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RNC Communications - September 14, 2011

If losing Brooklyn wasn’t a bad enough wake-up call for President Obama, this morning Politico finds that his proposal to pay for another $450 billion stimulus package is facing “unexpected turbulence” from his own party. As you can see below, Democrats on the Hill are not sold on Obama’s recycled tax hikes, the same tax hikes they’ve rejected since 2009.

President Obama’s “Terrible” Plan To Raise Taxes To Pay For His Second Stimulus Is Hitting Stiff Opposition From His Own Party

“President Barack Obama’s New Jobs Plan Is Hitting Some Unexpected Turbulence In The Halls Of Congress: Lawmakers From His Own Party.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

  • “Limiting Deductions To Upper-Income Families Was Opposed By All But Three Senators In The Democratic-Controlled Senate In 2009.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) Called Obama’s Tax Hike Proposals “Terrible.” “‘Terrible,’ Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. ‘We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.’” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA): “That Offset Is Not Going To Fly, And He Should Know That.” “‘That offset is not going to fly, and he should know that,’ said Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu from the energy-producing Louisiana, referring to Obama’s elimination of oil and gas subsidies.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

  • Sen. Landrieu: “Maybe It’s Just For His Election, Which I Hope Isn’t The Case.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ): There Is Serious Discomfort With Potentially Setting Up Social Security As A Fall Guy…” “And those are just the moderates in the party. Some liberals also have concerns. ‘There is serious discomfort with potentially setting up Social Security as a fall guy because you’re taking this contribution out,’ said Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, referring to Obama’s proposal to further slash payroll taxes.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT): Obama’s Jobs Bill Will Make It Harder To Focus On Dealing With Our Long-Term Debt Crisis. “‘Every dollar that is spent on the jobs bill … is not going to be available to Congress to deal with the debt,’ said Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. ‘And to me, the top priority of ours should be long-term major debt reduction.’” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) “Said It Was ‘Frustrating’ To See The President Single Out The Oil Industry …” “Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, from the oil-rich state of Alaska, said it was ‘frustrating’ to see the president single out the oil industry after calling on the congressional supercommittee in last week’s address to Congress to find savings. ‘When you start singling out certain industries, there’s an unfairness to it,’ he said in an interview. ‘On the pay-fors, I have a problem.’” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

In Democrat-Controlled Senate, Sen. Reid Isn’t Sure That Obama’s Bill Could Pass

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Is Not Sure That He Would Have The Votes To Pass The President’s Bill In The Senate. “‘I don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet with the president's jobs bill, but we're going to have a full caucus meeting on it on Thurs,’ Reid told reporters, saying merely that he had introduced the bill Tuesday. A number of Democrats have previously opposed some of the ideas in the bill. When asked if he had the votes to pass the legislation as is, the leader said only, ‘We'll see probably at later time.’” (Trish Turner, “Reid Not Sure If Obama’s Bill Can Pass,” Fox News, 9/13/11)

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Says “I Don’t Think Anybody Expects It To Pass En Bloc.” “Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect President Obama’s jobs proposal to pass Congress all in one piece. ‘I don’t think anybody expects it to pass en bloc,’ Kerry told reporters Tuesday afternoon after the Senate Democrats’s weekly policy luncheon. ‘So, the issue is going to be what, if any, parts of it might be cherry-picked. And really that depends a lot on the overall mix of the negotiation.’” (Felicia Sonmez, “Obama Jobs Proposal Won’t Pass In One Piece, Kerry Says,” The Washington Post’s “2chambers”, 9/13/11)

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) Does Not Expect President Obama’s Bill To Be “The Final Product.” “‘It’s hard to have an opinion on something you don’t think is going to be the final product,’ said Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat who faces a tough reelection next year. ‘I’ve made it clear I’m looking for [tax] cuts, so I’m very hopeful there will be cuts.’” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Opposition To Obama’s Recycled Tax Hikes Shouldn’t Be A Surprise, His Party Has Been Against Them Since 2009

President Obama Has Repeatedly Resurrected The Same Rejected Tax Increases “Offered When Obama Could Expect A More Friendly Reception From Congress.” “President Barack Obama’s budget proposal resurrects a series of tax increases on certain corporations and the wealthy that were largely ignored by Congress when Democrats controlled both chambers. … Many of the tax increases were in the president’s previous budget proposals, offered when Obama could expect a more friendly reception from Congress. Lawmakers from both political parties, however, have been wary of limiting the ability of high earners to deduct charitable contributions out of concern it will hurt non-profit organizations.” (Meta Pettus, “Obama’s Budget Resurrects Reject Tax Increases,” The Associated Press, 2/14/11)

The White House Was Rebuffed By The Democrat-Controlled Congress In 2009 When They Proposed Many Of The Same Tax Hikes. “The unwillingness to embrace some of the major White House tax and revenue proposals has frustrated administration officials. They note that lawmakers, many of them supporters of the president’s ambitious agenda, clamor to hold down the deficit while balking at the proposals to finance his program.” (Carl Huse, “Obama’s Revenue Plans Hit Resistance In Congress,” The New York Times, 4/19/09)

Obama’s 2009 Proposal To Limit Deductions For Charitable Giving Was Pretty Close To “Dead-On-Arrival.” “To pay for half of his $634 billion health reform fund, President Barack Obama has proposed limiting itemized tax deductions – from mortgage interest to charitable deductions – for wealthier Americans starting in 2011. The plan may not be dead-on-arrival – but it is pretty close. In my reporting across Capitol Hill today, I couldn’t find any strong support for the plan. And it’s strongly opposed by several key Democrats on the key Senate Finance Committee, including chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.” (George Stephanopoulos, “Obama Tax Deduction Plan DOA?” ABC News’ “George’s Bottom Line”, 3/5/09)


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