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May152014

NH GOP - MEMO: SHAHEEN'S STUNNINGLY INEFFECTIVE LEGISLATIVE RECORD

From: Jennifer Horn, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman

Date: 5/14/2014

Re: Shaheen's Stunningly Ineffective Legislative Record

New Hampshire has a long history of electing independent and effective legislators to represent them in Washington. Legendary statesmen like Senators Styles Bridges, Norris Cotton and Warren Rudman served Granite Staters with dedication, cutting through the partisan divides and working across party lines to get things done.

Unfortunately, during Senator Shaheen's six years in the Senate, New Hampshire has taken a sharp departure from that proud tradition. Rather than work across the aisle, Shaheen has loyally toed the party line, voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time. Her list of accomplishments in the Senate is meager. In fact, since coming to Washington, Shaheen has sponsored 67 bills and only one has become law. Her record is one of stunning ineffectiveness - especially since her party controls both the United States Senate and the White House.

Her highly-touted energy efficiency bill went down in flames Monday because of the unwillingness of Shaheen and her fellow liberal Democrats to allow votes on the bipartisan Keystone Pipeline. Despite the mega-project's promise to create immediate good-paying jobs and increase domestic oil production, Shaheen and her allies were more interested in placating the environmental agenda of Tom Steyer, the liberal San Francisco billionaire who has pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars attempting to influence this year's elections.

Last year, Shaheen described the energy efficiency measure as her "most defining piece of legislation," even though it was nowhere close to passing. Now it sits on the scrap heap of the United States Senate, having fallen victim to the partisanship and gamesmanship of Senator Shaheen's majority party that controls Washington.

Similarly, the legislation Shaheen touts in her recently released television ad was introduced nearly a year ago, and today has gone nowhere and shows no signs of moving. It was referred to the committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where it sits today. Even though Senator Shaheen continues to tout the bill, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

This is what happens when you are a reliable rubberstamp for your party and your agenda: you get nothing done. Senator Shaheen went to Washington promising she would "never hesitate" to disagree with President Obama and said New Hampshire did not need someone directed by "partisan politics." Her pledge falls into the long line of other broken promises we've seen during her time in Washington.

The truth is Senator Shaheen is an Obama Democrat. She is a reliable vote for the President and his partisan agenda. When he needs, she's there, and it's no wonder the President recently called her a "terrific senator."

Shaheen is a backbencher who votes the party line almost all of the time, and contributes to the gridlock and broken nature of Washington.

If we want to change Washington, it starts by changing the people there. Senator Shaheen has had six years to show the people of New Hampshire she can deliver on their behalf, and she's failed. It's time for new leadership, and returning our elected officials in Washington to people who can work with their colleagues to get things done.

SHAHEEN'S STUNNINGLY INEFFECTIVE RECORD:

Shaheen Has Sponsored 67 Bills Since January 2009 And Only One Has Become Law. (Library Of Congress, Accessed 3/28/14)

 

The One Bill That Became A Law Was Only A Technicality And Not Her Actual Legislation

 

In March 2013, Shaheen Introduced A Bill To Rename The Nashua Air Traffic Control Center. "Introduced in Senate (03/12/2013) Designates the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the 'Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center.'" (S.540, Introduced 3/12/13)

 

To Quickly Pass The Debt Ceiling Legislation, House Leaders Used Shaheen's Dormant Bill, Stripped Out The Original Language, And Replaced It With The Debt Ceiling Language  (David Brooks, "How Did Nashua FAA Center's Renaming Become The Debt-Ceiling Bill?" The Telegraph2/13/14)

 

WMUR Reported That House Leaders Were Looking For "A Bill That Really Didn't Matter" To Attach Their Legislation To, So They Picked Shaheen's. "(James Pindell, "What Renaming The Nashua Air Traffic Control Center Has To Do With Raising The National Debt Ceiling," WMUR Political Scoop, 2/11/14)

 

So Far In The 113th Congress, Shaheen Has Sponsored 34 Bills ­- One Has Become Law And The Legislation That Became Law Was Not The Legislation She Introduced

 

 

In The 112th Congress, Shaheen Sponsored 15 Bills - None Of Which Became Law. (Library Of Congress, Accessed 12/10/13)

 

Shaheen's Ad Claimed She's Helping To Train High Skilled Workers But The Legislation Shaheen Introduced Has Not Gone Anywhere

Shaheen's Ad Cites An Article Regarding Legislation She Co-Sponsored, The On-The-Job Training Act Of 2013.  ("Bipartisan Bill Promotes Job Training," The Clarion-Ledger, 6/28/13)

The Last Action Was Taken On June 26th, 2013 When It Was Referred To The Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (S. 1227, Introduced 6/26/13)

In April, Shaheen Continued To Tout The Bill As A Way She Has Helped Small Businesses And Makes No Mention Of The Bill Being Included Any Other Legislation.  "She has introduced several bipartisan pieces of legislation to boost growth in manufacturing and export opportunities, including the On-the-Job Training Act that is included in the national  Manufacturing Jobs for America legislative package ..." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, "Shaheen Highlights Domestic Manufacturing And Export Opportunities At Cobham Antenna Systems," Press Release 4/4/14)

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