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Thursday
Jul232009

UNH Institute on Disability to Receive Funds Shea-Porter Secured 

Washington, DC — The University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Institute on Disability is scheduled to receive funds that Congresswoman Shea-Porter secured in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. This funding will help develop a National Center on Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related disabilities.

“One in every one hundred and fifty children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “UNH is a leader in this field, and this funding will provide the University with the necessary resources to reach educators and families all across the country and to improve services for students with autism.”

 

The Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill, which is scheduled to be on the House floor later this week, includes an additional $450,000 for the Center.

The Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its services related to children and youth with ASD. New Hampshire is ranked #1 nationally in the percentage of time students with ASD spend in the general education classroom.

Thursday
Jul232009

Shea-Porter Helps Pass Korean War Veterans Recognition Act 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted yesterday in favor of the Korean War Veterans Recognition Act. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives, would require that the American flag be displayed at half-staff on federal buildings on National Korean War Armistice Day.

 

“This bill recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of the 6.8 million Americans who served during the Korean War,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My uncle was in the Korean War and I am pleased that Congress honored him and all of the other Korean War veterans.”

 

The Korean War, which has been called the “Forgotten War,” lasted only three years, yet the U.S. suffered 54,246 casualties and more than 8,000 POW/MIAs still remain.

 

Thursday
Jul232009

Shea-Porter Announces $400,000 for Brownfield Sites Clean-Up  

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the Rockingham Planning Commission will receive two separate grants, each worth $200,000. These grants will be used to conduct community-wide assessments at potential brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous and petroleum substances. Brownfields are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities. This funding is provided through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

Thursday
Jul232009

DNC Releases Televison Ad In South Carolina, District of Columbia, Taking Senator Jim DeMint and "Party of No" to Task for Politicizing Health Care 

DeMint Plays Politics With Health Care Reform While Families In South Carolina, And All Across The United States, Suffer Under The Burden Of Skyrocketing Health Care Costs

 

See "No Plan at All" by Clicking Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzbVNXNW35k

 

 

Washington, D.C. – Following Senator Jim DeMint’s admission this morning that he stands by his stunning comment to a right wing attack group that the debate over health care reform will be President Obama’s “Waterloo,” and that he sees the health care debate as an opportunity to "break" the President, the Democratic National Committee released a new television ad today taking the SouthCarolina Senator to task for politicizing an issue that affects every American family while not offering any plan to deal with America's broken health care system. The ad, entitled "No Plan at All," will air on cablenews stationsin Greenville (DeMint's hometown)and Columbia, South Carolina as well as in the District of Columbia. The ad exposes Senator DeMint and the Republican Party’s shameless attempt to "kill" health care reform and "break" the President politically.

 

“The politicization of health care reform by Senator Jim DeMint and Republicans is a desperate and shameful ploy by the ‘Party of NO’ to score a political win on the backs of struggling American families and small businesses," said DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. "What’s worse is that this strategy originates from the same Republican Party who ignored health care reform for the past eight years, letting costs spiral out of control while protecting their special interest friends.

 

“Now that our health caresystem has finally reachedthe breaking point, Senator DeMint and the Republican Party want to run out the clock in hopes of ‘killing’ reform and ‘breaking’ the President," continued Woodhouse. "But, what's ‘broken’ is a supposed major political party dedicatedto ‘killing’ health carereform for purely political reasons whenthe average American family has seen anearly 80 percent increase in their health care premiums in this decade. What's ‘broken’ is a Republican party that insists on saying NO to reforming a system where nearly two-thirds of small businesses cannot afford to insure their employees. As the President has said, this debate cannot and should not be about politics. It’s time for Senator DeMint and the GOP to put partisan political games aside and focus on the job they were elected to do - fixing problems for American families.”

 

Last week, Senator DeMint, a frequent and persistent critic of the President who, as a leading figure in the "Party of No," has worked to obstruct the President's agenda at every turn, even at the expense of South Carolina's economy and families, told a right wing attack group that health care reform would be President Obama's "Waterloo" and that right wing forces could "break" the President over the issue. DeMint's call to arms, at the time, was the most overt admission by a Republican to date that they intend to politicize the issue of health care reform while refusing to work with the President and Congressional Democrats to fix America's broken health care system. Since then, the likes of Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and Republican Commentator Bill Kristol have agreed with DeMint's sentiment - hoping for failure in the President's effort to reform America's health care system - the spiraling costs of which are crushing individuals, families and businesses.

 

Watch "No Plan at All" by Clicking Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzbVNXNW35k

 

Thursday
Jul232009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

The Impact of Gulf War Exposures/Illnesses/Deaths at Charleston AFB for AIRCREW MEMBERS

by Denise Nichols, Staff Writer

A disturbing and shocking listing of names hit my desk from a connection with the Charleston 141 unit of C-141 crewmembers that flew during Desert Storm. This was a unit of 160 aircrew members, AF Reserve, these units were some of the healthiest in the force at that time that had annual flight physicals and pilots that also flew with major airline companies. Read More >

 

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