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Hagan ‘08 Release: Bush-Dole Team Increase Deficit to Record High $482 Billion


***NOTE: Kay Hagan’s 2008 U.S. Senate campaign sent out this press release on July 29, 2008. As you read this, keep in mind that Hagan then went to Washington and voted to raise the debt ceiling seven times, and the national debt has increased by $7 trillion under her watch. 

GREENSBORO, NC - State Senator and U.S. Senate Candidate Kay Hagan (D-Guilford), a budget chair in North Carolina for five years, who produced balanced budgets while investing in the right priorities to move the state forward, slammed the Bush-Dole team for increasing our nation’s deficit to a record high $482 billion.

“This is what you get when you pair someone like President Bush, whose failed economic policies and misplaced priorities took a surplus and turned it into the largest deficit in history, and a Senator like Elizabeth Dole, who votes with Bush 92% of the time against sensible budgeting decisions and priorities that put special interests before working families,” Kay said.“You can’t balance your checkbook like that, you can’t run a business like that and it’s time we showed those in Washington that you cannot mortgage our children’s and future grandchildren’s future like that. Senator Dole has been in Washington for over 40 years, and it’s clear that her kind of experience is simply a way of doing business that puts the special interests and lobbyists ahead of North Carolina families. That kind of experience has done nothing to lower gas prices, invest in sensible priorities for our families, or responsibly end this war in Iraq and take the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan. North Carolina can’t afford six more years of that kind of experience.”

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[BACKGROUND]
Dole Voted 5 Times To Increase Debt Limit To Nearly $9 Trillion. Since 2003, Elizabeth Dole has voted to raise the debt limit five times, bringing the limit to $8.9765 trillion, a 50 percent increase. [Vote 54, 3/16/06; Vote 76, 3/17/05; Vote 213, 11/17/04; Vote 57, 3/11/04; Vote 202, 5/23/03; AP, 3/16/06; Chicago Tribune, 3/17/06]

Dole And Bush Have Increased The Debt By 43 Percent, To $9.2 Trillion, Since 2003.Bush and Dole have presided over the largest explosion of debt in our nation’s history. Under the Bush-Dole team, the federal debt has increased 43 percent, from approximately $6.4 trillion at the end of 2002 to an estimated $9.2 trillion in February 2008. [U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Public Debt]

Under Dole, Debt Owed To Foreigners Climbs To Record Levels. In order to finance record budget deficits, the United States has had to borrow at unprecedented rates from foreigners. Since 2000, the United States has accumulated more debt to foreigners, approximately $2.182 trillion, than this country had accumulated in its first 224 years. [U.S. Treasury Department, Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities, 5/07; Federal Reserve Board]

Dole Voted Against Studying Effect of Foreign-Held Debt. While the United States is forced to borrow trillions of dollars from foreign countries as a result of skyrocketing budget deficits under the leadership of Bush, Dole, and their Republican allies in Congress, Dole voted against requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to study the national security and economic effects of foreign governments, institutions and individuals holding U.S. federal debt. [Vote 53, 3/16/06; Market Watch, 3/16/06]

Since 2003, Dole Voted Against Restoring Pay-As-You-Go Rules Six Times. Since 2003, Dole has voted against restoring pay-as-you-go rules, which would require a 60-vote majority to enact tax cuts or new spending on entitlements without showing how to pay for them. “For those who say they are fiscally responsible, here is your chance,’’ said Sen. Kent Conrad, senior Democrat on the Budget Committee. ‘‘You are going to be able to prove with one vote whether you are serious about doing something about these runaway debts and runaway deficits or whether it is all talk.” [Vote 38, 3/14/06; Star Tribune, 3/16/06; New York Times, 3/15/06; Vote 53, 3/16/05; Vote 283, 11/3/05; Vote 340, 11/17/05; Vote 38, 3/10/04; Vote 200, 5/23/03]

Dole Voted Four Times Against Truman Commission. In 2005 and 2006, Dole voted four times against establishing a committee to investigate the awarding and carrying out of federal contracts for Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. [Vote 228, 9/14/05; Vote 259, 10/19/05; Vote 176, 6/20/06; Vote 316, 11/10/05]

Dole Voted Against Strengthening Accountability Laws for Iraq Contracts. In 2006, Dole voted to continue to allow monopoly contracts and waste, fraud and abuse in defense contracts in Iraq. [Vote 169, 6/14/06; CQ Today, 6/14/06]

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Hagan Remains Silent On Conflicting Obamacare Rulings


Yesterday, two different courts issued conflicting rulings on whether the Obama administration and IRS had sufficient authority to mandate that subsidies go toward plans purchased through ObamaCare’s federal exchanges. The confusion is a direct result of a sloppy, unworkable law that was deeply flawed from the very beginning.

Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate office and reelection campaign have been completely silent on the court decisions. This is not surprising considering Hagan’s leading role in helping write and then rush a version of ObamaCare through the Senate Committee on Help, Education, Labor & Pensions. Hagan proceeded to cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare on Christmas Eve of 2009.

What is clear now is that several key components of the botched healthcare law have cast considerable doubt over Hagan’s competency and destroyed her trustworthiness and credibility in the minds of North Carolinians.

Hagan, a main architect of ObamaCare, was either remarkably clueless as to what was actually in her healthcare law before she helped pass it, or instead deliberately deceived and lied to North Carolinians to justify her support for ObamaCare.

Health Insurance Cancellations

Hagan promised North Carolinians at least 25 times that if the liked their health care plans they would be able to keep them under ObamaCare. But a grandfather rule that forced insurers to cancel healthcare plans was written directly into the law. Hagan was warned repeatedly about the potential for massive cancellations for years. However, in September 2010, she actually voted to keep the grandfather rule in Obamacare, which eventually resulted in 473,000 North Carolinians receiving cancellation notices.

Medicare Cuts

Hagan repeatedly promised North Carolina seniors that her ObamaCare law would not impact their Medicare coverage. She was either lying or simply did not realize that ObamaCare cut Medicare by over $800 billion, including more than $200 billion in devastating cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program, which has subsequently caused over half a million seniors to lose access to the plans they depend on.

Employer Mandate

Hagan repeatedly assured North Carolina small business owners that they would not be negatively impacted by the healthcare law, and it would instead help create jobs. However, a recent U.S. Bank survey found that 61 percent of small business owners say ObamaCare has had a negative impact on their business, with many being forced to scrap hiring plans or cut their staff.

BACKGROUND

HEALTH INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS

Hagan Repeatedly Promised North Carolinians That If They Liked Their Healthcare Plans, They Could Keep Them Under ObamaCare. HAGAN: “I’ve always said, if you have health insurance and you like it, there’s nothing we’re doing to get in the way of that. And I’ve been adamant in that.”  (Mark Binker, “Education reform next on list for Hagan,” Greensboro News & Record, 12/27/09)

In 2010, Hagan Voted To Keep The Grandfather Rule In ObamaCare That Caused Healthcare Plans To Be Canceled. “In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.”  (Chris Frates, “Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations, CNN, 10/31/13)

More Than 473,000 North Carolinians Received Cancellation Notices Following The Launch Of ObamaCare In October 2013. “More than 473,000 people in North Carolina…the state insurance department said.” (John Murawski, “Despite Obama’s pledge, future of cancelled insurance policies not certain in NC,” Raleigh News & Observer, 11/14/13)

Hagan Has Refused To Apologize For Misleading North Carolinians On ObamaCare. “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)

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

One Month Before Voting For ObamaCare, Hagan “Guaranteed” Seniors Would Not See A Drop In Their Medicare Coverage. “When asked about cuts in Medicare as a result of health care legislation, Hagan replied, ‘I keep hearing that, and I can guarantee people will not see a drop in their Medicare coverage.’” (Kevin Reid, “Sen. Hagan Plays Key Role In Health Care Legislation,” Thomasville Times, 11/18/09)

ObamaCare Cuts Medicare Advantage By $200 Billion Over 10 Years. “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)

In March 2010, Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prevented Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Allowed Medicare Advantage Enrollees To Retain Their Existing Benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Prevented Medicare Cuts In The Bill, Including Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

EMPLOYER MANDATE

Hagan Claimed That ObamaCare Would “Create A Climate To Create Jobs.” “‘We in Washington need to do more to create a climate to create jobs,’ Hagan said. ‘We’ve got to work together to move this [Affordable Care Act] forward.’”  (Jennifer Thomas, “Sen. Kay Hagan Touts Job Growth In Charlotte,” Charlotte Business Journal, 4/6/10)

In March 2010, Hagan Voted To Keep The Employer Mandate In Obamacare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Enzi, R-Wyo., motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with changes that would strike provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul relating to mandates on employers to provide health insurance to their employees and add an offset. The bill would make changes to existing health care law, revise student lending procedures and provide new revenue-raising provisions.” (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #67: Motion agreed to 58-41: R 0-40; D 56-1; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

A U.S. Bank Survey Found That 61 Percent Of Small Business Owners Felt That The Long-Term Impact Of ObamaCare Will Be Negative On Their Business.  (2014 U.S. Bank Small Business Survey, 4/24/14)

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Kay Hagan’s Dismal Record On Coal Ash


Raleigh, N.C. - Kay Hagan and her left-wing dark money allies have been launching false and downright hypocritical attacks against Thom Tillis, conveniently neglecting to mention Hagan’s disastrous record on coal ash that led to the spill as well as her cozy relationship with Duke Energy.

After 80 years of inaction in the General Assembly, Thom Tillis took leadership to cleanup the coal ash spills and help prevent future accidents. The House and Senate are currently working on a comprehensive bill that directly addresses the threat of coal ash. The House plan, which passed on a bipartisan 94-16 vote, would form a “Coal Ash Management Commission” that would create and then execute cleanup plans for every pond in North Carolina.

It’s a stark contrast to Kay Hagan’s failed record as a leader in the North Carolina state Senate, when she repeatedly sided with Duke Energy by voting to exempt hazardous coal ash from environmental regulations, paving the way for the coal ash spill that occurred earlier this year.  

In 2006, Hagan voted for S.B. 353, which specifically exempted coal ash basins from new environmental controls.

SECTION 3. Exceptions. – The moratorium established by Section 2 of this act shall not prohibit consideration of an application for or issuance of: 
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(5) A permit for a sanitary landfill used only to dispose of waste generated by a coal-fired generating unit that is owned or operated by an investor-owned utility subject to the requirements of G.S. 143-215.107D.

Then in 2007, Hagan voted for S.B. 1492, which allowed for the disposal of hazardous coal ash in unlined landfills.

SECTION 8.(b)  This section becomes effective 1 August 2007 and applies to any application for a permit for a solid waste management facility that is pending on that date.  The section shall not apply to:
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(5) A permit for a sanitary landfill used only to dispose of waste generated by a coal-fired generating unit that is owned or operated by an investor-owned utility subject to the requirements of G.S. 143-215.107D.

With Hagan’s atrocious record, it’s no surprise that she has since dodged questions about the coal ash spill, embarrassingly proposing that we need to “study” the issue further when asked how she would address the spill.  

The Charlotte Observer editorial board ripped Hagan for her cozy relationship with Duke energy and mocked her ridiculous suggestion of further “study” at the same time Speaker Tillis and other North Carolina leaders were working on a comprehensive solution to prevent future accidents.


She was even hesitant when talking about Duke Energy and its coal ash ponds. Up to 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled from the company’s pond in Eden into the Dan River earlier this month – the third-largest spill in U.S. history. After years of environmentalists’ study, Republicans and Democrats alike have said Duke needs to close the ponds and store the ash in dry, lined landfills.

Hagan? She thinks we need to study the issue further.

“I think we in North Carolina have really woken up to the disastrous problem that has just recently taken place here,” she said, according to WRAL. “… When you think that just a broken pipe has caused this amount of leakage, and we know that we have 36 coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is a serious issue, and we need to study it.” She added that “I certainly want to review the science” on coal ash storage.

This approach, not her eventual votes and policy stances, is her biggest vulnerability in this campaign. As Hagan spends millions she receives from special interests to counter the millions her special-interest opponents spend against her, North Carolinians will try to look beyond the mudslinging. They will want to see a candidate who knows what she believes and isn’t afraid to articulate it, even if it upsets her base or the giant utility that helps fund her campaign.  [Charlotte Observer, 2/25/14]


The blatantly misleading and dishonest attacks coming from Kay Hagan and her left-wing dark money allies are a clear attempt to cover-up her own failed record.  The records of the candidates for U.S. Senate speak for themselves. Thom Tillis took swift and comprehensive action to directly address North Carolina’s coal ash problem. Kay Hagan chose Duke Energy over North Carolina by voting for  specific exemptions that allowed them to dump hazardous coal ash in unlined landfills.

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Hagan Now Silent After Rubber-Stamping Obama’s Failed Open Border Policies


With the nation’s illegal immigration crisis making headlines, Kay Hagan has remained completely silent in a not-so-subtle attempt to avoid drawing attention to her disastrous record on border security.

Despite promising North Carolinians that she would “crackdown” on illegal immigration during her 2008 U.S. Senate campaign, Hagan went to Washington and became a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s failed open border policies that have exacerbated the nation’s illegal immigration problems.

In the U.S. Senate, Hagan has repeatedly opposed attempts to secure the border.

In 2009, Hagan voted against requiring the completion of a 700-mile southern border fence to restrain the flow of illegal immigration.

  • “To require the completion of at least 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the southwest border by December 31, 2010.” (S.Amdt. 1399 to S.Amdt. 1373 to H.R. 2892, Roll Call Vote #220: Adopted 54-44, 7/8/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

Then in 2013, Hagan voted against a bill that would require the completion a 350-mile double-layered fence along the southern border before granting provisional legal status to illegal immigrants.

  • “To require the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status.” (S.Amdt. 1197 To S. 744, Roll Call #151: Amendment Rejected 39-54-7, 6/18/13, Hagan Voted Nay)

“For the last six years, Kay Hagan and President Obama have supported failed open border policies that have led to an illegal immigration crisis that is now endangering the lives of children,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign manager Jordan Shaw. “The election-year band-aid and empty rhetoric being offered by the President demonstrates why he and Kay Hagan cannot be trusted to fix this crisis. Thom is the only candidate in this race who understands that the most important step to stopping illegal immigration is to secure our broken borders first.”

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Hagan Can’t Defend Her Disastrous Spending Record


Raleigh, N.C. - While the Kay Hagan campaign says a new television ad highlighting her support for runaway spending and record debt “distorts” her record, they have been unable to refute any of the claims with facts.

That’s because the points made about Hagan’s disastrous fiscal record are absolutely true.

For the last six years, Hagan has been a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s out-of-control spending and budget deficits, sinking the nation $7 trillion deeper into debt:

  • Voted to raise the debt ceiling seven times after she attacked Elizabeth Dole during the 2008 Senate campaign for voting to raise the debt ceiling.
  • Gave President Obama the vote he needed to make ObamaCare law, which costs $1.5 trillion over 10 years, according to the non-partisan CBO.
  • Voted for President Obama’s failed $830 billion Stimulus spending bill.
  • Supported a bailout of Wall Street and big banks using taxpayer money.
  • Repeatedly voted against a moratorium on earmarks.

Hagan’s embarrassing tax and spend record looks even worse when compared to Thom Tillis’ proven fiscal leadership in Raleigh.

When Tillis became Speaker in 2011, he inherited a $2.5 billion shortfall, which was the result of reckless spending and damaging tax hikes put into place by his predecessors, including Hagan during her time as the state Senate’s budget writer from 2002-2007.

Through a combination of balanced budgets, smarter spending, and historic tax and regulatory reform for middle-class families and businesses, Speaker Tillis has helped put North Carolina on a path to long-term fiscal sustainability.

“Kay Hagan has an indefensible record of rubber-stamping President Obama’s runaway spending and plunging America $7 trillion deeper into debt during her time in Washington,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate communications director Daniel Keylin. “As Speaker, Thom has passed responsible balanced budgets, reined in wasteful spending, and passed historic tax and regulatory reform for North Carolina families and businesses. Thom is running for Senate to cleanup the mess created by Kay Hagan and Barack Obama in Washington so we can stop wasteful spending and turn our economy around.”

BACKGROUND

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)

DOUBLE STANDARD: During Hagan’s 2008 Senate Campaign, She Attacked Senator Elizabeth Dole For Voting To Raise The Debt Ceiling.  HAGAN PRESS RELEASE: “Dole Voted 5 Times To Increase Debt Limit To Nearly $9 Trillion. Since 2003, Elizabeth Dole has voted to raise the debt limit five times, bringing the limit to $8.9765 trillion, a 50 percent increase. [Vote 54, 3/16/06; Vote 76, 3/17/05; Vote 213, 11/17/04; Vote 57, 3/11/04; Vote 202, 5/23/03; AP, 3/16/06; Chicago Tribune, 3/17/06]” (Kay Hagan, “Bush-Dole Team Increase Deficit To Record High $482 Billion: Since 2003, Dole Voted Against Pay-As-You-Go Rules 6 Times,” Press Release, 7/29/08)

HAGAN CAST THE DECIDING VOTE FOR OBAMACARE.

On December 24, 2009, Senator Kay Hagan Voted For ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590,Roll Call #396, Passed 60-39-1, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

According To The Congressional Budget Office, ObamaCare Will Cost $1.5 Trillion Over 10 Years. “In the current interim projections, CBO and JCT estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in a net cost to the federal government of $41 billion in 2014 and $1,487 billion over the 2015–2024 period.” (“Updated Estimates Of The Insurance Coverage Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act,” Congressional Budget Office, 3/4/14)

HAGAN SUPPORTED OBAMA’S FAILED STIMULUS SPENDING.

In February 2009, Hagan Voted For President Obama’s Failed Stimulus.“American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – (Sec. 5) Designates each amount in this Act as: (1) an emergency requirement, necessary to meet certain emergency needs in accordance with the FY2008-FY2009 congressional budget resolutions; and (2) an emergency for Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) principles.” (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #64: Conference Report Agreed To 60-38, 2/13/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

In February 2014, The Congressional Budget Office Estimated The Total Cost Of The Stimulus Is $830 Billion. “When ARRA was being considered, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff at the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that it would increase budget deficits by $787 billion between fiscal years 2009 and 2019. CBO now estimates that the total impact over the 2009-2019 period will amount to $830 billion.” (“Estimated Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act On Employment And Economic Output In 2013,” Congressional Budget Office, 2/21/14)

HAGAN SUPPORTED USING TAXPAYER MONEY TO BAILOUT WALL STREET.

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Resolution That Disapproved Releasing More Funds For Bailouts. “Declares that Congress disapproves the obligation of any funds that exceed specified amounts authorized for the purchase of troubled assets by the Secretary of the Treasury under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.” (S. J. Res. 5, Roll Call Vote #5: Rejected 42-52, 1/15/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

HAGAN HAS OPPOSED ESTABLISHING AN EARMARK MORATORIUM.

During Debate On The 2009 Stimulus, Hagan Voted Against Reducing Earmarks And Requiring Disclosure Of Lobbying By Recipient Of Federal Dollars. “To provide greater accountability of taxpayers’ dollars by curtailing congressional earmarking and requiring disclosure of lobbying by recipients of Federal funds.” (S. Amdt. 140 To S. Amdt. 98 To H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #46: Rejected 32-65, 2/5/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

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 Voted Against Establishing An Earmark Moratorium For Two Fiscal Years. “To establish an earmark moratorium for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.” (S. Amdt. 3454 To S. Amdt. 3452 To H.R. 1586, Roll Call Vote #50: Motion To Table Agreed To 68-29, 3/16/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

Hagan Voted Against Establishing An Earmark Moratorium For Three Fiscal Years. “To establish an earmark moratorium for fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013.” (S. Amdt. 4697 To S. 510, Roll Call Vote #255: Rejected 39-56, 11/30/10, Hagan Voted Nay)

Hagan Voted Against Prohibiting Earmarks In Years Where There Is A Budget Deficit. “To prohibit earmarks in years in which there is a deficit.” (S. Amdt. 3475 To S. Amdt. 3452 To H.R. 1586, Roll Call Vote #60: Rejected 26-70, 3/18/10, Hagan Voted Nay)

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It’s totally unacceptable that Kay Hagan is participating in only three debates, a cynical effort to limit the opportunities North Carolinians can hear from their Senate candidates. Speaker Tillis has challenged Hagan to a series of at least ten debates across the state. In the spirit of bipartisanship, both campaigns should compromise and agree to six debates between now and Election Day.

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Kay Hagan’s Carbon Tax Would Destroy Up To 67,000 N.C. Jobs


Raleigh, N.C. - Kay Hagan has supported a carbon tax that would cause gas prices and utility bills to skyrocket, while destroying up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.

But with Election Day quickly approaching, Hagan is now backtracking from her fringe, anti-energy positions and denies that she ever supported the carbon tax. But Hagan’s record is clear: she has been a long-time proponent of taxing carbon emissions.

In March 2013, Hagan voted against a bipartisan amendment that would have prevented the implementation of a carbon tax.

  • “To create a point of order against legislation that would create a Federal tax or fee on carbon emissions.” (S.Amdt. 261 To S.Con.Res. 8, Roll Call #59: Motion Rejected 53-46-1, 3/22/13, Hagan Voted Nay)

Three years earlier, Hagan co-signed a letter to Harry Reid demanding action to curb greenhouse emissions, citing a need to make companies “pay through a price” on carbon emissions. Hagan has never clarified whether she was specifically referring to a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, or a combination of the two.

  • ‘We believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions,’ wrote Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Roland Burris of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ted Kaufmann of Delaware, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Warner of Virginia.” (Darren Samuelsohn, “Goodwin Says No To Cap On Emissions,” Politico, 7/16/10)

A recent National Association of Manufacturers study found that Hagan’s carbon tax would be a complete disaster for North Carolina:

  • Gas prices would rise more than 20 cents per gallon the first year the carbon tax is implemented.
  • The cost of natural gas would skyrocket 40 percent in the first year.
  • Utility bills would spike 16 percent in the first year.
  • In ten years, 57,000 to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina would be destroyed as a result.

“Kay Hagan voted against stopping a carbon tax that would cause utility bills to skyrocket and destroy up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate spokeswoman Meghan Burris. “But now in an election-year, Hagan is attempting to deceive voters by denying that she ever supported a carbon tax. It’s time for her to stop the political games and explain to North Carolinians why she chose the fringe agenda of her special interest allies at the expense of  middle-class families.”  

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Kay Hagan’s Obamacare Dodge


Raleigh, N.C. – Yesterday, the Associated Press outlined Kay Hagan’s cynical re-election strategy to avoid discussion of ObamaCare and steer attention away from her failed partisan record of rubber-stamping President Obama’s liberal agenda 95 percent of the time.

ObamaCare shattered Hagan’s credibility and trustworthiness after she deliberately deceived North Carolinians with false promises that individuals who liked their plans could keep them. Over 473,000 North Carolinians received cancellations last year, and independent fact checker PolitiFact named Hagan’s falsehoods the “Lie of the Year” for 2013.

Simply put, there are at least 25 reasons why Kay Hagan refuses to campaign on ObamaCare – her one and only signature piece of legislation.

  • HAGAN: “I’ve always said, if you have health insurance and you like it, there’s nothing we’re doing to get in the way of that. And I’ve been adamant in that.” (Mark Binker, “Education reform next on list for Hagan,” Greensboro News & Record, 12/27/09)
  • HAGAN: “I think the fundamental promise of this effort to the American people has been and should continue to be that if you got health insurance now, you’re happy with it, you can keep it.” (Kay Hagan, Health Care Reform Markup, 6/17/09)
  • HAGAN: “‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it.’” “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)
  • HAGAN: “First of all I want to be clear that if you have your insurance, you like your insurance, and your doctors, you keep them. We don’t want to do anything that’s going to change that part.” (Kay Hagan, Press Conference, 10/10/09)
  • HAGAN: “I also want to be sure that if you have health insurance you keep it. We don’t want to do anything to change that.” (Kay Hagan, “Health Care Reform: Senate Progress on the Bill,” 11/9/09)
  • HAGAN: “If you have health insurance and you like you physicians, keep it. Nothing is gonna change along those lines.” (WXII, “NC Politicians’ Views on Healthcare Reform,” 8/15/09)
  • HAGAN: “My promise is that if you have health insurance that you’re happy with, then we don’t need to change that.” (Gordon Anderson, “Health care dominates discussion at meetings,” Sanford Herald, 8/26/09)
  • HAGAN: “If you have your health insurance and you like it, I want to be sure that whatever we do doesn’t interfere with that. I want to make sure that people can keep that health insurance.” (Kay Hagan, NC AFL-CIO Convention, 9/11/09)
  • HAGAN: “If you like your doctors you can definitely keep it, keep your health insurance.” (Carolina News 14, 8/09)
  • HAGAN: “‘If people like their insurance, we don’t want to change it,’ Hagan said during a press conference in the hospital board room.” (Paul B. Johnson, “Hagan touts reform during tour of hospital,” High Point Enterprise, 8/8/09)
  • HAGAN: “The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee crafted a bill that ensures that people who like their insurance and their doctors keep them. They also expand access to health insurance for those without it and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. Three critical components that President Obama called for in his speech to congress two weeks ago.” (Kay Hagan, Senate Floor Speech, 9/23/09)
  • HAGAN: “I have been focused on a reform bill that…ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Senate Floor Speech, 11/5/09)
  • HAGAN: “Of course, we need to make sure that the people who are happy with their insurance can keep it.” (Kay Hagan, Hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, 4/30/09)
  • HAGAN: “I think the key here is if you’ve got health insurance in our country, you keep. Whatever we do, I don’t want to dismantle any system where people are happy with the coverage that they have.” (Kay Hagan, HCAN Town Hall, 6/30/09)
  • HAGAN: “Under this bill, people who lose or change their jobs can keep their health care. And we make certain that people who like their health insurance and their doctors get to keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Op-Ed, “What I Want In Health Care Reform,” Charlotte Observer, 8/2/09)
  • HAGAN: “I want to be sure that if you like your health insurance, you keep it. I don’t want to change that.” (Kay Hagan, Interview, Keith Larson Show, 8/30/09)
  • HAGAN: “…We’ve got to be sure that if you like your doctor and your health insurance, we’re not going to change.” (Sarah Campbell, “Hagan Visit Emphasizes call For Health Care Reform,” Kinston Free Press, 8/24/09)
  • HAGAN: “While there are many details that still need to be worked out, we ultimately need health insurance reform that ensures people who like their insurance and doctors keep them, expands access to health insurance for those without it, and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to ensure these critical components are included in the final bill.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, Hagan Comments On The Finance Committee’s Health Care Bill, 9/16/09)
  • HAGAN: “‘We have passed a compromise health care reform bill that will stabilize costs and ensure that people who are happy with their health care and doctors can keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Health Reform Bill Passes Health Committee With Hagan Amendments,” 7/15/09)
  • HAGAN: “As I have said all along and the President just confirmed – people who like their current insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Reaction To President Obama’s Heath Care Speech To A Joint Session Of Congress,” 9/9/09)
  • HAGAN: “It also expands coverage and ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On Finance Committee’s Passage Of Health Care Reform Bill,” 10/13/09)
  • HAGAN: “We are now ready to debate on the Senate floor a pro-patient, pro-consumer bill that strengthens the current system….Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On The Critical Step Forward For Health Care Reform In The Senate,” 11/21/09)
  • HAGAN: “People who like their insurance coverage and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On Senate Health Care Bill,” 11/19/09)
  • HAGAN WEBSITE: “Ensures you can keep the coverage you have…Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Senate website, “Health Care Facts: Middle Class Families”)
  • HAGAN NEWSLETTER: “She also wants people to have the peace of mind to know that, if they are happy with their current plan and their current doctors, then they will be able to keep them.” (“Hagan Hotline: The Week In Review,” 6/19/09)

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Tillis Calls For Special Prosecutor To Investigate The IRS Scandal


U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is calling on the Obama administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal.

The IRS recently claimed that it lost two years worth of subpoenaed emails from Lois Lerner, former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit. Meanwhile, President Obama’s rubber-stamp Kay Hagan is providing political cover for the Obama administration in midst of the new developments surrounding the scandal.

Today, Thom Tillis released the following statement:

“The Obama administration and Kay Hagan have shown a complete lack of willingness to get the bottom of this scandal to determine whether or not Americans were targeted for their political beliefs. The IRS’s excuse that it conveniently lost emails that were subpoenaed by Congress is simply outrageous, and yet Kay Hagan continues to provide President Obama with political cover, once again failing to hold him accountable. The American people deserve the truth, and it’s time for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate.”

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