NHDP - Responds to Charlie Bass's Announcement

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement after Charlie Bass announced he will run for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd district:

"Granite Staters sent Charlie Bass and his Washington ways packing back in 2006 because he became the poster boy for reckless spending and skyrocketing deficits in Washington.  He shouldn't expect 2010 to produce different results regardless of how hard Republican insiders try to force his candidacy upon us." 
"The last thing we need right now is to go back to the policies that Bass's record represents.  Charlie's call for a u-turn to those failed policies shows how grossly out of touch he is with the need to move our country forward and get our economy back on track. While Bass fails to understand that, he should expect Granite Staters to send him the message loud and clear this November when they reject his re-run candidacy."

From the day Bass was sworn into office to the day he left office, the debt increased almost $3.88 trillion.  [treasurydirect.gov]

Bass Voted For FY 2005 Budget that Increased the Debt by $690 Billion. In 2004, Bass voted in favor of the FY 2005 Budget Resolution that increased the public debt limit by $690 billion. The measure passed 216-213. [CQ House Action Reports, "The Budget Agreement," 5/19/04; USA Today, 5/20/04; SCR 95, Vote #198, 5/19/04]

Bass Voted for FY 2007 Budget that Added Hundreds of Billions to Deficit, Hurt Working Families. In 2006, Bass voted in favor of a $2.8 trillion budget that was fiscally reckless and harmful for America's working families. The budget added hundred of billions to the already record budget deficit and includes a provision to increase the debt limit by $653 billion to $9.6 trillion. It cut key programs like education, health, and veterans programs. The budget included a projected deficit for 2006 of $372 billion, and a deficit for 2007 of $348 billion. By 2011, the deficit could total $1.1 trillion. The budget resolution contained no plans to balance the budget, and the Republican policies would have made the deficit grow by $410 billion over five years. The bill passed 218-210. [House Budget Committee, Minority Staff Analysis of the FY 07 Budget; HCR 376, Vote #158, 5/18/06]
The Deficit Exploded Under Bush. Although President Bush had hoped to preside over a deficit reduction in his last year in office, the New York Times reported that the FY2009 budget he sent to Congress in February of 2008 would raise the federal deficit by nearly $250 billion - bringing it to $410 billion in 2008, up from $162 billion the year before. [New York Times, 2/05/08]
In 2007, the Washington Post reported that Bush "inherited a budget surplus when he took office, but it disappeared amid a recession, the 2001 terrorist attacks, and his massive tax-cutting program. By 2004, the deficit had soared to $413 billion...but it fell to $248 billion [in 2006]." [Washington Post, 10/16/07]
Bass has called for a policy "u-turn" that would take our country back to the 8 years of failed Bush economic policies that got our economy into this mess in the first place. [Roll Call, 12/4/2009]
Republican Party insiders in Washington have been lining up behind Bass in an attempt to force his candidacy on voters in New Hampshire.  Not only have numerous establishment insiders and members of Congress reportedly supported Bass's campaign financially, but the party boss in charge of the House Republican Caucus's campaign arm is also supporting Bass. [Roll Call, 1/19/2010]