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Good morning. Ending any uncertainty about his political plans for 2022, U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas said Thursday he is running for a third term in the U.S. House to try to “lower the temperature” in Washington, D.C. and continue to work on issues that may not grab dramatic headlines but are important to everyday Granite Staters.

“There’s no sugar-coating it,” the Manchester Democrat said in an exclusive interview with WMUR. “Our politics today are divided. It’s rancorous. It’s personal.

“But it doesn’t have to be that way, and I think that whether it’s through our campaign or on the official side, we’re giving people confidence that there is someone in office who will listen and try to help. I think that will help repair our democracy in a way that we can move forward.”

Pappas was elected by 1st Congressional District voters in 2018 and reeelected in 2020.

Meanwhile, The U.S. Senate passed a stopgap spending bill that avoids a short-term shutdown and funds the federal government through Feb. 18 after leaders defused a partisan standoff over federal vaccine mandates. The measure now goes to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

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