The Idaho Democratic Party blasted 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador for opposing the last-minute bill to raise the federal debt ceiling and avert a potential government default.
In a news release today, the Democrats said it was the latest in a series of flip flops by the first-term House member.
Labrador was the sole member of the Idaho delegation to oppose the debt-ceiling deal, after supporting an earlier version that passed the House Friday. His no vote risked an unprecedented default, said Democrats, "that would have plunged us back into recession."
A programming note: Our editorial board will meet later this morning with Labrador — so I'll have more to say, either here or in my Thursday column, on Labrador's debt-ceiling votes.
Here's the Democrats' news release:
This week Congressman Raul Labrador voted to let America default on its debt for the first time in history, an act that would have plunged us back into recession. He has worked all week to find additional votes for the bill to ensure its passage and then turned around and voted against it.
This vote is consistent with his history of flip flopping. At a recent interview on Meet the Press, Representative Raúl Labrador falsely claimed he supports closing loopholes saying, "I am for getting rid of the loopholes."
In reality, House Republicans — including Raúl Labrador — have already repeatedly voted to protect loopholes and passed the Republican budget that would protect taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil and tax breaks for billionaires, while ending Medicare. Labrador and Republicans also voted to protect corporate loopholes for companies shipping jobs overseas.
• Labrador Voted to End Medicare. Raúl Labrador voted for the House Republican budget. "The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills," wrote the Wall Street Journal. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]
• Labrador Prioritized Subsidies for Big Oil Over Education. On July 29, 2011, Raúl Labrador voted against directing a bipartisan committee tasked with reducing $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction created under Speaker Boehner's debt ceiling plan to prioritize cutting subsidies for major oil and gas companies and corporate aircraft before cutting funding for education. [S 627, Vote #676, 7/29/11]
• Labrador Voted to Protect Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil. Raúl Labrador voted to bypass consideration of the Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act of 2011 (H.R. 1689) which would repeal key taxpayer funded subsidies for oil and gas companies. [H Res 245, Vote #293, 5/5/11; The Hill, 5/4/11; CBS News, 5/4/11]
• Labrador Voted to Protect Taxpayer Subsidies to Oil Companies that Pollute. In March 2011, Raúl Labrador voted against "a motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit any major integrated oil company from being eligible for any tax benefit or relief under related provisions of the tax code." [HJRes 44, Vote #153, 3/1/11]
• Labrador Voted Against Preventing The Government From Contracting With Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas. On January 25, 2011, Raúl Labrador voted against a motion that would have added language to a budget bill preventing the U.S. government from contracting with companies deemed to have outsourced American jobs. [H Res 38, Vote #19, 1/25/11].