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Thursday
Feb262015

US Rep Guinta statement on bipartisan passage of student loan bill 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement following the bipartisan passage of H.R. 529 – a bill to expand, modernize, and strengthen 529 plans to increase educational opportunities for our nation’s children and youth.

 

“As the first in my family to graduate from college, I know firsthand the importance of investing in one’s education.  Despite one’s background or financial situation, every single child – from the aspiring scientist on the Seacoast to the future public servant in the North Country – should have access to the boundless opportunities a great education provides.  Our economy depends on an educated and motivated workforce; and, a good education presents an individual with economic opportunity and mobility.  The overwhelming bipartisan passage of H.R. 529 is a common-sense approach towards ensuring that the dream of higher education is always within reach.”

 

H.R. 529 permanently expands the use of 529 educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software.  It also modifies the tax treatment of multiple accounts for a single beneficiary and it exempts from taxation any amounts that are refunded from colleges as long as the beneficiary recontributes the funds back into a 529 account within a specified time.

 

H.R. 529 passed the House of Representative by a vote of 401-20.

 

To read the text of H.R. 529, please click here.

Tuesday
Feb242015

US Rep Guinta fighting to resolve top concerns heard at townhalls 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta hosted two townhalls last week – one in Manchester and the other in Laconia.  This represents Congressman Guinta’s second and third townhalls since being sworn into the 114th Congress.

“The top two concerns I heard from constituents during last week’s townhalls echoed the apprehensions I’ve heard from Granite Staters since I took office earlier this year.  First and foremost, our economy remains stagnant while the cost-of-living increases and take-home pay decreases.  Secondly, families and small businesses continue to grapple with offsetting the harmful effects of the President’s healthcare law. 

To resolve these concerns, I wrote legislation to repeal the devastating Cadillac tax under the President’s healthcare law which is set to inflict a 40% tax on workers’ health care plans – running up healthcare costs for individuals, companies, municipalities and taxpayers. Additionally, I introduced bipartisan legislation to rein in Washington’s “spend first, pay later” mentality which has resulted in rampant government waste and abuse.  Every dollar the government wastes on duplicative programs and agencies could – and should – go back to your pockets for you to spend as you see fit.  I look forward to working with our communities in the state and both parties in Washington to enact these bills into law."

 

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Friday
Feb132015

US Rep Guinta announces second and third town hall of the year 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta will be hosting two town halls next week, one in Manchester and the other in Laconia.  These are vital to the legislative process and serve to update Granite Staters on his work in Washington while receiving important feedback.  These town halls represent the second and third of this term.

 

The Manchester town hall will be focused on issues of concern to our senior citizens while the Laconia venue will focus more broadly on any and all issues of concern to Granite Staters.

 

Second town hall of the year focused on NH-01 Seniors

 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts second town hall of the year

 

WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of the New Hampshire interested in discussing issues affecting senior citizens and members of the press are invited to attend.

 

WHERE: St. Anselm Institute for Politics, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Third town hall of the year

 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts third town hall of the year

 

WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of New Hampshire and members of the press are invited to attend.

 

WHERE: Lakes Region Community College, Center for Arts and Technology, Room 236.  379 Belmont Road, Laconia, New Hampshire.

 

WHEN:  Thursday, February 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

 

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Friday
Feb132015

US Rep's Kuster, Guinta Introduce Legislation to Stop Cuts to Veterans Choice Card Program

Yesterday afternoon, Congressman Guinta joined Congresswoman Annie Kuster in introducing a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation to make the Veterans Choice Card program permanent in states without full-service VA centers, like New Hampshire, to protect and ensure our veterans’ ability to access quality care in a timely manner.  Please see below for more information.

 

Thursday
Feb122015

US Rep Guinta introduces bill to protect middle class workers from 40% tax increase on health benefits 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Guinta introduced H.R. 879 - Ax the Tax on Middle Class Americans’ Health Plans Act - to repeal a harmful provision of the President’s healthcare law, known as a ‘Cadillac tax,’ which will inflict a 40% tax on middle class Americans’ health plans.  The Cadillac tax will officially go into effect in 2018; however, employers, labor unions, and municipalities are anticipating this massive tax by looking at increasing deductibles, reducing benefits and shifting costs to consumers and property tax payers alike. 

 

“I’ve heard from countless municipalities back home who are absolutely terrified of this unavoidable and impending tax hike.  Even worse, the non-partisan think tank American Health Policy Institute found that over 12 million middle-class American workers would see an average increase of $1,050 in higher payroll and income taxes per year.  My legislation will protect workers from facing this devastating tax increase, employers from reducing workers’ benefits and municipal taxpayers who – if enacted – would experience skyrocketing property taxes.  The repeal of this onerous tax has received widespread support from republicans, democrats, national unions and more.”

 

The Ax the Tax on Middle Class Americans’ Health Plans Act is the first piece of stand-alone legislation to repeal the Cadillac Tax in the House of Representatives.

 

To read the text of Ax the Tax on Middle Class Americans’ Health Plans Act, please click here.