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Wednesday
May252011

US Rep. Frank Guinta supports two bills expanding veterans' benefits

Our military veterans were there when our country needed them.  We must be there for them when they need us.”

(WASHINGTON –  May 23, 2011)   U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) supported two important bills that would expand benefits for military veterans.  Both were passed by the House of Representatives on Monday evening.

H.R. 1407, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011, would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.  The dollar amounts would be increased by the same percentage (Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA) applied to Social Security benefits.  The bill would also extend by five years the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) authority to provide adaptive housing grants to veterans residing temporarily in housing owned by a family member.  This pilot program is set to expire on December 31, 2011; the bill would extend that authority to December 31, 2016.

H.R. 1383, the Restoring the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, would make the amount payable for programs of education at nonpublic institutions of higher education pursued by individuals enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) post-9/11 educational assistance program (post-9/11 program) during the period beginning on August 1, 2011, and ending on July 31, 2014, the greater of $17,500, or the established charges payable under a VA maximum payments table published on October 27, 2010.  The bill would also provide a limitation on the maximum monthly stipend payable under the post-9/11 program during the 24-month period beginning on August 1, 2011.

Guinta noted New Hampshire has a large per capita population of military veterans.

“Our military veterans were there when our country needed them,” he said.  “We must be there for them when they need us.  It is proper that their benefits get the same cost-of-living adjustment that Social Security recipients and many other retirees receive.  We should also assist our veterans in getting an education to help them transition into a post-military career.  I’m proud that these bills passed the House, and I hope they become law.”   

Both bills now go to the U.S. Senate for consideration there.

Thursday
May192011

US Rep. Frank Guinta to be keynote speaker at Mayor's Small Business Awards Breakfast

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta will be the keynote speaker this Friday morning, May 20th, at the Mayor’s Small Business Awards Recognition breakfast in Manchester.  The event is open to the news media. 

 

WHO:      Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01)      

WHAT:    Keynote address

                   Mayor’s Small Business Awards Recognition Breakfast        

WHEN:    Friday, May 20,  8:00 a.m.       

WHERE: New Hampshire Institute of Politics

                   St. Anselm College

                  100 Saint Anselm   Manchester, NH  03102

Wednesday
May182011

US Rep. Frank Guinta to hold Town Hall Meeting in Conway

Representative Frank Guinta will hold a Town Hall meeting in Conway.  It will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18th in the Conway Elementary School gymnasium.  He will update Granite Staters on the latest developments in Congress, then take their questions and listen to their suggestions, ideas and concerns.

WHO:     Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01)      

WHAT:   Town Hall Meeting

WHEN:   Wednesday, May 18,  6:30 p.m.       

WHERE: Conway Elementary School gymnasium

                 160 Main Street  Conway, NH  03818

Wednesday
May182011

US Rep. Guinta honors NH student artists

 

Photo caption:  “U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) appears with Kelsey Follansbee, student at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, as she receives the first place award in the 30th Annual Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District.” 

(WASHINGTON – May 17, 2011)   U.S. Representative Frank Guinta recognized participants in the 30th Annual Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District at a ceremony in the Manchester City Library Monday evening.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent around the nation and in each congressional district.  This year’s first place award for NH-01 goes to Kelsey Follansbee of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.  Her self-portrait with postcards from her father (an Iraq war veteran) hanging in the background will represent the First District in the 112th Congress in this year’s exhibit.

Kelsey’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the U.S. Capitol Building to the Cannon House Office Building. Countless Members of Congress, federal officials, Congressional staffers, and visitors from across the country and world will pass by this exhibit every day.  She was also awarded a scholarship from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  In addition, four other students received scholarships: 2nd Place - Maggie Cook of Goffstown High School, 3rd Place – Hannah Smith of Goffstown High School, 4th Place – Brittney Torres of Goffstown High School, and 5th Place – Leanne Baratier of Coe-Brown Academy.

After the awards ceremony, Rep. Guinta said: “Supporting students and encouraging their participation in the arts is something that we should all encourage.  I congratulate Kelsey and all of the students who joined in this great program.  I also want to thank the New Hampshire Institute of Art for assisting in the judging and for providing these very generous scholarships that will most certainly help some very talented young people achieve their dreams.”

Participants who received certificates include: From Goffstown High School – Jennifer Evans, Audrey Comeau, Andrew McKim, Nicolle Larhette, Megan Dodge, Caitlyn Brown, and Brianna Seidel.  From Londonderry High School – Mariah Geiger, Amands Bentley, and Amy Johnson.  From Coe-Brown Northwood Academy – Jordan McAllister, Taylor Marie Trainor, and Kayla Roberts. From Pinkerton Academy – Michael Ropple, Brianna Danielle Lamonica, Rachel Greenlaw, and Kelly Brady.  From Great Bay E-Learning Charter School – Emily Russman

Kelsey Follansbee was recognized in New Hampshire and will also be commended at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC next month.

Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the national art competition.

Tuesday
May172011

US Rep. Frank Guinta to hold his first Downtown Business Drop-in visits in Portsmouth

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta will make his very first Downtown Business Drop-In visits in Portsmouth, NH on Tuesday, May 17th.  As part of his district work week activities and his ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative, the Congressman will spend an hour informally “dropping-in” on stores and companies.  The visits are a way for him to stay connected with business owners and operators and hear what they’re thinking and what they want from Washington.

 

WHO:        U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01)      

WHAT:     Downtown Business Drop-ins

WHEN:     1:30 – 2:30 p.m.   Tuesday   May 17, 2011      

WHERE: Downtown business district, Portsmouth, NH