Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote against the defense spending bill, which includes funding for the programs and equipment that support our troops, vets and military families. It also includes important funding for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Pease Air National Guard Base, and provides for training, equipment and pay raises for our military -- including the NH National Guard.
"After previously claiming credit for funding in the defense spending bill and voting for it in committee, Shaheen voted in lockstep with Democrats to block this important bill on the Senate floor -- denying our troops a pay raise, and stalling important projects at the shipyard and Pease. It's unconscionable that Shaheen would play politics with important funding and programs for our brave men and women in uniform, and she should be ashamed."
Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted against the defense spending bill, which failed by a vote of 50-45 in the US Senate. A 60 vote threshold was required.
Shaheen previously took credit for funding for the procurement and ongoing research and development of twelve KC-46A tankers at Pease Air National Guard Base, and the continued procurement of two new Virginia Class submarines at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. "Following requests from Senator Shaheen, the committee's Department of Defense Appropriations bill includes funding for the procurement of twelve KC-46A tankers, in addition to ongoing research and development, to ensure that the program will be able to deliver aircraft to Pease on schedule in 2018, and provides funding for the continued procurement of two new Virginia-class submarines. Shaheen has been a strong advocate for continued investment in our Navy's submarine fleet, which she was able to see firsthand during her embark earlier this year on the USS New Hampshire fast attack submarine." (Shaheen Includes NH Priorities in Agency Funding Bills, Senator Jeanne Shaheen Press Release, 6/10/15)
Shaheen also previously took credit for securing funds for $20 million in the bill for the Beyond Yellow Ribbon program, which supports deployment cycle programs around the country. "Also at Senator Shaheen's request, the appropriations bill includes $20 million to support the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which funds the New Hampshire National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program. DCSCCP provides resources and support to deploying service members and their families throughout the full deployment cycle." (Shaheen Includes NH Priorities in Agency Funding Bills, Senator Jeanne Shaheen Press Release, 6/10/15)