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TNDP Chair Points Out Congressman Roe’s Hypocrisy

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester pointed out the hypocrisy of U.S. Rep. Phil Roe who appeared recently at a Hamblen County High School groundbreaking ceremony despite the congressman’s vote against legislation funding the $11.1 million project.

Morristown-Hamblen High School East is receiving an interest-free loan to build additional classrooms through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has been credited for generating 2.8 million jobs since its enactment. Roe voted against the Recovery Act.

“It’s more than a little disingenuous for Mr. Roe to show up at the high school and try to take credit for a project whose funding he voted against,” Forrester said. “The congressman should be embarrassed for voting against a measure that is enabling local communities to stretch their dollars, reduce taxes and improve infrastructure.

“Too many elected officials like Congressman Roe are playing partisan politics instead of doing what is right for communities and the people who live and work there. Instead of grandstanding and trying to score cheap political points in Washington, Mr. Roe should focus on problems in his district.”

The President’s Council of Economic Advisers estimates that investments made through the Recovery Act have boosted employment in Tennessee by 56,000 jobs through the 1st quarter of 2010. Nearly $6 billion in federal stimulus money has been committed to Tennessee.

“In times like these, we need to put aside our political differences and solve our problems,” Forrester said. Let’s focus our energy and resources on creating jobs, ensuring our children get top-notch educations and making our communities stronger and safer.

“I hope Congressman Roe will admit he was wrong for voting against the stimulus funding,” he added.

TNDP Chair Calls Out Republican Hypocrisy On Recovery Act

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester wants to know how many members of Tennessee’s Republican congressional delegation have requested Recovery Act funding or written letters of support for Recovery Act projects in Tennessee.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp voted against the stimulus package last year and have made critical statements about the measure. Alexander, however, requested Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wamp praised a $71.2 million Oak Ridge National Laboratory Recovery Act project for creating jobs.

“If that isn’t the definition of hypocrite, I don’t know what is,” Forrester said. “The Recovery Act created or saved about 2 million jobs in the U.S. and kept this economy from falling off a cliff. But Republicans rail against the Recovery Act while playing partisan politics in Washington.

“They come back home, though, and smile into the cameras while taking credit for stimulus dollars that fund vital infrastructure projects and create much-needed jobs. Mr. Alexander and Mr. Wamp have been called out by the media on this hypocrisy.

“I would like to know if the other Republicans representing this state in Congress have been as hypocritical about the Recovery Act. Or have they decided to play games with the economic security of the people they are supposed to be representing by turning down job-creating projects.”

To date, nearly $6 billion in stimulus money has been committed to Tennessee, creating or retaining more than 10,000 jobs across the state and providing much-needed infrastructure improvements. The Tennessee Department of Transportation, in fact, recently obligated all of the $572 million in Recovery Act funds made available to it for highway infrastructure projects.

U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Phil Roe and John Duncan also voted against the Recovery Act, as did U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

TNDP Chair Chastises Tennessee Republicans Who Voted Against Sales Tax Relief

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said the state’s Republican congressional House members showed their partisan stripes again when they voted against a measure extending tax relief for fellow Tennesseans.

The Tax Extenders Act of 2009 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Dec. 9, by an overwhelming margin despite all four Republican House members from Tennessee voting against it. The measure now has to receive U.S. Senate approval before it can be sent to the president for his approval into law.

“Tennesseans should be angry at those four for playing partisan politics instead of trying to help them, especially in these hard economic times,” Forrester said. “At a time when so many families here in Tennessee are struggling to make ends meet, we need all the help we can get. We don’t need grandstanding from our elected officials.”

The bill extends tax credits through 2010 to Tennesseans by allowing them to deduct state and local sales taxes from their federal income tax returns, as well as allowing tax deductions for certain expenses for school teachers and people paying tuition. The extension would also apply to Tennessee businesses receiving tax credits for, among other things, research activities and equipment depreciations.

U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, John Duncan, Phil Roe and Zach Wamp voted against the tax-relief extension. All five Tennessee House Democrats voted in favor of the measure.

“Tennessee Republicans continue their shameless demagoguery against Democratic efforts to turn around the economy and move the country forward,” Forrester said. “We need to remind our forgetful Republican friends that it was the previous eight years of failed policies from a Republican president that mired this economy and nearly collapsed our financial markets.

“The economy is now growing again for the first time in more than a year. The Gross Domestic Product, the basic measure of a country’s overall economic performance, was up 3.5 percent during the third quarter. Tax relief like this will serve to stimulate our state’s economy. I don’t understand why our Republican delegation would vote against it,” he added.