Campaign 2010

Apr 13, 2014

FACT CHECK: Walden Falsely Claims House Republicans Have Focused on Jobs and Economy

On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden falsely claimed that House Republicans have focused on jobs, the economy and solving problems.

In fact, Congressional Republicans have hurt the middle class by voting 52 times to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act while refusing to raise the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance.

BACKGROUND:

House Republicans Have Voted 52 Times to Repeal or Undermine the Affordable Care Act. “As yet, there is no indication the change in course heralds any sort of significant pre-election change in attitude by Republicans, who last week engineered their 52nd vote in the House to repeal or dismember the law. They have said they intend to make its elimination a key element in the November election.” [Fox News, 4/06/14]

House Republicans Have Voted Repeatedly Against Considering Raising the Minimum Wage.  In 2014, House Republicans have voted four times against considering the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over two years. [Politico, 2/25/14; H Res 487, Vote #65, 2/26/14; H Res 492, Vote #79, 2/27/14; H Res 530, Vote #152, 4/02/14; H Res 539, Vote #157, 4/04/14]

House Republicans Have Voted Repeatedly Against Considering Extending Unemployment Insurance. In 2013 and 2014, House Republicans voted seven times against considering extending emergency unemployment benefits. [H Res 438, Vote #637, 12/12/13; H Res 455, Vote #5, 1/09/14; H Res 458, Vote #19, 1/15/14; H Res 465, Vote #26, 1/28/14; H Res 497, Vote #93, 3/05/14; H Res 501, Vote #99, 3/06/14; H Res 544, Vote #169, 4/08/14]