Will House Dems Advance Democrat Policies that Force Bills to Skyrocket & Destroy Jobs?

June 17, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04), John Barrow (GA-12), Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Dan Boren (OK-02), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Ben Chandler (KY-06), David Cicilline (RI-01), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Jim Costa (CA-20), Jerry Costello (IL-12), Mark Critz (PA-12), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Joe Donnelly (IN-02), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jim Himes (CT-04), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Tim Holden (PA-17), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Jay Inslee (WA-01), Steve Israel (NY-02), Bill Keating (MA-10), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), Larry Kissell (NC-08), Rick Larsen (WA-02), David Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Matheson (UT-02), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Michael Michaud (ME-02), Brad Miller (NC-13), Bill Owens (NY-23), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Gary Peters (MI-09), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), David Price (NC-04), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Mike Ross (AR-04), Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Adam Smith (WA-09), Betty Sutton (OH-13), John Tierney (MA-06), Niki Tsongas (MA-05), Pete Visclosky (IN-01), Tim Walz (MN-01), Anthony Weiner (NY-09), David Wu (OR-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03)

Will Altmire Continue to Advance Democrat Policies that Force Energy Bills to Skyrocket & Destroy Jobs?
Democrats Continue Clamping Down When Businesses & Families Need Relief Most

Washington — Pennsylvania Democrat Jason Altmire’s constituents will soon see their energy bills skyrocket and jobs continue to be crushed by the overbearing regulation that defines his Democrat leaders’ control of Washington. As Jason Altmire’s Democrat leaders continue their terribly misguided crackdown on American jobs and energy, will he stand up this time and oppose them?
“The endless stream of job-destroying regulation coming from Jason Altmire’s Democrat leaders in Washington accomplishes little except driving jobs away and making life considerably more difficult and expensive for Pennsylvania’s struggling middle-class families,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Does that mean Altmire will take a stand against his fellow Democrats’ continuing wave of job-crushing regulations that will increasingly burden small businesses who are looking for relief?”

New regulatory crackdowns could force consumers’ electricity bills up 40 to 60 percent in just the next few years:

“Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years. The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation’s electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be shuttered.” (Julie Wernau, “Consumers’ electric bills likely to spike as coal plants close,” Chicago Tribune, 6/11/11)

Even traditional Democrat allies admit that this type of red tape will simply destroy jobs:

“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, normally a White House union ally, says the rule will destroy 50,000 jobs and another 200,000 down the supply chain. That’s more jobs lost than if Boeing went bust.” (Editorial, “The EPA’s War on Jobs,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/13/11)

And the Obama Administration hasn’t stopped there with its regulatory crackdown, which would make life even more difficult for middle-class families if it continues:

“Sharply higher fuel efficiency standards by 2025 could force vehicle prices up by nearly $10,000, reduce sales by 5.5 million vehicles annually and eliminate more than 260,000 jobs, according to a study by the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research.” (David Shepardson, “Study: Fuel rules to hike car costs,” The Detroit News, 6/15/11)

Jason Altmire’s fellow Democrats continue to promote policies which actively destroy jobs and make life more expensive for struggling middle-class families in Pennsylvania. Does that mean Altmire will stand up to his own Democrat leaders who are pushing through all of these job-crushing policies?

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