Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine joined colleagues who represent districts that include the country's four naval shipyards in writing Secretary Ashton Carter. The 10 senators said the situation could result in employees paying for these expenses out of pocket - potentially "impact(ing) missions in certain circumstances."
"To that end, events like this are incredibly important and bring greater awareness to local communities, help educate families about available resources, and help those struggling with addiction to understand that they're not alone and that they can seek help.
Ayotte laid out some of the legislation she has spearheaded in Washington with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will create national education and prevention campaigns, and other bills give tools to emergency responders, bolster treatment and provide care to newborns whose mothers were heroin users. "This issue is staggering to me," Ayotte said, thanking those who had the courage to share personal stories.
"N.H. has the highest average student loan debt in the nation, and as someone who worked hard to pay off my student loans, I understand the challenges students and families are facing when it comes to college costs," said Ayotte. "Our legislation would give borrowers flexibility, allowing them to save money by refinancing their student loans the way they would refinance a mortgage. And to better support our younger generation of workers, this bill would allow employers to help qualified employees pay off their student loan debt with pre-tax dollars."
The decision was praised by U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who have been pushing Air Force officials to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrative order.
They want the DOE to postpone four public hearings set for October and lift the deadline for submitting comment on the draft environmental impact statement to allow time for additional study. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte informally endorsed that idea immediately, and on Friday the state's other senator and two representatives in Congress joined in the appeal.
"New Hampshire's commercial and recreational fishing industries are of critical importance to our state and regional economy, and our fishing communities are the lifeblood of our state's iconic seacoast," Ayotte said in a statement Thursday. "I'm hosting this roundtable so that NOAA officials can hear directly from New Hampshire fishermen who are being driven out of business because of onerous federal regulations. I am committed to ensuring these businesses survive and I will continue to push NOAA to find a balanced approach that safeguards our fishing industry while also preserving fish stocks."
"The role of organized crime is unprecedented" in trafficking heroin from Mexico to New York where gang members transport it to New England or "home grown" traffickers bring heroin or heroin laced with the potent narcotic fentanyl here, Riley told U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., at a field hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held at St. Anselm College.
"Hopefully, we can get additional policy solutions when we work together from the federal perspective, and put together support for federal legislation," said Ayotte, who was fresh off a weekend ride-along with the Manchester Police Department, in which officers responded to two heroin overdoses in a 90-minute period.