Campaign 2010

Sep 23, 2013

Tea Party Tries to Get Congressman Frank Guinta Back

Voters fired Congressman Frank Guinta after suffering through two years of his failed extreme right wing agenda that hurt New Hampshire’s middle class and seniors.  Now Congressman Paul Ryan and the Tea Party have announced their plans to come to New Hampshire to try and get their reliable partner Frank Guinta back. 

“Congressman Frank Guinta had an opportunity to stand up for his constituents, but instead he voted in lockstep with Paul Ryan and the Tea Party to try to end Medicare as we know it and raise taxes on New Hampshire’s middle class families,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Voters already fired Congressman Guinta for his attempts to impose his out-of-touch agenda which hurt New Hampshire’s economy and stifled job creation, and now that Paul Ryan and the Tea Party have already announced their plans to come to town to get their partner Frank Guinta back, there is no question New Hampshire voters won’t be fooled again.” 

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Frank Guinta’s Radical Tea Party Agenda Hurt New Hampshire’s Middle Class

Guinta Voted to End Traditional Medicare. In March 2012, Guinta voted for the House Republican budget for FY 2013. Under the House Republican budget, Medicare would no longer be a defined benefit plan. Instead, the budget would convert Medicare to a “premium support” system that would offer the elderly an allowance to buy a private plan, or allow them to enroll in traditional Medicare.  [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; New York Times, 3/12/12; Editorial, New York Times, 3/21/12]

  • Paul Ryan, Author of Extreme Republican Budget is Scheduled to Campaign for Guinta. “Rep. Paul Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, is headed to New Hampshire. The Wisconsin congressman is set to visit the state next month to help a former House colleague, Frank Guinta, who is expected to launch a re-election campaign in the coming weeks after losing his seat last year.” [Associated Press, 9/20/13]

House GOP Budget Would Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families by Nearly $1,400. “[T]he typical household making more than $1 million will see their taxes fall by more than $286,000 under Ryan’s budget.  However, eliminating these tax expenditures would increase the tax burden facing middle-class workers:  a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358.” [Joint Economic Committee Press Release, 6/20/12]

House GOP Budget Would Add $3.1 Trillion to Deficit. Under the House Republican budget, $3.127 trillion would be added to the deficit, assuming “current laws generally remain unchanged,” the Congressional Budget Office reported. [The Hill, 3/20/12]

House GOP Budget Would Slash Pell Grant Funding. Under the House Republican budget, critical education programs would be cut. “The Department of Education would be cut by more than $115 billion over a decade. 9.6 million students would see their Pell Grants fall by more than $1,000 in 2014, and, over the next decade, over one million students would lose support altogether. This would derail bipartisan education reforms and deeply undermine K-12 education and college opportunity,” the Office of Management and Budget stated. [OMB, 3/21/12]

Guinta Voted Against Protecting Social Security and Medicare Benefits from Privatization. In March 2011, Guinta voted against a measure that would have prohibited continuing appropriations funds for fiscal year 2011 for being used in developing or implementing a system that cuts Social Security benefits or that privatizes Social Security. The amendment also prohibited funds from being used to develop or implement a system that cuts Medicare benefits, eliminates guaranteed health coverage for seniors or establishes a Medicare voucher plan that limits payments to beneficiaries in order to purchase health care in the private sector. [HJR 48, Vote #178, 2/15/11]

Guinta Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood. In 2011, Guinta voted for a bill that would prohibit Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving federal funding. The resolution would order the Clerk of the House to change H.R. 1473, the FY11 Continuing Resolution, to bar the use of the federal funds to go to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate. [The Hill, 4/12/11; H Con Res 36, Vote #271, 4/14/11]