Press Releases

 

Thursday
Jul302009

CPR-ACTION COMMENTS ON JUA RULING 

Says Governor and Legislature's Idea was Ridiculous from the Beginning

 

 

Manchester - Reacting to the decision todayby Justice Kathleen McGuire prohibiting the state from taking the Joint Underwriting Association (JUA)funds, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith commented:

 

"It was ridiculous for Governor Lynch and the Legislature to think they could just 'steal' from the JUA account to balance the state budget, which has ironically now cost the state more in legal fees than had they just not done it. As before, we encourage the Governor and theLegislature to find additional cuts and efficiencies in the state budget so that a moreresponsible budget can becrafted."

 

Thursday
Jul302009

NHGOP STATEMENT ON COURT REJECTING LYNCH'S THEFT OF JUA MONEY 

CONCORD – Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the Superior Court’s decision to block Governor Lynch’s attempted raid on the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) Fund:

 

“It’s not surprising that the court did the right thing and blocked Governor Lynch’s attempted theft of the JUA surplus funds. The court’s decision confirms that the Democrats’ budget is a real disaster for the State of New Hampshire.”

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE COURT’S DECISION TO BLOCK LYNCH’S THEFT OF THE JUA FUNDS

 

Thursday
Jul302009

JUA Statement from Rep. Sherman Packard, NH House Republican Leader

“I am obviously not surprised by the ruling for the JUA today. Questions about the raiding of this fund came the moment Governor Lynch suggested it in February andhas been echoed by Republicansever since. It once again shows that Democrats could not make the tough decisions to cut spending and insteadrelied on more than $400M in one-time money to balance their outrageous budget."

 

Thursday
Jul302009

NetRight Daily: Recess Rally on August 22 

Recess Rally on August 22: The most critical time to kill the Health Care bill is upon us. As I have previously said, if we can turn the pressure up during August, we can achieve ultimate success in killing the Health Care bill when congress returns in September. We have done this before and we can do it again!

 

Nebraskans Assert State Sovereignty: At least three Nebraska lawmakers want to send a message to the federal government: Butt out of state business.

 

Letter to Pelosi: Be sure to check out this hilarious video and letter than Adam Bitely, Executive Director of NetRight Nation, sent to Nancy Pelosi.

 

Big Labor's Bait and Switch: Rumors are circulating that Democrats may drop the "card check" provision from the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). "Card check" would strip workers of their right to a secret ballot in union elections.

 

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Thursday
Jul302009

ALG Applauds Blue Dogs for Postponing "ObamaCare" Vote until after Recess 

The American people owe the Blue Dog coalition

a debt of gratitude for giving them a valuable opportunity

to meet with their representatives before a vote on this

abomination. Now they must meet with their representatives

every day and voice their opposition to this plan loudly."

—ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

July 29th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised the Blue Dog Democrat coalition for delaying consideration of the House version "ObamaCare" until after the August recess.

 

"The American people should be grateful to the Blue Dogs for winning them a month," said Wilson, "This will give constituents the time they need to visit with their representatives and let Congress know just how bad government-run socialized medicine will really be for them."

 

"And once members see, hear, and live with the overwhelming opposition to the Obama plan for a month, there is no question that they will have no choice but to vote against it," Wilson added.

 

According to the Hill, "In exchange for putting off a floor vote until after Labor Day, the Energy and Commerce Committee may be allowed to continue its markup of the healthcare bill this week even if an agreement has not been reached between committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and seven Energy and Commerce Blue Dogs over the content of the bill."

 

Said Wilson, "The only concession the Blue Dogs made was not even much of a concession—to resume committee work on the bill, which includes their own slate of amendments that committee chair Henry Waxman has not agreed to."

 

According to the Blue Dog chief negotiator Congressman Mike Ross (AR-CD4), "All I can say is that if he begins a markup without an agreement, we're certainly prepared to move forward and offer our amendments."

 

"This is a stare-down between Mike Ross and Nancy Pelosi," Wilson said, "and Nancy Pelosi is the one who just blinked."

 

This followed threats by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce committee chairman to bypass the committee. Waxman had said "we are going to have to look at perhaps bypassing the committee" if no agreement could be reached with at least seven Blue Dog Democrats on the committee that to date have held up the legislation because of its high price tag, which will cost more than $1.5 trillion according to Kaiser Health News.

 

"This is inside baseball," said Wilson. "Pelosi and Waxman overplayed their hand, the Blue Dogs smacked them down hard, and now the appearance of a 'compromise' to resume a committee markup they threatened to bypass is merely a face-saving campaign where the Blue Dogs politely agree to pretend that the Speaker is still in charge of the House on this issue, when in fact she is no longer calling the shots."

 

Currently, there are 52 members of the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives, more than enough votes to defeat the proposal should they vote with the 178 member House Republican caucus.

 

Markup in the Energy and Commerce committee is now expected to resumed this week after several setbacks. Markup sessions were twice cancelled as Waxman sought to avoid taking up Blue Dog proposals and iron out an agreement out of committee. According to the Hill, the Blue Dogs have threatened to vote with Republicans on the committee against the bill.

 

"I won't allow them to hand over control of our committee to Republicans," Waxman had told reporters.

 

Wilson encouraged Blue Dogs on the committee to "gut" the bill. "The Blue Dogs have raised several legitimate concerns against the House legislation ranging from the cost to the disastrous impact upon small businesses," said Wilson, "and the only way the American people will know that they've been properly addressed is if they are aired out in public hearings."

 

Wilson called on Americans nationwide to visit with their representatives over the August recess. "The American people owe the Blue Dog coalition a debt of gratitude for giving them a valuable opportunity to meet with their representatives before a vote on this abomination. Now they must meet with their representatives every day and voice their opposition to this plan loudly."