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Oh Beto…

Beto O’Rourke just announced that he is running for the United States Senate. He currently sits in a D+12 district so let’s go over some highlights in his voting record:

He has voted with Pelosi 94% of the time, Obama 92% of the time, and the Democratic Party 96% of the time.

That should go over well statewide in Texas…

Beto also voted against banning abortions after 20 weeks, voted against economic sanctions on Iran, and voted to close Guantanamo Bay which still holds the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

One other reminder – The last time a Democrat won a US Senate race in Texas was in 1988.

“Beto O’Rourke would be a shoo in for the United States Senate if he was running in Massachusetts or California – his voting record is perfect for those states,” said Katie Martin, NRSC Communications Director. “The truth is O’Rourke’s decision today is ill-fated because folks in Texas aren’t going to think too kindly of the fact that he and Nancy Pelosi have almost identical voting records.”

Background:

Beto O’Rourke Has Voted With Nancy Pelosi 94 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Study, Accessed 3/31/17)

On Average, Beto O’Rourke Voted With Obama 92 Percent On The Time. (CQ Vote Study, Accessed 3/31/17)

On Average, Beto O’Rourke Voted With The Democrats 96 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Study, Accessed 3/31/17)

In June 2013, O’Rourke Voted Against A Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks. “Passage of the bill that would create a nationwide ban on abortions performed at 20 weeks or later, except in cases where the life of the woman is in danger. It would provide exceptions to the ban in cases of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest against a minor, if it has been reported to law enforcement or a government agency authorized to act on reports of child abuse. It also would impose criminal penalties on physicians who violate the ban and subject violators to a maximum five-year jail sentence, fines or both.” (CQ Vote #251, 6/18/13)

In July 2013, O’Rourke Was Only 1 Of 20 Congressmen To Vote Against Economic Sanctions On Iran. “Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would impose increased sanctions on Iran, including broader economic penalties. It would call on countries currently purchasing crude oil from Iran to reduce their combined purchases by a total of 1 million barrels per day within a year, limit Iran’s access to overseas foreign currency reserves and impose additional shipping sanctions. It also would expand a number of existing Iran sanctions relating to human rights and terrorism.” (CQ Vote # 427, 7/31/13)

In June 2013, O’Rourke Voted In Favor Of Closing Guantanamo Bay. “Smith, D-Wash., amendment that would provide for closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by Dec. 31, 2014. It would allow the use of funds in the bill for the transfer or release of detainees at the Cuba facility and for construction or modification of a U.S. facility to house them. It would prohibit, after Dec. 31, 2014, the use of funds for the Cuba facility and require the Defense secretary to designate a senior official to coordinate and manage its closure and the transfer of detainees.” (CQ Vote #237, 6/14/13)