Will Target Dems Vote for the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase?

March 8, 2010

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: John Adler (NJ-03); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Michael Arcuri (NY-24); John Barrow (GA-12); Melissa Bean (IL-08); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Leonard Boswell (IA-03); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Rick Boucher (VA-09); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Chris Carney (PA-10); Ben Chandler (KY-06); Travis Childers (MS-01); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Jim Costa (CA-20); Joe Courtney (CT-02); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Lincoln Davis (TN-04); Bill Delahunt (MA-10); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Steve Driehaus (OH-01); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Brad Ellsworth (IN-08); Bill Foster (IL-14); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Alan Grayson (FL-08); John Hall (NY-19); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL); Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Tim Holden (PA-17); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ron Kind (WI-03); Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01); Larry Kissell (NC-08); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Frank Kratovil (MD-01); Rick Larsen (WA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jim Marshall (GA-08); Jim Matheson (UT-02); Michael McMahon (NY-13); Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Michael Michaud (ME-02); Harry Mitchell (AZ-05); Alan Mollohan (WV-01); Patrick Murphy (PA-08); David Obey (WI-07); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL); Nick Rahall (WV-03); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Mike Ross (AR-04); John Salazar (CO-03); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); Ike Skelton (MO-04); Zack Space (OH-18); John Spratt (SC-05); Betty Sutton (OH-13); Harry Teague (NM-02); Dina Titus (NV-03); Niki Tsongas (MA-05); Tim Walz (MN-01); Charlie Wilson (OH-06); David Wu (OR-01) and John Yarmuth (KY-03). 

Will Harry Teague Vote for the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase?
The Dems’ Dirty Secret: Passing Healthcare Bill Means Voting for Shady Backroom Deals


Washington- With Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama making their last-ditch push for their unpopular healthcare agenda, it’s time for Harry Teague to take a stand. As Democrat leaders attempt to usher a healthcare bill through the House with Teague’s seal of approval, they have a dirty secret: In order to run their end-around on the American people, Teague’s party will first have to approve the current healthcare bill – and all of the shady backroom deals that come along with it.


The last front in the healthcare fight is in the House of Representatives and Pelosi is scraping by to achieve a razor-thin majority. If Harry Teague votes for the bill currently being pushed by Democrat leaders, he is voting in support of the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase and every other backroom deal cut to sneak the legislation through Congress.


“In his weekly address, released Saturday, President Obama said he’s asked ‘leaders in both of Houses of Congress to finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks.’”


“It’s not clear the president has the votes. He needs 216 votes in the House, where some Democrats are saying no. In the Senate, Democrats are expected to try to pass the latest version with a bare majority of 51, instead of the 60 votes it usually takes to move legislation, through a controversial tactic called reconciliation. Republicans called that a recipe for partisan warfare.” (John Hendren, “New Deadline Set to Pass Health Care Bill,” ABC News, 3/7/2010)



“Then there’s the perception of payoffs to states represented by senators who hesitated on supporting the Senate’s health care bill, part of the overhaul that Obama had named his top legislative priority.


Dubbed the Cornhusker kickback and the Louisiana purchase, the deals with Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana drew derision for the perception of sneakiness they created.” (Laurie Kellman and Larry Margasak, Associated Press, “Democrats mired in swamp they vowed to drain,” 3/4/2010)



“The only thing transparent about the Democrats’ shady backroom deals is their utter disregard for the intelligence of American taxpayers and voters,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “President Obama and Nancy Pelosi vowed repeatedly to keep their Congress ‘honest’ and keep congressional dealings open to the American public. But now they are asking Harry Teague to go on the record with his support for these unpopular closed-door deals so they can sneak their runaway healthcare agenda through Congress while no one is looking. Will Harry Teague stand up for the hard-working middle-class American families that have already rejected this bill or will he sit quietly while Democrat leaders attempt to pull the wool over the American public’s eyes?”


Will Teague endorse not only a government-run healthcare bill that the majority of the American public has already rejected – but also the secretive backroom dealings included in the bill before Congress?