Campaign 2010

Oct 25, 2013

Web Video: Congressman Tom Latham Votes with Speaker Ted Cruz

As Iowa Republicans prepare for Speaker Ted Cruz and his visit to raise money on behalf of the party, the DCCC has released a web video highlighting how Congressman Tom Latham has joined with Cruz in voting for an irresponsible government shutdown.

Watch the video HERE.

“Congressman Tom Latham can’t run away from his reckless government shutdown that hammered Iowa’s middle class families – especially with Iowa Republicans giving shutdown architect Ted Cruz a bearhug,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “If Congressman Latham isn’t ashamed for admitting that a shutdown would be irresponsible and then voting for one anyway, he’s clearly spent too much time in Washington.”

BACKGROUND

House Republicans Have Voted Sixteen Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government. Following the government shutdown, House Republicans voted sixteen times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution. Of these votes, the New York Times wrote: “So far, however, there has been little tangible headway. Part of the problem is that moderates are behaving a bit too moderately. They have yet to vote with Democrats on procedural maneuvers that could force the hand of the Republican leadership or to sign a petition Democrats are circulating that would require a vote on a short-term spending bill to reopen the government if a majority of House members signed. They are unwilling to defy their leaders to that extent.” [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 70, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; H J Res 77,  Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/08/13; HJ Res 90, Vote #536, 10/09/13; HJ Res 79, Vote #539, 10/10/13; HJ Res 76, Vote #541, 10/11/13; HJ Res 380, Vote #543, 10/11/13; HJ Res 80, Vote #547, 10/14/13; New York Times, 10/07/13]

Republican Shutdown Cost the Economy $24 Billion. “S&P said today the impact of the impasse was worsening by the day and had shaved at least 0.6 percent off of fourth-quarter growth, taking $24 billion out of the economy.” [Bloomberg, 10/16/13]

…Even After House Republicans Shutdown the Government For Weeks and Inflicted Serious Pain on Working Families, The Final Deal “Yielded Virtually No Concessions to the Republicans.” “Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, announced the completion of the agreement shortly after noon, and the Senate Republicans who had led the push to shut down the government unless President Obama’s health care law was gutted conceded defeat and promised not to delay a final vote. […] The deal, with the government shutdown in its third week, yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans, other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance under the new health care law.” [New York Times, 10/16/13]

  • Headline: Republicans Shut Down the Government for Nothing [The Atlantic, 10/16/13]

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