Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: Preparing Granite Staters For Success

Preparing for Success: “Empower, Educate, Engage Women’s Conference” in Manchester on March 16th

Here’s important news for New Hampshire women who’re looking for work, are interested in starting their own business or who want to advance their career. I’m hosting my first “Empower, Educate, Engage Women’s Conference” in Manchester on Friday, March 16th. This is part of my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative.

You can get useful tips and insights from several successful and inspiring women, and the chance to network and make new contacts, too. Several successful area business and professional women will share their insights and experiences during the two panel discussion.

This event is free and open to everyone. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium.

To register or for more information, contact Ashley Pratte at or call (603) 641-9536.

Working Together to Help Small Businesses: The JOBS Act passes the House

There’s so much talk about gridlock in Washington these days, it’s good to hear about a situation where both sides work together for the common good. That was the case Thursday, when the House passed the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) in a sweeping 390-23 vote. It is a comprehensive legislative package to spur growth among startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs through capital formation and the elimination of bureaucratic burdens. Five of the six provisions in the JOBS Act previously passed the full House of Representatives or Financial Services Committee with bipartisan support. These measures can be very effective in helping grow our economy and for encouraging small businesses to expand and hire more employees.

I’m proud to have voted for this bill, and I urge the Senate to join the House in swiftly passing it. Click here to read more about it.

Righting A Grievous Wrong: Help for the “Cemetery America Forgot”

The men and women who have worn our country’s uniform deserve our honor and respect. That’s especially true for those who fell in combat while defending our freedom. Unfortunately, more than 2,200 American military veterans are being deprived of the honor they deserve. They’re interred in Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines. When it was abandoned for three years in the 1990’s, it fell into a state of neglect and earned the shameful nickname, “The Cemetery America Forgot.”

But Americans are now remembering this final resting place for so many of our heroes, and on Thursday I did something to right this grievous wrong. I introduced H.R. 4168, the Caring for the Fallen Act. This important legislation designates the American Battlefields Monuments Commission (ABMC) with the responsibility of continually caring for the cemetery, and authorizes it to make necessary arrangements to ensure its on-going maintenance. The bill is budget neutral, with the ABMC paying for the maintenance through existing appropriations.

Making sure those who gave, in Lincoln’s famous words, “the last full measure of devotion” rest in a dignified setting is the very least we can do to honor their memory. Their sacrifice deserves nothing less. Click here to read more about this important piece of legislation.

To learn more about what I am doing on behalf of New Hampshire Veterans both in Washington and at home in the Granite State, please click here.

Hearing from Veterans: NH VFW officials visit Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, I was honored to welcome seven officials from the New Hampshire VFW to my Washington office. It was a great chance to listen as they told me about issues that are important to military veterans, and what we can do to help them. New Hampshire has one of our country’s highest per capita veteran populations, and I’m always proud to stand up for the men and women who’ve stood up to defend America.

Thanks to Chris Pierce of Newton, Post Commander, NH-VFW; Paul Lloyd of Concord, Commander, NH-VFW; Greg Lynch of Kingston, Vice Commander, NH-VFW; David Oswald of Rockville, MD, Veterans Service Committee Chairman; Shannan Brown of Northwood, District #7 Commander, NH-VFW; Paul Chevalier of Hudson, Past Commander, NH-VFW; and Dana Hussey of Rochester, Past Commander, NH-VFW for making time to meet with me.

Spring Forward: Don’t Forget to Set Your Clock Ahead This Sunday!

Get ready to see the sun a lot longer each day. Daylight Saving Time officially starts at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday, March 11th. Be sure to change your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night. Remember: spring forward, and fall back. So set your clock ahead one hour. (In case you’re wondering, Standard Time returns on Sunday, November 4th.)