US Rep. Guinta ends first week in Congress with two significant votes

Votes to cut House office funding by 5% and to allow debate on repealing Health Care Reform Act

(Washington – January 7, 2011)   Representative Frank Guinta (NH-01) ended a busy first week on Capitol Hill by casting a pair of important votes.

Exactly 24 hours after being sworn-in to Congress, Guinta joined his fellow Republicans and many Democrats Thursday in voting to cut Congressional staff funding by 5 percent.  House leadership estimates the move will save taxpayers $32.2 million in 2011.  The resolution is effective for the next two years.

Guinta says the vote shows the new 112th Congress is serious about cutting federal spending.

“When you have a $14 trillion federal debt, slicing off $32 million is just a drop in the bucket,” Guinta said. “But it is a start, and it sends an important signal.  If Congress is serious about bringing spending under control, we had to start here.  I’m eager to cut my own office budget to demonstrate that we’re ready to ‘walk the walk, not talk the talk’.  This isn’t the end of the fight to restore fiscal sanity to Washington; it’s the opening shot.”

On Friday morning, Guinta voted for a House rule to allow repeal of last year’s Health Care Reform Act.  That made it possible for the House to begin debating the repeal of one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed in decades.

“The people spoke loudly at the polls last November, saying they want this massive hijacking of our nation’s healthcare system overturned,” Guinta explained.  “Now it’s time for Congress to honor that mandate and do away with this jobs-killing, intrusive monstrosity.  We must act swiftly to preserve the quality of health care that Americans rely on, to keep the government out of your relationship with your family doctor, and to unshackle small businesses from the oppressive burden that the Health Care Reform Act places on them.  This bill was a bad idea in 2010, and we’re going to lay it to rest in 2011.”

To Guinta, both votes are an important fulfillment of what he told voters last year.  “When you run for office as a conservative, you should vote like a conservative once you are in office,” he said.  “I am ready to translate good intentions into good actions, and to produce good results for the people of New Hampshire.”