September 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Whittemore Center, UNH
No in-person caucus of Republican members is scheduled at this time. Republican members may receive information for conference call caucus by email.
Durham, NH – House Republican leaders released the following statement in response to the New Hampshire House of Representatives sustaining every single one of Governor Sununu’s vetoes today.
House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)
“This year’s session has been filled with Washington style political stunts from Democrats. They want to raise taxes so badly that they have clearly abandoned professional protocol throughout the pandemic and pushed through their radical partisan agenda. We will not stand for this Pelosi-Schumer playbook in our state. Today Republicans stood united together to push back against these stunts on behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire.”
House Republican Policy Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn)
“Republicans remained united to block the Democrats’ tax and regulation ridden agenda. Democrats have made it clear that they will stop at nothing until we have an income tax in our state. We’re happy to report to New Hampshire voters that we successfully stopped their third attempt at passing an income tax this year making it clear they are unfit to lead our state.”
Durham, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House voting to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of HB1665, establishing an independent advisory commission on redistricting, on a vote of 198-135.
“Democrats have politicized nearly every non-partisan legislative commission during the last two years. I can guarantee that they would turn this Commission into a circus. The constitution is clear, this is a legislative responsibility. A non-binding commission will only cause confusion as to whose responsibility it really is. Any entity is welcome to work with the legislature to come up with a plan in 2021, and any group of concerned citizens are already able to share their opinion on redistricting with the legislature, or submit a plan for the legislature’s consideration. If Republicans are in the majority, I assure you that we will facilitate a fair and transparent process using the traditional methods with no distractions from a so-called ‘independent’ commission.”
CONCORD- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch released the following statement after the House voted to sustain the vetoes of HB687, relative to extreme risk protection orders and HB1660, establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults.
“Law abiding gun owners across the State of New Hampshire can breathe a deep sigh of relief after the final defeat of these two gun-grabbing pieces of legislation. For the past two years, House Democrats were intent on eroding the Live Free or Die tradition of responsible firearm ownership. It’s clear they were less interested in facts, and more concerned on forcing their radical progressive agenda on the people of our state. Fortunately a united Republican caucus and a small handful of Democrats joined together to sustain these vetoes.”
“The fact is both of these bills presented significant concerns in regards to due process. The idea that an individual could potentially forfeit their constitutional rights based on nothing more than an accusation is unacceptable, and will not fly on our watch.”
Durham, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House vote of 193-140 to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of HB1454, relative to alternative learning credit rules of the state board of education.
“As we have said countless times, education is not one size fits all for students, and Learn Everywhere enables parents to have more control of their children’s education. This is especially important today as many children in our state are learning, not in the classroom as usual, but remotely, where parents are experiencing their children’s education in ways they hadn’t before. However, it is clear that Democrats do not trust parents to act in the best interest of their children. Democrats have a lot to ‘Learn Everywhere’ within their radical agenda.”
“Innovation is a key to success in New Hampshire’s education system. The Learn Everywhere program creates new opportunities for learning outside of the classroom while maintaining local control over curriculums and graduation standards. HB1454 is a misguided bill and Republicans will continue to stand up for giving children more education opportunities.”
Durham, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to voting to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of HB1247, relative to mortgage defaults and nonpayments of rent during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak state of emergency, on a vote of 196-139.
“Governor Sununu’s continuing response to our citizens’ rent and mortgage situations during this pandemic has been thorough and appropriate, and has ensured people have the protections they needed in these unprecedented times.”
“In addition to existing protections, there has been money flowing to folks to help them meet their financial obligations. The governor established the New Hampshire Housing Relief Program using CARES Act funds to issue one-time assistance grants up to $2500 to assist households who fell behind on rent, or household related expenses that if not paid impact the ability to maintain housing. This grant program on top of extended unemployment, federal stimulus payments, and enhanced federal unemployment payment amounts makes this bill completely unnecessary.”
Durham, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House upholding Governor Sununu’s veto on HB1234, relative to state and local government administration, on a vote of 192-145.
“HB1234 is a prime example of everything that was wrong with the process the Democrats used to pass legislation this year. Throughout this entire pandemic Republicans agreed that our work needed to be completed, but Democrats chose a process which shortchanged the legislative process, bypassed public scrutiny, and resulted in this log jam of a bill. This bill consisted of over 40 different pieces of legislation, a vast majority of which was never seen by the House until this bill came over for a concurrence vote.”
“This rushed, heavy-handed, and mismanaged process done by the Democrats left out important and long established steps to the process, such as committees of conference. HB1234 sets a terrible precedent for future legislatures by saying one body and party can be denied a seat at the table, and Republicans stuck together today to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto and say no failed management by House leadership.”
DURHAM- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued the following statement after the House voted 197-139 to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB731, relative to the state minimum hourly rate.
“It’s only fitting that one day after a jobs report shows significant gains in the New Hampshire economy, Republicans can keep the positive trend going by putting an end to this job-killing legislation. This is yet another instance of Democrats putting their progressive agenda ahead of common sense. COVID-19 has dramatically changed lives around the globe, and I know we can all agree on the significant impact it’s had on our small businesses. Given their record over the last two years, I shouldn’t be surprised that they would push such blatantly damaging legislation. Make no mistake, this legislation would do nothing more than force our state’s small businesses to cut hours, cut staff, or potentially close their doors.”
“New Hampshire’s employers have already made it clear that they know what it takes to attract, retain, and compensate their employees properly. I’m glad that we were able to stand up for the livelihoods of Granite Staters and defeat this job-killing proposal once and for all.”
DURHAM- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch released the following statement after the House voted to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB712, relative to a family and medical leave insurance program by a vote of 195-143.
“If one thing has become clear over the last two years, it’s that New Hampshire Democrats have fully embraced ending the New Hampshire Advantage in favor of turning us into a high tax state like California. Republican concerns with this bill were clear from the start, we would not support a plan that’s likely to be insolvent, mandatory, and creates an income tax. Rather than address our concerns, Democrats sent essentially the same bill to the Governor’s desk two years in a row. They were never serious about getting anything passed, they were intent on playing politics. Voters will remember their repeated attempts at passing an income tax this November, and I’m proud that Republicans stood up and said “no” at every opportunity.”
DURHAM- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch released the following statement after the House voted 194-146 to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB250, establishing a dental benefit under the state Medicaid program.
“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the State of New Hampshire is facing historic revenue shortfalls. It’s difficult to plan for a crisis like this, but Republican’s history of low spending has allowed us to be in a difficult, but manageable position. This bill proposed adding a new dental benefit to the state Medicaid program, but provided no actuarial analysis or even a fiscal note. Republicans can’t in good faith support this legislation when we aren’t sure how much it will cost. Our neighbors to the south have had their own issue with their dental medicaid benefit. They’ve had to cut and reestablish it twice already.”
“In these already uncertain times, Republicans will not allow Democrats to dig our fiscal hole any deeper. While in the majority, Democrats have grossly mismanaged our state finances every step of the way. Our fellow New Hampshire taxpayers deserve better.”
Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu’s veto of HB685, relative to insurance plans that cover maternity benefits. This bill mandates insurance plans which cover maternity benefits to provide coverage for emergency or elective abortion services.
“If you are concerned about the cost of health insurance now, just imagine how much more it would be if insurers would be required to provide coverage for abortions,” Hinch said. “If you are concerned about abortions, just imagine if your insurance premiums went up because the government told insurance companies they have to cover abortions. Any way you look at it, whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, this bill goes too far. Out of all the insurance mandates Democrats have passed this year, this is the most egregious. Republicans will be united sustaining the veto.”