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Wednesday
Mar042015

US Rep Guinta on passage of DHS funding bill 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today following the passage of H.R. 240 – a bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of FY 2015:

 

“Like many Granite Staters, I oppose President Obama’s executive overreach granting de facto amnesty to millions of individuals who came here illegally.  The President has lost more than a dozen, unanimous decisions before the Supreme Court in the last few years alone; and, most recently a court found that he had exceeded his authority with regard to amnesty.  This was the correct decision.  We have an obligation to provide for the common defense; and, I believe that our national security is of utmost importance.  For these reasons, I voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year; and, look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure our border is secured and our nation is protected.”    

Saturday
Feb282015

NHDP - Kelly Ayotte in Full-On Damage Control Mode After Pushing DHS to the Brink of Shutdown 

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Vice Presidential wannabe Kelly Ayotte’s continued attempts to spin her way out of trouble after voting repeatedly to play politics with national security:
 
“Kelly Ayotte and her Tea Party colleagues have pushed the Department of Homeland Security to the brink of a shutdown after holding funding for our national security hostage for weeks.”
 
“While Ayotte is now in full-on damage control mode, she won’t be able to re-write history on her repeated votes to put New Hampshire communities at risk in order to appeal to her base and try to keep herself in the Veepstakes.”

Saturday
Feb282015

US Rep Guinta statement on passage of DHS funding bill 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement following the passage of a ‘clean’ bill to provide funding to the Department of Homeland Security:

“Granite Staters are tired of the gamesmanship ever present in Washington. It is time to stop governing by crisis.  This evening, I joined my colleagues in the House and Senate to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security, while the respective legislative bodies work out the differences.

I will continue to fight President Obama’s executive overreach that has failed more than a dozen unanimous Supreme Court decisions in the past few years alone. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this legislation.”

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 - NH Republican Legislators Follow US Sen Ayotte’s Lead, Play Politics with Critical Safety Funds 

 

 

 

 

After Watching Ayotte Play Politics with Funding for DHS, NH GOP Legislators Are Following Suit as they Block Federal Funds for Public Safety

 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte has for weeks played politics with the safety of New Hampshire communities, holding funding for the Department of Homeland Security hostage to appease her Tea Party base.

 

Now New Hampshire Republicans in the state legislature appear to be following Ayotte’s lead by blocking federal funds to promote public safety. The Republican members of the Legislative Fiscal Committee last week voted to block millions of dollars in federal funds that would support critical priorities such as combating substance misuse, improving school safety, and supporting local fire fighters.

 

“After watching for weeks as Kelly Ayotte played politics with funds for critical public safety priorities, it’s hardly a surprise that New Hampshire Republican legislators are now following her lead,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Protecting our communities is something that we should all be able to agree on, and blocking critical safety funds in order to appease the far-right wing of the Republican Party is simply as low as it gets. “

 

“Instead of working to bring New Hampshire’s tradition of bipartisan problem-solving to Washington, Kelly Ayotte is bringing Washington’s partisanship and dysfunction to the Granite State,” added Buckley.

 

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Republicans on the Fiscal Committee Block Millions in Federal Funds

“Republican committee members voted to delay several decisions on whether to accept and spend roughly $9 million in federal and other funds that would pay for a program to collect data on violent deaths in New Hampshire, hire an investigator for a state drug task force, fund positions to promote child safety and mental health, and pay for a new fire truck, among other things.” [Concord Monitor, 2/22/15]

 

Among New Hampshire Republicans’ reckless partisan actions were:

 

Blocking federal funds to better collect and analyze data related to violent deaths occurring in the state (pg. 86).

 

Blocking the Department of Justice from using federal forfeiture dollars to hire a full-time Criminal Justice Investigator for the purpose of statewide investigations of drug related activities (pg. 116).

 

Blocking grant funding for a highway safety program allowing State Police to collect better and timelier data on highway crashes (pg. 95).

 

Blocking more than $1.9 million in federal funds for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) in order to promote child safety and mental health. Project AWARE will serve approximately 4,000 children, youth and families per year and train approximately 700 youth-serving adults per year in New Hampshire (pg. 101).

 

Blocking federal funds for the purchase of a mini-pumper fire truck and personal protective equipment (pg. 44).

 

Blocking school safety funding to assist local schools in the development of Emergency Operations Plans (pg. 74).