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Aug 04, 2006

DCCC Releases New Ad on Hostettler’s Abandonment of America’s Fighting Men and Women

DCCC Press

Aug 4, 2006

DCCC Releases New Ad on Hostettler’s Abandonment of America’s Fighting Men and Women

New Ad Exposes Hostettler’s Misplaced Priorities by Voting Against Supporting American Troops and Voting for a Pay Raise for Himself

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the release of a new ad entitled “Line” that will begin airing in Indiana’s 8th congressional district. The ad focuses on Congressman John Hostettler’s career-long record of voting against American fighting men and women while looking out for himself in Congress. The new TV ad cites specific votes Hostettler took against a $1,500 bonus for troops fighting in Iraq and two votes Hostettler took to raise his own pay. Indiana veterans and their families deserve a member of Congress who votes to take care of our troops before raising his own pay.

“Whether it’s war time or peace time, the last thing our soldiers need is a member of Congress who votes to raise his own pay but not give American soldiers a bonus,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s time for a new direction because Indiana families deserve better than John Hostettler, who puts himself ahead of soldiers and their families.”

Hostettler Voted Against Granting A Bonus To U.S. Troops. In 2003, Hostettler cast a crucial vote against giving service members a salary bonus in recognition of their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The measure would have taken $265 million out of an account paying for Iraqi petroleum imports and put it into a military personnel fund to pay for the bonuses. The amendment would have provided funding to grant a $1,500 bonus to every American service member serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, including National Guard and reserve forces. [H.R. 3289, Vote #554, 10/17/03; Las Vegas Review Journal, 10/18/03]

Hostettler Voted to Raise His Own Salary by $3,300. In 2006, Hostettler voted to increase the annual salary for House members by $3,300 to $168,500. The House blocked an attempt by Jim Matheson, D-Utah, to have an up-or-down vote on the pay raise. “I do not think that it is appropriate to let this bill go through without an up or down vote on whether or not Congress should have an increase in its own pay,” Matheson said. The raise automatically was automatically awarded after lawmakers defeated the bid to block it. The effort to block an up-or-down vote passed, 249-167. [HR 5576, Vote #261, 6/13/06; Associated Press, 6/13/06]

Hostettler Voted to Raise His Own Salary by Thousands of Dollars. In 2005, Hostettler voted to increase the annual salary for House members by $3,100 to $165,000. The House blocked a bid by Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, to force an up-or-down vote on the pay raise. Instead, lawmakers will automatically receive the raise - officially a cost of living adjustment - as provided for in a 1989 law that barred them from pocketing big speaking fees in exchange for an annual COLA. The last time a pay raise was rejected was in 1998. An effort to block an amendment on the pay raise was adopted 263-152. [HR 3058, Vote #327, 6/28/2005; Associated Press, 6/28/05; Passed 263-152; R 136-87; D 127-64; I 0-1]