Voting Against the 99 Percent, Early & Often
From ending Medicare to protecting tax giveaways to Big Oil to redefining rape and letting women die on the floors of hospitals, the Republican House of Representatives has taken up some pretty radical proposals. A new Center for American Progress Action Fund study found that the GOP House voted against the interests of the 99 Percent at least 279 times.
Here’s a rundown of the top twelve House GOP votes against the 99 Percent.
- Repealed health coverage for 32 MILLION Americans and countless new benefits and protections for all Americans (January 19, 2011).
- Blocked new essential health benefits that must be covered by insurance companies (including things like contraception), putting Americans back at the mercy of the insurance companies (February 19, 2011).
- Ended Medicare and gutted Medicaid in order to pay for more tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations (April 15, 2011).
- Blocked a new database for consumer product safety information, making it more difficult for consumers to find out information about dangerous or unsafe products (February 19, 2011).
- Blocked the Treasury Department from helping more homeowners avoid foreclosure under the Home Affordable Modification Program by terminating the program and providing no replacement (March 29,2011).
- FOUR votes to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting our clean air and clean water, essentially bailing out big polluters at the expense of the rest of us (April 7, July 13, and October 5 and 13, 2011).
- Guaranteed 700,000 jobs would be killed and slashed programs for the 99 Percent, including Medicare and Social Security via the Tea Party-inspired Cut, Cap, and Balance plan (July 19, 2011).
- Encouraged more economy-collapsing financial fraud by attempting to gut the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (July 21, 2011).
- Put corporations above the law by allowing them to ignore 76 year-old protections for workers and labor unions (September 15, 2011).
- Launched mean-spirited attacks and cuts in benefits directed at millions of unemployed Americans (December 11, 2011).
IN ONE SENTENCE: House Republicans rarely miss an opportunity to put special interests ahead of the interests of the 99 Percent.
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