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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.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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).

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.