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US Rep Guinta - Bipartisan bill to protect fishermen passes House  


WASHINGTON. D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan H.R. 774 – the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 to enhance the enforcement authority of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to regulate illegal fishing and protect Granite State fishermen from unfair and illegal competition.


In 2012, Congressman Guinta was the lead Republican sponsor of a similar measure, H.R. 4100 - the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2011 - with lead sponsor Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo of Guam.  

 “For nearly 400 years, our Seacoast region has provided Granite Staters with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic opportunities annually thanks to our fishermen, whose efforts also support our tourism and hospitality industries.  Unfortunately, there are individuals knowingly and willingly breaking our nation’s fishing laws.  I have worked on the issue of IUU fishing for a number of years now, and this bipartisan bill is a great first step to ensuring Granite State fishermen are not subject to unfair and illegal competitive disadvantages.”

The bill also increases capacity for inspection, identification, and monitoring of illegal foreign vessels, amends several international agreements to incorporate civil and criminal penalties, and broadens data sharing authority with foreign governments in order to identify and penalize nations that do not comply with fisheries management regulations.


Congressman Guinta was the lead republican sponsor of a similar bill in the 112th Congress. 


To read the text of the bill, please click here.


US Rep Guinta statement on passage of REINS Act 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, to rein in Washington’s out-of-control regulatory machine by requiring a congressional vote before any regulation or rule costing more than $100 million goes into effect.  


“Right now, American job creators and households are being buried under an avalanche of federal regulations – costing small businesses over a trillion dollars per year and countless hours to ensure its compliance with these rules and regulations.  Small businesses are the backbone of New Hampshire’s economy; and, Congress must do everything in its power to eliminate hurdles preventing business growth, new jobs and competition. 


The REINS Act prevents the Obama Administration from issuing further harmful and expensive regulations by requiring Congressional approval in a fast, efficient and accountable manner.”


According to a 2014 report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, businesses pay around $1.86 trillion each year.  The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that compliance with federal regulation costs manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees $34,671 a year. 


The REINS Act guarantees that no major regulation over $100 million becomes effective until Congress approves it.  Furthermore, it guarantees a fast up or down vote within 70 legislative days.


To read H.R. 427, please click here.




US Rep Guinta on Iran Deal!


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today following the announcement that the Obama administration had reached a final agreement in nuclear negotiations with Iran:


“President Obama’s deal with Iran raises major concerns for not only our national security; but, also the overall stability of the Middle East.  First, the deal provides for a ‘where necessary, when necessary’ inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites rather than an ‘anytime, anywhere’ access.  Nuclear inspectors should have unfettered access to verify that the Iranians are comporting with the agreement.  Secondly, the deal relieves economic sanctions with very little in return, which could result in increased terrorist activity.  And, the deal has the potential to set off an arms race in the Middle East as the breakout time needed to create a bomb becomes considerably less. 


This deal is bad for our nation.  It’s bad for our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel.  And, it’s bad for the Middle East region.  I will continue to follow this closely as a vote in Congress nears.”


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NHDP - Frank Guinta Dodges Questions About His Years Of Lies In Alton 

Concord, N.H. – As the Frank Guinta problem Kelly Ayotte created by propping him up throughout his years of lies continues, Guinta dodged questions in Alton about accepting illegal campaign contributions and lying to Granite Staters for five years.  
See coverage roundup below:
Laconia Citizen: Guinta dodges questions on finance scandal in Alton
U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta ducked questions about a recent fine from the Federal Election Commission during a town hall meeting in Alton, on Saturday.
Held in the Gilman Library, the event was Guinta’s first time speaking to a group of constituents since the commission ruled he accepted $355,000 in illegal campaign contributions from his parents.
Guinta has since been ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and repay the money back to his parents. He claims money belonged to him, as he made contributions and managed a “family pot” of finances.
Outside the library, six protestors held signs reading “Goodbye Frank,” Frank, your mom wants her money back,” and “Frank Guinta is a damned liar,” a reference to an editorial published in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“We’re here to ask Frank Guinta to do the right thing and resign,” said Barnstead resident Tess Smith. “We just feel that his own party isn’t supporting him anymore, he needs to resign.”
… Democratic congressional candidate Shawn O’Connor rose and approached Guinta with petitions he said were signed by more than 4,000 Granite Staters calling for his resignation. Flanked by his staff, Guinta immediately left the room, got in his car and left while being chased by members of the press.
Back in the library, O’Connor called the town hall meeting a “sham” and told a huddle group of reporters that he tried several times to ask Guinta questions but was never called on.
“Clearly you could see that the strategy here was to talk a lot at the beginning and then after that to talk as he could on each planted question so that he didn’t have to take any unplanted questions,” O’Connor said.
When asked whether O’Connor believed Guinta staffers deliberately invited people and predetermined who would be called on, he replied that there was “something awry.”
“It certainly appeared to be one (a plant) to me,” O’Connor said. “I can’t speak for what’s going on in the Guinta campaign.” [Full story]
Concord Monitor: Frank Guinta did not address FEC violations in his first town hall since findings were released
U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta saved about a half hour of his town hall meetingSaturday morning for questions from the public.
… But as the town hall drew to a close, Guinta did not take the time to respond to the final comment from an audience member: a call for his resignation.
“Congressman Guinta, I have here a petition signed by 4,000 people who have asked you to resign. I’d like to give it to you,” said Shawn O’Connor, a Bedford Democrat who is challenging Guinta for his first congressional district seat in the 2016 election, while holding a manila envelope. Guinta, who had additional events scheduled to attend after the town hall, exited the room without responding to O’Connor.
… Before entering the library, Horrigan stood with a sign that read “Frank Guinta is a damned liar,” the quote from the New Hampshire Union Leader’s six-word editorial in May. Holding signs with Horrigan were Lew Henry of Gilmanton Iron Works and Steve and Tess Smith of Center Barnstead, with messages such as “Frank, your mom wants her money back” and “Frank, what’s in your wallet?”
Bob Perry of Strafford stood nearby, also holding a protest sign. For five years, he has been following “the continuing saga of the campaign finance violations,” he said.
“This is no small matter,” he said. “People should be outraged.”  [Full story]
WMUR: Guinta holds first event since backlash over illegal campaign funds
… Protesters lined the front steps of the Gilman Library holding signs and looking for answers.
"People complain about the corruption in Washington. We have this opportunity here to do something about it," said Bob Perry, of Strafford.
Some hoped to talk with Guinta after the federal election commission released its report showing he used funds from his parents’ bank account that far exceeded the legal contribution limit.
"It’s sort of amazing that he hasn't resigned and amazing simply that he hasn't addressed the issue at all," said Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham.
… O’Connor, the only declared Democratic challenger for the 2016 election, said he tried to ask Guinta about why he hasn't resigned but he said he wasn't asked to speak.
"There were many people in the room with their hands up but the only people that were called were people that weren't even raising their hands who had been planted in the room," he said. [Full story]
NH1: Guinta holds first town hall since financial scandal
… At his first town hall since the scandal, Guinta did not make mention of the campaign finance investigation. He took only five questions during the one-hour discussion.
… Several protesters held signs outside, calling the Congressman a "liar" and demanded his resignation.
"I feel that he hasn't been honest," said Tess Smith. "And I'm still really disgusted that he called Carol Shea-Porter a liar." [Full story]


US Rep Guinta Announces We the People Initiative

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) launched a new initiative entitled “We the People.”  The purpose of which is to facilitate increased feedback from Granite Staters whose ideas have already led to legislation the Congressman has introduced and ushered through the House of Representatives. 

“Ultimately, Washington can only govern effectively when you are invested, you are involved and you are informing your representatives as to what the Congress should be focusing on.  For our republic to work, you must be in charge.  The “We the People” Initiative serves to make my office available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I encourage everyone to email, call or text me to share your thoughts and ideas so that I may continue working to make Washington work for the great state of New Hampshire.”


With the help and feedback of key organizations, stakeholders and constituents in New Hampshire, Congressman Guinta has been able to get two pieces of legislation passed unanimously by the House of Representatives – including an amendment to prevent the closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and an amendment to increase funding for our nation’s drug courts.


Congressman Guinta is currently working on drafting a bipartisan bill to address our heroin epidemic to be released this summer and encourages those affected by this growing epidemic to participate in the “We the People” Initiative to introduce the best bill to help curb this issue.


Congressman Guinta encourages all constituents of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District to participate in this new initiative by emailing or by calling or texting 603.250.6850.


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