NHDP - New TV Ad Can’t Change Bass’ s Votes to Dismantle Medicare, Explode Deficits

$368k in Big Corporate TV Ads Trying to Bail out Bass

 

CONCORD, NH - Yesterday, the US Chamber of Commerce released a $368,000 New Hampshire TV ad that attempts to bail out Congressman Bass by covering up his vote to dismantle Medicare last year and his repeated votes to explode the national debt over the past two decades in Washington, DC.  The Chamber will spend more on the ads - over $368,000 - than Bass raised during the last six months.

 

"With an approval rating of just 30%, its is clear that big corporations are trying to bail out Congressman Bass with this expensive TV ad, but no amount of TV ads can cover up his votes to dismantle Medicare and explode the national debt over his 13 years in Washington," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. 

 

"The fact is, Bass voted for the hugely controversial Paul Ryan budget last year that would have ended Medicare as we know it and turn it into a private voucher system, and after his many votes for corporate tax subsidies and loopholes, the national debt has more than doubled on his watch," continued Kirstein.

 

FACTS

 

MEDICARE:

 

Bass has consistently voted to cut Medicare[2] and last year voted for the Paul Ryan budget[3] that would have ended Medicare as we know it and turn it into a voucher system for private insurance.

 

GOVERNMENT SPENDING:

 

In July of 2011 Bass voted against a bill that would have reduced the federal deficit by $2.2 trillion and curbed excessive government spending[4]. 

 

While Bass has been in Congress, the national debt nearly doubled and he has consistently voted to extend subsidies for the multibillion dollar oil industry[5].

 

 

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[1] The Granite State Poll, University of New Hampshire, 2/8/12

[2] HRS653, Vote #4, 2/01/06. S1932, Vote #670, 12/19/05. HCR 84, Vote #166, 6/05/97. HR 2496, Vote #812, 11/17/95. HR 2491,Vote #743, 10/26/95.

[3] H CON RES 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11

[4] HR 2693, Vote #682, 7/30/11

[5] HR 6, Vote #445 , 7/28/05 (Bass vote for Bush Energy bill with $85 billion in energy company subsidies, primarily oil and gas).

As of January 31, 1995, the month Bass was first sworn into office, the total Public Debt Outstanding was $4.815 trillion.  Exact number in millions $4,815,827. [Public Debt Historic Data, publicdebt.treas.gov, accessed 9/18/10] As of December 31, 2006, when he left office after being voted out,  the total Public Debt Outstanding was $8.680 trillion.  Exact number in millions $8,680,224. [Public Debt Historic Data, publicdebt.treas.gov, accessed 9/18/10]