WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program at the University of New Hampshire will receive a $977,000 grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program leads research projects on water quality, coastal ecosystems, fisheries, and aquaculture projects.
“The previous president and the former Congresses should have had a plan to pay for the two wars, they should have also paid for the Medicare Part D tab, and they should not have given enormous tax cuts to the top 1%. We are stuck paying the bills because the US is obligated. I was an original cosponsor of pay-as-you-go (PAYGO), I am a cosponsor of the House version of the Senate’s Gregg-Conrad bill to create a debt commission, and I have consistently voted against Congressional pay raises for as long as the middle class gets stuck with all this debt. We must get our financial house in order.”
New Hampshire Democrat Votes for $2 Trillion in New Debt, Continues to Embrace Job-Killing Agenda That Spends Too Much, Taxes Too Much, and Borrows Too Much
Washington- Democrat Carol Shea-Porter turned her back on New Hampshire families again today when she approved a measure to increase the country’s debt ceiling by nearly $2 trillion, allowing her party to continue passing off the tab for their runaway spending:
“Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are counting on new budget deficit curbs to help smooth the way for a bill allowing the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper into debt over the next year -- or about $6,000 more for every U.S. resident.
“The debt measure set for a House vote Thursday would raise the cap on federal borrowing to $14.3 trillion.” (“House Faces Tough Vote on $1.9T More Debt,” Associated Press, 2/4/10)
Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight for the taxpayers who are stuck with the bill for Shea-Porter's spending bonanza, as Democrats continue to rack up the debt:
“A 1.9 trillion-mile trip is about the same as 8 million trips to the moon.
“Unfortunately, the $1.9 trillion in new borrowing authority Congress is giving President Barack Obama won't take people quite that far. The additional $1.9 trillion raises the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, but that limit may have to be increased again after the November election.” (“How Big Is $1.9 Trillion? Very,” Associated Press, 2/4/10)
“With Democrats sinking the country deep into the red, Carol Shea-Porter's vote to bring on more debt is simply reckless,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Shea-Porter and her party leaders have embraced a job-killing agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. Instead of backing away from her party’s runaway spending spree, Shea-Porter just handed them a credit card with a $1.9 trillion line of credit.”
After giving her party the green light to pile another $1.9 trillion on the backs of New Hampshire families, will she ever get the message that enough is enough?
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, which included amendments from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Shea-Porter, who spoke yesterday on the House floor, offered two amendments, one which will help retain skilled cybersecurity personnel and a second that will add veteran status for consideration for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service.
“As our financial institutions and security agencies become increasingly dependent on information technology, it is critical that we have skilled professionals who can thwart emerging cyber threats,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My amendment will help us retain the professionals we have invested our tax dollars in and will provide them with the tools they need to prevent future cyber attacks.”
The Congresswoman’s first amendment would extend the service obligation for recipients of cybersecurity scholarships on a sliding scale. These degree programs represent serious investments, as does obtaining a security clearance. This is an investment by the taxpayers, and Shea-Porter’s amendment would allow the federal government to recover it through an extension of service.
Shea-Porter’s other amendment, which she co-authored with Congresswoman Deborah Halvorson from Illinois, would add veteran status as an additional item for consideration when selecting individuals for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service.
“Our veterans who have served our country so admirably should have access to every opportunity,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This common sense amendment makes sure that their service is taken into consideration when being selected for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service.”
The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act has received wide, bipartisan support and has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Software Alliance, Software and Information Industry Association, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, U.S. Telecom, TechAmerica, and Computing Research Association.
Following are highlights of some of the bill’s key provisions.
Coordinating and Prioritizing Federal Cybersecurity R&D Activities
- Requires the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other key federal agencies to develop, update and implement a strategic plan for federal cybersecurity research and development (R&D) activities.
- Requires that the strategic plan be based on an assessment of cybersecurity risk, that it specify and prioritize near-term, mid-term and long-term research objectives, and that it describe how the near-term objectives complement R&D occurring in the private sector.
- Requires the agencies to describe how they will promote innovation, foster technology transfer, and maintain a national infrastructure for the development of secure, reliable, and resilient networking and information technology systems.
- Formally authorizes the NSF Scholarship for Service program, which is designed to ensure a highly-qualified cybersecurity workforce in the federal government. The program provides grants to institutions of higher education for the award of scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in cybersecurity fields and requires subsequent service as a cybersecurity professional in the federal government as a condition of the scholarship.
- Requires the President to issue a report assessing the current and future cybersecurity workforce needs of the federal government.
- Reauthorizes key NSF workforce programs, including NSF graduate student fellowships and NSF graduate student traineeships in cybersecurity.
- Requires NSF to establish a postdoctoral fellowship program in cybersecurity.
- Establishes a university-industry task force to explore mechanisms and models for carrying out public-private research partnerships in the area of cybersecurity.
- Requires NIST to develop and implement a cybersecurity awareness and education program for the dissemination of user-friendly cybersecurity best practices for the general public.
- Requires NIST to develop and implement a plan to coordinate U.S. representation in the development of international cybersecurity technical standards.
Developing a Skilled Cybersecurity Workforce
Promoting Public-Private Partnerships in Cybersecurity
Promoting a Cybersecurity Awareness and Education Program
International Cybersecurity Technical Standards
"[T]he American people and their representatives in Congress
are under absolutely no obligation to borrow more money to
pay for Congress' preferred level of spending."—ALG President Bill Wilson
February 4th, 2010—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on today's imminent vote in the House of Representatives increasing the national debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion to $14.294 trillion:
"House Democrats, in order to pass the largest debt increase in American history, are arguing that if Congress fails to increase the debt ceiling, the U.S. will 'default.'
"This is inaccurate. If this bill fails, the U.S. will not fail to pay interest on its debt obligations nor to make debt payments. Therefore, the nation will not default, unless House Democrats are stipulating that the U.S. actually needs to borrow more money simply to make national debt payments.
"What will happen should the vote fail is the U.S. would not be able to borrow any more money for so-called 'mandatory' spending. This differs drastically from failure to make debt payments. 'Mandatory' spending is not actually mandatory, it could be cut. Discretionary spending could be cut, too, if Congress preferred to keep 'mandatory' spending levels at current levels.
"But, the American people and their representatives in Congress are under absolutely no obligation to borrow more money to pay for Congress' preferred level of spending.
"The U.S. is at considerable risk of default, but it will not result from a failure to increase borrowing, which is what this bill will do. Default will only result because we have increased borrowing to unsustainable levels, which is what increasing the debt ceiling by nearly $2 trillion represents."
"The only solution to the nation's financial Apocalypse, where Moody's is preparing to downgrade our Triple-A debt rating, is to reduce spending, not to borrow more money."