Matheson Ignores Deficit Reality, Toes Party Line and Rejects Needed Cuts

February 19, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04), John Barrow (GA-12), Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Dan Boren (OK-02), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Ben Chandler (KY-06), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Jim Costa (CA-20), Mark Critz (PA-12), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Joe Donnelly (IN-02), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jim Himes (CT-04), Maurice Hinchey (NY-22), Tim Holden (PA-17), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Jay Inslee (WA-01), Steve Israel (NY-02), Bill Keating (MA-10), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), Larry Kissell (NC-08), Rick Larsen (WA-02), David Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Matheson (UT-02), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Michael Michaud (ME-02), Brad Miller (NC-13), Chris Murphy (CT-05), Bill Owens (NY-23), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), David Price (NC-04), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Mike Ross (AR-04), Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Adam Smith (WA-09), Betty Sutton (OH-13), Niki Tsongas (MA-05), Pete Visclosky (IN-01), Tim Walz (MN-01), Anthony Weiner (NY-09), David Wu (OR-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03)

Matheson Ignores Deficit Reality, Toes Party Line and Rejects Needed Cuts
Utah Democrat Shows Preference for Job-Destroying Spending Instead

Washington — When the House voted today on the continuing resolution funding the government for the remainder of FY 2011, Jim Matheson made it crystal clear that he intends to promote even more spending instead of making the cuts necessary to downsize government and lift the veil of uncertainty currently burdening job creators. In fact, just this week, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the failed stimulus and its $814 billion price tag and threw House Democrat support behind the President’s spending-laden budget plan for FY 2012.

“When the stakes are at their highest, Jim Matheson’s true colors are showing as he votes in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi to promote more of the failed spending policies that continue to shackle America’s job creators,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Two years since the failed stimulus was signed into law, the only results middle-class families have seen are fewer jobs and exploding debt. Despite proof that more government spending has failed to create jobs, Matheson has made his choice to reject fiscal responsibility and embrace even more wasteful spending instead.”

Jim Matheson voted against a continuing resolution containing the substantial cuts voters want for FY2011. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #147: Passed 235-189: R 235-3; D 0-186, 2/19/11)

In voting against a continuing resolution with the cuts his constituents in Utah demanded, Matheson demonstrated he will continue to follow Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat leadership down the path of more spending, more debt and fewer jobs. Unfortunately, Matheson still doesn’t seem to understand that it’s about time government lives within its means like families and small businesses across the country already have.