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Tuesday
Dec152009

DNC - FACT CHECK - Senator Gregg: Wrong On Cost 

Please see below for a fact check on false claims made by Senator Judd Gregg on MSNBC today:

RHETORIC: Gregg Said That The Senate Health Care Bill Cost $2.5 Trillion And That All The Debt It Would Create Would "Put Our Kids In A More Difficult Situation." Sen. Judd Gregg: "In fact, it becomes instead of an $846 or $864 billion it becomes a $2.5 trillion spending bill with over trillion dollars of Medicare cuts and over a trillion and a half dollars of tax increases and fee increases. So the numbers get pretty gigantic. My opinion is that. ... We know we're passing onto our kids a big debt they can't possibly pay. If you expand the government by $2.5 trillion and you know you're not paying for the whole thing, a lot of that flows to debt and put our kids in a more difficult situation where they inherit a government that can't afford and therefore their standard of living will go down because you end up with the tax burden going up dramatically or end up inflating the economy, both does serious damage to quality of life in this country." [MSNBC, 12/14/09]

REALITY: THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL WOULD SLASH THE DEFICIT BY OVER $750 BILLION IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS DESPITE WHAT THE REPUBLICANS CLAIM

Claim That Senate Bill Would Cost $2.5 Trillion Was Generated By Senate Budget Committee Republicans. Fox News reported that, “Republicans have countered the CBO estimate with a figure of their own: $2.5 trillion, an estimate that comes out of the Senate Budget Committee minority's analysis of Reid's plan.” [Fox News, 11/19/09]

Roll Call: Senate Bill “Slash[es] The Deficit By A Whopping $777 Billion Over The Next 20 Years. “At first blush, Reid scored a coup with his $849 billion bill, because Democrats said the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would slash the deficit by a whopping $777 billion over the next 20 years while providing insurance for an additional 31 million Americans. The price tag is also less than the $900 billion President Barack Obama had called for and the $1.2 trillion cost of the House-passed version… ‘He was applauded. His staff was applauded,’ said Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), a deficit hawk who said Reid did ‘an exceptionally good job.’” [Roll Call, 11/18/09]

Ezra Klein On Senate Bill: CBO Statements Confirm That, “The Curve, As They Say, Is Bent.” The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein wrote of the Senate health reform bill: “One actual surprise is that the Senate bill doesn't just pay for itself. It balances itself out. That is to say, the bill is not deficit neutral because it costs a billion dollars and then the government raises a billion more dollars in taxes. In that scenario, the government is spending more, but paying for it. Rather, ‘CBO expects that, during the decade following the 10-year budget window, the increases and decreases in the federal budgetary commitment to health care stemming from this legislation would roughly balance out, so that there would be no significant change in that commitment.’ In the first 10 years, in other words, the bill improves the deficit a bit, but the government is spending $160 billion more on health care than it otherwise would have. In the second decade, however, that ends: The savings from Medicare and Medicaid, paired with the excise tax (which CBO says ‘is effectively a reduction in the existing tax expenditure for health insurance premiums’) and a handful of other changes, leaves the government spending no more on health care than it otherwise planned to. That's impressive stuff. And it implies, of course, that in the third decade, the federal commitment actually goes down relative to expectation. The curve, as they say, is bent.” [Washington Post – Ezra Klein, 11/19/09]

REALITY: REFORM WILL BE PAID FOR, WILL NOT INCREASE THE DEFICIT

WSJ: CBO’s Estimate Of Senate Bill Is $848 Billion, Cuts Deficit By $130 Billion. The Wall Street Journal reported that, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a climactic debate in the Senate over health care by unveiling a 10-year, $848 billion bill that would extend insurance to 31 million Americans without coverage…In a boost for the bill's prospects, the CBO estimated the Senate measure would reduce the federal budget deficit by $130 billion over the next decade, and additional amounts over the second 10 years of the program. It achieves that in part through a new Medicare payroll tax and a tax on high-value insurance plans, which has aroused strong opposition…To help ease the financial burden on workers, Mr. Reid lowered the maximum amount the bill would require them to spend on premiums, capping premiums at 9.8% of income, down from 12%.” [Wall Street Journal, 11/19/09]

Roll Call On CBO Score: Senate Bill “Slash[es] The Deficit By A Whopping $777 Billion Over The Next 20 Years,” Sen. Kent Conrad Said Sen. Reid Did “An Exceptionally Good Job.” Roll Call reported that, “[a]t first blush, Reid scored a coup with his $849 billion bill, because Democrats said the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would slash the deficit by a whopping $777 billion over the next 20 years while providing insurance for an additional 31 million Americans. The price tag is also less than the $900 billion President Barack Obama had called for and the $1.2 trillion cost of the House-passed version… ‘He was applauded. His staff was applauded,’ said Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), a deficit hawk who said Reid did ‘an exceptionally good job.’” [Roll Call, 11/18/09]

 

Tuesday
Dec152009

Shea-Porter Secures and Votes for $575,000 for First District Education Funding

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3288), which has passed both the House and the Senate and is now headed to the Presidents desk for signature, includes $575,000 in First District education funding. This funding was requested and secured by Shea-Porter, and includes $450,000 for the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and $125,000 for Lakes Region Community College.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed the House 221 to 202. 

These funds will directly benefit New Hampshire students,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I have fought hard to provide the very best educational opportunities and projects for our State.”

“The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire is very grateful for Congresswoman Carol Shea Porters continued support of this important initiative,” says National Inclusive Education Initiative (NIEI) director Cheryl Jorgensen. “Due to the Congresswomans efforts, the NIEI will be able to expand and enhance the deployment of evidence-based training for educators and administrators across the country, conduct research that focuses on students with autism and related disabilities in general education classrooms, and evaluate and report on the effectiveness of year one activities.”

 "Lakes Region Community College is grateful for the ongoing support of Representative Shea-Porter, and the commitment of our federal delegation to supporting the growth of the college's Energy Services & Technology program," said Lakes Region Community College President Mark Edelstein. "Our representatives in Washington clearly understand the importance of this program in promoting both energy conservation and the renewable energy industry in New Hampshire."

Descriptions of what funding for these education projects will be used for are below.

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, for its National Center on Inclusive Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities: $450,000

The Center will promote, through research, training, product development and dissemination, quality education and supports to students with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities to improve educational and social outcomes in inclusive educational environments.

Lakes Region Community College, Laconia, NH, for curriculum development and educational equipment for the Energy Services and Technology Program: $125,000

Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) seeks to enhance and expand its Energy Services and Technology program, creating a model program that produces a significant number of highly-qualified energy auditors, analysts and other technicians while serving as a resource for businesses and communities on issues related to energy production and conservation.  The combination of soaring energy prices and climate change make it critical that programs such as this develop quickly and in a manner that projects their expertise and assistance directly into the communities they serve.



Sunday
Dec132009

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta's public schedule (Dec. 12-20, 2009) 

Monday, December 14, 2009

7:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of the Board of School Committee; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

7:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

8:00 a.m. – WAAF/New Hampshire Food Bank 2009 Walk and Rock for Change; Red Arrow Diner; 61 Lowell St.; Manchester

Thursday, December 17, 2009

5:00 p.m. – “Sixty Minutes with the Mayor;” WGIR-AM; 155 McGregor St.; Manchester

Please contact Mark Laliberte at (603) 624-6500 or mlaliberte@manchesternh.gov for more information about any of these events.

Sunday
Dec132009

Testerman a NH resident since 1993 

Franklin, NH – Republican candidate for governor, Karen Testerman, issued the following statement regarding internet gossip calling into question her New Hampshire residency status. This issue has recently made its way into news reports of her candidacy.

"According to RSA 655:5, to run for governor a person “must be 30 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 7 years,"" Testerman began.

"Since 1993, my husband David and I have proudly lived, worked and raised our family in the State of New Hampshire.  From 1993 to 2004, our home was in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.  Since then, and until the present, our primary and permanent residence has been and is in Franklin, New Hampshire.  We are currently registered to vote in Franklin, New Hampshire, and we have voted in all elections, state, national and local, in Mont Vernon or Franklin, New Hampshire since 1993.

"In the fall of 2008, my husband’s employer, BAE Systems, only temporarily assigned him to aid a program in conjunction with Boeing in Seattle, WA.  During this temporary assignment both my husband and I have regularly and frequently traveled between our temporary housing in Seattle, provided by BAE, and our home in Franklin. 

"I am a resident of the State of New Hampshire and have been for 16 years.  Anyone insinuating otherwise does so out of ignorance or malicious intent," Testerman said.

Sunday
Dec132009

NRCC - Shea-Porter (Finally) Confirms Flip-Flop on Troop Surge

In 2008 Carol Shea-Porter joined 47 of her Democrat colleagues in drafting a letter calling for a renewed focus on Afghanistan…

Shea-Porter Still Wary of Afghan Escalation

By John DiStaso

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 11, 2009

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Shea-Porter+still+wary+of+Afghan+escalation&articleId=4c30f83a-6400-47b3-a914-b7d182bb93ca

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said today that recent testimony from ambassadors and generals has not convinced her that sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan is worth the risk in terms of lives and dollars.

The second-term Democrat, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told UnionLeader.com she expects to return to Afghanistan “within the next couple of months” to gather more information.

She said that while she did support a heightened U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan in 2007, questions began arising earlier this year.

Last week, after President Barack Obama announced the troop escalation, she said she her “inclination” was to oppose his plan, but that she wanted to hear from defense secretary Robert Gates, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and other officials before reaching a definitive conclusion.

“Based on what I have learned so far, I have not been persuaded,” Shea-Porter said. “I have kept an open mind.”

She said she will return to Afghanistan to seek more answers from McChrystal and Eikenberry, “and they are best asked there.” She last visited Afghanistan in May.

“I do agree that we need to have a presence in Afghanistan. We have to hunt down terrorists and kill them. There is no other option,” she said.

“But keeping mind that there’s about 100 to 200 al-Qaida there, but then also knowing that Pakistan is next door, with nuclear weapons, this is a very, very tricky balance,” she said.

She said that while she supports having U.S. special forces in Afghanistan, “I don’t think NATO has stepped up enough.

“I am underwhelmed by the offer of 5,000 troops, when you look at the commitment that our own men and women are making.”

She said the financial cost is also a “huge issue.”

She also wants more clarity on “how long we’re going to be there. I’m not asking for an exit date. I don’t think that’s a good idea, but when the president of Afghanistan says that he thinks he needs us there until 2024 and when you hear Gen. (David) Petreaus say this will cost us $10 billion a year to build up Afghanistan’s security and you hear the general’s talk about a 14-year plan, then Americans have a right to pause and say, ‘How are we going to pay for this? Is this the best way to do this?’ ”

She said the goal is to kill terrorists and be wary of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, “but we also need to have Afghanistan start stepping up for themselves.”Shea-Porter said she spoke with a security expert from the Rand Corporation yesterday and was told that the Karzai government is corrupt, “and we need to be working with the tribes to help them defend themselves from the Taliban.”

Shea-Porter brushed off Republican accusations that she has flip-flopped on Afghanistan.

“This issue should not be political at all,” she said. “Our nation’s defense should never be political.“The world changes and when the world changes, if people need to change, they should,” she said. “It’s a very fluid situation and we have to respond. Our minds have to be open.”

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., backed Obama’s proposal but opposed setting a specific withdrawal date, while Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., agreed with his plan.

Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., remains noncommittal.

His spokesman, Aaron Rottenstein, said today that Hodes “is committed to examining every detail of the plan for Afghanistan to ensure that it aligns with the fundamentals he laid out immediately following the President’s speech.

“As someone who has stood with New Hampshire families as they have grieved over loved ones lost in defense of our country, Congressman Hodes is committed to giving the President’s plan due consideration, but remains committed to executing independent oversight over all aspects of the plan."