John Raese released the following statement today in response to Joe Manchin’s new television ad “Hair Cut:”
“While Joe Manchin was getting a haircut, the United States has taken a beating from his friends Harry Reid and Barack Obama,” John Raese said.
“As long as Joe Manchin supports these big spenders and their Washington policies, the spending problem will not stop. Aside from the fact that Joe Manchin gave us an additional $5 Trillion in national debt by voting for Barack Obama in 2008, Joe Manchin gave us Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who refuses to pass a balanced budget amendment. Now that Joe recently said he won’t support Mitt Romney, we must conclude the he will once again support Obama and Reid.
In Washington, the only cut Manchin has supported was the $716 Billion cut from Medicare in Obamacare. According to CBO figures, this cuts $3.98 billion from our seniors in West Virginia alone. In 2013, in Senator Manchin’s hometown of Marion County, seniors who rely on Medicare for life saving medicines and procedures will get hit with a $1.12 million cut. But it gets worse…. In 2014, Medicare cuts for Marion County seniors will be $4.66 million and the 10 year total for Marion County totals $132.75 million.
Always remember, Joe won’t be covered under Obamacare if he ever needs another left knee replacement. This is because he is a preferred member of the “exclusive” congressional healthcare plan, where “lack of a spine” is the only pre-existing condition they won’t treat.
Joe Manchin may be cheap when it comes to his own money, but he spares no expense when it comes to your taxpayer dollars. Throughout his career Joe Manchin has loved to say he is fiscally conservative, but his record shows he frivolously spent taxpayer dollars on his lavish lifestyle.”
Joe Manchin’s new TV ad conveniently leaves out numerous details about Joe Manchin’s fiscal record in West Virginia and Washington.
As our governor, Joe Manchin:
1. Left retired West Virginia public worker health care fund with a “budget busting” $8 billion in unfunded liabilities. (Editorial, “The Legislature Is Out Of Touch In W.Va.,” Charleston Daily Mail, 3/15/11)
2. Wanted to use $2 million in taxpayer dollars for an unneeded new state airplane. (Editorial, “Sky’s Not The Limit For State: Order For New Airplane Should Not Be Allowed To Get Off The Ground,” The [Morgantown, WV] Dominion Post, 1/29/09)
3. Spent MILLIONS renovating the governor’s mansion, including:
· “West Virginians Are Being Kicked Off The Home Assistance Roles In Record Numbers, But The Governor Needs Marble Bathtubs” (Jane Wallace Claymore, Op-Ed, “Priorities; Mansion’s Upgrade Ostentatious, Tacky,” The Charleston [WV]Gazette, 6/29/06)
· $29,000 In Plasma TVs (Jane Wallace Claymore, Op-Ed, “Priorities; Mansion’s Upgrade Ostentatious, Tacky,” The Charleston [WV] Gazette, 6/29/06)
· A Banquet Hall (Jane Wallace Claymore, Op-Ed, “Priorities; Mansion’s Upgrade Ostentatious, Tacky,” The Charleston [WV] Gazette, 6/29/06)
· A “Game Room And Media Center” With A 50-Inch Television In The Media Center, a wet bar and ELEVEN more flat-screeen televisions. “(Kris Wise, “Governor Gets Mansion Worthy Of His Name,” Charleston [WV] Daily Mail, 4/18/06)
· A “Sit-Down Steam Shower And A Walk-In Closet.” (Kris Wise, “Governor Gets Mansion Worthy Of His Name,” Charleston Daily [WV] Mail, 4/18/06)
· “$8,164 For ‘Four Tablecloths”And “$9,583 To ‘Reupholster Chairs In The Sunroom At The Mansion.’” (Phil Kabler, “Statehouse Beat: Mansion Kitchen Work Very Hush-Hush,” The Charleston [WV] Gazette, 4/28/08)
· A Secret, No-Bid Kitchen Construction. (Phil Kabler, “Statehouse Beat: Mansion Kitchen Work Very Hush-Hush,” The Charleston [WV] Gazette, 4/28/08)
· Manchin Had The State Lease A 2005 Lincoln Town Car And A 2005 GMC Yunkon XL Denali For Himself And His Wife, costing West Virginia taxpayers $22,000 A Year. (Eric Eyre, “State Leases Luxury Vehicles For Manchins,” The Charleston [WV] Gazette, 7/3/05)
· Manchin Proposed, And Signed Into law a $55,000 a year pay increase, from $95,000 To $150,000.” (Lawrence Messina, “With Some Tweaking, Manchin’s Agenda Largely Approved,” The Associated Press, 3/13/06)
· “[T]he Increase Comes At A Time When Gov. Joe Manchin Has Said He Would Not Increase The Base Salaries Of Teachers And Other State Government Employees, Citing Potential Revenue Shortages In Coming Years.” (Walt Williams, “Governor’s Annual Salary Jumps to $150,000,” The [WV]State Journal, 3/13/09)
4. Bought himself a $620,000 yacht called the “Black Tie” The yacht Has Two Staterooms, A Salon, Wet Bar, Washer And Dryer, Master Bath And Shower, And Entertainment Center. (Eric Eyre, “Manchin Brings 54-Foot Yacht To State ;Governor And Friends Took State Plane To Pick Up Boat In Alabama,” Charleston Gazette, 5/15/05)
- “The Bedrooms Include Two Queen-Size Beds, An Electric Slide-Out Bed And Two Television Sets. There’s Also A Kitchen With A Microwave, Refrigerator And Coffee Maker. The Cabin Is Air-Conditioned Throughout.” (Eric Eyre, “Manchin Brings 54-Foot Yacht To State ;Governor And Friends Took State Plane To Pick Up Boat In Alabama,” Charleston Gazette, 5/15/05)
- Manchin Supported A Plan To Build A Dock Outside The State Capitol.
· “State officials are working on plans to install a boat dock in front of the state Capitol. The goal is to give boaters easy access to the Capitol grounds from the Kanawha River.” (“Boat Dock Will Be Built At Capitol,” Charleston Daily Mail, 8/13/10)
· “Corporate donors will pay for construction of the dock itself. But the state will pay to build a ramp to make the dock handicap accessible. Estimates for that ramp project are as high as $400,000, according to Gov. Joe Manchin’s office.” (“Boat Dock Will Be Built At Capitol,” Charleston Daily Mail, 8/13/10)
· Manchin, Who Owns A $620,000 Yacht, Was Supportive Of The Project. “‘The governor is very much supportive of the dock,’ said Manchin spokesman Melvin Smith.” (“Boat Dock Will Be Built At Capitol,” Charleston Daily Mail, 8/13/10)
- As Governor, Joe Manchin accepted a $126 million stimulus grant to expand high-speed Internet across West Virginia. $24 million of these funds were used to buy overpowered Cisco routers from Verizon at $22,600 each. The handling of these funds is currently under investigation on the national level. (Eric Eyre, “Router bidding procedures questioned,”Charleston Gazette, 8/20/2012)
As our Senator, Joe Manchin:
1. Voted against repealing Obamacare.
· In February 2011, Manchin Voted Against Repeal Of The Health Care Law. (S. 223, CQ Vote #9: Motion rejected 47-51: R 47-0; D 0-50; I 0-1, 2/2/11, Manchin Voted Nay)
· Which CUT Medicare By $716 Billion
(Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director, CBO, “Letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner,” Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
2. Voted FOR President Obama’s $447 billion “jobs bill” which raised taxes by $453 billion:
· Manchin Voted For President Obama’s $447 Billion “Jobs Bill.” (S. 1660, CQ Vote #160: Motion rejected 50-49: R 0-46; D 48-3; I 2-0, 10/11/11, Manchin Voted Yea)
· The Congressional Budget Office Said The Senate Version Of President Obama’s Jobs Bill Would Cost $447 Billion Over The Next Decade, But Would Be Offset With $453 Billion In New Taxes.(Congressional Budget Office Website, “Estimated Budgetary Impact Of Two Versions Of The American Jobs Act,” www.cboblog.cbo.gov, Accessed 11/18/11)
3. Voted FOR $50 billion on transportation and infrastructure spending
· Manchin Voted For A Bill That Would Have Provided $50 Billion For Spending On Transportation And Infrastructure, And $10 Billion For The Establishment Of A National Infrastructure Bank. (S. 1769, CQ Vote #195: Motion rejected 51-49: R 0-47; D 50-1; I 1-1, 11/3/11, Manchin Voted Yea)
4. Voted FOR $35 billion to fund public employee jobs.
· Manchin Voted For A Bill That Would Have Provided $35 Billion To State And Local Governments For Public Employee Jobs. (S. 1723, CQ Vote #177: Motion rejected 50-50: R 0-47; D 49-2; I 1-1, 10/20/11, Manchin Voted Yea)
5. Voted multiple times to INCREASE the debt ceiling.
6. Manchin voted AGAINST the Cut, Cap and Balance Plan.
· Manchin Voted To Kill The CAP Act, Which Included A Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment, And Statutory Spending Caps. (H.R. 2560, CQ Vote #116: Motion agreed to 51-46: R 0-46; D 49-0; I 2-0, 7/22/11, Manchin Voted Yea)
7. Voted AGAINST $61.5 billion in spending cuts. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #36: Rejected 44-56: R 44-3; D 0-51; I 0-2, 3/9/11, Manchin Voted Nay)
8. Opposed Permanently extending Bush tax cuts and repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #274: Motion rejected 37-63: R 36-6; D 1-55; I 0-2, 12/15/10, Manchin Voted Nay)
9. Voted AGAINST cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. (H. Con. Res. 36, CQ Vote #60: Rejected 42-58: R 42-5; D 0-51; I 0-2, 4/14/11, Manchin Voted Nay)