Tillis’s vote sold out North Carolina

Thom Tillis made headlines around the country last week when he abandoned his “constitutional conservatism” to cast a vote in favor of President Trump raiding military construction funding to pay for his border wall.

But that vote wasn’t just an embarrassing display of political cowardice. A new list of military construction projects potentially put at risk by Trump’s border wall includes millions of dollars for North Carolina military facilities, including “more than $100 million for water treatment plant improvements at Camp Lejeune.”

With one vote, Tillis managed to deal a serious blow both to his political career and to North Carolina military families.

AP: Military construction in Ga., Carolinas among possible projects cut to fund border wall
By AP | March 19, 2019

“The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican […]

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Tillis slammed for “very public 180” on national emergency disapproval

What North Carolinians are seeing about Tillis’s “switcheroo”

 

Robesonian: Tillis flips, backs Trump’s declaration

“Tillis was among a group of GOP senators who had wavered amid concerns that Trump’s die-hard loyalty from millions of conservative voters could lead them to punish defecting lawmakers in next year’s elections.”

NC Policy Watch: Tillis flips back to Trump camp on national emergency

“‘I suspect that maybe some people had signaled that behavior like this may lead to being primaried,’ [Andrew Taylor, a political science professor at North Carolina State University] said. ‘He was in damage control.’”

Washington Post: Tillis’s reversal sums up state of Senate Republicans — few willing to cross Trump

“Tillis’s actions highlighted a hardening reality in Washington: Republicans who have real near-term political skin in the game are not willing to stand up to him.”

CBC: Editorial: Sen. Tillis delivers flip-flop for the ages

“What Tillis says he […]

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American Bridge Statement on National Emergency Disapproval Resolution

American Bridge released the following statement after Senators Tillis, Gardner, Perdue, McSally, and Ernst sided with President Trump to vote against the disapproval resolution blocking Trump’s national emergency. The resolution passed the Senate 59-41.

“It’s crystal clear that Republican Senators are more scared of a primary challenge than they are loyal to their principles or to their constituents,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “It’s another example in a long list of Republicans abandoning conservative principles in the interest of political power, and another reason they are wholly unfit to lead.”

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QUICK CLIP: They’re Toast

Don’t take it from us. Even conservatives are admitting President Trump’s national emergency declaration spells trouble for 2020 Senate Republicans.

This weekend, talking heads and pundits filled the airwaves with grim predictions for Senate Republicans who are increasingly between Trump and a hard place as 2020 approaches.

Jennifer Rubin: “I think Susan Collins is going to be toast. I think Cory Gardner is going to be toast. I think Thom Tillis is going to be toast.”

Watch Rubin on MSNBC here:


Watch the full clip here.

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QUICK CLIP: Tillis’s Shutdown Is Hurting North Carolinians

“By refusing to take action to reopen the federal government, Senate Republicans have abdicated the responsibility of a coequal branch of government,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Thom Tillis’s endorsement of Trump and McConnell’s reckless shutdown is hurting thousands of North Carolinians going without paychecks. His constituents deserve better.”

Below, watch how the Trump-McConnell shutdown is hurting North Carolinians:

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Tillis Selling Out Seniors And Taxpayers

Surprise, surprise, North Carolina: Thom Tillis sold you a bill of goods. And now, he wants to make Medicaid and Medicare pay more for prescription drugs.

After disingenuously attacking then-senator Kay Hagan for ties to pharmaceutical companies in his 2014 campaign, Senator Tillis seems to have changed his tune, taking almost $60,000 in contributions from drug companies in exchange for one of the most egregious examples of water-carrying in Congress.

The junior Senator from North Carolina is using his position to include a special amendment (without any copsonsors in the Senate!) to exempt drug companies from a patent review process and drive up the purchase price of both prescription drugs for our nation’s seniors and the federal government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. 

Funneling money to drug companies while our country’s seniors and taxpayers are left holding the bill? Careful, Thom, 2020’s coming…

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The Greedy Outsourcing Party

It’s no secret that Mitt Romney’s checkered business career was part of what doomed his election hopes in 2012. When people looked at Mitt Romney, they saw a vulture capitalist who was willing to close down American plants, lay off workers, and ship jobs overseas, so long as it helped their bottom dollar.

Having run for president, Romney’s business practices are likely the most infamous among Republican politicians, but he’s hardly alone. This year, key GOP candidates in close senate and gubernatorial races espouse the same self-interested philosophy — reaping profits while hurting American workers.

In Georgia, David Perdue’s campaign was rocked as POLITICO reported that Perdue had stated plainly in a 2005 deposition that he had “spent most of his career” outsourcing. This statement itself would have been severely damaging to Perdue’s candidacy, but what was even more detrimental, perhaps because it was so revealing, was Perdue’s dumbfounded response to the story. Asked how he would defend his outsourcing career, Perdue looked surprised — “Well defend it? I’m proud of it!”

In Illinois, billionaire gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who took a page out of Romney’s playbook and funneled millions in profits to Cayman Island tax shelters to avoid paying American taxes, has demonstrated similar priorities. Rauner’s vast portfolio while at GTCR, the private equity firm he co-founded, included directing H-Cube, a “premier global business outsourcing firm.” And just this month, we learned that a lawsuit has been launched by the former CEO of LeapSource, another outsourcing company where Rauner sat on the board, alleging personal threats from Rauner over her lack of success as their CEO.

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VIDEO: Speaker Tillis, The Divider

Yesterday, it came to light that Speaker Tillis believes that state and federal governments, driven by Democrats, have effectively paid “de facto reparations” by redistributing “trillions of dollars over the years.”

This is just the latest in a string of offensive comments and comes on the heels of offering this lovely advice to minimum wage workers in last week’s debate: “Get educated, as I did.”

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ICYMI — Thom Tillis’s Advice To Minimum Wage Workers: Get Educated

In last night’s North Carolina senate debate, Thom Tillis continued his condescending campaign, talking down not only to Senator Hagan, but to minimum wage workers in North Carolina.

Already, Tillis has said that we should consider getting rid of the minimum wage altogether, called it  “a dangerous idea,” and argued that workers in the Western North Carolina don’t deserve the same pay as workers in Massachusetts.

Last night, he went one step further when he offered this advice to minimum wage workers: “Get educated as I did.”

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Research: Tillis Skipped Important Legislative Sessions For Fundraisers

Tillis Skipped House Sessions Where Important Issues Were Discussed To Attend Washington, D.C. Fundraisers For His Senate Campaign

Tillis Missed Monday June 30th Legislative Session, He Was Spotted In D.C. Airport Flying First Class Back To Raleigh Monday Evening. According to the News & Observer, “Tillis missed Monday’s legislative session, his third day in a row of skipping all or some of the session. Twitter user @gregflynn found him on a flight from Reagan Airport in Washington to Raleigh and posted two photos just before 10 p.m. He flew first class.” [News & Observer, 6/1/14]

Tillis Was At Off-Site Business Meetings And A Fundraiser During Two Legislative Sessions. According to the News & Observer, “Friday, Morning Memo questioned where Speaker Thom Tillis was last week when he missed sessionsWednesday and part of Thursday. The answer: Tillis said he was at off-site business meetings and a fundraiser.” [News & Observer, 6/30/14]

Tillis Skipped House Session, Including Debates Over Tax Reform And Gun Policy, To Attend Two Campaign Fundraisers In Washington D.C. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, “As the N.C. House debated a sweeping tax bill and a contentious gun resolution Wednesday, Speaker Thom Tillis spent the day raising money in Washington for his U.S. Senate bid. The Cornelius Republican attended at fundraiser at 11 a.m., the same time session started, hosted by two lobbyists at the offices of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, according to an invite. The meet-and-greet invite included information about donations up to the maximum limit of $2,600. Jade West, the association’s top lobbyist and leader of the NAW political action committee, and Kirk Blalock, a lobbyist at Fierce, Isakowitz and Blalock, are the hosts. Later in the day, Tillis is expected to attend another event hosted by the America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry lobbying group. The 2 p.m. meet-and-greet is at the Capital Hill Club. Kelly Vgoel, the group’s vice president for federal affairs, sent an email pitching the event. ‘Speaker Tillis has received national attention as the NRSC has identified North Carolina as key race in 2014,’ she wrote. ‘He is considered to be a leader in the North Carolina primary and has strong support from North Carolina Republicans.’ A Tillis spokesman declined to comment on the speaker’s schedule and referred questions to the campaign. Tillis didn’t preside over some of the session Tuesday and was absent Wednesday. The speaker is paid a $38,151 annual salary with an additional $17,000 expense allowance as a part-time lawmaker.” [Raleigh News & Observer, 7/17/13]

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