DNC - Senator McCain Watch: If you Like the Bush Economy, Hire McCain

Washington, DC--After a week in which John McCain received more criticism for his ties to top economic advisor Phil Gramm, who echoed Senator McCain's sentiments that America's economic problems were "psychological" by saying we are in a "mental recession," McCain is in Maine today, where his out of touch positions and attitude on the economy will be on full display. Today, McCain will raise campaign cash in Maine with former President George H.W. Bush and his wealthy friends (if McCain was really trying to erase his reputation as being out of touch with Americans and their economic concerns - he might have thought twice about appearing with the elder Bush who himself didn't understand the economy as president.) John McCain is not only taking help from the Bush family to raise money, he's calling for the continuation of the Bush-Republican economic policies that have been a disaster for America's families.

In Maine, where Senator McCain will campaign today, rising oil prices have not only hurt families at the gas pump, but many families are already bracing for home heating prices that are expected to set records this winter. John McCain has repeatedly voted against LIHEAP funding to help many of those families heat their homes in the winter. In addition, McCain's opposition to expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, his proposal to make Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations permanent and his health care plan that would undermine employer provided health care would only make matters worse for the people of Maine and America.

Maine families depend on LIHEAP…

Maine Received Over $26 Million in LIHEAP Funding In 2008. In 2008, Maine received $26,815,321 in LIHEAP funds. [US Department of Health and Human Services, LIHEAP Clearinghouse, accessed 7/17/08, available here: http://www.liheap.ncat.org/profiles/Maine.htm]

46,000 Households In Maine Depend On LIHEAP. In 2007, it's estimated that 46,000 households in Maine received LIHEAP funds. [US Department of Health and Human Services, LIHEAP Clearinghouse, accessed 7/17/08, available here: http://www.liheap.ncat.org/profiles/Maine.htm]

The Average Maine Family On LIHEAP Get Over $500. In 2007 New Hampshire families getting LIHEAP assistance received $588. [US Department of Health and Human Services, LIHEAP Clearinghouse, accessed 7/17/08, available here: http://www.liheap.ncat.org/profiles/Maine.htm]

McCain has opposed heating assistance for low income Americans…

McCain Voted Against $500 Million Energy Assistance Package For Low-Income Families. McCain voted against an amendment provided an additional $500 million for LIHEAP and $3.5 billion for other energy programs. [2006 Senate Vote #42, 3/14/2006]

McCain Repeatedly Opposed Heating Assistance For Those Who Could Not Afford It. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has frequently opposed increasing funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [2006 Senate Vote #57, 3/16/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #349, 11/18/2005; 2005 Senate Vote #261, 10/20/2005; 1995 Senate Vote #319, 7/21/1995]

McCain Voted To Significantly Cut Funding To The Energy Assistance Program. McCain voted to reduce spending for LIHEAP by $633 million over six years and freezing the program at $819 thereafter. LIHEAP is a vital program for the elderly and low-income families who are otherwise forced to choose between buying food or heating their homes. The program has already been cut in recent years and any more cuts would seriously undermine its ability to assist the nation's most vulnerable citizens. [1996 Senate Vote #129, 5/22/1996]