NH House Leaders Statement of President Obama’s Visit to NH to Discuss 2nd Stimulus Package

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response to President Obama’s visit to New Hampshire to discuss his second stimulus package, which he calls a “Jobs Plan.”

 House Speaker William O’Brien

“Since he’s in New Hampshire, President Obama should take the opportunity to look to the work we did here in the Granite State to get our economy moving.  Despite facing a historic, nearly $900 million deficit, we balanced our budget by cutting spending, without increasing taxes or fees.  In fact, we cut 12 taxes and fees this year, and passed 43 new laws that reduced or eliminated regulation.  And we did all this while fully funding the core functions of government, a goal the President has promised to abandon by his veto threat of any legislation to avoid automatic cuts to the defense budget. After a hangover from the last stimulus that ended in July, we are now seeing the results of our work.  Last month, New Hampshire’s economy added over 2,200 jobs and, what’s even more encouraging, our workforce expanded by nearly 2,000, meaning that discouraged workers are coming back to find new employment.  What we need from Washington is more fiscal responsibility, not more debt-inflating stimulus given to the President’s political allies.  Let’s hope that the President takes some of our New Hampshire values back to Washington.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

"The President's idea of compulsory job creation by government spending and borrowing didn’t work with Stimulus I and it certainly won’t work by passing his Stimulus II bill. It has led to a complete failure to lower the unemployment rate, and massive debt for our country. Businesses and entrepreneurs willing to take risks create jobs, not government. Here in New Hampshire we’re finally recovering from the Stimulus hangover and starting to see the positive results of government that spends less, taxes less, and regulates less."