NHDP - Ayotte Once Again Picks Radical Tea Party Republicans Over NH

Ayotte's hypocritical opposition to budget deal breaks past promises on bipartisanship, opposition to sequester

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. 
Ayotte's opposition puts her at odds with a majority of Republicans and Democrats across the country who are supporting the deal which reduces the irresponsible cuts and reduces the deficit by more than $20 Billion.  The deal was negotiated by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray and passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly by a 332-94 margin. 
“Everything Kelly Ayotte has ever said about bipartisanship and protecting New Hampshire and the shipyard from reckless budget cuts is entirely phony," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. "Today everyone is seeing that Kelly Ayotte really stands with Michelle Bachman and the extreme Tea Party fringe of the Republican Party – not the people of New Hampshire.  Hypocrisy is the only word to describe her opposition to this deal after claiming to oppose the sequester and 'governing by crisis.'”   
Republican House Speaker John Boehner had strong words for those opposing the deal, including Kelly Ayotte.  “[T]here just comes to a point when some people step over the line,” he said. “You know, when you criticize something and you have no idea what you’re criticizing, it undermines your credibility.” [Washington Post, 12/12/2013].  Earlier in the week Boehner also noted that Tea Party opposition to the budget was "ridiculous." 

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.”