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NetRight Daily: Senate GOP Let House Blue Dog Democrats Off Hook

Senate GOP Let House Blue Dog Democrats Off Hook: Well, we knew the sellout on Health Care was coming...


Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) Update on ACORN: In this video, Sen. Vitter discusses the latest in ACORN news.


The Carter Syndrome: On July 15th, 1979, in the dying days of his Administration, Jimmy Carter famously uttered that the American people faced a "crisis of confidence" characterized by the "growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation."


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With 144,000 New Hampshire Residents Lacking Health Coverage, Ayotte Has Choice To Make: Stand With Republicans For Political Gain or Do The Right Thing


New stunning comments from U.S. Senator James Inhofe: stalling health care would be a “huge gain” in the 2010 elections



With Republicans continuing to refuse to work with Senate Democrats on bi-partisan health care reforms and with recent comments from U.S. Senator James Inhofe indicating that stalling on health care reform would be a “huge gain” in the 2010 elections – where does Kelly Ayotte stand? As the people of New Hampshire suffer under rising health care costs, Senate Republicans have wiped their hands clean of any responsibility to address this crisis. Will Kelly Ayotte continue to stand with fellow Republicans and play political games, or will she finally go to work for the people of New Hampshire?


“Over the past 72 hours we have seen Republicans admit what we have all feared: partisan gamesmanship is prevailing over doing the right thing,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Eric Schultz. “If Kelly Ayotte agrees with her party that scoring political points is more important than covering the uninsured and bringing down health costs for all Americans, then she should say so. Republicans’ do nothing approach is why we have this problem in the first place and it would serve them well to be a part of the solution.”



DEMINT: Stopping Obama on Health Care Will “Break Him.” Last week, on a conference call with conservative activists, Senator Jim DeMint said, “If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo... It will break him." [Washington Post, 7/18/09]


INHOFE: Stalling on Health Care Would be “Huge Gain” For 2010 Election. On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Senator James Inhofe said, “I just hope the President keeps talking about it, keeps trying to rush it through. We can stall it. And that’s going to be a huge gain for those of us who want to turn this thing over in the 2010 election.” [Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, 7/22/09]



DNC Releases Televison Ad In South Carolina, District of Columbia, Taking Senator Jim DeMint and "Party of No" to Task for Politicizing Health Care 

DeMint Plays Politics With Health Care Reform While Families In South Carolina, And All Across The United States, Suffer Under The Burden Of Skyrocketing Health Care Costs


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Washington, D.C. – Following Senator Jim DeMint’s admission this morning that he stands by his stunning comment to a right wing attack group that the debate over health care reform will be President Obama’s “Waterloo,” and that he sees the health care debate as an opportunity to "break" the President, the Democratic National Committee released a new television ad today taking the SouthCarolina Senator to task for politicizing an issue that affects every American family while not offering any plan to deal with America's broken health care system. The ad, entitled "No Plan at All," will air on cablenews stationsin Greenville (DeMint's hometown)and Columbia, South Carolina as well as in the District of Columbia. The ad exposes Senator DeMint and the Republican Party’s shameless attempt to "kill" health care reform and "break" the President politically.


“The politicization of health care reform by Senator Jim DeMint and Republicans is a desperate and shameful ploy by the ‘Party of NO’ to score a political win on the backs of struggling American families and small businesses," said DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. "What’s worse is that this strategy originates from the same Republican Party who ignored health care reform for the past eight years, letting costs spiral out of control while protecting their special interest friends.


“Now that our health caresystem has finally reachedthe breaking point, Senator DeMint and the Republican Party want to run out the clock in hopes of ‘killing’ reform and ‘breaking’ the President," continued Woodhouse. "But, what's ‘broken’ is a supposed major political party dedicatedto ‘killing’ health carereform for purely political reasons whenthe average American family has seen anearly 80 percent increase in their health care premiums in this decade. What's ‘broken’ is a Republican party that insists on saying NO to reforming a system where nearly two-thirds of small businesses cannot afford to insure their employees. As the President has said, this debate cannot and should not be about politics. It’s time for Senator DeMint and the GOP to put partisan political games aside and focus on the job they were elected to do - fixing problems for American families.”


Last week, Senator DeMint, a frequent and persistent critic of the President who, as a leading figure in the "Party of No," has worked to obstruct the President's agenda at every turn, even at the expense of South Carolina's economy and families, told a right wing attack group that health care reform would be President Obama's "Waterloo" and that right wing forces could "break" the President over the issue. DeMint's call to arms, at the time, was the most overt admission by a Republican to date that they intend to politicize the issue of health care reform while refusing to work with the President and Congressional Democrats to fix America's broken health care system. Since then, the likes of Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and Republican Commentator Bill Kristol have agreed with DeMint's sentiment - hoping for failure in the President's effort to reform America's health care system - the spiraling costs of which are crushing individuals, families and businesses.


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‘Party Of No’ Continues To Defend The Status Quo Despite Overwhelming Evidence That The Need For Health Care Reform Is Urgent


Washington, DC – Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement in response to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s address to the National Press Club on health care reform today:

“This morning, Chairman Steele delivered a speech announcing a ‘new’ Republican campaign against the President’s efforts to reformAmerica’s broken health care system. Republican opposition to health care reform, however, is anything but new. In his speech, Chairman Steele spoke at length about the potential risks to reforming our failed health care system. It's sad, but not surprising, that the Republican Party, which for so long has supported the very policies and vested interests that helped get us to this crisis point, are unable to recognize the that the real risk is to do nothing at all, as they propose.

“Over the last eight years, our health care system languished while Republicans ignored exploding costs, rising deficits, struggling small business owners, and the millions of hard-working Americans who lack access to health care. After eight years of Republican inaction and obstruction, we are faced with insurance premiums that are rising at a rate three times faster than wages. Now, one in five American workers are uninsured, up from one in seven a decade ago, due to rapid rise in private health insurance premiums. In 1993, 61 percent of small businesses provided health insurance. In 2008, only 38 percent of small businesses are able to provide health insurance, with 10 percent now considering dropping coverage next year. And the increase in health care costs continues to outpace our ability to pay for them.

“Despite the crisis that confronts American families, the GOP continues to argue for the status quo on behalf of the special interests. If we do nothing as the Republican ‘Party of NO’ would have us do, we not only will ensure more of the same, but guarantee a growing crisis that will put a burden on our children that they will never overcome.

“It was also stunning - and sad - to hear that Chairman Steele agreed with Senator DeMint's comments that stopping health care reform would ‘break’ the President politically. What's ‘broken’ is a health care system where costs continue to explode, working families can't afford their premiums, small business can't compete, and where the Republican Party is interested in ensuring that we do nothing about these problems purely for their own political gain.

“For too many years, Americans have suffered under a failed health care system that costs too much, provides too little, and doesn’t come anywhere close to delivering the first-class care that Americans deserve. As we’ve seen, the effects of our broken health care system do not discriminate, and accordingly all of us must work together to achieve a solution that creates systemic and lasting change. It’s time for Chairman Steele and the ‘Party of NO’ to stop attempting to run out the clock on health care reform and start offering real solutions.”



DNC Statement On ‘Party Of No ’ Leader Boehner’s False Claims And Unabashed Hypocrisy On Economic Recovery Projects 


Washington, D.C. – Appearing on Fox News Sunday this past weekend, Republican Minority Leader John Boehner erroneously claimed that not a single road contract resulting from economic recovery funding had been let in his state of Ohio. In fact, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this morning, more than 52 road and bridge infrastructure projects are already approved, amounting to more than $84 million in new spending.Please see below for a statement from DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan on Boehner’s false claims and unabashed hypocrisy:


“Given that he championed and continues to advocate the very same economic policies that got us into this mess to begin with, perhaps John Boehner just doesn't know whatcreating new jobs looks like.Or perhaps he waswillfully misleading the public about the effect of the President's economic recovery package to score political points,” said DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.“Either way,considering that the Republican 'alternative' included ZERO funding for construction projects, it's the height of hypocrisy for Boehner to criticize the status of these projects at all. I’d say it’s time for John Boehner to decide who he really represents – the people of Ohio or the 'Party of NO' – but he’s already made that clear through hisfalse and irresponsible claims.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Boehner "Was Wrong" When He Said That There "Hasn't Been A Contract Let" In Ohio By The Economic Recovery. "When U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner told a newscaster Sunday that not a single stimulus-funded road contract in his home state of Ohio had been let, he was wrong. The Ohio Department of Transportation has OK'd 52 stimulus-funded road and bridge projects at a cost of nearly $84 million. Boehner told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that in 'Ohio, the infrastructure dollars that were sent there months ago,' as part of the economic recovery package, 'there hasn't been a contract let, to my knowledge.'" [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/7/09,]


FLASHBACK: Boehner Admitted That Economic Recovery Funds For Construction Projects Would "Create Much-Needed Jobs." "Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following after federal officials ordered Ohio transportation officials to kill a $57 million slush-fund to study projects and put the money into shovel-ready projects: 'The stated intent of the so-called stimulus package was to create jobs, and certainly a $57 million slush-fund studying projects did nothing to achieve that goal. With Ohio’s unemployment rate the highest it’s been in 25 years, I’m pleased that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs .'" [Rep. Boehner release, 6/15/09,]

FLASHBACK II: House Republicans' Economic Recovery Package Offered A Host Of Tax-Cutting Measures Instead Of Spending. "Far from rolling over, House Republican leaders are trying to win concessions from President Obama over the massive economic stimulus package and have proffered a bill of their own to put on the negotiating table.The counter-package, which is separate from a substitute amendment already proposed by House Republicans, would shift focus entirely from spending to tax relief. ... Their bill, called the Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009, promises a host of tax-cutting measures. It includes a 5 percent 'across the board' income tax cut; an increase in the child tax credit from $1,000 to $5,000; a freeze on capital gains and dividends tax rates at 15 percent; and a number of other measures targeted toward businesses.... House Minority Leader John Boehner dismissed the Democratic proposal as a partisan grab bag driven by 'old liberal spending priorities.'" [Fox News, 1/28/09,]


FLASHBACK III: House Republican Economic Recovery Package Was Comprised Almost Entirely Of Tax Cuts. "The party's leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, said the measure "won't create many jobs, but it will create plenty of programs and projects through slow-moving government spending." A GOP alternative, comprised almost entirely of tax cuts, was defeated, 266-170." [AP, 1/28/09,]