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Friday
Dec042015

US REP. GUINTA, U.S. HOUSE PASS “FAST ACT” TO RESTORE NH ROADS AND BRIDGES 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta today voted for theFixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Congress’ first long-term transportation funding bill in nearly a decade. The bill solves a series of short-term funding patches and would direct $875 million over the next five years to Granite State infrastructure projects.

 

    Manchester’s former two-term mayor called the FAST Act“a gigantic win for bipartisan House and Senate cooperation, reliable transportation and local economic development.”

 

   “Today’s bill accomplishes two big goals,” he said. “The FAST Act removes uncertainty from highway construction projects, stalling month to month due to federal funding lapses, and increases funding to New Hampshire roads, bridges and more by almost $78 million over previous figures. Finally, our state can commence work on our dilapidated infrastructure.”

 

   “We have over 100 red-list bridges needing repair,” said Rep. Guinta (NH01), referring to a Department of Transportation study that ranked New Hampshire 11th out of 50 states with immediate needs.“Yet we’re only the 44th largest state, in terms of size,” said Manchester’s former mayor.

 

    He explained that his state’s harsh weather wears on infrastructure.“On the other hand,” said the Congressman, “we have a growing economy in the First District, where Interstate 93 needs widening to accommodate more traffic.” He pointed to Portsmouth’s pre-World War II Sarah Long Bridge, which broke down in 2013, as an example of aging Granite State infrastructure requiring attention.

 

     The new legislation reauthorizes federal transportation funding until 2020. Awaiting a final appropriations bill this year, today’s streamlines federal agencies and regulatory roadblocks to construction, invests in safety technology and block-grants funds to states to increase local flexibility. The last such long-term reauthorization occurred in 2005.

 

     Elimination of federal waste offsets any additional spending, said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.“There will be no new taxes,” he said. “Republicans and Democrats have joined together to do what previous Congresses have been unable to – to set our country on a responsible course into the 21st Century.”

 

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Thursday
Dec032015

US REPS GUINTA, SINEMA OFFER BALANCED-BUDGET SOCIAL SECURITY INCREASE

 

BIPARTISAN “SENIORS ACT” GRANTS RECIPIENTS ONE-TIME COST-OF-LIVING PAYMENT

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  For just the third time in 40 years, the Social Security Administration (SSA)announced in October that beneficiaries would see no cost-of-living increase next year, due to low fuel prices, driving down inflation. However, health care costs, a disproportionate amount of seniors’ expenses, are on the rise.

 

    To help vulnerable seniors meet basic needs, such as health care, housing and nutrition, Representatives Frank Guinta and Kyrsten Sinema – a Republican from New Hampshire and Democrat from Arizona, respectively – joined yesterday to introduce the SENIORS Act, a bipartisan bill granting Social Security recipients a one-time payment equal to a percentage point cost-of-living (COLA) increase.

 

    Also known as the“Saving the Earnings and Noting the Investment of Our Retired Seniors Act,” their legislation eliminates wasteful federal spending to achieve a budgetary balance.  

 

    “One third of Social Security recipients rely on benefits for90 percent of their total income,” explained Rep. Guinta, adding that many shared concerns at a town hall in Merrimack in his First District.“Our SENIORS Act is a fiscally responsible solution to helping the elderly pay their bills, especially important as New Hampshire’s harsh winter arrives. No senior should have to choose between rent and groceries.” 

 

    The Granite State’s elderly population is larger than many states’.

 

     “After a lifetime of hard work, Arizonans deserve to retire with dignity and peace of mind,” said Rep. Sinema (AZ09). “Thousands of Arizona seniors depend on Social Security to survive, and their budgets are stretched too thin. This bipartisan legislation is a commonsense, fiscally responsible solution that helps seniors keep up with the rising cost of food, energy, prescription drugs, and housing.” 

 

    The two House members, whopartnered in September to introduce the AUDIT Act, reining in federal spending, said their bill is the only bipartisan House or Senate solution that addresses the SSA’s recent decision – and the effect would be immediate. “I’m proud to offer this legislation with Congresswoman Sinema,”said Rep. Guinta (NH01). “Under our SENIORS Act, U.S. veterans would get a similar cost-of-living adjustment to their monthly VA benefits and in way that would cost taxpayers no additional money.

 

    “We’re also asking heads of relevant federal agencies to present a formula that better reflects Social Security beneficiaries’ economic conditions, so more feel a sense of real financial security,” he said. “Past generations of Americans have worked hard and paid into this fund. We should do our best to keep our promise to them.”

 

    “I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to strengthen Social Security for Arizona seniors and generations to come,” said Rep. Sinema. She is a member of theHouse Financial Services Committee with Rep. Guinta.

 

 

 

Rep. Frank Guinta and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

 

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Thursday
Dec032015

US REP GUINTA SUPPORTS HOUSE OVERRIDE OF JOB-KILLING EPA REGULATIONS 

ADMINISTRATION ENVIRONMENTAL RULES WOULD RAISE SOARING GRANITE STATE ENERGY COSTS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  With the support of Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01), the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passedtwo resolutions of disapproval of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that Rep. Guinta said would cripple the country’s energy sector and fragile economy.

 

    He pointed to studies showingenergy costs in New Hampshire are some of the most expensive in the nation, discouraging new business and manufacturing in an area losing population.“New Hampshire needs dependable energy to increase its appeal to diverse industries, reliant on low fuel costs, and to attract young workers, leaving for friendlier economic climates. The Granite State exists in a competitive national and global business environment, drawing away our best and brightest, eager to work or start families,” he said.

 

    “New England is on pace tolose ten percent of its local energy output,” elaborated Rep. Guinta. “Renewable fuels have not caught up to demand. Cutting production further, as the EPA plans to do, would raise prices in our own state, especially, where we already have enormous per-unit energy costs.

 

    The Congressional Review Act permits Congress to override federal regulations costing $100 billion or more via an expedited legislative procedure known as a Resolution of Disapproval. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates the EPA’s regulations could cost American homes and businesses $289 billion per year and 224,000 jobs nationwide. One would effectively prohibit new coal-power plants, the country’s largest source of energy. The other would institute a cap-and-trade system that Democrats, when they controlled Congress from 2008 to 2010,declined to pass into law.

 

    “I’m just as concerned about another Administration end-run around the Constitution and Congress – because the public expects its representatives to protect jobs and the economy, as well as the environment. I’ve fought to preserve New Hampshire’s natural resources and will fight to preserve low energy costs, too.”said Rep. Guinta. “We can do both.”

 

    A member of the House Financial Services Committee, the Congressman, the former mayor of Manchester, said new EPA regulations would have the heaviest impact on low- and middle-income Granite Staters, whose energy costs make up a larger share of their take-home pay.  

 

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Wednesday
Dec022015

US REPS GUINTA, KUSTER HOST DC HEROIN BRIEFING WITH FEDERAL HEALTH AND ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Frank Guinta and Annie Kuster, New Hampshire’s two U.S. House members, held the first Congressional briefing of their new Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, which they created in October.

 

   “It seems everyone in New Hampshire has a personal story to tell about the devastating effect of heroin on our communities.”said Rep. Guinta. “Rep. Kuster and I organized today’s event to share some of those stories and the latest news and information from federal agencies. I’m pleased to report real progress, as well as greater public awareness. But we still have a long way to solve a rapidly advancing health crisis.”

 

      At a U.S. Capitol auditorium, they brought together personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) –  federal agencies responsible for the country’s response to a growing heroin epidemic, which claims at least one life in the United States every day, according to Dr. Wilson Compton, Director of NIH’s Institute on Drug Abuse.

 

    “Today’s briefing was an important step towards establishing lasting solutions to end this terrible epidemic,”said Rep. Kuster. “I continue to see the impacts of this heartbreaking epidemic as I meet with affected communities and families across my district.  And in conversations with colleagues, I know that this is a nation-wide epidemic. Conversations like the ones between our panelists today are vital, and I look forward to continuing this collective effort to make a real difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction and their families.”

 

 

    Fentanyl, a legal, synthetic opiate frequently manufactured illegally and combined with heroin, was the primary topic of discussion. Agency personnel said that, because coroners rarely test for common fentanyl, which is up to 50 times more powerful that its opiate cousin, the synthetic drug could be responsible for a large share of nationwide heroin-related deaths.

 

    Heroin-related overdoses and deaths have almost doubled over the last ten years across the U.S. In the Midwest and Northeast, including New Hampshire, the numbers are higher. In October, the CDC and DEA issued a joint public heath advisory, noting an increase in pure fentanyl abuse.

 

    New Hampshire and neighboring Massachusetts rank in the DEA’s top-ten states by fentanyl seizures. Ohio ranks first. Due to the Granite State’s small size and proximity to other high-intensity drug-trafficking areas, Rep. Kuster emphasized the federal government must tightly control drugs moving across state lines.

 

    Kemp Chester, Chief of the ONDCP’s Heroin Coordination Group, said federal and state controls have successfully diminished the spread of prescription opiates like OxyContin and Oxycodone. However, with four out of five heroin addicts having initially experimented with such legal prescription drugs, he expects even more to migrate to street heroin as a substitute.

 

     SAMSHA’s Robert Lubran mentioned several new therapies to treat overdose and addiction. This year, Rep. Guinta introduced legislation to increase patients’ access to the potentially life-saving medication Naloxone. He and Rep. Kuster also introduced the STOP ABUSE Act in November to strengthen federal law enforcement, treatment and prevention measures.

 

     Their Bipartisan Heroin Task Force counts over 40 Republican and Democratic members. Nearly 100 House members and staff attended today’s briefing. “In my 18 years as a police officer,” said Congressman Steve Knight of California, “I saw firsthand the damage that heroin and other drugs inflict on families and communities. The heroin epidemic is a serious problem across this nation—from New Hampshire to California—and I want to thank Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster for their work on this important issue.”

 

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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

 

 

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