Concord - The vote to extend unemployment benefits in the U.S. House of Representatives failed yesterday, abandoning thousand of Americans and Granite Staters struggling to find work. The vote was a suspension of the rules, and required 2/3rd support, the final tally was 258 - 154.
At the Seacoast Republican Women's Forum in August, Frank Guinta unequivocally announced that he would join the far right wing of his party in opposing the extension of benefits for people who lost their jobs.
"Frank Guinta has made clear he stands against New Hampshire's working families," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "In January, citizens of the first district will have a Congressman who is standing with the far right extreme of his party instead of the voters he is supposed to represent."
Unemployment benefits, which average about $300 per week, have been supported by numerous economists from both sides of the isle. They are one of the most effective ways to boost economic growth, far more effective than permanent tax cuts.
"Frank Guinta is out of touch with Granite State values," continued Kirstein. "And as a result New Hampshire families will suffer."