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N.H. Odd Couples: Carol Shea-Porter and Frank LoBiondo

I’m proud that more than half of the bills I’ve cosponsored this year have bipartisan support. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’ve worked with a number of Republicans to help address the needs of our service members.

This summer, I collaborated with Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a Republican from New Jersey, to expand a program in which service members suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury train service dogs for disabled veterans. The program helps combat PTSD, and it doesn’t add a dime to our deficit.

For the five years I’ve represented New Hampshire, I’ve worked with our bipartisan congressional delegation to advocate on behalf of the people and important work at Pease and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

One recent success was Pease’s selection as a home base for the new KC-46A air refueling tanker. The tanker is expected to bring about 100 full-time jobs to Pease, representing $7 million in additional direct payroll into the Seacoast economy and approximately $45 million in construction contracts over the next several years. One of the reasons for this success was, in 2009, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, former Republican senator Judd Gregg and I secured $10 million in funding to help the New Hampshire Air National Guard construct a much needed facility to improve communication and efficiency at the base.

This building, along with Pease’s exceptional record, helped make it eligible for the new tanker.

This year, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte introduced in the Senate and I introduced in the House legislation that would enable federal officials to quickly cancel contracts in which taxpayer dollars fall into the hands of groups seeking to harm U.S. military or civilian personnel.

I’m pleased to report that this legislation has been incorporated into the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act and is expected to become law.

(U.S. Rep Carol Shea-Porter represents New Hampshire’s 1st District.)

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