said.

So far it looks like the NH GOP is offering up

  • an inexperienced unknown, who can only say “NO” and
  • Frank Guinta, CREW’s most corrupt Politian.

Neither of these choices look at all appealing.

#WeLoveCarol — Rep Shea-Porter Files For Reelection!

Smiling Filing PhotoCONCORD, NH – Surrounded by family and a grassroots team sporting homemade #WeLoveCarol stickers, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter filed for reelection to represent New Hampshire’s First Congressional District on Friday morning.

I’m running for Congress because I want all New Hampshire families to have the same opportunities I had: to get good jobs, access health care, own a home, put away some money for retirement, and have a little left over for pizza on Friday night,Shea-Porter said. “For too many, the American dream is slipping away. We need more jobs, workers’ wages are flat, and our tax code favors the wealthiest. But I know America still holds the promise of opportunity for all, and I work for this every day in Congress. I invite all who share that vision to stand with me as we work to restore the American Dream.”

As the first woman ever elected to federal office from New Hampshire, Shea-Porter has a reputation as someone who Granite Staters can trust. She does not accept money from corporate PACs or DC lobbyists, and instead powers her campaign through a grassroots army of supporters.

During her three terms in Congress, Shea-Porter has secured funding for Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge, brought jobs and infrastructure to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, written and passed legislation to increase CSP Filing PhotoPell Grant funding for college students, helped pass health care reform, expanded services to veterans, and worked with the New Hampshire delegation to help bring the KC-46A tanker to Pease Air Force Base, which will create jobs in New Hampshire.

She has voted to prevent the NSA from spying on average Americans, and as a founding member of the Make it in America Working Group, she has worked to promote U.S. products and support high-wage jobs in New Hampshire. She helped create New Hampshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in Education (AMPEd). Funded by the Recovery Act, AMPEd is allowing New Hampshire community colleges, in partnership with local businesses, to train a skilled manufacturing workforce.

Shea-Porter to Guinta and Innis: Match Scott Brown’s Standard and Take The People’s Pledge

Image by MARCN CC on Flickr

Image by MARCN CC on Flickr

MANCHESTER, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) has challenged Republican candidates Frank Guinta and Dan Innis to live up to the standard once set by Scott Brown in Massachusetts and agree to keep third-party spending out of New Hampshire.

In a letter sent to former Congressman Guinta and Mr. Innis, Shea-Porter urges them to join with her to limit third-party spending in New Hampshire, returning politics to the place it belongs — in the hands of New Hampshire citizens.

“New Hampshire has always been fertile soil for democracy, but third-party groups are threatening to drown out the voices of average citizens as they flood our airwaves with millions of dollars in negative advertising,” Shea-Porter wrote to Guinta and Innis. “I’m asking you to live up to Scott Brown’s standard, even if he abandoned it, and sign the People’s Pledge to keep third-party spending out of New Hampshire.”

In 2012, Shea-Porter called on Frank Guinta to denounce SuperPAC ads, but he refused. In the 2014 election cycle, third-party groups have already spent more than $1.8 million on negative advertising in New Hampshire, and they’ve pledged to spend more. Despite calls from Public Citizen and Common Cause, Scott Brown has so far refused to sign the People’s Pledge.

Shea-Porter has always practiced campaign finance reform. She does not accept money from Corporate PACs or DC lobbyists. In January, she joined NH Rebellion for the Manchester to Bedford part of the group’s walk across New Hampshire for campaign finance reform. The march was inspired by New Hampshire’s Doris Haddock (“Granny D”), who famously walked across the country in 1999 with a simple sign on her chest: “Campaign Finance Reform.”

Below is a copy of the letter sent to both Mr. Guinta and Mr. Innis who have a primary on September 9th to determine who will be the Republican Party’s candidate in November.

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April 8, 2014

Mr. Frank Guinta
PO Box 877
Manchester, NH 03105

Mr. Daniel Innis
PO Box 667
Manchester, NH 03105

Dear NH-01 Republican Candidate Mr. Guinta and NH-01 Republican Candidate Mr. Innis,

New Hampshire has always been fertile soil for democracy, but third-party groups are threatening to drown out the voices of average citizens as they flood our airwaves with millions of dollars in negative advertising. I’m asking you to live up to Scott Brown’s standard, even if he abandoned it, and sign the People’s Pledge to keep third-party spending out of New Hampshire.

Third-party groups have already spent more than $1.8 million on negative advertising in New Hampshire this cycle, and they’ve pledged to spend more. We know that New Hampshire voters hate these ads, and by working together, we can dramatically reduce them. The time to act is now.

Sign the agreement with me by next week and we will:

 

  • Immediately send out a joint press release that third-party money is not welcome in NH-01
  • Jointly hold a press conference to denounce any third-party that use the airwaves or any form of media ads to attack or support any of us
  • Jointly sign a public statement to the offending third-party that it stop running the ads immediately

 

New Hampshire politics is about knocking on doors, shaking hands, and visiting countless communities. It’s not about who can buy an election by spending millions of dollars on negative ads.

Together, we can return politics to the place it belongs, in the hands of New Hampshire citizens. I hope you’ll join me in doing what’s right for our state and our democracy.

Sincerely,

Carol Shea-Porter

Little Evidence That Congressman Guinta’s “Job Fairs” Created Jobs

Manchester, NH- A new report by the Associated Press finds little evidence that Congressman Guinta’s “job fairs” have created any new jobs.

First District constituents who hoped to find work at Guinta’s job fairs will be disappointed to hear that the events were designed to ensure his success, not theirs. He described the events’ primary purpose as an opportunity for himself, not the unemployed, to network, telling the AP: “You get to talk to employers one-on-one, you get to establish a relationship as the member of Congress…That’s the most important thing.”

Guinta refused to provide the AP with any evidence that his fairs have created jobs. His excuse? “Privacy issues,” a concern that the employers the AP contacted “did not mention.”

While Guinta may not want to admit how few people found work at his fairs, it is easy to find out how many jobs Carol Shea-Porter has created. During her time in Congress, she cooperated with her colleagues to pass the American Recovery Act, also known as the “stimulus,” which has increased the number of American jobs by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate. She also saved millions of jobs in the auto industry, including 27,000 here in New Hampshire.

“A strong record on jobs is what New Hampshire voters are looking for as they head to the polls,” said Naomi Andrews, campaign manager for Carol Shea-Porter. “Congressman Guinta is proud of creating one or two jobs, while Carol is proud of creating millions. The numbers speak for themselves.”

 

BACKGROUND:
AP: “Job creation record at issue in NH’s 1st District.” http://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2012/11/03/job-creation-record-issue-district/AbqWcv2q0o3iRd7BG9k0UM/story.html
Letter to the Editor, Conway Daily Sun: “NHES offices are also where you can find local representatives of NHWorks, a coalition of state and local agencies helping people find jobs, plus operating a large, easy-to-use, state-wide data-base of jobs at www.nhworks.org In these circumstances, hosting his own job fairs seems more useful to the Congressman than to the jobless.”
http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/opinion/columns/90459-robert-gillette-what-s-frank-guinta-doing-for-us
Conway Daily Sun: “On Tuesday (May 22, 2012), NH CD-1 Congressman Frank Guinta hosted a job fair in Conway, at Granite State College. A mere four days earlier, on May 18, N.H. Employment Security and Granite State College partnered on a job fair, at the same location. One might be tempted to think that two job fairs in a four-day span must mean that there is a an abundance of available jobs. One would, of course, be wrong. The Guinta job fair was just another chapter in his re-election pageant.”
http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/opinion/columns/90309-susan-bruce-frank-pageantry
 Foster’s: “Many people spent hard-earned money on gas to get to these fairs, and were shocked to find that they were just photo-ops for Guinta’s glossy self-promotion.”
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121022/GJOPINION_0102/121029942/-1/FOSOPINION
Letter to the editor, Concord Monitor: “I didn’t see one representative from a company that had job applications.”
http://www.nhinsider.com/press-releases/2011/11/15/nhdp-icymi-useless-jobs-fair-from-guinta.html

 

Why We Must Return Carol Shea-Porter To Congress

NHLN Note: Carol Shea-Porter is a long time advocate for the middle class and the hard working men and women of New Hampshire.  She worked hard for us in Congress and with your help she can work hard for us again.  Carol lays out in her own words some of the great things she did for New Hampshire in this weeks column.  Legislation like Pell Grants,  Equal Pay, Campaign Finance Reform, and many more.  Listen to what she has to say then you will agree we need to vote for Carol Shea-Porter for Congress on Nov. 6th.

For The Rest Of Us
By Carol Shea-Porter

The 2012 campaign season is rapidly coming to a close. The commercials are as thick and dark and biting as black flies, and mailers warn voters to beware of Candidate X or Y. Just this week, one special interest group bought $2 million dollars of ads against me, which is more than I will spend for my whole campaign. Voters will have to wade through it all and make a decision. I hope they will vote for me for Congress because I care deeply about our state and our country and I will serve the good people of New Hampshire, not special interests.

I am a proud direct descendent of General John Stark, whose words “Live Free or Die” are frequently quoted. My roots are deep, and I know, love, and respect this great little state of ours. I grew up in a Republican family and I remember how New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats could disagree about policy but still come together to serve our communities. I believe we must do that again—walk away from the tea party agenda that divides us and join together with a renewed sense of purpose and unity to tackle our problems. During my four years in Congress, I was known for my advocacy for the middle class, for small businesses, and for the American dream. As the Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald said, “Our interests were her interests.” I never accepted corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money. I cosponsored the Fair Elections Now Act and the DISCLOSE Act, because without campaign finance reform, we cannot tame the extraordinary influences of special interests that hurt ordinary Americans. I want to continue my efforts for campaign finance reform in Congress.

I served our military and veterans on the Armed Services Committee. As a former military spouse and proud wife of a veteran, I was especially happy to pass the new GI Bill of Rights that thanks our combat veterans with great education benefits. I introduced the bill to get a full-service VA Hospital or equal access to in-state care, and succeeded in getting more clinics and an acute care contract with Concord Hospital. Right now, New Hampshire does not have a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee, which is especially unfortunate because the current Congress’ vote for the Sequester has put New Hampshire defense jobs and jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in jeopardy. I want to return to the House Armed Services Committee to advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, its defense mission, and their incredible workforce.

Serving on the Education and Labor Committee, I cosponsored legislation that cut student loan interest rates in half and increased Pell grants for students. I cosponsored the minimum wage increase, which became law, and cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores a woman’s right to challenge unfair pay, also now the law of the land. I want to serve New Hampshire workers, small businesses, and families again in Congress.
I stood up for the New Hampshire environment. From the Ossipee Pine Barrens to land preservation around Great Bay, from the Presidential Range to clean water, I worked for funding to study and protect our environment.

I held seminars and workshops to help small businesses, including one in Manchester in 2010 to help small defense contractors compete for federal contracts that drew more than 150 people. I voted for the Small Business Jobs Act and eight small-business tax cuts. The Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald wrote in their endorsement, “Voters who value bipartisanship will remember Shea-Porter’s outstanding work with her Republican colleagues from Maine and New Hampshire to safeguard funding for the new Memorial Bridge and much needed upgrades at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.”

We passed the health care law, saved the American auto industry and all of its jobs, and prevented a Depression. All of these were great accomplishments. But now we need to grow the economy, reduce the debt, protect Medicare from being changed to a voucher program, and help young people get an education and their piece of the American dream. I know we can do it—it is in the American DNA to tackle problems and succeed. I want to work on these issues for the rest of us.  I would be honored to receive your vote on November 6th.

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