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.”