Smart leadership from New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte

ONE Vote Organizer Thomas Leary reports from New Hampshire:


New Hampshire can be proud of our senators for seeing national security value in life-saving programs.

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden visited New Hampshire for a campaign stop. I made it out to speak with him and encourage continued American efforts in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. During the event, I also ran into Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and thanked her for her ongoing support.

While these are difficult economic times and tough decisions need to be made, Senator Shaheen continues to be a champion for smart programs that deliver vaccines to children and support agriculture efforts to help families earn a living.

The next day, I saw an article in the National Journal featuring New Hampshire’s other Senator, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., talking about her recent trip to Burma and visit with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. I was thrilled to see Senator Ayotte’s staunch defense of US aid overseas:

“This notion that we can be an island unto ourselves, I don’t think, is realistic in the world that we live in…. I’m not someone who says we shouldn’t reduce defense spending at all or we shouldn’t leave certain areas as sacrosanct. But this notion that we should cut off all foreign aid, when it’s less than 1 percent of the budget and when it’ll isolate us from the world and hurt our national security-I don’t think that makes sense.”

This was the second time Senator Ayotte has talked in the press about foreign aid. A few months ago, in the Washington Post, she criticized the cheap political points scored on threatening to cut foreign aid.

“It is less than one percent of the total budget,” she says.

And in her book, she mentions that the return on investment is excellent.

As a ONE member, I am proud of our nation’s efforts to save millions of lives around the world. As a Granite Stater, I am even more proud of the leadership in that fight from both of New Hampshire’s senators!