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Tuesday
Jul212009

DNC - CHAIRMAN KAINE RESPONDS TO STEELE’S CALL FOR MORE REPUBLICAN INACTION AND OBSTRUCTION ON HEALTH CARE REFORM 

‘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.”

 

Wednesday
Jul082009

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, http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1246955468164200.xml&coll=2]

 

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, http://boehner.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=132281]


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, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/01/28/house-republicans-push-counter-proposal-stimulus/]

 

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, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/28/house-gop-stimulus-plan-h_n_161564.html]

 

Tuesday
Jul072009

WNO - Video: Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) Says Possible Fine To Keep Private Insurance

Who: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

 

What: Exclusive interview regarding the health care debate on Capitol Hill.

 

When: July 6th, 2009

 

Where: East Capitol Steps

 

Burgess Soundbite #1: Pay A Fine To Keep Your Health Care

 

"Some of the things like health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts may not even be qualified coverage under some of the Democratic plans so that a person would have to pay a fine in order to keep their insurance. Kind of makes a mockery out of the slogan, 'If you like what you have you can keep it.'

 

Burgess Soundbite #2: Government Takeover Of Health Care

 

"I sympathize with people that look at congress this year what has already been done. We took over your bank, we took over your car manufacture, we closed your car dealer, and now we want in your doctor's office."

 

Burgess Soundbite #3: Bipartisanship Is Not Just A Slogan

 

"Honestly, they have the numbers where they don't need to include Republicans. An issue this large, however, really bipartisanship is not just a slogan if you want it to endure. If you want it to really deliver on the promise to the American people, you do need to include both sides."

 

Length of Full Interview: 4:11

Click for full video file: http://washingtonnewsobserver.com/?p=109

 

 

Tuesday
Jun232009

WNO: Pence Says Obama Has Failed On Economy 

Interview with Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)

 

Chairman, House Republican Conference

 

 

Who: Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)

What: Exclusive Interview with Rep. Mike Pence on variety of issues

When: June 22nd, 2009

Where: National Taxpayers Union Conference

 

Pence Soundbite #1: Obama fails on economy:

 

"I think the Obama Administration to date has failed to address our economic crisis by applying the principles and ideals that have characterized our free market economy for generations."

 

 

Pence Soundbite #2: House Republicans united for limited government:

 

"House Republicans are more united than they have ever been before in our commitment to fiscal discipline and limited government."

 

 

Length of Full Interview: 2:15

Click for full video file: http://washingtonnewsobserver.com/?p=101

 

 

Saturday
Jun202009

GMFRW - Women's Group to Hold BBQ Social Featuring Manchester GOP Chair 

The Greater Manchester Federated Republican Women (GMFRW) is pleased to announce our club social and BBQ to be held on Monday, June 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 54 Walnut Street in Manchester. MRC Chair Will Infantine will speak briefly about what the City Committee activities, including candidate recruitment for the upcoming municipal elections.

In addition, we will be presenting updated details regarding our club’s first-ever hike-a-thon, dubbed “Peak Performance” – a hike-a-thon to raise awareness for teens and children impacted by foster care and adoption in New Hampshire – which is targeted to occur on Sunday, August 16, 2009. Final details are actively being locked in, including the participation of a well established, qualified non-profit that will enable donor contributions to be tax-deductible and distributed for use for teens and children in care. We have several participants already committed to participating in the hike, including former U.S. Congressman and current NH Senator Jeb Bradley, retired Executive Director of NH Housing Finance Authority and former Chair of the Goffstown-Weare GOP Claira Monier, event co-founder Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, and Alan Cail and a few of his co-workers.

Both events are open to members and non-members of the GMFRW, a group of men and women dedicated to encouraging the involvement of women in the political process, including encouraging their education and involvement in public office, grass-roots activism, and participation on political campaigns.

The BBQ is $5.00 per person donation and includes dinner. Other donations will be accepted, and checks can be made payable to the GMFRW. The event is being held at the corner of Lowell and Walnut Streets, at the PBVM Ukrainian Catholic Church using the Walnut Street entrance, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To RSVP, please contact Kathy Cusson-Cail at gmfrw2008@earthlink.net.