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Tuesday
Jan122016

US REP FRANK GUINTA HOSTS BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE BRIEFING TO ADDRESS ADDICTION, TREATMENT

WASHINGTON -- Representatives Frank Guinta and Anne Kuster, founding members of Congress’ Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, held a Washington, D.C., briefing today to explore treatment methods that would improve addiction recovery rates.

 

    “Republican and Democrat members from across the country are joining us to prevent more Americans from falling victim to heroin abuse, often starting with prescription opiates and ending in death for tens of thousands,” said Rep. Guinta (NH01).“For Granite Staters who have lost hope, my colleagues and I are trying to restore it – to direct more resources to a problem in desperate need of solutions.   

 

    “I was proud to help convene today’s briefing with Congressman Guinta and the Task Force. I encourage our friends in the House and the Senate to take legislative action to help us put an end to the growing heroin epidemic,” Rep. Kuster (NH02) added. 

 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drug-induced overdose deaths – opiates and heroin responsible for most – werethe leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States in 2013, the latest year for which CDC figures are available.  

 

 

Click image to watch the today’s briefing

 

    Since 2010, deaths due to heroin overdose have increased nearly 300 percent. The Task Force heard testimony about Methadone and Naltrexone, which can help addicts to avoid relapse, as well as psychological therapy, which can increase their chances of long-term success.  “Communities are the key to recovery,”said Rep. Guinta.

 

    “We need to do a better job communicating the dangers, intervening in the early stages of heroin abuse, and monitoring addicts’ progress.”

 

    He introduced the STOP ABUSE Act with Rep. Kuster to strengthen local treatment, prevention and law enforcement programs.“A big part of our job on the Task Force is to collect and share information with constituents, who may need help or know someone who does. ”

 

    At the briefing, experts from the American Psychological Association, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services also addressed Reps. Bruce Poliquin, Jackie Walorski, Steve Knight, Elizabeth Esty, Keith Rothfus, Donald Norcross, Barbara Comstock, Ryan Costello and John Sarbanes.

 

 

 

 

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Monday
Jan112016

US REP. FRANK GUINTA - BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE BRIEFING ON ADDICTION AND TREATMENT 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic will hold a Congressional Briefing on Monday in theFinancial Services Committee chamber at 2128 Rayburn House Office Building at 2:00 P.M. Republican and Democrat House members will hear from heroin addiction and recovery experts from the American Psychological Association (APA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMSHA), who will discuss addiction treatment programs producing the most successful recovery rates among heroin users:

 

Dr. Jessica Peirce

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Associate Director of Treatment Services at the Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 

Dr. Wilson Compton

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

Deputy Director

 

Dr. Melinda Campopiano

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Medical Officer for the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heroin addiction, overdose and death have doubled across the country, affecting Midwest and Northeast states in even higher proportion. Representatives Frank Guinta (NH01) and Anne Kuster (NH02), representing New Hampshire’s two congressional districts, formed the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic in 2015 to gather ideas and develop solutions to the growing nationwide problem.

 

Task Force members scheduled to appear onMonday at 2:00 P.M. are Representatives Steve Knight (CA25), Elizabeth Esty (CN05), Jackie Walorski (IN02), Ryan Costello (PA06), Keith Rothfus (PA12), Charlie Dent (PA15), Richard Neal (MA01), Bruce Poliquin (ME02), John Sarbanes (MD03), Tim Walberg (MI07), Marcy Kaptur (OH09) and Barbara Comstock (VA10).

 

LOCATION ON MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016:

Financial Services Committee Chamber

2128 Rayburn HOB

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

 

Saturday
Jan092016

US REP. FRANK GUINTA VOTES TO REDUCE FEDERAL REGULATORY BURDEN, GROW U.S. ECONOMY 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta voted this week to end cooperation between like-minded bureaucrats and outside interest groups, who shut the public and their representatives out of the federal rule-making process. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 244-173.

 

    Washington interest groups can negotiate behind closed doors with government agents to speed regulations without public input or funding authority.Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees prevents “regulation by litigation,” as Rep Guinta calls the practice, opening it up to interested parties in industry and labor, as well as consumer groups.“Those who benefit from ‘consent decrees’ are mostly regulators and special-interest lawyers in Washington,” said Rep. Guinta,“with a direct financial interest in more spending and regulation.”

 

    “I’m demanding a role for Granite Staters, who have a right to sit at the decision-making table.”New Hampshire’s First District Congressman also voted for the SCRUB Act, known as theSearching for and Cutting Regulations that Are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act. The bill would create a commission to eliminate federal regulations that fail to meet standards of due process and cost-benefit analyses. The SCRUB Act passed the House by a vote 245-174 this week.

 

     According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a pro-growth think tank, the current federal regulatory burden represents a $1.88 trillion cost to the U.S. economy – a $15,000 cost to every American each year. The Obama Administration has imposed more than twice the amount of regulatory costs as the previous one, according to the Heritage Foundation, which advocates limited government.

 

    The Hill newspaper reports 2015 was a record year for pages of federal rules and regulations, second only to 2010.“We’re being buried under mountains of red tape,” said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, who has introduced legislation to cut out-of-control federal spending.

 

     Rep. Guinta introduced the AUDIT Act to force Congress to adopt General Accounting Office recommendations to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse, potentially saving tens of billions of taxpayer dollars.“Washington doesn’t seem to live in the real world, where hardworking business people and employees, including families and entrepreneurs, must budget responsibility and plan for the future.”

 

     “We’ve been waiting years for an economic recovery that has stalled, due to federal interference, a lack of understanding of how the economy really works. I joined my House colleagues to inject some sense into a short-sighted bureaucracy that needs it.”

     

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Thursday
Jan072016

US REP. FRANK GUINTA “FIGHTING FOR QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE” 

 

CONGRESS SENDS OBAMACARE REPEAL TO PRESIDENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed theRestoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, for the first time sending Obamacare repeal legislation to the President’s desk.

 

   “Granite Staters sent me to Washington to stop the President’s reckless regulatory agenda, which is costing them jobs, income, and even their health insurance, in the case of this failing health care law,” said Rep. Guinta (NH01), whose language to repeal Obamacare’s excise tax on employer-sponsored health care benefits passed in today’s package.

 

    “After years of rising premiums, in many cases set to rise by double digits this year, simple repeal would save struggling middle-class Americans a lot of money.”

 

    President Obama is expected to veto the joint House and Senate legislation.“But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop fighting for a better approach to quality, affordable health care for Granite Staters,” said Manchester’s former mayor. Rep. Guinta added that House members have introduced bills to replace Obamacare with“patient-centered reforms that lower costs to expand coverage to millions.”

      The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that provisions under Obamacare, which passed Congress in 2010 with only Democrat votes, could mean nearly 10 million more Americans will lose employer-sponsored health coverage. According to other reports, an estimated five million lost their individual insurance plans, when Obamacare first struck.

    Most new sign-ups are the result of Medicaid expansion. Still, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced thatObamacare sign-ups have fallen almost 10 million short of expectations.  “A lot of the law’s assumptions turned out to be false,” said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.“The price went from over $900 trillion to almost two trillion dollars – from shocking to staggering.”

       Rep. Guinta also cited the President’s promise that“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” as well as his claim that Obamacare would save Americans an average of $2500 per year.Investor’s Business Daily reports that premiums have grown by an average of $4865 per person since 2008.   

   TheRestoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 will proceed to the President via an expedited legislative procedure available to Congress once each year for budget agreements. The latest contains popular bipartisan measures, such as a medical device tax repeal and Rep. Guinta’s so-called “Cadillac Tax” repeal, which have garnered Democratic support.

   “Congress is starting the New Year right, fulfilling our pledge to do the people’s work,” said Rep. Guinta. 

Saturday
Dec192015

US REP. FRANK GUINTA Says 'NO'TO $1.1 TRILLION FEDERAL SPENDING BILL 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting “No” to H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016:

 

“There are some provisions in today’s bill that I support. I’ve voted for them. In fact, I led the fight to repeal Obamacare’s onerous Cadillac tax, its medical device tax, an Internet service tax, and to increase funding to combat heroin abuse. Separately, these are good measures. However, tossed into a 2,000-plus page, $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, they are merely inducements to vote for more federal bloat and debt. Granite Staters sent me to Washington to reduce our $19 trillion national debt, burdening our struggling economy and children’s future.  In keeping with my promise to the hardworking people of New Hampshire’s First District, I voted against today’s spending package, revealed only two days ago. I will continue to fight for openness and transparency, economic reform and greater opportunity for Granite Staters, who deserve better from their government.

 

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