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Saturday
Jan232016

AT NEW ENGLAND COUNCIL, REP. FRANK GUINTA LOOKS BACK ON 2015, FORWARD TO NEW YEAR 

MANCHESTER, NH – Congressman Frank Guinta addressed the New England Council (NEC) today, speaking with members of the nonpartisan business organization about his efforts to improve New Hampshire’s economy and job market, as well as other local issues, such as the Seacoast’s fisheries and an increasingly deadly heroin epidemic.

 

    “We invited the Congressman to talk about his work in Congress to improve the business and employment climate in New Hampshire and wider region,” said NEC Executive Vice President Larry Zabar, “as well as our quality of life. In addition to his legislation to reduce harmful taxes and regulation, members were interested to learn about his bills to help the Northeast fishing industry – on life support -- and to stop drug trafficking and abuse.”

 

    Rep. Guinta (NH01) co-founded the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic and introduced the STOP ABUSE Act to increase federal treatment, prevention and law enforcement programs, including a stronger prescription pill monitoring program and stronger monitoring of high-intensity drug trafficking areas, one stretching north through New Hampshire from Massachusetts.

 

    “The business community is as concerned as everyone else about the heroin epidemic,” said Rep. Guinta, Manchester’s former mayor, who this week visited a local Internet start-up and a medical device manufacturer, in addition to an addiction treatment center in Rochester.“Granite Staters who could be productive members of society are abandoning their skills and talents and dropping out the workforce. We need them back at work, healthy, happy, and contributing.”

 

    The Congressman also addressed an historic New Hampshire industry, dying on the Seacoast, before turning to international developments. In 2015, Rep. Guintaintroduced legislation to prevent the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from raising fees on Northeast fishermen -- only a few Granite State boat operators remain – and he will introduce a bill in the next few weeks to investigate the agency’s finances, he said.

 

    “The topic on everyone’s mind, however, was Iran,” said Rep. Guinta. Congress will soon vote to restore sanctions on the Islamic Republic, which captured 10 American sailors recently.

 

    “Events abroad affect our sense of security here at home,” Rep. Guinta told the NEC audience.“To help foster economic stability and confidence, the United States must project international leadership. Our trading partners, in addition to security partners, are depending on a more forceful defense of our principles.”

 

    The event took place at the Bedford Village Inn south of Manchester.

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Friday
Jan222016

SUCCESSFUL MANCHESTER START-UP PILLPACK WELCOMES REP. FRANK GUINTA 

STAFF, EXECUTIVES DESCRIBE PHARMACY’S IMPACT ON NEW HAMPSHIRE JOBS

 

 

MANCHESTER, NH -- PillPack, a New Hampshire pharmaceutical start-up, employing over 200 Granite Staters, welcomed Congressman Frank Guinta to its Manchester offices today.

 

   The company, a high-tech pharmacy, which pre-sorts and delivers customized prescriptions and vitamins to patients nationwide, recently raised $50 million in venture capital to expand its e-commerce business, as well as brick-and-mortar locations.

 

    “New Hampshire is increasingly becoming home to the country’s most innovative start-ups, including PillPack, distinguishing itself for its novel approach to the marketplace and personalized service to patients, looking for quick access to accurate prescriptions,”said Rep. Guinta (NH01).

 

    The Congressman, Manchester’s former mayor, is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.“By reducing confusion – separating and labeling individual doses – PillPack is also helping to improve consumer safety,” he said.“That’s important in the midst of an addiction crisis, which for many starts with over-prescribed opiates.”

 

    “PillPack is ensuring proper delivery,” said Rep. Guinta.

 

    “We invited Congressman Guinta to see our advanced operations and are excited about his leadership and support in Congress,” said CEO T.J. Parker, a pharmacist by training and Internet entrepreneur, who co-founded the start-up company in 2013.

 

    “He understands PillPack’s unique offerings and technology, which have helped us grow into a best-in-class pharmacy,”said Parker. “Frank has been a real champion for our employees and customers.”

 

    The Congressman spoke about his efforts to decrease federal taxes and regulations, in order to increase competition, as well as PillPack’s ability to expand to more regions.“Bureaucratic red tape between PillPack and patients with chronic medical conditions is hampering their treatment,” he explained.

 

    “I’m doing everything I can in Congress to reduce health care monopolies and costs, while advancing Granite State jobs and progress.

 

 

CEO T.J. Parker explains PillPack’s success to Rep. Guinta

 

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Tuesday
Nov242015

NH DHHS - Holiday Food Safety 

Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Season



Concord, NH – As we enter the busy holiday season, the Department of Health

and Human Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section is promoting important

food safety practices by encouraging residents to follow some simple tips

to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and

Campylobacter.



“Don’t let germs ruin your holiday activities by not taking proper

precautions against foodborne disease,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting

Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. “There are

simple tips for safe food preparation that we should all be following every

day, not just at holidays. Sometimes at large family gatherings our

attention may not be focused as closely on safe food handling and this can

present an opportunity for bacteria to be introduced.”



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there

are 31 pathogens known to cause foodborne illness. Every year there are an

estimated 48 million cases of illness, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000

deaths in the United States due to foodborne diseases. Symptoms can vary

depending on the illness, but some common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal

cramps, and nausea. It is difficult to say with certainty which microbe is

causing a given illness without laboratory testing.



The following simple precautions should always be followed by cooks and

food service workers to reduce the possibility of anyone becoming sick:





Separate: Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods

and always wash them after use. Do not cut raw vegetables on the same

cutting board as raw meat. Avoid cross contamination. Wash any

utensil after preparing one food item before going on to the next

item.





Clean: Always wash hands before touching any food. Wash hands and

surfaces often during food preparation and afterward.





Cook: Make sure all meats are thoroughly cooked by using a meat

thermometer: turkey, stuffing, and casseroles to 165ºF; veal, beef,

and lamb roasts to 145ºF; and ham, pork, ground beef, and egg dishes

to 160ºF. When reheating, leftovers should be thoroughly heated to

165ºF.





Chill: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. The

refrigerator should be maintained at 40ºF or lower and the freezer

should be at 0ºF or lower. Keep hot foods hot, 140ºF or hotter, and

cold foods cold, 40ºF or below. Never defrost food at room

temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water bath, or

in the microwave. When using a microwave, meat must be cooked

immediately after. Marinate foods in the refrigerator.





Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to the NH Department of

Health and Human Services by calling 603-271-4496. Often calls from

concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public

health official calls you to talk about an outbreak your cooperation

is important, even if you are not ill.





For more information, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov , www.usda.gov,  www.cdc.gov , or

http://www.fightbac.org/. To report a foodborne outbreak, call the DHHS

Division of Public Health Services at 603-271-4496.

Saturday
Nov212015

US REP. GUINTA TO HOST MILTON SENIORS' TOWN HALL ON MONDAY 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) will host a town hall event on Monday at the Milton Town Hall, he announced today.“At Milton on Monday, seniors will learn about my efforts in Congress to obtain a Social Security cost of living increase for them,”he said. “We’ll also talk about the subject on everyone’s mind, recent terrorist attacks and the refugee crisis.”

 

The Congressman voted for the SAFE Act yesterday to halt the country’s refugee program, until proper security measures are in place. The Milton town hall will be Rep. Guinta’s 13th this year. It will be open to the media and take place at the following location:

 

A Seniors’ Town Hall with Rep. Frank Guinta

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

3:00PM – 4:00 PM

 

AT:

 

Milton Town Hall

424 White Mountain Highway

Milton, NH 03851

 

 

Saturday
Nov212015

US REP. FRANK GUINTA BRINGS FED AGENCY CHAIRWOMAN MATZ TO MEET NEW HAMPSHIRE CREDIT UNIONS 

GRANITE STATERS AIR CONCERNS ABOUT OVER-REGULATION OF STRUGGLING LOCAL LENDERS

 

MANCHESTER, NH – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) convened a meeting today for New Hampshire credit unions with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the federal regulator that oversees their shrinking business, due, they say, to the independent agency’s increasing authority outside Congressional control.

 

    NCUA Chairwoman Debbie Matz traveled to New Hampshire for the event.“It was an opportunity for community lenders to voice their concern about an overreaching Washington agency, hurting small Granite State banks and economies,” said Rep. Guinta.“We pressed Chairwoman Matz to stay true to her agency’s promised Year of Regulatory Relief. So far, results have been meager."

 

     Non-profit credit unions provide financial credit to geographic areas or similar industries. 2010’s Dodd-Frank law allows the NCUA to regulate them like big banks with more resources. As a result, credit unions have shrunk in number, consolidating to cope with government demands, leaving small and rural communities, in particular, with fewer options.

 

    “Credit is still hard to come by for Granite Staters seeking home, business and car loans. It’s a constant refrain I hear from my constituents and also nationally,” said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.

 

    “Dodd-Frank and the Administration’s execution has helped Wall Street to the detriment of Main Street, where many middle-class Americans have not recovered from the economic downturn. Ten percent higher compliance costs at community financial institutions are undercutting their ability to offer low rates and personal service.”

 

     Rep. Guinta said the NCUA is part of a trend of concentrating power in Washington, D.C.“Like other independent agencies, the NCUA receives funding through industry fees, rather than through an open Congressional appropriations process. The danger is bureaucrats there might believe they are above reproach.”

 

    He elaborated that, under its current leader, the agency has never held a budget hearing or published an advance copy of its budget, which has grown at a double-digit rate.  

    

    Credit unions in Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Rochester attended today’s event, which the New Hampshire Credit Union League helped to organize. “New Hampshire is home to the nation’s first credit union,” said Rep. Guinta, Manchester’s former mayor. “We’re making sure our tradition of local banks with local understanding continues.”

 

 

 

 

 

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