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Legislative News for the Week of May 7, 2012

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Chairman Priebus: "Obama Pays His Union Dues"
Weekly Talking Points
What Is The Real Record of the 2011-2012 Republican House of Representatives

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Chairman Priebus: "Obama Pays His Union Dues"


Excerpts from Breitbart


By: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

May 7, 2012


"Big Labor boss Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, knows more about President Obama's second term agenda than you do. He bragged about it on Sunday, talking about his many 'conversations' with Obama and his administration about their plans for the future. While perhaps not surprising, it's certainly troubling.


"President Obama has spent the last three years putting union interests ahead of American economic interests-or as he likely sees it, returning a favor. Unions send millions of dollars to Democratic campaigns, and this year alone, they are expected to spend $400 million to support Obama's reelection. And they don't just donate money; they also have plans for their own voter-mobilization efforts.


"President Obama has built his political life with the support of Big Labor, according to his mid-career memoir, The Audacity of Hope. Writing about his 2004 Senate primary race, he says, 'the leaders of several of the largest service workers unions ... broke ranks and chose to endorse me over Hynes.... So I owe those unions. When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away'...


"It's no secret that Big Labor has long had something of a controlling stake in the Democratic Party. Under President Obama, though, it's gotten worse. Thanks to his NLRB appointments, a government rule-making board is stacked with political cronies...


"With the economy struggling and the government running massive debts, we cannot afford four more years of this. America needs jobs and a government that serves the people's interests, not the special interests.


"If President Obama gets a second term, he would be completely indebted to Big Labor for campaigning on his behalf. He would 'owe those unions' more than ever. And who knows what agenda they're plotting together."


Click Here To Read The Full Op-Ed 


Courtesy of RNC Communications 

Weekly Talking Points

While Americans Struggle With High Energy Costs, Obama's Policies Will Make It Harder For Families To Make Ends Meet 
  • When Obama took office, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.847. 
  • On May 7, 2012, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.790. 
  • An NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows 63% of Americans say higher gas prices have had a "great deal" or "quite a bit of impact" on them and their families. 
  • Americans' views on Obama's handling of gas prices "are among the worst ratings on any issue during his presidency."
-Courtesy of the RNC, "The Big Fail: Squeeze At The Pump" Click here to read the full article.
What Is The Real Record of the 
2011-2012 Republican House of Representatives?

 Edelweiss Geary

Legislative Committee Chairman

At this point in our nation's history, we face a very uncertain future.  Our country is in a precarious financial situation, the world is a very dangerous place and Americans are nervous and unsure about the future.


Given these conditions what do Republicans have to do to elect a President and Representatives... Who will work to restore the American dream? 


One major step will be to shine some light on the truth.  Democrats are making a lot of noise about how Republicans have either voted against bills to help the poor and/or women or have done nothing.  This is the President's campaign against a "do nothing" Congress.


Here are the facts. 

  • Since taking office on January 3, 2011 the Republican House of Representatives 

    passed a bill repealing the Obama Health Care bill.

  • HR 2560 included immediate spending cuts to reduce the deficit by half next year and 

    ensures that a Balanced Budget Amendment would have to be passed before the debt 

    limit could be raised.

  • HR 34 was passed which cuts $6.2 Trillion in government spending over the next decade.
  • HR 1473 cut nearly $45 Billion in non defense spending from previous year level.
  • HR 839 terminated $29.9 Billion of TARP funding for a failed housing program.
  • HR 1231 reverses the President's ban on offshore energy exploration.
  • HR 1954 was rejected by a vote of 97 to 318 (with all House Republicans voting no) 

    because the bill contained no spending cuts per the President's request.

  • On March 29, 2012 the House passed a Budget Resolution.
  • The Democrat controlled Senate has not passed a budget for three years.
  • The majority of bills passed by the House die in the Democrat controlled Senate.
  • The Democrats took over both houses of Congress on January 3, 2007.    
  • Nancy Pelosi never allowed Republican bills to come to the floor.
  • Until President Obama took office the Democrat Congress passed continuing resolutions 

    to keep government running instead of passing a budget.

To win this election, one thing Republicans will have to do is to fight to get the truth out about the Congressional record since 2007.  Republican Women need to talk to everyone they can and inform them of the true facts.  Letters to the editor are also necessary.  We cannot be silent.