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Concord – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today blasted Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s decision to support President Obama’s deal with Iran and called on likely-Senate candidate Maggie Hassan to denounce it.

“Once again, Congresswoman Annie Kuster has decided to blindly support President Obama’s disastrous foreign policy agenda that has diminished American’s standing on the global stage and threatened our national security. President Obama’s reckless deal will not only undermine our strong alliance with Israel, it will allow the Iranian regime to develop a nuclear weapon in the future. As a likely candidate for the United States Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan has repeatedly dodged questions about the Obama Administration’s reckless Iran agenda. Granite Staters have a right to know if likely Senate candidate Hassan is willing to march in lock step with President Obama as he pushes irresponsible foreign policies that will make our world a more dangerous place to live.”

In July, Governor Hassan weighed in on the Iran deal and offered a "non-committal" response according to WMUR-TV.

In March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress and vigorously denounced President Obama’s proposed deal with Iran. The Prime Minister has called the agreement a "historic mistake for the world."

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Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Senator Jeanne Shaheen endorsing efforts by the Democrat establishment to coronate Hillary Clinton as their Party’s presidential nominee:

"Billy and Jeanne Shaheen have gone to great lengths in the past to support the Clintons – even intentionally trying to smear Barack Obama during the 2008 New Hampshire primary by implying that he was a drug dealer. Given the Shaheens’ history of launching dishonest attacks on behalf on the Clintons, it’s not surprising that they are rushing to help prop up her flailing coronation effort. 

“The Shaheens have proven that they are willing to engage in dirty politics to support their endorsed candidates, and every Democrat presidential contender should be concerned about their efforts to rig the primary for Hillary Clinton.”

“Last month, opposition researchers wearing ‘New Hampshire for Jeanne Shaheen’ shirts were caught sifting through the University of Vermont’s special collections archives for information on Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Senator Shaheen’s official endorsement of Hillary Clinton raises serious questions about why her supporters have already begun to target Bernie Sanders and what type of dishonest attacks they are planning this year.”

BACKGROUND

"Sen. Hillary Clinton today accepted the resignation of her New Hampshire campaign co-chair a day after he suggested that Barack Obama's candor about his past drug use would open the door to Republican attacks." (Alec MacGillis, “Clinton N.H. Official Resigns After Comments on Obama”, Washington Post12/13/2007)

“Has Clinton Dispatched Oppo Researchers to UVM's Sanders Archive?” (Paul Heintz, “Has Clinton Dispatched Oppo Researchers to UVM's Sanders Archive?,” Seven Days, 7/1/15)

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Independent Fact Checking Organization Backs Up Tax And Fee Claim

“Governor Hassan’s fiscally irresponsible budget would devastate New Hampshire’s already sluggish economy by raising taxes and fees on working families by over $100 million. It is unacceptable that the governor continues to refuse to compromise with the Legislature and hold New Hampshire’s economy hostage to her political ambitions.” – NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

PolitiFact: “The $100 Million Number Can Be Defended” “Given the revenue numbers that Hassan cited in her February budget -- regardless of any quotes or citations applied to the ad -- the $100 million number can be defended as long as both taxes and fees are included.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

PolitiFact: “Tax And Fee Changes The Governor Put Together… Easily Adds Up To $100 Million” “And looking at a list of tax and fee changes the governor put together in February -- including the tweaks to the tax code -- easily adds up to $100 million.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

PolitiFact: “21-Cent Increase In The Cigarette Tax” “A 21-cent increase in the cigarette tax. Her budget proposal from February says this would raise $39.2 million, while her July revision predicts an extra $32.6 million.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

PolitiFact: “$5 Increase To Register Vehicles, As Well As A Hike In Title Fees” “A $5 increase to register vehicles, as well as a hike in title fees…It totals about $29.4 million.” (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact.com, 8/27/15)

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General Manager Of American Medical Response In New Hampshire Cites Work By Ayotte, Gatsas

Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: “Amid This Crisis, Hope Is Growing” “However, amid this crisis, hope is growing. All around us, energized and determined public officials, emergency responders, health providers, and educators are coming together in an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending this crisis, mobilizing action at the local, state and federal levels.” (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)

Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: “Encouraged By Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Legislation” “So far in 2015, AMR paramedics have administered almost 1,000 mgs of naloxone to overdose victims in Manchester. We have trained fire departments in both Nashua and Manchester and were further encouraged by Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s legislation earlier this year to protect those who administer naloxone from prosecution.” (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)

Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: “We Are Also Working Working With Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas” “We are also working with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas on his recently released “60-Day Heroin Action Plan,” where we’ll be continuing our aggressive use of naloxone, and working together to develop solutions around education, prevention and treatment that can help lessen the scourge of opioid addiction in New Hampshire.” (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)

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Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today regarding NHPR’s coverage of an imminent state park shutdown in New Hampshire as a result of Governor Hassan’s irresponsible budget veto:

“It is outrageous that Governor Hassan’s reckless veto of the state budget has put public access to New Hampshire’s parks at risk. Governor Hassan has not only vetoed a budget that would have included funding for state parks, but has rejected a reasonable compromise proposal that included such funding. The governor’s consistent decision to put her political ambitions ahead of New Hampshire has endangered the state's tourism industry and risked harming the an already sluggish economy. It’s time for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and work on a permanent budget solution instead of forcing the Legislature to fix yet another costly consequence of her irresponsible budget veto.”

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“Governor Hassan’s politically-motivated veto of the state budget, which included expected increases in funding for New Hampshire hospitals and mental health units, is putting unnecessary pressure on local emergency rooms and causing chaos in New Hampshire’s healthcare system. The most vulnerable Granite Staters are paying the price for the governor’s reckless budget veto and continued refusal to compromise. Instead of engaging in dishonest political rhetoric, Governor Hassan should focus her efforts on coming to a reasonable compromise with the Legislature to reverse the devastating impact of her budget veto.” – Jennifer Horn, NHGOP Chairman

Associated Press: “State's Health Department Doesn't Have The Money To Staff And Open The Crisis Unit” “Now operating on fiscal year 2015 levels, the state's health department doesn't have the money to staff and open the crisis unit.” (Staff, “Budget Stalemate Delays Opening Of 10-Bed Mental Health Unit,” Associated Press, 8/25/15)

  • “The Delay Puts A Continued Strain On Local Emergency Rooms” “Officials say the delay puts a continued strain on local emergency rooms that can start sending patients to the crisis unit once it is up and running.” (Staff, “Budget Stalemate Delays Opening Of 10-Bed Mental Health Unit,” Associated Press, 8/25/15)
Concord Monitor: “Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoed A Republican-Crafted Budget In June That Included Money To Get The Crisis Unit Staffed And Operational.” (Allie Morris, "State budget impasse delays opening of crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital," Concord Monitor, 8/24/15)

  • “A New Ten-Bed Crisis Unit At New Hampshire Hospital Won’t Open To Patients This Summer, As Previously Planned” “Continued wrangling over the state budget means a new ten-bed crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won’t open to patients this summer, as previously planned.” (Allie Morris, "State budget impasse delays opening of crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital," Concord Monitor, 8/24/15)
WMUR: “10-Bed Mental Health Crisis Unit At New Hampshire Hospital Won't Open As Planned” “The state budget stalemate means a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won't open as planned this fall.” (Staff, "State budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit," WMUR, 8/24/15)

  • “Money To Hire Staff And Operate The Unit Was To Be Included In The 2016-2017 Budget That Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoed” “The 2014-2015 state budget included money to build the new crisis unit, but money to hire staff and operate the unit was to be included in the 2016-2017 budget that Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed.” (Staff, "State budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit," WMUR, 8/24/15)
  • “The Longer The Delay, The Longer Emergency Rooms Feel A Squeeze.” (Staff, "State budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit," WMUR, 8/24/15)
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