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Wednesday
Jul092008

Horn For Congress - Salem Activist Joins Jennifer Horn Campaign

JUDY GALLUZZO JOINS JENNIFER HORN CAMPAIGN

NASHUA - Jennifer Horn, Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, announced today that Judy Galluzzo will serve as Salem Town Chair and Rockingham County Co-Chair for the Jennifer Horn for Congress Campaign.

Judy Galluzzo:  “Jennifer’s energy and passion for serving others is inspiring.  Having been around politics for a long time, I know when I see something new and genuine.  Jennifer is a breath of fresh air with a diverse background of experiences that will serve her well in Congress.  I am proud to join the only campaign dedicated to rebuilding a Republican grassroots organization.”

Jennifer Horn: “I am both grateful and excited to have Judy Galluzo on my team.  Judy is a grassroots powerhouse with proven results of winning elections, motivating activists, and building volunteer organizations.  I am confident that her winning spirit and enthusiasm will help us win Rockingham County.”

ABOUT JUDY GALLUZZO:

Judy Galluzzo most recently served as Rockingham County Chair for the Mitt Romney for President Campaign.  Judy has been a Republican activist for many years.  She has served as a Salem Chair for Charlie Bass for Congress, Senator John E. Sununu’s U.S. Senate Campaign, and numerous.  She previously served Governor John H. Sununu in both the New Hampshire Governor’s Office and the White House Chief of Staff’s Office under former President George H.W. Bush.  She lives in Salem with her husband James.

Wednesday
Jul092008

Bosse For Congress - Hodes Part of Least Popular Congress in History

Bosse blames abysmal 9% approval rating on failed Hodes-Pelosi policies

(Hillsboro) Republican Grant Bosse today said the failed policies of Nancy Pelosi and Paul Hodes have dragged Congressional approval into single digits for the first time. Rasmussen Reports  shows only nine percent of Americans believe Congress is doing a “good or excellent job”, while a record-high tying 52% believe Congress is doing a “poor job”. This marks the first time in Rasmussen’s history of polling that Congressional approval dipped below ten percent.

“The failed policies of Paul Hodes and Nancy Pelosi have made this Congress the least popular in American history,” said Bosse. “Paul Hodes has voted in lockstep with Democratic leadership, and against the people of New Hampshire.”

The following are some of the failed policies of the Pelosi-Hodes Congress:

· A record $683 Billion tax increase, part of a record-high $3 Trillion federal budget
· A $300 Billion Farm Bill that will raise food prices across the country
· Failed energy policies that have driven gas prices to record levels
· Playing political games with troop funding
· Allowing our terrorist surveillance programs to expire
· Failing to address illegal immigration

Bosse has been a leader in calling for a return to the Republican Party’s core priorities, such as protecting taxpayers, protecting gun owners, and protecting life. Find more about Bosse’s campaign at www.Bosse2008.com <http://www.Bosse2008.com>

Wednesday
Jul092008

NRCC - ICYMI: Democrats "Out of Gas" on Energy Solutions

“‘It’s panic time for Democrats,’ said a senior Republican aide. ‘They are on the wrong side of three-quarters of the American people who support increased production of American-made energy.’”

“Further complicating matters for Democrats is the growing number of pro-drilling Democrats who are becoming increasingly worried that voters might throw them in with their anti-drilling leadership.

“One pro-drilling Democrat predicted that the backlash against Congress for gas prices could rival the outrage voters felt about the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.”

“For now, though, there will be no legislation to pass, as the only energy-related action this week will occur at the committee level.

“‘Right now, our strategy on gas prices is “Drive small cars and wait for the wind,”’ said a Democratic aide.”



Energy Bill Out of Gas

The Hill
By Jared Allen and Mike Soraghan
July 8, 2008


House Democrats are in a bind on the focal point of their energy plan.

Worried that a floor vote on any energy-related measure would trigger a Republican-forced vote on domestic drilling, the leadership has scrubbed the floor schedule of the energy legislation that it vowed to tackle after the Fourth of July recess.

Just before leaving for their districts, a number of House Democrats called a press conference to declare victory on a number of energy bills — including overwhelming passage of a bill to rein in excessive oil market speculation.

Democrats declared victory on a bill they failed to pass on the suspension calendar — their “use it or lose it bill” to force energy companies to either start drilling on their federally leased land or give it back — saying they had put 176 Republicans on record as siding with the oil companies over consumers.

And they vowed that the bill, the centerpiece of their energy message, would be back.

“We’ve taken some bold steps this week, and we’re going to build on that [after recess] with the bills we take up,” Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman John Larson (Conn.) said at the press conference.

But, as of Monday afternoon, neither “use it or lose it” nor any other energy measure had been scheduled for floor action this week.

Democrats said they were simply taking a different approach to passing their top energy-related priorities.

Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said energy activity this week is taking place at the committee level, noting that there are four hearings planned on the issue of speculation in oil trading.

“Different members have different ideas,” Elshami said. “We’ll bring forward the best piece of legislation based on the recommendations and hearings we are having this week.”

Republicans pounced, saying Democrats were backtracking after realizing they would be unable to defeat a Republican vote on increased domestic oil drilling in new areas.

“It’s panic time for Democrats,” said a senior Republican aide. “They are on the wrong side of three-quarters of the American people who support increased production of American-made energy.”

While Democrats were in their districts advocating their plans to end gas price-gouging, rein in speculation, pass “use it or lose it” and even call for President Bush to release millions of barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), Republicans were touting polls showing that a healthy majority of Americans now support increased domestic energy production.

That is proving to be a particular concern for Democrats in that any non-suspension-calendar energy vote would be subject to a Republican alternative, almost certainly calling for offshore and Arctic drilling, that would very likely pass.

“If we could send deepwater drilling over, it would pass the Senate,” said a Republican leadership aide, highlighting just how much an energy vote could backfire on Democrats.

A senior Democratic leadership aide acknowledged this week that there are plenty of members of the majority caucus “who want to drill and want to drill where Republicans want to drill.”

Even if Democratic leaders could beat back a GOP motion on drilling, the vote could be used as political ammunition against their vulnerable members this fall.

The Democratic setbacks come after they scored a political victory this spring when they overwhelmingly passed an SPR bill over initial White House objections. But Republicans now claim they have the upper hand, noting that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is citing drilling repeatedly on the campaign trail.

Further complicating matters for Democrats is the growing number of pro-drilling Democrats who are becoming increasingly worried that voters might throw them in with their anti-drilling leadership.

One pro-drilling Democrat predicted that the backlash against Congress for gas prices could rival the outrage voters felt about the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

Another, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), is frustrated at not being listened to.

“My concern with my leadership is that they’re not letting all the people in the room to present the facts,” said Melancon, a proponent of more offshore drilling. “Where are all the pro-oil legislators? I’m not in the room. I don’t know who is. My feeling is we are not being all-inclusive to pass legislation that can get through the Senate and avoid a veto.”

For now, though, there will be no legislation to pass, as the only energy-related action this week will occur at the committee level.

Republicans may try to continue a strategy they demonstrated before recess by forcing drilling votes as energy amendments to bills being considered at the committee level, including appropriations bills.

And Republicans may go one step further by trying to get amendments added to the energy and water appropriations bill, a likely contender to see the floor this week.

“We’re going to demand a pro-production energy vote before Congress goes home for the month of August,” said House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (Fla.). “We’ve tried to highlight efforts to solve America’s energy problem a thousand ways to Sunday, and [Democrats] keep pulling them from committee, pulling them from the floor and kicking the can down the road.”

Exactly when Democrats will change their present course and bring an energy bill to the floor remains uncertain.

“Right now, our strategy on gas prices is ‘Drive small cars and wait for the wind,’ ” said a Democratic aide.
Wednesday
Jul092008

DNC - John McCain's Record on Helping Families Facing Medical Bankruptcy: Bankrupt

While Nearly Half of Bankruptcies in U.S. are Caused by Illness or Injury, McCain Turns his Back on Families Facing Financial Ruin due to Medical Problems

Washington, DC-- As he campaigns this week on his economic tour, John McCain is desperately trying to convince America's families that he stands with them. But when it comes to the cost of health care, one of the most pressing economic issues Americans are facing today, it's going to be a tall order.

While health care costs have skyrocketed and more Americans have lost their insurance, Senator McCain has repeatedly voted in the Senate to make it harder for American families who have been devastated by illnesses or injury to be protected from financial ruin. In fact, Senator McCain's record on bankruptcy issues, especially medical bankruptcy, has been one that has consistently left Americans behind. Senator McCain has voted against protecting people forced into debt due to their medical bills, against exempting families from a means test if their financial troubles were due to medical expenses and against protecting people's homes from being seized because of medical debts. Senator McCain even voted against efforts to exempt Hurricane Katrina victims from the 2005 Bankruptcy Law, and was a supporter of the 2001 and 2005 bankruptcy bills which tightened bankruptcy rules to the benefit of business interests and to the detriment of financially struggling Americans.

"John McCain's economic tour this week is yet another attempt to distract from the fact he is promising four more years of failed Bush economic and health care policies that have callously left hard-working families struggling to pay their health care bills and survive a catastrophic illness or injury," said Democratic National Committee Spokeswoman Karen Finney. "If John McCain is such a champion of America's families, then why has he repeatedly tried to stop efforts to protect people sliding into bankruptcy just because they or a member of their family becomes sick or injured? It is just plain wrong. John McCain, like George Bush, is simply out of touch with the challenges Americans face everyday. When it comes to helping families facing financial ruin due to medical problems, John McCain's record is bankrupt. "

According to a 2005 Harvard study, (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6895896/) costly illnesses are responsible for nearly half of all bankruptcies, and most people who fall into bankruptcy because of illnesses or injury have health insurance.

2005: McCain Voted Against Exempting Medical Debt from Bankruptcy Means Test And Against Protecting Debtors' Homes From Being Seized As A Result Of Medical Debt. During the debate on the 2005 bankruptcy reform bill, McCain opposed a number of amendments to protect individuals forced into debt because of high medical expenses. McCain voted against an amendment that would exempt debtors from the means test if their financial troubles were caused by medical expenses, and he opposed another amendment that would have exempted from the means test individuals who have incurred substantial medical debt on behalf of dependent or non-dependent family members, such as a parent or grandparent, or who have experienced a reduction in employment status while caring for such a family member. In addition, he voted against an amendment to provide a homestead exemption of at least $150,000 of the equity in the property the debtor uses as a primary residence if the bankruptcy stems from medical expenses. [S 256, Vote 16, 3/02/05, Failed 39-58: R 0-54 D 38-4 I 1-0; S 256, Vote 18, 3/02/05, Failed 37-60: R 0-54 D 37-5 I 0-1; S 256, Vote 17, 3/02/05, Failed 39-58: R 0-54 D 38-4 I 1-0]

2001: McCain Voted Against Exempted Debtors Who File For Bankruptcy Because Of High Medical Expenses. During the debate on 2001 bankruptcy reform bill, McCain voted against an amendment that would have exempted debtors who file for bankruptcy because of high medical expenses. [S 420, Vote 16, 3/7/01, Failed 34-65: R 0-49 D 34-16]

McCain Voted Against A Measure Authored By Joe Lieberman That Included A Provision To Exempt Hurricane Katrina Victims From the 2005 Bankruptcy Law. In 2005, McCain voted against a measure sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, which included a provision to exempt the victims of the hurricane from the 2005 bankruptcy law. During the debate on the measure, Lieberman described his amendment, saying "for victims of Hurricane Katrina and survivors living in the area of hardship, it would extend the bankruptcy protections under current law that would otherwise soon go out of effect with the adoption of the recent Bankruptcy Act. This is the stuff of enabling people to put their lives back together. It is very human, it is very personal, it is real, and it is very urgently needed." [HR 2862, Vote 234, 9/15/05, Failed 43-52: R 1-51 D 41-1 I 1-0; Congressional Record, 9/15/05]

McCain Supported The 2001 Bankruptcy Bill, and the 2005 Bankruptcy Law that Made It Harder for Families to Get a New Start After a Financial Crisis. In 2001, McCain voted for the bankruptcy reform legislation that would have made it tougher for people to erase credit card and other debt in bankruptcy court. In 2005, McCain voted for the final bankruptcy reform bill that was signed into law by President Bush. [S 256, Vote 44, 3/10/05, Passed 74-25, D 18-25, R 55-0, I 1-0; HR 333, Vote 236, 7/17/01, Passed 82-16: R 45-2 D 36-14 I 1-0; S. 420, 3/15/01, Vote 36, Passed 83-15: R: 47-2 D 36-13]

McCain Voted Against Creating A Federal Homestead Exemption Of $75,000 For Debtors Over The Age Of 62. McCain voted against an amendment to the 2005 bankruptcy bill that would have created a federal homestead exemption of $75,000 for debtors over the age of 62. [S. 256, Vote 14, 3/2/05]

Wednesday
Jul092008

HCAN - $40 Million Health Care Campaign to Launch in NH and Nationwide

Community Leaders in Granite State Join Together to Push for Quality, Affordable Health Care for Every American

Concord, New Hampshire - July 8, 2008 – Today, here in Concord and in 52 other cities across the country, including 37 other state capitals, a new national campaign is bringing together millions of Americans to demand quality, affordable health care for all. Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is being launched by 95 national and local groups that represent labor, community organizations, doctors, nurses, women, small businesses, faith-based organizations, people of color, netroots activists, and think tanks. Health Care for America Now is organizing to assure that the first order of business of the next President and Congress is to pass legislation in 2009 that guarantees quality, affordable health care for all.

Health Care for America Now is an unprecedented coalition led by ACORN, AFSCME, Americans United for Change, Campaign for America's Future, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Center for Community Change, MoveOn, National Education Association, National Women's Law Center, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, SEIU, United Food and Commercial Workers, and USAction.

"In 2009, we will either have a guarantee of quality, affordable health care we all can count on or we will continue to be at the mercy of the private health insurance industry that is charging us more, giving us less and putting company profits before our health," said John Thyng Jr., NH HCAN Coordinator. "Here in New Hampshire and in communities all across the country, we're asking one question, 'Which side are you on?' Are you on the side of quality, affordable health care? Or are you on the side of being left alone to fend for yourself in a complicated, bureaucratic insurance market?"

Starting today, the campaign is spending an initial $1.5 million on national television, print, and online advertising and is sending out an email blast to more than 5 million people. Over the next five months, Health Care for America Now plans to spend $25 million in paid media and have 100 organizers in 45 states.

"Even people with insurance have to fight with their insurance companies to get medications they need, and I spend hours a week working on prior authorizations for medications," said Dr. Travis Harker. "That time could be better spent caring for people. After all - I went to medical school because I wanted to serve people, not fight with bean counters on the phone."

Health Care for America Now offers a bold new vision for health care reform: Americans can keep the private insurance they have, join a new private insurance plan, or choose a public health insurance plan. The campaign also calls for a government role in setting and enforcing rules on the insurance industry which consistently charges whatever it wants, sets high deductibles, denies coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and drops coverage when people get sick.

Health Care for America Now started with a financial commitment of at least $500,000 from each of the 13 steering committee members and a $10 million grant from NY-based Atlantic Philanthropies.

Health Care for America Now ("HCAN"), a section 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization, is a broad coalition of nonprofit and political organizations that are working to promote quality, affordable health care for all Americans. HCAN and each of its members conducts and funds only activities appropriate to its tax and election law status.