On Tuesday, I was pleased to announce with Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) has awarded federal grant funds to development projects throughout the Granite State. The NBRC has been an essential player in spurring growth and opportunity in rural communities throughout New Hampshire, and these grants will bolster education and workforce training, recreational programming, healthcare services, and our affordable housing stock, all of which are vital to the economic development of our state. I will continue to work across the aisle to strengthen this critical program and ensure rural and underserved communities in New Hampshire get the support and resources they need to thrive and prosper.
Enhancing Career and Technical Training Programs
I welcome the signing into law of the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which was featured on my Jobs and Opportunity Agenda. We need an all of the above approach to expanding economic opportunity for individuals and families across the Granite State, and that means improving access to apprenticeship and vocational programs, addressing the out of control cost of higher education, and strengthening public-private partnerships to foster small business growth. This law will help enhance career and technical training programs, particularly in rural areas, and it will increase the amount of federal funds that states can set aside to assist eligible students in rural communities. I’m thrilled Congress came together to draft this bill and send it to the President for signature, and I will keep up my efforts to ensure all Granite Staters can succeed and get ahead.
|Touring the Nashua Community College Microelectronics Boot Camp in May to release my Jobs & Opportunity Agenda. You can read my full agenda HERE.|
Promoting Public Health and Safety
We know that lead paint represents a serious risk to people in the Granite State, particularly young children. With a housing stock that spans decades and in many cases centuries, it is critical that programs exist to raise awareness and ensure best practices are used when renovating properties with lead paint. The $40,000 federal grant New Hampshire received this week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will support important efforts underway in New Hampshire to promote public health and safety. It is a step in the right direction, and I will continue working to protect the wellbeing of all Granite Staters.
A Thoughtful Approach to Trade
Last weekend, I wrote an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader about my concern that President Trump’s haphazard approach to trade will cost jobs in New Hampshire and hurt consumers. Granite State workers and businesses need the White House to exercise a more thoughtful approach to trade and work to expand opportunities for Americans to do business abroad, not engage in a race to the bottom. I’m encouraged that talks with the European Union appear to be moving forward, but we also need to normalize relations with Canada and Mexico, New Hampshire’s two largest trading partners, to achieve our common goals. The long-term prosperity of New Hampshire’s workforce and economy are at stake. Read my full op-ed here.
My biggest responsibility in Congress is to serve you, the people of New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out to my Washington, DC office at 202-225-5206 or my Concord office at 603-226-1002. Thank you, as always, for everything you do to help make New Hampshire such a wonderful place to call home. Have a great weekend!