"Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's innovative practices have improved performance and reinforced the shipyard's reputation as the Navy's center of excellence for fast attack submarine maintenance, modernization, and repair. Based on his decades of experience, Paul has played a key role in that effort, and I look forward to hearing his testimony," Ayotte said.
"I will continue to highlight the strategic importance of Pease to our nation's military capabilities and readiness, and am grateful for the opportunity to discuss the base with today's nominees," Ayotte said after the hearing. "I am pleased that General Selva and General McDew confirmed that Pease is on track to receive 12 KC-46As in December 2017 and agreed that maintaining sufficient ramp space at Pease is important."
"I think the bill that we've put together, if we can get it passed, would be something that would allow this program to be exactly what it's designed for and also additional programs like this," Ayotte said. "The job opportunities are there."
"(The legislation) would allow universities to compete for this designation, and there would be some additional resource opportunities for those manufacturing designated universities to focus on what's the best way for us to marry the education system with this advanced manufacturing that we're seeing in companies like this," Ayotte said. "That's why UNH has supported the legislation, and they see it as a step in the right direction."
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who fought for and secured monies so anyone exposed to the contamination could have their blood tested, applauded the order. "We welcome today's order requiring the Air Force to immediately begin restoration of the Haven Well and to mitigate the potential for further contamination. We hope the Air Force will take this opportunity to dedicate the necessary resources and finish not only the investigation surrounding the well's contamination, but also the priorities outlined by the EPA in this order," they said in a joint statement Thursday.Additionally, in a letter sent today to Air Force Secretary Deborah James, Ayotte and Shaheen renewed their request for the Air Force to take affirmative steps to identify and notify service members and civilians who may have been exposed to chemicals while stationed at Pease.
"This tragedy reinforces the importance of simultaneously pursuing strict enforcement of our current immigration laws while continuing to further secure our Southern border," Ayotte wrote in her letter. "Such efforts include doubling the number of border patrol agents on the Southern border, doubling the amount of fencing along the border, and continuously improving and deploying border surveillance and security technology. To further these goals, we must understand cases such as this one. We must answer hard questions so that we can remedy dangerous deficiencies and oversights in our current enforcement regime."
Ayotte said she would bring the concerns raised to Washington where she is working on several pieces of legislation that would address some of the issues raised. "This is not just an epidemic in our state. This is really a national issue," she said. "There are some places we can help on the federal level."
PORTSMOUTH - While speaking to a group of small business owners and supporters at SCORE, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) detailed her experience with her husband's landscaping and plowing business. "We had to borrow money, get the initial contracts, find a location, all those challenges I saw watching that growth," Ayotte said to the group of roughly 30 people assembled. "What came from that experience is that it's tough to start a business. It takes a lot of grit to run a small business."
Ayotte says there's no justification for funding an agency whose mission is no longer necessary. The Department of Commerce estimates the agency will have an operating cost of $170 million this year.
The senators discussed the impact of what Ayotte described as being "force multipliers for New Hampshire" given their unique committee memberships. They are the only two senators from a state that sit together on the Senate Armed Services and Small Business committees. They discussed how that has had an impact on the Seacoast at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the New Hampshire Air National Guard base at Pease International Tradeport.