U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s campaign Wednesday released a list of what it called “the most extreme provisions” Republican challenger Frank Guinta supported when he voted for the Republican Study Committee budgets, which Democrats called Paul Ryan’s Republican budget “on steroids.”
“Frank Guinta showed his true colors when he voted for an extreme Tea Party budget that even the majority of his fellow Republicans couldn’t stomach,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Frank Guinta’s Republican budgets on steroids would decimate investments in the middle class in order to slash Social Security, voucherize Medicare, end investments in our communities, and hand out huge tax breaks to big corporations and billionaires. Guinta’s radical right-wing beliefs would have put New Hampshire’s jobs and our seniors’ retirement security in jeopardy.”
According to Shea-Porter, Guinta’s “Tea Party budgets” “would have implemented a Medicare voucher program even sooner than the Ryan Republican budget, and would raise the eligibility age for Medicare for those who were born after 1952.
The 2012 study committee budget “would have raised the Social Security eligibility age to 70 by 2045, resulting in a 20 percent cut in benefits for seniors,” and “would have cut both the corporate and top tax rate by nearly 30 percent.
“Guinta’s tax plan would even make it easier for American corporations to move jobs overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes,” the Shea-Porter campaign said, citing the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for American Progress.
The budget also would have eliminated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and would have cut $104 billion from Pell Grants and $47 billion from student loan programs, according to the Shea-Porter campaign.
Shea-Porter said the 2013 Republican Study Committee budget would have eliminated the Economic Development Administration, which provides grants for local projects, such as a $1.9 million grant for Rochester for “construction of water and sewer infrastructure” which she said would have been a catalyst for business development and expansion.
The New Hampshire Journal is seeking comment from Guinta’s campaign.