NH GOP Weekly Update

In This Issue

  1. Final Push for local Elections
  2. NH Presidential Election Set : January 10, 2012 
  3. Senator Ayotte calls for Infrastructure Bill
  4. Congressman Bass introduces money saving legislation
  5. Congressman Guinta introduces government transparency bill
  6. Upcoming Events


Final Push for City and Town Election's 


Many of our cities and towns go to the polls and vote on November 8. There is plenty to do from literature drops to phone banking in YOUR town. Many of these races can be turned in our direction with just a few hours a week from volutneers. Please contact the Republican State Committee to find out more information. 

Also, find out what is going on in your community. Click here, the NH GOP website, and type your zip code in. From there you can find contact information, write a letter to the editor, and see what events are going on around your town.

For more information email Jacob at jacob@nhgop.org.




NH Presidential Primary has been set: January 10                                                                                                                         

Concord, NH – Today, Secretary of State Bill Gardner set the date of the Presidential Primary for January 10, 2012.  New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Wayne MacDonald released the following statement:

“Thank you to Bill Gardner who worked through the various complications of the setting of the date this cycle and has again preserved our role and status as First-in-the-Nation Primary State.  While earlier than originally set by the national committee, this date is the best choice we were left with after Florida’s unauthorized move up.  During this process we were able to work with Republican leaders of the other early states and get on the same page and I am thankful to my counterparts and their teams in Nevada, South Carolina and Iowa for working so well with us.

“With the date now set, I suspect that we are going to see an increase in excitement and activity on the New Hampshire political scene.  The next two months will demonstrate why New Hampshire is so fortunate to have the opportunity we have as first primary, but also why we provide the best opportunity for candidates to meet voters, truly explain their positions beyond the sound bites and get known whether they have significant funding or not.”

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Senator Ayotte Renews Call for long-term Infrastructure bill 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement regarding today's Senate votes on the Rebuild America Jobs Act (S. 1769) and the Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act (S.1786.)  Neither measure achieved the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed to debate.

"Republicans and Democrats agree that strengthening America's transportation infrastructure is critical to the nation's economic future.  That's why we need a multi-year measure that would responsibly fund transportation and infrastructure priorities, providing states and contractors the certainty they need to begin new projects and hire workers.  Congress has passed eight short-term highway extensions since 2009, which is not a responsible way to budget and plan for our nation's infrastructure needs.

"The Republican infrastructure and jobs plan that I voted for would have made critical highway investments for the next two years without adding to the deficit.  It would give states more authority over how funds are spent, and prevent Washington from imposing costly and burdensome new regulations without congressional approval. 

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Congressman Bass introduces Bill to save taxpayer's money under Medicare 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives today that will encourage and incentivize states to use cost-saving generic prescription drugs in the Medicaid program, saving the program millions of dollars every year.

Reps. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) and Peter Welch (VT-AL) are original cosponsors of Bass' bill, the Affordable Medicines Utilization Act of 2011 (H.R. 3342). Bass' legislation is a companion bill to one that Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) introduced this summer.

Congressman Bass said:

"At a time when we must rein in federal spending, Congress should be seeking innovative ways to save taxpayer money, especially in programs like Medicaid. The state of New Hampshire has a strong track record of saving taxpayer money in the Medicaid program through a state law that requires the state to purchase the least expensive drug available. By giving states incentives to increase their generic drug utilization and keeping some of the savings, we can encourage other states to follow New Hampshire's lead."

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Congressman Guinta introduces government transparency bill

Washington - A major piece of legislation introduced by Representative Frank Guinta (NH - 01) is advancing to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved HR 3262, the Government Results Transparency Act (GRTA), Thursday afternoon in a bipartisan voice vote. Representative Guinta serves on that committee.

Representative Guinta released the following statement: "Americans deserve to know not only how their tax dollars are being spent, but what specific results their money is producing. This bill makes government more transparent and accessible by listing where public funds are going and matching that with a review of the results they are --or in some cases aren't--generating. GRTA would benefit citizens and decision-makers in government alike. It would also hold the federal government accountable to the people it serves." 

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