Mainers Deliver Report Card to Congressman Poliquin’s Bangor Office
Mainers welcomed Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin back home for August recess by delivering a report card to his Bangor office. The report card graded Congressman Poliquin on his record during the first part of the 114th Congress.
“Congressman Poliquin wants Maine families to think he’s working for them down in Washington, but his record proves otherwise,” said Jeremy Kennedy, Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party. “He was “excited” to vote for the House Republican budget, which would be disastrous for Maine’s hardworking families, seniors and students. We need a representative who will advocate for Mainers, not corporate interests and Republican brinkmanship.”
Congressman Poliquin will be graded on multiple votes taken during the first part of the 114th Congress, out-of-touch views, and ethical questions raised by recent campaign contributions to his campaign in light of his role on the U.S. Financial Services Committee. Here is an overview of the attached report card:
PROTECTING MEDICARE FOR MAINE SENIORS
Congressman Poliquin said he was “excited” to vote for the Republican Budget Resolution which covers expenditures for 2016, and proposes draconian cuts to Medicare. The proposed budget would privatize the program and turn it into a voucher program for anyone 56 years old or younger in 2025, while also slashing community services provided to seniors under the program. By ending the Medicare guarantee, Maine seniors will be forced to immediately pay more for preventative services and raises prescription drug costs. SOURCE.
INVESTMENT & FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION
Congressman Poliquin and his party leaders failed to pass a long term highway funding bill, leaving officials unable to predict when or if they will receive funding to finish projects. Their continuing inability to govern has again led to uncertainty throughout Maine and the country. Congressman Poliquin has let his party affiliation stand in the way of good governance. [SOURCE]
QUESTIONABLE CONGRESSIONAL AND CAMPAIGN ETHICS
Congressman Poliquin serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he regulates banks, investment instruments, and various segments of the economy. His campaign has been bankrolled by the same companies and industry groups he oversees.
CULAC THE PAC OF CREDIT UNION NATIONAL ASSOCIATION – $5,000
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – $5,000
MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – $5,000
NATIONAL MULTIFAMILY HOUSING COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – $4,000
J.P. MORGAN CHASE & CO. FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – $4,000
KOCH INDUSTRIES INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (KOCHPAC) – $3,000
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANIES PAC – $3,000[SOURCE]
INVESTING IN STUDENTS AND GROWING THE MIDDLE CLASS
Congressman Poliquin voted for the Republican Budget Resolution which would make it harder for Maine students to pay for college by cutting the highly successful Pell Grants Program. Nearly 30,000 Maine students rely on the Pell Grants program. We know that throwing up roadblocks to low income college students can be the difference between success or failure. Taking on an additional job, or working increased hours puts low income students at a disadvantage compared to their peers. [SOURCE]
SUPPORTING MAINE BUSINESSES WHO EXPORT GOODS OVERSEAS
While Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins, and Rep. Chellie Pingree all support reauthorizing the Export/Import Bank, Congressman Poliquin is the only member of the Maine delegation who opposes it. The work of the Export/Import Bank supported four Maine companies, which generated an export value of $51 million around the world since 2007. [SOURCE]