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Apr032014

NRSC - Shaheen: Obama's Rubber Stamp on Energy Policy

Shaheen Supports Obama's Energy Agenda Instead of
What's Best For New Hampshire

Votes with Obama an Astounding 99% of the Time





Despite the fact that a majority of Granite Staters disapprove of President Obama, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) remains a loyal proxy vote for the liberal Obama agenda. Shaheen has voted with Obama an astonishing 99% of the time and has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs, and hurt workers in New Hampshire. 

For voters in New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen's propensity to support President Obama on energy issues will mean more red tape regulation, higher taxes, and increased costs that would destroy local businesses and hurt the middle class. The Shaheen-Obama agenda is simply too extreme for New Hampshire: 

  • Crippling: Jeanne Shaheen supported liberal California Senator Barbara Boxer's cap-and-trade scheme that would have increased New Hampshire energy prices and killed jobs.
  • Harmful: Jeanne Shaheen voted for an amendment that provided for the establishment of a tax on carbon.
  • Dangerous: Jeanne Shaheen voted against an amendment that that would have blocked the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide.

"Jeanne Shaheen promised to be an independent voice for New Hampshire but instead voted with President Obama 99% of the time, and supported a reckless cap-and-trade plan," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Those who don't agree with Barack Obama on energy issues don't agree with Jeanne Shaheen either, which is why voters will replace her with a Senator that they can trust to protect families, seniors, and workers in New Hampshire."

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)

Anti-Energy Policies

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted In Favor Of Establishing A New Tax On Carbon. “Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)

In 2008, Shaheen Supported The Lieberman-Warner Cap-And-Trade Legislation To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 80 Percent By 2050. “‘She supports many of the aims of the Warner-Lieberman bill,’ Shaheen spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. ‘She supports the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and in the U.S. Senate will push for a comprehensive plan to achieve that goal that includes economy-wide emissions reductions, aggressive research and development for new energy technologies , work with international partners to achieve global emissions reductions, and incentives for energy efficiency and clean alternative energy sources.’” (John P. Gregg, “N.H. Senators Face Pressure,” [White River Junction, VT] Valley News, 6/6/08)

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Assume For A Ban On The EPA Regulating Carbon Emissions. “Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 359 that would adjust the resolution to assume for a ban on the EPA regulation of carbon emissions.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #76: Rejected 47-52: R 44-1; D 3-49; I 0-2, 3/23/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

In April 2011, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Have Blocked The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide And Other Greenhouse Gasses. “McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 183 that would block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.” (S. 493, CQ Vote #54: Rejected 50-50: R 46-1; D 4-47; I 0-2, 4/6/11, Shaheen Voted Nay)

In 2013, Shaheen Voted Against A Bipartisan Amendment To Provide Congressional Approval For The Construction Of The Keystone Pipeline. “Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 494 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for the approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline as long as the legislation's costs are offset without raising revenue.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #61: Adopted 62-37: R 45-0; D 17-35; I 0-2, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

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