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NRCC - Has Shea-Porter Received Her Thank You Note From Murtha?

Embattled Congressman Pens Notes to Fellow Dems in Light of Growing Scandal

Washington – Embattled Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) has been sending his fellow Democrats thank you notes for their support during his ever-growing scandal involving defense contractors who have benefited greatly from Murtha’s influence in Washington. Many of the Democrats, like Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), have been beneficiaries of Murtha’s money, having received $11000 from Murtha’s re-election and political action committees.


As reported in Politico today:


“As federal prosecutors prepared subpoenas for one of his colleagues and the Navy disbarred a defense contractor with close ties to him, John Murtha last week took an unusual step in response to the ethics imbroglio that seems to be intensifying around him.

“He sent thank-you notes to fellow Democrats...According to aides who have seen copies, the notes said only “Thanks for your support,” and they seem to have been signed by Murtha himself.” (“Murtha's defense: thank-you notes,” Politico, 06/01/2009)


The investigation into the PMA Group and Members of Congress is gaining momentum as the offices of Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN) have been subpoenaed to investigate his role with the now defunct-defense contractor.


“With members of the Democratic caucus now receiving thank you notes from Jack Murtha for their loyalty, the question that begs to be asked is ‘has Carol Shea-Porter received her thank you note yet?’” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Considering Shea-Porter has received $11000 from Murtha, it would be fitting that she would get a thank you note for her unwavering support in the face of the ever-growing ethical cloud that surrounds Murtha.”



NRCC - Carol Shea-Porter Out-of-Touch on the Economy 

Despite More Job Losses Ahead, Congresswoman Says Country Is In Jobless “Recovery”


Washington- Rep. Carol Shea Porter (D-NH) revealed last week that she is out-of-touch with the economic downturn and the increase in unemployment in her home state. While her constituents are suffering from the recession in New Hampshire, Shea Porter met with city business leaders last Thursday and exposed her naivety to the reality of the economic forecast:


“‘I do believe the country is in recovery,’ said Shea Porter, noting that the rate of job loss is slowing. ‘For a while we were hemorrhaging jobs.’” (Ober, “Shea Porter reports on business concerns,” The Citizen Of Laconia, 5/29/09)


Meanwhile, Dennis Delay, an economist with the NH Center for Public Policy Studies and New Hampshire Forecast Manager for the New England Economic Partnership, said that the recession has yet to hit rock bottom in New Hampshire as residents are expected to lose another 13,000 jobs before even seeing the beginning stages of recovery. (“Economist expects more job loss in NH,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 5/20/09)


“As job losses mount and housing prices continue to fall, Carol Shea-Porter’s constituents in New Hampshire must be confused by her hype over a jobless economic ‘recovery,’” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “If Shea-Porter is so oblivious to the economic pain of her constituents, how can she be in any position to help solve it?”



CHQ - Geithner Summoned to China 

The BIG development is an unscheduled and unannounced in advance three-day visit by Treasury Secretary Geithner to China on Sunday, May 31. Mr Geithner will meet with all the top Chinese officials including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. He has no other Asian stops on his itinerary. This surprise visit has the flavour of a "summons". The participants certainly have a lot to talk about.



AFP - Stop Government Takeover of Healthcare Now! 

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WH Media - Council of Economic Advisers Report: The Economic Case for Health Care 

President Obama has articulated an ambitious agenda for health care reform – containing cost while maintaining quality and choice, and providing affordable care for all Americans. Today, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a comprehensive report detailing the potential economic gains from achieving significant reform, while also addressing the risks to the economy of maintaining the status quo.


The key finding of the study is that the benefits of reform would be substantial. For example, health care reform that truly “bends the curve” in costs could boost Gross Domestic Product by nearly 8% in 2030. For a typical American family of four, health care reform could result in an additional $10,000 in income by 2030 than they otherwise would have enjoyed.


Health care expenditures currently account for 18% of our nation’s GDP and if we remain on our current path, health care spending is expected to reach 34% -- over a third -- of GDP by 2040. Rising health care costs are contributing to the deficit and undermining the ability of our small businesses to compete in the global economy. For working Americans who rely on employer-sponsored health insurance, rising costs mean that an ever greater proportion of their compensation comes in the form of health benefits rather than take-home pay. And rising premiums mean more money out of their pockets, too. In New Hampshire, for example, the average annual premium for employer-sponsored family coverage was $13,311 in 2006*.


Attached, please find the full report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers outlining the economic case for health care reform.


White House Communications

*In 2008 dollars.