Campaign 2010

Sep 26, 2013

Bobby Schilling Courts Joe Walsh, Highlights His Wrong Priorities

Congressman Bobby Schilling’s decision this week to campaign with Tea Party firebrand Joe Walsh is just the latest reminder that Schilling is committed to the same wrong priorities that cost him his seat last year. Together, Walsh and Schilling voted for multiple “Ryan Budgets” that represented Tea Party priorities rejected by the voters like giving tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, raising Medicare costs on Illinois families, and defending big Wall Street banks over Main Street.

“Both former Congressmen Joe Walsh and Bobby Schilling were rejected by Illinois voters last year because their Tea Party priorities don’t represent the needs of Illinois middle class families,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whether it’s their  push to give tax credits to companies for shipping jobs overseas or their plan to raise Medicare costs on Illinois seniors, Joe Walsh and Bobby Schilling’s Tea Party agenda won’t be forgotten by Illinois voters.”

BACKGROUND:

2012: Schilling and Walsh Voted for the Extreme House Republican Budget. In March 2012, Schilling and Walsh voted for the FY 2013 House Republican budget. The budget resolution was adopted, 228-191. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]

  • CBS News: Republican Budget Would “Scrap Most Taxes on Overseas Profits.” [CBS News, 3/20/12]
  • Los Angeles Times: Republican Budget Would Repeal “New Federal Restrictions on Wall Street.” [Editorial, Los Angeles Times, 3/21/12]
  • Madison Cap Times: Republican Budget Was “For Wall Street.” According to the Madison Cap Times, the FY 2012 House Republican budget was “a budget for Wall Street.” [Madison Cap Times, 3/29/12]

2011: Schilling and Walsh Voted for the Radical House Republican Budget. In 2011, Schilling and Walsh voted for the FY 2012 House Republican budget. The bill passed 235-193. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11]

  • Republican Budget Would Increase Medicare Costs by $6,400. In 2011, the USA Today reported that the House Republican budget passed in April would cost beneficiaries an average of $6,400 more annually, based on estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. [USA Today, 10/03/11]
  • AARP: Republican Budget Would “Remov[e] Medicare’s Promise” [AARP, 4/06/11]