Bachmann record: Big Gov, Tax & Spend, anti-liberty, Constitution enemy!
by Lynette Largent
While Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has emerged as a darling of the Tea Party and conservative wing of the Republican party, she has largely avoided the kind of close scrutiny of her record that is a hallmark of a presidential campaign. Even before she officially launches her bid, Matt Lewis observes that “the Tea Party rhetoric doesn’t always match the record. Bachmann would likely find herself defending a slew of questionable votes and decisions, including on earmarks, pardons and farm subsidies.” http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/05/16/bachmanns_questionable_record.html
• Bachmann plan would cut veterans benefits: Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, said cutting veterans’ health care spending is an ill-advised move at a time when the number of veterans continues to grow as troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sullivan said he finds it difficult to see how VA could freeze health care costs without hurting veterans. “It is really astonishing to see this,” he said http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/01/28/bachmann-plan-would-cut-veterans-benefits/
• Michele Bachmann Using Taxpayer Dollars On Her Rallies? http://youtu.be/uwbL_2_V9r8
• Bachmann voted YES. Hr2219: “The bill increases DoD spending by $17 billion (excl. Afghanistan and Iraq spending). It funds wasteful projects, doesn’t explicitly prohibit the Pres. from diverting funds to the unconstitutional Libya war, and supports an *Auth. for Use of Military Force that allows the Pres. to attack anyone, anywhere, anytime w/o further congressional approval.*” ~Justin Amash
• S.990 PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011 (4-year extension of PATRIOT Act surveillance): Bachmann votes yes.
• Bachman votes for Internet Censorship: H.R.4279 – PRO-IP Act of 2007 and H.R.4061 Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009, Sponsored by John Conyers, (D-MI) http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/258311
• Bachman voted for almost unlimited Presidential war powers: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/7648-houses-amash-seeks-limits-on-presidential-war-making
• H.R. 1955 [110th]: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism (this could be you if you speak out against the government): Bachmann voted yes. http://www.freestatevoice.com.au/politics/item/567-obama-wants-to-jail-americans-with-new-law
• Bachmann votes against beleagured soldiers: H.R.3159 Ensuring Military Readiness Through Stability and Predictability Deployment Policy Act of 2007.
• H.R.5486 Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010: Backman voted no.
• Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008: Bachman voted for Bigger Government and new property seizing powers via S.3325 – The sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Learn more: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/stop-revised-riaa-ip-enforcement-bill-s3325
• H.Con.Res.28 Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan (Accelerating Afghanistan withdrawal). Bachmann, no.
• Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007 – Expands the types of whistleblower disclosures protected from personnel reprisals to include disclosures without restriction as to time, place, form, motive, context, forum, or prior disclosures made to any person by an employee or applicant for employment, including a disclosure made in the ordinary course of an employee’s duties, that the employee or applicant reasonably believes is a violation of any law. Backman voted no.
• H.R.4 Part D Medicare Drugs Price Negotiation: Bachman, no.
• H.R.1404 Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act. Bachmann votes yes.
• Ten percent across-the-board cut to the Department of Homeland Security’s budget: Rokita of IN Amendment 1 to H R 2017, requires a (except for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The underlying bill reduces DHS spending only to FY 2009 levels. It failed 110-312. Bachmann voted NO.
• Prohibit TSA from using full-body image scanners as “mandatory or primary” screening devices: Look what Bachmann and West voted against: Amash/Chaffetz Amendment 2 to H R 207, which prohibits TSA from using full-body image scanners as “mandatory or primary” screening devices. In other words, they can be used only as an option during secondary screening. The amendment failed 123-300. No radiation liberty for Tea Partiers! http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll400.xml
• College Student Relief Act of 2007 – phases-in cuts in the interest rate charged undergraduate student borrowers under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and Direct Loan (DL) programs, thereby reducing such rate from 6.8% in July 2006 to 3.4% in July 2011. Limits FFEL lender insurance to 95% of the unpaid balance of such loans. Bachmann voted no.
• Bachmann votes for government interference and for increased spending. SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act – Title I: Modernizing the SBIR and STTR Programs – Amends the Small Business Act to extend through FY2010 (currently scheduled to expire at the end of FY2008) the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Increases, for both the SBIR and STTR programs, the individual small business award levels from:(1) $100,000 to $300,000, for participation at a Phase One level; and(2) $750,000 to $2.2 million, for participation at a Phase Two level. Allows participating federal agencies (agencies) to exceed such award levels if such agencies notify, and provide annual reports concerning such increase to, the congressional small business committees.
• Bachman votes for college scholarship bills H.R.362 and H.R. 363: while America is broke and borrowing from China.
• H.R.1255 Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011: Bachmann, yes. http://youtu.be/uwbL_2_V9r8
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