Concord – Senator Kelly Ayotte is once again siding with radical Tea Party Republicans like Congresswoman Michelle Bachman over New Hampshire with her opposition to a bipartisan budget compromise that will help avoid another government shutdown and blunt the impacts of reckless budget cuts on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Although Ayotte has repeatedly touted her opposition to these budget cuts, including in a national campaign to highlighting the dangers of these cuts, she now is refusing to actually protect New Hampshire from the impact of the cuts by siding with Tea Party radicals and opposing the budget deal.
Negotiations for the budget deal came out of the compromise reached to end the government shutdown in October of this year. At the time, Ayotte claimed to be willing to “work together even though we come from different parties so that we don't go from crisis to crisis in managing this nation” and that “with this agreement that we are able to come to a longer term - a budget for the nation” - promises broken by opposing this deal. [Ayotte.senate.gov]
Even Senator John McCain, who traveled the country warning of the dangers of the sequestration with Ayotte last year, said he would be back the deal because “it would soften the blow of sequestration’s cuts on the Pentagon and reduce the likelihood of another government shutdown next year.” [Politico, 12/13/2014].
As everyone in New Hampshire knows, these cuts are particularly consequential for the shipyard which has been forced to furlough workers as a result of budget limitations.
“It is impossible to square Ayotte’s claims of wanting to work together with her plan to vote against the budget deal,” continued Kirstein. “She flip-flopped on her pledge to avoid another government shutdown, just like she flip-flopped on her faux opposition to reckless budget cuts. When the Tea Party says jump, Kelly Ayotte’s asks how high.”