Shea-Porter and Kuster: Wasting time with a failed amendment to Keystone XL Pipeline legislation

Shea-Porter and Kuster: Wasting time with a failed amendment to Keystone XL Pipeline legislation

Derek Dufresne

(Manchester – May 22, 2013) Today, the House of Representatives will consider HR3, the Northern Route Approval Act. HR 3 would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline by deeming the State Department’s first environmental review as satisfying all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Yesterday, Rep. Shea-Porter introduced an unrelated amendment to HR 3 to clarify that nothing in HR 3 approves or authorizes any proposed pipeline activity between Portland, Maine and Montreal, Canada. Congresswoman Anne Kuster joined Shea-Porter by cosponsoring her amendment. Shea-Porter’s amendment along with other amendments to HR 3 was referred to the House Rules Committee to ensure they fulfilled House protocol.

This morning, the House released the list of amendments to HR 3, but Shea-Porter’s was not included.  The overarching legislation deals with the Keystone XL Pipeline, not an already existent pipeline in New England and Canada. Because Shea-Porter’s amendment wasn’t dealing with the underlying bill and House rules stipulate that amendments have to follow the bill, Shea-Porter’s amendment did not clear the House Rules Committee and won’t even make it to the floor of the House for consideration. Thus, the entire political stunt was a waste of time.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has been the most vocal member of the New Hampshire delegation against the heavily bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline despite the fact nearly 75% of Americans indicate they support or somewhat support the project.

Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire made the following statement:

“While Congresswoman Ann Kuster might be new to Congress, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a three term Congresswoman, should understand the legislative process. It is a shame that New Hampshire’s congresswomen are on the wrong side of an issue that creates jobs and lowers fuel costs, but it is even more of a problem when our representatives are using their time in Washington on a failed amendment that doesn’t even follow the rules of the House of Representatives.

“Granite Staters deserve better than political stunts to appease special interest groups.”    

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at