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Wednesday
Oct192011

NHDP - Guinta Campaigning on Taxpayer Dime 

Concord, NH - As part of a taxpayer funded district wide tour organized through his Congressional office, scandal plagued Congressman Frank Guinta held an event with "key members of the Wolfeboro GOP food chain," a potential violation of Congressional ethics rules.   The event was reported on in today's Union Leader, and is the most recent instance of Congressman Guinta's belief that he is above the law. 

 

According to the Congressional Ethics website "Among the specific activities that clearly may not be undertaken in a congressional office or using House resources (including official staff time) are ...the holding of a meeting on campaign business." [ethics.house.gov But the event was listed on Guinta's Congressional website, and a Guinta campaign donor Bob Bird, who helped organize the event, told the Union Leader the invitees included "key members of the Wolfeboro GOP food chain." 

 

"Congressman Guinta should not be hosting taxpayer funded Congressional events, and inviting participants based on their status within the NHGOP 'food chain,'" said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "Guinta doesn't think we should be using taxpayer money for autism research, Social Security, or Medicare, but apparently he has no problem using those same funds to support his drowning campaign."

 

This isn't Guinta's first fundraising scandal.  Last year, he funneled over $350,000.00 into his struggling campaign account from a magically appearing bank account not listed on his personal financial disclosure form.  Just last month, he was caught making a potentially illegal solicitation for $100,000.00 to the Republican Governor's Association. 

 

But even with these questionable funds, Frank Guinta's constituents still have a negative opinion of him.  According to the latest University of New Hampshire poll, "Guinta's net favorability rating... is currently a quite low -6%."

 

The full text of the Union Leader article is below.

   

Background

Guinta is underwater. "Guinta's net favorability rating, the percentage that have a favorable opinion of him minus those that have an unfavorable opinion, is currently a quite low -6%, down from +5% in April. Guinta's favorability ratings have dropped across the political spectrum since April." [UNH Poll, 7/11/2011]

 

Guinta said he would not support federal funding for Autism research. Pressed on whether he was saying he doesn't support federal research into autism, Guinta said, "Government doesn't always have to be the solution." [Concord Monitor, 10/20/2011]

 

Guinta supported abolishing Social Security. At a small Tea Party gathering last year, Guinta said "My kids are six and five. They shouldn't know what Social Security is." [YouTube]

 

Guinta didn't believe the reckless Ryan plan to end Medicare went far enough. Earlier this year, Guinta voted for the Republican Study Committee budget, "a radical plan that annihilates the social contract in America by putting the GOP budget on steroids. Deeper tax cuts for the wealthy, more severe entitlement rollbacks." [Vote; TPM, 4/15/2011]

 

NH Democrats want Guinta fundraising answers. "Democrats on Monday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate a news report about Guinta's fundraising published last month. The report in the New Hampshire Union Leader said 1st District Rep. Guinta tried to get the Republican Governors Association to donate $100,000 to the state Republican Party, but was rebuffed over concerns about former GOP chair Jack Kimball's management of party affairs." [Union Leader, 9/27/2011]   

 

 

Union Leader: Guinta hosts forum with business chiefs

October 18, 2011
By LARISSA MULKERN 
WOLFEBORO - First District Congressman Frank Guinta, R-N.H., the former mayor of Manchester, hosted a forum Monday with employers in Wolfeboro.

Guinta met with a group of about 30 that included business owners Babara Naramore of Wolfe City Brick Oven Pizza, Victor Drouin of Green Mountain Communications, Jerry Hunter of Hunter's IGA Foodstore and Cheryl Taylor of Re-Thread, plus Certified Public Accountant William Krause and state Rep. Chris Ahlgren, R-Wolfeboro, who owns Joe Green's Restaurant near the town docks. 

Guinta campaign volunteer Bob Bird, who helped organize the event, said the group included "key members of the Wolfeboro GOP food chain." 

Monday's forum was part of Guinta's "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" initiative, which included two job fairs and a meeting for innovators looking to get their products to the marketplace. 

Guinta was asked about escalating fuel and health costs, a 35 percent corporate tax rate that sends jobs overseas and untapped domestic fossil fuel reserves. 

Guinta, a member of the House budget and transportation committees, spoke of regulatory reform, bipartisan approval of three trade agreements, budget reform and a congressional rule change that allows for amendments to be brought to the floor and turned into legislation. 

"I really want your assessment on whether you are happy or angry, frustrated about what's going on," he said. Krause said that high gasoline prices are hurting every aspect of the economy, and that something should be done to outlaw short-selling and reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent to encourage domestic job growth. He said the high corporate tax rate is sending jobs overseas. 

Guinta said the President Obama's own adviser on job creation, General Electric's Jeffrey Immelt, created more jobs overseas than here in the U.S. Guinta agreed that country has the highest corporate tax in the world. 

He said lowering the rate to 25 percent and closing tax loopholes to broaden the tax base might provide incentive for American companies to create jobs. 'We are not competitive in America at a 35 percent tax rate," he said. 

As for fuel costs, Guinta said the U.S. consumes more than twice the fuel than it produces domestically. He said if fossil fuel reserves were tapped, then the country could become self reliant for fuel and perhaps export fuel to other countries. 

Drouin brought up the high health insurance costs. His company recently received a notification of a 56 percent increase in their health insurance premiums; the company offers 100 percent coverage for about 60 employees. 

"So where do we go, what do we do?" he said, adding the one of the problems is New Hampshire is not opening up the market for insurance providers. 

Guinta said President Obama's health care bill was supposed to cut costs. "Costs have not gone down," he said. He said carriers are bumping rates in advance of a 10 percent cost hike ceiling that begins next year. 

Guinta said something should be done to open up the market to other carriers in New Hampshire to create competition. 

In a query on a potential broad based sales tax, Guinta said it was unlikely to happen. However he said the House Ways and Means committee is considering a 20 percent reduction in income tax for small business owners.

Tuesday
Oct182011

US Rep. Frank Guinta to receive 2011 "Standing Up For America's Seniors Award" 

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) will receive the 2011 Standing Up for America’s Seniors Award from RetireSafe on Tuesday.  For over 20 years, RetireSafe has been an advocate for preserving and strengthening Social Security, Medicare and the financial well-being of our nation’s seniors.

The award commemorates Rep. Guinta’s leadership in standing up for seniors through both his policy choices and actions in the community. It also recognizes that in Congress, Rep. Guinta has opposed harmful cuts, limits to access, and other moves that would increase healthcare costs for seniors in the Medicare program.

WHO:                           U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta

WHAT:                         Rep. Frank Guinta to receive the

                                    2011 Standing Up for America’s Seniors Award

WHEN:                        Tuesday, October 18    12:00pm

WHERE:                     Rep. Frank Guinta’s District Office

                                     33 Lowell Street, Manchester NH

Saturday
Oct152011

US Rep. Frank Guinta to hold Job Creators meeting with business leaders in Wolfeboro on Monday 10/17

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta will host a Job Creators meeting in Wolfeboro on Monday afternoon.  More than 35 business leaders from a variety of fields are expected to attend.  They will share their advice and suggestions with Congressman Guinta on steps Washington should take to enable job creators to hire more employees.   The meeting is part of his ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative.   

WHO:                 U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta

WHAT:               Hosts Job Creators Meeting

WHEN:              2:30 p.m.    Monday, October 17

WHERE:            The Restaurant

37 North Main Street    Wolfeboro, NH

Wednesday
Oct122011

US Rep. Frank Guinta statement on passage of job-creating Free Trade Agreements

GUINTA VOTES FOR JOB BILLS: SUPPORTS FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH COLUMBIA, PANAMA, AND SOUTH KOREA

(Washington – October 12, 2011)     Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) proudly stood alongside New Hampshire job creators on Wednesday by voting for three Free Trade Agreements: H.R. 3078, the United States-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act, H.R. 3079 the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act, and H.R. 3080, the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.  These job bills were approved in a bipartisan vote of (262-167), (300-129) and (278-151) respectively.  All three now go to the U.S. Senate for consideration.  Rep. Guinta released the following statement:

“This evening, I joined with members of both parties in supporting all three Free Trade Agreements.  These bills will create over 250,000 American jobs, and will do it without costing taxpayers a single dime.  By leveling the field for U.S. exports and heightening the demand for American-made products, these agreements open markets for U.S. manufacturing, agriculture, and service industries and will immediately create New Hampshire jobs.  I encourage the Senate to join with the House and consider all three Free Trade Agreements.”

BackgroundH.R. 3078, United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act: In addition to being vital for national security, the Colombia agreement represents a key market for the U.S. with an estimated $1.1 billion growth potential where 80% of U.S. exports of industrial / consumer goods would be duty-free immediately.  Additionally, the agreement makes over 77% of agricultural tariff lines duty-free immediately.  The traditional one-way preferences have given Colombia free access to U.S. market, while U.S. exporters have paid nearly $3.4 billion in duties.

H.R. 3079, United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act: Would give U.S. exporters immediate duty-free treatment on 88% of Panama’s tariff lines for manufactured goods and on over half of agriculture lines.  Panama currently enjoys duty-free access into U.S. markets for over 90% of its products, while U.S. exporters pay duties averaging 7.8% for consumer / industrial products and 20% for agriculture.  Also expands access for U.S. services and increases U.S. access to Canal expansion. 

H.R. 3080, United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: Would give U.S. exporters immediate duty-free treatment on 80% of South Korea’s tariff lines and open up South Korea’s $560 billion services market to U.S. service-providers in key sectors (financial, insurance, telecom, audiovisual, express delivery, and professional services).  South Korea would also open its historically difficult regulatory process, including in autos, and treat U.S. companies equally in the application of product standards.  Today, the average South Korean tariff for U.S. exporters is more than four times what they face in U.S. market and estimates show U.S. exports would grow by $10-12 billion under the agreement.  Additionally, the agreement includes a special textile safeguard, allowing the U.S. to impose tariffs if imports surge and result in injury to the domestic industry.

Saturday
Oct082011

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta statement on September's 9.1% unemployment rate

(Washington – October 7, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) released the following statement on September’s unchanged 9.1% unemployment rate:

“Job creation and hiring have remained stagnant for five straight months now.  The 103,000 new jobs reported in September are barely enough to keep up with population growth.  That number is even worse when you consider nearly half of those gains came from the rehiring of 45,000 striking Verizon employees.  Job creators tell us what they need in order to get off the sidelines and start hiring more employees: fiscal predictability and stability from Washington, an end to overzealous federal regulations and streamlining the federal tax code to make it fairer.  I’m working in Washington to give them those vital tools for economic recovery, and in New Hampshire with my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” initiative, which will host a job fair and other job-related events next month.”