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Thursday
Jun182009

Shea-Porter Successfully Secures More Than $26 Million in National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was able to successfully authorize more than $26 million in critical funding for New Hampshire in the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2647), which funds the Department of Defense (DoD) and the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DoE).

 

“This defense bill authorizes the funding we need to maintain our military readiness while honoring the commitments that have been made to our service members and their families,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “These New Hampshire projects are critical to our national security and local economy. I am pleased that they were included in the Committee’s final bill.”

 

Congresswoman Shea-Porter was able to successfully authorize funding for the following projects in the 2010 Defense Authorization bill:

 

$7.09 million for Gate 2 security improvements at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 

$2 million to help consolidate Structural Shop operations located throughout Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 

$2.25 million for the NH National Guard to acquire a Joint Command Vehicle with an Interoperable Communications Suite

 

$600,000 for advanced technologies to maintain and monitor major industrial equipment at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 

$4 million for a New Hampshire company to develop more robust structural materials for Army helicopters

 

$3.2 million to continue procurement of Infrared Goggle Upgrade System (IRGUS) units for the U.S military (manufactured by a New Hampshire company)

 

$2.6 million to increase funding to purchase cold weather clothing used by Marines deployed in Afghanistan (manufactured by a New Hampshire company)

 

$5 million to continue acquiring Multi-Climate Protection System (MCPS), clothing that provides enhanced performance and thermal and flame protection for Navy aircrews (manufactured by a New Hampshire company)

 

A detailed summary of H.R. 2647, as reported by the House Armed Services Committee, is available at http://armedservices.house.gov/.

 

Thursday
Jun182009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

REINVENTING VETERANS SERVICES: WHO COULD DRIVE THE BULLDOZER?
Dozens of Groups & Decades of Fixing
Everything is Fixed Except Veterans Problems
by Gordon Duff, Staff Writer


We get a ton of email and phone calls, from individual veterans to heads of every group. The veterans and their families are always overwhelmed, their lives being destroyed and everyone has let them down. Sometime we help. Sometimes we have no place to refer people. People know we care and have picked up the idea that we are humans like them.
Journalists, activists or "organization" people aren't supposed to be human. They are supposed to be dull witted, greedy and narcissistic. Prettymuch everyone knows this. People are why we have pets.
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Thursday
Jun182009

President Obama Unveils 'United We Serve

Calls on All Americans to Commit to Meaningful Volunteer Service in Their Daily Lives

President encourages Americans to visit www.serve.gov to find and create service projects in their communities, share stories about projects they’re working on

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a video message, President Obama unveiled United We Serve, an extended call to service challenging all Americans to help lay a new foundation for growth in this country by engaging in sustained, meaningful community service. The initiative will be led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency dedicated to fostering service in communities across the country. Since his Inauguration, the President has called on all Americans to serve their communities and be a part of building a better future for our country.

 

The United We Serve summer initiative begins on June 22nd and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th. The National Day of Service and Remembrance was created by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which President Obama signed in April to help encourage and facilitate community service across the country. During this summer, the President is renewing his call to all Americans to identify needs in their communities, engage in meaningful service to create change – and stay engaged with those projects long after September. The President’s call focuses on four key areas where everyone can have a continuing impact in their community: education, health, energy and the environment and community renewal. To create new service projects, to find service projects in their communities and to share stories about projects that are making a difference, Americans can visit the Corporation’s website, www.serve.gov.

 

President Obama’s video was distributed via email by the Corporation for National and Community Service. View President Obama’s full video message at www.serve.gov.

 

“The challenges we face are unprecedented in their size and scope, and we cannot rely on quick fixes or easy answers to put us on the road to recovery,” President Obama says in the video message. “In this new century, we need to a build a new foundation for economic growth in America. My Administration has already begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy – investments that will create new jobs and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity. But we cannot do this alone here in Washington...’

 

‘Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities as what we're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”

 

The goal of United We Serve is to help make volunteerism and community service part of the daily lives of all Americans in order to help build a new foundation, one community at a time. Further details about the June 22nd kickoff are forthcoming.

 

Wednesday
Jun172009

Republican Statement on Governor Lynch's Proposed New Tax Proposal 

Joint Republican Statement on Governor Lynch’s New Tax Proposal

 

 

Concord, NH - Today, House Minority Leader Sherm Packard (R- Londonderry) and Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) released the following statement on Governor Lynch's proposal to tax mortgage refinances.

 

"Taxing families and businesses looking to lower their monthly mortgage payments is a slap in the face to those trying to make it through these difficult economic times. Instead of taxing people who are trying to hold the linewith their own expenses, Governor Lynch and the big spenders in the House and Senate should learn from these families and businesses by holding the line on government spending,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon.

 

He continued, "While New Hampshire citizens and businesses are cutting back their expenses, the Concord big spenders are proposing a 7% increase in spending. This 'Do as I say, not as I do' attitude has got to stop."

 

“Governor Lynch has proposed a new and devastating tax proposal for New Hampshire,” said House Republican Leader Sherm Packard (Londonderry). “At a time when most budgets around the country have seen a reduction in spending, this governor and his spending-into-oblivion party are looking under every rock and behind every door to raise money, and now they want to tax people who need the money most; our homeowners who have worked and saved hard. I once again call on Governor Lynch to examine specific reductions offered by Republicans in the proposed budget to get our financial house back in order.”

 

Background:

 

The current general fund budget for FY 08/09, as adjusted by actions of the governor and the legislature, is $3.107 billion. The proposed general fund budget for FY 10/11, including the Liquor Commission (which was in the 08/09 budget, but was moved off budget for 10/11) is $3.327 billion, a 7.1% increase.

 

Wednesday
Jun172009

NH DHHS - WIC Nutrition Program Distributes Farmers’ Market Coupons

Concord, NH - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is pleased to announce they will again this year be providing WIC families with coupons to be used at farmers’ markets statewide starting in June.

 

The WIC Nutrition Program has begun their annual distribution of coupons to women and children enrolled in WIC for fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC promotes healthy nutrition, including encouraging families to eat more fruits and vegetables every day for better health. The WIC Program is a public health nutrition program for low- to moderate-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.

 

“Proper nutrition for young children is crucial to their growth and development, mentally as well as physically,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “That is why it is important for WIC to be encouraging and assisting families with eating more fruits and vegetables through the farmers’ market coupons and their education efforts.”

 

There are more than 70 farmers’ markets statewide and most markets are open in mid to late-June, with early vegetables, such as asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, carrots, lettuce rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, turnips, and rutabagas. For a complete listing visit the New Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Association website at www.nhfma.org.

 

Also, starting in October, WIC families will be receiving fruits and vegetables year round. Cash value vouchers will be provided for fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables in grocery stores. Children will receive $6.00 per month, pregnant women and non-breastfeeding women will receive $8.00 per month, and breastfeeding women will receive $10.00 per month. WIC nutritionists will be providing parents with healthy recipes for cooking vegetables, tips on how to choose healthy canned and frozen fresh fruits and vegetables, and information on how to introduce new vegetables to young children. The WIC Program will also be adding whole grain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy products, and infant fruits, vegetables, and meats starting in October.

 

For more information about the WIC and Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs, contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-942-4321 or visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/WIC/default.htm. WIC is an equal opportunity program.