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Saturday
May292010

All hands on deck... The Continental Congress 2009 DVD is here! 

Dear Friends & Supporters,

All hands on deck...!

Please stop what you are doing and get ready to take action now.


We've spent the last 3 months and literally poured in hundreds of hours
producing a fantastic DVD that gets to the heart of the issues we are facing in America. It's finally here...This is a brand NEW version which includes a summary of each of the Articles of Freedom.

http://www.cc09.tv


This DVD explains what every American needs to know about what happened in St. Charles, IL at the 2009 Continental Congress and why the Articles of Freedom may be the last bastion of hope to save our Republic.

--> Step One.

Visit: http://www.cc09.tv
And get your copy of the historic DVD that chronicles the events and resolutions of the Continental Congress 2009.  The DVD walks you through the Articles of Freedom.  Every person who understands the Articles and encourages others to do the same is a step closer to the restoration of our Constitution and the Saving of our Beloved America.


--> Step Two.
Watch it with family and friends, burn copies and distribute far and wide in your local community.

--> Step Three.

Forward this email to everyone you think can help us get this message out across America.

If you've ever stood up for freedom in the face of adversity, then stand
with us now. We need every able bodied man and woman to visit this site and get a copy of this spectacular DVD to distribute locally.

With your help, we can honor those that have given their lives to the
cause of Liberty this Memorial Day by doing your part to protect &
restore the freedoms that were passed down by the generations before us.

Go there now:

http://www.cc09.tv


Yours,

Bob Schulz

P.S. There is always hope when enough brave souls stand up to tyranny
together united in the cause of Freedom! We need you with us: http://www.cc09.tv


Saturday
May292010

Shea-Porter Votes for Legislation to Create Jobs & Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today voted for the American Jobs & Closing Tax Loopholes Act.  This legislation will help create summer jobs, cut taxes, and close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.  It includes property tax credits, state and local sales tax deductions, and college tuition deductions.  In addition, this bill increases the amount oil companies must pay into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund so taxpayers are not held accountable for instances such as recent the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“Some of the highlights of this legislation include ending tax breaks to companies that take American jobs overseas, making Wall Street investment fund managers pay a fair tax, and giving college tuition deductions to working class families,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. 

The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will help create jobs by:

·        restoring credit to small businesses,

·       extending tax incentives for American R&D and energy,

·       rebuilding American infrastructure,

·       expanding summer jobs for young people, and

·       providing tax relief for middle class American families.

 

The bill also closes tax loopholes and enforces corporate accountability by:

·       preventing corporations from shipping jobs overseas & sticking American taxpayers with the bill,

·       making Wall Street investment fund billionaires pay a fair tax on their income, and

·       making the oil industry pay to ensure sufficient funds to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Saturday
May292010

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act With Shea-Porter Amendments

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the FY11 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes several key amendments and provisions by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, amended the NDAA to ensure that TRICARE costs do not increase next year, to require the Department of Defense (DoD) to improve contractor accountability in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to assess the vulnerabilities in the defense supply chain.  (A full list of Shea-Porter’s amendments and provisions is included on pages 2, 3, & 4).

Protecting TRICARE From Cost Increases

 

Last year the Department of Defense (DoD) unexpectedly raised some TRICARE fees, which were later rescinded following widespread objection.  That is why Shea-Porter inserted two amendments during Committee mark-up of the bill that will ensure that TRICARE health care co-payments and prescription drug costs do not increase in 2011. 

“Our military families rely on TRICARE, and they should not have to worry about cost increases during these difficult economic times,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My amendments will ensure that TRICARE costs do not increase next year.”

Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s amendments preventing increases in TRICARE co-payments and pharmacy fees will make a real difference for service members and their families,” said Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton. “I appreciate her contributions to this year’s defense authorization bill.”

Improving Contractor Accountability in Iraq and Afghanistan

 

Shea-Porter’s amendment requires a penalty for prime contractors that do not provide contract information to databases in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This amendment will hold large for-profit contractors accountable by withholding award and incentive fees if they do not comply. She wrote this amendment because an astounding amount of money is being stolen, and the oversight agencies are hampered in their efforts to identify and make a case against those who are stealing if agencies don’t have complete records. 

There is waste and fraud and taxpayers are getting stuck with the bill,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “We often don’t even know who we are doing business with so we cannot follow the money. “Taxpayers deserve accountability, and my amendment will provide that.”

Assessing the Vulnerabilities in the Defense Supply Chain

 

Shea-Porter inserted an amendment during the Committee mark-up that will establish an Executive Agent within the Department of Defense to prevent the introduction of counterfeit and defective microelectronics into the defense supply chain.  A number of recent reports focus on the dangers posed by attacks on the supply chain.  Our national security is increasingly dependent on computer-reliant technology, and Shea-Porter’s language will help ensure that the products and services we buy and use are not vulnerable to sudden, catastrophic failure or to cyber attacks.

Hazardous foreign products or counterfeits are a danger to America’s security,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This amendment will establish an executive office responsible for assessing these products and services for possible threats or security risks, and for developing best practices to prevent harm to defense systems and components.  With our national security increasingly dependent on computer-reliant technology, we must ensure that the products and services we buy and use are not vulnerable to cyber attacks.”

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 ***A full list of Shea-Porter’s provisions included in the NDAA is below***

Studying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Shea-Porter’s language will require an assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) incidence by military occupation.  This study will identify military occupations where service members report a high incidence of PTSD, so preventive measures can be more accurately targeted to those most susceptible. 

 

Examining the Feasibility of a Burn Pit Registry

 

Shea-Porter’s language directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a report on the feasibility of establishing an active registry for service members and veterans who have been exposed to occupational and environmental chemical hazards. The report will discuss the processes by which service members exposed to toxic chemicals could be included in the registry and also procedures to provide medical examinations to service members eligible for inclusion in the registry.  A significant number of the roughly two million service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been exposed to these toxic burn pits, and hundreds of returning veterans are now displaying health symptoms.  This language was based on HR 4477, the Military Personnel Toxic Exposure Registry Act, introduced by Rep. Tim Bishop and Shea-Porter on Jan. 20, 2010, which has been endorsed by Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Military Officers Association of America, and the National Guard Association of the United States.

Studying Pre-Deployment Counseling for Single Servicemembers with Dependent Children

 

Shea-Porter’s language directs the Secretary of Defense to study the feasibility of establishing a pre-deployment counseling and services advisory panel.  The language also requires a review of pre-deployment counseling and services provided to single servicemembers and their dependent children, to identify best practices and make recommendations for improvement. There are 72,968 single active-duty servicemembers with dependent children in today’s military, of whom 18,237 are currently deployed, and the needs of these families must also be met to preserve readiness and retention.

Honoring Military Spouses

 

Shea-Porter’s language authorizes the design of an official military spouse pin. Lapel pins would be available to all spouses of service members or veterans who have served in a combat zone for more than 30 days.  The pin will enable spouses of National Guard and Reserve service members, who do not live on or near bases, to find each other more easily.   Earlier this month, Congresswoman Shea-Porter introduced the Military Spouse Pin Act (H.R.5233), which was endorsed by the National Military Family Association.  This bill’s language was incorporated into Section 572 of the FY11 NDAA. 

Reviewing Genitourinary Trauma in the Military

 

Shea-Porter’s language requires a review of the current state of medical training and research for genitorurinary trauma within the DoD to determine if better care can be provided in combat zones. Genitourinary trauma currently accounts for up to 10% of all war related injuries, and too many service members and veterans are currently living with these painful injuries.  

 

Expanding the Small Arms Industrial Base to Increase Competition

 

Shea-Porter’s language redefines the small arms industrial production base by striking the definition that previously limited the small arms base to only three companies, and by requiring the Secretary of Defense to award contracts for small arms parts procurement through a competitive process.  Full and open competition for future small arms parts procurement will strengthen US manufacturing capacity, and increased competition will help reduce taxpayer expenditures.

Saturday
May292010

Shea-Porter Supports Bill to Create and Advance Science and Technology Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today voted with the House of Representatives to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116), which will increase the competitiveness of the United States by investing in 21st century science and technology jobs.  This legislation will modernize manufacturing, spur American innovation through clean energy research, and strengthen math and science education for students.  This bill passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 262 to 150. 

“This legislation will create jobs here at home while ensuring the U.S. remains at the forefront of scientific and technological research,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “As a member of the House Trade Working Group, I believe it is critical to spur job growth in the U.S., not in China and India.” 

 This bill will double funding for basic scientific research, create jobs with innovative technology loan guarantees for small and mid-sized manufacturers and Regional Innovation Clusters to expand scientific and economic collaboration, promote high-risk/high reward research to pioneer cutting edge discoveries through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and improve science, math, technology, and engineering education for students.

 

“For too long, math and science education has been put on the backburner,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “It is vital to invest in these fields now so that our future generations can be worldwide technological leaders.”

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act is supported by over 750 organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Council on Competitiveness.



Saturday
May292010

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on the Passage of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal in the U.S. House of Representatives

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement regarding last night's vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy:

"I applaud Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congressman Hodes for joining an overwhelming majority of Americans and Granite Staters who support an end to this discriminatory policy. The historic action taken yesterday evening will not only ensure that we keep our armed services strong, but also respect our gay and lesbian servicemen and women.

"In addition to receiving widespread approval from high-ranking military officials, recent polls show that over 70% of the American people back repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  Last night's vote is an important step forward in promoting equality and inclusion for all.

"It is my hope that Senator Judd Gregg and Senate Republicans will join Democrats in supporting this effort."