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March 31, 2014

OBAMA'S RUBBER STAMP

Jeanne Shaheen Stands With Obama on Spending

Shaheen Stands with Obama a Shocking 99% of the Time

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has sided with President Obama a remarkable 99% of the time, even when the policies are wrong for families and workers in New Hampshire. Despite proclaiming to be a champion on spending issues, the national debt has increased more than $54,000 for every household in New Hampshire since Jeanne Shaheen went to Washington.

In 2008, Jeanne Shaheen pledged to restore fiscal responsibility to Washington: "We’ve got to, as I said, end the practice of just putting in place programs without being willing to say where the money’s gonna come from. We’ve gotta begin to pay down our ten trillion dollar debt that forces us every day to go out and borrow money from China or Japan or other countries, and it’s now the fifth largest line item in the budget. We have got to do something about that debt."

Unfortunately for New Hampshire, Shaheen's record falls far short of her rhetoric. Her promises to restore fiscal responsibility fall drastically short. In an interview this month, Shaheen denied her partisan politics: “I support what’s good for New Hampshire, and when the President agrees with that, that’s great. When the President doesn’t, then I disagree with the President.” The reality is, Jeanne Shaheen is one of Barack Obama's most partisan allies in the Senate.

In addition to the nearly $7 trillion in debt that has been accumulated since she went to Washington, Jeanne Shaheen has supported detrimental policies that would mean higher taxes and higher costs for Granite Staters including:

  • ObamaCare: Costs $1.5 trillion over 10 years according to the Congressional Budget Office. 
  • Failed Stimulus: $825 billion stimulus bill that failed to deliver the jobs promised.
  • Omnibus: Shaheen voted for the $446.8 billion 2010 omnibus bill, containing $3.9 billion in earmarks. 
  • Earmarks: In March 2009, Shaheen voted for the earmark-laden 2009 omnibus appropriations bill.

"Over the last five years, Jeanne Shaheen's rhetoric on spending has been great, but her votes have been disastrous and have left Granite Staters with a mountain of debt," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "It's clear that New Hampshire can't trust Jeanne Shaheen, who has a pattern of saying one thing but doing another. Despite promises to the contrary, Jeanne Shaheen has served as a rubber stamp for the liberal Obama agenda instead of doing what's best for the Granite State."

BACKGROUND

Independence Rhetoric

In An Interview With WMUR, Jeanne Shaheen Said She Only Votes With Obama When It's Good For New Hampshire. SHAHEEN: “I support what’s good for New Hampshire, and when the President agrees with that, that’s great. When the President doesn’t, then I disagree with the President.” (WMUR, 3/20/14)

In 2008, Shaheen Attacked John Sununu For Voting With President Bush 90% Of The Time. SHAHEEN: “Well, I’ve acknowledged that John Sununu has voted ten percent of the time independently. He’s voted ninety percent of the time with President Bush, and the reason that’s a concern is because it is those votes, for those policies, that have gotten us into the economic crisis that we’re in, because you have voted down the line with George Bush on his economic policies, to support his budgets, to support raising the debt to ten trillion dollars. You’ve taken the biggest surplus in the history of the country and turned it into a  near record deficit.” (Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Senate Debate, 10/21/08)

Spending Rhetoric

In 2008, Shaheen Said “We Need Is Somebody Who’s Gonna Go To Washington And Really Be Fiscally Conservative…” SHAHEEN: “Listening to John Sununu talk about his fiscal responsibility is just not credible. During his years in Washington, he’s voted with George Bush for every Bush budget, voted to double the national debt to ten trillion dollars, now another almost trillion dollars for the bailout, and what we need is somebody who’s gonna go to Washington and really be fiscally conservative, really be responsible with the taxpayer dollars.” (New Hampshire Senate Debate, www.youtube.com, 50:40, 10/6/08)

SHAHEEN: “I Think We’ve Got To Restore Fiscal Responsibility To Washington… We Have Got To Do Something About That Debt.” SHAHEEN: “Well, I think we’ve got to restore fiscal responsibility to Washington. We’ve got to, as I said, end the practice of just putting in place programs without being willing to say where the money’s gonna come from. We’ve gotta begin to pay down our ten trillion dollar debt that forces us every day to go out and borrow money from China or Japan or other countries, and it’s now the fifth largest line item in the budget. We have got to do something about that debt.” (New Hampshire Senate Debate, www.youtube.com, 27:10, 10/21/08)

Spending Votes

The National Debt Has Increased Nearly $7 Trillion Since Shaheen Went To Washington – In Increase Of $54,245 For Every New Hampshire Household. (U.S. Treasury Website, www.treasurydirect.gov, Accessed 3/26/14; Census Bureau Website, www.census.gov, Accessed 3/26/14)

Shaheen Voted To Pass ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #396: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)

  • ObamaCare Will Cost $1.5 Trillion Over 10 Years According To The Congressional Budget Office. “In the current interim projections, CBO and JCT estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in a net cost to the federal government of $41 billion in 2014 and $1,487 billion over the 2015–2024 period.” (“Updated Estimates Of The Insurance Coverage Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act,” Congressional Budget Office, 3/4/14)

In February 2009, Jeanne Shaheen Voted For The $825 Billion Stimulus Bill. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #64: Adopted (thus cleared for the president) 60-38; R 3-38; D 55-0; I 2-0, 2/13/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)

In December 2009, Shaheen Voted For The Fiscal 2010 Omnibus Bill That Included $446.8 Billion In Discretionary Spending. (H.R. 3288, CQ Vote #374: Adopted (thus cleared for the president) 57-35: R 3-32; D 52-3; I 2-0, 12/13/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)

  • The Fiscal 2010 Omnibus Contained 5,224 Earmarks Costing About $3.9 Billion. “In all, the bill contains 5,224 earmarks costing about $3.9 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group. Though Democrats say they have cracked down on pork-barrel spending, critics attacked the bill as excessive. ‘Clearly, the earmark culture has not been swept away,’ Brian M. Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, blogged Thursday.” (Richard Simon, “House OKs $3.9 Billion In Earmarks In Spending Bill,” Los Angeles Times, 12/11/09)

In March 2009, Shaheen Voted For The Earmark-Laden Fiscal 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. (H.R. 1105, CQ Vote #96: Motion agreed to 62-35: R 8-32; D 52-3; I 2-0, 3/10/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)

  • Then-Democratic Senator Evan Bayh Said The $410 Billion Omnibus “Lacks The Slightest Hint Of Austerity.” “This week, the United States Senate will vote on a spending package to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 is a sprawling, $410 billion compilation of nine spending measures that lacks the slightest hint of austerity from the federal government or the recipients of its largess.” (Senator Evan Bayh, Op-Ed, “Deficits And Fiscal Credibility,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/4/09)

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