Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: We Share Colorado's Grief

Mourning a Tragedy: The Aurora, Colorado Shootings

When tragedy strikes, Americans unite to share their grief and show support. It happened early this morning, when a senseless act of violence shattered many lives in Aurora, Colorado. Morgan and I join with Granite Staters and Americans everywhere in sending our condolences to those who lost loved ones and in praying for the speedy recovery of the wounded. Our thoughts and loving support will be with the people of Aurora in the days ahead.

Helping Our Heroes: New Hampshire’s Wounded Warriors Visit Capitol Hill

I had the honor on Wednesday of meeting representatives from the New Hampshire chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project, including veteran Nick Tolentino. I enjoyed hearing him tell me about all of the wonderful work this organization does for thousands of veterans in New Hampshire and around the country. Meetings like this are a valuable reminder of how important our veterans are. That’s why I will continue making their care one of my top priorities.

Sequestration Transparency

In just a few months, the Sequestration process is scheduled to begin for the federal government.  On Wednesday, I voted to pass H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012. It was approved in a vote of 411-2. This bill would require President Obama to submit a report to Congress 30 days after the date of enactment detailing how the administration plans to implement the budget sequestration cuts required to take place in January 2013. You can read more by clicking here.

Standing With Our Troops: The House Passes a Defense Appropriation Bill

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5856, the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill. It allocates funding for critical national security needs, and provides the resources necessary for supporting our troops and advancing the nation’s military interests abroad. (Click here to read more about this important legislation.)

Making sure the men and women who protect our freedom are properly armed and equipped is a constitutional responsibility. This legislation provides funding that supports our troops here at home and around the world. It makes sure our Armed Forces remain ready to defeat any threat to our security that may arise.

Frankly Speaking: Want to See Jobs Return? Keep Taxes Low!

What do jobs and taxes have in common? A lot more than you may think. That’s the subject of my new “Frankly Speaking” column. I describe how doing one leads to the other. Click here to read it. Remember, if your local newspaper doesn’t carry “Frankly Speaking,” please call or write them and ask them to.