The election is now only weeks away in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. Republican conservative Joe Coors has challenged progressive Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter has served since 2008 and has one of the most liberal voting records in congress, fully supporting the Obama – Pelosi agenda progressive house agenda. He has voted for Obama’s first Budget, stimulus, health care bill (taxes and spending), compulsory union card check, voting whenever possible to spend us into oblivian. Perlmutter has a 16 out of 100 rating on the FreedomWorks site, making him one of bigger spenders in the house.
Local media including the Denver Post and television media , in keeping with the National media template of support for progressive causes, only superficially report on the votes of Coloradans’ serving in congress. Most voters don’t have the time to research candidates and often depend on the often misleading press releases and pronouncements about the federal bacon the more liberal candidates have brought back to their districts to base their opinions and often place relative uninformed votes. Too often these votes do not reflect the voter’s true opinion about the issues.
We are publishing our election review to provide the information about Senate and House representative vote you may not have seen. We scour he vote tracking sites on the web and present you simple concise summaries that you can download as PDF files to hand out to your neighbors or post at libraries, senior centers, super markets, where ever it is legal to post
The Coors campaign has published the a handout contasting Joe Coors political positions with those of Perlmutter on a number of issues. As you can see, Coors is infavor of blancing the Federal Budget, repealing the Healthcare law, and is in favor of backing away from the approaching debt bomb. If you expect to return to work, practce self-sufficiency, and support your family, you will most probably find Joe Coors stances on the issues closer to your own. On the other hand, if you believe that the post-office efficiency of the government can provide for you and your family and want to surrender many of your basic choices and freedoms to a future of less opportunity until the money runs out, then the progressive positions Perlmutter expouses will probably appeal to you.
Perlmutter vs. Coors On Spending
The $1 TRILLION spending package, financed by borrowed money, was supposed to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent. However, unemployment has consistently stayed above 8 percent for the last 39 months and, according to Obama’s own economists, the pork barrel stimulus package has cost taxpayers $278,000 per job.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (1/28/09, Roll Call Vote 1) Coors Would Vote No
H.R. 12 would have authorized an additional $447 BILLION in borrowed spending, pumping billions into states dominated by public employee unions. The sponsors of this bill, including Ed Perlmutter, sought to pay for it through a series of tax increases on small businesses that employ the majority of Americans and are most responsible for net job creation in the economy
Perlmutter Voted Yes (10/26/11, H.R. 12) Coors Would Vote No
Dodd-Frank Bailout Fund
The Dodd-Frank Act granted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation “orderly liquidation authority” that provides government bureaucrats with the authority to use taxpayer dollars to bail out the creditors of “too big to fail” institutions. Democrats have claimed that they created this new resolution authority to prevent a replay of the 2008 bailouts of Bear Stearns, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Citigroup, Bank of America, GM and Chrysler. But, in fact, this $22 BILLION fund would perpetuate the very taxpayer-funded bailout regime it purports to abolish.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (12/11/09, Roll Call Vote 968) Coors Would Vote No
Fannie & Freddie Bailout
On July 23, 2008, Ed Perlmutter voted for a $300 BILLION taxpayer funded bailout for the government sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both of which contributed to the housing collapse and resulting financial crisis by encouraging financial institutions to make risky loans to non-creditworthy borrowers.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (7/23/08, Roll Call Vote 519)Coors Would Vote No
Perlmutter vs. Coors On The Budget
Balanced Budget Amendment
The Balanced Budget Amendment is a constitutional amendment that would require the government to live within its means like families all across the 7th District.
Perlmutter Voted No (H.J. Res 2, H.R.2560) Coors Would Vote Yes
Nancy Pelosi For Speaker
Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi has been an ardent opponent of reforming how Washington does business. However, Ed Perlmutter has continued to support her leadership. From January 2007 to January 2011, when Nancy Pelosi and Ed Perlmutter served in the House of Representatives together, Ed Perlmutter continued to vote for her as Speaker of the House; as a result, federal spending increased by $5 TRILLION.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (Roll 2007, Roll 2009, Roll #2 1/5/2011) Coors Votes No
H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act of 2011, would end the practice of setting budget baselines for discretionary spending that are equal to the prior year’s budget plus inflation. Families and businesses trying to plan their monthly budgets do not schedule automatics increases month after month based on inflation. Neither should Washington politicians when the federal government is on the brink of bankruptcy.
Perlmutter Voted No (H.R.3578) Coors Would Vote Yes
H.R. 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, would change the way the cost of federal loans and loan guarantee programs are calculated in the budget, specifically requiring that premiums for market risk are included in the budget. This would allow the American taxpayer to know the true cost of the promises Washington politicians have made on their behalf and their children’s behalf.
Perlmutter Voted No (H.R. 3581) Coors Would Vote Yes
Perlmutter Vs. Coors On Promotimg Small Business
Small Business Tax Cut
H.R. 9 would have allowed businesses with less than 500 employees to receive a 20% deduction against active business income for 2012. Active business income is defined as taxable income or profits less expenses. The passage of this bill would result in a $46 billion tax cut for small businesses. This bill would have allowed for small business owners and their employees to hire more workers, generate additional revenue for the Treasury and help grow the economy.
Perlmutter Voted No (4/19/12, Roll Call 177) Coors Would Vote Yes
Obamacare has had a crippling impact on small business. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 1 in 5 small-business owners plan to add employees this year. Worse, of the few who plan to hire, an overwhelming 72 percent will only add temporary or part-time positions. Additionally, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey found that more than 73 percent of small business owners and operators believe that the Obama health care plan is “an obstacle” to hiring of new employees. Furthermore, the National Federation of Independent Business estimates that up 1.6 million jobs could be lost because of the new law. They project that more than half of those job losses will come from small businesses.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (3/21/10, Roll Call 165) Coors Would Vote No(Repeal)
Abolishing the Secret Ballot On Labor Union Elections
This bill would have allowed union organizers to forcibly unionize small businesses and deny workers the right to a secret ballot in labor elections. According to a past president of the National Federation of Independent Business, this bill if signed into law would have placed no limits on where an organizer could visit an employee, whether at home or in the parking lot after work.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (3/1/07, Roll Call 118) Coors Would Vote No
This bill would have required Congress to take an up-or-down vote on any major rule and require the President to approve all new major rules issued by an executive agency before they can be finalized. A major rule is defined as agency issued rule that has an annual economic impact of $100 million or more. When executive agencies are issuing regulations that affect small business, it is critical that there is legislative oversight and executive accountability to ensure that onerous new requirements are not forced on small business owners and their employees. A no vote would allow agencies to impose regulatios without oversight.
Perlmutter Voted No (12/7/11, Roll Call 901) Coors Would Vote Yes
Perlmutter Vs. Coors On Energy
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a pipeline from Canada through the continental United States that would transport crude oil to refineries in the Gulf, helping decrease the dependency on foreign oil. This project alone would create 20,000 direct jobs and up to 130,000 downstream jobs. A completed pipeline would have transferred 700,000 barrels of oil and immediately reduced our dependence on Middle Eastern oil by half.
Perlmutter Voted No (Roll Call Votes 923, 949, 2/16/12 Vote 71) Coors Vote Yes
Cap and Trade
The Cap and Trade bill would have created a national energy tax on electricity that would be passed on to working families. This bill would cost the economy $161 billion by 2020, which is $1,870 for a family of four. As the bill’s restrictions kick in, that number rises to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.
Perlmutter Voted Yes (6/26/09 Roll Call Vote 477) Coors Would Vote No
Federal Lands Exploration
H.R. 3408 would have allowed for greater exploration of shale deposits in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The GAO estimates that this shale deposit holds tens of millions of barrels of oil, and if even half of the deposit was recovered, it would roughly equal total global oil reserves. Opening up federal lands for safe and responsible energy exploration would decrease our dependency on foreign oil and according to the National Energy Technology Laboratory could create up to 350,000 new jobs.
Perlmutter Voted No (2/16/12 Roll Call Vote 71) Coors Would Vote Yes
Lifting the Gulf Drilling Moratorium
H.R. 1231 would have reversed President Obama’s ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. This bill would make the Department of Interior offer leases for safe and responsible offshore oil and gas development in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and other areas identified as the most geologically productive to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Perlmutter Voted No (5/12/11 Roll Call Vote 320) Coors Would Vote Yes