CONCORD – Today, Senator Kelly Ayotte released a misleading new ad showing the exact opposite of her real record in Washington of standing up for the corporate special interests who are funding her campaign at the expense of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses.
In Washington, Ayotte has voted with her special interest backers to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas while voting against tax breaks for small businesses that hire workers. Ayotte also voted to cut $2 billion from job training programs after the Koch Brothers’ political arm urged her to, and she voted to eliminate the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant that’s funded innovative job training programs at New Hampshire’s community colleges.
Ayotte has also voted four times against the Federal Paycheck Fairness Act, even saying that “we already have laws in place” to address pay discrimination. And while Ayotte’s ad claims she’s working as hard as Granite Staters, Ayotte’s Republican Senate majority has worked the fewest days in 60 years.
“Despite her attempts to mislead Granite Staters with slick TV ads that show the exact opposite of her real Washington record, Kelly Ayotte cannot change the fact that she’s stood with corporate special interests at the expense of New Hampshire’s workers and small businesses,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “From siding with her corporate special interest backers to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas to voting to slash funding for critical job training programs for New Hampshire workers, it’s clear that Kelly Ayotte is only fighting to keep her own job, rather than supporting Granite State workers.”
CROSSLEY: New Hampshire has a senator who works just as hard as we do.
FACT: THE SENATE HAS WORKED ITS FEWEST WORK DAYS IN 60 YEARS IN 2016…
Headline: Senate Takes 2016 Sabbatical. [Politico, 5/2/16]
Politico: The Senate Is On Pace To Work Its Fewest Days In 60 Years In 2016. “The chamber is on pace to work the fewest days in 60 years, the party continues to insist it won’t act on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, and Republicans’ ballyhooed strategy to shepherd all dozen spending bills through the chamber is in serious trouble.” [Politico, 5/2/16]
…AND ALSO HAD ITS LONGEST SUMMER RECESS IN SIX DECADES
2016: Senate Had Its Longest Summer Recess In 60 Years. “There have also been just three Friday sessions this year and this year’s summer recess is the longest in 60 years.” [Politico, 5/2/16]
FERLINS: Kelly Ayotte believes in the potential of New Hampshire and wants to unleash that potential.
On Screen: Geradine Ferlines / Cirtonics
GOGUEN: She’s out there fighting for good paying jobs.
On Screen: Ron Goguen / Lead Brake Operator
FACT: AYOTTE SIDED WITH HER SPECIAL INTEREST BACKERS AND VOTED TO PROTECT TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS…
July 18, 2012: U.S. Chamber Urged Member Of Congress To Oppose The Bring Jobs Home Act. [U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, Letter In Opposition To S. 3364, 7/18/12]
• July 19, 2012: Ayotte Voted Against The Bring Jobs Home Act, Which Would End Tax Breaks For Outsourcers And Incentivize Companies To Bring Overseas Jobs Back To The U.S. In July 2012, Ayotte voted against a: “motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide a 20 percent business tax credit to cover the cost of shifting overseas jobs back to the United States and eliminate tax credits for expenses related to moving operations abroad.” The motion failed 56-42. [CQ, 7/19/12; S. 3364, Vote 181, 7/19/12]
July 22, 2014: The U.S. Chamber Urged Senators To Vote Against The Bring Jobs Home Act. [U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, Letter In Opposition To S. 2569, the “Bring Jobs Home Act, 7/22/14]
• July 30, 2014: Ayotte Voted Against The Bring Jobs Home Act, Which Would End Tax Breaks For Outsourcers And Incentivize Companies To Bring Overseas Jobs Back To The U.S. In July 2014, Ayotte voted against a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill that would give businesses a tax credit for up to 20 percent of the expenses incurred to bring work done in foreign countries back into the United States, if the business also increases its number of full-time employees. It also would prohibit tax deductions for expenses incurred when moving jobs outside the U.S.” The motion failed 54-42. [CQ, 7/30/14; S. 2569, Vote 249, 7/30/14]
…WHILE ALSO VOTING AGAINST TAX BREAKS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HIRE WORKERS
Ayotte Voted To Kill The Small Business Jobs And Tax Relief Act. [S. 2237, Vote 177, 7/12/12]
• Headline: GOP Blocks Senate Small Business Tax Cut Bill. [Roll Call, 7/12/12]
• Bill Would Have Provided Tax Breaks For Businesses That Add To Their Payrolls, Either Through New Hires Or Increased Pay, Allow Businesses To Accelerate The Way In Which They Deduct Business Expenses. “The Senate small-business bill would provide tax breaks for business that add to their payrolls, either through new hires or increased pay, and would allow businesses to accelerate the way in which they deduct business expenses.” [Roll Call, 7/12/12]
CROSSLEY: Kelly introduced bipartisan training initiatives […]
On Screen: Kelly Ayotte / Bipartisan Job / Training Initiatives / S.1542, S. 771, NH Business Review, 7/16/15
On Screen: Andrew Crossley / Welder Fabricator
CROSSLEY: […] to make sure we had skills for the 21st century.
On Screen: Kelly Ayotte / Bipartisan Job / Training Initiatives / S.1542, S. 771, NH Business Review, 7/16/15
FACT: AYOTTE VOTED FOR $2 BILLION IN CUTS FOR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS AFTER THE KOCH BROTHERS’ AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY URGED SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE MEASURE
Ayotte Voted To Cut $2 Billion From Job Training After The Koch Brothers’ AFP Urged Her To Do So. In March 2011, Ayotte voted for: “Passage of the bill that would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2011 for all government agencies, except the Defense Department, which would receive $515.8 billion in base funding. Most other programs would be funded at fiscal 2010 levels, less eliminations, reductions and rescissions totaling roughly $61.5 billion.” The bill failed 44-56. [CQ, 3/9/11; H.R. 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11]
Ayotte Voted To Cut $2 Billion From Job Training After AFP Urged Her To Do So. “H.R. 1 cuts over $2 billion from job training programs that are critical in preparing workers for employment in growth industries. For example, funding under Title I of the Workforce NATIONAL WOMEN’S LAW CENTER, March 2011, Page 3 Investment Act (WIA) is zeroed out – eliminating a $1.4 billion program serving 1.7 million youth and adult workers. Funding is also eliminated for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund (-$40 million) and Youthbuild (-$102 million), and slashed for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (-$525 million). These programs are particularly important for women workers, many of whom are concentrated in low-wage, low-skill, low-security jobs without opportunity for advancement.” [National Women’s Law Center, HR 1 Fact Sheet, March 2011; ; H.R. 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11; Americans For Prosperity Press Release, 3/9/11]
FACT: AYOTTE REPEATEDLY VOTED THE EXTREME RYAN BUDGETS THAT WOULD HAVE CUT FUNDING FOR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS AFTER HER SPECIAL INTEREST BACKERS URGED HER TO DO SO
• The Koch Brothers’ AFP Urged Senators To Support The FY 2012 Ryan Plan. “Dear Senator, On behalf of more than 1.7 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to support H.Con.Res. 34, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY2012 budget resolution. This budget resolution for FY2012 sets out a credible plan for the federal budget’s future that is compassionate, sustainable, and properly limited. I urge you to vote Yes on H.Con.Res. 34, Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution. AFP will rate this vote in our congressional ratings.” [Americans For Prosperity Press Release, 5/24/11]
• FY 2012 Ryan Budget Would Impose Cuts In Pell Grants, Job Training Programs “Ryan would impose deep cuts in food stamps, along with cuts in Pell grants, low-income housing, job training and a menu of other programs that have long been in the GOP’s crosshairs.” [Editorial, Star-Ledger, 4/7/11]
May 2012: The Koch Brothers’ Americans For Prosperity Urged Senators To Vote For The FY 2013 Ryan Budget. “Dear Senator, On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to support two budgets when they come to a vote this week: the House-passed budget resolution (H.Con.Res. 112) and Senator Toomey’s “Restoring Balance” budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 37). Both are credible proposals to cut government spending, usher in pro-growth tax reform, and put two of the nation’s big-spending entitlement programs back on a sustainable fiscal path. I urge you to vote YES on both H.Con.Res. 112 and S.Con.Res. 37. Americans for Prosperity will rate these votes in our congressional ratings.” [Americans For Prosperity Press Release, 5/14/12]
• New York Times: FY 2013 Ryan Plan Would Reduce Funding For Job Training. “At the same time, though, those families would find themselves unable to pay for health care, and they would also face reductions in housing assistance, job training and Pell grants for college tuition, all of which Mr. Ryan wants to cut, with Mr. Romney’s approval. In all, 62 percent of the budget’s cuts come from low-income programs, and that’s on top of the substantial cut in spending already in place from last year.” [Editorial, New York Times, 3/29/12]
• Washington Post’s Dana Milbank: FY 2013 Ryan Plan Would Kill Off Various Job Training Programs. “Ryan’s budget outline omits specifics about how much he would take from programs. Instead, it provided a string of Orwellian euphemisms. The budget “repairs the safety net” by allowing the states to award public assistance to fewer people — ‘those who need it most.” Financial aid for college would be slashed — er, “put on a sustainable funding path.’ And the Ryan plan would give workers ‘the tools to thrive in the 21st century’ — by killing off various job-training programs.” [Milbank, Washington Post, 3/20/12]
• National League Of Cities: FY 2013 Ryan Plan Would Slash Funding For Programs Like Job Training. “What does the Ryan budget mean for the nation’s Workforce Investment Act job training system? If the Ryan budget were adopted into law, funding for federal job training programs that would help U.S. workers and employers obtain critical workforce skills would be virtually eliminated. According to the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), the “Ryan Budget” would reduce the budget line that funds labor, health and human services, and education programs by more than $16 billion (22 percent) when compared to fiscal year 2012.” [National League Of Cities, 3/28/12]
• National Partnership For Women And Families: FY 2014 Ryan Plan Would Put Job Training programs “On The Chopping Block.” “The Ryan budget would also devastate nutrition assistance programs, denying millions of families living in or near poverty — many headed by women — the ability to put food on the table. It would put school lunch, child nutrition, job training and child care tax credit programs on the chopping block. It would devastate the safety net.” [National Partnership For Women And Families, 3/21/13]
• CBPP: FY 2014 Ryan Plan Threatened Job Training Programs With Large Cuts. “Workforce programs that are threatened with large cuts under the Ryan budget include Training and Employment Services. State and local governments receive these grants to provide job search and placement assistance, occupational training, and career counseling to unemployed adult workers and to low-income youth who need help building their skills.” [CBPP, 3/27/13]
• FY 2014 Ryan Plan Would Make Deep Cuts To Programs Like Job Training. “He keeps the sequester — a $1 trillion guillotine to non-defense and defense spending. But his breakdown of spending pushes virtually all of those cuts into non-defense categories. In other words, everything in our discretionary budget — scientific research, housing, international relations, education, public safety, public health, environmental protection, job training — doesn’t just get a sequester. It gets a double-sequester! Plus another $250 billion in cuts, under the Ryan budget. Win the future.” [The Atlantic, 3/14/13]
IN SEPTEMBER 2011, AYOTTE VOTED TO ELIMINATE THE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAREER TRAINING GRANT
Ayotte Voted To Eliminate TAACCCT Program That Helps Provide Job Training For Workers Whose Jobs Had Been Displaced. In September 2011, Ayotte voted for a McCain, R-Ariz., amendment that would reduce the level of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits to rates prior to the enactment of the 2009 economic stimulus law. The amendment was rejected 46-53. [CQ, 9/21/11; S.Amdt.625 to S.Amdt.633 to H.R.2832, Vote 143, 9/21/11]
• Politifact: McCain Amendment Would Have “Had The Effect OF Cutting A Career Training Program” TAACCCT. “Feingold also noted that Johnson voted at least once against providing three-year grants to technical colleges to train displaced workers eligible for TAA help… Johnson voted for legislation in 2011 that would have reduced TAA spending to pre-2009 levels; that proposal also failed…also voted around the same time to pare down funding, which would have had the effect of cutting a career training program.” [Politifact, 7/6/16]
THE WELDING TRAINING PROGRAM AT WHITE MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY COLLEGE WAS TRANSFORMED BY $1.6 MILLION TAACCCT GRANT, CREATING A NEW ADVANCED WELDING PROGRAM
A $1.7 Million Grant From The TAACCCT Created A New Advanced Welding Program At The White Mountains Community College. “With the help of a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, officials created a new Advanced Welding program at the school’s main campus in Berlin. The expansion project includes new equipment and technology as well as the ability to accommodate more students. ‘Welding is a growing program and our students are finding good opportunities out in the workforce,’ says Wood. ‘Last year we had 19 students and we’re expecting to have 70 this coming fall. It’s been a pretty dramatic increase.’ […] The expansion and updating of some of the school’s most popular programs are also expected to boost enrollments. Of the $1.7 million awarded to the school for the Advanced Welding Lab project, $1 million was spent on equipment and just short of $500,000 on labor. The renovations were funded through a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant. The Community College System of NH was awarded about $20 million through the TAACCCT grant to provide updated skills and training in Advanced Manufacturing. At WMCC, the funds were focused entirely on the welding program.” [NH Business Magazine, 3/4/15]
Berlin Reporter: “The Welding Program At White Mountains Community College Has Been Transformed, Thanks To A $1.7 Million Grant From The U.S. Department of Labor.” [Berlin Reporter, 9/18/13]
Berlin Daily Sun: “These Courses And The Commissioning Of The Lab Were Made Possible Through A $1.6 Million TAACCT Grant. “These courses and the commissioning of the lab were made possible through a $1.6 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the US Department of Labor.” [Berlin Daily Sun, 9/26/13]
Berlin Daily Sun: “The Courses, The Advanced Welder Training Unit And The Commissioning The Of The Advanced Welding Lab” All Made Possible By $1.6 Million TAACCCT Grant. “The courses, the Advanced Welder Training unit and the commissioning of the Advanced Welding lab were made possible through a $1.6 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the US Department of Labor.” [Berlin Daily Sun, 7/18/14]
TAACCCT HAS ALSO HELPED FUND JOB TRAINING INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT HYPERTHERM…
TAACCCT Grant Helped Hypertherm Partner With River Valley Community College To Train New Workers. “Of that, $19.9 million was funneled into CCSNH’s seven campuses through a federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant…Hypertherm, a multi-million dollar company located in Hanover and Lebanon that produces advanced metal cutting products, is one of them. It added 60 positions in 2012 with another 30 to 40 positions slated for the near future. Hypertherm employs 1,100 NH associates, but needs help finding these associates. So Hypertherm partnered with River Valley Community College (through the federal grant) to create an accredited class where participants can graduate with a certificate and a machine technician job at Hypertherm.” [Business New Hampshire Magazine, 4/17/13]
…SAFRAN AEROSPACE COMPOSITES AND ALBANY ENGINEERED COMPOSITES…
Great Bay Community College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center That Supports Safran Aerospace Composites And Albany Engineered Composites Was Funded By TAACCCT Grant. “The Northeast Economic Developer’s Association named, Great Bay Community College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center, “Project of the Year” on Tuesday, September 8, at its annual conference. The award recognizes major economic development projects based on job creation, capital investment, leveraging of development resources, use of public/private and/or intergovernmental partnerships and benefits to the surrounding community and/or environment…… The project was in direct response to a serious need for developing a highly skilled workforce by aerospace manufacturer Safran and Albany Engineered Composites to support the opening of their new 300,000 square foot composite materials facility in Rochester…. Amped NH is sponsored by a $19.97 million grant from the U.S. DOL Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT Grant to Great Bay Community College and the Community College System.” [Great Bay Community College, 9/11/14]
…AND FUNDED A NEW ROBOTICS LAB AT MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TAACCCT Program Funded New Robotics Lab At Manchester Community College. “Przybyszewski stands in the new robotics lab at Manchester Community College. The lab opened in January 2013, and displays $850,000 of equipment used to train students. All of it will be on display to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, as part of Manufacturing Week. The concept of a robotics lab didn’t even exist in New Hampshire until 2011, when the state received a $19.97 million grant from the Department of Labor to build infrastructure for advanced manufacturing. The funding came from the TAACCCT program, which was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” [New Hampshire Business Review, 9/18/14]
…AND A NEWLY DESIGNED ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROGRAM AT NASHUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TAACCCT Program Helped Fund Newly Designed Advanced Manufacturing Program At Nashua Community College. “Nashua Community College has begun offering a newly designed Advanced Manufacturing program. The college said the program aims to satisfy the southern New Hampshire region’s demand for highly trained and knowledgeable precision manufacturing workers. The college was awarded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.” [New Hampshire Business Review, 9/18/14]
WINTER: She’s fought against workplace discrimination […]
On Screen: Kelly Ayotte / Fighting Against / Workplace Discrimination / S. 1512 – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
WINTER: […] and for equal pay.
On Screen: Kelly Ayotte / Fight For / Equal Pay / S. 2773 – GAP Act
On Screen: Sue Winter / Quality Inspector
AYOTTE HAS VOTED AGAINST THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT FOUR TIMES…
• Amendment Was A Version Of The Paycheck Fairness Act. “Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) offered S. Amdt. 362, a version of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Among other things, the Paycheck Fairness Act would significantly expand the amount of damages available in an equal pay case, limit an employer’s affirmative defense in such cases, and prevent retaliation against employees who share salary information. The measure failed by a vote of 45-54. Sen. Mikulski re-introduced the measure along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) a day later (H.R. 1619, S. 862).” [Littler Workplace Policy Institute, Workplace Policy Update, 3/27/15]
…SAYING THAT THERE WERE ALREADY ENOUGH LAWS IN PLACE TO PREVENT PAY DISCRIMINATION
Ayotte On Paycheck Fairness: “I Voted Against That Specific Bill Is That…There Were Already Existing Laws That Need To Be Enforced.” “We have existing laws — Title VII, um, Lilly Ledbetter, all those existing protections in place — that, I believe, enforce and provide that people doing equal jobs are, certainly in this country, should receive equal pay. So, uh, that bill, in my view, didn’t add — in fact I think it created a lot of additional burdens that would have been hard, um, to make it more difficult for job creators to create jobs…The reason that I voted against that specific bill is that, I looked at it, and there were already existing laws that need to be enforced and can be enforced and I didn’t feel like adding that layer was going to help us better get at the equal pay issue.” [Think Progress, 5/2/13]
FACT: IN 2010, AYOTTE SAID WE ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH LAWS IN PLACE TO ADDRESS WAGE DISCRIMINATION
Ayotte Said “We Already Have Laws In Place” To Address Wage Discrimination In The Workplace. DISTASO: “Congressman, the U.S. Census Bureau reported recently, that in 2009, women only earned 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Is additional federal legislation needed to address wage discrimination in the workplace?” […] AYOTTE: “Well I think we have laws in place right now that address those issues. And certainly women and men who are doing the same job should be paid fairly, but again, that happens in the private sector and there are laws in place that address those issues.” [NHPR Concord Debate, 9/22/10] (Video)
FACT: AYOTTE ALSO INTRODUCED SHAM EQUAL PAY BILL THAT WAS “TOOTHLESS…”
Salon: Ayotte’s Alternative Version Of The Paycheck Fairness Act Was “Toothless.” “But as Laura Bassett at the Huffington Post reported Tuesday, a coalition of Republican women has done the heretofore unthinkable and inched closer to acknowledging a problem might exist by introducing their own version of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that Democrats have repeatedly tried, and repeatedly failed, to pass. But there are considerable differences between the two bills, the most recent of which is sponsored by Republican Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. The most significant among them is probably that the GOP proposal is toothless. The authors of the measure couldn’t even bring themselves to concede that pay discrimination exists, only that some women feel it exists.” [Salon, 4/14/15]
…AND FAILED TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT A PAY DISCRIMINATION EXISTS, SUGGESTING INSTEAD THAT WOMEN ONLY FEEL THAT IT EXISTS
Ayotte Pay Equity Proposal Suggests Women Only Feel Pay Discrimination Exists, Not That It Actually Does. In a column for Salon, Katie McDonough wrote, “But as Laura Bassett at the Huffington Post reported Tuesday, a coalition of Republican women has done the heretofore unthinkable and inched closer to acknowledging a problem might exist by introducing their own version of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that Democrats have repeatedly tried, and repeatedly failed, to pass. But there are considerable differences between the two bills… […] The most significant among them is probably that the GOP proposal is toothless. The authors of the measure couldn’t even bring themselves to concede that pay discrimination exists, only that some women feel it exists. While the Democratic proposal is explicit about disparities between men and women’s earnings across income brackets and professions, the GOP bill simply states that ‘surveys suggest there is a concern among American women that gender-based pay discrimination still exists.’” [Salon, 4/14/15]
POISSON: She’s working for the little guy- I’m the little guy.
On Screen: Claude Poisson / Machinist
FREDETTE: We need Kelly fighting for good New Hampshire jobs so our kids can raise their families here.
On Screen: Barb Fredette / Circuit Board Solderer
MARTIN: Kelly is a powerful voice working for New Hampshire families.
On Screen: Sue Martin / Systems Manager
On Screen: KellyForNH.com / APPROVED BY KELLY AYOTTE. PAID FOR BY FRIENDS OF KELLY AYOTTE.
AYOTTE: I’m Kelly Ayotte and I approve this message.
On Screen: KellyForNH.com / APPROVED BY KELLY AYOTTE. PAID FOR BY FRIENDS OF KELLY AYOTTE.
AYOTTE VOTED WITH THE BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS NEARLY 90% OF THE TIME DURING HER FIRST FOUR YEARS IN OFFICE
Ayotte Voted With Americans For Prosperity 89% Of The Time During The 112th Congress. [AFP Scorecard, Accessed 9/22/16]
Ayotte Voted With Americans For Prosperity 90% Of The Time During The 113th Congress. [AFP Scorecard, Accessed 9/22/16]
WMUR In November 2015: “According To The AFP Scorecard, Ayotte Has Voted With AFP’s Position 88 Percent Of The Time During Her Time In Office.” “According to the AFP, scorecard, Ayotte has voted with AFP’s position 88 percent of the time during her term in office.” [WMUR, 11/6/15]
Politico: Americans For Prosperity “The Main Political Arm” Of The Koch Brothers. “The Koch brothers’ main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives, according to a memo distributed to major donors and sources familiar with the group. The projected budget for Americans for Prosperity would be unprecedented.” [Politico, 5/9/14]
AYOTTE SIDED WITH THE HER PARTY AND SPECIAL INTERESTS OVER THE INTERESTS OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, VOTED TO BLOCK AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE
April 30, 2014: Ayotte Voted Against Increasing The Federal Minimum Wage To $10.10.“The U.S. Senate bill would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, but it didn’t cross the 60-vote threshold for passage on a vote of 54-42. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte , a Republican, voted against the bill.” [Concord Monitor, 4/30/14;CQ, 4/30/14; S. 2223, Vote 117, 4/30/14]
April 29, 2014: AFP Urged Senators To Vote Against Increasing The Federal Minimum Wage To $10.10. “Dear Senators: On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to urge you to vote NO on S. 2223, increasing the minimum wage to from $7.25 to $10.10. This is a misguided policy that will mean fewer jobs in this sluggish economy.” [Americans For Prosperity Scorecard, 4/29/14]
AYOTTE VOTED WITH THEM TO PROTECT TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL
May 17, 2011: Ayotte Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Closed $21 Billion In Tax Loopholes For Five Biggest Oil Companies After AFP Urged Senators To Do So. [CQ, 5/17/11; S. 940, Vote 72, 5/17/11; New York Times, 5/17/11; AFP Press Release, 5/18/11]
• FY 2012 Ryan Plan Protected $40 Billion In Tax Breaks For Big Oil. “Rep. Ryan’s budget maintains his recent path of supporting Big Oil at the expense of the middle class. In 2011 Rep. Ryan joined all House Republicans and 13 Democrats in his vote to keep Big Oil tax loopholes as part of the FY 2011 spending bill while cutting funds for education, medical research, and clean-tech investments. His subsequent FY 2012 budget left $40 billion in Big Oil tax breaks untouched, too, though it cut $30 billion from Medicare.” [Center For American Progress, 3/20/12]
• FY 2013 Ryan Budget Would Protected $40 Billion In Tax Breaks For Oil Companies. “American families have been plagued by higher oil and gasoline prices over the past several years despite a significant increase in domestic oil production and rigs, and decline in consumption. But while high prices threaten the economy and family budgets, they enrich American oil companies with huge profits. Yet it appears that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed FY 2013 budget resolution would retain a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion.” [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]