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Thursday
Jan292009

Shea-Porter Hails Final Passage of Economic Recovery Package

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted for final passage of the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. This recovery package, which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama, will help jumpstart our economy, create millions of new jobs, and provide broad tax cuts for working Americans.

 

“This recovery package will create and protect New Hampshire jobs, build and repair local infrastructure and provide help for New Hampshire families and communities,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass this important piece of legislation.”

 

The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will:

 

  • create and save 3 to 4 million jobs;

 

  • give 95% of working Americans an immediate tax cut;

 

  • invest quickly into the economy to get it moving again—75% of the package will be paid out in the first 18 months;

 

  • double our nation’s renewable energy production;

 

  • help rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges, and schools, and bring high speed Internet to every community;

 

  • invest in research and development to secure America’s role as a world leader in a competitive global economy;

 

  • protect vital services like law enforcement, education, health care, and nutrition assistance for families who now find they are struggling to make ends meet, and

 

  • help those who have been hurt the most by the economic crisis by extending unemployment benefits, increasing food stamp benefits, and making it easier for those who lose their jobs to keep their health insurance.

 

The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will benefit New Hampshire in the following ways:

 

  • Highways and Bridges: $137 million
  • Clean Water SRF: $58 million
  • Head Start: $1.3 million
  • Employment and Training: $4.1 million
  • Energy Assistance: $7.7 million
  • Elderly Nutrition Services: $1 million

 

This plan provides strong oversight, an historic degree of public transparency, and includes no earmarks. It will also save or create an estimated 22,000 jobs in New Hampshire by the end of 2010.

Thursday
Jan292009

Granite State Progress - 'Jobs and Economic Recovery Now!' Campaign Mounts in Face of Worst Economic Crisis Since the Great Depression

As Part of a National Campaign Effort, NH State Representatives, Advocacy Groups, and Community Leaders Urge U.S. Senator Judd Gregg to Support Major Obama Economic Recovery Plan to Create Jobs Now and Make America’s Economy Stronger in the Future

 

Concord, NH – Amid a worsening economic recession that has left over 2 million Americans without jobs and over 2.5 million more without homes, New Hampshire State Representatives, Advocacy Groups, and Community Leaders will gather at the LOB Lobby on January 29th at 9:30 a.m. as part of the national ‘Jobs and Economic Recovery Now’ campaign urging Members of Congress, including Senator Judd Gregg, to support President Barack Obama’s plan to create millions of jobs now through smart public investments that will also ensure a stronger future for the American economy.

 

Addressing the worst economic crisis the nation has seen since the Great Depression, President Obama has outlined a plan that will create or save millions of jobs by making major and sound long-term investments in energy conservation, renewable energy technologies, schools, healthcare and transportation, including the single largest investment in U.S. national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s. The plan includes careful, targeted spending with strong “use it or lose it” accountability measures. Following 8 years of misguided economic policies that gave priority to tax breaks for multimillionaires and big corporations, the Obama plan will get America’s disappearing middle-class working again.

 

WHO: State Representatives, Advocacy Groups and Community Leaders

WHAT: ‘Jobs and Economic Recovery Now!’ Campaign Calling on Sen. Gregg to Support President Obama’s Plan to Create Jobs Now and Make America’s Economy Stronger in the Future

WHERE: LOB Lobby, behind the State House, Concord

 

WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

 

Thursday
Jan292009

NH Congressional Delegation Invites VA Secretary to Tour Local Veterans Facilities

Delegation continues to fight for full-service, in-state health care for New Hampshire veterans

Washington - New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation today invited VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to tour local veterans facilities and to meet with the delegation in Washington, DC. In a letter to Secretary Shinseki, Senators Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen, and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes called attention to the enormous burden New Hampshire veterans face because of the lack of access to full-service, in-state medical care.

 

“The New Hampshire delegation is united in our support of The Veterans Health Equity Act, legislation we have introduced in the House of Representatives and United States Senate,” wrote the delegation. “Our goal is to ensure that New Hampshire veterans can get the care they need and deserve in New Hampshire.”

 

Senator Gregg stated, “In recent years, significant improvements have been made to expand health care options for veterans in the Granite State, including last week’s decision to establish a new outreach center in Keene. While the number of veterans traveling long distances to receive care has been reduced, more can and should be done to help these men and women who have given so much to protect our country. I look forward to continuing to work with the entire delegation and state veterans organizations to ensure that New Hampshire veterans and their families receive accessible, quality medical care closer to their homes.”

 

“New Hampshire veterans are the only veterans in the nation that must travel across state lines to receive full medical services, and that is not acceptable,” said Senator Shaheen. “The men and women who have so bravely and selflessly served our country deserve better, and I’m very happy that our entire delegation is united in this bipartisan effort to correct this injustice. I hope that Secretary Shinseki will join us in New Hampshire to discuss the difficulties our veterans face, and I look forward to working together toward our shared goal of better serving New Hampshire’s veterans.”

 

“I wrote the Veterans Health Equity Act because no veteran should be forced to travel out of state in order to receive medical care,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I want our government to honor our pledge to the men and women who serve. I look forward to working with Secretary Shinseki and the entire delegation to correct this inequity.”

 

“New Hampshire is the only state in the continental United States that does not have a full service Veterans Affairs Medical Center,” Congressman Paul Hodes said. “New Hampshire’s many veterans deserve the same access to health care services as veterans in other states across the country and I look forward to working with the new administration and our Congressional delegation to make this a reality.”

 

The full text of the letter is below:

 

The Honorable Eric Shinseki
Secretary
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

 

Dear Secretary Shinseki:

 

Congratulations on your recent confirmation by the United States Senate. We know that your wealth of experience and your deep compassion for your fellow veterans will serve the Department of Veterans Affairs and our nation’s veterans extremely well.

 

We write to bring to your attention a severe inequity facing New Hampshire’s veterans and to ask for your support of the ongoing efforts to correct it. New Hampshire’s veterans live in the only state without a full-service VA medical center or access to comparable services through a military installation. Every day our oldest and our sickest veterans are forced to travel out of state to receive their health care. More than 130,000 veterans live in New Hampshire, and this number is projected to grow over the next 10 years.

 

The New Hampshire delegation is united in our support of The Veterans Health Equity Act, legislation we have introduced in the House of Representatives and United States Senate. Our goal is to ensure that New Hampshire veterans can get the care they need and deserve in New Hampshire. Our legislation provides the Veterans Administration with flexibility to achieve this end. If it is not feasible for the Veterans Administration to construct a new full-service hospital in New Hampshire or restore full services at the VA medical center in Manchester, this legislation simply requires the Veterans Administration to contract for comparable in-state care.

 

New Hampshire’s veterans deserve the same services as veterans in every other state. We invite you to Manchester to hear from some of our local veterans and to tour our facilities so that you can hear about the burden this creates for them. Additionally, we invite you to meet with us in Washington, D.C. to further discuss issues facing New Hampshire’s veterans. We appreciate your consideration of this request; look forward to seeing you in New Hampshire, and working with you to correct this inequity.

 

Thursday
Jan292009

Press Release from ALG Condemning Stimulus Bill

January 26th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged the House of Representatives to vote against the proposed $825 billion spending bill being considered “to restore confidence that the United States will be able to live up to its financial obligations at home and abroad.”

 

“Congress is running the serious risk that the United States will default on the national debt, now nearly $10.7 trillion,” said Wilson. “Today’s bill will only add to it, and the nation’s creditors overseas may be unable to continue funding our unsustainable government spending.”

 

The national debt of $10.7 trillion includes $4.3 trillion owed in the form of unfunded obligations to Social Security, Medicare, and other commitments, and $6.4 trillion held privately, $3 trillion of which is held overseas.

 

40 percent of the debt held privately comes due this year, and the only way for the government to pay it is to borrow more money.

 

“The current economic downturn was caused in large part because of government policies: easy credit and loose dollar policy by the Fed, the government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pushed loans on those who could not afford them, and the trillions of dollars of bailouts to date have only made it worse,” Wilson said.

 

“Now, government returns to the scene once again, not to fix the problems it created, but to exacerbate them by adding another $1.2 trillion to the debt when interest and other considerations are calculated,” Wilson added.

 

Wilson believes that extraordinary government interventions to date have completely spooked markets and discouraged savings, investment, and capital creation.

 

“The United States will not be able to get off the road to serfdom until the government actually constructs a plan to retire the debt and put an end to big government programs that hinder economic growth,” said Wilson.

 

Wilson warns of hyperinflation should creditors stop lending to the United States and the nation therefore defaults on the national debt.

 

“This is a catastrophe waiting to happen,” Wilson warned.

 

“Right now, countries overseas are trading real goods for paper. But that trend will reverse should the U.S. default, because a run on the dollar will ensue rapidly. Those dollars will come back home, and the people here will want to turn those dollars into real goods, but there will be too many dollars chasing too few goods,” Wilson explained.

 

“That’s the perfect recipe for hyperinflation. Prices would soar, and the economy would be wrecked,” Wilson added. “America would no longer be an economic superpower.”

 

“This must not come to pass. Congress must stop the madness by voting ‘no’ on the so-called ‘stimulus,’” Wilson concluded 

Thursday
Jan292009

NetRight Daily Special Edition: Action Alert on Stimulus Bill

January, 28, 2009

Fellow Bloggers,

We need to take immediate action on the Stimulus bill. The bill will most likely be voted on in the House later this afternoon. I have put together a list of all the information that has been posted on NetRight Nation about the stimulus bill. We need to alert everyone we can over the next few hours to see this bills defeat! Let's get blogging on this!


Call Your Congressman Now: Click here for a full list of phone numbers for Representative district offices. Tell them that you want them to "Vote NO on the Stimulus".

 

A 40 Year Wish List: This story ran in today's edition of the Wall Street Journal. This story shows just what type of "pork" projects are inside of the stimulus package.

 

Congress Must STOP the 'Stimulus': The $825 billion economic “stimulus” plan now being proposed by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats could well result in a federal deficit in excess of $2 trillion for 2009. Which means that it is now up to Senate and House Republicans to make certain that the American people are not consigned to a future of permanent serfdom to foreign creditors.

 

Putting the Pig Before the Bacon: President Barack Obama may be serious about banning pork in the new “stimulus” bill. And, perhaps, no individual members of Congress will insert “pet projects” (i.e. earmarks) into the legislation that is ultimately passed by Congress and presented for his signature.

 

200 Economists Against the Stimulus: A list of over 200 economists that are against the stimulus package.

 

Special Edition cartoon on the Stimulus Package: