Hodes Plays Lap Dog During President’s New Hampshire Event
WASHINGTON – One week after attempting to distance himself from the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) shared the stage with President Barack Obama today in an effort to promote the Democrats’ plans to impose a government takeover of New Hampshire’s health care system.
But during an interview with the Nashua Telegraph editorial board last week, Hodes took pains to separate himself from the President and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, bragging about his “independence” and emptily claiming that he shares Republican Senator Judd Gregg’s (R-NH) desire to “curb federal spending.”
Unfortunately for Hodes, during his three and a half years in Congress he has voted with the Democrats more than 96 percent of the time, including supporting the President’s $3.5 trillion budget, the earmark-laden $410 billion omnibus, and the $787 billion “stimulus” package, which has failed to restart New Hampshire’s economy since its passage in February 2009.
“If Paul Hodes is so ‘independent’ why didn’t he step up today and reject the Administration’s calls for a Washington-run health care system instead of idly standing by and supporting the President and his proposals?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson. “Hodes’ attempts to distance himself from the White House and Democrat leaders may be politically expedient as he is seeking higher office, but he certainly did not look so ‘independent’ as he stood by President Obama today or voted for Nancy Pelosi’s fiscally irresponsible agenda in Washington,” Wilkerson concluded.
Perhaps the problem is that Hodes hasn’t actually read all of the bills he voted for, which he claims “would slow down the business of Congress to a crawl and it would be hard to get done what needs to be done.” According to the Nashua Telegraph, “Hodes said it’s not realistic to expect members of Congress to read every bill word-for-word, as Congress took more than 2,000 votes in the session that ended in December.”
As Now New Hampshire notes, “This year, Hodes voted in support of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package and for so-called cap-and-trade legislation. Both measures were finalized late in the legislative process and rushed to a vote before any individual member could read the bills... Voters across the U.S. have grown increasingly frustrated by the practice of Members of Congress not reading legislation before they vote and have begun to vocalize their discontent at town hall events.”
In The 110th Congress, Paul Hodes Voted With The Democrat Party 97.9% Of The Time. (The Washington Post Votes Database, http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/house/party-voters/, Accessed 2/4/09)
Thus Far In The 111th Congress, Paul Hodes Has Voted With The Democrat Party 94.8% Of The Time. (The Washington Post Votes Database, http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/H001043/, Accessed 8/3/09)
Combined, Hodes Votes Over 96% Of The Time With The Democrat Majority.
Hodes Voted For President Obama’s Massive $3.5 Trillion Budget. (H. Con. Res. 85, CQ Vote #192: Adopted 233-196: R 0-176; D 233-20, 4/2/09, Hodes Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #216: Adopted 233-193: R 0-176; D 233-17, 4/29/09, Hodes Voted Yea)
Obama’s Agenda “Would Force The Nation To Borrow Nearly $9.3 Trillion Over The Next 10 Years To Fund The President’s Priorities In Health Care, Education And Other Areas, According To An Analysis Released Friday By The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.” (Lori Montgomery, “Obama To Pursue Budget Goals On Hill,” The Washington Post, 3/24/09)
Hodes Voted For The Earmark-Laden $410 Billion FY09 Omnibus Appropriation Bill. (H.R. 1105, CQ Vote #86: Passed 245-178: R 16-158; D 229-20, 4/25/09, Hodes Voted Yea)
“The Bill Includes An 8.5 Percent Across-The-Board Increase Over Last Year And Billions Of Dollars Worth Of Pet Projects.” (Trish Turner, “Senate Poised to Pass $410 Billion Spending Bill Tuesday,” Fox News, 3/9/09)
Taxpayers For Common Sense Identified More Than 8,500 Earmarks In The Omnibus Worth $7.7 Billion. (Taxpayers For Common Sense Website, www.taxpayer.net, Accessed 3/9/09)
Hodes Voted For The $787 Billion So-Called “Stimulus” Bill. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea)
Hodes Labeled AIG As Standing For “Arrogance, Incompetence And Greed” During A Congressional Hearing. (Capital Markets, Insurance And Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee Of The House Financial Services Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 3/18/09)
But Despite His Publicized Outrage At The Bonuses, Paul Hodes Voted In Favor Of The Legislation That Protected Those Same Bonuses. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea)