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Thursday
Apr162015

ALG - Senate Republicans fail to pay for $141 billion Medicare doc fix 

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April 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the U.S. Senate for voting not to pay for repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate:

 

"The Senate Republican majority could not even do a measly $15 billion a year in spending cuts elsewhere in the budget to pay for the $141 billion Medicare so-called doc fix. It was a no brainer.  If you're going to blow a $141 billion hole in the deficit, you pay for it. Previous doc fixes had been paid for. Why not this one?

 

"It is sad to learn that the energetic promises from some Republicans in elections about cutting the size and scope of government are only valid when they are in the minority. It is time that their actions match their campaign rhetoric."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-republicans-fail-to-pay-for-141-billion-medicare-doc-fix/

 

Attachments:

 

Senators who voted against paying for the $141 billion doc fix (Republicans in bold) at http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00139 :

 

Alexander (R-TN)

Baldwin (D-WI)

Bennet (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Booker (D-NJ)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Capito (R-WV)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Cassidy (R-LA)

Cochran (R-MS)

Collins (R-ME)

Coons (D-DE)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Donnelly (D-IN)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)        
Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Graham (R-SC)

Hatch (R-UT)

Heinrich (D-NM)

Heitkamp (D-ND)

Heller (R-NV)

Hirono (D-HI)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Leahy (D-VT)

Manchin (D-WV)

Markey (D-MA)

McCaskill (D-MO)

McConnell (R-KY)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murphy (D-CT)          
Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Perdue (R-GA)

Peters (D-MI)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)

Tillis (R-NC)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR)

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Wednesday
Apr152015

ALG - Senate Finance hearing on incomplete fast track trade bill imminent 

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A heretofore secret hearing is being held on a secret bill to enable expedited passage of a secret treaty. Only in D.C.

 

April 14, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a Politico Pro report that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would hold an April 16 hearing "regardless" of whether legislation granting trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been introduced:

 

"Senator Orrin Hatch apparently plans to hold a hearing that has not been officially announced on a trade promotion bill nobody has seen yet because it's not finished, on a Pacific trade deal that nobody can read because it's secret.

 

"Doubling down on Nancy Pelosi's you'll have to pass it to read it declaration on Obamacare, Senate Republicans are raising the absurdity that is Washington, D.C. by holding a Senate Finance Committee hearing on providing Obama fast track trade authority without the ability to even examine a bill. Fast track limits the constitutional requirement for treaty ratification to a simple majority rather than a two-thirds Senate vote requirement.

 

"The controversy is over a 99 percent completed trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A trade deal which is so hush-hush that Obama officials limited briefings on environmental portions of it to staff with secret or above clearance levels. It is shameful that Republicans have not only backed away from requirements to have bills posted in advance of votes so the public has the opportunity to read them, but this new blind committee hearing process rivals the opaqueness of the Pelosi-Reid reign."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-hearing-on-incomplete-fast-track-trade-bill-imminent/

 

Attachments: 

"Hatch hopes for TPA bill tomorrow," Politico Pro, April 14, 2015 at https://www.politicopro.com/go/?wbid=51642

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Apr142015

NHDP - Mitch McConnell Should Allow Binding Votes on Bipartisan Middle Class Bills 

RELEASE: Kelly Ayotte Should Tell Mitch McConnell To Allow Binding Votes on Bipartisan Middle Class Bills
 
Bipartisan Majorities in the Senate Voted for Non-Binding Amendments Supporting Key Middle Class Priorities, Now Republican Leadership Needs to Allow Binding Votes
 
Concord, N.H. – Two weeks ago, bipartisan majorities in theSenate voted for non-binding amendments supporting key middle class priorities. Now, it’s time for Kelly Ayotte to tell Mitch McConnell to stop stalling and allow binding votes on these critical priorities.
 
The middle class policies that received bipartisan support include implementing paid sick leave, ending discrimination against pregnant workers, ensuring equal access to benefits for same sex couples, and passing middle class tax cuts.
 
“If Kelly Ayotte actually supports these middle class bills, and isn’t just interested in blatantly political posturing, she will immediately call on Mitch McConnell to allow binding votes on these critical middle class priorities,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Implementing paid sick leave, ending discrimination against pregnant workers, ensuring equal access to benefits for same sex couples, and passing middle class tax cuts would have a real impact on New Hampshire’s middle class families, and these policies deserve a binding vote.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Roll Call: After Budget Votes, Democrats Push Paid Sick Leave, Middle Class Tax Credits, Federal Benefits for Gay Couples
In a letter to the Kentucky Republican, a copy of which was obtained in advance by CQ Roll Call, nine Democratic senators called for votes on issues like paid sick leave and Social Security benefits for same-sex couples… Each of the four items identified by the Democratic signatories received broad support on non-binding amendment votes cast during the budget debate, with three of the four garnering in excess of the 60 votes that would be needed to overcome procedural hurdles and potential filibusters on the Senate floor. [Roll Call, 4/13/15]
Friday
Apr102015

NHDP - ICYMI: Governor Hassan Tours State Pushing for Responsible Budget

Pressure Continues to Mount on Senate Republicans to Take Bipartisan Approach

Concord, N.H. – As Governor Hassan tours the state to discuss her fiscally responsible budget proposal with local communities, pressure continues to mount on Senate Republicans to work across party lines to pass a responsible budget, including undoing the renewable energy fund raid and restoring funds for health and human services.

See coverage roundup below:

Eagle Times: “Investing in New Hampshire's future: Gov. Hassan talks state budget and goals at Kiwanis meeting”

Hassan has been touring the state over the course of the last week, discussing the state budget with communities in an effort to spread the word about the current division along party lines in Concord and how it could affect people going forward.

… The focus of Hassan’s budget is to attract young professionals and businesses from out of state to immigrate and improve the state’s economy while also retaining the youths that grow up in the state so that they can continue to live and prosper in New Hampshire, which is facing an increasing average median age.

To do this, Hassan’s budget would focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare, and education while also avoiding sales and income tax, something which she believes attracts young people to the state.

… Hassan had strong words for her Republican counterparts in the House… Their budget includes cuts almost $10 million from the rainy day fund, $50 million from the renewable energy fund and nearly $8 million from Hassan’s proposal for the community college system. It also gives nearly $8 million less per year to the university system, which currently receives $84 million. [Full Article]

Union Leader: Dave Solomon's Power Plays: “House budget, if passed, would kill energy fund"

As the new head of the state’s Renewable Energy Fund, Karen Campton finds herself presiding over a program that could be erased by the state Legislature if House budget writers have their way.

… Kate Epsen, executive director of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, called out the House for backing away from a promise to leave dedicated funds alone.

“Raiding the dedicated renewable energy fund will strip ratepayer funds intended for cost-saving and job-creating energy projects, thereby creating a hidden energy tax,” she said. [Full Article]

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: “Deja Vu All Over Again”

It’s deja vu all over again for parents like Kathy Manfre of Peterborough. Four years ago, Manfre was fighting a for a state budget that would give services to people with developmental disabilities after they left the mandated education system. Now, she explained, pausing as her voice broke, she is once again in the position of having to advocate for a budget that will allow her 24-year-old daughter to continue living on her own, which she can only do with help from a support staff.

“She stands to lose much of her independence and personal growth that we have fought so hard for,” said Manfre, referencing cuts to the Health and Human Services budget that could directly affect home care for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Manfre’s concerns were echoed by other parents of individuals — both children and adults — with developmental disabilities who worried about the impact of the cuts, including Linda Quintanilha of Bennington and Lisa Beaudoin of Temple, who both spoke in favor of maintaining independent living with community involvement for those with developmental disabilities. [Full Article]

 

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Wednesday
Mar042015

NHDP - Fact Check: Karl Rove Dumps More Dark Money Into NH as Desperation Grows 

Terrified About Kelly Ayotte Losing, Rove Launches Another Dishonest Ad to Try to Buy New Hampshire
 
Concord, N.H. – As Washington Republicans grow increasingly terrified about Kelly Ayotte losing, Karl Rove’s dark money group launched another dishonest ad to try to buy New Hampshire.
 
"The latest dishonest ad from Karl Rove's dark money group makes one thing clear: Rove and his special interest donors are terrified about Kelly Ayotte losing. And they should be," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley
 
"Ayotte is polling significantly below 50% because she's proven time and again that she's more focused on raising her national profile than looking out for the people and businesses of New Hampshire," added Buckley.  
 
"No matter how many false ads Washington Republicans run, they won't be able to distract from the fact that Ayotte puts her own political ambition first no matter the cost. Just ask the first responders who may still face a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because Ayotte held funding for the agency hostage for weeks to appease her Tea Party base,” concluded Buckley
 
See below for a complete fact check of Karl Rove’s false ad:
 
Crossroads: “When money’s tight, we set priorities. Governor Hassan’s budget made her priorities clear: more spending, higher taxes, and no real innovation. A disappointment.”
 
Fact: Governor Hassan’s budget makes the difficult, fiscally responsible decisions needed to balance the budget – without an income or sales tax – while investing in the priorities necessary to seize our full economic potential. The Governor’s fiscally responsible budget cut total agency budget requests by more than $1 billion and general funds requests by more than $523 million, and budgets many state agencies at or below FY 2015 levels.
 
The Governor’s budget keeps total spending increases to 6.4 percent over two years – far below historic averages – and allows New Hampshire to continue to make progress on key priorities. Adjusted for inflation, the 2016 general and education trust fund budget is at least $250 million less than the state spent in 2004.
 
The budget also draws on recommendations of the Governor’s Innovation Commission including increasing flexibility for state managers, expanding the state’s efforts to centralize key services, consolidating some function areas, and hiring a Chief Operating Officer – like at least five Republican governors have done – who will focus on driving efficiency.
 
Crossroads: “Hassan’s budget would even add a tax that hits lower income people hardest.”
 
Fact: Cigarette taxes have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking. The Governor’s budget proposes raising the cigarette tax by 21 cents, which would still keep New Hampshire’s cigarette tax below our surrounding states.
 
Crossroads: “And sizable increases in business taxes that could hurt jobs.”
 
Fact: What the Governor’s budget actually does is increases a business tax exemption and makes sure that all families and businesses are playing by the same rules – rules that simply say they have a reasonable basis for claiming the tax deduction. The same rules existed until two years ago and exist for every other tax deduction across the nation.
 
Crossroads: “Worse, Hassan’s budget bets on a risky Keno gambling scheme to pay for more spending.”
 
Fact: Six of the ten most lucrative Keno locations in Massachusetts are located within five miles of the New Hampshire border. Allowing Keno and self-service lottery terminals machines would help bring that revenue back to New Hampshire to invest in our priorities.
 
The revenue changes included in the Governor’s budget will not diminish New Hampshire’s standing as having one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation.
 
Crossroads: “Tell your legislators Governor Hassan’s budget sets the wrong priorities for New Hampshire.”
 
Fact: Karl Rove and his out-of-state, dark money donors should stop trying to lecture Granite Staters on the right priorities for New Hampshire.