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MANCHESTER Today, the Brown campaign released a new TV ad titled: “​National ​Energy Tax.” The 15-second ad zeroes in on Senator Shaheen’s March 2013 vote on a budget amendment to pave the way for a national energy tax. The amendment, sponsored by Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, created a fund into which revenues raised from a new tax on carbon would be deposited and spent.
Senator Whitehouse said the amendment Sheehan voted for "will allow us to put a price on carbon."  Last week, the
Portsmouth Herald reported rising energy prices have created a "dire situation" for our families, with rates set to spike 40 to 50 percent for home heating.  Shaheen's energy tax will increase rates even further.
During the campaign, Brown has visited several businesses as part of the “Making Energy Affordable” tour and released an "All of the Above"
energy plan that will increase supply, reduce costs and encourage energy independence.  Last week, Brown learned firsthand of the energy price squeeze experienced by businesses and residential customers when he campaigned at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson and visited with Kerri Ruggiero of Hampton, a single mom who is among the tens of thousands of New Hampshire resident who have received notice their electric rates are going up.

Transcript "National Energy Tax":

Narrator: For New Hampshire making ends meet is getting harder to do.
And Jeanne Shaheen?
She voted to pave the way for a new tax on energy.
Jeanne Shaheen, standing with Obama not New Hampshire.


March 2013: Shaheen Voted For An Amendment To Enact Federal Energy TAx. 
“To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that all revenue from a fee on carbon pollution is returned to the American people.” (S. Amdt. 646 To S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #58: Rejected 41-58, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea) 
  • The Sponsor Of The Amendment, Sheldon Whitehouse, Said The Amendment “Will Allow Us To Put A Price On Carbon.” WHITEHOUSE: “I urge that we support this amendment that will allow us to put a price on carbon and protect the American people.” (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressional Record, 3/22/13, p. S2271)
An Energy Tax Could Cost Up To 10,000 Jobs In New Hampshire. “This tax would deal a blow to employment in New Hampshire, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in 2013 and 10,000 by 2023.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

A Energy Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In New Hampshire By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. “Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” 
National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

A Energy Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For New Hampshire Families By 18 Percent. “Households in New Hampshire would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 18 percent in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” 
National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

NHDP - Debunking Brown's Energy Rhetoric, Explains Why NH Can’t Afford Scott Brown 

Following the Release of Brown's Latest Energy Attack Ad, Massachusetts Leaders Set The Record Straight

Manchester, NH--Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts Rob Dolan, New Hampshire energy expert and former Public Utilities Commissioner Cliff Below,and co-founder of Revolution Energy in Dover, NH Michael Behrmann held a press conference to discuss Scott Brown’s energy agenda that would cost New Hampshire jobs and increase prices for consumers, all while continuing to reward Big Oil with billions in tax breaks.  
“What Scott Brown is not telling you is that when he was serving Massachusetts in the Senate, he made his number one priority protecting the record-breaking profits of oil companies, even if it meant that the middle class would have to pay more,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who represents Massachusetts' 5th congressional district. “Brown consistently supported the big oil companies, protecting billions of dollars in special tax breaks. Why? Because they were donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign.  I’ve watched what Scott Brown has been saying in New Hampshire, because it affects me. And I’ve watched from Massachusetts as he preaches an energy agenda that sounds good, but I am here to warn you it would be bad for New Hampshire families.”
“Scott Brown has always made the big guys more of a priority than families in cities like the city I present,” saidMelrose, MA Mayor Rob Dolan. “When he was in the Senate, his objective was clear: keep working to protect the country’s biggest banks and largest oil companies—and people like those in my city paid the price. Scott Brown’s plan would hit New Hampshire families where it hurts, by increasing costs and cutting jobs. This is typical—he’s always put the interests of campaign donors above his constituents. Scott Brown was wrong for the people of Melrose and Massachusetts, and he’s wrong for the people of New Hampshire.”
“Scott Brown’s energy ‘plan’ shows he doesn’t understand New Hampshire,” said former New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioner Clifton Below. “Scott Brown’s energy policy would be a windfall for oil and gas companies who would see even bigger profit margins at the expense of New Hampshire families and businesses. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why —Brown has taken nearly half a million dollars in campaign cash from the oil and gas industry. Scott Brown, for many reasons, is not the right candidate for New Hampshire working families. One big one is that his energy plans and votes would mean higher energy costs and fewer jobs for New Hampshire.”
“Looking at Scott Brown’s record, he has repeatedly prioritized the oil and gas industry. But if Senators keep putting oil interests first, we will never move forward towards energy independence,” said Revolution Energy co-founder Michael Behrmann. “New Hampshire does not need more advocated for exporting our energy and our energy dollars—quite the opposite. As someone working every day to improve New Hampshire’s energy outlook, I can tell you that Scott Brown is the wrong choice. Senator Shaheen has demonstrated her commitment to this issue and to making New Hampshire a more sustainable and independent state.”
As a Senator from Massachusetts, Brown protected more than $20 billion in special tax payer subsidies for Big Oil companies, while voting to once cut the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps tens of thousands of low-income New Hampshire families afford the cost of home heating during the winter.  
Since announcing his campaign for the Senate in New Hampshire, Brown has also repeatedly advocated for an increase in natural gas exports, which independent analyses show would drive up energy costs for New Hampshire families.







"'The only thing worse than voting 99 percent with the president is voting 100 percent against small businesses,' said Brown."

Nashua Telegraph
Don Himsel
October 21, 2014

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There’s a lot to fix in this country, Scott Brown said at a Nashua Rotary lunch on Monday, including a lack of leadership at the top.

“The world is on fire,” said Brown at the start of his remarks Monday. He spoke of international issues such as Ebola, military buildup in China, kidnappings by Boko Haram and fighting in Syria, citing a lack of leadership.

Brown is running against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and delivered a pro-business message while highlighting differences between him and Shaheen during his remarks at the Nashua Country Club..

“This race is going to be about differences,” Brown said. “She’s a good person. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again and again. We just have different ways of looking at things.”

Brown illustrated differences in votes on issues including border security and energy issues.

On border security. “I voted to send troops to the border, Senator Shaheen didn’t,” Brown said.

On energy: “Senator Shaheen is against coal, she’s against nuclear,” Brown said. “She’s against focusing and helping step back from our dependence on foreign oil.”

Brown listed corporate taxes, rising energy and healthcare costs as obstacles to New Hampshire businesses.

“The only thing worse than voting 99 percent with the president is voting 100 percent against small businesses,” said Brown.


NRSC - Shaheen Defers to Obama on Ebola 

Shaheen Silent as Obama Picks Partisan,
DC Lobbyist as Ebola Czar 

The Obama Administration’s response to the Ebola virus has been roundly criticized as inept and incompetent. In fact, a former top advisor to Harry Reid told the Washington Post that the Administration's handling of Ebola feeds the "narrative that Democrats don't know how to govern and government is too large."

President Obama's response to the Ebola epidemic is to appoint partisan lobbyist Ron Klain as the Administration’s point man. As National Review explains "Ron Klain is a sharp-elbowed Democratic political operative with no medical expertise. Tapping him as 'Ebola czar' may not be the president’s best move when, as it is, no one can believe a word the Obama administration says. And that’s not just because Mr. Klain is yet another lobbyist recruited despite Mr. Obama’s vow that his administration would shun lobbyists."

Unfortunately, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) not only refuses to hold the Obama Administration accountable for the slow response to Ebola entering our borders, but it appears that she has taken her marching orders from the White House on a serious matter of public health. Instead, Shaheen's Washington allies have resorted to spreading false and debunked claims, blaming others for the Administration's failures. President Obama's choice of Ron Klain as Ebola Czar is indefensible, yet Jeanne Shaheen once again refuses to hold the White House accountable.

"It is absurd that President Obama believes that a partisan lobbyist with zero medical experience should lead the national response to the Ebola epidemic, but Jeanne Shaheen is nowhere to be found," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen apparently believes that a partisan Washington lobbyist like Ron Klain is an appropriate choice for this position, which speaks to her lack of judgment and her refusal to stand up to President Obama’s poor decisions - even on matters of public health and safety."


A Top Official At The National Institutes of Health Debunked Democrats False Claims That Budget Cuts Were To Blame For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine. "A top official at the National Institutes of Health disagreed on Sunday with the notion that an Ebola vaccine likely would have been discovered by now had it not been for federal budget cuts." (NIH Official: Budget Cuts Can't Be Blamed For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine, The Huffington Post10/20/2014)

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Called Attacks Blaming Republicans For Cutting Ebola Research Funding “Absurd” And Gave It Four Pinocchios. “On many levels, this line of attack is absurd. Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requested. Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are To Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post, 10/15/14)



MANCHESTER Today, the Brown campaign released a new web video, titled "Soaring Electric Rates," spotlighting Jeanne Shaheen's failed attempt to lower energy prices for New Hampshire families despite a long-ago promise to tackle the problem. 
In 1996, Shaheen acknowledged that in New Hampshire, "We have the nation's highest electric rates," but she promised "that's something I'm definitely going to change."
Electric rates have continually gone up since then. Just recently, roughly 288,000 homes and businesses were notified by their electricity providers that utility bills are slated to increase by 40 to 50 percent this winter, according to a report by NH1 News
. A recent Portsmouth Herald article stated customers could see their rates spike by 130 percent, calling it a “dire situation” for Granite Staters.
In March 2013, Jeanne Shaheen voted to pave the way for a new national energy tax.​ The measure, sponsored by Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, created a fund into which revenues raised from a new tax on carbon would be deposited and spent.
According to a non-partisan study conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers, a national energy tax would trigger a $650 increase in home heating costs in New Hampshire. Yesterday, the​ Brown campaign released a new TV ad, ​"
National Energy Tax," taking aim at Shaheen's support for the Whitehouse Amendment.

Transcript "Soaring Electric Rates":

Jeanne Shaheen: We have the nation’s highest electric rates
That’s one thing I am definitely going to change

Anchor: New Hampshire, we have some of the highest energy costs in the nation 

Will most likely go up forty three percent
That’s going to be forty-two dollars a month more out of your pocket
That’s going to include about seventy-five thousand electricity customers here in New Hampshire
Jeanne Shaheen: So let me be clear
Anchor: Twelve dollars and forty-seventy cents per month extra 

That’s about twelve point two percent and that’s about eighty-three thousand homes and businesses in New Hampshire
Here’s the shocker folks
Fifty dollars a month
About fifty percent more for your bill
And they have about a hundred and thirty thousand New Hampshire customers