MANCHESTER, NH — The Manchester Association of Police Supervisors, a union representing ranking officers and supervisors in New Hampshires largest city, has endorsed Frank Guinta for Congress.
As Manchesters two-term mayor, Guinta worked with the police department to reduce violent crime by 17 percent, helping Manchester to become one of CNNs “Best Places to Live.” In Congress, Guinta has focused on New Hampshires number one problem, the states heroin epidemic, a public health issue, as well as a law enforcement one.
“Police need all the help we can get, and we know that Frank Guinta will be there for us every time. Hes been our voice in Congress, as he has been for all Granite Staters concerned about safety and security,” said Rich Brennan, President Manchester Association of Police Supervisors. “Police care about the economy, too, as well as jobs, education, health care, and every other issue important to New Hampshire. Franks our choice.”
“Brave Granite State police are on the front lines of the fight against deadly drugs pouring into New Hampshire,” said Guinta, who leads the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, numbering nearly 90 Republicans and Democrats in Congress. “Often, law enforcement heroes must intervene to safe a life, administering emergency overdose treatment. Of course, Manchesters finest would lay down their own lives to save one.”
“In this time of crisis, their service to New Hampshire has been exemplary. I am so proud to have received the unions endorsement,” he said.
This month, Guinta also received the endorsement of the Manchester Police Patrolmans Association, a union of sworn officers in Manchester. In Congress, where he represents New Hampshires First District — extending from southern New Hampshire to the Seacoast, Lakes Region and North Country — the Republican led passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
Major legislation to improve addiction treatment and recovery programs, the bill includes training for local law enforcement officers. It includes Guintas measures to protect those who administer emergency treatment from civil liability and to strengthen long-term recovery programs to reduce the odds of patient relapse, among others. The President signed the bill into law.
Guinta introduced the “Ax the Tax on Middle-Class Americans Health Benefits Act” to repeal Obamacares 40-percent tax on health benefits that businesses and municipalities in New Hampshire offer employees. The so-called Cadillac Tax would have forced budget-strapped towns and cities in New Hampshire to eliminate benefits and staff. Guintas bill forced the President to sign a delay into law, saving public and private sector employees health insurance plans, as well as jobs and wages.
He has voted for a nationwide Blue Alert system to warn of threats to officers. He voted to exclude disability and survivors benefits, in case of injury or death in the line of duty, from federal income taxes. And he voted to allow federal law enforcement officers to carry agency firearms during emergency government furloughs.