US Rep Frank Guinta - Frank's Footnotes: My Fight Against Rising Gas Prices

Getting The Gas We Need: My fight to keep fuel costs low

Whether you filled your car’s gas tank this week, or are a senior citizen trying to come up with the cash to heat your home, we’re all getting stung as gas and oil prices keep moving sharply upward. Be assured I’m paying close attention to these rising prices that are hitting you hard right in your wallet.

I’ve actively supported legislation that embraces an “all of the above” approach to energy production since I came to Congress last year. On Thursday, I voted for H.R. 3408 – the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act. This legislation is a bipartisan plan to expand offshore energy production, safely open small parts of ANWR for oil and natural gas production, encourage the development of 1.5 trillion barrels of oil shale in the West, and approve the much-needed Keystone XL pipeline. It would create over 1.2 million jobs, raise over $4.3 billion in new federal revenues and lower gas prices. Although I was the only Representative from New England to support this bill, I was glad it passed with a bipartisan vote of 237-187.

I’m also fighting to fully fund fuel assistance for thousands of seniors and low-income Granite Staters. A more limited government requires setting priorities, and fully funding LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) should be one of them. I recently joined my House colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama, asking him to at least maintain LIHEAP’s current funding level. Sadly though, that isn’t reflected in his new budget proposal I will discuss later. In fact, he’s trying to cut it by $452 million next year. That would cause hardship for thousands of Granite Staters who rely on LIHEAP to keep warm during our long New England winters. I will continue to keep you updated on my efforts to lower fuel costs and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Shining The Job Spotlight On Portsmouth: Ready for my next Job Fair on Wednesday

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Final preparations are underway for the special job fair I’m hosting in Portsmouth next Wednesday, February 22. Representatives from nearly 40 employers will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at Great Bay Community College, located at 320 Corporate Drive. A total of 650 attendees attended the three job fairs I held last year in Derry, Rochester and Manchester, and I’m expecting next week’s event to be just as successful as they were. Click here to learn more about next week's job fair.

People often tell me one of the things they enjoy most about these Job Fairs is they return the human connection to job seeking. If you’ve looked for work recently, you know most employers require you to apply for jobs online. Your resume and application are tossed into a giant electronic pile… and then you wait. Things are different at these job fairs. Employers and would-be employees meet face to face, and job seekers get to pitch skills and talents that aren’t often easily apparent from reading a resume. Be sure to tell your relatives, neighbors and friends about this job fair and I look forward to seeing you in Portsmouth on Wednesday.

The Portsmouth Job Fair is a part of my ongoing "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" initiative.  Click here to learn more about it!

President Obama's New Budget Proposal: Like A Bad Movie You’ve Seen Too Many Times Before

As I mentioned earlier, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 on Monday. Regrettably, it’s like a bad movie you’ve seen too many times before. It’s just more of the same: more spending, more deficits, more taxes. It projects $3.8 trillion in spending, including billions for yet another round of short-term, stimulus-style spending instead of a serious plan for long-term job creation, a deficit of nearly $1 trillion, and seeks to impose at least $1.5 trillion in new taxes on small businesses and families over the next decade.

President Obama told us the deficit would be cut in half by the end of his first term. Instead, his policies produced multiple trillion dollar deficits and the largest debt we’ve ever had (as a percentage of our economy) since World War II.

As a member of the House Budget Committee, I’m already helping write a budget for FY 2013 that will focus on cutting wasteful spending and creating an environment where job creation flourishes. I look forward to updating you on our budget process, and progress, in the coming weeks.

Keeping In Touch: Nearly 7,500 Granite Staters participate in Tele-Town Hall call

For one hour Thursday evening, I talked with almost 7,500 fellow Granite Staters during a Tele-Town Hall conference call. I answered a wide range of questions covering everything from medical care for military veterans to the outlook for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s future. They also wanted to know what steps Congress can take to help our economy recover and grow jobs. Tele-Town Hall calls let me stay in touch with the people I serve while I’m working in Washington. I get to tell callers about the latest developments in Congress, and have the opportunity to go into greater detail than the typical twenty second TV news sound bite covers. Best of all, it keeps Granite Staters informed without leaving the comfort of their home, and gives me the opportunity to connect with thousands of people at the same time. I hope you’ll join me for my next Tele-Town Hall call in the near future.