Congressman Guinta’s Principles are Carved in Granite

3 October 14, 2012  Federal Construction

Check out this ad in support of Congressman Frank Guinta (R-New Hampshire) from today’s New Hampshire Union-Leader. readers know Congressman Guinta has worked tirelessly to ensure federal construction contracts, like the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps Center in Manchester, are truly open to all of New Hampshire’s qualified businesses and construction workforce instead of only well-connected special interests and out-of-state contractors. (Learn more about this project and related controversy here).

In the 112th Congress, Rep. Guinta was an outspoken critic of anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and took the following steps to protect free enterprise:

  • Inroduced an amendment to the 2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) restricting their use on federal construction projects.
  • Cosponsored legislation called the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 735) prohibiting PLA schemes on federal and federally assisted construction projects.
  • Voted in support of provisions that will restore fair and open competition in federal contracting by prohibiting government-mandated PLAs. (Roll Call No.’s 302, 267, 413, 396, and 26).

Congressman Guinta should be commended for his vigilance against crony contracting and ongoing efforts to expose waste and protect taxpayers in New Hampshire and across the country.

The construction industry and taxpayers have a friend in Rep. Guinta and need to do all that they can to send him back to Washington Nov. 6.

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3 Responses to Congressman Guinta’s Principles are Carved in Granite

Dean Rubine October 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

Biden’s words, “Look, folks, use your common sense,” apply here.

Public construction spending is currently over 35% of total construction. Democrats are generally for public spending on infrastructure, for building roads and bridges and schools and the like. This is what the stimulus was. This is what the president’s jobs bill would do. In contrast, Republicans want to cut government spending.

Common sense says if you cut government spending on construction, you’ll have less construction.

To believe that there will somehow be more construction under GOP control than under Dems is to believe in some sort of bank shot where cutting public construction will result in so much private construction that the total will be more. In any case. there’s not much point in fighting over PLAs after Frank Guinta and Mitt Romney vote to end government spending on construction.

The largest component of construction spending is private residential construction. In debate, Mitt Romney has proposed reducing at least some of the mortgage interest deduction to pay for his 20% rate cut. Common sense says reducing the mortgage interest deduction will reduce housing construction.

If you want public and residential construction in the future, elect Democrats.

Wacomonday October 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

How true.
Guinta lined his pockets with cash while the middle class worker stood in line for food stamps. This man is one of the worst tea party liars in politics.
It’s amazing how a gangster can get elected these days.
All it takes is the vig.
Dump him fast. Save our state, save our country. Chewing up the mortgage interest deduction will guarantee no one will buy a house. The american dream will become the Amercan nightmare.
What a load of malarkey from Frank Guinta.

jeremy October 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I think that the slogan should be “Guinta: Rock solid for the Granite State.”

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