Campaign 2010

Jan 15, 2014

Paul Ryan and the Tea Party Get Behind Reliable Rubber Stamp Elise Stefanik

Congressman Paul Ryan and the Tea Party machine are already rushing to get behind Republican operative Elise Stefanik’s candidacy, tweeting his full-throated support for her campaign. As a top Republican National Committee operative, Stefanik engineered the party’s extreme right-wing platform that North Country voters rejected in 2012 and cost Paul Ryan the Vice Presidency.  Now, Paul Ryan and the Tea Party will do anything they can to get another reliable rubberstamp like Elise Stefanik elected to congress. 

“Paul Ryan and the Tea Party have made it clear they have their sights set on the North Country and Elise Stefanik will be their standard-bearer,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “As a top national Republican operative, Elise Stefanik engineered the party’s extreme right wing platform that North Country voters rejected in 2012 and cost Paul Ryan the Vice Presidency.  Now Paul Ryan is doing everything he can to get his protégé Elise Stefanik elected because he knows she will help him the next time he tries to end Medicare as we know it and raise costs on seniors, just like she did in 2012.”

BACKGROUND:

Ryan Said His “Friend” Elise Stefanik Had His “Full Support.” “My friend @EliseStefanik represents a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington. She has my full support.” [Paul Ryan Twitter, 1/14/14]

Stefanik Served as Policy Director of Republican National Convention Platform Committee in 2012. In July 2012, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus announced Elise Stefanik as the Policy Director of the 2012 Republican National Convention’s Platform Committee. [PR Newswire, 7/02/12]

  • 2012 Republican Platform Included Call to Turn Medicare Into a Voucher Program. In August 2009, the New York Times reported that the 2012 Republican platform included a “call to reshape Medicare to give fixed amounts of money to future beneficiaries so they can buy their own coverage.” [New York Times8/29/12]

Ryan Budget Would Cut Medicare Spending by $356 Billion and Would Make Medicare “Look Unrecognizable.” In 2013, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the Ryan budget would cut Medicare by $356 billion over ten years. The National Journal explained that, “…for those younger than age 55, Medicare could look unrecognizable: People receive a fixed sum of money from the federal government to buy health insurance in their old age, regardless of the way inflation has caused health care costs to increase.” The bill passed, 221-207. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/13/12; National Journal, 3/10/13]

Ryan Budget Would Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families by Nearly $1,400. “[T]he typical household making more than $1 million will see their taxes fall by more than $286,000 under Ryan’s budget.  However, eliminating these tax expenditures would increase the tax burden facing middle-class workers:  a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358.” [Joint Economic Committee Press Release, 6/20/12]

Ryan Budget Would Add $3.1 Trillion to Deficit. Under the Ryan budget, $3.127 trillion would be added to the deficit, assuming “current laws generally remain unchanged,” the Congressional Budget Office reported. [The Hill, 3/20/12]