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Thursday
Feb112016

US REP. FRANK GUINTA BACKS HOUSE VET PACKAGE TO SPUR REFORM AT VA

MEASURE WOULD ALSO TIE VA BENEFITS TO SOCIAL SECURITY

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The House of Representatives passeda package of veterans-aimed bills yesterday, Rep. Frank Guinta joining his colleagues to support automatic cost-of-living adjustments for veterans, as well as tighter controls of Veterans Administration (VA) construction projects, prone to cost overruns.

 

    Veterans benefit increases, tied to Social Security increases, would no longer require separate Congressional approval to take effect.

 

    “Granite State vets shouldn’t have to wait to receive the same benefits as Social Security recipients, due to a gap in legislative action,” said Rep. Guinta (NH01).“Our country made a promise to them, and we must keep it.”

 

    The veterans population in New Hampshire, where Rep. Guinta represents the First District, ishigher than most states’. Last year, the Congressman introduced the SENIORS Act to grant vets a one percent COLA increase, eliminating wasteful federal spending to fully pay for it.  

 

    For only the third time in 40 years, the Social Security Administration announced there would be no COLA increase in 2016.“A good example of wasteful federal spending is the cost overrun at the VA hospital in Denver,projected to cost $1.73 billion – triple the original estimate,” said Rep. Guinta.

 

    A bill in yesterday’s package of reforms would appoint an assistant Inspector General to investigate VA construction projects.

 

   Yesterday’s package also included a measure to more closely monitor progress at underperforming VA medical facilities.The Failing VA Medical Center Recovery Act would compel the VA to report to Congress its progress every fiscal quarter and to dispatch rapid response teams within 30 days to fix failing health facilities.

 

    CNN first reported the story of “secret waiting lists” at VA hospitals, where employees manipulated patient data to obscure long wait times. A Senate investigation directly linked as manyas 1,000 veterans’ deaths to long wait times.

 

    “Meanwhile, in 2014, the same year a nationwide scandal broke,”said Rep. Guinta, “VA employees collected $142 million in bonuses. Congress is serious – more serious than the Administration -- about enacting change at the bureaucracy.”

 

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Wednesday
Feb102016

US REP. FRANK GUINTA ON PRESIDENT'S 2017 BUDGET

“TIME FOR A DRAMATIC BREAK FROM THE STATUS QUO” 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Frank Guinta, a member of the House Budget Committee, as well as the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement about the President’s proposed 2017 budget, which the White House introduced today: 

“The president, who has overseen a historically poor post-recession economic recovery, is proposing more tax-and-spend policies that have failed to produce jobs and growth. With Obamacare kicking in, the deficit will rise. The national debt is already $19 trillion. Proposals like a $10 gas tax will only further burden Granite State families, most of whom haven’t seen a raise in years. Average incomes are down. It's time for a dramatic break with the status quo -- not more of the same. 

“As the newest member of the Budget Committee, I'm working with House colleagues to develop a better plan, one embracing principles of economic freedom – lower taxes, spending, and regulation – that will produce far superior results than the negligible growth rate last quarter. The unemployment rate ignores the millions who have dropped out of the labor market, and those working part-time jobs to survive.  With the right leadership and policies in place, we’ll grow the shrinking middle class and begin a new era of prosperity.” 

Rep. Guinta is the former two-term mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, who introduced zero-based budgeting, as well as four consecutive balanced budgets, and cut taxes for the first time in a decade. 

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Tuesday
Feb092016

US Rep Guinta (NH CD-1) - FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTS TO BRIEF BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic will hold a Congressional Briefing tomorrow, Tuesday, in the Natural Resources Committee Room at 1334 Longworth House Office Building at 2:00 pm. Republican and Democrat House members will hear from federal interdiction and eradication experts from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Customs and Border Protection (CPB), and State Department, who will discuss international efforts to stop heroin production and trafficking:

 

Mr. Kemp L. Chester

OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY

Associate Director of the National Heroin Coordination Group

 

Mr. Louis Milione

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION

Deputy Assistant Administrator

Office of Diversion Control

 

Mr. Richard Glenn

STATE DEPARTMENT

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)

Director of Western Hemisphere Programs

 

Mr. Todd Owen

U.S. CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION

Office of Field Operations

Assistant Commissioner 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heroin addiction, overdose and death have doubled across the country, affecting Midwest and Northeast states in even higher proportion. Representatives Frank Guinta (NH01) and Anne Kuster (NH02), representing New Hampshire’s two congressional districts, formed the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic in 2015 to gather ideas and develop solutions to the growing nationwide problem.

 

Task Force members scheduled to appear onTuesday at 2:00 P.M. are Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CN05), Randy Hultgren (IL14), Patrick Meehan (PA07), Keith Rothfus (PA12), Tim Walberg (MI07), Lee Zeldin (NY01), Jim Bridenstine (OK01), Diane Black (TN06), and Evan Jenkins (WV03).

 

LOCATION ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016:

Natural Resources CommitteeRoom

1334 Longworth HOB

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

 

 

Thursday
Feb042016

US REP. FRANK GUINTA VOTES TO RESTORE IRAN SANCTIONS

“U.S. IN GREATER DANGER” AFTER BAD NUCLEAR DEAL

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) released the following statement, after voting for a bill that would effectively stop the Obama Administration’snuclear deal with Iran.  The Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, H.R. 3662, passed the House of Representatives yesterday:

 

“Since making a deal with weak leadership at the White House, Iran has become increasingly belligerent, more confident that President Obama will allow the terror-sponsor free rein over the Middle East, where American troops are in harm’s way. Iran has increased its kidnappings and even ballistic missile tests, in violation of U.N. resolutions. And now, the Administration has released $150 billion in frozen assets to Iran that Secretary Kerry says will likely fund the country’s aggression. As a result of the bad nuclear deal, the United States is in greater danger. I voted to prevent the President from lifting sanctions on entities helping to build to Iran’s terror industry.”

 

Specifically, H.R. 3662 would require the President to certify to Congress that “designated nationals and blocked persons” have not provided services to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, its terrorist affiliates or nuclear weapons program, before lifting economic sanctions. Rep. Guinta is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, as well as the House Budget Committee.

 

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Wednesday
Feb032016

US HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE NAMES REP. FRANK GUINTA NEWEST MEMBER 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Budget Committee named Congressman Frank Guinta its newest member today, with House Republicans voting unanimously in support.

 

    Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price welcomed his new colleague. “Congressman Guinta brings a record of fighting for common-sense solutions that will help grow our economy and create jobs. His knowledge and experience will be important parts of our work, putting our fiscal house in order and getting our economy moving,” said Rep. Price (GA06).

 

    “We welcome Frank back to the Committee – and to the battles ahead to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington.”

 

   "I'd like to thank my friends for placing their trust in me,"said Rep. Guinta (NH01), who as Manchester, New Hampshire’s former mayor, introduced four consecutive balanced budgets, cut taxes for the first time in a decade, and brought zero-based budgeting to the city.

 

    This will be his second appointment to the Budget Committee. Rep. Guinta served on the Committee in the 112th Congress."I look forward to joining Mr. Price and fiscal conservatives to scour the federal budget for savings, in order to return hardworking Americans value on their tax dollars,"he said.

 

    Every year, the House Budget Committee creates a 10-year budget plan that guides federal spending, a power granted to Congress under the Constitution.

 

   "We'll also be looking at ways to reform the budget process, whose complexity has contributed to a series of crises, resulting in temporary fixes and higher spending," said Rep. Guinta, also a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

 

    The national debt reached $19 trillion this week, a doubling under the Obama Administration in just over seven years. A primary driver of the debt is Obamacare, explained Rep. Guinta.

 

    He praised the Budget Committee's 2016 plan, which repealed Obamacare, balanced over ten years, and formed the basis of the first joint House-Senate agreement in five years.

 

   "Obamacare fails on both counts – delivering superior health care and budget discipline to grow the economy.  The health care law raids Medicare to pay for itself," said Rep. Guinta."I'm committed to securing seniors' health and retirement programs, while promoting more flexibility, innovation and opportunity for Granite Staters."

 

 

 

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