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Ahead Of Labor Day, NH AFL-CIO And NH Democrats Blast GOP Candidates Anti-Worker Agenda



Ahead of the holiday weekend dedicated to honoring the sacrifices made by workers, the NH AFL-CIO and the NH Democratic Party, blast Republicans over their failed and out of touch policies that harm working families.

Labor Day is the annual holiday to “celebrate the progress of American workers,” said NH AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett. “American workers are what make our country great.”

Labor Day honors the decades of progress gained through the blood, sweat and tears of American workers who fought for policies like weekends, paid time off, sick days, maternity leave, social security, on the job safety programs like OSHA, and dozens of other policies that would never have been without American workers standing up for them.

Earlier this summer, Jeb Bush told the Union Leader that people just need to “work longer hours” showing just how out of touch he really is.

Americans are still suffering the effects of the Great Recession that stemmed from the failed policies of the George W Bush presidency and the deregulation of Wall Street.

Not to be outdone, Senator Rand Paul recently said, “Income inequality is from people not working hard enough,” and also said, “if you work all day long, you don’t have time to do heroin.”

American workers have pushed their productivity to the highest levels in history, yet all of those gains have gone to the wealthy instead of working families.

Many Americans have been forced to work two or even three jobs just to pay the bills as wages have declined over the last thirty years (adjusted for inflation). I highly doubt Jeb Bush has ever had to take on a second or third job to pay his bills.

NH Democratic Party Chair, Raymond Buckley, said that it is “Democrats who are fighting for working families.” Democrats are pushing for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and protecting Social Security to ensure that workers can retire with dignity.

“Jeb Bush wants to “phase out” Medicare and John Kasich wants to change Social Security for those close to retirement age, jeopardizing their future. Not to mention failed Republican policies of the past that favor the wealthiest few and leave the middle class behind,” said Buckley.

In New Hampshire it is Republicans who blocked a minimum wage increase and now are holding the state hostage with their draconian budget that would repeal healthcare for 50,000 hard working Granite Staters, to preserve tax breaks from wealthy corporations.

Brackett highlighted that under President Obama’s leadership “America has had 64 straight months of private sector growth.’

“The GOP economic plan seems to be demanding that middle class workers work even longer, while refusing to do anything to help middle class workers and their families get ahead. If they keep this up, it won’t be difficult for hard-working Granite State families to see that putting the White House back in GOP hands would be a disaster for our middle class,” concluded Brackett.

In NH, Kasich said he wants to Cut and Privatize Social Security

CONCORD, N.H. – Today, John Kasich continues his campaign swing through the Granite State, but last night in Peterborough, he said some things that Granite Staters won’t like. When asked about Social Security, Kasich said that “Baby Boomers are going to give some on it.” But that’s not all. He also said that younger people should be given “the opportunity to earn money through the strength of our American economy.”

“Yet again, Kasich is falling in line with Republicans who want to take away benefits from hard-working Granite Staters that are close to retirement. John Kasich is not only telling Americans he’ll cut their Social Security benefits, but is also talking about putting those benefits on Wall Street… from a guy who made millions on Wall Street,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “That’s pretty rich.”

Stand Up for Workers at Voters First Forum

Pro-Worker Visibility at NH Voters First Forum

This coming Monday, August 3rd, the New Hampshire Union Leader will be hosting the first Republican Primary (debate) Forum.  All the major players in the GOP Primary are scheduled to attend including Governor Scott Walker, Governor John Kasich, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul, Governor Jeb Bush, and the list goes on.  Reportedly there could be as many as 16 candidates on the stage for this forum on Aug. 3rd, just days before the big official Fox News debate.

We want to show that in New Hampshire, workers matter! Many of these politicians are trying to make their career by attacking working families.  Slashing our rights, stealing our pensions, and gutting the programs we have paid into all of our lives.

Come join us for a pro-worker visibility and tell the world that attacking working families is not the road to the White House.

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New Hampshire AFL-CIO members and community allies will join the gathering of pro-labor & progressive voices outside the New Hampshire Union Leader Voters First Forum at St. Anselm College on Monday, August 3. The forum will feature comments by 14 GOP presidential primary candidates, including anti-worker Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Monday, August 3, 2015 | 5:30pm

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Kelly Ayotte Votes Against New Hampshire’s Best Interests In Budget

Senator Kelly Ayotte 2 (Gage Skidmore)

Senator Kelly Ayotte at CPAC in 2013 (Image by Gage Skidmore FLIKR)

As the Senate wrapped up a slew of budget amendment votes Kelly Ayotte’s priorities were on full display, and now she has to begin the difficult work of trying to explain her indefensible votes to her constituents back home.

Below is just a sampling of where Kelly Ayotte voted against New Hampshire’s best interests:

  • Voted against an amendment to prevent companies from getting tax benefits for shipping jobs overseas. Over 106,000 jobs in New Hampshire are at risk of being outsourced
  • Opposed an amendment to adopt the Paycheck Fairness Act to give women more tools to fight pay discrimination.
  • Voted against measures to protect Social Security against privatization and benefit cuts and prevent Medicare from being turned into a voucher program
  • Voted against an amendment that would let young people refinance their student loans, which would help 129,000 borrowers in New Hampshire, and against restoring cuts to the Pell Grant program
  • Opposed a measure to provide two free years of community college by raising revenue through requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes

Kelly Ayotte’s priorities are clear, and New Hampshire students, seniors families and workers don’t make the list.

“If anyone wasn’t clear about how extreme Kelly Ayotte truly is, they don’t need to look any further than her votes on this budget against New Hampshire students, seniors, families and workers,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC National Press Secretary. “New Hampshire voters deserve better than Kelly Ayotte’s refusal to stand up for their best interests and they’ll hold her accountable in 2016.”

These are not the priorities of New Hampshire working families.  These are the priorities of the rich, elite 1% who want to take more from the hard working middle class and refuse to pay their fair share.

“From voting to protect tax benefits for companies that outsource jobs to opposing a measure that would let young people refinance their student loans, Kelly Ayotte proved once again that her focus in Washington is looking out for her special interest allies and not the best interests of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

This budget will not help Granite State families, it will only hurt them.  Slashing social programs that low income families rely on, reducing benefits to seniors who are already struggling to pay their bills on a fixed income, and gives more tax breaks to wealthy corporations who skirt paying their fair share in taxes.

It is obvious that Senator Ayotte is more interested in following her out of touch party leadership than doing what is right for New Hampshire families.  She is also setting herself up nicely for a potential GOP Vice President nomination, building a hefty war chest and voting right down party lines.

NH Senate Democrats Condemn Sen. Paul’s Demonization Of Disabled Workers

Woodburn calls on Senator Kelly Ayotte
& NH GOP Senate to Join Him

Rand Paul (image via Rand Paul For Senate FLIKR)

Rand Paul (image via Rand Paul For Senate FLIKR)

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire Senate Democrats condemn KY Senator Rand Paul’s comments suggesting half of the people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance are cheating the system faking a disability.

“Senator Paul’s comments demonize injured workers who are getting only what they paid for through an insurance program,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn of Dalton. “I call upon my Republican State Senate colleagues and Senator Paul’s colleague Senator Kelly Ayotte to join me in setting the record straight and stand up for working families.”

While up in New Hampshire, yesterday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, said the following, “Everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system. What I tell people is if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts, join the club.”

Senator Rand Paul’s comments are eerily similar to failed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 47% comments that nearly half of Americans back President Obama because they rely on government support.

“Social Security Disability Insurance is public insurance program that can only be accessed by work and payment into the system,” said Sen. Woodburn. “The vast majority are hard-working, older people who have paid into the system for decades and receive a small share of what they earned.”

“I am sick and tired of Republicans attacking the most vulnerable sector of our population, especially when such attacks have no basis in fact,” said Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth).

“For decades, we’ve made progress toward the goal of full societal inclusion for persons with disabilities,” added Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), “Senator Paul’s comments don’t serve that goal.  His comments were divisive and reflect nothing more than the tired assumptions of a bygone era.”

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!


Max Richtman
Chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors

Frank Guinta Says He Wants To Make Cuts To Social Security, Repeal ACA And Block Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

Former Congressman Frank Guinta affirmed that he still plans to cut seniors’ benefits in an interview with the Concord Monitor last week, saying that “Republicans are going to want” to adopt a benefit-cutting measure, Chained CPI, in the next Congress.

“New Hampshire seniors beware: Frank Guinta has a plan to cut your earned benefits,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Instead of ending tax breaks for Big Oil and huge corporations, Guinta would balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. His extreme Tea Party platform would not only punish seniors, but also the hardworking Granite Staters who pay into this system with the expectation that their earned benefits will be there when they need them.”

Disturbing facts about Guinta’s benefit-cutting proposal to adopt Chained CPI:

  • Guinta’s proposal would hit beneficiaries harder as they age.
  •  Since women live longer than men and the cuts accelerate over time, women would be hit especially hard.
  •  Under Guinta’s proposal, a senior who retires at 65 would lose almost $14,000 by age 85, and $28,000 by age 95.
  •  By the time retirees reach 85, their benefits would be cut by an average of $1,147 per year.
  • A 92-year-old would lose an entire month’s income from his or her annual benefits.
  •  Guinta’s proposal would cut almost 14 weeks’ worth of food from a 75-year-old’s budget, and almost 24 weeks of food from an 85-year-old’s budget.
  •  Even Guinta’s hyper-conservative pal Grover Norquist opposes the proposal, saying that it’s “a very large tax hike over time.”

Unlike Guinta, Carol Shea-Porter opposes the benefit-cutting chained CPI proposal, and successfully fought to eliminate it from President Obama’s budget proposal.

But wait there is more!

In the interview with the Concord Monitor Guinta stated  “he’d oppose any measure to eliminate student loan debt and saddle taxpayers with that cost instead.”  The current proposal by Senator Warren and co-sponsored by Sen. Shaheen would allow students to refinance their federal student loans.  This does not shift the burden to the taxpayers, it stops the government from collecting over $60 billion in profits off the backs of our college students.

Guinta is still denying climate change science that has the support of 97% of the scientific community. “I’m not sure the science is accurate or complete on this issue.”  As a politician who has received major funding from the Big Oil and the Koch Brothers he would know better than 97% of the scientific community.

Guinta also wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Guinta said he would vote to repeal it, but he does support the provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions and that allow people to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.” Of course he wants to keep the part that has unmatched support by both sides.  Even though Frank Guinta wants to repeal part of the law, and keep part of the law, the Republicans in the House have not submitted any legislation to do that. They continue to waste our taxpayer dollars voting for a repeal that will never get passed the Senate or the President who signed the bill.

The ACA is working. It is saving the government money, including the $600 million in savings from Medicare alone.  The NH Department of Insurance just announced that over 20,000 people have signed up for healthcare who did not previously have any coverage.  So again the ACA is not perfect but it is working. We need to make it better not destroy it completely.  If Congressman Guinta wants to repeal it so bad, he should be the one to tell the 20,000+ people who got healthcare for the first time, that he is taking that away from them to ensure that millionaires and billionaires continue to pay less in taxes than average Americans.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Endorses Jeanne Shaheen

NCPSSM Highlights Shaheen’s Work Protecting Social Security and Medicare, Brown’s Record Siding With Corporate Interests Over Seniors

Scott Brown Voted For Partisan Budget That Cut Social Security and Medicare But Supported Special Breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street and Companies that Outsource American Jobs

Today, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare endorsed New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen for reelection, citing her efforts to protect Social Security and Medicare and helping ensure that seniors get the secure retirement they deserve. The committee also highlighted Scott Brown’s votes to cut Social Security and Medicare, while supporting special breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that ship jobs overseas.

“I will always stand up for our seniors and middle class families here in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen. “I’m proud to have opposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare at every turn because I know we shouldn’t be balancing our budget on the backs of seniors.”

“Scott Brown didn’t just vote to cut Social Security and Medicare, he did so while also supporting billions of dollars in special breaks for Wall Street, Big Oil, and companies that ship jobs overseas. Our seniors deserve better,” Shaheen added.

“Our organization is proud to stand with a true champion of New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “While Scott Brown’s record shows he can’t be trusted to protect Social Security and Medicare, Senator Jeanne Shaheen has earned our endorsement because we know she will always fight to protect and strengthen these vital programs.”

Jeanne Shaheen knows that New Hampshire’s seniors deserve to retire with dignity and with the confidence that Social Security and Medicare will be preserved. In the Senate, Shaheen opposed a proposal that would cut to Social Security benefits for seniors, and she is also an original cosponsor of the Medicare Protection Act, which would stop Republicans in Washington from turning the program into a voucher system.

When Scott Brown was in the U.S. Senate, he supported a Republican budget that would have forced deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Brown has also said he is open to partially privatizing Social Security. And unlike Jeanne Shaheen, Brown supports a proposal that would result in Social Security benefit cuts for New Hampshire seniors.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown supported nearly $19 billion in special breaks for Wall Street and more than $20 billion in tax breaks for the country’s largest oil companies, which made more than $90 billion in profits last year.

Guinta Voted For Budget That Was Too Extreme For The Majority Of The GOP

Guinta 2010 - 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

Guinta 2010 – 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

Shea-Porter Campaign Highlights Most Extreme Republican Study Committee Budget Provisions

MANCHESTER—Today, the Carol Shea-Porter campaign released a list of the most extreme provisions that Frank Guinta supported when he voted for the Republican Study Committee Budgets, known as Paul Ryan’s Republican budget “on steroids.” [RSC FY 2012 Vote, RSC FY 2013 Vote]

“Frank Guinta showed his true colors when he voted for an extreme Tea Party budget that even the majority of his fellow Republicans couldn’t stomach,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Frank Guinta’s Republican budgets on steroids would decimate investments in the middle class in order to slash Social Security, voucherize Medicare, end investments in our communities, and hand out huge tax breaks to big corporations and billionaires. Guinta’s radical right-wing beliefs would have put New Hampshire’s jobs and our seniors’ retirement security in jeopardy.”

Here are the most extreme provisions of Guinta’s Republican Study Committee Budgets:

Voucherize Medicare Even Faster

Guinta’s Tea Party budgets would have implemented a Medicare voucher program even sooner than the Ryan Republican budget, and would raise the eligibility age for Medicare for those who were born after 1952 [The Hill, 4/8/11].

Raise the Social Security Age While Slashing Benefits

The 2012 Tea Party budget would have raised the Social Security eligibility age to 70 by 2045, resulting in a 20% cut in benefits for seniors [Ways and Means Committee Democrats, 4/13/11].

Expand Corporate Welfare

The Tea Party budgets would have cut both the corporate and top tax rate by nearly 30%. Guinta’s tax plan would even make it easier for American corporations to move jobs overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes [Bipartisan Policy Center, 4/4/12] [Center for American Progress, 7/16/12].

Deregulate the Big Banks

Proving that Guinta sides with big banks at the expense of middle-class American consumers, his 2013 Tea Party budget would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog responsible for cracking down on abusive banking practices and predatory lenders [FY2013 RSC Budget].

Decimate Education Funding

The 2013 RSC budget would have cut $104 billion from Pell Grants and $47 billion from student loan programs [Bipartisan Policy Center, 4/4/12].

End Local Community Investments

The 2013 RSC budget would eliminate the Economic Development Administration, which works for small businesses and local communities in New Hampshire.

If the EDA were eliminated, the City of Rochester would not have gotten a $1.9 million grant that Carol Shea-Porter secured to fund the “construction of water and sewer infrastructure to … serve as a catalyst for expansion of existing businesses, new business development, and opportunities for job creation to replace almost 500 jobs lost due to the recent closure of several manufacturing companies.” [EDA.gov; FY2013 RSC Budget Blueprint]

Seniors Advocates Launch New Initiative on Economic Equality and Retirement Security for Women

Eleanors Hope

Voter Mobilization on Women’s Equality Is Crucial in November

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will be joined by members of New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation and our allies in the fight for women’s rights as we launch our new project, “Eleanor’s Hope.” This initiative, named for one of the great leaders in the history of the women’s rights movement, Eleanor Roosevelt, will mobilize women of all ages to advocate for income equality, income security and health protection for women.

When it comes to the issues of retirement security and gender equity, women have a lot at stake in November’s election and beyond.  Through grassroots advocacy and education in our communities from Concord to Capitol Hill, the “Eleanor’s Hope” project will raise awareness, recruit and train new activists, highlight female leaders who are making a difference and generate national interest in women’s health and retirement security issues leading up to the 2014 and 2016 elections.

There are nearly 200 thousand residents in New Hampshire<http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_sc/2013/table02.htmln>, age 65 or older, who receive Social Security benefits with women accounting for more than half of those beneficiaries.  Contrary to the political rhetoric so popular in Washington these days, no one is living high on the hog on their Social Security benefit.  In fact, in New Hampshire, the average benefit is just over $1,300 per month. It’s even lower for the average woman retiree who receives just $1,100 per month.  Shockingly, many in New Hampshire receive much less.  While nearly 21% of all of the state’s retirees receive less than $900 per month in Social Security, even more of New Hampshire’s women (30%) receive less than a $900 monthly benefit.

While Social Security is a program that is vitally important to all Americans, it is especially important to the financial security of women. Not only do women, on average, live longer than men they also earn less in Social Security benefits. These fiscal realities for millions of American women increase the risk that they may outlive their savings, impoverishing them and their families.

WHO:    U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. Representative Ann Kuster

State Senator Peggy Gilmour for Governor Maggie Hassan

Max Richtman, President and CEO, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Video Presentation by Eleanor Anne Roosevelt, granddaughter of President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

Members of New Hampshire State Legislature

Elise Britton for U.S Representative Carol Shea-Porter

WHAT:       The New Hampshire debut of the Eleanor’s Hope Women’s Equality project, designed to educate voters about rebalancing economic and retirement security to ensure true equality for women.

WHEN:        3pm Wednesday October 15, 2014

WHERE:     Nashua Community College

       Room 150

      505 Amherst St.

      Nashua, NH 03063

With millions of members and supporters across America, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is the nation’s #1 advocacy group fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare for all citizens from younger workers and baby-boomers to the nation’s 40 million seniors. The National Committee informs its members and other citizens about legislative and regulatory proposals, which will affect their working and retirement life. In turn, we take their concerns directly to the White House and the Congress with our staff of professional lobbyists and grassroots advocates.

For more information about the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare call 1-800-966-1935.

The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

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