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Friday
Feb272015

NHDP - Funding for DHS Set to Expire Tomorrow

RELEASE: With Funding for DHS Set to Expire Tomorrow, Will Frank Guinta End the Mess He and Kelly Ayotte Created?

Even Fellow Republican Peter King Has Called Out Guinta and House GOP for Playing “Too Risky a Game” With Human Lives

Concord, N.H. – After holding funding for the Department of Homeland Security hostage for weeks, only one question remains: will Frank Guinta finally end the mess that he and Kelly Ayotte created?
 
House Republicans need to pass a clean funding bill to avert a DHS shutdown, and so far Guinta has given no indication that he will support such a bill.
 
“Frank Guinta and Kelly Ayotte have pushed DHS to the brink of a shutdown, and there’s one simple way to get out of this mess: pass a clean bill,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It’s long past time for Frank Guinta to finally stop playing politics with our public safety and tell John Boehner to allow a vote on a clean DHS funding bill.”  
 
Even fellow Republican Peter King of New York has called out Guinta and House Republicans for playing games with public safety, saying, “If I have to vote against the Republican leadership, I will… This involves human lives and this is too risky a game to be playing here.”

Wednesday
Feb252015

NHDP - US Sen Ayotte Votes Repeatedly to Play Politics with National Security

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Vice Presidential hopeful Kelly Ayotte’s attempt to spin her way out of trouble after voting repeatedly to play politics with national security:
 
“Kelly Ayotte has voted four times to play politics with the safety of New Hampshire communities in order to appease her Tea Party base. Now, with funding for the Department of Homeland Security set to expire on Friday, Ayotte is trying to spin her way out of trouble and hoping that nobody will notice that she’s been holding DHS funding hostage for weeks.”
 
“New Hampshire voters won’t be fooled by Kelly Ayotte’s 11th hour attempt at damage control, and we will not forget that she was willing to risk shutting down DHS to try to appeal to her base and position herself for a Vice Presidential nomination.”

Tuesday
Feb242015

NHDP - US Sen Kelly Ayotte Has Lost the Support of Her Closest Allies as She Continues Holding DHS Funding Hostage 

As Guinta and Ayotte Continue Putting New Hampshire Communities at Risk, GOP Senators Including Lindsey Graham and John McCain Call for Clean DHS Funding Bill
 
Concord, N.H. – With funding for the Department of Homeland Security set to run out on Friday, February 27, the number of Republican Senators calling for a “clean” bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without unrelated policy riders is growing by the day.
 
While Kelly Ayotte and Frank Guinta continue to put New Hampshire communities at risk as they hold funding for DHS hostage, even Ayotte’s closest allies – Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) – are now calling on their fellow Republicans to finally put politics aside and pass a “clean” bill.
 
“When even Ayotte’s closest allies, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, won’t support her efforts to hold funding for DHS hostage you know she’s in big trouble,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “The only question is when will Kelly Ayotte and Frank Guinta finally stop putting New Hampshire communities at risk and tell Republican leadership to allow a vote on a clean DHS funding bill.
 
Yesterday, Graham told ABC’s This Week“I've never seen more terrorist organizations with more safe havens, with more money, with more capability to strike the homeland than I do today […] The worst thing to do is add gasoline to the fire by having the Republican Party defund the Department of Homeland Security."
Monday
Feb162015

NHDP - McCain, Corker Join Calls for Clean DHS Funding Bill As Kelly Ayotte Plays Politics with National Security 

 

 

Senator McCain: "There are ways we can address what the President did […] but it's not through shutting down the Department of Homeland Security."
 
Senator Corker: "I'll be the first to say when we have a department whose mission is to protect the homeland especially in these times, we need to fund it.”

 

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley renewed calls for Kelly Ayotte to listen to her own Senate Republican colleagues, including Senators John McCain and Bob Corker, who finally conceded that it’s time for Republicans to put politics aside and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
 
John McCain told NBC’s Meet the Press, "There are ways we can address what the President did […] but it's not through shutting down the Department of Homeland Security. It's too serious."
 
While another of Ayotte’s Republican senate colleagues, Bob Corker, told CBS’s Face the Nation, "I'll be the first to say when we have a department whose mission is to protect the homeland especially in these times, we need to fund it […] It needs to be funded, we do not need to leave our nation in a situation with the type of threats that we have with an agency that's not working at full steam. It needs to be resolved and I think it will be."
 
“Kelly Ayotte doesn’t even have the support of her own Senate Republican colleagues, including John McCain, as she continues holding funding for homeland security hostage in order to appease her Tea Party base,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
 
“It’s only a matter of time before Kelly Ayotte is finally forced to listen to the calls from Senate Republicans, Homeland Security secretaries of both parties, a nonpartisan coalition of mayors, and New Hampshire first responders who have all warned against the dangers of playing politics with our national security,” added Buckley.
 
“Kelly Ayotte needs to stop worrying about staying in the Veepstakes and finally support a clean DHS funding bill that will help protect our nation and secure our borders,” Buckley concluded.
Friday
Feb132015

NHDP - US Sen Kelly Ayotte Needs to Listen to GOP Senate Colleague and Support Clean DHS Funding Bill 

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Says, “I Don't Think We Should Have Ever Attached These Issues To DHS Funding,” Calls For Vote On “Clean” DHS Funding Bill

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley called on Kelly Ayotte to listen to her Senate Republican colleague Mark Kirk of Illinois, who finally conceded that it’s time for Republicans to put politics aside and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  
 
Senator Kirk (R-IL) yesterday admitted, “I don't think we should have ever attached [immigration] issues to DHS funding,” as he called on Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to allow a vote on a bill that funds DHS without any unrelated policy riders.
 
“Kelly Ayotte is putting New Hampshire communities and our national security at risk by holding funding for homeland security hostage in order to appease her Tea Party base so she can stay in the Veepstakes,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
 
“Homeland Security secretaries of both parties, a nonpartisan coalition of mayors, New Hampshire first responders, and now even Ayotte’s own Republican colleague in the Senate have all warned against the dangers of playing politics with our national security,” added Buckley.
 
“It’s time for Kelly Ayotte and her fellow Tea Party Republicans to get out of the way so the Senate can pass a clean bill that will help protect our nation and secure our borders,” Buckley concluded.