Jeb Bradley - The Latest GOP Rubber Stamp of the Week

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2006

CONTACT: Bill Burton/Sarah Feinberg, (202) 485-3440

Bradley Walks in Lock-Step With President Bush and the Republican Congress, Does Nothing to Lower Gas Prices and Votes the Party Line on the Special Interest Budget That Hurts New Hampshire Families

Bradley is a Rubber Stamp for President Bush and the GOP Leadership

 

o Jeb Bradley votes with President Bush four out of every five times and votes the Republican Party line nearly 90% of the time.

 

Bradley has Taken More Than $50,000 from the GOP Leadership

Bradley rubberstamped the Republican special interest budget that runs up the debt, cuts education, job training, health care for veterans and homeland security.

Bradley is in the Pocket of Big Oil

Bradley has accepted nearly $20,000 in campaign cash from Big Oil

Bradley accepted $2,000 from ExxonMobil just last month, then voted to send $2.5 million in tax cuts to ExxonMobil’s CEO

Gas Prices in New Hampshire:

$2.89: Average Cost per Gallon in New Hampshire

$1.52: National Average When Bush Took Office

$2.08: Average Cost in New Hampshire, One Year Ago

$3.14: Last Summer’s Record

??: This Summer

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that New Hampshire Congressman Jeb Bradley has been named the newest “GOP Rubber Stamp of the Week.” Bradley was named “Rubber Stamp of the Week” because of his loyal allegiance to the Republican Party line. Bradley has done nothing to lower the cost of gas for New Hampshire drivers and while in Congress he has voted in favor of the special interest budget that increases our record debt, cuts job training and education, cuts homeland security funding, cuts veterans’ health care and fails to fully fix a tax on millions of middle class families. New Hampshire families deserve a member of Congress who will fight for their interests, and not simply toe the line for the failed agenda of the Republican leadership. Bradley will be featured for his rubber stamp loyalty for the next seven days on the DCCC’s website, available at www.DCCC.org .

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that New Hampshire Congressman Jeb Bradley has been named the newest “GOP Rubber Stamp of the Week.” Bradley was named “Rubber Stamp of the Week” because of his loyal allegiance to the Republican Party line. Bradley has done nothing to lower the cost of gas for New Hampshire drivers and while in Congress he has voted in favor of the special interest budget that increases our record debt, cuts job training and education, cuts homeland security funding, cuts veterans’ health care and fails to fully fix a tax on millions of middle class families. New Hampshire families deserve a member of Congress who will fight for their interests, and not simply toe the line for the failed agenda of the Republican leadership. Bradley will be featured for his rubber stamp loyalty for the next seven days on the DCCC’s website, available at .

 

“The price at the pump has never been higher yet when it comes to fighting for lowering the cost of gas, Jeb Bradley absent for New Hampshire families,” said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “With Jeb Bradley consistently voting to back George Bush’s failed agenda and nearly always falling in line behind his party leaders, New Hampshire families are not getting the kind of representation they deserve. This November, voters in the Granite State will reject Jeb Bradley’s rubber stamp representation and vote for change.”

 

Jeb Bradley’s Rubber Stamp Record

 

Bradley Voted to Pass $70 Billion Tax Cut Bill That Benefits ExxonMobil’s CEO. Last month, Republicans in the House forced through a $70 billion tax cut bill. The bill extends for two years the Bush tax breaks on capital gains and dividends, but only includes a one year patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax, a tax that is particularly painful for millions of middle class families. The Washington Post called the bill a “windfall for the rich, and a hole in the federal budget.” According to a study by the Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, Middle-income households would receive an average tax cut of $20, while the 0.2 percent of households with incomes over $1 million would get average tax cuts of $42,000. The Washington Post wrote that, “This Congress and administration are putting the nation deeper and deeper in debt to benefit a sliver of the population that doesn't need the help. Someone's going to have to pay for these deficit-financed tax cuts eventually, and it's likely to be your grandchildren.” [HR 4297, Vote #135, 5/10/06; Washington Post, 5/11/06]

Bradley Voted Against Removing Tax Breaks for Big Oil Companies from Tax Bill. In April 2006, Bradley voted against a motion to instruct conferees negotiating H.R. 4297, the Tax Reconciliation Bill. The motion would instruct House conferees to 1) to accept three bipartisan provisions from the Senate that would remove subsidies and close loopholes for large integrated oil companies, so that big oil companies would pay their fair share of taxes, and 2) strike the extension of the capital gains and dividend tax cuts. The total for these two proposals is $51 billion. In 2005, the top five oil companies reaped more than $100 million, three times their profits in 2002. [McDermott Talking Points, "Republicans Fight for Big Oil Subsidies and Loopholes"; HR 4297, Vote #109, 4/27/2006]

Bradley Opposed Cracking Down on Price Gouging & Lowering Gas Prices. In October of 2005, Bradley voted against a measure to provide the Federal Trade Commission with new authority to investigate and prosecute those that engage in predatory pricing, from oil companies on down to gas stations, with the emphasis on those who profit the most. This includes price gouging of gasoline and natural gas, home heating oil and propane. The measure increased funding for the low-income home energy assistance program through fines from price-gouging companies and created a strategic refinery reserve with capacity equal to 5 percent of the total United States demand for gasoline, home heating oil and other refined petroleum products. [Reps. Stupak & Boucher, Remarks, Congressional Record, pg H8780, 10/7/05; HR 3893, Vote #517, 10/7/2005]

 

Don’t Forget, Bradley Falls in Line on the GOP Special Interest Budget

Five Years of Consecutive Deficits, Balanced Budget Not In Sight. The Republican budget makes the already record deficits worse. The budget proposal passed out of the House Budget Committee includes a projected deficit for 2006 of $372 billion, and a deficit for 2007 of $348 billion. With these current Republican budget priorities, we will see five consecutive years of budget deficits and by 2011, the deficit could total $1.1 trillion. The budget resolution contains no plans to balance the budget, and, in fact, the Republican policies make the deficit worse by $410 billion over five years relative to current budget policies.

Deep Cuts to Education, Training, and Social Services Funding. The House GOP budget contains a $2.2 billion cut to the Department of Education for 2007, cuts to virtually every job training program in the Department of Labor, and cuts to social services programs in the Department of Health and Human Services. Over five years, the Republican resolution cuts purchasing power for education, social services, and training programs by $45.3 billion.

Cuts Veterans’ Health Care and Taxes Military Retirees. The budget proposal passed out of the House Budget Committee cuts veterans’ health care beyond 2007. Despite an initial boost in veterans’ health spending for 2007, over five years (from 2007-2011), the Republican budget resolution actually cuts funding for veterans’ appropriated programs by $6 billion below the level that CBO estimates is needed to maintain current services. Additionally, the Republican budget resolution includes significant increases in TRICARE costs for military retirees under 65. In fact, health care fees will triple for retired officers, double for retired senior enlisted personnel, and increase by 40 percent for junior enlisted retirees.

Could Mean Cuts to Homeland Security. The budget resolution cuts $6.1 billion below current services out of two of the main budget functions that finance homeland security activities – Community and Regional Development, and Administration of Justice. These budget functions fund port security grants to tighten the physical security of our ports, the Container Security Initiative to identify and inspect high risk U.S.- bound cargo, procurement of radiation portal monitors to screen for nuclear material in shipping containers and law enforcement terrorism prevention grants for first responders among other functions. Additionally, the Republican budget includes cuts that could reduce the size of the Army National Guard by up to 17,000 and includes a $39 million cut to the critical Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which is a program that helps prevent terrorists from obtaining loose nuclear material.

Fails to Fully Fix the Alternative Minimum Tax. The budget resolution again fails to find a long-term solution for the AMT. The GOP budget resolution includes just a one year AMT patch, not a permanent solution. This not only makes tax planning more difficult for millions of taxpayers, but also distorts and greatly understates the costs of Republican-favored tax code changes