NH House Leaders Comment on Obama Visit to New Hampshire

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today released the following statement ahead of President Obama’s Thursday visit to the Granite State to discuss the economy.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Since the President has demonstrated a profound deference to religious sensitivities in extending his apology to the Afghani Muslims for the burning of the coded copies of the Koran taken from terrorists, he really should take the opportunity of his visit to our State to likewise extend his heartfelt apology to New Hampshire Catholics.  Indeed, his apology should be offered to all Americans for trampling on their religious principles and beliefs.  Compelling Americans of any religious belief to comply with an anti-religious ObamaCare mandate stands in stark contrast to the principles upon which America was founded and has come to be the most decent country in history. Forcing Americans to choose between violating their religious beliefs and being penalized at the hands of a presumptuous government is simply abhorrent.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Since New Hampshire is faring much better than almost any other state in the country, we welcome the President’s visit to come here to talk about the economy. The President should note that New Hampshire is shrinking our unemployment rate and growing our workforce the right way – without government bailouts or taxpayer funded stimulus programs. He should take the chance while here to understand how, according to the monthly employment report by the state Department of Employment Security through February, 10,000 more people are now working in New Hampshire than at any other time since the start of the recession in 2008. And how we brought spending under control and reduced a historic deficit without raising a single tax.  In fact, we cut or eliminated 12 taxes or fees and passed 43 new laws that reduced regulations.  Now, our economy is thriving as our employers are gaining the confidence to add new jobs.  The President should leave his big government ‘solutions’ in Washington and learn that we can get the economy moving again only when we lift the government burden off of those who actually create jobs.”