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Say What, Senator Webb?

- September 27, 2012

Senator Webb Disagrees With Obama’s Tax Policies

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) Called Obama’s Tax Hike Proposals “Terrible.” “‘Terrible,’ Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. ‘We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.’” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

  • Webb Said The President’s Stimulus “Sounds Good In A TV Bite” But It Is Not “Smart Policy.” “The present proposal looks good at first glance, it sounds good in a TV bite but in all respect to the people who put it forward, I do not believe it’s smart policy and it does not go where the real economic division lies in our country.” (Manu Raju, Scott Wong, “Obama Jobs Bill Stalls In Senate,” Politico, 10/11/11)

Sen. Jim Webb: Tax Rates Should Not Be Raised On Any Income Brackets. “Retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is holding fast to his position that tax rates should not be raised on any income brackets, and retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) says that is his position as well, though he appears more flexible on the issue.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Balk At Ending Bush-Era Tax Rates On Wealthy Without A Deficit Deal,” The Hill, 6/19/12)

  • Webb: “We Shouldn’t Raise [Rates] On Ordinary Income.” “‘We shouldn’t raise [rates] on ordinary income,’ said Webb. ‘If you listen to what Warren Buffett really says, people at the very, very top make most of their income off of capital gains and dividends and not ordinary earned income. If you really want to rebalance it, you should tax money that comes from profits on accumulated wealth.’” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Balk At Ending Bush-Era Tax Rates On Wealthy Without A Deficit Deal,” The Hill, 6/19/12)

Senator Webb Disagrees With How Obama Passed ObamaCare

Sen. Jim Webb: HealthCare “Cost Obama A Lot Of Credibility As  Leader.” “@SusanPage: Sen. Jim Webb at @Bloomberg breakfast says Obama's 'biggest downside' politically is #hcr; 'cost Obama a lot of credibility as a leader.” (Susan Page, Twitter Feed, 4/18/12)

  • Webb: “The Manner In Which The Health-Care-Reform Issue Was Put In Front Of The Congress -- The Way That The Issue Was Dealt With By The White House -- Cost Obama A Lot Of Credibility As A Leader. From That Point Forward, Obama’s Had A Difficult Time Selling Himself As A Decisive Leader.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Webb Says Virginia A Challenge For Obama Over Health Care,” Bloomberg, 4/18/12)

Senator Webb Disagrees With Obama’s Energy Policy

Sen. Jim Webb: “I Regret That The Administration Failed To Include Virginia In Its Proposed Final Five-Year Lease Plan.” “I regret that the administration failed to include Virginia in its proposed final five-year lease plan. … Energy exploration and subsequent production within the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf – if coupled with an equitable formula for sharing revenues between the state and federal governments – would boost domestic energy production, while benefiting the Commonwealth’s economy.” (“Leaders Respond To Drilling Decision,” Augusta Free Press, 6/28/12)

  • Sen. Jim Webb Said Offshore Drilling Would “Would Boost Domestic Energy Production, While Benefiting The Commonwealth’s Economy.” “Oil and gas exploration within the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf–if coupled with an equitable formula for sharing revenues between the state and federal governments–would boost domestic energy production, while benefiting the Commonwealth’s economy. …  we work to address our energy future here in Congress, it is important to note the administration’s existing authority to include Virginia in the current five-year lease plan, and I once again urge the president to exercise that authority.” (“Virginia Left Out Of Offshore Drilling” The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star’s “On Politics” Blog, 11/8/11)
     
  • Sens. Jim Webb And Mark Warner Are Co-Sponsoring Legislation That Would Open Energy Production Off The Coast Of Virginia. “Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner, both Democrats, are co-sponsoring legislation that would open energy production off the coast of Virginia. The Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012, or OPEN Act, would replace the current five-year leasing plan, which excludes Virginia, and provide revenue sharing to all participating coastal states.” (Wesley P. Hester, “Webb, Warner Co-Sponsor Bill On Offshore Energy Production,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/31/12)

Sen. Jim Webb Voted For Senator Inhofe’s Resolution To Halt The EPA’s MACT Rule. “Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Jim Webb (Va.) were the five senators voting for Inhofe's resolution.”  (Ben German, Daniel Strauss, “Bid To Kill EPA Coal Plant Regulations Thwarted In The Senate,” The Hill’s E2 Wire, 6/20/12)

  • Sen. Jim Webb: “Hasty Implementation Of The Boiler MACT Rule Has The Potential To Endanger Thousands Of Jobs In Our Fragile Economy.” “‘Hasty implementation of the boiler MACT rule has the potential to endanger thousands of jobs in our fragile economy,’ said Senator Webb. ‘This bipartisan legislation would give the EPA time to craft a balanced approach that protects both our environment and our manufacturing jobs.’” (Sen. Webb, “Senator Webb Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Delay EPA Boiler MACT Rule,” Press Release, 7/22/11)

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