Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: Welcoming New Jobs to NH

Welcome to New Hampshire: Greeting New Jobs in Exeter

It’s always good news when New Hampshire welcomes new jobs. It’s especially good when we get to welcome between 100-150 of them at one time. That’s why I was delighted to participate in this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening a new wing of Cobham’s facility in Exeter.

Cobham specializes in meeting the demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth in defense, security and commercial environment. I’m especially proud that these new employees will be making products that our military will use to defend America.

Cobham’s expansion is another example of how the private sector can add the new jobs our economy needs to return to prosperity. All they need is Washington to give them predictability and confidence so they can expand and grow their payrolls. I’m doing everything I can in the House to help them by voting to pass two federal budgets and more than 30 other pieces of pro-growth legislation. Now it’s time for the Senate and White House to join with us so we can help job creators hire more employees.

Roll Call: Talking with Police Officers in Bedford

I was on hand Thursday for the afternoon roll call at the Bedford Police Department. I appreciated the chance to talk with officers about law enforcement-related legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill.

This was the eleventh police department I have visited since I began serving as your Representative. The brave men and women who carry the badge in New Hampshire’s police departments place their lives on the line every day to keep our families and our communities safe. I am proud to stand up for them, and to let them know how much we appreciate all they do to protect us.

Frankly Speaking: A Look at Medicare and Social Security

Open a newspaper or watch a TV newscast these days, and it seems someone somewhere is saying something about Medicare and Social Security. In fact, public discussion about the future of these two important programs just keeps growing. That’s a good thing, because we all need to be aware of the challenges they both face. I wrote about them, and my commitment to keeping them safe for future generations, in my latest Frankly Speaking column. Click here to read it.

Back to School: Something Special for Moms and Dads

Summer is drawing to a close, and kids are back in the classroom all across New Hampshire.

Like many of you, I’ve been helping my two young children hit the books as the new school year gets underway. Sometimes, it’s important for moms and dads to remember the wide world our kids are discovering each and every day. This short poem reminds us that while they don’t always talk about it, our children stay busy learning every day, both in and out of the classroom.

(By the way, I have visited classrooms and talked with students at 20 schools since taking office. If you would like me to talk to your child’s class, please contact Ashley Pratte in my District Office at (603) 641-9536.)

When children come home at the end of the day,

The question they're asked as they scurry to play

is, "Tell me what you did today?"

And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay.

"Nothing, I did nothing today!"

Perhaps nothing means that I played with blocks,

Or counted to ten, or sorted some rocks.

Maybe I painted a picture of red and blue

Or heard a story of a mouse that flew.

Maybe I watched the gerbils eat today,

Or went outside on the swings to play.

Maybe today was the very first time

That my scissors followed a very straight line

Maybe I lead a song from beginning to end,

Or played with a special brand new friend.

When you're in pre-school

And your heart has wings,

"Nothing" can mean so many things!!

-Author unknown