NH rep to urge US delegation to support earmarks

Posted Jan. 03, 2011, at 11:44 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A New Hampshire state representative says he’s going to introduce state legislation urging the congressional delegation to support earmarks that will benefit the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Democrat Michael Brunelle says the shipyard provides “economic stability and jobs” to the entire Seacoast region and to the state, and without congressional earmarks, it won’t receive the funding it needs for proper upkeep and maintenance.

Three incoming members of New Hampshire’s, four-member congressional delegation, all Republicans, support an earmark ban.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has not taken the earmark pledge.

Brunelle tells the Portsmouth Herald the resources provided by earmarks are important to the region and national security.