How Your NH Elected Officials Are Spinning the Government Re-Opening

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The following news releases are from Gov. Chris Sununu, R-NH, and a joint statement from U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and others from U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, all Democrats. The file will be updated as more news releases are received. There is also a link to the Washington Post’s most recent story. 

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Contact: Jarrett Freedman, 202-225-5456

Shea-Porter Votes ‘no’ on Three-Week Continuing Resolution

 Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement today after voting ‘no’ on the House three-week Continuing Resolution:

“Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican House have mismanaged the affairs of the greatest country in the world. This is very sad, but it is also dangerous and unfair to the people of New Hampshire. I cannot in good conscience support or encourage their incompetent management of our nation. A ‘no’ vote is a message to Speaker Ryan and Congressional Republicans that time has run out and they need to lead or get out of the way.

“They have been unable and unwilling to manage government budgets and business, and they can’t even enact spending bills, even though they have a large majority in the House. They missed the September 30th deadline to fund for a year the military and other programs that are essential for the people of New Hampshire. At the time, they requested, and I voted for, a three-month extension to do their job. Instead of doing that, they worked on tax breaks for their donor base, because some members told them that donors had said that if they didn’t pass tax cuts, the donors would stop giving Republicans political contributions.

“Then they voted for another CR, to cover December 8th through December 22nd. They failed to get the job done then, so on December 21st, they voted for a third CR, covering December 22nd through January 19th, 2018. Now, they want another extension for 17 days, with no promise from Speaker Ryan that he will even try to address infrastructure, national security, our military, the opioid crisis, funding for community health centers, disaster funding, immigration, or any other pressing issues. Without any sign, even a tiny one, that Speaker Ryan and his team have a plan, I had to vote ‘no’.”

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2017
Contact: Ben Vihstadt

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement on the Government Shutdown:

“As a longtime advocate for the children’s health insurance program (CHIP), today’s vote to reopen the government ensures that 14,727 vulnerable Granite State children will have healthcare for six more years,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I am pleased that Senators Shaheen and Hassan ultimately put politics aside and listened to the people of New Hampshire.”


Contact: Ryan Nickel (Shaheen), Aaron Jacobs (Hassan)

 JOINT STATEMENT: Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan Help Forge Agreement to Reopen the Government as Part of Bipartisan Working Group

WASHINGTON – Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the bipartisan agreement they helped negotiate to reopen the government and move forward on key priorities:

“We have worked with a group of more than twenty senators – both Republicans and Democrats – to reach a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government, continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and move forward on critical priorities including strengthening our military, stepping up efforts to combat the opioid crisis, providing funding for community health centers, and protecting Dreamers. Our negotiations, once again, affirmed that there is substantial common ground on every one of these issues, and while we still have more work to do, this agreement give us time to hammer out the details. We are grateful to our Republican colleague Susan Collins of Maine for convening these bipartisan talks, and to all the members of this common sense caucus for working with us to find common ground.”

Senators Shaheen and Hassan have been working throughout the weekend with a bipartisan group of senators to forge a deal to reopen the government. The re-formed common-sense caucus, organized by Senator Susan Collins, reached an agreement earlier today which broke the logjam over government funding. Senator Shaheen also participated in the caucus during the 2013 government shutdown.


Ryan Nickel

Communications Director, Senator Jeanne Shaheen


Kuster Statement on Vote to End the Government Shutdown

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on her vote to end the government shutdown:

“Today I voted to re-open the government. I will take Republican leadership at their word that they will work with us in good faith for long-term funding for our military and essential services. I will continue to fight for emergency opioid funding, community health centers, veterans, seniors, and to protect young Dreamers. Speaker Ryan, please take a page from the Patriots’ playbook and ‘do your job.’ It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road on a long-term budget. Let’s come together for the American people.”

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