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Concord – Today, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response to Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade New Hampshire’s financial outlook from a rating of “stable” to a rating of “negative” on the state’s general obligation and state-guaranteed bonds: 

“As a state senator, Maggie Hassan raided the Rainy Day Fund and refused to reform the underfunded NH Retirement System.  As governor, Maggie Hassan has blocked efforts to rebuild the Rainy Day Fund and has opposed pension reform, putting the collective future of our state’s hardworking public servants at risk.  New Hampshire residents are paying the price for Governor Hassan's fiscal irresponsibility, and look forward to replacing her with a fiscally responsible Republican this fall.”

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican Party today challenged Senator Jeanne Shaheen to host a roundtable on ObamaCare. Shaheen continues to try to distract from her deciding vote for ObamaCare by ignoring the issue and hosting staged political roundtables on topics such as the environment. 

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen is out of touch with the important issues facing her constituents and she needs to start responding to their concerns by hosting a roundtable on the disastrous consequences of ObamaCare," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "ObamaCare is leading to shorter ski seasons in the Granite State because employers cannot afford the burdensome regulations and taxes included in this terrible law. Instead of addressing the problems with ObamaCare, Jeanne Shaheen would rather ignore this issue and discuss the environment. Senator Shaheen needs to listen to her constituents and immediately convene a roundtable on the issue of ObamaCare so she can hear first hand the devastating impact the law is having on our state."

Yesterday, a Union Leader editorial discussed the negative effects on New Hampshire's ski season and the jobs and tourism revenue it provides.

At a forum on the Affordable Care Act held last week, Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Ski Resort, said the resort might shorten its season because it cannot afford to offer health insurance to its full-time seasonal employees who work for more than 120 consecutive days, as the law requires.

"We may not be able to open beyond 120 days; it may be Christmas to the middle of March ... the summer season may be the fourth of July until Labor Day," he said.

Last week on a local radio station, a caller asked Shaheen about the increasing cost of health insurance under ObamaCare, and she arrogantly accused him of spreading misinformation and told him to "call my office."

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli's (D-Portsmouth) retirement:

"Republicans disagree with Speaker Norelli on virtually every major policy issue, but we thank her for her years of service to the State of New Hampshire and wish her the best of luck in the future.

"Speaker Norelli's announcement today serves as an implicit admission that Democrats realize they will lose their majority in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Granite Staters are fed up with the tax and spend policies proposed by Governor Hassan and her allies in the Democrat-controlled House, and they are going to replace them with fiscally responsible Republicans in November. 

"Our party is energized, our grassroots activists are motivated and we are ready to take back Concord on Election Day."
Concord – During a radio interview on WKBK-AM this morning, Senator Jeanne Shaheen offered no solutions to a constituent struggling with higher health care costs and demonstrated how out-of-touch she is with the people of New Hampshire.

After a listener told her that his deductible has tripled and his monthly premium has doubled under ObamaCare, a noticeably agitated Shaheen suggested that the constituent “call her office.” Even the host of the station pointed out the absurdity of that argument, saying "that's going to be more than a few people calling your office."


“When she cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, Jeanne Shaheen put the interests of her national party over those of her constituents, and now people in New Hampshire are hurting because of it,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Now Shaheen’s only response is to have people ‘call her office.’ The job of a United States Senator is to stand up for the people you represent, and when she voted for ObamaCare, Jeanne Shaheen failed that test. Fortunately, the people of New Hampshire have an opportunity to elect new leadership this fall and replace her with a senator will fight for them instead of rubberstamping the failed Obama agenda.”

Concord - National Journal reports that a new study released today shows that ObamaCare's Medicare Advantage cuts will lead to benefit reductions of 12.53% per beneficiary in New Hampshire, or about $1,267.82 per New Hampshire senior. In New Hampshire, 13,666 seniors rely on Medicare Advantage plans (6% of all Medicare enrollees.)

For years, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Annie Kuster and Representative Carol Shea-Porter have dishonestly misled New Hampshire seniors into believing that ObamaCare would protect Medicare. In 2010, Shaheen voted to kill an amendment that would have prohibited cuts to Medicare Advantage.

"Senator Shaheen, Representatives Kuster and Shea-Porter lied when they said Granite Staters could keep their insurance if they liked it under ObamaCare and they lied to New Hampshire seniors when they promised that this terrible law would protect Medicare. Their trail of broken promises reminds their constituents that the failed Obama-Shaheen policies are damaging our state and hurting our friends and neighbors," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "After marching in lockstep with President Obama and blindly supporting his healthcare agenda, Senator Shaheen, Representative Kuster and Representative Shea-Porter have lost touch with New Hampshire values and proven that they don't deserve to be re-elected in November."


Shaheen Said ObamaCare "Protects Medicare Benefits." "Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, "Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures," Press Release, 12/3/09)

In March 2010, Shaheen Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prohibited Cuts To Medicare Advantage Under ObamaCare. "Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hatch, R-Utah., motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with changes that would prohibit cuts to the Medicare Advantage program and provide for an offset if the Health and Human Services Department certified that at least 1 million Medicare Advantage program participants would lose benefits under the changes in the reconciliation measure or the 2010 health care overhaul law. The bill would make changes existing health care law, revise student lending procedures and provide new revenue-raising provisions." (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #72: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Shaheen Voted Yea) 

Concord - As thousands of families across New Hampshire head to the post office today to meet the tax filing deadline, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched a new web video called "The Shaheen Tax Burden." The video highlight Senator Shaheen's broken promises about protecting New Hampshire from a broad based sales tax and her record of supporting President Obama's tax increases.

"As families across New Hampshire race to meet today's tax filing deadline, they have Jeanne Shaheen to thank for their ever-rising tax burden. When she was governor, she broke her word and attempted to impose a disastrous sales tax on the Granite State. In Washington, she has loyally supported the Obama tax and spend agenda 99 percent of the time, including a 500 billion dollar tax hike under the Obama-Shaheen health care takeover," said NHGOP Executive Director Matt Mowers, "Jeanne Shaheen believes politicians and government know how to best spend hard-earned money - a philosophy that flies in the face of New Hampshire's fiscally conservative traditions. With out of touch priorities like these, it's no wonder her popularity is plummeting and her political future is in jeopardy."