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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

Monday
May162011

US Rep. Frank Guinta to present medals to WWII veteran and honor NH student art competitors on Monday 5/16

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta will hold two events on Monday, May 16th that are of special interest to feature reporters and photographers.

First, he will present replacement medals to New Hampshire WWII veteran Arthur Audet.  With the ranks of WWII veterans dwindling, this ceremony is a living link to that remarkable era.  Medals include: Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze service star, and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

Later that day, Congressman Guinta will honor NH students who participated in the Student Art Competition at a special art showcase.  Twenty-two students submitted 23 the works of art.  Winning selections from around the country will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington for a year.  Congressman Guinta will present a certificate to each participant.

MEDALS PRESENTATION

11:00 a.m.   Rep. Guinta’s District Office     33 Lowell Street, Manchester

STUDENT ART COMPETITION SHOWCASE

5:30 p.m.    Manchester City Library, Winchell Room      405 Pine Street

Friday
May132011

Guinta & Bass Bill Gives Granite State Veterans In-State, Full-Service Health Care

Congress of the United States

Washington, DC 20515

WASHINGTON – The long drive to Massachusetts or Vermont for medical service would become a thing of the past under a House bill introduced today by New Hampshire’s two U.S. Representatives.  Congressmen Frank Guinta and Charles F. Bass are co-sponsoring H.R. 1863, the Veterans Health Equity Act of 2011.  It requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a full-service hospital for military veterans in New Hampshire, or to make sure that comparable services are provided by contracting with in-state hospitals.

New Hampshire is currently the only state that does not have an in-state, full-service veterans hospital.

“We cannot turn our back on the men and women who answered when their country called,” Guinta said.  “A promise made is a promise kept.  It is especially unfair, given New Hampshire’s large veteran population.  It’s just not right to ask those who have worn the uniform to get on a shuttle and spend hours travelling out of state, sometimes on treacherous wintery roads, and then sit in a waiting room for several more hours just to get the treatment they should have received at home.  We must make this right, and this bill accomplishes that.”

Bass said, “It is unacceptable that the nearly 130,000 veterans living in the Granite State do not have access to full hospital services in their home state.  Those who have served our nation deserve our greatest appreciation – they do not deserve to spend hours traveling to Boston or White River Junction for care they should be able to receive closer to home.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this critical legislation forward.”       

Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte.

The VA Medical Center at Manchester was downsized from a full-service hospital more than a decade ago.  Last year, on average, 230 veterans a month had to go to Boston for medical specialties not offered at Manchester.  Veterans can receive transport upon request by volunteer veteran service groups, but visits often take an entire day and can involve driving during rush-hour. 

The bill now goes to the House Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration.

Thursday
May122011

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta introduces "Bluefin Tuna Fishermen Employment Protection Act" to save NH jobs

Slapping further government restrictions on fishermen would be a crippling blow for the very people who have already suffered so much.  We can’t let that happen.

(WASHINGTON – MAY 11, 2011)    U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) has introduced The Bluefin Tuna Fishermen Employment Protection Act,” his second major piece of legislation in Congress.  H.R. 1806 would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973, to provide that Bluefin Tuna may not be treated as an endangered or threatened species. 

“The fishing industry is vitally important to the economic health of New Hampshire’s seacoast,” Guinta said.  “Slapping further government restrictions on fishermen would be a crippling blow for the very people who have already suffered so much.  We can’t let that happen.  The livelihood of Granite State fishermen, plus many others who depend on that industry for their livelihood as well, is on the line.  We must not let them down.”

Guinta explained that the bill is a proactive measure aimed at preventing federal officials from ruling that the Bluefin Tuna should be covered by the Endangered Species Act.  Such a decision would devastate fishermen along the East Coast and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

According to New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department, commercial fishing had an economic impact of $17.3 million in the state in 2009.  At that time, there were 516 commercial fishermen, with 5,023 workers directly involved in the state’s seafood industry.

New Hampshire fisherman have been hampered in recent years by federal catch shares that have limited the tonnage of Groundfish they can harvest.  As a result, many fishermen are relying more on catching Bluefin Tuna to supplement their declining income.  Restricting that catch would be financially devastating.

“I have visited the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative in Seabrook,” Guinta said.  “I’ve met with the people who work the boats, and who process and sell the daily catch.  I’ve talked with small business owners whose companies support the fishing industry.  They all told me about the deep economic hardship they have endured because of catch share restrictions imposed in the last few years.  The fishing industry simply cannot handle any additional government overregulation.  It’s time to protect fishermen’s jobs and to safeguard this important sector of coastal New Hampshire’s economy.”    

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources for consideration.

Tuesday
May102011

Congressman Frank Guinta to hold Seniors Tele-Town Hall

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta will hold a special Tele-Town Hall meeting for New Hampshire seniors on Tuesday morning, May 10.  He will discuss proposed changes needed to safeguard the future of Medicare and other safety net programs. 

Bloggers can listen to the conversation, phone number available by emailing nhinsider@myway.com 

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

WHAT:               Seniors’ Tele-Town Hall

WHEN:              10:20- 11:30 a.m.  Tuesday,   May 10, 2011