Aug 15, 2012
Minnesota Middle Class Families Can’t Afford Congressman Chip Cravaack
Democrats just put a wrinkle in Congressman Chip Cravaack's taxpayer funded vacation by uniting around nominee Rick Nolan, and holding Cravaack accountable for having the wrong priorities in Washington. While Congressman Cravaack voted to keep perks for himself and protect tax breaks for millionaires, he's voted to end Medicare and make seniors pay thousands more for their benefits. Cravaack even voted to protect tax breaks for fellow millionaires just before taking vacation, but stopped short of fighting for tax relief and Medicare for the middle class.
"Sorry to break up Congressman Chip Cravaack's taxpayer funded vacation, but Minnesota middle class families want to know why Congressman Cravaack supports end Medicare just to give out more tax breaks to billionaires," said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Minnesota workers and middle class families can't afford Congressman Chip Cravaack's Tea Party agenda that would make them pay $6,400 more for Medicare while giving millionaires at $265,000 tax cut. Congressman Cravaack has made clear he cares more about propping up a broken system in Washington than doing the right thing by Minnesota middle class families."
Congressman Cravaack Voted to Let the House Go on a Five Week Vacation. On August 1, 2012, Congressman Cravaack voted to go on vacation until September 10, 2012. [S Con Res 56, Vote #556, 8/2/12; House Majority Leader’s House Calendar, accessed 8/2/12]
Congressman Cravaack Voted to Give Millionaires Another $160,000 Tax Break. On August 1, 2012, Congressman Cravaack voted to give people making more than $1 million a year another $160,000 tax break. [HR 8, Vote #545, 8/1/12; House Committee on Ways and Means, 7/31/12]
Congressman Cravaack is Worth $843,018-$1,945,000. Congressman Cravaack holds assets valued between $843,018-$1,945,000. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 8/15/12]
Voted Against Cutting Funding for Member Gym, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, and House Dining Room In 2012, Congressman Cravaack voted against a Democratic budget proposal that would task the Committee on House Administration with identifying ways to cut subsidies paid to the House gym, Barber shop, Salon, and the House dining room. “The Committee on House Administration shall review the policies pertaining to the services provided to Members of Congress and House Committees, and shall identify ways to reduce any subsidies paid for the operation of the House gym, Barber shop, Salon, and the House dining room,” the amendment stated. [Section 412 of Van Hollen Amendment #6, House Report 112-423; H Con Res 112, Vote #150, 3/29/12]
Voted to Keep First-Class Travel at Taxpayer Expense. In 2012, Biggert voted against a Democratic budget proposal that would bar the use of taxpayer funds for the purchase of first class airfare or for leasing corporate jets. “Further, it is the policy of this resolution that no taxpayer funds may be used to purchase first class airfare or to lease corporate jets for Members of Congress,” the amendment stated. [Section 412 of Van Hollen Amendment #6, House Report 112-423; H Con Res 112, Vote #150, 3/29/12]
Congressman Cravaack Voted for Budgets With the Wrong Priorities. Congressman Cravaack voted for two budgets authored by Congressman Paul Ryan. Together, these budgets that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, and provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries, while the Center for American progress has claimed that it is likely that that a middle-class family with two kids making about $70,000 a year would pay about $1,150 more in income tax. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; CBO, 4/5/11; CNN, 3/23/12]