Violence has no place here
Like so many Granite Staters and people across the country, I am horrified and outraged over the attempted mail attacks on government leaders, advocates, and journalists this week. These violent and hateful acts have no place in our society, which is proudly built upon the First Amendment and a free press. I applaud law enforcement for promptly investigating this serious matter and making an arrest, and I urge all Americans to practice our core values of inclusivity, diversity and acceptance.
Supporting Our Youth
I was proud to join Senators Shaheen and Hassan on Monday to announce a $35,000 USDA Rural Development grant to the Pemi Youth Center to support the renovation of a building for the afternoon teen center in Franklin. Learning and growth does not stop at the end of the school day, and these funds will allow Pemi Youth Services to reach more teens in Franklin with their afterschool programming to support academic success and raise awareness about the threat of substance use disorder. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’ll continue to push for USDA Rural Development program funding so that we can continue to direct resources to rural communities throughout New Hampshire.
Coming Together to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
I’m thrilled my colleagues and I were able to come together to send the President the much-needed and commonsense opioid legislation he signed into law on Wednesday. In addition to reauthorizing the critical Office of National Drug Control Policy, which I fought for, this legislation also includes the STOP Fentanyl Deaths Act, a bill I introduced to help public health laboratories better detect synthetic opioids like fentanyl and alert public health officials and law enforcement. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this legislation will have on the lives of Granite Staters and their communities, and I remain committed to working with Democrats and Republicans to further strengthen our nation’s response to the opioid epidemic.
Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable
While I am encouraged by the direction of the proposals President Trump outlined yesterday to overhaul how Medicare pays for certain drugs, we need to do more to truly cut the outrageous prices of prescription drugs. To provide real relief to consumers in the Granite State and across the country, we must end the stranglehold pharmaceutical companies have on prescription drug prices and fully give Medicare the ability to directly negotiate costs. I urge the President to keep his campaign promise to make drugs more affordable by calling for this much-needed change.
I want to hear from you
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or ideas you have. You can contact my Washington, DC office at 202-225-5206 or my Concord office at 603-226-1002. Thank you for all the wonderful contributions you make to New Hampshire, and I hope you enjoy your weekend!