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Rep. Paul Ryan: Guinta 'deserves' return to Congress
Guinta is trying to regain the 1st District congressional seat he lost to U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., in 2012, after winning the seat from her in 2010.
Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin serving his eighth term in office, said the House has had to assume more of an "oversight" role because of President Barack Obama's recent executive actions. Obama announced during his State of the Union address that he would use executive powers and circumvent Congress if he felt the need to. He recently enacted a raise in the federal minimum wage, to $10.10, for employees of federal contractors.
"Congress writes laws. That's the legislative branch's power, not the executive branch's power, and we think the President is stretching it," he said.
"I think they have done a great service to bring us to becoming a real fiscal conservative party, which before 2010 I think our party lost its moorings," he said. "So I think they have done a lot to get us whipped into shape as a true fiscal conservative party."
Guinta said he believes the "frustrations" of the 2012 election in New Hampshire, in which he was defeated and Democrats took the governor's office, the State House and New Hampshire's other House disrtict seat, have brought about a renewed vigor for the state GOP.