NRCC - Higher Costs, Higher Unemployment: Carol Shea-Porter Votes for National Energy Tax

Shea-Porter Casts Vote to Cost Constituents Millions of Dollars, Thousands of Jobs

Washington- Carol Shea-Porter sent a loud and clear signal to the people of New Hampshire about where her priorities lie today by siding with her Democrat leaders and voting for their disastrous National Energy Tax. With the outcome of the vote in question until the last minute, Shea-Porter's support was crucial to passing the latest installment in the Democrats’ ongoing crusade against economic recovery.

“Carol Shea-Porter's vote to kill jobs in her district and hand her constituents higher costs during these difficult times is nothing short of insulting,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “The people of New Hampshire sent Carol Shea-Porter to Washington to represent their values and restore prosperity, and she has returned the favor by once again bowing to her party bosses at the expense of middle class families. Unfortunately for Shea-Porter, she will have to answer to New Hampshire voters rather than Nancy Pelosi when Election Day rolls around.”

It has long been known that the Democrats’ National Energy tax will devastate the American economy, but a new study shows just how much damage Carol Shea-Porter voted to wreak on her New Hampshire congressional district: less than three years from now, the National Energy Tax will cost Shea-Porter's constituents more than $550 million and 4,900 jobs. (“How the Waxman-Markey Climate Change Bill Would Affect the States, by Congressional District,” Heritage Foundation, 6/25/09)


With the Vote on the Line, Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Leaders Lobbied Members to Buy into Her Job-Killing Agenda: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prowled the floor Friday morning, hungry for the votes she needs to pass her ‘flagship’ climate-change legislation... Pelosi used a series of votes on a spending bill to work the floor. She buttonholed coal-state lawmakers and huddled with allies to compare tally sheets.” (Soraghan and Allen, “Pelosi, Allies Pressure Dems to Back Climate Bill,” The Hill, 6/26/09)

“The White House, which portrays the bill as a jobs-creation measure, spent the day trying to win over moderates who remain concerned that putting a price on carbon emissions would drive up utility costs and hurt consumers and manufacturers. House Democrats met Thursday morning with senior White House adviser David Axelrod, whose message was direct. ‘The message was: Pass the bill,’ said House Rules Chairwoman Louise M. Slaughter , D-N.Y.” (Davenport and Palmer, “Climate Bill Rides Last-Minute Blitz,” CQ Politics, 6/26/09)

“Democratic leaders are working furiously to corral votes for a controversial climate change measure, hoping to build a big enough margin so that vulnerable Democrats can be freed to vote against it.” (Lerer and O'Connor, “Dems Scramble For Climate Votes,” Politico, 06/25/09)

“To Democratic opponents and skeptics, Pelosi seemed to be everywhere this week, lobbying for her ‘flagship”’bill — an effort expected to culminate Friday in a vote too close for anyone to guarantee one way or the other. It is the biggest risk of her tenure as Speaker... Hoping to ensure its passage, she’s taking an active role in whipping the vote and making sure her members understand how much she values this roll call. ‘She really feels climate is her legacy,’ said a former leadership aide. ‘I can’t remember when she’s put so much personal capital into an issue.’” (Soraghan, “Tap on Shoulder from Pelosi,” The Hill, 6/25/09)

President Obama Even Admitted That Under This Bill, Utility Rates Would “Skyrocket”: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket ... that will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers ...” (President Barack Obama, Meeting with the Editorial Board at the San Francisco Chronicle, January, 2008)

The National Energy Tax will have a devastating effect on the economy:

  • It’s a massive energy tax
  • It will not make a substantive impact on the environment
  • It will kill jobs
  • It will cause electricity bills and gas prices to sharply increase
  • It will outsource manufacturing jobs and hurt free trade
  • It will make you choose among energy, groceries, clothing, and haircuts
  • It will be highly susceptible to fraud and corruption
  • It will hurt senior citizens, the poor, and the unemployed the worst

(“The Cost of Cap and Trade: Why the EPA and CBO Are Wrong,” Heritage Foundation, 6/24/09)