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NH House Majority Rejects Democratic Leader’s Comments

Concord, NH- NH House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) and Rep. Judy Aron (R-Acworth) released the following statements in response to NH House Democratic Leader Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) referring to the majority as “the most radical group of rejectionists that have assembled in the House in our history.”

House Majority Leader Jason Osborne:

“I’d like to take a moment to remind the Democratic Leader of reality. We’ve only held one session day to vote on legislation and House Democrats spent their entire day voting ‘no.’ They reject expanding education choice to allow parents a say in where their children attend school. They reject any tax relief and want to leave our small businesses struggling. They reject basic decorum and respect for their fellow legislators. They also reject showing up and performing the job their constituents elected them to do, and instead file frivolous lawsuits that the courts reject.” 

“What does the Majority reject? We reject higher taxes on our citizens, including a sales and income tax. We reject increased mandates and taxes on our businesses that are struggling through the pandemic. We reject forcing students to stay in a school where they are struggling.  We reject infringing upon the basic liberties of NH citizens. If the 2020 election proved anything, it’s that the citizens of New Hampshire reject these policies as well.”

Rep. Judy Aron:

“If I am going to be labeled a rejectionist by the Democratic Leader, I’d like to be clear on what it is I reject. I reject their assumption that everyone is a racist. I reject their attacks on those who do not agree with them, their ‘cancel culture,’ and their pursuit of squelching free thought and free speech. I reject their desire to disarm us all. I reject their desire to continue to increase our taxes until New Hampshire is indistinguishable from Massachusetts or California. I reject their desire to dismantle law and order. I reject their desire to ignore the Constitution; their need to erase history. But most of all, I reject their policies of divisiveness that perpetuates hate for our neighbor.”

House ED&A Vice Chair Applauds Committee Vote on Anti-Racism Legislation

Concord, NH- Vice Chairman of the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee Terry Roy (R-Deerfield) released the following statement after the committee voted 10-9 to pass HB544, relative to the propagation of divisive concepts.

“Despite what bill opponents have said, HB544 is an anti-racism piece of legislation that would prohibit the teaching of racist theology to students and employees of State schools. We have seen this become a trend nationwide, and it is causing disharmony, resentment, and hatred. These are not the concepts we should be teaching anyone, let alone children.”

“This bill does not prohibit teaching about racism and its negative effects throughout history. Teaching about history, including institutional racism, and the steps we have taken to address it, are important aspects of a proper education and a healthy and diverse workplace. What this bill does is it prohibits the teaching that one race is at fault in perpetuity for challenges and disadvantages faced by another race.” 

“We acknowledge that racism still exists and that we must always be on guard against it to challenge it whenever it rears its ugly head but we also believe in the inherent good of the individual Granite State citizen and in the greatness of this State and of the United States of America. Of all the nations on Earth, it is the United States that provides the most opportunity and legal protections to minorities of every race, creed and religion. The supporters of the concepts and theology prohibited by this bill apparently believe otherwise.”

NH House Passes Born Alive Infant Protection Act

Bedford, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement in response to the House overturning the committee report and passing HB233, relative to the right of any infant born alive to medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment, on a vote of 181-49.

“I do not understand how any infant who is born alive would not be given basic medical care under full protection of the law,’ said Osborne. ‘There is absolutely no reason why any child born alive should be left to die. I do not see this as a pro-choice vs. pro-life issue. This is an issue of basic human rights protected under our constitution, and this right should extend to those who cannot yet advocate for themselves. I applaud the House for overturning the committee report and passing this bill despite House Democrats’ attempt at obstructing House business.”

House Majority Leader Statement on House Democrats Leaving Session

Bedford, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement after most House Democrats walked out of House session after losing votes.

“I’m disappointed, but I suppose I am not surprised over the highly juvenile antics by House Democrats,’ said Osborne. ‘Rather than doing their job and debating the legislation before the House, they abandoned their responsibility to their constituents only because legislation they disagreed with passed.’”

“The last two years, Republicans were in the minority, and we know it’s not fun to lose on legislation we felt passionate about, but we continually showed up to do our job. We never took our ball and went home leaving our constituents hanging. This was an embarrassing display of pettiness, and I hope their constituents take notice. House Republicans will continue to show up and do our job.”

NH House Passes Prohibition on Late Term Abortions

Bedford, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement in response to the House overturning the committee report and passing HB625, relative to the protection of fetal life, on a vote of 191-160.

“No matter what side of the debate you are on, prohibiting late term abortions is something that everyone should be on board with,’ said Osborne. ‘At 24 weeks the unborn are considered viable, and this bill allows them to have the same right to life as any other human. I applaud the House for overturning the committee report of Inexpedient to Legislate and passing a bill that reflects our basic values as a society.’”

House Majority Leadership Comments on HB20 Committee Vote

Concord, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) and Deputy House Majority Leader Fred Doucette (R-Salem)  released the following statement after the House Education Committee voted to retain HB20, establishing the Richard “Dick” Hinch education freedom account program, on a vote of 20-0.

House Majority Leader Jason Osborne:

“HB20 remains our number one priority for this legislative session. The House Education committee had a quickly approaching deadline that did not afford them the time they needed today. I commend Chairman Ladd, Vice Chairman Cordelli, and the Republicans on the committee for their hard work on this bill. I look forward to working with them going forward on making this the best legislation for New Hampshire students and families.” 

Deputy House Majority Leader Fred Doucette:

“The Democrats have been quick to point out the thousands of people they claim opposed this bill, but I’d like to know how many of those people actually live in New Hampshire. Recent polling has shown that over 70% of New Hampshire families are in support of education freedom accounts. Our members remain committed to protecting New Hampshire interests, not out of state interests who seek to meddle in our education system. New Hampshire students do not fit into a one size fits all education system, and we will continue work on HB20 to ensure that we give students and families the choice to find the best situation that works for them.”

House Leaders Comment on Governor Sununu’s Budget Address

CONCORD – NH House Speaker Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry) and House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) issued statements following Governor Sununu’s budget address.

Speaker Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry):

“Governor Sununu’s budget appears to be fulfilling several major Republican promises to the people of New Hampshire including tax cuts that will benefit our citizens and small businesses, increased government efficiency, and a voluntary paid family leave plan that does not create an income tax. This is the first part of the process, and there’s a long road ahead. I’m certain that the House and Senate will work with the governor to produce the best possible budget for our state in these challenging times.”

Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn):

“There are several major themes in this budget that Republicans will and should embrace. One-time revenue should be spent on one-time projects. Over the last biennium we consistently saw the other party attempt to spend federal stimulus money on on-going projects that would have created a structural deficit. We agree that where there is waste, we should be creating a more lean and efficient government. We agree taxes and fees should not be raised, business taxes should be lowered, and the Interest and Dividends tax should be phased out. We look forward to diving further into these proposals and passing a budget out of the House that contains these shared goals.”

House Leaders Advocate for Education Freedom Accounts

Concord, NH- NH Speaker of the House Sherm Packard (R-Londonderry) and Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement after the introduction of HB20, establishing the Richard “Dick” Hinch education freedom account program.

Speaker Sherm Packard (R-Londonderry): 

“The challenges that students, families, and educators are facing are unprecedented. While schools are working to reopen and/or provide alternative models of instruction, the quality and consistency of offerings varies from school to school and district to district. Parents are being left to pick up the slack with educational, social, and emotional needs of children.”

“In the wake of the pandemic, education funds must be provided directly to families so that they can foster stable and continuous learning, and to pay for any educational option that works best for their situation – at their sole discretion. Education Freedom Accounts ensure and support a high quality, flexible, and unique publicly funded education for all New Hampshire students.”

Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn):

“This bill is about finding the right fit for the child and giving families an opportunity to choose the right school for their child’s needs and abilities. The myth perpetuated from the other side is that this program would destroy public schools. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that, and these are more of the same scare tactics we heard years ago before the passage of the successful education tax credit scholarship program.”

“The fact of the matter is that state adequacy dollars belong to every child in the state.This program would effectively be the same as a child moving out of the school district. Every parent in the state contributes to education funding through their tax dollars, and through this pandemic it is clear that this funding should remain with the parent to benefit their child.”

House Majority Leader Announces Leadership Team

Concord, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) announced the leadership team for the 2021-2022 legislative session.

“We have a tall order ahead of us over the next two years,’ said Rep. Osborne. ‘I’m proud of the diverse group of members that we were able to put together to guide the caucus through the remainder of this very different legislative year, and come out on the other side with successful policy initiatives that are in the best interest of our state and our citizens.’”

“These members represent a cross-section of our caucus who will defend personal liberties, advance the agenda we campaigned on throughout the summer, and maintain the unified caucus that we worked hard to achieve last term.”

Assistant Majority Leader – Ralph Boehm (R-Litchfield)
Assistant Majority Leader – Michael Harrington (R-Strafford)
Assistant Majority Leader – Stephen Pearson (R-Derry)
Assistant Majority Leader – Claire Rouillard (R-Goffstown)
Assistant Majority Leader – Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)
Assistant Majority Leader – Scott Wallace (R-Danville)
Assistant Majority Whip – Keith Ammon (R-New Boston)
Assistant Majority Whip – Mary Griffin (R-Windham)
Assistant Majority Whip – Maureen Mooney (R-Merrimack)
Assistant Majority Whip – Chris True (R-Sandown)
Majority Development Coordinator – Rep. Hershel Nunez (R-Pelham)

Background: The members listed above join previously released Majority Office leadership members:

Deputy Majority Leader – Rep. Fred Doucette (R-Salem)
Deputy Majority Leader – Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)
Majority Whip – Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack)
Senior Majority Advisor – Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson)
Senior Majority Advisor – Rep. Len Turcotte (R-Barrington)

Speaker Packard Appoints Top Leadership Team

Concord, NH- Following his election as Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry), has announced the following list of appointments to his leadership team.

Deputy Speaker- Rep. Steven Smith (R-Charlestown)

Speaker Pro Tempore- Rep. Kim Rice (R-Hudson)

House Majority Leader- Rep. Jason Osborne (R-Auburn)

Deputy Majority Leader- Rep. Fred Doucette (R-Salem)

Deputy Majority Leader- Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

House Majority Whip- Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack)

Majority Senior Advisor- Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson)

Majority Senior Advisor- Rep. Len Turcotte (R-Barrington)

“I am proud to be working alongside a diverse and talented group of legislators that represent a cross-section of the House,’ said Speaker Packard. “The last two years we were successful because we worked together and remained unified. We are in unprecedented times, and I truly believe with this leadership team we will continue to work together to address the ever growing needs and critical issues of our state and our citizens.”

More appointment announcements are expected in the coming days. Rice and Osborne had previously been appointed to their positions by Speaker Dick Hinch on December 2, 2021. Packard had been appointed deputy by Hinch.