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Shea-Porter Announces House Vote to Provide $250 Check to Social Security Recipients

Manchester, N.H. – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the House of Representatives will vote on legislation to provide $250 checks to Social Security recipients when Congress returns to session.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter is an original cosponsor of this bill, the Seniors Protection Act (H.R. 5987).   The Social Security Administration announced today that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits in 2011. 

“Social Security recipients need help during this difficult economic time,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “That is why I am an original cosponsor of this bill and that is why I will support it when it comes to the House floor in the coming weeks."   

The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), published on a monthly basis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The COLA is calculated by comparing the CPI-W from the third quarter of the current year to the last third quarter that resulted in a COLA.  If the difference is positive, then the difference is applied to benefits the following January.  The formula to compute a COLA was enacted by Congress in the 1970s.


State House Republicans to Submit Legislation Amending SB500 

Democrats to Block Necessary Suspension of the Rules

Concord— House and Senate Republicans today announced plans to bring forth language that would exclude persons convicted of violent or sex crimes from early release on probation or parole.  SB500, signed into law by  Governor Lynch on July 1, 2010, brought with it unintended consequences by mandating that prison doors be opened early for violent offenders as well as those incarcerated for non-violent crimes. 

The language agreed upon this week by Republicans in both chambers  would  not only exclude  a prisoner convicted of a violent crime or a sexually violent offense from early supervised release, but would also provide the parole board with greater discretion to recommit a person who re-offends while on early supervised release. 

State House Republicans face an uphill climb in their attempt to amend the language of SB500 however, because the motion will require a two-thirds vote in order to suspend the rules to allow in the new legislation.  Speaker of the House Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth) and Senate President Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) have both indicated an unwillingness to suspend the rules when the two bodies meet to deal with the governor’s vetoes on Wednesday.

In signing SB500 into law last summer Governor Lynch claimed that it would save taxpayers money by working to ensure that released offenders became productive members of our society.  State House Republicans are calling tomorrows vote to suspend the rules a “de facto” vote for the safety of New Hampshire citizens over any money that might be saved by the early release of violent offenders.

“The voters of this state should watch closely on Wednesday and remember those lawmakers who refuse to allow this legislation to be brought forth when they step into the voting booth in November,” said Rep. Packard. “This is not a partisan issue; this is an issue of public safety and an opportunity for the New Hampshire Legislature to correct its mistake.  I call upon Democrats in the House to do the right thing and join us in supporting our motion to suspend the rules.”



Shea-Porter Amendment Included in Oil Spill Response Legislation

Amendment Strengthens Interior Ethics Provisions and Requires the Use of Best Available Oil Spill Technology When Necessary
Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today unanimously passed Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s amendment to the CLEAR Act.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s amendment ensures that the ethics guidelines required for certain Department of Interior employees are updated at least every three years.  It also ensures that the best available technology for oil spill response and mitigation, and the accessibility of that technology is part of the Offshore Technology Research and Risk Assessment Program.  Finally, the amendment requires that operators annually certify that their response and exploration plans include the best available technology and its availability.
“My amendment strengthens the ethics rules at the Department of Interior and will help develop and employ new technologies to prevent and cleanup oil spills,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “The BP spill in the Gulf made clear that while oil companies were spending time and money to develop new ways to drill in new places, they were not putting their resources into making sure we had the technology to prevent and cleanup a spill.  My amendment will change that.”
The CLEAR Act will ensure strong new safety measures to protect our coastal communities and waters.  This legislation requires independent certification of critical oil clean-up equipment, holds BP and the oil industry fully responsible for cleanup costs and recovery after spills by removing the $75 million cap on economic damages, strengthens oversight of oil drilling, and forces oil companies to pay their fair share for drilling on public lands.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.  


Shea-Porter Introduces Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Legislation Supported by NH Police Chiefs and NH Environmental Services
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today introduced legislation that seeks to reduce prescription drug abuse.  The Safe Prescription Drug Disposal and Education Act (H.R. 5925) would provide grants to communities to install prescription drug drop-boxes, and would also provide grants to communities for classes on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  The contents of the prescription drug drop-boxes would be disposed of in an environmentally safe way by waste or hazardous management companies, thereby preventing these medications from polluting our water.  This legislation is supported by the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and national anti-drug coalitions.
“New Hampshire has seen a 200 percent rise in prescription drug abuse over the last ten years.  It is a public health and safety issue,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “My bill will help address these problems.  It will also prevent the improper disposal of prescription drugs, which pollute our water and harm our environment.”
The Safe Prescription Drug Disposal and Education Act would provide grants to communities to install prescription drug drop-boxes.  The purpose of these drop-boxes is for disposal of unwanted prescription drugs, allowing people to get these drugs out of their homes and out of the reach of children.  In addition, this bill would provide grants to communities for classes on prescription drug abuse.  Classes would be for children and parents, educating them on the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to prevent it.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter is vice co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus.   


AUL - Yoest on Smith-Lipinski bill 


WASHINGTON, D.C. - (7/29/10) - Today, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) are introducing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion.   

“The overwhelming majority of Americans are opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion, and the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ will comprehensively end this practice,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life Action. “Congress can act now and fix this problem once and for all, and we are urging our grassroots activists across the nation to contact their representatives and support this sensible legislation.”

For decades, restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions have been enacted separately and have been contained in annually-renewed Congressional temporary funding restrictions, regulations, and executive orders.  This new bill would eliminate the ongoing struggle that Congress faces every year to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortions by enshrining this principle in U.S. statutory law.

Further, the Smith-Lipinski bill codifies strong conscience protections to protect health care providers who do not want to participate in abortions from discrimination.

This sensible, bipartisan bill will ensure that no government programs may slip through loopholes in the law to use taxpayer funds for abortions.