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Shea-Porter Votes to Reauthorize and Improve Grants for Firefighters

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted with the House of Representatives to provide $2.2 billion a year for firefighter assistance programs. The Fire Grants Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3791) reauthorizes and improves the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program for the next five years.  This legislation passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 395 to 31.

This legislation provides critical funding to strengthen our fire departments in New Hampshire and across the country,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. Our firefighters need these resources to continue the great work they are doing to protect our communities.”

The AFG program will expand grants to include volunteer, non-fire service emergency medical services organizations and will go to help certify fire and building inspectors employed by a fire department.  The $1 billion a year in grants for the AFG program would be divided as follows: 25 percent for career fire departments, 25 percent for combination fire departments, 25 percent for volunteer fire departments, 10 percent would remain for open competition among all types of fire departments, and 15 percent would serve other purposes such as fire prevention and safety grants.  In addition, the bill lowers the matching requirement for the AFG program from 20 percent to 10 percent. Departments serving populations under 20,000 would only pay a 5 percent matching requirement. 

The SAFER program was created in 2004 to help fire departments hire additional firefighters. This legislation, which provides $1.2 billion a year for the SAFER program, sets the grant period at three years, sets the local matching requirement at 20 percent per year of the grant, eliminates an artificial cap on the maximum allowable grant size per firefighter, and includes an economic hardship waiver for fire departments that are unable to meet the matching requirements or maintenance of budget requirements.



Shea-Porter Joins Dr. Jill Biden at USO Care Package Party 

Today, Congresswoman  Carol Shea-Porter attended a USO Care Package for Women Stuffing Party with Dr. Jill Biden.  Volunteers gathered to assemble 2,000 care packages with items such as skin, nail and hair products; hygiene products, snack items and refreshments.  These care packages will be delivered to female troops deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other overseas locations. 


* A photo of Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Dr. Biden is attached.



NHDP - Ayotte Keeps Running to the Right 

Today the Atlantic Monthly reported on the New Hampshire primary and Republican candidate Kelly Ayotte's continuing shift to the right-wing of her party. Below is the excerpt from Marc Ambinder on the Atlantic's Politics Blog:

"...Ayotte is pro-life, pro-gun rights, against same-sex marriage; she endorsed Doug Hoffman in New York's 23rd Congressional district; she opposes cap-and-trade, the public option and the Democratic health care reform in general. When asked if she's a Jim DeMint Republican or a Susan Collins Republican  --and clearly there's a right answer if you're looking to get elected in New Hampshire) - she won't even answer -- which is one suggestion that conservative Republicans are dominating the primary process in New Hampshire." (The Atlantic, 11/18/09)


Freedom to Marry President Invites NHGOP Chair John H. Sununu to Discuss Lambert’s remarks

Concord – Today, Mo Baxley, President of the Freedom to Marry Coalition, delivered a letter to the chairman of the Republican Party, John H. Sununu, inviting him to meet with members of the LGBT community to discuss the offensive remarks made prominent Republican activist and radio host, Doug Lambert, on his radio show this past Saturday. 

Below is the letter in full:

Dear Chairman John H. Sununu,

I want to invite you to a meeting with members of the LGBT community to discuss the offensive remarks made by prominent Republican activist and conservative radio host, Doug Lambert, on his show last Saturday.

I’m sure you are familiar with the hateful things he has said, so I won’t repeat them here.  I commend your Republican colleagues for their forceful and immediate condemnation of Mr. Lambert’s remarks. That said, as a former governor and chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, it’s important that you take a leadership role and stand up against this type of rhetoric. 

As you know, New Hampshire’s LGBT community includes parents, spouses, and individuals of all political persuasions.  Without a swift denunciation of the hurtful language used by Mr. Lambert, I fear your silence on this issue would embolden others who may feel the same way to act in a similar manner.  

Please let me know when you are available to discuss these issues at your earliest convenience. 

I look forward to hearing from you.


Mo Baxley

Executive Director

New Hampshire Freedom to Marry



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The term 'terrorism' refers to a violent action, committed for political reasons in order to spread panics and terror. Terrorism therefore is a form of unconventional warfare that seeks to affect masses.

The most relevant issue for nowadays is international terrorism that is associated with 9/11 and its aftermath.

Terrorism cannot be justified in any case, since it involves killing or injuring the innocent law-abiding citizen this made a worst affect on physical and psychological affect on children in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now in Pakistan.
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