New Hampshire senators have opposing views of budget deal
With the U.S. Senate expected to take a preliminary vote today on a budget deal, Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen presented opposing views of the proposal during visits to New Hampshire yesterday.
Shaheen supports the budget plan, while Ayotte does not. The two-year budget passed the House of Representatives last week with broad bipartisan support; New Hampshire Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter both voted for it.
Ayotte has spoken out against the budget’s cuts to veterans’ benefits. She continued that criticism yesterday during a visit to a VFW post in Merrimack.
“Military retirees are being unfairly singled out in this budget deal,” the Republican senator said in a press release. “We need to stand with the brave men and women who have defended our nation, and the cuts to military retiree benefits need to be replaced. We can find $6 billion to replace these cuts instead of asking our military retirees to sacrifice even more, and I’m working to replace these unfair cuts.”
Shaheen, a Democrat, visited BAE Systems in Nashua yesterday and voiced support for the budget proposal.
“While the bipartisan budget isn’t the exact budget I would have crafted, I will support the measure because it’s good for jobs and our economy,” Shaheen said in a press release. “This budget will create certainty for small businesses and families and help boost economic growth, create jobs and avoid another government shutdown. It represents the kind of compromise and cooperation that people in New Hampshire and across the country expect from their leaders in Washington.”
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