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NRSC - Jeanne Shaheen's Spending Threatens Default 

October 10, 2013

Jeanne Shaheen's Spending Threatens Default
Shaheen/Obama Refuse to Responsibly Raise Debt Limit

President Obama, Senator Harry Reid and Co-Leader Chuck Schumer are demanding an increase to the federal debt limit without any spending reforms or cuts to begin to alleviate the massive debt burden Washington has created.  It is a position that 75% of Americans oppose according to a recent CBS poll.  But it’s no surprise. Jeanne Shaheen and her Democratic allies have been big spenders throughout their time in Washington and under their watch our debt has increased to an eye-popping $16.7 trillion.

But what does the debt mean for New Hampshire families?

  • Every New Hampshire Household’s Share Of The National Debt Has Increased $47,616 Since Jeanne Shaheen Went To Washington In 2009 – A 52% Increase In Just Five Years. (U.S. Treasury Website,, Accessed 10/8/13; Census Bureau Website,, Accessed 9/30/13)
  • The Current Share Of The National Debt Per New Hampshire Household: $138,312. (U.S. Treasury Website,, Accessed 10/8/13; Census Bureau Website,, Accessed 9/30/13)

“Under Jeanne Shaheen's watch New Hampshire families are left to foot the bill for nearly $48,000 in debt with no relief in sight," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Now, after recklessly maxing out the government credit card and handing the tab to our children and grandchildren, Jeanne Shaheen is refusing to responsibly act to raise the debt ceiling. Granite Staters deserve honest leaders who will work to solve problems, instead Jeanne Shaheen has blindly run up our tab without any intention of ever paying the bill."


ALG's Daily Grind - $3.15 trillion automatic government spending goes on in spite of 'shutdown'

Oct. 7, 2013

$3.15 trillion automatic government spending goes on in spite of 'shutdown'

With 86 percent of government spending set to continue, and even a $150 billion budget deficit if the "shutdown" continued for an entire year, it's time for taxpayers to ask, "What shutdown?"

Video: What has the administration kept open during the shutdown?

Obama's golf course open, yet open air war memorials closed?

Government's big fear: What if no one notices we are gone?

Almost nobody missed the missing unemployment report on Friday.

Politico: FCC fines on Lifeline providers reach $14.4 million

The federal government's free phone program faces more than $14 million in fines for signing up ineligible customers.


Josiah Bartlett Center - The Budget, HHS Spending, and Back of the Budget Cuts

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s state budget always looks very different at each step of the process. The Governor, House, and Senate each have a very different approach to the budget whether they are of the same party or not. The final product, whether we have it by the June 30 deadline or not, won’t look like one side or another “won” but rather will resemble a patchwork quilt of changes and compromises. Rejecting gambling one side and tax increases on the other hasn’t caused chaos and isn’t petulant retribution.... Click here to keep reading.


Gov,House & Senate HHS Budgets Largely the Same

Major Difference on Uncompensated Care

The spending levels  for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended by the Governor, passed by the House, and proposed by the Senate Finance Committee are actually quite similar. The notable exception to this is the Uncompensated Care Fund, which are payments to hospitals to help pay for charity care.... Click here to keep reading


Back of the Budget Cuts at Heart of Current Dispute

HHS Spending in the Spotlight

Governor Maggie Hassan had some harsh words for the Senate Finance Committee this week. But the “sweeping, across the board cuts” to Health and Human Services programs aren’t in the line by line budget headed to the Senate floor, which actually spends more than the Governor’s budget on HHS programs.... Click here to keep reading.


The State's Online Checkbook

JBC's Transparency Project

With the budget process underway here in Concord are you curious where all that money is spent? Look no further than NHOpenGov. We have data on every last check the state wrote going back to 2009.... Click here to start looking!



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response to comments made today by Governor Maggie Hassan about her failed fiscal leadership. In an interview with the Portsmouth Herald, Hassan indicated that she would step back from the budget process and let the House and Senate work on the budget without her without her guidance.


"The fact that the Democrat-controlled House rejected the irresponsible Hassan budget proposal doesn't mean that the governor should remove herself from the budget process. The people of New Hampshire elected Maggie Hassan to be an executive, not to sit on the sidelines and refuse to provide the fiscal leadership that they expect from their governor. Governor Hassan was foolish to base her proposal on an illegal revenue scheme, and she should have developed a "Plan B" to balance our books months ago. 


"Governor Hassan needs to stop blaming others for her own incompetence, mismanagement and inability to pass her reckless proposal through a legislative body controlled by her own party. She needs to immediately outline a new plan and work with the legislature to pass a responsible budget that controls spending and doesn't raise taxes."