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They Can Run But They Can’t Hide

- August 19, 2013

MARK PRYOR AND MARK BEGICH ARE TRYING TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM OBAMA, BUT THEIR RECORDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

Politico Writes Today That Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) Is Basing His Re-Election Bid On Distancing Himself From Obama And National Democrats. "In a wide-ranging series of interviews as he traveled through Northwest Arkansas, a GOP stronghold in this conservative state, Pryor argued that his path to victory rests on making the case that he's not a party line Obama loyalist, but the kind of conservative Democrat that has long thrived in Arkansas, even as the breed disappeared across the South." (Manu Raju, "Lone Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor Hangs On," Politico, 8/19/13)

The Hill Wrote That Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Is Also Trying To Distance Himself From National Democrats. "Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is going local in a bid to save his seat in the Senate - and possibly the Democratic majority in the Senate. The first-term senator is touting his stances against the federal government in an effort to emphasize what he says are his Alaska-first policies." (Cameron Joseph, "Begich Goes Local In A Bid To Save Vulnerable Dem Senate Seat," The Hill, 8/17/13)

PRYOR AND BEGICH STAND WITH OBAMA AND NATIONAL DEMOCRATS WHERE IT COUNTS

Pryor And Begich Voted For ObamaCare And Still Enthusiastically Embrace The Law

Pryor

Pryor Voted For ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Has Stood By His Vote For ObamaCare, Saying: "I Think It Was The Right Vote, I Think It Was Good For Arkansas." "HOST: 'Do you still stand by your vote for federal health care? What do you tell, what is your message to voters as to why that was the right vote?' PRYOR: 'I do. I think it was the right vote, I think it was good for Arkansas.'" (Interview With Senator Mark Pryor, KARK-TV, 6/2/13)

Pryor Recently Praised ObamaCare As "An Amazing Success Story." KHOG's CRAIG CANNON: "Political experts say the new healthcare law could be a hot topic. Pryor was one of 60 Democrats who voted for it back in 2009. He defends that vote today." SENATOR MARK PRYOR: "I would say if you want a good opinion about ObamaCare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it. It's been an amazing success story so far." ("Rep. Tom Cotton Running For Senate," KHOG, 8/6/13)

ObamaCare Will Cost Tyson Foods, A Major Arkansas Employer, $10 Million Next Year. "And while polls show the race tight, some surveys also say that when voters learn Pryor was an ObamaCare supporter, they are less inclined to vote for him. This was the same dynamic that doomed Lincoln in 2010, and as the law is being implemented, businesses in Arkansas are now complaining about the rising health care costs, including $10 million of additional costs Arkansas-based food giant Tyson will have to incur next year because of the new law. (Manu Raju, "Lone Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor Hangs On," Politico, 8/19/13)

Little Rock-Based Baptist Health System Announced That It Will Lay Off 170 Arkansas Workers Due To ObamaCare. "Little Rock-based Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers across its statewide health care network and one industry leader says more hospitals could follow suit… In a statement provided to members of the media, Mark Lowman, Vice President, Strategic Development at Baptist Health said: 'To ensure Baptist Health's continued success and our long term ability to sustain our Mission, we are undertaking a number of initiatives that will position our organization to address the challenges of health reform and severe federal budget cuts.'" (Roby Brock, "Baptist Health System Laying Off 170 As Hospitals Cope With Medicare Cuts," Talk Business Arkansas, 7/16/13)

College Professors In Arkansas Will Have Their Hours Cut Because Of ObamaCare. ANCHOR: "Beginning this fall, Pulaski Tech will limit the amount of courses professors are able to teach. KARK 4's Joceyln Tovar says this change in turn will limit the benefits available to them." … TOVAR: ""Human resource officials for the college say that changes in benefits because of the ObamaCare law require part time employees who are working 30 hours to be considered full time, and therefore require benefits, benefits the school says are just too much strain on their shoestring budget." (KARK 4, 4/4/13)

Begich

Begich Voted For ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Begich Voted Yea)

Begich Still Proudly Defends His Vote For ObamaCare. "Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina will face voters in 2014 for the first time since voting for the Affordable Care Act - also known as 'Obamacare' - three years ago. They aren't apologizing for their vote, and several are pursuing an aggressive strategy: Embrace the law, help voters use it and fix what doesn't work. 'I don't run from my votes,' Begich told The Associated Press. 'Politicians who sit around and say, 'That's controversial so I better run from it,' just ask for trouble. Voters may not always agree with you, but they respect people who think about these issues and talk about them.'" ("Senate Democrats Running In 2014 In GOP-Leaning States Firm Up Support Of Health Care Law," The Associated Press , 6/15/13)

  • Begich: "There's A Lot Of Good That People Will Realize As This All Comes Online." ("Senate Democrats Running In 2014 In GOP-Leaning States Firm Up Support Of Health Care Law," The Associated Press , 6/15/13)

Pryor And Begich Support Job-Killing Energy Taxes

Pryor

Pryor Voted In Favor Of Establishing A Carbon Cap And Trade System. (S.Amdt. 4825 To S. 3036, Roll Call #145, Rejected 48-36: R 6-32; D 42-4; 6/6/08, Pryor Voted Yea)

According To The EPA, The Bill Pryor Voted For Would Have Cut GDP By $1 Trillion To $2.8 Trillion By 2050. "Under S.2191, GDP is modeled to be between 0.9% ($238 billion) and 3.8% ($983 billion) lower in 2030 and between 2.4% ($1,012 billion) and 6.9% ($2,856 billion) lower in 2050 than in the Reference Scenario." ("EPA Analysis of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008," Environmental Protection Agency, 3/14/08)

  • Electricity Prices Would Have Spiked 44% By 2030 And 26% By 2050. "Electricity prices are projected to increase 44% in 2030 and 26% in 2050, assuming the cost of allowances can partially be passed on to consumers (as is the case in a full auction)." ("EPA Analysis of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008," Environmental Protection Agency, 3/14/08)

Begich

In March 2013, Begich Voted In Favor Of Establishing A Carbon Tax. "Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit." (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Begich Voted Yea)

A Carbon Tax Could Cost Up To 21,000 Jobs In Alaska. "This tax would deal a blow to employment in Alaska, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 21,000 jobs in 2013 and 9,000 to 12,000 by 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In Alaska By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. "Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)

  • A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For Alaskans By 12 Percent. "Households in Alaska would see a significant increase in their electrify rates, with an average increase of 12 percent in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)
  • A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Natural Gas By More Than 40 Percent. "The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013, the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and increasing operation costs for many Alaska businesses." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)

Pryor And Begich Vote With Obama More Than 90% Of The Time

According To Congressional Quarterly, Pryor Voted With Obama 95 Percent Of The Time In 2011 And 91 Percent Of The Time In 2012. "According to CQ Roll Call Vote Studies, in 2011, Pryor voted 95 percent of the time with the president in votes where Obama clearly indicated his preference. In 2012, that number fell to 91 percent." (Joshua Miller, "Senate Conservatives Action Launches Radio Ad Linking Pryor To Obama," Roll Call, 3/14/13)

According To Congressional Quarterly, Begich Voted With Obama 93 Percent Of The Time In 2012. (2012 Congressional Quarterly Vote Study, Congressional Quarterly, Accessed 8/19/13)

  • Begich Voted With Obama 93 Percent Of The Time In 2011 As Well. (2011 Congressional Quarterly Vote Study, Congressional Quarterly, Accessed 8/19/13)

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