Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: A Warm Send Off for NH Troops

On The Front Lines: A Warm Send Off for NH Troops

This Friday I was honored to attend the Departure Ceremony for Detachment 2, F Company, 1/169th Aviation Regiment in Concord. I commend the 19 soldiers that are deploying for Afghanistan and joined with the rest of the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation and other local dignitaries to send off these brave men and women. These outstanding individuals are on the front lines to defend our freedoms and liberties we enjoy here at home, I wish them all the best for a successful mission and a safe return back to their families here in the Granite State.

Standing by Granite Staters: Preparing for a Cold Winter

In a bipartisan effort, myself and other Members of Congress from the northeastern delegation have proposed a bill that would ensure any further cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) do not hurt people in those states who rely on home heating oil in the cold winter months.

The current administration has consistently recommended that Congress reduce LIHEAP funding, I believe this would be detrimental to Granite Staters. This is why I have signed on as an original cosponsor to H.R. 6533, the LIHEAP Stability Act (Rep. Michaud D-ME), which would protect low-income families in New Hampshire and other states that have 25% or more of their households relying on heating oil. This legislation would keep LIHEAP funding at the FY2010 levels for the 2012-2013 winter, which will be helpful to those receiving this funding due to the rising cost of oil.

I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R. 6533, the LIHEAP Stability Act because cuts to this program are extremely harmful to Granite Staters who rely on this funding in order to heat their homes.

Keeping Our Communities Safe: Meeting with Rockingham County Police Chiefs

This week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Rockingham County Police Chiefs meeting. I appreciated the chance to talk with the chiefs about law enforcement-related legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill.

We had a frank discussion about the federal budget and the pressures our country faces to fund the important law enforcement programs our police departments across New Hampshire rely on. I will continue to work with Members of Congress to set policies that treat our state fairly when it comes to receiving law enforcement grants.

It is always great to be able to meet with those men and women who work tirelessly to make sure our communities are safe. I am proud to stand up for them, and to let them know how much we appreciate all they do to protect us.