Press Releases

 

Saturday
Jun272009

SEIA - HOUSE PASSES HISTORIC ENERGY-CLIMATE BILL THAT WILL BOOST SOLAR ENERGY

HELP PUT US ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement this evening after the U.S. House of Representatives passed The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) by a vote of219 to 212:

"Today, the House passed the strongest measure in U.S. history to cut pollution while putting our economy back on track. Congress’ message was clear:It is time to diversify our energy resources and expand clean, pollution-free solar energy in the U.S.


"Congress also sent a clear signal to our financial markets and investors that there will be a premium on zero carbon energy production in the 21st century U.S. economy.

 

"This bill will give more Americans the opportunity to install solar on their homes and businesses,spur deployment of utility-scale solarwhile creating tens of thousands of high-paying domesticjobs and stable careers.


"The House passed bill includes provisions that will significantly brighten solar's future.Including,

 

a renewable energy mandate

 

safeguards to limit global warming pollution damage

 

new authority to get solar energy to markets

 

authority for the federal government to enter 20-year solar contracts

 

“While we are pleased by today’s historic vote, it is only a first step. We look forward to working with the Senate to significantly strengthen their bill so Congress can send President Obama the strongest possible clean energy bill.”

 

Saturday
Jun272009

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Congratulates President Obama and House Democrats on Passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act 

 

Washington, DC – Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, landmark legislationbacked by President Obamathat will make historic investments in lower-carbon energy sources, create millions of new green jobs and place the first-ever federal limit on climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“Today the House took an important step towards transforming the way we use and produce energy in this country. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will put America in the position to lead the global clean energy economy, while finally breaking our dependence on Middle East oil and addressing the gathering threat of climate change.

 

“Not surprisingly, the Republican Party once again stood in near unanimous opposition to this historic plan. Instead ofvoting for our clean energy future and for the creation of millions of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas, the GOP ignored the opportunityto moveourcountryforwardand failed to act in the best interests of the American people.

 

“I want to congratulate President Obama for his outstanding leadership and Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairman Waxman and Congressman Markey for their role in taking this historic step.

 

“President Obama has said that the nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy. Today, we took a critical step on that path, and Democrats will continue to work with the President to pass a comprehensive energy plan that is good for our economy and good for our environment.”

 

 

Saturday
Jun272009

DNC - Thousands of National Health Care Day of Service Events Across the Country 

Thousands of Service Events in All 50 States Will Highlight The Need for Health Care Reform and Demonstrate OFA’s Strong Grassroots Support for Passing Meaningful Health Care Reform This Year

 

Washington, DC – Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) committed to supporting President Obama’s agenda for change, will hold thousands of service events across the country to highlight the urgent need to reform America’s broken health care. On Saturday, June 27th in small towns and big cities across the country, Americans will come together and answer President Obama’s call for service by organizing events for OFA’s National Health Care Day of Service. These events are being organized by OFA volunteers and supporters across the country with the goal of highlighting the urgent need for reform.

 

The National Health Care Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that is challenging all Americans to help lay a new foundation for growth by engaging in sustained, meaningful community service in four key areas: health care, energy, education, and community renewal. The United We Serve summer initiative began on June 22nd and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th. Today, the First Lady sent an email to the millions of Americans who make up the President's grassroots network urging them to participate in health care service events on Saturday. In the email, the First Lady said in part:

 

“I've just launched United We Serve, a national initiative to tackle our toughest problems by working hand-in-hand in communities across the country. We aim to make a real difference right now and bring more and more Americans into a tradition of life-long service to make an even greater difference down the road.

 

“I'd like to invite you to be a part of it by joining Organizing for America's National Health Care Day of Service this weekend. You can join up with other local OFA supporters to help improve health care services in your community and make a difference as we work to reform America's health care system.”

 

“Across the country over 45 million Americans are without health insurance, millions more are struggling to afford the coverage they currently have. Americans can no longer wait to reform a health care system that denies coverage to millions based on preexisting conditions and has Americans choosing between paying the bills and getting the prescriptions they desperately need.” said Mitch Stewart, OFA Director. “In the spirit of the President and First Lady's call to serve, this weekend’s health care events will be an opportunity for Americans to help their local community by participating in service events to highlight the urgent need for health care reform this year.”

 

On June 6th, tens of thousands of people attended OFA’s Health Care Kickoffs in all 50 states. During these meetings, participants talked about the urgent need for health care reform and crafted a plan to garner grassroots support for President Obama’s core principles - lowering costs, preserving choice and increasing access.

 

Suggested National Health Care Service Events for press to attend are below:

 

Salem, NH

Saturday, June 27th

2:00 PM

Salem NH Relay for Cancer
Salem HS Football Field
44 Geremonty Dr
Salem, NH 03079

Local OFA volunteers will be talking about the broken health care system and distributing materials encouraging people to talk to their elected officials about the urgent need for reform.

Keene, NH

Saturday, June 27th

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Railroad Square

82 Main St.

Keene, NH 03431

Local OFA volunteers will be doing a fitness walk and raising awareness about the President’s agenda for health care reform.

 

Saturday
Jun272009

NH DHHS Promotes National HIV Testing Day

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is recognizing June 27, 2009 as National HIV Testing Day. This is a day encouraging people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”

 

The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national and local entities across the country organized National HIV Testing Day in response to the growing number of HIV infections in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities. CDC estimates approximately 250,000 Americans are living with HIV but unaware of their HIV status. NAPWA believes HIV testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health.

 

“Of all HIV and AIDS cases reported to New Hampshire DHHS between 1999 and 2004, 41% of people testing positive for HIV were diagnosed with AIDS within one year.” said Public Health Director Dr José Montero. “This is in line with a national trend that shows people are first discovering they are HIV positive long after they were actually infected. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.

 

For more information about HIV and AIDS or to locate an HIV testing site in your community visit www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/STDHIVPREVENT/LIBRARY/Fact +Sheet/clinics.htm or call the NH HIV/AIDS Hotline at 1-800-752-2437. For more information about National HIV testing day visit www.hivtest.org.

Saturday
Jun272009

Sebelius Releases New State by State Reports Highlighting Urgent Need for Health Reform 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a series of new reports on the health care status quo that highlight the urgent need for health reform across the nation. The new reports are available at www.HealthReform.gov and include information on health care cost and quality in all fifty states.

 

New Hampshire’s state report can be found here: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/statehealthreform/newhampshire.html

 

“In states across the country, health care costs are going up and families are struggling to get the quality care they need and deserve,” said Sebelius. “We cannot wait to pass reform that protects what works about health care and fixes what’s broken.”

 

Each report includes data regarding the health care status quo such as:

 

Percent increase in family premiums since 2000.

The hidden tax individuals and families pay as a result of subsidizing care for the uninsured.

Percent of state residents without insurance.

Overall quality ratings for health care in each state.

The impact of failing to adequately invest in preventative measures that could prevent disease and illness.

 

“The American people have been calling for reform, and they should not have to wait any longer,” added Sebelius. “Health reform will assure quality affordable health care for all Americans, lower costs, and give more Americans the choices they deserve. The time for reform is now.”