Manchester, NH – Congressman Guinta has decided that it is important for congressional candidates to weigh in on state issues, yet in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, he has dodged questions about why he voted to cut funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Congressman Guinta voted for the Ryan budget which cuts disaster preparation and response, and passed a continuing resolution that provided $3 billion less in disaster funding than requested by the President.
“Congressman Guinta has a heartless record of voting to cut the funding for FEMA, money that communities depend on for disasters,” said Carol Shea-Porter. “Now, he needs to explain whether or not he agrees with Mitt Romney that FEMA should be privatized or left to the states. New Hampshire, which has just received a federal emergency declaration, deserves to know why he voted against protecting the state and its citizens.”
Romney’s budget cuts FEMA, on its face, by 40%. Romney has vowed to cut federal spending to less than 20 percent of GDP by 2016 without touching entitlements or defense. That means that non-defense discretionary spending--which includes FEMA aid--would have to be reduced by an eye-popping 40 percent. The Romney campaign won't say whether FEMA would be spared from those cuts but stresses that the necessary funding would be available.” Washington Post.
On September 23, 2011, Guinta voted in favor of HR 2608, a continuing resolution meant to fund the federal government through November 18, 2011. The legislation provided $3.65 billion for disaster assistance, roughly $3 billion less than what the Office of Management estimated the federal government needed in funding. [HR 2608, Vote #727, Office of Management and Budget, 9/5/11; The Hill, 9/23/11]
Ryan budget could hammer storm aid, critics say: Mitt Romney says he wants to give states more power to deal with disasters like Sandy. But his running mate’s budget plan would threaten states’ ability to respond to massive storms, some experts say. Paul Ryan’s House-passed budget would cut non-defense discretionary funding by 22 percent starting in 2014, according to the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which said in an August report that about one-third of that money goes to state aid for a range of needs including disaster response. [Politico, 10/30/2012]