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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) voted for theNational Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Thefunding bill authorizes military aid to Israel and Ukraine and prevents the transfer of terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to American soil, as well as permits post commanders to carry firearms on base, in order to prevent terrorist attacks like the one that occurred at Ft. Hood in 2009.

    Releasing the following statement, Rep. Guinta said the bill would also protect taxpayers from government waste by streamlining procurement procedures and direct defense resources to the most important technology:

"In the midst of increasing conflicts in the Middle East and Europe, where Iran and Russia are on the march, President Obama vetoed national security measures that support our armed forces and allies around the world. Today’s legislation provides for our common defense and gives our service men and women the tools they need to protect America, without having to worry about their next paycheck or benefits they deserve. As their leader, our Commander-in-Chief failed to do his part, whereas Congress, with today’s bill, is giving our troops peace of mind. We will keep a close watch on this Administration, which continues to lack a coherent defense strategy."


    This year, the House unanimously approved Rep. Guinta’s legislation prohibiting closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which employs nearly 5,000 Granite Staters. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and its Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, as well as Monetary Policy and Trade.








Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Hassan to tell New Hampshire voters where she stands on funding for our troops and whether she would have voted with Harry Reid and Washington Democrats to hold funding for the troops and New Hampshire defense priorities hostage. Senate Democrats today blocked the 2016 defense spending bill.
“Senate Democrats’ refusal to provide critical funding for our military and national defense is a shameful example of Washington politics at its worst,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “As a candidate for the United States Senate, Governor Hassan must take a position on this important issue and tell New Hampshire if she would stand up for our troops or fall in line with her liberal party leadership in Washington. New Hampshire deserves independent leadership in the Senate, and Governor Hassan needs to tell voters if she would rubber-stamp this partisan stunt that hurts our military.”

US Rep Guinta statement on passage of FY2016 NDAA 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, an authorization bill considered by Congress every year to set funding levels for the military to continue its operations and remain a global leader:


“As a Congress, it is our responsibility to ensure our military has the necessary and appropriate funding to provide for our defense and protect our national security interests.  The FY2016 NDAA provides our military with essential funding levels to combat our most immediate threats around the world, while strengthening its efficiency and agility.  It’s because of our nation’s military that the United States of America remains, ‘the land of the free and home the brave.’  We owe it to our servicemembers to advance this vital funding bill. ”







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Jeanne Shaheen needs to stand up to do what's right for America's bravest


Concord - Sending a big lump of coal to America's military, Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster voted last night in favor of a backroom budget deal that stands to slash retirement pay for military retirees. According to the Military Officers Association of America, the bill delivers annual reductions in the Cost of Living Adjustment that "will result in reducing retired pay by nearly 20 percent between the age at retirement and 62."


"Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster have turned their backs on America's bravest, voting to cut military benefits rather than have the spine to cut bloated federal spending. They voted for a backroom deal that sells out active duty troops and New Hampshire's military retirees by slashing military retirement benefits. It's a big lump of coal for the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedoms, said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This is a raw deal for the men and women of our armed services, and Jeanne Shaheen can help stop it. Jeanne Shaheen needs to stand up to her party to do what's right for America's troops and military retirees. This is a gut check moment for Jeanne Shaheen, and military families in New Hampshire are watching. If she turns her back on the men and women who have risked their lives to defend our nation, they'll never forget it."


SEIA - New Report: Solar Energy Reduces Military Costs, Boosts Security, Saves Lives

WASHINGTON, DC -- In celebration of Armed Services Day, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a first-of-its-kind report detailing how innovative solar technologies are helping the U.S. military meet many of its critical functions – from security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency.

Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy” shows solar energy’s growing role in powering military installations and military homes across the U.S.  As of early 2013, there are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems powering Navy, Army and Air Force bases in at least 31 states and the District of Columbia.

Just as importantly, solar energy is playing an increasingly important role in making the U.S. military’s energy supply more secure, more affordable and less reliant on often-times unstable foreign sources.

“America’s solar companies, which employ nearly 120,000 workers from coast to coast, are very proud of the contributions they’re making to help the men and women of the U.S. military to defend our nation,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO.  “Solar clearly is making a big difference – both on the front lines and in military installations from North Carolina to Hawaii.  Many of the technologies being used by the military today have been adapted for use from consumer products.”

In Afghanistan, for instance, U.S. troops in battle zones are using everything from portable solar panels to solar tent shields to cutting-edge, solar-powered security systems to help them successfully carry out critical missions. See photos of military solar uses here.

In recent years, the Pentagon has become increasingly concerned about an overdependence on fossil fuels.  Today, the military buys gas for just over $1 a gallon, but getting that gasoline to forward bases in Afghanistan costs more than $400 per gallon.

By utilizing more solar energy, military leaders say they are not only saving money, but potentially saving lives, too, since solar is helping to reduce the number of truck convoys needed to transport fuel, which are frequently the targets of attacks by insurgents or improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  Over the past decade, there have been more than 3,300 U.S. casualties as a result of attacks on fuel convoys.

“Today, the Defense Department is one of the largest institutional users of solar energy in the world,” Resch added. “After using solar energy on military bases and in the field, many returning servicemen and servicewomen are finding great career opportunities at solar firms, which have been actively recruiting veterans.  Many other veterans have started firms of their own.”

In addition to its operational uses, solar energy is helping the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to rein in its massive energy bills. As the largest energy consumer in the world, the DOD faces a $20 billion energy bill each year. In response to increasing energy needs and shrinking budgets, the DOD has committed to meet 25 percent of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025. The Navy, Army and Air Force are each implementing aggressive plans that are increasing investments in solar, which is expected to encourage even more innovation within the industry.

Today, the U.S. has 7,700 MW of installed solar electric capacity – enough to power more than 1.2 million American homes – and 40 percent of our existing capacity, or 3,300 MW, was installed last year alone, making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation.  America’s solar industry now employs nearly 120,000 workers at 5,600 companies – most of which are small businesses spread across every state in the union.

About SEIA®:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works 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.

Background Materials:
- “Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy,” May 17, 2013:
- Enlisting the Sun Fact Sheet:
- Military Solar Photo Gallery:
- Interactive Map of U.S. Solar-Powered Installations:
- U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2012 Year in Review: 
- The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2012: