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Saturday
Feb042012

US Rep Guinta praises House passage of budget process reform bills

(Washington – February 3, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) issued the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act and H.R. 3582, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act. H.R. 3578 both won House approval this week.  They now go onto the Senate for consideration. Rep. Guinta is a member of the House Budget Committee.

“Americans have rightfully lost trust in our budget process.  For too long, Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle have used budgetary gimmicks to give the illusion of spending cuts.  For too long, Washington has made legislative decisions without considering the long-term affects those actions will have on our economy.

“Although this is only the first step in reforming a broken process, these two bills will go a long way in finally repairing it.”

Summary of the bills:

-          H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act

o   This bill would tighten the rules the government currently follows when crafting a budget by removing the assumption that discretionary spending automatically increases with inflation on a yearly basis.  With the current inflation assumption, budgetary baselines —against which new budget legislation is considered— build in automatic spending increases every year.

-          H.R. 3582, the Pro–Growth Budgeting Act

o   This bill would require that for major legislation, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) must prepare an analysis of the effect that legislation could have on the U.S. economy.  This analysis must include an estimate of the changes in economic output, employment, capital stock, and tax revenues resulting for the enactment of the proposal.

 

Saturday
Feb042012

Frank's Footnotes: No Raises for Members of Congress 

Thursday
Feb022012

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta votes to continue pay freeze for Members of Congress and federal workers 

(Washington, DC – February 1, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) voted in favor of H.R. 3835 this evening, which would extend the pay limit for Members of Congress and federal employees for another year.  Doing that would save taxpayers $26.2 billion dollars.  The House approved the bill in a vote of 309 to 117.

Guinta said afterward:

“Some of the very first votes I cast in Washington cut my own office’s budget by a total of 11.4%.  I’ve also voted to freeze my own pay and have co-sponsored legislation that would eliminate automatic pay raises for Members of Congress once and for all.

“With millions of Americans struggling to find a good-paying job, it’s only right that we in the House freeze our own pay and that of government workers, who statistically earn more in combined wages and benefits than their counterparts in the private sector.  Granite Staters can be assured I will continue fighting to change the status quo in Washington and vote for legislation that keeps the middle class first, not Members of Congress or bureaucrats.”

 

Wednesday
Feb012012

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta statement on CBO Director's testimony about annual budget & economic outlook

“Another Year of a Trillion Dollar Deficit Is Unacceptable;

Four Straight Years Are Inexcusable.”

(Washington, DC – February 1, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) issued the following statement after Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf’s testimony at today’s House Budget Committee hearing. The CBO released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook yesterday.   Representative Guinta is a member of the House Budget Committee.

The new report projects the federal government’s budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion for the fourth year in a row.  With the national debt on pace to grow to unsustainable levels in the years ahead, the CBO estimates that economic growth will remain sluggish and the unemployment rate will exceed 9 percent in both 2013 and 2014. (Click here to view the report).

Another year of a trillion dollar deficit is unacceptable; four straight years are inexcusable. This new report underscores an undeniable fact: the fiscal disaster of crushing debt and ballooning deficits are no longer a problem on the horizon for future years; they’re now today’s problem.  If we don’t reverse course from the failed policies of out of control spending, the country we will leave to our children and grandchildren will be far different from the one we know today.  Politicians from both parties are responsible for creating our national debt, and it will take both parties to get us out of it. 

“We must work together to solve this problem.  For that to happen, the Senate needs to finally join the House in passing a federal budget, and the Obama Administration must reverse course and embrace the pro-jobs policies Americans are demanding.”

Wednesday
Feb012012

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta visits Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Reiterates his strong commitment to keeping it open 

 

 

Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) with his family and congressional staff touring the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the USS San Juan on January 28, 2012

 

(Washington – January 31, 2012)    U.S. Representative Frank Guinta visited the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Saturday, January 28th.   He toured the submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751), which is completing a series of repairs at the facility.

After the hour-long tour, Guinta said he was deeply impressed by the professionalism of the San Juan’s officers and crew, and by the Shipyard’s workers.

“Granite Staters know the quality of work performed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and how vital that work is to defending our freedom.  The jobs that are provided here are vitally important to the Seacoast’s economy, too.  Just last Friday, I expressed my support for a bipartisan congressional effort to make sure that work continues here.  On my tour, I saw first-hand how deeply committed the 134 men who serve on the San Juan are to fulfilling their mission.  I want them, and all the military and civilian workers at PNSY, to know I’m equally committed to keeping the Shipyard open.”