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PolitiFact NH Give Congressman Guinta A ‘Mostly False’ On His Statement About Jobs, However He Can Still Make A Difference

Congressman Frank Guinta has been helping New Hampshire get back to work, at least that is what he says.  He has been helping by hosting job fairs throughout the state.  He has also been making statements that he has helped to pass over 40 bills that were bi-partisan job creation bills.

“Now, in the House of Representatives, we have 40 different jobs bills that have passed and almost all of them have been bipartisan.” said Frank Guinta on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 in a statement made after he filed for re-election at the N.H. Secretary of State’s office.

This statement was immediately picked up by PolitiFact New Hampshire.  They went into great detail about his real bi-partisan job creation bills.  While most of the bills did pass the house, many of them are now “stuck” in the Senate.  Only 11 of the bills were actually signed by President Obama. PoliticFact also reports that only two of the bills had real bi-partisan support.

“Some bills, including H.R. 2433, the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, drew strong support from both sides of the aisle; 235 Republican votes and 183 from Democrats. And, H.R. 3606, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, earned support from 232 Republicans and 183 Democrats. Both bills have become law.”

The rest of the bills had only a handfull of House Democrats who supported it. So what is bi-partisan support?

Though there is no formal definition for a bipartisan bill, many political scientists defer to the terms defined by Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, the Washington publication group which has long tracked partisan bills as those that receive support from less than 50 percent of both parties, which would be at least 121 votes from Republicans and 85 votes from Democrats. 

 So after PolitiFact investigated the 42 bills that Congressman Guinta is referring to, “only 6” would have qualified as bi-partisan.  Since Congressman Guinta is once again a candidate we need to look at his actions to see if he is truly working for us in Congress or if someone else would be better.

In the coming weeks Congress will be discussing a very important bill.  A bill that could drastically effect the economy and our current unemployment situation.  The real question is what will Congressman Guinta do?  The bill is called the Bring Jobs Home Act (HR 5442).  This is one of the most agressive bills to really make changes in our economy.  In short this bill will stop giving tax breaks to companies who ship jobs overseas.  It will also give incentives to companies who bring their previously outsourced jobs back from overseas.

In an emailed statement, Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter said:

“I support HR 5442, a true jobs bill.  Republicans and Democrats should pass this unanimously, because it rewards companies that bring jobs home, and takes away taxpayer subsidies for companies that move overseas”.

So with this information what will Congress Guinta do?  Will he support it?  Or will he oppose it because it removes tax relief on large corporations? To me this will say if Congressman Guinta is really in Washington to help the people of New Hampshire, or the corporations.


For more information on HR 5442 and the companion bill in the Senate S 2884, click here.


You can also Text JOBS to 235246 to get info and action alerts to help bring America’s jobs home.

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