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Frank Guinta's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Guinta. Interview with Raymond Area Tea Party. 18 October 2011. "15. What do you think is our most pressing family/social issue? (i.e. defense of marriage act, abortion etc.) What will you do to address it? I am most certainly pro-life and pro-family. I believe the most pressing social issue is the funding of abortions with taxpayer dollars through ObamaCare. I would address this by supporting and strengthening the Hyde Amendment and by repealing ObamaCare." (raymondareateaparty.weebly.com)
  • Frank Guinta. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Frank Guinta voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Frank Guinta voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Issue Position: Supporting Alternatives to Abortion. 18 October 2011. "As a father, I understand the value and dignity of every child - born and unborn. It is for this reason that I recognize the importance of defending the sanctity of human life." Frank Guinta opposes tax dollars being used to fund abortions because he firmly believes that all human life is sacred and begins at conception. Therefore, as your next member of Congress, he will stand up and fight to eliminate all federal money used to terminate life through abortion. Frank acknowledges that New Hampshire law severely compromises parental rights and child safety when it comes to abortion. He asks, "Why is it that a minor is prohibited from ear piercing, or artificial tanning without a parent's approval, but can have an abortion without parental consent?" Frank believes that women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy choose abortion because they feel they have no other choice. This is why Frank supports the work of pregnancy care centers that offer alternatives and support to women in crisis pregnancies." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Interview with New Hampshire CD-1 Candidate Frank Guinta. 29 January 2010. "DS: Ok, we'll take a little bit of a shift. I was looking on your website and I couldn't find anything on your views on abortion. Are you pro-life or pro-choice? FG: I'm pro-life." (race42012.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. Video: 10 Questions with Frank Guinta: #6 Afghanistan. 23 July 2010. "Well you've gotta have a clear objective, and then you've got set a tone and tenor to ensure that objective is met and then bring the troops home. What I don't agree with is setting an actual date and letting the enemy know about that date. Secondly, there is not a clear objective right now in the reason were there. What I'd like to listen to are the generals and the soldiers on the ground, give them the equipment that they need, ensure that others in that region can take over the safety and security of the region, and then bring our troops back home, and try to do that as effectively and quickly as possible without giving it a deadline date." (www.wmtw.com)
  • Frank Guinta. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Frank Guinta voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Guinta Statement on Aghanistan Troop Drawdown. 23 June 2011. "President Obama's decision [to draw down the number of troops in Afghanistan] is welcome news to those whose loved ones are serving in Afghanistan. Like them, I want to see American troops return home as soon as possible. I sincerely hope the President's decision to drawdown U.S. troops comes from the best advice of American generals in the field, and serves our country's best interests as well. Decisions of this magnitude should be based on the situation on the ground, not on arbitrary dates on a calendar. I hope that will be the basis for all future decisions regarding Afghanistan as well." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Guinta, Charlie Bass, Kelly Ayotte. 10 April 2012. Portsmouth Patch: Ayotte, Bass and Guinta Fight Plan to Cut $1 Trillion in DOD Spending. "While the defense budget only accounts for approximately 19 percent of federal spending, defense will absorb 50 percent of the sequestration cuts. This will amount to an additional $55 billion annual cut in the defense budget over the next nine years. All totaled, defense sequestration would result in an approximately $1 trillion cut in defense spending over the next decade. This reduction would jeopardize our national security, deprive our warfighters of the resources they need, and inflict severe damage upon our defense industrial base. No state's defense installations would be immune, including those vital to the state of New Hampshire “ the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base." (portsmouth-nh.patch.com)
  • Frank Guinta. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Frank Guinta voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Frank Guinta voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. Signed Contract For America. 20 September 2012. "The Contract from America We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom. Individual Liberty Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices. Limited Government The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country's sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases. Economic Freedom The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people. 1. Protect the Constitution Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. 2. Reject Cap & Trade Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. 3. Demand a Balanced Budget Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution. 5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution's meaning. 6. End Runaway Government Spending Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. 7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries. 8. Pass an "All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. 9. Stop the Pork Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. 10. Stop the Tax Hikes Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011." (www.contractfromamerica.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 20 September 2012. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New Hampshire and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. Statement on 9.2% June Unemployment. 8 June 2011. "[The 9.2% June Unemployment Rate] is further evidence that the "stimulus" driven spending spree of recent years produced little but deeper debt. The 18,000 new jobs created last month are nowhere close to the number needed to grow our workforce. With no clear plan in sight for turning things around, Granite Staters are left asking: "Where are the jobs?" They won't return until Congress finally makes major cuts in spending, eases burdensome federal regulations and begins whittling down the federal debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Frank's Statement on Stimulus. 15 July 2010. "From the very beginning, I have opposed the stimulus plan because I don't believe that our government's role is to create jobs. Rather I believe that government needs to lift hindrances to private business like over regulation and high taxes. Only the private sector creates jobs; the government just needs to get out of the way." (guinta2010.blogspot.com)
  • Frank Guinta. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Guinta firmly believes that we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Guinta Statement on August Unemployment Rate. 2 September 2011. "Washington must get out of the way and remove the fiscal roadblocks that are keeping job creators from hiring new employees." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Guinta. Issues. 21 September 2012. "Cosponsored H.R. 674, passed the House with a vote of 422-0: This bill repeals the 3 percent withholding requirement on payments made to vendors by all levels of government (federal, state, and local). It also provides a tax credit to employers of up to $5,600 for hiring a veteran who has been seeking employment for more than six months, as well as a $2,400 credit for veterans who are unemployed for more than four weeks, but less than six months. Up to $9,600 of tax credits are available to employers who hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been seeking employment for more than six months." (guinta.house.gov)
  • Frank Guinta. Issue Position: Strengthening the Economy. 20 October 2011. "Small businesses are the engine that drives our economy; their innovation and hard work should be rewarded and not penalized. During these tough economic times, the last thing Congress needs to do is place more burden on individuals and small businesses. Providing small businesses tax incentives will allow them to increase their workforce, invest and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. Guinta Statement on Passage of the "Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act". 13 September 2011. "We must reduce the federal government's role in education and encourage parental involvement to help our children succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "In order to accomplish these goals, he recognizes that we need to reduce the federal government's role in education and encourage parental involvement to help our children succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Merrimack Patch: Op/Ed: Helping Our Schools Get a Passing Grade. "Our educators are hampered by Washington on two fronts. First, the federal government collects tax revenue, and then returns a portion of it to New Hampshire with all sorts of strings and conditions attached to it. Second, educators must navigate through a mountain of regulations and edicts issued by bureaucrats in Washington. Just think what our local education systems could do if parents and educators got the chance to decide for themselves how to spend the money that's currently shipped to Washington, and determine what works best for educating children without towing the line dictated by the U.S. Department of Education. Our schools don't need "new and improved" rules and regulations; they need freedom and flexibility." (merrimack.patch.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. Rep. Guinta Co-Sponsors "Reduce Pain at the Pump Act". 4 May 2011. "Guinta is an original co-sponsor of the "Reduce Pain at the Pump Act." The bill is scheduled to be formally submitted on Thursday. It calls for simultaneous immediate action on three fronts. First, it repeals President Obama's "permatorium" on America's Outer Continental Shelf resources and allows energy production to resume off the East and West Coasts, the Gulf Coast and in parts of Alaska. It repeals the energy-restricting Bureau of Land Management lockup of western lands to allow energy production to begin there, including programs to accelerate production of oil shale and tar sands resources. Finally, it provides immediate relief from EPA regulation and mandates that cause artificial price increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Interview with Raymond Area Tea Party. 20 October 2011. "Simple economics will tell you that if we drill here, we pay less. Despite the tragic spill in the Gulf, I still firmly believe we should harvest our domestic oil resources and stop giving money to foreign countries that certainly don't have our best interests in mind. It is as much a National Security issue as it is an Energy Issue." (raymondareateaparty.weebly.com)
  • Frank Guinta. Issues. 21 September 2012. "Voted for the PIONEERS Act: It would expand offshore drilling, safely open small parts of ANWR for oil and natural gas production, encourage oil shale development and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." (guinta.house.gov)
  • Frank Guinta. Video: 13 Frank Guinta in Conway 2011 05 18 drill for oil to reduce energy prices. 19 May 2011. "I believe that [if] we want to control the cost of oil, control the cost of gas, then we have to be exploring for oil in this country..." (www.youtube.com)
  • Frank Guinta. Frankly Speaking “ Gas Prices. 20 October 2011. "There's no reason why we should continue to depend on them. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. has an estimated 112 billion barrels of oil between the outer continental shelf and on land. That's enough to power 60 million cars for the next 60 years. We just have to summon the determination to go and get it." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Frank Guinta voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Frank Guinta voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Frank Guinta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Guinta Praises Supreme Court Decision Upholding 2nd Amendment: Right to Personal Protection Extended to States and Cities. 28 June 2010. "Today our Supreme Court ruled in favor of the right of citizens to protect their persons and properties and against attempts by certain states and cities to subvert the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. As a strict constructionist of the Constitution, I welcome this decision which weakens the abilities of local governments like the City of Chicago to take firearms away from law abiding citizens." (guinta2010.blogspot.com)
  • Frank Guinta.Issue Position: Second Amendment. 18 October 2011. "People choose to own firearms for a variety of reasons and I do not believe the U.S. Congress should be further restricting the ability of a law abiding citizen to own a firearm...Please be assured that I am against new gun control legislation because we need to protect our Second Amendment rights from both intended and unintended consequences." (guinta.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Frank Guinta voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Guinta. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Guinta is working to stem the flow of illegal immigration and will not support an amnesty of illegal aliens currently in the United States. Any amnesty would only reward criminal behavior and would encourage additional illegal immigration in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Frankly Speaking: Illegal Immigration “ Making Washington Enforce the Law. 14 September 2011. "Let me repeat what I have said many times before: I do not favor, and I will never support, any attempt to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Guinta. Issues. 21 September 2012. "Local law enforcement should be encouraged to report suspected illegal immigrants to the appropriate federal authorities for immediate deportation and local governments that refuse to follow federal immigration laws should forfeit any federal funding for services or projects." (guinta.house.gov)
  • Beth Lamontage Hall. Union Leader: Guinta “ All This Spending Has to Stop. 18 October 2011. "On immigration policy Guinta said America must first secure the borders, then concentrate on deporting illegal immigrants. Amnesty is not an option, he said. Guinta would also take a hard line on illegal immigrants with American-born children. "If the parents go, the kids are going to have to go with their parents," he said. "The responsibility of a parent at that point is to keep their family intact. If you're breaking the law and you are deported, you bring your family back to your home country." (www.teamguinta.com)
  • Frank Guinta. Guinta Calls President's Decision to Sue Arizona Wrong. 8 July 2010. "The decision by the Justice Department to sue the State of Arizona in an effort to stop the State from protecting its citizens is quite simply an action not in the best interest of the American people and the people of Arizona. Unlike the US Congress which has failed to enforce existing immigration laws and has allowed the border to remain an open gateway to illegal immigration and the drug trade, the State Of Arizona has taken appropriate action and given its law enforcement agencies the powers to crackdown on illegal immigrants. It is disingenuous of the federal government to fail to enforce its own laws and then to try to prevent a state from remedying an existing problem. Instead of wasting the time, energy and budget of the Justice Department on this law suit, why doesn't the Administration instead concentrate on fixing the problem of illegal immigration and securing our borders?" (www.teamguinta.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Guinta. Video: Microinterview: Frank Guinta. 6 June 2010. "I believe in traditional marriage, I support DOMA 100%. [¦] as a member of Congress I will continue to suport and advocate for traditional marriage, and I will strongly support DOMA." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Frank Guinta. Video: Frank Guinta on Social Security. 23 October 2010. "Government's the problem here, ladies and gentlemen. When social security was created you didn't have the wealth of private sector solutions for life time savings that you do now have today. We have to honor the obligations that have been made to those who are reliant on the federal government, older generation. But future generations should see different private sector solutions and have personal responsibility start to lead the way." (www.youtube.com)

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