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July 20th, 2010

NRSC: What happened to fiscal responsibility, Roxanne Conlin?

It’s clear that Roxanne Conlin’s party bosses in Washington are seeking to score political points over the debate on unemployment benefits.  The Hill newspaper reports this afternoon that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) “blasted releases hitting Republican Senate candidates in Missouri, Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Wisconsin and Washington state for being ‘out of touch’ for opposing the extension.”

Contrary to the Democrats’ spin, both parties support an extension of unemployment benefits.  The question is whether the estimated $34 billion cost of this extension will be paid for with an offset, or whether yet another $34 billion will be added to the national debt which now tops $13 trillion.  On four different occasions last month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation that would extend unemployment benefits and would be paid for with unused stimulus funds.  On every occasion, that effort was blocked by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

What’s perhaps more notable is that up until last year, President Obama and Senate Democrats actually agreed with the Republican position, calling it “fiscally responsible” to make sure unemployment benefits were offset.

So, in light of the Democrats’ attacks today, we hope that you will consider asking liberal trial lawyer and Democrat Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin (D-IA) whether she agrees with the her party bosses’ sudden, politically motivated change in position on this critical issue? Does Roxanne Conlin now believe we should add yet another $34 billion to the debt, instead of making sure this funding increase is actually paid for?

In reporting on this, please consider the following statement from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):

“As Roxanne Conlin tries to hide behind these baseless attacks from her party bosses in Washington, the out-of-control economic agenda she supports has now pushed our national debt over $13 trillion. While her fellow Democrats play politics with jobless benefits and max out the government credit card, Iowans know Conlin would blindly rubberstamp their reckless spending and debt if sent to Washington.  Iowans deserve better, and that’s why they will no doubt reelect Senator Grassley this November.” – Chris Bond, NRSC spokesman

BACKGROUND….

“WHAT HAPPENED TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, ROXANNE CONLIN?”

The President, Democrats Previously Praised Fully Offset Unemployment Benefits, But Last Month Rejected Offset Benefits Proposed By GOP Four Times

FLASHBACK  NOVEMBER 2009: OFFSET UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS “FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE”


PRESIDENT OBAMA
: “It Is Fully Paid For, And So It Is Fiscally Responsible.” “Now, it’s important to note that the bill I signed will not add to our deficit. It is fully paid for, and so it is fiscally responsible.” (President Obama, Remarks, 11/6/09)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “These Benefits Are Fully Offset…” “Summary of Reid-Baucus Amendment: Extended Unemployment Benefits. Provides unemployed workers in all states who have exhausted benefits with an additional 14 weeks of benefits. Authorizes an additional 6 weeks of benefits for workers in high unemployment states (those with unemployment rates of 8.5% or higher). These benefits are fully offset…” (Sen. Reid, Press Release, 11/4/09)


WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET:
“It Is Fiscally Responsible, Paid For.” It is fiscally responsible, paid for by postponing tax provisions benefiting U.S. multinational corporations and other measures.” (“Fact Sheet: The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009,” The White House, 11/6/09)

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): “This Adds Up To A 20-Week Extension Of Unemployment Benefits For Those In The Toughest Job Markets. The Legislation Is Fully-Offset, And Would Not Increase The Deficit Or National Debt.” (Sen. Feinstein, Congressional Record, S.10910, 10/29/09)


WORKER, HOMEOWNERSHIP, AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2009:
“A Bill To Amend The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 To Provide For The Temporary Availability Of Certain Additional Emergency Unemployment Compensation, And For Other Purposes.” (H.R.3548, Roll Call Vote #334, Bill Passed 98-0: R 40-0; D 56-0; I 2-0, 11/4/09)

Republicans Asked For Unanimous Consent To Extend Expired Unemployment Benefits On June 14th, June 17th, June 24th And June 30th, But Democrats Objected Each Time

·         SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “So The Biggest Reason The Cloture Vote We Just Had Failed Is Because Democrats Simply Refused To Pass A Bill That Does Not Add To The Debt.” (Sen. McConnell, Congressional Record, S.5420, 6/24/10)

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