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Shame on Shea-Porter and Kuster

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(October 2, 2013) - Last evening, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster voted against bipartisan legislation that would have continued to pay for veterans' benefits and would have kept our National Parks open.
The two bills were structured in a way that required Democratic support to pass the Republican controlled House of Representatives. Sadly, while many Democratic Members of Congress voted with Republicans to try and pass the bills, too many Democrats, including Rep. Shea-Porter and Rep. Kuster, decided to play politics and voted against them. The vote regarding our National Parks was in response to the Obama administration putting up fencing around certain monuments in response to the shutdown, even though they are normally left unmanned. This issue was highlighted yesterday when several World War II veterans were blocked from visiting monuments at our nation's capital. In response, several members of congress helped these heroes gain access to pay their respects.


Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"Rep. Shea-Porter and Rep. Kuster's decision to play politics with the benefits our veterans have rightfully earned is utterly deplorable. The fact that they are willing to continue to block off National Parks to World War II veterans that are typically open to the public is nothing short of shameful. Granite Staters deserve better than attempts to make a government shutdown more painful than it already is.

"Both of New Hampshire's Members of Congress were given the opportunity yesterday to help alleviate difficulties caused by the shutdown that are effecting our country's heroes. They decided to support political posturing instead. We encourage all Granite Staters to contact both congresswomen and tell them this is not the New Hampshire way."
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire encourages Granite Staters to call Rep. Carol Shea-Porter at 202-225-5456 and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster at 202-225-5206. Tell them that Granite Staters expect them to support our nation's veterans especially during a government shutdown. Tell them that New Hampshire deserves better.
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