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We sit down with Congressman Chris Pappas, a Democrat representing the state's 1st District. We catch up on the congressional response to the coronavirus pandemic, in terms of public health and the economy, and hear his response to the racial injustice protests here in New Hampshire.

Air date: Thursday, June 4, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 10, 2020

Apr 9, 2020

As the federal goverment looks for ways to protect people and businesses from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we'll speak with Congressman Chris Pappas about those efforts and what's likely to gain traction in the House. We'll also get an update from state epidimiologist Dr. Ben Chan. And we'll check in with newspaper editors from the Seacoast and the North Country about how the coronavirus is impacting those regions.  

 

 

Air date: 10-11 am, Friday, April 10, 2020

 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 28, 2020

Feb 27, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that a coronavirus that has already led to quarantines in other countries, has reached the U.S. and is expected to spread. State epidemologist Dr. Benjamin Chan gives us the latest updates. N.H. joins a multi-state investigation into the vaping company Juul Labs, and we talk with Sarah Gibson about the ongoing debate over charter school funding. 

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The Republican primary to choose a nominee to take on incumbent Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas is getting crowded. A former Dover city councilor who was also vice chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party is the latest candidate to announce his entry into the race. 

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Last week the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump: one for abuse of power, the other for obstruction of Congress.

New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas, a Democrat representing the 1st Congressional District, announced Sunday that he will vote for both articles of impeachment. 

Speaking on NHPR's The Exchange earlier today, Pappas said he takes his oath of office seriously, and wanted to take plenty of time to get acclimated with the details of this case before making his decision. 

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Just about a year after starting his first term in Congress, Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas finds himself in the midst of an impeachment process, as the House prepares to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

The debates have been bitter. Pappas has called for a "bipartisan response to uphold the rule of law,"  indicating he will consider the facts presented by Congress while maintaining his focus also on the concerns of Granite Staters. 

We talk with him about this tumultuous political period -- as well as the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement on trade, military spending, and more. 

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A major defense spending package will not include two key regulations for toxic PFAS chemicals – which have polluted water across New Hampshire.

The National Defense Authorization Act, set for final votes this week, does carry other provisions that New Hampshire's congressional delegation supported, including a plan to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal employees.

The spending plan also says the military must phase out use of PFAS-based firefighting foam, which has contaminated drinking water at hundreds of sites including the former Pease Air Force Base.

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New Hampshire's two members of the U.S. House, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Chris Pappas, voted with nearly all House Democrats to authorize impeachment hearings against President Trump.

The vote for the public hearings, which every Republican opposed, marks the first time the full House voted on the impeachment inquiry.

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Members of New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation welcomed plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump this week.

"The American public should be concerned taht we need to take steps to protect national security and our democracy," U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, D-NH, said. "And it's really important that we ensure that no one is above the law, including the President of the United States."

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Congressman Chris Pappas spoke with The Exchange on a variety of issues including climate change legislation, background checks, and the I-93 expansion.  Here are some highlights from that conversation. 

Listen to the show and read the transcript. 

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We ask the Democrat repesenting New Hampshire's first Congressional district about his work on Capitol Hill and what he's been hearing from Granite Staters while touring the state this summer. We also get his take on some recent news, including last night's town-hall discussions on climate change with Democratic presidential candidates, local disputes over opioid policy, and the immigration debate.

This show will air live at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 5th, and again at 7 p.m. The audio and transcript will be available shortly after the conclusion of the program. 

What Are Your Questions For U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas?

Sep 3, 2019
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The Exchange will be talking with U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas on Thursday, Sept. 5. Submit your questions below for the first-term congressman. Pappas, a Democrat, represents New Hampshire's 1st District and serves on the Veterans' Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. 

Kuster and Pappas Now Support Impeachment Inquiry

Jul 26, 2019
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New Hampshire's two members of Congress, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Chris Pappas, say they support a formal impeachment inquiry regarding President Donald Trump's conduct following Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony this week.

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Over his first five months on the job, Congressman Chris Pappas has experienced the country’s longest government shutdown and a spiraling controversy around President Trump.  

“This president operates like no other president in history,” Pappas said this week on The Exchange. “He flouts the law, flouts the conventions of our democracy. And I think it's really important that he doesn't set a precedent for future presidents to be able to conduct themselves in a similar fashion.”

A Conversation with U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas

May 27, 2019
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Much has happened in the nearly five months since New Hampshire First District Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas was sworn in. Freshmen Democrats made waves with ambitious plans for tackling climate change. The Democratic-led  US. House passed two gun laws that received bipartisan support. The Democratic field of presidential candidates keeps growing -- by latest count, reaching 23. Also, the Mueller report arrived, and, with it, debates on whether to start impeachment hearings. Join us with your questions for U.S. Congressman Pappas. 

Submit Your Questions For Congressman Chris Pappas

May 23, 2019
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Congressman Chris Pappas ran in 2018 on policies such as a $12 national minimum wage, reducing medical costs and enacting nationwide paid family leave. Now it's time to check in with Pappas about his first term in the House. On Tuesday, May 28, at 9 a.m., Pappas gives us an update and answers questions on The Exchange.

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All four members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation signed a letter to President Trump Tuesday opposing his plan to divert funding for a border wall.

In the letter the delegation says taking money from the Department of Defense to pay for a border wall could hurt two projects in and around the Granite State.

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A New Hampshire congressman is inviting a transgender Navy veteran to be his guest at President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in Washington.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire, has invited Tavion Dignard of Auburn, New Hampshire, to the president's Tuesday speech.

Dignard is a transgender man who served in the United States Navy from 1998-2002 and was honorably discharged.

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U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow the Trump administration to restrict service by transgender men and women for now backward, and a blow to the rights and dignity of transgender service members.

Pappas, a Democrat and the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire, said Tuesday the plan "makes us less safe and politicizes our military."

Pappas said the decision is a "sobering reminder of the work ahead of us to protect LGBTQ rights and demand full equality."

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In one of his first votes in Congress, U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas supported measures to resolve the partial government shutdown. He tells NHPR he will not support any legislation that includes President Trump's request for billions for a border wall.

"I wouldn't vote for any spending plan that includes the border wall," he said. "I think that's irresponsible. It's an idea that doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. You know the President on the campaign promised that a foreign power, Mexico, was going to pay for this border wall. So, this is a bumper sticker slogan that's designed to play to a political base."

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The newest member of New Hampshire's congressional delegation says he'll reject a paycheck until the partial government shutdown ends.

Democrat Chris Pappas, who was elected to the state's 1st District, said his first official act will be to ask that his pay be withheld. He planned to send a letter with his request to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House on Thursday afternoon.

Pappas said as someone who has run a small business, he could not imagine receiving a paycheck while any of his employees are working without pay.

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New Hampshire's members of Congress say they support the call for a select House committee on a "Green New Deal."

The campaign is being led by the group Sunrise Movement and incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Her proposed committee would draft a plan by 2020 to move the U.S. economy off fossil fuels, and combat climate change, by creating new jobs and technology in renewable energy.

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Democrat Chris Pappas beat Republican Eddie Edwards Tuesday in the race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. The candidates were vying for the seat vacated by Democrat Carol Shea Porter.

Pappas' victory came after a hard-fought battle that began with two bitter primary campaigns and a general election that kept voters on edge until late on election night.

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Some big-name supporters joined Congressional District 1 candidates Chris Pappas and Eddie Edwards on their final full day of campaigning. 

Former New Hampshire Governor John Lynch joined Democrat Chris Pappas on campaign stops at diners.

Lynch, a Democrat who served four terms in Concord, said voters want politicians to work across the aisle – and Pappas will do that.

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The divisive 2018 midterm campaign is quickly drawing to a close.

Over the weekend - candidates and volunteers knocked on doors, shook hands - and in some cases went grocery shopping - as they tried to make their final get out the vote push.

NHPR’s Lauren Chooljian and Josh Rogers were also on the trail.

Congressional 1st District candidates Eddie Edwards and Chris Pappas met last night at a debate in Manchester hosted by WMUR-TV

Despite toeing their party lines, the two candidates both said they were ready to work across the aisle and bring New Hampshire ideals to a broken system in Washington.

Some highlights of the debate include:

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Chris Pappas, Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District, says we bipartisan legislation is needed to bring down insurance costs, and that patient protections will rein in profit-driven insurance companies.

All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with Pappas on health care policy in our final interview for this series. In the past two weeks, All Things Considered spoke with all of New Hampshire's gubernatorial and Congressional candidates.

[This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.]

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First District Congressional candidate Chris Pappas says the current trade war with China is putting American businesses at risk, and President Trump needs to open talks instead of imposing tariffs.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with Pappas on foreign relations and trade.

Morning Edition is speaking will all Congressional candidates this week.

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1st Congressional District candidates Eddie Edwards and Chris Pappas met on Wednesday morning at a debate hosted by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce debate.

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Denise Bowdidge would like it to be known that she is a big fan of President Donald Trump.

 

“He’s not afraid, he’s a man of strength and encouragement and hope for people for the future,” she told an NHPR reporter one August afternoon.

Those same feelings propelled her to drive across the 1st Congressional District, from her home in Bedford, to Portsmouth, where Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was in town to endorse Republican Eddie Edwards.

At the time, Edwards was locked in a heated primary battle with opponent Andy Sanborn, and he was courting Trump supporters hard.

“The president is doing one hell of a job in Washington,” Edwards said. “One hell of a job.”

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