New Hampshire lawmakers slammed Governor Sununu for — once again — taking full credit for using federal dollars provided by the federal delegation to support New Hampshire families in a proposal that would provide a $100 credit on residential electric bills on ratepayers across the state.
This follows a press conference by the Governor this morning where he announced plans to reallocate delegation-provided federal funds to assist with skyrocketing energy rates by New Hampshire utility companies — a request originally made by Democratic federal lawmakers.
Union Leader: $100 million electric cost relief includes $100 credit
The announcement comes as President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to approve a three-month suspension of the federal gasoline tax. For several months, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., has been promoting her legislation to bring that about.
“Chris Sununu and Chuck Morse are once again trying to take credit for the federal funds our delegation delivered while at the same time pushing the agenda of their big oil and gas allies," said Democratic spokesperson Gates MacPherson.
Dr. Tom Sherman of Rye, who is running against Sununu, called it a one-time bandaid. “Thanks to the hard work of our federal delegation, New Hampshire has additional funds it can use to provide relief to residents who will be hit hard by rising energy costs,” said Sherman.
“This program was only possible because our federal delegation secured critical relief that has allowed the state to build a surplus,” said NHDP spokesperson Gates MacPherson. “Chris Sununu and Chuck Morse are once again trying to take credit for the federal funds our delegation delivered while at the same time pushing the agenda of their big oil and gas allies.”