Monday, June 30, 2014

National Political Analyst & Commentator to Headline Arkansas GOP Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner

Update July 1, 2014 - 2:48 PM: Tickets and table sponsorships can be purchased by calling the State Party headquarters at 501-372-7301 or www.arkansasgop.org.

Individual Dinner Ticket- $125

*College Republican Dinner Ticket- $75

VIP Photo Reception Package- $250 (admits 2- includes one 8 x 10 photo)
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 Little Rock, Arkansas—  The state Republican Party announced today that national political commentator and founder and editor of “The Weekly Standard” Bill Kristol will headline their annual Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner on July 18 in Hot Springs.

“We are excited and honored to have Mr. Kristol as our special guest of honor on July 18 th,” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb. “He is an outspoken supporter of conservative principles, common sense solutions and efficient and effective government.”

The dinner will take place on Friday, July 18, at the Hot Springs Convention Center at 7pm in the Horner Hall Ballroom. Congressman and candidate for United State Senate, Tom Cotton will introduce our guest of honor. A private photo opportunity and reception will be held prior to the event at 5:30pm. The next day, Republicans will hold their biennial State Convention in the Horner Hall Ballroom.

Tickets and table sponsorships can be purchased by calling the State Party headquarters at 501-372-7301.

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Boozman: Hobby Lobby Ruling Marks Victory for Religious Freedom

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations with religious objections can refuse to pay for abortifacients in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby.
“This nation was founded on the right to freely practice one’s religious convictions. Americans shouldn’t have to abandon those protections simply because they own a business. And yet, that is exactly what the Obama Administration tried to force on businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga under this mandate. Thankfully, the Justices thought otherwise and preserved the right for business owners to object to overbearing government mandates that would violate their religious beliefs,” Boozman said.

Boozman, a strong opponent of Obamacare, has long argued that the Obama Administration overstepped its authority by trying to force employers with religious objections to comply with a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that runs counter to their beliefs.

In October 2011, Boozman joined 27 other Senators in asking HHS to redraft the Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines for Women's Preventative Service to make them consistent with the principles of respect for human life, individual liberties, and personal conscience.

On February 8, 2012, Boozman requested HHS take immediate action to reverse that decision. Additionally, he cosponsored S. 1467, the "Respect for Human Rights of Conscience Act," and S. 2043, the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," in the 112th Congress, which would have protected freedom of conscience and prohibited the government from imposing mandates on religious employers.

Earlier this year, Boozman and U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) authored a joint op-ed in the National Review that argued the HHS mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds U.S. Constitution | Happy Birthday America

by Rep. Rick Crawford, AR-01: The Supreme Court issued a ruling earlier this week with regard to recess appointments made by the executive branch and also on a case regarding the regulation of free speech by a state. In both instances, the court ruled unanimously to preserve the principles enshrined in our constitution with regard to the separation of powers between the co-equal branches of government and by preserving the ability of Americans to exercise free speech in public places. This week, all Americans can be proud that our rights, enshrined in our Constitution, were unanimously upheld and preserved. . . .
Happy Birthday, America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”

Thus begins the famous document drafted by founding father Thomas Jefferson 238 years ago known as the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, under directives from the Continental Congress, penned the fledgling nation’s statement of independence from Great Britain, which included 56 signers who were all aware of their impending deaths should America not win its war.

Each July 4th since, in some form or fashion, our country has celebrated the anniversary of that bold statement, starting with 13-gun salutes in 1777 and eventually as a permanent federal holiday in 1870. This year marks the 238th time we can say, “Happy birthday, America.”

Chiefly, the celebration reminds us of the sacrifices made because, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Secondly, it allows us to take stock of our nation’s collective accomplishments, how we should improve, and the hope we have for ourselves and future generations.

Legislatively, I’m thankful for the passage of three major bills since January 1 that are important to Arkansas’ First Congressional District. First, Congress pushed hard for the Agriculture Act of 2014 despite challenges that delayed the legislation for two years. This Act, known as the Farm Bill, secures our nation’s food supply, provides cheaper food to consumers, and offers nutrition assistance to those most in need; all while making reforms to our nation’s out-of-control spending habit. Second, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, known as WRRDA, shows that we value our nation’s water supply and desire to conserve it while also utilizing what it has to offer. Third, the House passed the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 in response to the egregious oversight occurring within the Veterans Health Administration. This legislation will help ensure that no veteran goes without access to timely and quality medical care worthy of the great service they provided their country. We still have a ways to go to fix this latter issue, but that bill is a good start.

Personally, I’m thankful for a loving and supporting family — my wife Stacy, and my two kids, Will and Delaney. It’s truly the highlight of my week getting to come home to them. I cannot express how much I value those times together as a family.

So, as you join together with your family or loved ones this Independence Day, take stock of the things for which you’re thankful. And join me in whole-heartedly saying, “Happy birthday, America.”

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Pryor Lies To Reporter About His Support For NLRB Decision

Pryor tells reporter he favors Supreme Court decision, but previously derided GOP concerns as "fiction"

Tom Cotton Campaign, Little Rock Arkansas -  Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration, striking down President Obama's illegal recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a unanimous 9-0 decision. Senator Mark Pryor pretended to support the ruling, telling reporter Peter Urban“I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled to reign in a practice too often abused by President Obama and previous administrations.”

Here's the rub: Senator Pryor is on the record saying that GOP concerns about the unconstitutionality of Obama's recess appointments were "fiction." In May of 2012, here's what the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported: 
Republicans stalled on several nominations after President Barack Obama made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a Senate recess, enabling them to take their posts without Senate approval.
“Senate Republicans thought that was grossly unfair and unconstitutional,” Boozman said.
Pryor said Republican concerns were “a fiction.”
Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "Senator Pryor is pretending he stood up to President Obama, when the reality is he was carrying the President's water all along. Whether it's policies like Obamacare or the President's abuses of power like the NLRB appointments and the IRS scandals, Arkansans can't count on Senator Pryor to do what's best for Arkansas."
Background:
In June 2014, Pryor Released A Statement Praising The Supreme Court’s Decision To Rule President Obama’s NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional
In June 2014, Pryor Said That He Was “Glad” The Supreme Court Ruled President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Were Unconstitutional, Because It Was “A Practice Too Often Abused By President Obama.” “Cotton is running for U.S. Senate this fall against Pryor, D-Ark., a two-term incumbent, who also issued a statement in support of the Supreme Court ruling. ‘I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled to reign in a practice too often abused by President Obama and previous administrations,’ he said." (Peter Urban, “Cotton, Pryor Snipe Over Supreme Court Ruling On Appointments,” Southwest Times Record, 6/26/14)
However, In 2012, Pryor Said Concerns About President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Were “A Fiction”
In 2012, Pryor Said That The Republican Concerns Over President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Were “A Fiction.” “Republicans stalled on several nominations after President Barack Obama made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a Senate recess, enabling them to take their posts without Senate approval. ‘Senate Republicans thought that was grossly unfair and unconstitutional,’ Boozman said. Republicans further put on the brakes when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushed to confirm 17 pending nominees all at once. ‘Nobody had ever done that before without clearing it with the minority leader,’ Boozman said. ‘It was a real breach of trust and tradition.’ Pryor said Republican concerns were ‘a fiction.’ ‘This goes beyond the NLRB issue,’ he said. ‘This has been a challenge ever since President Obama has been in office.’ Judicial nominations have become a key battleground between Democrats and Republicans in recent decades. The parties disagree about the size of the problem and whether it's getting worse.” (Alex Daniels, “Baker Fills State’s Federal Judgeship,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/8/12)

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Boozman Statement on Supreme Court Recess Appointment Ruling

 WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that President Obama violated the Constitution’s appointment clause while appointing members to the National Labor Relations Board during a pro forma session of the Senate in January 2012.

“This decision reaffirms our Founding Fathers’ vision of a checks-and-balances system that ensures no branch of government has majority control. The President is not above the law. He must follow the Constitution and allow the Senate to perform its advice and consent role. Debating the qualifications of people who represent the U.S. and oversee our agencies is important to ensuring that the President is surrounded by good advisors who are capable of performing their roles.”

In 2012, Boozman joined 41 of his Senate colleagues in challenging the President’s misuse of power in filing an amicus brief, arguing that the President’s appointments were an unconstitutional overreach of presidential power. 

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Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms That President Obama Violated Constitution With NLRB Appointments

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning:

"I am relieved that the Supreme Court has voted unanimously to rein in President Obama's lawless actions. It is sad that we must rely on the Supreme Court to check President Obama's abuses of power because Senate Democrats like Mark Pryor continue to stand idly by while President Obama breaks the law and tramples our Constitution."

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Arkansas House Delegation Applauds Decision to Extend Comment Period on the Proposed Endangered Species Classification of the Northern Long-Eared Bat

NorthernLong Eared Bat
 WASHINGTON D.C – Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to extend the comment period on the endangered species classification of the Northern Long-Eared (NLE) bat:

“We’re pleased the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listened to our concerns and granted our request for a six month extension of the comment period. An endangered species classification of the northern-long eared bat could have a devastating impact on several of Arkansas’s most important industries, and we must be sure to resolve all questions surrounding the designation. In the coming months, we will continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor this matter.”

Background: Earlier this month, Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, which expressed concern over the proposed endangered species classification of the NLE bat and requested a six month extension of the comment period on the endangered species classification. The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Mike Ross' Negative Campaign

New video calls out Mike Ross for his negative and blatantly false campaign tactics. Despite promising to run a positive campaign, Ross took only a matter of minutes after clinching the Democrat nomination to start desperately slinging mud against Asa Hutchinson. It's one thing to run a dishonest campaign about your opponent; however, Ross is running a dishonest campaign with Arkansas voters. It is no wonder even members of his own party are endorsing Asa.

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"Rubber Stamp" AR

by American Crossroads - Arkansas AD "Mark Pryor, not a fighter for us."

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Cotton Campaign Launches "Retire Pryor" Website

Website showcases Pryor's loyalty to Obama - in his own words

by David Ray, Communications Director: The Cotton for Senate has launched of a new website, www.RetirePryor.com, devoted to exposing Senator Mark Pryor's record of supporting President Obama over 90% of the time on key issues such as Obamacare, bailouts, and government spending.

The website will have a blog format, and will be updated regularly to document examples of Senator Pryor's lockstep support for President Obama's radical policies. The first post on the site is focused on Pryor's rubber-stamp support of Obamacare. Using video clips, RetirePryor.com showcases Senator Pryor's own words when it comes to Obamacare. Examples include:
  • Calling Obamacare "an amazing success."
  • Repeating President Obama's "lie of the year" that if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.
  • Insisting that Obamacare "is creating jobs," even though the CBO says Obamacare will cost our economy the equivalent of 2.9 million jobs.
  • Refusing to admit that Obamacare is fatally flawed and pledging that he would cast his vote in favor of Obamacare again if he had the chance.
The site also includes a debate clock that shows voters the number of days it has been since Tom Cotton challenged Senator Pryor to a series of five "Lincoln-Douglas" style debates. RetirePryor.com will be promoted online through search engine and social media advertising.

About Tom Cotton: Tom Cotton is the Congressman for the Fourth District of Arkansas. Tom is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, an Army Ranger, and a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge recipient. Tom is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and has worked as a business consultant at McKinsey & Co. A sixth-generation Arkansan, Tom lives in Dardanelle, where he grew up on his family's farm. For more information about Tom’s campaign, visit tomcotton.com.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Mark Pryor Toes The Line For President Obama


Time to Retire Pryor!  If you agree, visit and support Tom Cotton for US Senate.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Crawford Questions EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about Clean Water Act

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01): During a June 11 Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing, I questioned EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administrators about ambiguity within the Clean Water Act.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Griffin: Defense Funding Bill Supports Our Military and Prioritizes Safety of Americans

 Says, ‘Today’s bipartisan bill funds essential services and equipment for America’s servicemembers to strengthen our national security’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today issued the following statement after the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4870):

“Today’s bipartisan bill funds essential services and equipment for America’s servicemembers to strengthen our national security. It provides our troops with a much-deserved pay increase, supports our military readiness and prioritizes the safety of Americans. It also provides training and outreach for suicide prevention and addresses the problem of sexual assault in the military. In light of President Obama’s recent failure to notify Congress before releasing five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay, I also voted to support Congressman Cotton’s amendment to this bill, which is a common sense solution to check the president’s power and ensure that the terrorists at Gitmo stay at Gitmo.”

H.R. 4870 passed the House by a vote of 340-73. The legislation authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for ongoing war efforts. It provides a total of $490.9 billion in discretionary funding, which is $4.1 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $201.8 million above President Obama’s request. It includes a 1.8% pay increase for military members and provides $79.4 billion in funding for OCO, which is the same level in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “The legislation funds critical national security needs, military operations abroad, and health and quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families,” according to the House Committee on Appropriations.

Congressman Griffin voted to support Congressman Tom Cotton’s (AR-04) amendment to H.R. 4870, which states that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to transfer or release any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the individual’s country of origin or to any other foreign country.

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Cotton for Senate - Week in Review

 Here’s a quick recap of what you might have missed this week in the U.S. Senate race:
SIX IN A ROW: New Poll Shows Cotton Leading Pryor By Seven Points. On Tuesday, the Cotton campaign released an internal poll recently conducted that showing Cotton ahead 47%-40%. That makes six polls in a row that show Cotton leading Pryor. 
DIP, DUCK, AND DODGE: Pryor Waffles (Again) On 20-Week Abortion Bill. Debates aren't the only thing Senator Mark Pryor is ducking these days. For the fourth time this year, Senator Pryor has refused to take a position on a bill passed by the U.S. House that would ban late-term abortions. Politico's Manu Raju has the scoop on Pryor's refusal to take a position. Both pro-life and pro-choice Arkansans deserve to know where Pryor stands.
QUID PRO QUO? Pryor Receives $16,000 From IRS Employees PAC, Remains Silent On IRS Scandal. One would think that a vulnerable Red-State Democrat would want to distance himself from the lawless shenanigans of an unpopular President’s IRS, right? Not Senator Pryor. In May, the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Has Senator Pryor joined the bipartisan calls to find out how expansive this scandal was? No, he hasn’t. Perhaps that's because Pryor has received $16,000 in contributions from the IRS Employees PAC.
OBAMA TO THE RESCUE: Obama Raises Cash For Senate Majority PAC So They Can Prop Up Senator Pryor: President Obama held a fundraiser Tuesday for Senate Majority PAC to refill their campaign coffers. On Wednesday, Senate Majority PAC resumed their TV attacks on Tom Cotton. It's no surprise that President Obama's cash is being used to prop up Senator Pryor. As we've pointed out, Pryor supports Obama's agenda 90% of the time
COTTON RECEIVES AWARD: Non-Partisan Seniors Group Awards Cotton For His Work Pro-Senior Stances. The non-partisan senior group 60 Plus gave Tom Cotton an award this week. Cotton was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for his support of a full and permanent repeal of the federal estate tax or death tax. You may remember Senator Pryor has some problems on this issue. 

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Pryor's Latest Ad: Party Like It's 1999!

 Senator Pryor wants voters to forget about his last 12 years in Washington, so he touts his term as Attorney General

Little Rock, Arkansas — Senator Mark Pryor's  newest ad  wants voters to ignore his out-of-touch voting record in Washington and remember back to his days as Arkansas Attorney General, which began in 1999.

Typically, Senators who have been in Washington for more than a decade run for re-election on their record of accomplishments, but not Senator Pryor. He seems intent on whitewashing his long record of voting for higher taxes, more debt, bailouts, and Obamacare. 

Pryor's ad begins "I remember when Pryor was Attorney General..." We remember 1999 as well. It was the same year Ricky Martin was "Livin' La Vida Loca," and Brittney Spears was singing "Baby One More Time." You could buy gasoline in 1999 for less than $1.00 per gallon, and the national debt stood at $5.6 trillion, compared to over $17 trillion today.

Senator Pryor may want voters to  party like it's 1999, but the polls show they may not be in the mood to celebrate. Pryor trails Cotton in  six straight polls since the beginning of May. Perhaps that's because once Senator Pryor went to Washington, he stopped putting Arkansas first by: 
  • Casting the deciding vote for Obamacare.
  • Voting for bailouts of Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the auto industry.
  • Supporting the wasteful $787 billion "stimulus" bill.
  • Voting for job-killing policies like card check and Dodd-Frank.
  • Rubber-stamping nearly every single one of President Obama's liberal judges.
  • Voting as often as 95% for President Obama's big-spending agenda.
  • Supporting tax and spend policies that have added $11 trillion to our national debt since taking office and saddling Americans with higher taxes.
RPA Communications Director Holly Wilson said:  "If I had Senator Pryor's record of rubber-stamping President Obama's agenda 95% of the time, I'd want to whitewash my time in Washington as well. Unfortunately for Senator Pryor, voters this November will remember his votes for Obamacare, bailouts, and job-killing policies like card check and Dodd-Frank."

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Desperate Mike Ross Is At It Again . . .

. . .  Repeats False Claims & Attacks Arkansas Trade

 Little Rock – In a press release today, longtime Democratic Congressman Mike Ross is repeating the already debunked claim that Asa Hutchinson “voted to ship manufacturing jobs overseas.”
Congressman Ross is hoping that Arkansans have already forgotten that this exact claim has already been debunked by the independent group, FactCheck.org. Asa never voted to ship jobs overseas. Asa did, however vote for H.R. 4444, a bill that normalized trade relations with China.
President Bill Clinton made the passage of H.R. 4444 a focal point of his administration. When H.R. 4444 passed, it received the votes of the entire Arkansas delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, including the votes of both Democratic and both Republican congressmen.
This shows that both parties understood that this trade relationship would benefit Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas exported goods and agricultural products worth more than $683 million dollars to China in 2013 alone. Even FactCheck.org noted that “U.S. exports to China also rose, from just over $13 billion in 1999 to $122 billion last year.”
Hutchinson Campaign Manager Jon Gilmore issued the following statement:
“These attacks have already been shown to be false. The fact that Congressman Ross continues to rely on debunked, false attacks highlights his desperation. Desperation aside, Congressman Ross is saying that Arkansas farmers and businesses should not be able to export products to China, which provides Arkansas with a market that imports more than $680 million dollars in Arkansas products and goods. Today, Congressman Ross proved that he believes ending trade agreements that hardworking Arkansans rely upon will help grow Arkansas jobs. I hope Congressman Ross will be honest and tell every farmer in Arkansas just how he feels about their products being exported to other markets. Congressman Ross is proving yet again that he will make up any accusation against Asa Hutchinson, just to get elected.”

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Boozman Bulletin: Fixing VA Healthcare

  Allegations of misconduct in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are alarming. When news of the deaths at Phoenix VA medical center broke, I requested assurances from the VA that medical facilities Arkansas veterans use maintain correct records and veterans receive medical attention in a timely manner. While the VA's response was not detailed, Acting Secretary of VA Sloan Gibson told me there is nothing to indicate a mishandling of record keeping or delays to care at our local facilities.

Those responsible need to be held accountable. That’s why I led efforts calling on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to join in the VA Inspector General’s investigation and determine if there was criminal wrongdoing. Fortunately, the FBI announced it will open a criminal investigation.

Last week, the Senate, with my support, approved The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. This is an important first step to increasing accountability, improving the quality of care at VA medical facilities and proving the care of our veterans is our top priority. I spoke on the Senate floor about the need for reforms included in this bill.
  • Accountability – Provides the VA Secretary authority to fire or demote senior VA employees for poor performance
  • Transparency – Electronic wait lists would be made available to veterans on the department’s website so everyone can see the average waiting time for an appointment at each VA medical center for specific types of care and services. New wait time goals would also be published on the department’s website and in the Federal Register within 90 days of the bill’s enactment.
  • Choice and flexibility – Allows veterans who have been unable to obtain care from the VA and those who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility to seek care from private providers
  • Staffing increases - Authorizes funds to hire more VA doctors and nurses to provide quality care in a timely manner
As the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant and a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, I take very seriously my responsibility to represent the interests of those who have served our country in uniform and I am committed to fixing the issues plaguing VA healthcare. When it comes to our nation’s veterans, their commitment to country is without question, and our country’s commitment to them should be the same.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

No, Asa Didn’t: DGA Airs False & Misleading Ad

The most recent post by the independent organization FactCheck.org, in which they rip apart the Democrat Governors Association’s latest false and misleading ad in the Arkansas governor’s race. 

By Brooks Jackson: A Democratic ad in the Arkansas governor’s race falsely accuses GOP nominee Asa Hutchinson of allowing wasteful spending of taxpayer funds for employee bonuses and a lavish “birthday party.” In fact, Hutchinson wasn’t running the agency in question, and wasn’t cited by the report that brought the expenditures to light.

The ad also says Hutchinson voted against a “tax relief” measure. But the bill in question mainly would have benefited workers who paid little or no federal income taxes in the first place.

The ad from Jobs and Opportunity, an affiliate of the Democratic Governors Association, aims to cut into Hutchinson’s lead in the polls over Democratic nominee Mike Ross. The ad went online June 12 and began airing in Little Rock June 13. In this case, the DGA blames Hutchinson for wasteful spending for which he was not actually responsible.

‘Huge Bonuses’

The narrator says, “No D.C. insider should allow huge taxpayer-funded bonuses to government bureaucrats, but Asa did.”

Well, no, Asa didn’t.

The ad refers to a report by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security that found that the Transportation Security Administration awarded nearly $1.5 million in bonuses to 88 TSA executives for their performance during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2003. Whether the bonuses were “huge” or not is a matter of opinion; the IG report said the average TSA bonus was $16,477, compared to an average bonus of $12,444 for all federal agencies the previous year. TSA also paid bonuses to 76 percent of eligible executives, when the federal government as a whole paid bonuses to 49 percent of eligible executives.

But huge or not, Hutchinson wasn’t running TSA and wasn’t responsible for paying bonuses. He was at the time the under-secretary for border transportation security at the Department of Homeland Security. TSA was one of several agencies that reported through him to the department’s top two officials, DHS Secretary Tom Ridge and Deputy Secretary Gordon England, according to the U.S. Government Manual’s organization chart.

Day-to-day operations of TSA were the responsibility of its administrator. Hutchinson’s position put him at the head of the “Border and Transportation Security Directorate,” which the government manual said was responsible for “securing our Nation’s borders and transportation systems” and “enforcing the Nation’s immigration laws.” But responsibility for internal DHS matters including “budget, appropriations, expenditure of funds, accounting and finance” and “human resources and personnel” fell under the DHS under-secretary for management, not Hutchinson.

$461,000 ‘Birthday Party’

The ad’s narrator goes on to say, “[N]o political appointee should ever allow half a million in tax dollars to be spent just to throw a birthday party. Well, you guessed it. Asa did that, too.”

But no, Asa didn’t do that either.

The “birthday party” in question wasn’t to celebrate Hutchinson’s birthday, an impression that would be easy to draw from the ad. And Hutchinson wasn’t in a position to “allow” that spending any more than the TSA bonus payments.

The event in question was TSA’s first annual “awards program,” held on Nov. 19, 2003 on the second anniversary of the signing of the legislation that created the agency. If it was a “‘birthday” celebration it was for TSA, not Hutchinson.

The IG said it cost approximately $461,745, counting everything including food and drink, lodging, transportation, and per diem allowances for award recipients and their guests, the services of a party planner, audio visual support, plaques and photographs of award recipients.

The IG report found the spending to be “excessive,” but it found no fault with Hutchinson, who isn’t even named in the report except as one of many homeland security officials on the distribution list to receive a copy. As we’ve already mentioned, Hutchinson wasn’t running TSA and had no responsibility for internal department matters such as budget or spending.

‘Tax Relief’

An on-screen graphic in the ad says Hutchinson “voted against tax relief for Arkansas families,” while the narrator says “No Washington politician should ever forget who they work for, but Asa Hutchinson did.” But even this claim is a stretch.

The ad refers to a vote Hutchinson, then a member of the House of Representatives, cast on May 2, 2001 against a Democratic amendment that would have created a “refundable” tax credit for low- and middle-income workers to set aside funds for retirement.

There’s no question that this proposal would have benefited families that currently have too little income to benefit from tax-deferred Individual Retirement Accounts. But it’s a stretch to call the proposal “tax relief.” The principal beneficiaries of “refundable” credits are those who don’t benefit from the plain old tax deductions allowed for contributions to IRAs because they make so little that they pay little or no federal income taxes in the first place. Critics referred to it at the time as a new “entitlement program” that would have cost a good deal of money.

Republican Rep. Rob Portman of Ohio, the sponsor of the bill to which the amendment was offered, said during debate (page H1814) that the amendment would nearly double the cost, from $52 billion over 10 years to $97 billion. The amendment was defeated on an almost pure party-line vote of 207 to 223, with only Democrats voting in favor and all 219 Republicans voting against.
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Rep. Tom Cotton Delivers Opening Statement In Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Hearing

 Top Cotton opening statement in House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on the Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange:

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Obama Raises Super PAC Money For Pryor

 Pryor backs Obama's agenda. Obama raises money for Senate Majority PAC. Senate Majority PAC promptly attacks Tom Cotton.

Sen. Pryor Covers For 

Obama On IRS Scandal

Little Rock, Arkansas — Yesterday, President Obama attended a New York City fundraiser for Senate Majority PAC, and starting today, that same Super PAC is flooding the airwaves with almost $150,000 in ads attacking Tom Cotton over the next week.

Yes, you read that correctly. One day after President Obama helps Senate Majority PAC refill their coffers, the Harry Reid-aligned Super PAC puts almost $150,000 on televisions all across Arkansas. Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority PAC have now spent over $2.5 million running false attack ads against Tom Cotton, like the one the Washington Post called "as phony as a three-dollar bill."
Why is President Obama running to the rescue of Senator Pryor? For starters, Senator Pryor has voted with President Obama 93% of the time during his career in the Senate. Perhaps President Obama feels obligated to step in and help one of his most loyal allies. After all, Senator Pryor has stood by President Obama on everything from Obamacare to the IRS scandal
Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "It makes perfect sense that President Obama is bankrolling the group that is attacking Tom Cotton. After all, Senator Pryor has loyally stood by President Obama's side, backing him over 90% of the time on issues like Obamacare, the wasteful 'stimulus' bill, and the Wall Street bailouts."
Background: 
President Obama Is Actively Fundraising For The Same Super PAC Attacking Tom Cotton. "Tuesday night, Obama attended a roundtable for the Senate Majority PAC at New York's InterContinental Hotel, his first fundraising appearance for the group." (Juliet Eilperin and Matea Gold, "After initial reluctance, Obama embraces super PACs with three fundraisers", The Washington Post, 6/17/14)

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RGA Releases New Ad In The Arkansas Governor’s Race: “Hogwash”

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association released a new television advertisement today in the Arkansas governor’s race, which highlights Democrat Mike Ross’ close ties to Washington liberals like Nancy Pelosi and their shared affinity for hiking taxes.

>You can view the ad here: http://youtu.be/DLB83SOxmjc

“When it comes to taxes, Mike Ross took cues from Washington’s most notorious tax-and-spend politicians,” said RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho. “Time after time, Ross sided with Nancy Pelosi, voting against the people he was elected to serve, their families, and their small businesses. It’s clear Mike Ross’ loyalties lie with Washington liberals and their tax hiking habits, not with the hard working taxpayers of Arkansas.”


SCRIPT

When you hear Mike Ross talking taxes, remember it’s all hogwash.

Ross voted with Nancy Pelosi over 80 times against taxpayers.

Ross and Pelosi voted for higher taxes on families and small businesses.

Over 80 times, Ross and Pelosi voted against taxpayers on everything from death to marriage to income.

No wonder Ross received an “F” from the National Taxpayers Union.

Mike Ross: All hogwash on taxes.

Because, over 80 times, Ross delivered for Pelosi, not us.

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Mark Pryor Mum on Latest IRS Scandal, But Takes Campaign Contributions From IRS Union

 This weekend, news broke that "After months of delay in responding to congressional inquiries, the IRS now claims that, for the period of January 2009 to April 2011, all e-mails between Lois Lerner — the IRS official at the center of the scandal — and anyone outside the IRS were wiped out by a 'computer crash.'" 

Ron Fournier of the National Journal suggested that a special prosecutor is necessary. He wrote, "...you couldn't blame a person for suspecting a cover-up—the loss of an untold number of emails to and from the central figure in the IRS tea-party controversy. And because the public's trust is a fragile gift that the White House has frittered away in a series of second-term missteps, President Obama needs to act. If the IRS can't find the emails, maybe a special prosecutor can."
Over a year ago, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent the IRS a Freedom of Information Act request asking for "any and all documents or records, including but not limited to electronic documents, e-mails, paper documents, photographs (electronic or hard copy), or audio files," related to correspondence from January 1, 2009 and May 21, 2013 between thirteen different Democrat members of Congress and top IRS officials - including Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor. We've been repeatedly stonewalled by the IRS. 
Mark Pryor has benefitted from the Democrats' close relationship with the IRS, accepting $16,000 from the National Treasury Employees Union, which covers IRS employees.
"Mark Pryor hasn't said a word about the missing emails and is sitting back rather than demanding answers," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “This is just another instance of Mark Pryor putting his own political career above the well-being of Arkansans. Sen. Pryor not only refuses to say whether he will return the contributions from the IRS Union, but he refuses to demand additional information from President Obama and the IRS about this deeply concerning scandal." 
BACKGROUND:
Mark Pryor Has Taken $16,000 From The National Treasury Employees Union. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 6/17/14)
IRS to Congress: We Lost Two Years of Emails Involving Lois Lerner - The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year. The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year (Associated Press, 6/14/14)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Get the Truth

by Asa Hutchinson:  I’m excited to tell you that we are still up in the polls. However, this means that my opponent is getting desperate. To help him, the national Democrats are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars running negative ads about me. To set the record straight, I created a new page on my website. You can click here to visit the truth page.

The most recent attack ad claims that I approved lavish spending at the Transportation Security Administration for bonuses and a birthday party. This is simply false. In fact, there was no birthday party but rather an awards ceremony. I did not approve of the ceremony and when I learned of misspending in government, I took immediate steps to prevent that kind of waste. You can read my response to this specific attack here.

Not only is that ad misleading and false, it is an attempt to distract Arkansans from Mike Ross’ extravagant spending while he was in Congress. He voted for the stimulus package, the auto bailout, the bank bailout and the cash for clunkers program. In fact, he left congress after adding more than $10 trillion dollars to the national debt.

This is in stark contrast to when I was in Congress. During my time in Congress we lowered taxes and balanced the budget. But you won’t hear that from the other side. That’s because they have a better chance at winning if they don’t run on Ross’ record.

I need you to help spread the word on these desperate and misleading attacks. Please tell your family and friends to go to www.asaforgovernor.com/truth to learn the facts.

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Griffin: If Elected Your Lt. Governor ...

  . . . I will work for common sense policies to help Arkansas grow good-paying jobs; conduct a top-to-bottom review of all state agencies, so we can tell what works and what doesn’t and identify wasteful spending; and build an education system that prepares highly skilled workers, because college is not the path for everyone. I recently spoke about these ideas that will help Arkansas compete during a visit to Fort Smith. You can read more here.

To move Arkansas forward, I will work for a fairer, less complex tax system that encourages job growth and is a welcome mat for those who want to grow good-paying jobs. At the same time, I will stress the importance of the technical fields in education and encourage the development of a highly-trained technical route beginning in Arkansas high schools and continuing in our two-year colleges and technical schools so we can attract good-paying jobs to the Natural State. During a stop in Russellville, I shared these policies with community leaders. You can read more about my visit here.

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Senator Pryor Covers For Obama On IRS Scandal

 Pryor takes money from the IRS political action committee, but won't crack down on their scandalous behavior
 
 Little Rock, Arkansas —  Senator Pryor must have a soft spot for President Obama and the IRS. Why else would he sit by silently while the IRS concocts stories about losing more than two years' worth of emails that are at the center of a Congressional probe?
One would think that a vulnerable Red-State Democrat would want to distance himself from the lawless shenanigans of an unpopular President's IRS, right? But not Senator Pryor. In May, the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Has Senator Pryor joined the bipartisan calls to find out how expansive this scandal was? No, he hasn't. 
One reason for Senator Pryor's silence on the issue is that he has taken $16,000 from the IRS Political Action Committee (National Treasury Employees Union). 
Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "How widespread is the targeting of political opponents and corruption at the IRS? Americans of all political persuasions deserve to know. The only way we will get those answers is if Senators like Mark Pryor stop providing political cover for President Obama and start looking out for their constituents, who are deeply distrustful of the scandalous behavior at the IRS under President Obama's leadership." 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Democrat Mike Ross’ Latest Sign Of Desperation

  “Mike Ross can distort the facts all he wants, but Arkansans know he spent his entire career in Congress being a ‘team player’ for liberals in Washington, D.C. Ross helped Nancy Pelosi rise to power and joined her in voting against taxpayers over 80 times. From his support of the stimulus to his vote for card check, Ross helped pass far-left, big government policies that are out of touch with Arkansas. Mike Ross and the DGA’s latest distortions show how truly desperate Ross is to hide his record. Arkansas deserves better.” – RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho


According To The DGA, Politicians Should Remember Who They Work For
Ad: “No Politician Should Ever Forget Who They Work For.” (Michael Cook, “DGA Ad Raps Asa Hutchinson Over $461,000 Birthday Party,” Talk Business, 6/13/14)
But During Mike Ross’ Entire Career, He’s Been A “Team Player” For Liberals In Washington D.C.
Ross, On Democrats: “There’s A Lot More That Unites Us Than Divides Us.” ROSS: “Well, Glenn, I can tell you that, among Democrats, there’s a lot more that unites us than divides us.” (CNN’s “Glenn Beck,” 11/6/06)

Ross Said He Would Be An Active Campaigner For Democrats, Calling Himself A “Team Player.” “Ross, who has no GOP opponent this year, said he’ll help campaign for Kerry and other Democrats in Arkansas, and he’ll also campaign for Democratic congressional candidates in other states. ‘I’m trying to be a team player,’ Ross said.” (“Arkansans Look At Race For President,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/23/04)

A Congressional Aide Confirmed Ross Was Seen As “A Team Player,” Having Given Almost $300,000 To The DCCC And Individual Democrats.  “Rep. Mike Ross is on a short list of Democrats being considered for a coveted seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a congressional aide close to the selection process confirmed Wednesday. … Ross, who ran unopposed in November, dipped into his campaign war chest to donate about $200,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and he gave about $89,000 to dozens of individual Democratic candidates running in the general election. The reward for Arkansas’ 4th District congressman could well be one of three open seats on the committee reserved for Democrats. … ‘It certainly helps,’ the aide said of Ross’ fund raising, ‘because members in the caucus see you’re a team player willing to help out when you need to.’ The aide spoke on the condition of not being named.” (“Ross On Short List For Key Panel Seat,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/2/04)

When Ross Considered A Bid For House Leadership, He Boasted To His Democratic Colleagues Of How Much Money He Had Contributed Or Raised For Democrats - $1 Million. “[Ross] is considering making a bid either for a spot in the Democratic leadership or for leadership of the House’s Blue Dog coalition of fiscal conservatives. He said he’ll make a decision within about a week. … In late September, Ross sent a letter to his fellow House Democrats asking them not to commit their support to anyone in the race to become the caucus’s vice chairman, because he might make a bid. In the letter, he pointed out that this year he has directly contributed or raised $1 million toward the election of House Democrats.” (“Legislators In Majority Relish Win,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/9/06)

Ross Made Extensive Efforts On Behalf Of The DCCC And Was One Of Rahm Emanuel’s Political “Lieutenants.” “Arkansas’ Rep. Mike Ross has been an active foot soldier in Democrats’ bid to take control of Congress’ lower chamber in November’s midterm elections, playing a prominent role in his party’s ‘red-to-blue’ strategy. … Ross has contributed $150,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising group headed by Emanuel. On top of that, he has raised an additional $517,625, either by making phone calls or drawing donors to fundraisers, according to a committee memo published by Washington Monthly, a liberal political journal, on its Web site. ‘He’s been an integral part of the DCCC’s activities,’ said Adrienne Elrod, a spokesman for the committee. She said Ross has been particularly effective in reaching out to moderate and conservative Democrats. … National Journal, another Washington policy magazine, has described Ross as one of ‘Rahm’s Lieutenants.’ Ross is one of eight members of Congress who huddle with Emanuel during semiregular Thursday meetings to plot strategy.” (“Ross A Kinetic Player In ‘Red-To-Blue’ Plan,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/7/06)

After Ross Voted ObamaCare Out Of Committee, He Celebrated With Anthony Weiner

Ross’ Vote To Move ObamaCare Out Of Committee “[Cleared] The Way For A Vote By The Full House...” NPR’s JULIE ROVNER: “House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman has faced down some pretty formidable legislative foes in his 35 years in Congress. He usually gets what he wants. But Arkansas Blue Dog Democrat Mike Ross pronounced himself satisfied with the deal he was able to cut with Waxman after nearly 10 days of closed-door negotiations. … In exchange, Ross and three of his fellow Blue Dogs promised to vote to allow the bill to move out of Waxman’s committee by the end of the week just before members leave town for their summer break. That would clear the way for a vote by the full House when lawmakers return in September.”  (NPR’s “Morning Edition,” 7/30/09)

Ross Fist-Bumped Anthony Weiner After ObamaCare Passed Out Of Committee. “Mike Ross celebrating with former Congressman Anthony Weiner after Obamacare cleared House committee.” (Nic Horton, “Mike Ross Says ObamaCare Would Not Be Law Without Him,” The Arkansas Project, 10/17/13)

Ross Played Key Role In Nancy Pelosi’s Rise To National Power

As A Newly-Elected Congressman, Ross Held A Key Vote In Who Would Be The Next House Democratic Whip – Steny Hoyer Or Nancy Pelosi. “When the Democrats failed to win back the House in 2000, the future of the whip race was uncertain … As the summer approached, Hoyer and Pelosi started wooing hard, focusing especially on the roughly two dozen undecideds. One of them was Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a first-termer. With his conservative voting record, he seemed to be a natural ally for the more moderate Hoyer. But both Pelosi and Hoyer had campaigned for him in 2000, and both had sat in his office asking for his vote.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Privately Gave His Support To Hoyer But Did Not Make A Public Endorsement, So Pelosi Began To Lobby Him. “Hoyer was convinced he had Ross’s support. In March, according to Hoyer, the Arkansan had privately told him, ‘I want you to know I’m a loyal person. You’ve done more for me than anybody else, and you were there for me, and I’m for you.’ Ross, himself, says he does not recall such a conversation. But others agree that shortly afterward Ross attended a breakfast meeting of Hoyer backers, where assignments were made of undecided members to lobby. In any case, Ross was not going public about his intentions, and Pelosi sensed she had possibilities.” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Then Changed Camps: “I’m Going To Be Voting For Nancy Pelosi. I’m Sorry.” “Ross was aware that if the three of them [Vic Snyder, Marion Berry, and himself] endorsed Pelosi as a group, their tiny state would have more influence in the caucus next year. And it felt like things were moving toward Pelosi. ‘Arkansas is a small state,’ he explained. ‘It’s difficult to be recognized and obtain the clout we want and deserve.’ One night shortly before Congress adjourned for the summer, Hoyer was walking down the Capitol steps when he saw Ross standing off to one side. ‘This is awful tough for me,’ Ross said, visibly troubled. ‘What’s tough, Mike?’ Hoyer asked, puzzled. ‘This is awful tough,’ Ross simply repeated. The next day, Ross had a handwritten note delivered to Hoyer’s office. It consisted of two sentences: ‘I’m going to be voting for Nancy Pelosi. I’m sorry.’” (“The Making Of Madam Whip,” The Washington Post, 1/6/02)

Ross Voted Four Times To Elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker Of The House, But Could Have Voted For Her Republican Opponent Or Even Voted For Another Member Of Congress Like Fellow Southern Democrat Gene Taylor Did

Election Of The Speaker.Nomination of J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 108th Congress. Note: A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Hastert; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Pelosi, except for Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who voted for John P. Murtha, D-Pa. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (215 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Hastert elected by a vote of 228-202: R 228-0, D 0-201, I 0-1; 1/4/03; Ross voted Nay)

Election Of The Speaker.Nomination of J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 109th Congress. Note: A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Hastert; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Pelosi, except in the case of Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who voted for John P. Murtha, D-Pa. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (214 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Hastert elected by a vote of 226-199: R 226-0, D 0-198, I 0-1; 1/4/05; Ross voted Nay)

Election Of The Speaker.Nomination of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 110th Congress. Note:  A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Pelosi; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Boehner. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (218 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2, Pelosi elected by a vote of 233-202: R 0-202, D 233-0, 1/4/07; Ross voted Yea)

Election Of The Speaker.  Nomination of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 111th Congress. Note:  A ‘Y’ on the chart represents a vote for Pelosi; an ‘N’ represents a vote for Boehner. A majority of the votes cast for a person by name (215 in this case) is needed for election. All members-elect are eligible to vote on the election of the Speaker.”  (Vote #2: Pelosi elected by a vote of 255-174: R 0-174, D 255-0, 1/6/09; Ross voted Yea)

Ross Voted In Lockstep With Obama, Pelosi, And Congressional Democrats

Ross Co-Sponsored Nearly 200 Legislative Items With Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) During His Time In Congress. In the six years (2001-2006) Ross served with Pelosi before she was elected speaker, when her legislative activity slowed, he co-sponsored 196 legislative items with her – an average of more than 30 per year. Legislative items include bills, resolutions, concurrent resolutions, etc. (Library of Congress Website, thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 4/23/14)

When It Mattered Most, Ross Stood With President Obama And Liberals In Congress. In the first two years of President Obama’s first term – when Congress was debating the stimulus, bailouts, Obamacare and more – Ross stood with President Obama. According to Congressional Quarterly, he voted in support of the President’s position 87% of time in 2009 and 74% of the time in 2010. (CQ.com, Accessed 12/20/13)

·         In 2009, Ross Voted For The $787 Billion Obama Stimulus Bill. In 2009, Ross voted for both the House version and the conference committee’s version of the Obama stimulus bill. (H.R. 1, Vote #46:  Passed 244-188, 1/28/09, Ross Voted Yea; H.R. 1, Vote #70: Passed 246-183, 2/13/09, Ross Voted Yea)
·         In 2009, Ross Voted For The “Cash For Clunkers” Program. “Makes emergency supplemental appropriations of $2 billion for FY2009 and FY2010 to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program (Cash for Clunkers Program).” (H.R. 2751, Vote #314: Passed 298-119: D 239-9, R 59-110, 6/9/09, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea; H.R. 3435, Vote #682: Passed 316-109: D 239-14, R 77-95, 7/31/09, Ross Voted Yea)

·         In 2008, Ross Voted To Bail Out The Auto Industry. “To authorize financial assistance to eligible automobile manufacturers, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 7321, Vote #690: Passed 237-170: D 205-20, R 32-150, 12/10/08, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea)
·         Ross Co-Sponsored And Voted In Favor Of Card Check. “Passage of the bill that would allow union organizers to bypass secret-ballot elections if a majority of eligible employees sign a petition in support of union formation. It would establish a system of mediation and arbitration that would apply when an employer and union are unable to agree on their first contract. Employers would be required to pay three times the amount of back pay that an employee is due if the employee is illegally fired or discriminated against during an organizational or first contract drive.” (H.R. 800, Employee Free Choice Act Of 2007, Library of Congress; H.R. 800, Vote #118: Passed by a vote of 241-185, 3/1/07, Ross Voted Yea)

·         In 2008, Ross Voted For The Wall Street Bailout. “A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 1424, Vote #681: Passed 263-171: D 172-63, R 91-108, 10/3/08, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea)

While He Was In Congress, Ross Voted With Nancy Pelosi Against Taxpayers Over 80 Times

Mike Ross Voted Against Taxpayers Over 80 Times. (H. Res. 83, Vote #37: Motion agreed to 220-204: R 215-0; D 4-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 217-205: R 214-0; D 2-204; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #39: Adopted 220-204: R 216-0; D 3-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #40: Motion agreed to 221-197: R 215-0; D 5-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #45: Passed 230-198: R 219-0; D 10-197; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #70: Adopted 222-205: R 218-2; D 3-202; I 1-1, 3/28/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #104: Adopted 221-207: R 214-3; D 6-203; I 1-1, 5/9/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #116: Adopted 220-207: R 217-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #118: Passed 230-197: R 216-0; D 13-196; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #148: Adopted 213-177: R 209-0; D 3-176; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #400: Motion agreed to 219-207: R 216-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #401: Adopted 225-199: R 214-0; D 10-198; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3090, Vote #403: Motion rejected 199-230: R 0-218; D 198-11; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3090, Vote #404: Passed 216-214: R 212-7; D 3-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 319, Vote #506: Adopted 214-206: R 210-7; D 3-198; I 1-1, 12/19/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 320, Vote #507: Adopted 219-198: R 215-0; D 3-197; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3529, Vote #508: Motion rejected 177-238: R 0-215; D 176-22; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3529, Vote #509: Passed 224-193: R 214-2; D 9-190; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 225-199: R 214-1; D 10-197; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 390, Vote #101: Motion agreed to 219-206: R 218-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #102: Adopted 218-205: R 217-0; D 0-204; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #103: Motion agreed to 229-198: R 219-1; D 9-196; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #215: Motion agreed to 223-201: R 216-0; D 6-200; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #216: Adopted 227-195: R 216-0; D 10-194; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #217: Rejected 197-231: R 6-212; D 190-18; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2143, Vote #218: Motion rejected 205-223: R 1-217; D 203-5; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 527, Vote #398: Adopted 213-200: R 212-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/19/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 547, Vote #413: Motion agreed to 217-200: R 216-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/25/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Adopted 215-212: R 214-12; D 1-199; I 0-1, 3/21/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #141: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 216-211: R 216-7; D 0-203; I 0-1, 4/11/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #178: Motion agreed to 219-203: R 219-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #179: Adopted 220-203: R 220-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #180: Motion agreed to 222-202: R 222-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #181: Motion rejected 202-218: R 0-217; D 201-1; I 1-0, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #182: Passed 222-203: R 218-3; D 4-199; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #211: Motion agreed to 221-202: R 220-0; D 1-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #212: Adopted 218-202: R 218-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #224: Motion agreed to 221-205: R 221-0; D 0-204; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #225: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #284: Motion agreed to 227-200: R 227-0; D 0-199; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #285: Adopted 230-199: R 227-1; D 3-197; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2555, Vote #305: Motion agreed to 222-200: R 221-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 6/24/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2660, Vote #347: Motion rejected 199-222: R 0-221; D 198-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2660, Vote #348: Motion rejected 197-224: R 0-223; D 196-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 393, Vote #92: Adopted 215-212: R 215-10; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/25/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 637, Vote #156: Motion agreed to 221-203: R 221-2; D 0-200; I 0-1, 5/12/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4275, Vote #169: Rejected 190-227: R 1-216; D 188-11; I 1-0, 5/13/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 685, Vote #301: Rejected 184-230: R 2-217; D 181-13; I 1-0, 6/24/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Rejected 180-242: R 3-218; D 176-24; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #83: Rejected 102-320: R 101-122; D 1-197; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #88: Adopted 218-214: R 218-12; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #100: Motion agreed to 237-195: R 230-0; D 7-194; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-211: R 214-15; D 0-195; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #619: Rejected 192-239: R 2-226; D 189-13; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #620: Motion rejected 193-235: R 0-226; D 192-9; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #621: Passed 234-197: R 225-3; D 9-193; I 0-1, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #7: Motion rejected 185-207: R 8-204; D 176-3; I 1-0, 2/8/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #74: Motion rejected 192-229: R 4-222; D 187-7; I 1-0, 3/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #94: Motion rejected 196-232: R 5-225; D 190-7; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #109: Motion rejected 190-232: R 4-223; D 185-9; I 1-0, 4/27/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #121: Motion rejected 197-224: R 6-219; D 190-5; I 1-0, 5/3/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #132: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #134: Motion rejected 190-239: R 3-228; D 186-11; I 1-0, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #135: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 244-185: R 229-2; D 15-182; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #156: Rejected 94-331: R 94-134; D 0-196; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #158: Adopted 218-210: R 218-12; D 0-197; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 885, Vote #309: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #312: Agreed to consider 238-188: R 228-0; D 10-187; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #314: Motion rejected 182-236: R 0-225; D 182-10; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5970, Vote #419: Adopted 217-194: R 217-1; D 0-192; I 0-1, 7/28/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5970, Vote #424: Motion rejected 190-220: R 2-214; D 187-6; I 1-0, 7/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 6, Vote #40: Passed 264-163: R 36-159; D 228-4, 1/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3162, Vote #787: Passed 225-204: R 5-194; D 220-10; I 0-0, 8/1/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #906: Motion agreed to 265-159: R 45-151; D 220-8; I 0-0, 9/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #982: Rejected 273-156: R 44-154; D 229-2; I 0-0, 10/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3693, Vote #1009: Passed 265-142: R 43-141; D 222-1; I 0-0, 10/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3996, Vote #1081: Passed 216-193: R 0-185; D 216-8; I 0-0; 11/9/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4351, Vote #1153: Passed 226-193: R 0-190; D 226-3; I 0-0; 12/12/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3363, Vote #22: Rejected 260-152: R 42-151; D 218-1; I 0-0, 1/23/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5351, Vote #84: Passed 236-182: R 17-174; D 219-8; I 0-0, 2/27/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14, 6/5/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #16: Passed 289-139: R 40-137; D 249-2; I 0-0, 1/14/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #50: Motion agreed to 290-135: R 40-133; D 250-2; I 0-0, 2/4/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4853, Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, 234-188: D 231-20; R 3-168; I 0-0; 12/2/10, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277: Adopted 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189; I 0-0, 4/15/11, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; and H. Con. Res. 112, Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181; I 0-0, 3/29/12, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay)

And During Ross’ 12 Years In Washington D.C., The National Debt Increased 187%
 The National Debt Increased By Roughly $10.7 Trillion While Ross Served In Congress – An Increase Of 187%. Total debt held by the public was roughly $5.7 trillion on the day Ross took office and had increased to roughly $16.4 trillion by the final day of his term in 2013. (TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 2/6/14)

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