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Friday
Oct022015

US REP. FRANK GUINTA VOTES TO RAISE TROOPS’ PAY, IMPROVE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta voted today for the 2016 Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House and Senate agreement authorizes funding to programs to combat ISIS, counter threats from Iran and Russia, and arm troops on base, while adhering to a balanced budget. The NDAA prevents the transfer of terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to American soil.

 

    Rep. Guinta (NH01) issued the following statement after his vote:

 

“Protecting our national security is one of the most important of the limited duties given to our federal government in the Constitution. Without a common defense and personal safety, our rights mean little. Today’s defense authorization focuses our nation’s resources on the most serious threats to freedom and prosperity: ISIS terrorism and Iranian and Russian aggression. Bipartisan members have come together to present this coherent response. Importantly, our soldiers get a needed pay raise, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard some long-awaited infrastructure upgrades. ”

 

    This year, the House unanimously approved Rep. Guinta’s legislation prohibiting closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which employs nearly 5,000 Granite Staters. He is a member of the House Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, as well as Monetary Policy and Trade.

 

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Thursday
Oct012015

US REP. FRANK GUINTA PLANS MORE ACTION TO SAVE SEACOAST FISHERMEN 

NOAA BACKS OFF HEAVY NEW FEES THAT COULD DESTROY NEW HAMPSHIRE JOBS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under pressure from seacoast communities and Congressman Frank Guinta, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal agency that oversees New Hampshire’s fisheries, will push back by at least one month new fees it seeks to impose on the Granite State’s few remaining fishermen. 

    Rep. Guinta (NH01) said NOAA’s retreat from its proposal to charge New England anglers the cost of their at-sea monitoring, a cost the agency has typically paid, should be the beginning -- not the end -- of its effort to find other means to enforce its regulations. Already, catch restrictions have reduced Granite State boat operators to only nine.   

    “What a change from a few weeks ago, when NOAA was taking a hard line against fishermen, struggling to feed their families,” said Rep. Guinta.  “Its bureaucrats were threatening to terminate their business in the Gulf of Maine. Now, it seems they’ve found extra funds under the sofa cushions.  They should keep digging into their billion-dollar budget and cancel charges that could end a centuries-old tradition.”

Rep. Guinta speaks with the Yankee Fishermen’s Co-op in Seabrook

    Manchester’s former two-term mayor said he’s planning to quickly introduce a permanent legislative solution. “My constituents on the seacoast tell me they’re scared of their own government, trying to ‘force capitulation,’ one told me. They think they’ll face retaliation, if they go public with their situation. That’s why I’m here. We’re working together to stop this assault on a New Hampshire way of life.”

 

    NOAA originally proposed to shift the burden of contracting at-sea monitors to fishermen themselves in November. The figure could total thousands of dollars a month per vessel and still become reality in December.

 

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Thursday
Sep102015

US Rep. Guinta Continues Fight Against NH's Heroin Epidemic 

 

House Unanimously Passes H.R. 1725 and H.R. 1462

 

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1725, the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act of 2015 and H.R. 1462, Protecting our Infants Act of 2015. 

 

These pieces of legislation seek to address the issue of heroin and opioid abuse.  The first bill reauthorizes the national prescription drug monitoring program, while the second bill passed to combat the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

 

“We must continue to work toward establishing an opioid prescription drug database that will allow pharmacies to monitor the flow of these highly addictive drugs across state lines. The over-prescription of these drugs has led to the spike in heroin abuse as users continue to seek a cheaper alternative drug to the expensive street value of prescription opioid narcotics.

 

Toward that end, I also supported legislation that would combat the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome. With opioid prescription rates rising dramatically over the past several years, there has also been a rise of neonatal abstinence syndrome. These two pieces of important legislation play a crucial role in various aspects of the heroin abuse epidemic throughout the Granite State.”

 

The Congressman is currently working on his own piece of bipartisan legislation to fight against the heroin epidemic in New Hampshire.  Already this term, he has authored an amendment to increase funding for our nation’s drug courts, as well as cosponsored three pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at tackling the heroin abuse epidemic.

 

 

Friday
Sep042015

NH DHHS - Temporary Relocation of Manchester District Office Operations

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is relocating operations for the Manchester District Office. While

the Department continues to pursue a long-term District Office location in

Manchester, DHHS staff working at the current location at 195 McGregor

Street will temporarily relocate to other DHHS offices effective September

8, 2015.



To limit disruptions for DHHS clients in Manchester, Division of Client

Services staff who interact with DHHS clients in person will relocate to

the Stark Building at 1234 River Road in Manchester, where they will

continue to meet with clients after the move. New Hampshire Employment

Program staff is moving to 60 Rogers Street, Suite 201, where they will

hold all meetings and appointments. Manchester DO staff in the Division of

Children, Youth and Families, the New Hampshire Employment Program, the

Division of Child Support Services, and the Bureau of Elderly and Adult

Services will work out of other DHHS offices.



While the physical address will change, the mailing address and all phone

numbers for Manchester DO staff will remain unchanged.



“We are working with the staff in Manchester to limit disruptions during

this short-notice and unexpected move,” said Mary Ann Cooney, Associate

Commissioner, DHHS Office of Human Services. “Ensuring our clients continue

to receive services in the timely and professional manner they have come to

expect is our top priority. While understandably challenging, this is a

temporary situation as we continue to seek a new, permanent location for

the Manchester District Office.”



Interruption to business operations will be minimized as much as possible.

Relocation will begin at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 4 and is expected to

last through Thursday, September 10, during which time some voicemail or

email accounts for some staff members may not be in service. Individuals

unable to reach Manchester DO staff during the relocation can call (800)

852-3345 for assistance. All Manchester District Office mail should

continue to be sent to 195 McGregor Street, South Tower, Suite 110,

Manchester, NH 03102.



DHHS will host a public meeting to answer questions about the temporary

relocation at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015, in the chapel of the

Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester. For more information, visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov.

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Friday
Aug212015

US Rep Guinta Visits Eastern Slopes Regional Airport for Expansion Update 

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta visited the Eastern Slopes Regional Airport (ESRA) in Fryeburg, ME to meet with the Board of Directors to discuss their action plan for infrastructure development and airport expansion. Airports are a vital part of New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure and promote local economic development and job creation.

 

ESRA is the only aviation access point for North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley area. During his visit, Congressman Guinta met with a member of the airports Board of Directors, Carl Thibodeau, to discuss its existing infrastructure as well as participate in a detailed walkthrough of the airports future expansion plans.

 

The Eastern Slopes and Mt Washington Valley area is one of the state’s most popular tourist areas, but remains one of the least accessible for air travel with no New Hampshire regional airport inside a 50 mile radius.  Tourism is our state’s second largest industry, creating thousands of jobs and countless economic opportunities for small businesses, it is imperative that these areas be accessible. The expansion and improvement of the Eastern Slopes Airport is vital to strengthening our state’s tourism industry and I look forward to continuing to work with local and federal stakeholders to see this project through to a successful completion.”

 

Congressman Guinta hosted a roundtable with airport authorities in April and as a result ESAA board members were able to apply for a grant, issued by the Northern Border Regional Commission, that would fund the improvements needed to help maintain the airports role as a leader of the region’s transportation infrastructure.

 

Congressman Guinta and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) sent letters to the Northern Border Regional Commission in support of the funding. Both the Conway and Fryeburg municipalities have unanimously voted in support of investing in the airport and the MaineDOT has agreed to contribute a matching share. 

 

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