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Shea-Porter Supports Legislation that Helps Small Businesses 

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of legislation that will help small businesses grow and prosper.  The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), which passed the House today, will help provide loans to small businesses by increasing funding to small and medium sized community banks.  The Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act (H.R. 5486), which passed the House yesterday, will provide important tax incentives to small businesses, which will help create jobs. 

“Over the past 15 years, small businesses have been responsible for two-thirds of all new jobs,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Small businesses are the foundation of our economy, and these two bills will help provide small business owners with loans and tax breaks.  

The Small Business Lending Fund will create jobs through a new $30 billion lending fund for small and medium sized community banks ($10 billion or under) that could leverage up to $300 billion in lending.

The Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act will increase capital gains tax cuts for individuals who invest in small businesses this year, fix a disclosure penalty that disproportionately impacts small businesses, and increases the dedication for business start-up expenditures.


Shea-Porter Supports Bill Clarifying Veterans' Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today voted for legislation that will clarify health care benefits for individuals who have disabilities related to their parents’ exposure to agent orange.  H.R. 5014 clarifies that coverage provided by the VA to these individuals qualifies as the “minimum essential coverage” under the new health care law.

 “This bill ensures that individuals who are suffering from disabilities related to their parents’ exposure to agent orange do not have to purchase additional coverage,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “Those who served in Vietnam and Korea and their families have made enormous sacrifices for our country, and this bill is the right thing to do.”

This legislation is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The U.S. Senate passed a similar bill (S. 3162) earlier this year. 


SEIA Statement on Kerry-Lieberman Climate Change Bill 


Legislation has the potential to help diversify America’s energy supply with clean sources like solar while creating jobs from coast to coast

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement on the introduction of climate legislation by Senators John Kerry (D-MA), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT):
“While we’re still analyzing the 987-page bill, we’re pleased with the effort to place a price on carbon, an essential step in stopping global warming and stimulating greater deployment of renewable energy sources like solar. But to really make a difference, we need to ensure that any revenue from this legislation is targeted directly at deploying renewable energy like solar – an energy source that 92 percent of the Americans say they want greater use of, now.
“We also believe that for any climate legislation to succeed, it must embrace one of solar’s key strengths – its diverse applications. Distributed generation solar, like photovoltaics and solar water heating, as well as utility-scale solar power are both crucial to fighting climate change and should be rewarded for generating clean energy. These proven technologies have been working for decades and serve as one of the reliable ways to address global warming.
“Lastly, we hope to see protection for the voluntary renewables market. Under previous climate bills, no effort on the parts of homeowners and businesses to generate their own carbon-free energy was recognized in lowering the ‘cap.’ We hope that this major issue has been addressed and individuals have been empowered to have a real impact on the amount of pollution released into our environment.
“Senators Kerry and Lieberman deserve a great deal of credit for pushing ahead with these vitally important issues. We should not pass up this opportunity to move America’s clean energy economy forward. A well-structured bill that deploys more renewable energy will create stable, well-paying jobs, help achieve energy security, and fight global warming. We look forward to working with Congress and the Obama Administration to get the right policies passed into law.”
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About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 members to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.  Learn more at


Shea-Porter Statement on President Obama Signing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into Law

WASHINGTON, DC  – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into law. 

Today is a great day for men and women who have served our country in uniform, as well as for the heroic people who care for them.  Disabled veterans and their families face many unique challenges, and caring for a loved one with a serious injury is often emotionally and physically exhausting. This law will provide our veterans and their family members with additional resources and support.”

The legislation, which passed the House on April 21, will help families better care for disabled or injured veterans. It will also greatly improve health care services for women veterans and will expand VA programs for veterans living in rural areas.

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, the National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and  the Wounded Warrior Project.


Shea-Porter Introduces Bill to Create Fisheries Ombudsman  

WASHINGTON, DC  — Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter introduced the National Marine Fisheries Service Ombudsman Act of 2010 (H.R.5180). This legislation will create an Office of the Ombudsman within National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  Shea-Porter is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, which has jurisdiction over NMFS.  

The fishing industry is a critical part of New Hampshire’s coastal economy, culture and history,” Shea-Porter said. “Fisheries regulations have become increasingly complex and the relationship between our local fishermen and the National Fisheries Service has been strained.  An Ombudsman would provide a needed point of contact and source of information for our fishermen.”

In a January 2010 report, the Department of Commerce Inspector General recommended reestablishing the position of Ombudsman.   Shea-Porter’s bill would do so, creating an independent office that will act as a neutral third party to identify points of conflict and contention between NMFS and fishermen, undertake impartial fact-finding and investigations and mitigate those points of conflict.  The Ombudsman will also serve as a point of contact and receive complaints from those regulated by NMFS and will conduct community outreach and disseminate information about new regulations and requirements.

The Ombudsman will report to Congress annually on their recommendations to improve the services and responsiveness of NMFS, summarize the most pervasive and serious points of conflict, and make recommendations to resolve those points of conflict.