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May 11, 2012

FACT CHECK: Walsh Voted Against Considering the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

At tonight’s debate, Congressman Joe Walsh falsely claimed he never voted against considering the Violence Against Women Act. In reality, although funding for the Violence Against Women Act has always previously passed with strong bipartisan support, Congressman Joe Walsh voted against considering the Violence Against Women Act in March. Background Walsh Voted Against Considering the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. On March 28, 2012, House Republicans …

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May 11, 2012

FACT CHECK: Congressman Joe Walsh’s Record of Irresponsible Budgeting

At tonight’s debate, Congressman Joe Walsh just falsely claimed that he is working to cut spending and reduce the deficit in Washington. In reality, Congressman Joe Walsh has repeatedly protected taxpayer subsidies for big oil companies and tax breaks for millionaires. Walsh even voted to funding for the bridge to nowhere. FACT CHECK: Walsh Voted to Maintain Funding for the “Bridge to Nowhere.” In March 2011, Walsh …

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May 11, 2012

Congressman Joe Walsh: Failure by Numbers

In advance of tonight’s first debate between Congressman Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brings you a look at Congressman Joe Walsh’s failures over the course of his political career: 4: The number of times Congressman Walsh paid his property taxes late or the number of tax liens Congressman Walsh accrued.  [Cook County Treasurer, Property Tax Payment Records, Accessed 3/23/11] [Cook County Recorder …

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May 09, 2012

House Ethics Report Says “Substantial Reason to Believe Buchanan Influenced Testimony of Witness”

The bipartisan House Ethics Committee, chaired by Republican Congressman Jo Bonner (AL-01), announced it will continue its investigation into Congressman Vern Buchanan for attempting to influence a witness in a federal investigation into his campaign finances.  According to an Office of Congressional Ethics report, investigators found that “there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Buchanan attempted to influence the testimony of a witness.” Congressman Buchanan allegedly agreed to …

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May 09, 2012

Pelosi: Stand with President Obama in Support of Marriage Equality

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent the following message to DCCC supporters: Friend --Isn't it great? President Obama just announced that he supports marriage equality for all Americans. He joins many of us who have long-supported marriage equality because of what it tells our country -- and the entire world -- that all of America’s families deserve the benefits of equal protection under the law. Yet, there will …

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May 08, 2012

CNN: DCCC Drops Republican House of Scandal 2012 Calendar At House Republican Offices

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a new calendar featuring scandal-plagued House Republicans. As reported by Roll Call newspaper today, complimentary copies of the calendar were given to all of the Republican Conference members yesterday and are available at HouseOfScandal.org. The House Republicans featured in the Republican House of Scandal calendar are facing ethics investigations, financial scandals, questions of impropriety and the like. Despite House Republican leaders’ …

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May 06, 2012

Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Adam Yauch

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of Adam Yauch, 47, a founding member of the Beastie Boys and an advocate for the people of Tibet:   "As an artist, Adam Yauch changed the course of music; as a humanitarian, he changed lives.  He was a creative genius who used his powerful platform and celebrity to address the cause of human rights for the people of …

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May 03, 2012

Republicans’ Vote to End Medicare

In 2011, the GOP voted for the Republican Budget which would End Medicare for Americans younger than 55. The bill passed 235-193. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11] Nobel Prizing Winning Economist: “How is This Not an End to Medicare?” “The new scheme would still be called ‘Medicare’, but it would bear little resemblance to the current system, which guarantees essential care to …

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May 03, 2012

Republican Freshmen Caught “Begging” Republican Leaders to Bring Back Earmarks

Republican Freshmen Caught "Begging" Republican Leaders to Bring Back Earmarks According to Politico, House Republican freshmen have been caught "begging" Republican leaders to bring back earmarks. Sixty-five House Republican freshmen signed a letter in support of earmarks "even though it runs counter to the earmark ban Republicans campaigned on in 2010 and instituted when they took power." "And in typical Washington fashion, [Republicans] think they’ve found a loophole that will get …

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May 03, 2012

DCCC Names Congressman David Rivera as “Corrupt Republican of the Month” for May

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today named Congressman David Rivera (FL-26) as the "Corrupt Republican of the Month" for his ongoing FBI and IRS investigations of possible tax evasion and his ongoing financial scandals. While House Republicans had pledged a "zero-tolerance" policy on ethics, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) is embracing Rivera despite these ongoing investigations. Rivera will be featured on Republican HouseOfScandal.org all month long. Last …

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May 02, 2012

HYPOCRISY ALERT: House Republicans Demand Paying For Middle Class Tax Cuts, Not Millionaires

According to a new story in yesterday’s The Hill newspaper, House Republicans have no intention of paying for extensions of the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, preferring to go further in debt instead. However, it was earlier this year that House Republicans demanded cuts to Medicare, among other things, in order to pay for extending the payroll tax cut for the middle class. In the latest example of their …

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May 02, 2012

DCCC Launches Live Phone Calls Holding Congressman Larry Bucshon Accountable for Wasteful Spending

Following a troubling new report by the Evansville Courier Press about Congressman Larry Bucshon’s excessive use of mailers on the taxpayers’ dime, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week launched live phone calls in Indiana’s 8th district connecting voters with Congressman Bucshon’s office to hold him accountable for wasteful spending. The Evansville Courier Press found that Congressman Bucshon was a top spender in the region on taxpayer funded mailings and couldn’t defend sending out 5 glossy, …

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May 02, 2012

AZ-08 Special Election: Watch the Latest TV Ads

In Arizona, we are fighting to keep Gabby Giffords' seat in Democratic hands. The special election is June 12th. Your support has helped our Democratic candidate, Ron Barber, put ads on the air about his commitment to protecting Medicare. When National Republicans launched misleading ads against Ron, you helped us raise $150,000, and we responded with an ad laying out the facts. We can't thank you enough …

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May 01, 2012

The Real Redistricting Story

With the redistricting process completed in nearly every state, it’s now clear that redistricting has been a wash for both parties and the playing field for Democrats remains as strong, if not stronger, than it was when redistricting began. Republican redistricting gains have been counteracted by Republican losses, prompting Speaker John Boehner to lament last week that the Republican majority is at risk and that at least …

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May 01, 2012

DCCC Launches Web Video on Republican Majority “In Jeopardy”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today released a new web video, “In Jeopardy,” featuring reaction to Speaker John Boehner’s stunning admission that the House Republican Majority is in jeopardy. Boehner said Republicans face “real challenge” in this November’s election and could lose the House. He singled out more than 50 seats that are vulnerable – Democrats only need 25 seats to win the House. We can't …

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