Opposes key domestic priorities, fiscal responsibility while supporting Social Security privatization
John Sununu voted this morning against a balanced federal budget that invests in new jobs, economic growth and middle class tax cuts, opting instead to continue the failed Bush policies that have stifled economic growth and left middle-class families struggling. Sununu has supported Bush’s economic policyfor seven years, and this morning he sided against a plan to turn the nation’s economy around.
“The budget is a reflection of our nation’s priorities, and today John Sununu stood squarely against the values of Granite Staters,” DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. “John Sununu had an opportunity to create new jobs, help make college more affordable, and properly care for our nation’s veterans – all while balancing the budget – but instead he decided to stick with the failed status quo.”
Sununu For Privatizing Social Security
- Sununu voted for a GOP budget amendment that Sen. Max Baucus described as “privatization of Social Security.” Arguing against the plan, Baucus added, “we all know that the volatility of the stock market is not the best thing for our seniors.” [Vote #65, 3/13/08; Baucus Floor Speech, 3/13/08]
- Jobs. Sununu voted against approximately 500,000 new good-paying construction and green collar jobs.
- Middle class tax cuts. Sununu voted against an extension of the child tax credit, against marriage penalty relief, and against lower income taxes for all families, to hold middle class tax relief hostage unless multi-millionaires get more tax breaks averaging $120,000 per year.
- Affordable college. Sununu voted against an extension of tuition tax credits that helps make college more affordable to middle class families.
- Job training. Private employers have cut hundreds of thousands of jobs in the last three months, but Sununu voted against restoring over $2 billion in proposed cuts to job training and vocational education programs to help youth and adults prepare for 21st century jobs.
- Clean energy. Sununu voted against major new investments in clean energy and the green collar jobs they create.
- Veterans. The budget Sununu voted against includes $3.2 billion more than the Bush budget for veterans’ programs, covering the amount veterans’ groups have identified as necessary to address shortfalls in health care, prosthetic research, benefits backlogs, and construction.
- Close down offshoring tax shelters. Sununu voted against shutting down tax shelters that let U.S. corporations evade billions in taxes by re-incorporating in the Cayman Islands and other offshore locations.
- Infrastructure. Sununu voted against a $10 billion investment in the roads and bridges that are the lifeblood of our economy , which would create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
[Vote #85, 3/14/08; Chairman’sMark of FY 2009 Budget Resolution, 3/6/08]
Sununu Against Fiscal Responsibility
- The national debt has risen $3.7 trillion since Bush took office, yet Sununu voted against a balanced budget that would stop borrowing from China and Saudi Arabia, asking future generations to pay the bills. The average New Hampshire family pays $1,500 in taxes each year simply to pay the interest on the Bush-Sununu $9 trillion national debt. [U.S. Treasury Department, accessed 3/14/08; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/15/07; House Budget Committee, 6/27/07]