House Republican Leader Reacts to Rules Committee Vote on Shutdown Rebuke

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement in reaction to the House Rules committee vote to allow late drafting and introduction of a resolution, offered by Rep. Peter Schmidt (D-Dover), condemning the government shutdown. Details of the proposal are not available, and were offered verbally before the committee on Thursday.

“New Hampshire Democrats are doing a great job finding avenues to exploit the shutdown for political gain. By the time a resolution is drafted, introduced, and goes through the legislative process, it could be late March. At the end of the day, both sides in Washington, D.C. need to do their job, and do it quickly. Passing this type of resolution won’t do anything to solve the problem, and uses state resources to make a purely political statement.”

The committee voted on party lines to approve the request for the resolution to be drafted and introduced.

House Republican Leader Commends Governor on Positive Agenda for New Hampshire

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following reaction after Governor Sununu’s inaugural address, given today in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord.

“Governor Sununu’s positive vision demonstrates how much he cares for the people of our state, and his ability to provide leadership to move us forward. He is committed to keeping our economy strong by keeping our tax burden and state spending as low as we responsibly can. That might be unpopular with Democrats in the legislature, but it is the right thing to do,” Hinch said. “His dedication to providing a better service experience for those who deal with state government, and his ability to build relationships within government, are making real reform possible, and providing better results for our state.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Votes on Common Sense Amendments

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House votes on Republican-sponsored amendments to House Rule 63.

“Today the Republican caucus proposed multiple common sense amendments to House rules that would have solved many of the problems associated with the change to Rule 63 that was adopted earlier today. These amendments included secure weapon storage, the option of a protective service or law enforcement escort to your vehicle, and the removal of the provision of possible arrest if a member is in violation of the rule.”

“These amendments, although would not have solved all the problems associated with the prohibition of firearms in the House chamber, would have put our members’ minds at ease. However, the majority chose to put our members at greater risk.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Prohibit Deadly Weapons

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House’s vote of 220-163 to prohibit deadly weapons in the House chamber.

“This amendment to House rules prohibits law abiding citizens from exercising their constitutionally protected right, and it lacks the necessary detail in process and procedures for the storage of weapons.”

“There have been several instances where members of this body have been threatened with physical violence against them or their families. This amendment discourages and deters members from possessing a firearm while traveling to and from the State House and their vehicle. In our capacity as identifiable public officials in an environment of heightened political rhetoric, we are at greater risk for violence” “I am deeply disappointed with today’s vote. I believe the outcome is over and above what is acceptable and necessary in today’s society.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Rules Committee Vote

CONCORD-House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House Rules committee voting 6-4 to amend House Rules to prohibit the carrying of firearms in Representatives’ Hall.

“Although this is not unexpected, I am extremely disappointed in today’s vote by the Rules Committee to prohibit the carrying of firearms in the House chamber. There are far more pressing issues facing our state than immediately taking away House members’ constitutionally protected right to bear arms. By removing this basic right, we are effectively making the chamber a gun-free zone and less safe environment for our colleagues.”

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