Team Shea-Porter Stands By Ad, Cites Proof

New Hampshire- Team Shea-Porter responded to New Hampshire Politifact's statement disputing the full accuracy of the Vets Ad with the following statement.

“Politifact generally does good work, although there has been at times surprised and legitimate disagreement with their judgments, and their judgment about our ad on Vets has really astounded us, since WMUR fact-checked and said ‘there was at least one instance where Guinta made a vote that would cut benefits.’ We cited multiple governmental sources and articles as proof, including Time Magazine, which 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.’”  

In addition, just reading Politifact's statement shows the cuts are real:

“… White House officials and political analysts alike note the House Republicans’ budget also includes $798 billion in undefined cuts to discretionary spending... Obama campaign officials note that, if applied evenly across the board, the budget could cost the V.A. $11 billion by 2014."

We respectfully disagree with Politifact, since we have repeatedly verified and listed our sources, printed below, and we stand by our ad.

Background-

      http://www.wmur.com/news/politics/Fact-Check-1st-CD-ads-focus-on-veterans-issues/-/9857748/16739418/-/item/1/-/1da1k6/-/index.html

       http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2064039,00.html

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRQA8mTtQq0&list=UU-bVoX19ZJGz9eKzp-5oPiw&index=1&feature=plcp

       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.”