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Friday
Apr242015

US Rep Guinta on opposition of cybersecurity bills 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today discussing his opposition to H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, which both passed the House this week:

 

“In the ‘Live Free or Die’ state we believe strongly in the principle of protecting and securing our civil liberties.  In light of the significant revelations in 2013 and 2014 that the government spied and collected the personal and sensitive information of innocent Americans, Granite Staters have urged me to keep the fundamental right of privacy in mind when voting on any legislation.

                                                                                                                             

Our nation is in dire need of a serious and robust conversation regarding an overhaul of our intelligence community.  We need to ensure that individuals have a right to due process, and that there is a strong emphasis on an open and transparent society.  We must, and I believe we can, find that proper balance between protecting our civil liberties and our homeland.  These are not mutually exclusive ends, and I will continue to fight for both.” 

 

H.R. 1560 - the Protecting Cyber Networks Act - promotes the voluntary sharing of information about cyber threats among private companies and the federal government.  It allows the intelligence community to share intelligence with private sector entities.

 

H.R. 1731 – the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement – provides liability protections for private companies sharing sensitive information with the federal government.

Thursday
Apr232015

US Rep Guinta introduces bipartisan bill to prevent horse slaughter  

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WASHINGTON. D.C.  – Congressman Guinta joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today to introduce the bipartisan SAFE Act – Safeguard American Food Exports Act – of 2015 to address the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting horses outside of the United States for human consumption.

 

“For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride.  To that end, horses are not raised for food – permitting their transportation for the purposes of being slaughtered for human consumption is not consistent with our values and results in a dangerously toxic product.  My bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”

 

The issue of horse slaughter was brought to Congressman Guinta’s attention in the 112th Congress when 12-year-old Declan Gregg, an advocate against horse slaughter and constituent of New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, met with him to raise awareness of the issue and urge for change to protect American horses.

 

The SAFE Act of 2015 is supported by the ASPCA and the Humane Society.  There are over 40 cosponsors of the SAFE ACT, including 19 Republicans and 22 Democrats.

 

To read the text of the SAFE Act, please click here.

Congressman Guinta introduces the SAFE Act with Declan Gregg this afternoon.

 

Wednesday
Apr222015

US Rep Guinta announces NH-01 fishing roundtable this Friday

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta today announced a roundtable with fishing advocates, marine biologists, fishermen, local officials and other stakeholders on Friday to discuss the issues and challenges currently facing New Hampshire’s fishing industry. 

“For 400 years, New Hampshire’s fishing industry has helped sustain our local economy - providing thousands of steady jobs and millions in economic opportunities.  Unfortunately, our state’s fishermen face numerous challenges today that threaten this historic industry, including catch quotas, increased coasts, government restrictions and more.  This fishing roundtable provides me the opportunity to discuss firsthand with those affected the long list of challenges they face and solutions to strengthen this vital industry.”

 

The NH-01 Fishing Roundtable is invite only.  

Tuesday
Apr212015

US Rep Guinta introduces bipartisan bill to combat heroin overdoses 

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WASHINGTON. D.C.  – Congressman Guinta joined Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) last week in introducing legislation to help prevent prescription drug and heroin overdoses in the United States.

“Heroin and other illicit drugs are now killing more Granite Staters than traffic accidents, bringing into clear focus New Hampshire’s heroin emergency.  This is unacceptable, and must be dealt with immediately.  I have been working with and speaking to stakeholders on this issue from first responders to mental health and substance abuse counselors - among others - to identify solutions to eliminate this growing problem.  This bipartisan bill is one part of an overall strategy to tackle this by providing protection to first responders educated in administering Narcan to reverse the effects of an overdose, saving the lives of countless individuals in the process.

 

According to the Washington Post, “overdosing is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, accounting for more deaths than traffic fatalities or gun homicides and suicides. Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Methadone have quadrupled since 1999, accounting for an estimated 16,651 deaths in 2010.”

 

However, death from heroin and other opioid drugs may be prevented if the victim is administered an opioid overdose drug, such as Naloxone (also known as Narcan), in a timely manner.

 

The Opioid Overdose Reduction Act of 2015 would exempt from civil liability emergency administration of opioid overdose-reversing drugs, like Naloxone, by people who prescribe or are prescribed them.

Saturday
Apr182015

US Rep Guinta statement on passing of Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement on the passing of Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those affected by the loss of Sheriff Downing during this difficult time. Sheriff Downing worked tirelessly to improve our state as an elected official and our nation as a member of our armed services.  He will be greatly missed."

 

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