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Frank Guinta's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Frank Guinta has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 2016, 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" (
  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and will work to make sure all children have the ability to grow up surrounded by their parents’ loving attention." (
  • "I am often asked back home if I consider myself pro-life and, if so, why. My answer to them is simple: I will never forget hearing my daughter's heartbeat for the first time. That heartbeat had a name, and its name was Colby." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating, "As a candidate for public office in New Hampshire, I pledge to you that, if elected to serve the people, I will work tirelessly to: 1. Cut Taxes and Fees and Oppose any Tax Increase" (
  • "The Congresswoman has consistently worked against the interests of middle class New Hampshire families. A financial transaction tax of the nature she proposes would put the dream many families have of providing a college education for their children out of reach. It would affect anyone trying to save a little extra for retirement. It would hurt anyone trying to save to put a down payment on their home. In short, a financial transaction tax would put the American dream out of reach for millions of middle class families. Granite Staters deserve a representative who puts your interests first, not their ideology." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The number of heroin-related deaths in New Hampshire's biggest city is trending higher than last year's total figure. To help police departments and hospitals manage the crisis, Rep. Guinta (NH-01) has introduced or voted for legislation to increase federal, state and local cooperation among governments, as well as to increase access to life-saving overdose medication, such as Narcan, and funding to drug courts, which divert drug abusers from the criminal justice system into treatment programs." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It means Washington needs to spend more time repealing red tape, reducing spending and reforming the tax code." (
  • "It is critical to our long term economic health that we rein in spending and balance our budget. We will begin to see our debt reduced only when we stop spending money we do not have." (
  • "The President's $4 trillion budget is not a serious blueprint to deal with our long range fiscal concerns, and does nothing to rejuvenate our stagnant economy. Instead of placing trust in you, this budget demands a $2 trillion tax hike bringing more of your hard-earned money into Washington so they can decide how to spend it for you. You deserve better than a budget that never balances, offers no solutions to address the drivers of our debt and contains no plan for tax reform that would spur our economy. We need to reverse Washington's "spend and tax mentality," balance our budget and promote job creation and higher wages for Granite Staters." (
  • "The FAST Act removes uncertainty from highway construction projects, stalling month to month due to federal funding lapses, and increases funding to New Hampshire roads, bridges and more by almost $78 million over previous figures. Finally, our state can commence work on our dilapidated infrastructure." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "To make our code more efficient, we must lower and consolidate tax rates (both corporate and individual) while closing special-interest loopholes." (
  • "My goal will always be to lower your taxes and rein in government spending." (
  • "I have consistently fought for a simpler, fairer, and more competitive tax system. To make our code more efficient, we must lower and consolidate tax rates (both corporate and individual) while closing special-interest loopholes. This will broaden the base so we can get our economy moving in the right direction." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal government's role in education should be limited. Over 90% of funding for education comes from local towns and the state, we should be the ones who determine our children's curriculum." (
  • "Educators in New Hampshire know better than politicians in Washington the best ways to foster an engaging curriculum. I will continue to push for policies that put our children first, not DC bureaucrats." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "An overwhelming majority of Americans support this project because it creates over 40,000 jobs and curbs our reliance on unstable foreign oil sources by moving up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support an all of the above energy approach that includes responsibly exploring and utilizing our own natural resources and supporting renewable energy sources." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (
  • "Today, Congressman Frank Guinta and 170 House Republicans petitioned the Supreme Court to 'vacate in its entirety' the Obama Administration's sweeping new regulations of the country's energy sector -- regulations the Court halted this month in an unprecedented move to check executive power." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.822 "Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms" (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • "Today, the House took action to replace the Affordable Care Act -- a law that has reduced the number of full-time workers by 2.5 million, increased premiums by more than $4000, and reduced small business wages by $22.6 billion annually. Granite Staters deserve better. You deserve a patient-centered approach that puts you and your family first, protects those with preexisting conditions, and allows children to stay under their parents' coverage until the age of 26. Likewise, our small businesses deserve the ability to pool together resources to increase their buying power, while allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and restoring the more than $700 billion in Medicare cuts to our seniors." (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Many times, President Obama said that he has no authority to unilaterally change our country's immigration laws, over which Congress has sole authority. Twenty six states agree -- and successfully sued in federal court to stop the President's expansion of state and federal benefits to illegal immigrants." (
  • "While I support streamlining the immigration process to make it more efficient, I will not support any amnesty provision, as this would only reward criminal behavior and encourages additional illegal immigration in the future." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign – Positions (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • New Hampshire Public Radio "While he does not support 'boots on the ground' against the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Guinta says the militant group cannot be allowed to grow." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not support any proposal that reduces benefits for those at or near retirement. A promise made is a promise kept." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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