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New Hampshire U.S Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has serious concerns about President Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

President Obama announced plans today to open an American embassy in Havana, along with the loosening of economic and travel restrictions, after the release of an American contractor held in captivity for five years.

Ayotte says the policy shift strengthens the Cuban regime and reduces incentives to respect the human rights of its citizens.

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.

During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.

“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is praising outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel while criticizing President Barack Obama.

Ayotte, a Republican who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, opposed Hagel's confirmation in 2012 but said Monday he should be honored for his service to the country.

She also said the "national security failings" of the Obama administration rest with the president, not Hagel.

Her colleague on the committee, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, said she has the utmost respect for Hagel, who resigned Monday.

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are split on President Obama’s executive order on immigration preventing nearly five million people in the country illegally from being deported.

During a visit to Portsmouth Friday, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said there’s legal precedent for the president’s action.

But Shaheen said there’s more to work to be done.

“I think Congress needs to act. That’s the way to address this issue and to get it done in a way that addresses our border security and addresses our visa system – all of the aspects of immigration.”

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New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators say they support actions being taken in northern Iraq to combat Sunni militants advancing toward the Kurdish capital of Irbil.  

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she supports the dual mission of stopping the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and providing humanitarian relief to thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar.  But she’s wary of expanding U.S. involvement in the conflict.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has joined Republicans injecting immigration into New Hampshire's U.S. Senate contest.

The conservative firebrand is out with a fundraising message Friday attacking New Hampshire's Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for supporting President Barack Obama's quote, "amnesty" immigration policies. Cruz becomes the second Republican eying the presidency this week to criticize Shaheen on immigration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry made similar charges, which Democrats called "desperate."

Archivists are all about anniversaries…we put a man on the moon 45 years ago this week, The Exchange marked that anniversary with help from the Sky Guys the other day. This week is also the 10th anniversary of Killington, VT officials meeting with NH Gov. Craig Benson about plans for secession and perhaps throwing in with the Granite State (more about that here).

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Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Ann McLane Kuster were in Manchester on Monday to help kick off New Hampshire’s new mental health first aid program.

Once this week’s training is complete, the 30 participants will be certified as mental health first aid instructors.

Suellen Griffin is Executive Director of West Center Behavioral Health in Lebanon.

She says those taking part – including two people from her center – come from all corners of the state and will be responsible for sharing what they learned with residents in communities.

New Hampshire’s Senators say Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik Shinseki’s decision to step down was the right one.

Senator Kelly Ayotte says that more needs to be done to address the waitlist problems in VA medical centers but Shinseki’s resignation is a positive first step.

“We need to make sure that those who have committed the falsifying of records and misleading people should be fully pursued and prosecuted.”

New Hampshire's entire Congressional delegation now agrees that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on Shinseki to resign a week ago, while the three Democrats — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter — did so on Wednesday.

They were prompted by a scathing new report that found systemic problems in the medical system for military veterans.

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On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte threw her support behind fellow Republican Scott Brown, who is running for the state’s other Senate seat.

Brown also picked up endorsements from former Republican governors Steve Merrill and Craig Benson.

Standing before a large crowd of Brown’s supporters in Nashua, Ayotte described the former Massachusetts Senator as a proven leader who will get things done for New Hampshire.

“And I am very proud to stand here today and endorse Scott Brown. Working together, I can assure you we’ll put New Hampshire first,” she said.

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth this morning.

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Senator Kelly Ayotte will host a roundtable discussion later this month that focuses on heroin use in New Hampshire.

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A multi-state bus tour echoing President Barack Obama’s push to raise the national minimum wage stopped in the Granite State this morning.

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling for tougher action against Russia for annexing Crimea.   

Senators from New Hampshire, Wisconsin and West Virginia have introduced legislation to end federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints.

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Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport are pushing back against a recommendation that the control tower be closed from midnight to 6 in the morning.

The proposal comes out of an internal review done every few years by the regional FAA Control Tower Manager based in Manchester.

It’s now up to the FAA whether to follow through.

Airport spokesman Tom Malafonte says the recommendation is still in the early stages, but airport officials with the airport have already reached out to the FAA to make clear their opposition.

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With Ukraine still torn between pro-European and pro-Russian factions, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Obama Administration to take a strong stand against Russia.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ayotte said the so-called “Reset Policy” with President Vladimir Putin had failed.  She pointed out the country’s siding with the Assad regime in Syria, harboring NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and alleged violation of a decades-old nuclear arms treaty.

Sen. Ayotte Weighs In On Immigration Impasse

Feb 10, 2014
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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is weighing-in on immigration reform.  This after House Speaker John Boehner said he didn’t think he could pass a bill this year.  

 

New Hampshire is getting nearly $3.4 million in federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Funds.

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Here is a roundup of reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech from the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and political organizations.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte:

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators voted today to advance a temporary extension of long-term unemployment benefits.

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says the Senate should pass the two-year budget plan the House passed by a wide margin last week.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing a limit on taxpayer spending for oil painting portraits of government officials.

Her bill, co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, would specify that taxpayer money can only be used for portraits of those in the line of succession for the presidency. And even in those cases, there would be a $20,000 limit.

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says New Hampshire is getting shortchanged by a program that is supposed to help expand broadband access in rural communities.

Ayotte has introduced legislation that would ensure that rural states get at least 75 cents for every dollar they contribute to the Universal Service Fund. The money is collected through telephone bills, but Ayotte says New Hampshire gets back only 37 cents for every dollar it sends.

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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is reaching out to the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to help a Hudson girl with a rare form of brain cancer.

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she’s pleased with the state Supreme Court's ruling this week to uphold the conviction of Michael Addison

Addison was found guilty and sentenced to death for shooting and killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

As attorney general, Kelly Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the Addison case and she featured her role in her 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Ayotte says she expects the court will uphold Addison’s death sentence.

Sen. Ayotte Calls For "Time Out" On Obamacare

Nov 4, 2013

As the Obama Administration scrambles to fix the healthcare.gov website, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is weighing in on the issue.  

Despite a modified route for the Northern Pass Project Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she still has “serious reservations” about the plan and the lines along the entire route should be buried.

“I am still very concerned about the impact on the beauty on the North Country and many other areas of the state,” she told NHPR following a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Whitefield.

Ayotte says it would be best to bury all the transmission lines, not just an eight-mile section in Northern Coos County.

At Senator Kelly Ayotte’s town hall meeting in Whitefield Wednesday Berlin resident Joe Vigue sat quietly through her description of the nation’s growing deficit and struggle to adopt a budget.

His arms were folded across his chest – and a sweatshirt reading: “I’m like an owl. I don’t give a hoot.”

When Ayotte opened the floor to questions, Vigue wanted to know about a dysfunctional Senate.

“What is it like to deal with almost all of that 100 people that are worse than my eight and nine-year-old grandchildren,” he asked.

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