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Shea-Porter statement on NH HCR 39-Urging Congress to privatize Social Security

New Hampshire- Today, Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement on HCR 39, a New Hampshire House Resolution which urges Congress to privatize Social Security.
"Representative Frank Guinta has sent out mailer after mailer claiming he is protecting Social Security. Now, as the New Hampshire House is looking towards a vote on a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to privatize Social Security, Rep. Guinta needs to denounce this Republican resolution that has already cleared the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee."


U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta votes for Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act

This bill removes the federal government from yet another place where it doesn’t belong.”

(Washington, DC – February 28, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) today voted for the passage of H.R. 2117, the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act.  He also co-sponsored the bill.

The measure would prevent federal intrusion into academic affairs, protect student choice in higher education, and reduce the regulatory burden on colleges and universities.

Guinta made the following statement after the House approved the bill:

“Parents and students alike are rightly concerned as the cost of a college education keeps skyrocketing –increasing five percent more than inflation last year alone.  The Obama Administration has tried to bring costs under control through a string of government controls and mandates.  Clearly, that approach hasn’t worked.

“The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act prevents unprecedented and unnecessary federal intrusion into post-secondary affairs.  It protects students and colleges alike from higher costs by eliminating the needless state authorization regulation. It also safeguards and encourages innovative methods for awarding credit by repealing the federal definition of a credit hour, and prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from defining “credit hour” in the future.

“In short, this bill removes the federal government from yet another place where it doesn’t belong.  I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this legislation, so Granite State students, parents, colleges and universities can get the protection from costly and excessive regulation they deserve.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.



US Rep Frank Guinta - ICYMI: A Recap of Rep. Frank Guinta's District Work Period 

Another Busy New Hampshire District Work Week For Congressman Guinta

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) just completed yet another very busy district work week in New Hampshire. Whether it was his Portsmouth Job Fair with over 300 attendees, a District Discussion Town Hall-style meeting in Barrington, a tugboat rescue on the Seacoast, or a visit to a Barrington small business and Somersworth elementary school, the 1st District Congressman continued his commitment to actively engage with those he represents. The following is news coverage from some of the week’s events:

Congressman Guinta hosts Job Fair in Portsmouth:

Ø 300 seek work at job fair hosted by Rep. Guinta

Ø  Fosters Daily Democrat: Job fair draws more than 300 in Portsmouth

Ø  NH Associated Press: NH job fair attracts 300 job seekers

Ø  Portsmouth Hundreds of job seekers flock to Portsmouth

Congressman Guinta onboard rescue tugboat in Portsmouth:

Click to watch NH’s WMUR’s coverage
Click to watch MA’s WHDH’s coverage

Click to watch MA’s WCVB’s coverage

Ø  WCHS, Portland: Sinking tugboat rescued in Portsmouth

Ø  My Fox Boston: Tugboat taking on water rescued by neighboring vessel

Ø  The Hill: Congressman aids in tugboat rescue mission

Ø  Roll Call: Rep. Guinta helps a tugboat

Ø Rep Guinta aboard tug as it is rescued sinking vessel

Ø (additional coverage): Rep. Guinta aboard tug as crew rescues sinking boat

Ø  Fosters Daily Democrat: Bird’s-eye view of rescue: Rep. Guinta aboard tugboat during dramatic mission

Ø  Fosters Daily Democrat (additional coverage): Tugboat taking on water in Portsmouth Harbor

Ø  NH Associated Press: NH’s Guinta aboard rescue tugboat

Ø  Portsmouth Guinta gets close look at tugboat rescue

Congressman Guinta joins in honoring News 9 reporters

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Ø  Fosters Daily Democrat: WMUR staffers honored for rescuing woman from surf in Mexico

Ø Coast Guard honors reporters for ’05 rescue

Barrington District Discussion Town Hall-style meeting

Ø  Fosters Daily Democrat: Guinta comes face-to-face with local businesses in Barrington

Ø  The Forum: Guinta to hold meeting on Feb 23rd



Frank's Footnotes: A Routine Visit Takes A Dramatic Turn 

Lending A Helping Hand: A routine visit takes a dramatic turn

Click image to watch WMUR's coverage of the story

You never know when life has something unexpected in store for you. On Tuesday afternoon, I was touring Portsmouth Harbor with local officials in a tugboat. High tides slammed another tugboat, the Miss Stacy, against the Sarah M. Long Bridge’s pilings, causing her take on water and list to one side. The tugboat I was on was diverted to assist in the rescue operation. It was an amazing experience to witness this dramatic effort up close as it unfolded. Everyone was relieved when Barry L. Watkins, Jr. and Chip Taccetta bravely jumped on the sinking tug, closed the hatches and ultimately saved it. Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt, and the Miss Stacy was eventually pulled to shore thanks to their actions and those of the U.S. Coast Guard, New Hampshire Marine Patrol, the Portsmouth and Kittery Fire Departments, and many others. Along with WMUR's coverage of the story, you can also watch footage from 7 News WHDH Boston and WCVBTV Channel 5 Boston, too.

Just hours before this incident, I spoke at a special award ceremony at U.S Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor in New Castle. Michael Garrity and Adam Sexton (both reporters for WMUR-TV) were recognized for rescuing a woman off a Mexican beach in 2005. You can watch WMUR's coverage by clicking here. Authorities say their prompt actions saved her from drowning. I told the audience we should all be ready to act at a moment’s notice whenever the need arises. I had no idea I would be reminded just a few hours later how true those words really are!

Getting Granite Staters Back to Work: 300+ show up for Portsmouth Job Fair

Wednesday’s Portsmouth Job Fair was the biggest, and most successful, of the four job fairs I’ve hosted since last June. More than 300 job seekers showed up. I talked with dozens of attendees, and was repeatedly told how helpful these events are to folks who are looking for work. Many participating employers felt so, too. One company reported  these results a few hours after the fair concluded: “15 interviews set, 45 people dropped resumes (8 positions per quarter to fill). AWESOME EVENT.” I’ve received similar feedback from many other businesses as well.

A combined total of 1,000 people attended the jobs fairs that were held in Derry, Rochester, Manchester and Portsmouth. This shows the genuine need for these events. Until our economic recovery is complete, and good middle-class jobs return in large numbers, I will continue hosting them.

In case you missed it, you can read more about the Portsmouth Job fair in the, Fosters Daily Democrat, and Portsmouth

Honoring Hard Work: Saluting Miss Manchester Lissa Silk’s fight against distracted driving

It’s always inspiring to see a young person actively involved in making New Hampshire a better place for all of us. Lissa Silk, Miss Manchester 2011-12, is one of them. This Dover resident has been recognized by for her work against distracted driving. Lissa became involved with the Drive Against Distraction campaign after several relatives were involved in distracted driving-related accidents. She has partnered with the Rochester and Dover Police Departments, speaks with students in drivers’ education classes and works with the media to promote awareness and push for tougher laws.

I presented Lissa with a special certificate of recognition this morning, and will soon enter the text from it in the Congressional Record. Lissa’s father, Don Silk, and grandmother Helen Syvinski were on hand for today’s presentation.

It’s always a pleasure to make sure outstanding young Granite Staters are recognized for their hard work and devotion to their community. Keep up the good work, Lissa!

Seeing Business Growth: My visit to TURBOCAM International

What a year can make! I spent a fantastic hour Thursday afternoon touring TURBOCAM International in Barrington. I visited there about a year before, and was impressed by all its new equipment and expanded workforce. Company executives told me the turbomachinery developing and manufacturing producer plans to hire even more employees in the future. I listened as company leaders told me what the U.S. House can do, plus what it should avoid doing, in order for it to expand as planned.

The visit was part of my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative. As your Congressman, I’m committed to doing everything I can to help New Hampshire businesses innovate, grow and put more employees on their payroll.


Shea-Porter Statement on Rep. Guinta's vote against American iron and steel

New Hampshire-   Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who is running for the NH-01 Congressional seat, released the following statement concerning Representative Frank Guinta's vote on H.Amdt. 935 (an amendment numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require that a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is not to be issued or deemed issued unless the permit applicant can certify and provide adequate documentation to FERC that at least 75% of the iron and steel to be used in domestic portion of the pipeline is produced in North America):

"I am outraged that Congressman Frank Guinta voted against "made in North America" steel and manufacturing. He and the Republican majority voted against an Amendment that would have required 75% of the steel and iron used for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline across America be North American iron and steel.  Mr. Guinta needs to explain why he voted against the North American iron and steel industry, knowing full well that China has been accused of dumping steel in America.
I spoke to Chinese officials about this when I was in office, and I stood up for American steel. Why didn't Mr. Guinta? "