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Rep. Guinta Casts Deciding Vote on Ryan Budget

Carol Shea-Porter comments on the Congressman's vote.

Yesterday, Congressman Frank Guinta cast the deciding vote to pass the Ryan Budget out of the Budget Committee by a vote of 19-18. Among other proposals, the House Budget continues the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and extends corporate welfare programs, cuts nutrition for women and children, decreases Pell grants for students, hurts seniors, cuts money for veterans' programs, and cuts transportation funding. Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who is running for the NH-01 Congressional seat, released the following statement on that vote. 

"Congressman Guinta cast the deciding vote to hurt America's middle class. Mr. Guinta cut funding for veterans by 13%, cut the very nutrition programs he claimed he was protecting in his franked mail to women last week, and cut money to help NH families educate their kids, starting from Head Start through college. Congressmen Guinta and Ryan raced this bill through the full committee in just 24 hours, without even allowing members to read it, because our tea partier congressman knew this bill was too extreme for them and too extreme for New Hampshire also."

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Bob Leger March 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM
At least Congressman Guinta listenes to his constituents. We now are dealing with Obamacare because Congresswoman Shea-Porter would not. She marched in lockstep and voted the way Pelosi told her to vote EVERY time. She does not deserve and should NOT be re-elected.
Debra W March 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Yes, his constituents are corporations and they very rich! We already know about his connections to the oil industry. He just voted to give away $3 trillion in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Roughly $2 trillion of those breaks are aimed at the rich, thanks to the repeal of multiple taxes that primarily affect the rich and the dropping of the top marginal tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.
Bob Leger March 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
At what point does our national debt become too great. Our current national debt is $14.2 trillion our GDP is approximately $14.9 trillion. The federal government is spending $130 billion more every month then it takes in. The Ryan budget, which was supported by Representative Guinta is an attempt at addressing this crisis but should also include slashing tax breaks for the wealthy and tax loopholes for corporations. Unfortunately, the Ryan proposal only slows the fiscal death spiral with no pathway to balancing the budget and beginning the process of paying off the federal indebtedness. Our only hope is to elect or remove any elected representative, Republican or Democrat, who is not committed to resolving this crisis. Hopefully enough New Hampshire and American voters see this before our election in November.
Dennis Taylor March 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Try voting Ron Paul, as he is the only person in the race who is a solid, constitution believing and understanding candidate. Although I hate to trust our government, I think that it is very likely he will fight hard to reduce spending. I believe that our currency is already fatally ill, and it is only a short matter of time before we announce a full or partial repudiation of the debt.
Dennis Taylor March 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM
We also need leaders who specifically represent the children, as they are the ones who will inherit a second or third world existence. The bankers of the world, who will try to force America to accept austerity programs, however, will be quite happy to bleed America for the next century, if we let them!!! We need to either raise taxes and cut spending now, or we need to pay off the debt in one big printing job. After we pay it off, we could demonitize the dollar and start over, debt free. We will need to offer our seniors a modest living, and we will also need to create a manufacturing base and learn to conserve. The alternative, however, will be a market led crisis that will be far worse.
T Rex April 06, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Don't forget why we threw out Shea Porter. She was a big fat joke. Always ignoring what people in NH wanted. I do not believe any democrat can talk about a Budget. Democrats are incompetent when it comes to spending money and budgets. A reputation earning.
Debra W April 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Reality check: I seem to remember that the last time the federal budget was balanced Bill Clinton was President.
LJoel Hackbart April 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
It only matters now because we have a democrat for a president. "Deficits don’t matter,” Dick Cheney once boosted. And if Romney is elected the deficit will be on the backburner once again.

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