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House passes bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner surrendered yesterday to Democratic demands to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a tense three-month showdown over immigration. But the move could further strain relations between the speaker and hard-line conservatives, whose growing dissent threatens the future of the unified Republican majority. After refusing to do so for weeks, Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, cleared the way for the House to vote on a …

Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell could have wide-reaching consequences in New Hampshire

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A few years back, when New Hampshire officials were lining up plans for implementing the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers found themselves debating one seemingly technical question: Should the state set up its own health insurance marketplace to offer plans through the Affordable Care Act, or should it use one run by the federal …

New Hampshire House to vote on tanning ban for teenagers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Before Jay Farley died of melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer. Gary and Brenda Farley of Danville are now urging New Hampshire lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds; 11 other states …

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In a rousing speech before Congress punctuated by more than 40 bursts of applause, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assailed the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, asserting bluntly that the United States was on the verge of …

Perry, King, Ehrlich, Pataki added to NHGOP leadership summit

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The New Hampshire Republican Party announced four more speakers for its upcoming First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit. In an email sent to supporters yesterday afternoon, party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, New York Rep. Peter King, former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich and former …

N.H. lawmakers recommend House pass marriage license fee increase

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In a nearly unanimous vote, lawmakers recommended the House pass legislation to increase the state marriage license fee, which largely goes to fund domestic violation prevention across New Hampshire. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Renny Cushing, would increase the cost of a marriage license from $45 to …

Proposed amendmend to N.H. pay-for-information bill would cap retrieval fees at minimum wage

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A bill that would allow government agencies to charge for the time it takes to fulfill public records requests would cap hourly fees at the rate for minimum wage, if it passes with a proposed amendment. The House Judiciary Committee held the second half of a hearing on …

Clinton’s use of personal email at State Department violated Obama directive

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton appears to have operated in violation of what the White House said yesterday was “very specific guidance” that members of the Obama administration use government email accounts to carry out official business. Clinton did not have a government account at the State …

N.H. Congressional delegation asks for more meetings on Kinder Morgan pipeline

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The New Hampshire Congressional delegation is requesting that energy-developer Kinder Morgan hold a second round of open house meetings to inform residents about 70 miles of natural gas pipeline the company plans to route through 17 communities in Southern New Hampshire. The bipartisan group – Republican Sen. Kelly …

Massachusetts delegation divided on Netanyahu speech

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Massachusetts’s all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republican leaders to address a joint session of Congress. Two members – Reps. Katherine Clark and James …

Netanyahu: Speech not intended as a show of disrespect to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that his planned address to Congress scheduled for today is not meant to signal any disrespect for President Obama, nor to insert political partisanship into the U.S.-Israel relationship. “Never has so …

Group that encourages education, jobs, honors Shaheen

Monday, March 2, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was honored by the New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates. The group encourages the success of young people in the state by reducing school dropouts and promoting educational success. The group gave its leadership award to Shaheen yesterday in Concord for her dedication to …

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman kicks off fundraiser for New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is hopeful the U.S. Senate will soon pass energy efficiency legislation he co-sponsored with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, which was defeated last year. The bill would call for a national energy efficiency strategy and …