Should apologize to Indiana for providing key votes for ObamaCare & Stimulus
Voted with Nancy Pelosi 88% of the time
In a clear admission that he can’t run and win on his own record, President Obama’s friend and supporter Joe Donnelly is kicking off his general election campaign today attacking State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in an effort to distract Hoosiers from his longtime support for the Obama agenda.
According to WISH-TV, the Donnelly campaign is holding a press conference this morning to discuss plans to “take on Mourdock in the general election.”
“Rather than kicking off his campaign attacking a fellow Hoosier, Joe Donnelly should begin his race by apologizing to the people of Indiana for providing the key votes to pass ObamaCare and the massive failed stimulus program,” said NRSC Spokesman Lance Trover. “Congressman Donnelly’s support of the Obama-Pelosi agenda is not the kind of leadership Hoosier’s are looking for in the United States Senate.”
Donnelly told Hoosiers he was pleased with the passage of the stimulus because it would create and save much needed jobs, but today America’s unemployment remains stagnant at 8.1%.
Donnelly provided a key vote for ObamaCare, claiming it would not add to the national debt and that it would actually reduce the deficit. We know now that ObamaCare’s cost to the American people is actually double what Donnelly and Obama promised – $1.76 trillion – and driving businesses out of Indiana.
Donnelly voted with Nancy Pelosi’s agenda 88% of the time during the last Congress.
“Donnelly’s Support Gives Democrats A Key Vote,” Said An Indianapolis Star Headline. (Maureen Groppe, “Donnelly’s Support Gives Democrats A Key Vote,” Indianapolis Star, 3/22/10)
“Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly’s Decision Sunday To Back A Health-Care Overhaul Package Helped Give Democrats The Votes Needed To Pass The Bill. The outcome became assured after a group of anti-abortion Democrats that included Donnelly announced Sunday afternoon that they had reached an agreement with the White House over abortion coverage.” (Maureen Groppe, “Donnelly’s Support Gives Democrats A Key Vote,” Indianapolis Star, 3/22/10)
Donnelly Claimed That The Bill Would Not Add To The National Debt And Would Reduce The Deficit By $1.2 Trillion Over The Next 20 Years. Donnelly: “Perhaps equally important in these challenging economic times is getting our fiscal house in order, and the bill I will support today does just that. This bill helps our fiscal future because it would not add to the national debt. In fact, it would reduce our deficit $138 billion over the next 10 years and $1.2 trillion over the next 20 years.” (Congressman Donnelly Press Release, “Congressman Donnelly Will Support Health Insurance Reform,” 3/21/10)
Donnelly Said He Was “Pleased” That The Stimulus Passed And Said The Bill Would “Create And Save Much-Needed Jobs And Help Get Our Economy Back On Track.” “‘I was pleased that The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in the House of Representatives today,’ Donnelly said. ‘I voted for this legislation because it will create and save much-needed jobs and help get our economy back on track. Our current economic situation is too dire to do nothing, and I believe this stimulus plan is one of the answers to getting our economy back on the path to recovery.’” (Rep. Joe Donnelly Press Release, “Rep. Donnelly Lauds Passage Of Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,” 2/14/09)
During The 111th Congress, Donnelly Voted With His Party 88% Of The Time. (The Washington Post’s Votes Database, www.washingtonpost.com, Accessed 4/1/11)