Ayotte Holds Town Hall Meetings in Sunapee, Alton
MANCHESTER, NH - Continuing her commitment to holding public town hall meetings in the New Hampshire tradition, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) held open forums this week in Sunapee and Alton. Before taking questions from area residents, Ayotte gave a PowerPoint presentation about the country's fiscal situation and underscored the urgent need for Washington to address the massive $16 trillion national debt.
"Our national debt is a bipartisan problem, and it's going to take both parties working together to get us out of our debt crisis," said Senator Ayotte during the Sunapee forum. "We've got to face our fiscal crisis head on, because our country's future depends on it."
Ayotte, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, also discussed her efforts to rein in out-of-control federal spending. Noting that it has been more than 1,200 days since the Democratic-led Senate last passed a budget, she highlighted two bills she is cosponsoring that would force the Senate to do its job. The "No Budget, No Pay Act" (S. 1981), would dock pay for Members of Congress for failure to pass a budget resolution before the start of the federal fiscal year. Another measure, which she introduced with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), would require Congress to pass a budget resolution by April 15 - the date by which it is legally required to do so - or suspend other business.
Senator Ayotte is holding town hall meetings in each of the state's 10 counties this year.