Congress

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Presidential Second Terms: How Obama Stacks Up

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From Iraq to immigration, President Obama has come under criticism lately for ineffectual leadership. But from declining public approval, to a propensity for congressional gridlock, second presidential terms have long been plagued by such perceptions. We’re looking at President Obama’s second term -- the ways our political system limits what he can do and how the media covers this office.

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NH News
1:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Gov. Hassan: 1,350 N.H. Residents Have Lost Unemployment Benefits

Credit Paul Filippov for NHPR

Gov. Maggie Hassan is urging Congress to renew long-term unemployment benefits that expired for 1,350 out-of-work New Hampshire residents last week.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Federal Debt and the Constitution

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As another debt ceiling deadline looms, on top of a government shutdown, we’ll look at what our nation’s defining document, particularly the fourteenth amendment, says about federal debt, as well as the roles of Congress and the President. 

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2nd CD Profile
7:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bass and Kuster Fight Rematch For 2nd District Congressional Seat

Congressman Charlie Bass is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbents this election cycle
Amanda Loder NHPR

If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

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NH News
3:32 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

McCain and Ayotte Discuss Potential Cuts to Defense Budget

Senators McCain and Ayotte speaking at BAE in Merrimack on July 31, 2012.
Tina Forbes NHPR

Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire stopped in Merrimack today as a part of their tour to discuss pending cuts to the defense budget.

McCain and Ayotte are seeking a bipartisan effort to prevent the Congress-enacted sequestration from going into effect January 1, 2013.

The sequestration was supported across party lines last year as incentive for each side to reach a compromise over the budget.

Since Congress could not reach an agreement, severe cuts to social programs and defense will automatically go into effect this January.

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NH News
10:45 am
Fri June 29, 2012

N.H. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many lawmakers in Washington for a loop.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Guinta Touts GOP Budget

Second District Congressman Frank Guinta is helping champion House Republican’s new budget blueprint that Democrats say is dangerous for the nation’s poor and vulnerable. 
Both sides agree the new G-O-P budget paints a stark ideological contrast ahead of November’s elections. Inside Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s new spending blueprint are cuts to Pell Grants, Medicaid, food stamps and an overhaul of welfare. The legislation also continues the G-O-P push to turn Medicare into what amounts to a voucher program, which is unpopular with many voters.

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