Statement: Republicans should focus on children, not political pet projects

 Concord, N.H. – In today’s Concord Monitor, Republican Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper commented on the surprising lack of priority the state legislature was giving to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families by saying “this session has been going along at just an incredible pace, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for anybody.”

Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement:

“It’s shocking to hear Speaker Jasper say that there ‘hasn’t been a lot of time’ for the DCYF, considering how much time and effort has been spent on the failed so-called Right-to-Work bill and the passage of concealed carry. Weakening workers rights and putting more guns in our communities does nothing to solve the problems we face as a state. It’s clear that Republican priorities have been aimed at scoring political points rather than helping New Hampshire families.

Our children should be priority number one, not an issue that we only get to ‘if we have time’ or once we are finished with political pet projects. The sooner Speaker Jasper and Governor Sununu start to focus on our immediate issues like the DCYF, health insurance, and the opioid crisis, the better.”

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