Campaign 2010

Oct 20, 2005

What Budget Cuts Do the Republican Members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation Support?

DCCC Press

Oct 20, 2005

What Budget Cuts Do the Republican Members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation Support?

(Washington, D.C.) -- With an important budget vote coming next week, Connecticut families deserve to know what Republican budget cuts their member of Congress is going to support. Looking at the Republican proposals that put special interest giveaways first by leaving Connecticut families behind, we have designed a questionnaire to help Connecticut Representatives Chris Shays, Nancy Johnson, and Rob Simmons.

"Simply put, will Republicans continue to support measures that reward the special interests at the expense of middle class families?" asked Bill Burton, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee communications director. "Time and time again, these Republicans have been rubberstamps for Tom DeLay instead of standing up for Connecticut families. If they don't support any of these cuts, they should list the cuts that they do support. Now is the time for leadership in Washington, not more rubberstamp votes from Connecticut members of Congress."

1. Medicare Cuts – Will you support the Republican proposal to raise health care costs for the 23,380,500 children in this country who rely on Medicaid in order to pay for the $10 billion "slush fund" giveaway to insurance companies and HMOs?

  • Yes _____
  • No _____

    1. Energy Costs – Will you support Republican efforts to do nothing to relieve the price of gas and bring down the cost of home heating so that you can pay for the $14 billion in giveaways for the energy industry, an industry enjoying record profits this year?

  • Yes _____
  • No _____

    2. Veterans Benefits – Will you support cuts to veterans benefits by $600 million, which will deny health care to 100,000 veterans, and disregard the American Legion’s plea to, "keep in mind the personal sacrifices and hardships endured by America's veterans" – so that you can pay for the corporate tax shelters for companies that send American jobs overseas?

  • Yes _____
  • No _____

    3. National Security – Will you continue to support a budget that does not get the 30,000 Marines in Iraq the equipment they need and the 1,000 Humvees the armor they still lack in order to pay for the $7 billion, no-bid government contract given Halliburton to rebuild Iraq's oil infrastructure?

  • Yes _____
  • No _____