Campaign 2010

Jun 12, 2014

Congressman Terry’s Bizarre Takeway: Voters Want More Gridlock and Obstruction

Congressman Lee Terry is making national news again for the wrong reasons, telling CNN that even in a Congress with record low approval ratings and fewer accomplishments than any in modern history, he’s going to put politics first and be less likely to work to get anything done after Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election.

“It’s disappointing that after a year of making national headlines for all the wrong reasons, Congressman Terry still hasn’t learned his lesson, and thinks that voters want even more jobs-killing gridlock and obstruction,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Terry’s decision to embrace more gridlock is just as out of touch as his vote to shut down the government while he kept his paycheck so that he could afford his ‘nice house.’ Time and again it’s clear from everything he says that Congressman Terry is putting his own self-interest ahead of what’s best for Nebraska.” 

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Terry Said he Would be Less Likely to Compromise After Majority Leader Cantor Primary Loss. In 2014, when asked if Majority leader Cantor’s primary loss would make him more reluctant to compromise Terry responded: “Well I think you have to really look at each issue, but yeah, I think the first thing you’re going to say is, ‘is there political harm in having negotiations?’ Cause ‘negotiations’ is a bad thing now.” [CNN, 1:40, 6/11/14]

Congressman Terry Voted to Shut Down the Government.  In September 2013, House Republicans voted for Continuing Resolution spending plans that essentially guaranteed a government shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #497, 9/29/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #498, 9/29/13; HJ Res. 59, Vote #504, 9/30/13; Washington Post, 9/30/13]

Congressman Terry Voted to Give himself Taxpayer-Funded Healthcare for Life. In May 2013, House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Hill reported: “Repealing President Obama’s healthcare law would let members of Congress keep their government-subsidized insurance coverage after they retire — a benefit they lost under the health law. The Affordable Care Act — specifically, a Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act — kicked members of Congress and their aides out of the healthcare program for federal employees.” [HR 45, Vote #154, 5/16/13; The Hill, 7/09/12]