Charlestown — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., long an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said Monday she is optimistic about prospects for amendments to improve it in the Republican-controlled Congress this year. During a town hall-style meeting at the Charlestown Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Ayotte told a 30-person crowd that there are some changes to the health care law that President Obama is likely to veto, but there are others that would be of “bipartisan concern.” The first-term senator, who is up for re-election in 2016, said she would support changes, such as altering the definition of a full-time employee from one who works 30 hours per week to one who works 40 hours per week, expanding the network of health care providers where insurance bought on New Hampshire’s exchange might be applied and reducing a tax on medical devices that she said would affect businesses such as Smith Medical in Keene, N.H. She said she hopes that she, along with the new Republican majority in the Senate, can play a role in making such changes. “If there’s a problem I can solve, I will,” she said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has embarked on a destructive course harmful to the prospects for rebuilding Gaza and achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. Three weeks ago at the United Nations, Abbas slandered Israel and undermined the true interests of the Palestinian people. If Abbas wants peace and an independent, viable Palestinian state—and if he wants American support in the future—he must reverse course and return to direct negotiations with Israel.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is one of the state’s only elected officials who won’t be on the ballot this November. But her schedule is still packed with campaign events.
Portsmouth Police Department Chief Stephen DuBois said Friday that the city’s growing drug crisis has recently included two heroin overdoses, one of which was fatal, “a human trafficking case where the pimp was using heroin to maintain control over the victim” and dealers selling synthetic drugs in loads big enough to fill 50-pound garbage bags.
Ayotte, though, has shown levels of creativity and assertiveness in her short tenure that have caught the attention of the Pentagon and the public.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a tour Tuesday of the Novocure facility at 150 Commerce Way that the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device companies "is a disincentive to startups."
"We may not be able to open beyond 120 days; it may be Christmas to the middle of March ... the summer season may be the fourth of July until Labor Day," Goddard said at a roundtable discussion with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
“So few things pass around this body unanimously, but it shows the bipartisan commitment we have to stopping this scourge of sexual assault in the military,” Ayotte said in remarks delivered on the Senate floor after its 97-0 vote to approve the Victims Protection Act, which Ayotte, R-N.H., crafted...
With a pie chart displayed on one screen and an upward-ticking national-debt calculator on another, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte left no doubt about her biggest concern.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Friday that the Affordable Care Act's Medical Device Tax is hurting New Hampshire companies...