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Sep252012

Shea-Porter For Congress - Guinta’s Votes Against Veterans 

New Hampshire- Congressman Frank Guinta has repeatedly voted against veterans in FY2012 and FY2013, and now he is upset that his record is being compared to Carol Shea-Porter's record for veterans in Congress. But here are some of Congressman Guinta’s votes against veterans.

•  Guinta Voted to Cut $11 Billion from Veterans Programs. Congressman Frank Guinta voted on March 29, 2012 for the Paul Ryan Budget Plan, which the Office of Management and Budget, in their March 20, 2012 analysis (http://images.politico.com/global/2012/03/120320_budgetanalysis.html ), said "cut discretionary veterans' programs, which overwhelmingly fund medical care, by $11 billion if that cut were applied across the board." (Roll Call Vote #151 is for passage of H Con Res 112, also known as the Ryan Budget.)

•   The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in their July 28, 2011 report titled "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY 2012 Appropriations" (page 10) says, "The FY2012 budget submitted by the Administration called for funding the VA at a level of $128.27 billion for FY2012. This is an increase of $7.63 billion, or 6.3%, compared to the FY2011-enacted appropriation...HR. 2055, as passed by the House, provides total funding for the VA of $127.80 billion for FY2012."  Congressman Guinta joined the House Republicans in voting to cut $476 million to the President’s request in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

•  Congressman Guinta voted against millions in additional funding for suicide prevention and PTSD on June 14, 2011. As reported by the Library of Congress (Thomas.gov—under HR 2055, All Congressional Actions With Amendments), “The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same [HR 2055] back to the House with an amendment to increase funds for veterans medical services for post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention by $20 million and offsets it with a $25 million reduction in the Department of Veteran Affairs' information technology programs.”

• And finally, Congressman Guinta voted against increasing housing assistance for veterans twice. Congressman Guinta voted against increasing housing assistance for veterans by $75 Million.  HR 1 in 2011 completely left out funding for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH). As FactCheck.org reported on April 8, 2011, “The GOP bill would continue funding for the existing 29,950 vouchers. But it would not provide $75 million for an additional 10,000 in new vouchers, as Congress has done now for three straight years.” Time Magazine on April 8, 2011, had an article by Rajiv Srinivasan (who was a Stryker platoon leader in Afghanistan) titled “The Budget Ax: Why Homeless Veterans But Not NASCAR?” Srinivasan wrote, “Unfortunately, in the recent round of intense budget cuts in Congress, this small funding for the homeless-shelter project was slashed, along with a total of $75 million in homeless-veteran benefits.”

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement. “Congressman Frank Guinta should have voted for veterans, and he also should have stayed in Washington for another month and demanded action on HR 5683, The Veterans Jobs Corp Act. Carol, who was a military spouse, looks forward to serving again on the Armed Services Committee and working for our troops and our vets.”

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