Kelly Ayotte

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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.

Kelly Ayotte in Portsmouth
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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.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Tower
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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.

Kelly Ayotte in Portsmouth
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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
Kelly Ayotte in Portsmouth
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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:

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.

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 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.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the political impact of the shutdown resolution for New Hampshire Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

Rogers also talks about Shaheen’s fundraising efforts with her reelection coming up, and action at the State House in Concord.

Sen. Ayotte Lifts Hold On Air Force Nominee

Oct 18, 2013

Sen. Kelly Ayotte has ended her hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for Air Force secretary, clearing the way for Senate confirmation of Deborah Lee James.

Ayotte, Shaheen Vote To End Shutdown

Oct 17, 2013

New Hampshire lawmakers are cheering after they helped flip the government's lights back on and avoid a potential default. The sixteen day government shutdown not only frayed the nerves of furloughed federal workers and contractors in the state, it also frayed the Republican Party.

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is applauding a deal reached by Senate leadership to raise the debt ceiling and bring an end to the partial government shutdown.

Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Ayotte, a Republican, says the shutdown went on far too long.

“And that’s why I’m glad we got out of our trenches, that we’re resolving this, that we are moving on. And I’m hoping that we can solve the greater fiscal challenges facing the nation by coming together.”

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte expressed frustration with the budget stalemate and debt ceiling crisis on “Face The Nation” Sunday morning.  Host Bob Schieffer began by asking her where she thinks negotiations are since House Republicans' failed bid to defund Obamacare.

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she's concerned insufficient action could make things worse.

Senator Ayotte Calls For Cutting Off Aid To Egypt

Aug 19, 2013

Senator Kelly Ayotte has changed her views on sending aid to Egypt following continued, bloody crackdowns on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.  Speaking Sunday morning on Meet The Press, New Hampshire’s Republican Senator said President Obama isn’t doing enough to stem military violence against civilians.

N.H. Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte Travel The State

Jul 29, 2013
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Both of N.H’s U.S. Senators  Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte were in the Granite State on Monday.

Senator Shaheen met with business leaders and advocates on Monday at Grappone Toyota in Bow to tour the only LEED certified car dealership in the state and support her energy efficiency legislation.

The so-called Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced with Senator Rob Portman aims to establish a national energy strategy. The bill incentivizes the use of green technologies to businesses throughout the country.  

Ayotte Proposes To Ease Strict Fishing Limitations

Jul 23, 2013

During a Senate Commerce Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday Senator Kelly Ayotte recommended changes to the Mid-Atlantic Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act.

The conservation act dates back to 1976 and is meant to maintain stock and habitat at sustainable levels.

In recent years that’s meant strict catch limits for Atlantic Cod and Haddock.

And many senators agree that catch limits issued under the Act have worked.

With April being a big month for state revenue, New Hampshire could end the biennium in the black; things are looking tougher for the casino proposal, as the legislature continues to work on the budget; Senator Ayotte held a handful of town halls meetings last week, getting questions and a bit of backlash on her gun control positions.