Concord, NH - As Frank Guinta tours the Dover nursing home today, New Hampshire voters will once again be reminded that rather than focusing on creating jobs in Washington, Guinta has voted numerous times to end Medicare as we know it and slash Social Security. New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement responding to Guinta's misleading event.
"Frank Guinta has had one priority in Washington this year, dismantling Medicare and slashing Social Secuirty benefits. Rather than look for ways we can create new jobs or grow the economy, he has repeatedly tried to take a hatchet to Social Security and Medicare, cutting benefits for hard working people who have paid into the system for decades.
"The reckless schemes Guinta has supported, like the irresponsible Ryan Plan and the dangerous 'dodge, duck, and dismantle' proposal, would making it nearly impossible for average folks, working families, and local business owners to ever hope to retire.
"As long as we are 'Frankly Speaking,' I frankly don't know how Congressman Guinta can look the seniors at the Dover nursing home in eye, after having voted numerous times to cut the Social Security and Medicare programs they rely on to survive."
Guinta's votes to end Medicare as we know it and slash Social Security:
Guinta Voted for the 2012 Republican Budget Proposal that Would "Essentially End Medicare." In April, FrankGuinta to end Medicare by supporting the Republican budget. The Wall Street Journal reported "The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills." [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]
Guinta Voted for the Cut, Cap and Balance Plan that is More Extreme than the Republican Budget. The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote: "The measure [...] stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades. [...] The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions." [H.R. 2560, Vote #606, 7/19/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
Guinta Voted to Deem the Republican Budget as Having been Passed by Congress. Representative FrankGuinta voted to end Medicare by supporting a "deeming resolution" in H. Res. 287 which states "the provisions of House Concurrent Resolution 34 [...] shall have force and effect [...] in the House as though Congress has adopted such concurrent resolution". [H. Res. 287, Vote #382, 6/1/11]
House Republicans propose Social Security opt-out. "House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation that would allow workers to partially opt out of Social Security immediately, and fully opt out after 15 years." The measure was introduced by NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (TX-32) and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) among others. [The Hill, 6/6/11]
Dallas Morning News: Dow's fall shows peril of changing Social Security. "The stock market fell again Friday, marking a six-week slump. That's bad news for investors - and bad timing for Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions and others who want to transform Social Security by creating investment accounts for workers. Sessions, who runs the Republican congressional campaign effort, has been pushing as long as he's been in the House to partly privatize Social Security. [...] Indeed, after President George W. Bush's failed push for a similar plan early in his second term, most Republicans backed away from the idea." [Dallas Morning News,6/12/11]
Guinta Said He Would Consider Privatizing Social Security. In July 2010, Guinta said that "he would consider creating personal accounts and increasing the retirement age. 'Everything has to be on the table,'" said Guinta. [New Hampshire Union Leader, 7/29/10]