Press Releases

 

Thursday
Dec032009

60 Plus Responds to AARP Opposition to McCain Amendment

60 Plus Association President Jim Martin made the following statement in response to AARP's opposition to the McCain Amendment:

"It’s disappointing, but no surprise, AARP is opposed to the McCain Amendment, after all, they get hundreds of millions of dollars a year in royalties from the insurance companies.   It makes cents for them to support Obamacare, but no sense for the senior citizens they supposedly represent."

Thursday
Dec032009

NRSC Response to Hodes' TARP Bill Introduction 

ALL – please see the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) response below to Democrat Senate hopeful Paul Hodes’ introduction of a bill this evening that would end the TARP bank bailout fund:

 “Let’s at least acknowledge what this bill is: a campaign gimmick. If Paul Hodes is truly concerned about the national debt, why did he vote for the failed stimulus bill, Pelosi’s bloated budget, or the massive government-run health care legislation, which his own Democrat Governor said was too expensive? Thanks to Paul Hodes’ support for Nancy Pelosi’s liberal spending agenda, our nation’s deficit is at an all-time high and Granite State voters are paying the price. And now Paul Hodes really expects voters to believe that he is concerned about the debt? The proof is in his record – a record he will be held accountable for next year.” – Amber Wilkerson Marchand, NRSC spokeswoman

Notable fact to consider – Remember that trillion dollar “stimulus” boondoggle that Paul Hodes voted for earlier this year? Well it turns out the interest payments on the “stimulus” bill alone are $347 billion over the next decade. Just the interest payments. An average of $100 million a day. Every day. And yet Paul Hodes would have New Hampshire voters believes he’s now concerned about the irresponsible tax-and-spend policies of the Pelosi-led Congress?        

 

Thursday
Dec032009

NRSC - Conrad Admits Boondoggle Stimulus Was Neither Targeted, Timely, Nor Temporary

Does Paul Hodes Agree With His Democrat Colleague’s Assessment?

WASHINGTON – In a remarkable admission, U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) became one of the first senior Democrats to admit, publicly, that the stimulus did not work as the Democrats had initially predicted it would. 

Conrad, chairman of the influential Senate Budget Committee, told The Hill yesterday that “to the extent that I would have criticism of the stimulus, it was that it didn’t sufficiently meet the three-T test: ‘targeted, timely, temporary.’”

Of course, Conrad’s admission today echoes the same objections raised by Republicans nine months ago – and ignored by Democrats – when U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) rammed the trillion-dollar stimulus bill through to the President’s desk in February.

In an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News on February 12, 2009, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman (NRSC) U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) outlined his specific opposition to the stimulus, writing: “The administration said it wanted a bill that was timely, targeted and temporary. If the bill had reflected that spirit, the president's goal of 80 votes in the Senate might well have been in reach.”

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also pointed out that “This unprecedented spending of taxpayer dollars is not timely, targeted nor temporary and it fails to address the underlying problems with the economy.”

 “After nearly 10 months and a trillion dollars of borrowed taxpayer money, Kent Conrad is finally agreeing with what Republicans have been saying since this massive bill was first introduced in Congress back in February. Paul Hodes, however, remains conspicuously silent regarding the massive spending bill that he championed,” said NRSC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand.

Notably, Conrad’s comments come as Democrats attempt to push a two-thousand page, multi-trillion dollar government takeover of health care through the Senate before Christmas. Rushing such a lengthy bill through Congress on an artificial timeline was another GOP concern with the stimulus, as Chairman Cornyn pointed out in a television interview on Bloomberg back in February.

 “As we have seen with the stimulus boondoggle, the federal government is not able to adequately oversee major spending projects in a responsible manner, and yet Democrats continue pushing their government-run health care bill through the Senate at a reckless pace,” Wilkerson Marchand continued. “For the sake of the American taxpayers on the hook for this out-of-control spending, Paul Hodes needs to urge his would-be Democrat colleagues to take note of the lessons from the failed stimulus legislation and oppose his political party’s attempt to rush a government takeover of health care through Congress.”

 

Thursday
Dec032009

Daily Grind: Senate Should Just Return Home 

Editorial: Senate Should Return Home, Listen to Constituents on "ObamaCare"
It is not the special interests that are leading the charge against the "public option." It is the American people.

Is Civility Overrated?
Righteous, often angry, individuals built this country and fought its gravest injustices.

The WIRE: Gate Crashers Mystery Grows
Today's edition covers the recent White House guest controversy, an Obama appointee goes bananas, and Barack's speech to the new troops picked for the surge in Afghanistan.

ALG in the News: Judicial Radicals, Fuels GOP Dissatisfaction
Urban Conservative reprints the Executive Editor of ALG News' op-ed on the Judge Hamilton cloture vote.

 

Thursday
Dec032009

ALG Thanks Senators Voinovich and Collins for Opposing DHS Nominee Raphael Borras

Senators Voinovich and Collins are picking up the ball that is being

dropped by Barack Obama, in opposing Borras to a post critical to

the nation's security—a post he does not even meet the basic, statutory

qualifications for." – ALG President Bill Wilson

December 2nd, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for opposing Barack Obama's nomination for Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Rafael Borras.

In a letter dated November 23rd to Senate Majority Harry Reid, Senator Voinovich announced his intention to place a legislative hold on the nomination.  Voinovich wrote that it was his "sincere hope" that the nomination be withdrawn altogether.  Senator Collins also opposes Borras. 

According to the letter, "After a careful review of Mr. Borras' background, resume, and stated qualifications, I am not confident that he has the leadership and management experience necessary to manage an organization of 220,000 employees or oversee an approximately $50 billion operating budget."

Said Wilson, "Senators Voinovich and Collins are acting responsibly to oppose Borras.  The DHS Under Secretary for Management is too important a position vital to the security of the homeland to be filled with one who lacks the experience to manage hundreds of thousands of employees."

Voinovich cited his lack of experience in the private and public sectors to qualify Borras to the position, where he would be responsible for "serving as the Chief Management Officer at DHS and principal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security on the management of DHS; overseeing budget, appropriations, expenditures of funds, accounting, and finance; managing procurement, personnel, and other resources; ensuring the security of personnel and resources; developing strategic management and annual performance plans; and identifying and tracking performance measures."

According to the letter, Congress "required that the Under Secretary for Management have extensive level leadership and management experience, a demonstrated ability to manage large and complex organizations, and a proven record in achieving positive operational results." Which, Voinovich writes, he lacks.

Wilson concluded, "This goes to the heart of the vetting process that the White House ought to be undertaking but is failing.  Senators Voinovich and Collins are picking up the ball that is being dropped by Barack Obama, in opposing Borras to a post critical to the nation's security—a post he does not even meet the basic, statutory qualifications for."