Hagan Runs Away From Her Record Of Rubber-Stamping Obama’s Liberal Agenda
July 29, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - In a new television spot released today, Kay Hagan once again attempts to deceive North Carolinians by claiming she is a “moderate” despite the fact she has voted for President Obama’s failed liberal agenda 95 percent of the time over the last six years.
What Hagan’s ad fails to mention is that she has been a partisan rubberstamp for President Obama and Harry Reid, casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare, piling on $7 trillion to the national debt, giving handouts to big labor unions, and supporting Obama’s tax hikes on middle-class families and small businesses.
“A television ad airing three months before Kay Hagan faces voters isn’t going to change the fact that she has rubberstamped Obama’s partisan liberal agenda 95 percent of the time over the last six years,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate communications director Daniel Keylin. “Hagan had her chance in Washington, but failed the people of North Carolina. Now she’s being forced to run away from her record of casting the deciding vote for Obamacare, opposing a balanced budget amendment, adding $7 trillion to our national debt and constantly putting the big unions and liberal special interests ahead of North Carolina middle-class families. Thom is the only candidate in this race who has proven he’s able and willing to stand up to President Obama and work across the aisle to end the gridlock in Washington and address the major challenges facing our nation at home and abroad.”
BACKGROUND: KAY HAGAN IS OBAMA’S RUBBERSTAMP
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Vote For Obama’s Liberal Agenda 95 Percent Of The Time
- Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time In 2013.
- Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time In 2012
- Hagan Voted With Obama 90% Of The Time In 2011.
- Hagan Voted With Obama 95% Of The Time In 2010.
- Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time In 2009.
(Source: Congressional Quarterly)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Cast The Deciding Vote For Obamacare And Repeat The Lie Of The Year 25 Times
Hagan Cast The Deciding Vote For Obamacare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
Hagan Has Doubled-Down On Her Support For Obamacare, Saying She Would Vote For It Again. “But when pressed about whether she would back the health care law if she had another chance, Hagan said: ‘Yeah, I would vote for it again.’” (Manu Raju, “North Carolina’s choice,” Politico, 12/12/13)
Hagan Falsely Promised That “You Can Keep Your Plan If You Like It” At Least 25 Times. (Full List)
Hagan Has Refused To Apologize For Lying To North Carolinians. “State Republicans say Senator Hagan should be held accountable for promises she made about the Affordable Care Act…Tonight, she is issuing no apologies.” (WTVD, 11/8/13)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Rubberstamp Obama’s Out-Of-Control Spending And Record Debt
The Total Public Debt Has Increased By Nearly $7 Trillion Since Kay Hagan Took Office In January 2009. (Treasury Department’s Debt To The Penny, Accessed 7/24/14)
Hagan Voted Twice Against Prohibiting Earmarks For “Wasteful And Parochial Pork Projects. “To prohibit funding for congressional earmarks for wasteful and parochial pork projects.” (S. Amdt. 610 To H.R. 1105, Roll Call Vote #79: Rejected 34-61, 3/4/09, Hagan Voted Nay; S. Amdt. 683 To S. Amdt. 684 To H.R. 146, Roll Call Vote #105: Motion To Table Agreed To 70-27, 3/19/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
Hagan Has Voted To Raise The Debt Ceiling Seven Times.
In February 2009, Hagan Voted For The Stimulus, Which Included Increasing The National Debt To $12.104 Trillion. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #64: Passed 60-38, 2/13/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
In December 2009, Hagan Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling To $12.394 Trillion. (H.R. 4314, Roll Call Vote #397: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
In January 2010, Hagan Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling To $14.294 Trillion. (H.J. Res. 45, Roll Call Vote #14: Passed 60-39, 1/28/10, Hagan Voted Yea)
In August 2011, Hagan Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling In Increments Up To $16.394 Trillion And Then Allow It To Increase. (S. 364, Roll Call Vote #123: Motion Agreed To 74-26, 8/2/11, Hagan Voted Yea)
In January 2013, Hagan Voted To Suspend The Debt Limit At $16.394 Trillion Through May 18, 2013. (H.R. 325, Roll Call Vote #11: Bill Passed 64-34, 1/31/13, Hagan Voted Yea)
In October 2013, Hagan Voted To Suspend The Debt Limit Until February 7, 2014. “An act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 2775, Roll Call #219: Bill Passed 81-18-1, 10/16/13, Hagan Voted Yea)
In February 2014, Hagan Voted To Suspend The Debt Ceiling Through March 2015. (S. 540, Roll Call Vote #34: Motion Agreed To 55-43, 2/12/14, Hagan Voted Yea)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Choose Big Labor Union Bosses Over North Carolina Workers
Hagan Supports Check Card Legislation, Which Eliminates The Secret Ballot For Rank And File Union Members. HAGAN: “I know that one piece of legislation that is important to each and everyone of you is the Employee Free Choice Act. And it looks like the bill as it is currently written…is not gonna come up for a vote this session. But I’m looking forward to seeing a bill that passes that levels the playing field for workers and ensures that unions can get contracts with their employers. (Kay Hagan, AFL-CIO Convention, 9/11/09)
Hagan Voted Along Party Lines To Uphold NRLB Regulations Allowing Ambush Union Elections. (S.J. Res. 36, Roll Call Vote #36, Rejected 45-54: R 45-1; D 53-0, 4/24/12, Hagan Voted Nay)
Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment To Extend “Right To Work” To Workers Nationwide. (S.Amdt. 31 To S. 1818, Roll Call Vote #11, Tabled 66-31: R 9-31; D 57-0, 1/22/09, Hagan Voted Yea)
Hagan Voted Against Allowing Companies To Award Merit Raises Or Bonuses To Unionized Employees. (S.Amdt. 2166 To S.3240, Roll Call Vote #163, Rejected 45-54: R 45-1; D 0-53, 6/21/12, Hagan Voted Nay)
Hagan Has Proudly Touted Receiving The Endorsement Of The AFL-CIO. HAGAN: “I Am Honored To Receive The Support Of AFL-CIO And Of Working Families Across North Carolina.” (Press Release, “North Carolina AFL-CIO Endorses Kay Hagan,” Kay Hagan For U.S. Senate, 3/20/14)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Cut Medicare To Pay For Obamacare
Hagan Voted To Cut Medicare Advantage By $200 Billion Over 10 Years To Pay For Obamacare. “ObamaCare enacted $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage over 10 years…” (Russell Berman, “GOP hits Obama on Medicare Advantage,” The Hill, 2/13/14)
Hagan Voted Against Protecting Medicare Advantage From Cuts In 2009. (H.R. 3590, Hatch Motion to Commit, Roll Call Vote #362, Rejected 57-41: R 39-0; D 57-2, 12/4/09, Hagan Voted Nay)
Hagan Voted Against Protecting Medicare Advantage From Cuts Again In 2010. (H.R. 4872, Baucus Motion To Table Hatch Motion, Roll Call Vote #72, Agreed To 56-42: R 0-40; D 56-2, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)
Because Of Hagan’s Cuts, Seniors Who Rely On Medicare Advantage Are Already Losing Their Plans And Their Doctors. “Benefits experts say patients are seeing fewer plan choices this year, and more are losing doctors from their insurance coverage networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 keys to scrutinizing Medicare Advantage cuts,” Associated Press, 11/15/13)
“Some 526,000 seniors — 5% of Medicare Advantage enrollees — are losing access to plans they had this year, according to a report this week from the Kaiser Family Foundation. They will need either to pick another private plan or rejoin the old Medicare program. (“ObamaCare Cuts Bite Medicare Advantage,” Investor’s Business Daily, 11/26/13)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Rubberstamp Obama’s Anti-Energy Agenda, Including Support For Cap And Trade And Opposition To Offshore Drilling
Hagan Is On Record In Support Of A Cap And Trade Tax Bill. “The bill, known as the Climate Security Act, includes provisions for a variety of special interests, from job-training funds for renewable energy workers to funding for green buildings. At its heart, though, the bill is a basic cap-and-trade system for energy companies that emit greenhouse gases… state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro, supports the bill, which her spokeswoman said fit Hagan’s energy plan offered this spring.” (Barbara Barrett, “Climate Bill Has Unlikely Ally,” Charlotte Observer, 6/6/08)
Hagan Voted Against A Bill Expanding Offshore Drilling In 2011. “The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling. In a 42-57 vote, the Senate failed to move forward with the bill, which was opposed by the White House and most Senate Democrats. Republicans needed 60 votes for the measure to proceed.” (Ben Geman, “Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling,” The Hill, 5/18/11)
Hagan Voted Against Expanding Offshore Drilling In 2012. “An amendment from Vitter to expand offshore drilling into new waters — including areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — failed on a 46-52 party-line vote.” (Puneet Kollipara, “U.S. Senate rejects oil pipeline, expanded offshore drilling,” Houston Chronicle, 3/9/12)
Left Wing Environmental Groups Have Already Spent $1.6 Million In Television Ads To Boost Hagan’s Campaign. “They were purchased by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Environmental Defense Fund and the League of Conservation Voters. Total spending by the three groups was about $1.6 million.” (Renee Schoof, “North Carolina Senate race a magnet for money and ads,” McClatchy, 4/6/14)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Rubberstamp Obama’s Tax Hikes On Middle-Class Families And Small Businesses
In March 2013, Hagan Voted Against Repealing Tax Increases On Low And Middle-Income Individuals Enacted Under ObamaCare. “Crapo, R-Idaho, amendment no. 222 that would create a deficit neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would repeal tax increases on low and middle-income individuals enacted under the 2010 health care overhaul.” (S. Amdt. 222 To S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #53: Rejected 45-54, 3/22/13, Hagan Voted Nay)
Hagan Voted To Keep A Sunset Provision For Certain Small Business Tax Credits In ObamaCare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hutchison, R-Texas, amendment no. 3634 that would strike the sunset for certain small business tax credits that are due to expire two years after implementation of the health insurances exchanges contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law.” (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #103: Motion agreed to 55-43: R 0-40; D 53-3; I 2-0, 3/25/10, Hagan Voted Yea)
In July 2012, Hagan Voted To Increase Taxes On Single Filers Making Over $200,000 And Joint Filers Making Over $250,000. “Passage of the bill that would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for one year on taxable income of up to $200,000 for single filers or up to $250,000 for joint filers. The bill would set the tax rate for adjusted gross income above $250,000 at 33 percent and for adjusted gross income above $400,000 at 35 percent. It also would expand the child tax credit and extend the college tuition tax credit and the earned income tax credit. It would set tax rates for long-term capital gains and dividends at 20 percent. The bill also would allow a business property deduction of $250,000 and extend the alternative minimum tax provisions for 2012 income.” (S. 3412, CQ Vote #184: Passed 51-48: R 0-46; D 50-1; I 1-1, 7/25/12, Hagan Voted Yea)
A 2012 Ernst & Young Study Determined The Tax Increase Would Impact 2.1 Million Business Owners.“ Commissioned by a host of pro-business advocacy groups, Ernst & Young conducted this latest study in an effort to predict the long-term economic impact of letting the top rates increase at year’s end — and the findings stand in stark contrast to the repeated assurances from Democrats that their proposal would have minimal effect on small businessowners. Researchers determined the plan would actually subject 2.1 million business owners to higher rates; specifically, those who pay pass-through taxes, like most partnerships, LLCs and S-Corporations.” (J.D. Harrison, “Obama Plan To Lift Top Tax Rates Would Plague Millions Of Small Businesses, Study Warns,” Washington Post, 7/17/12)
A “Moderate” Doesn’t Earn An “F” Rating From The NRA
Hagan Has “F” Ratings From The National Rifle Association And Gun Owners Of America. (Aaron Blake, “Where the Senate stands on guns — in one chart,” Washington Post, 12/17/12