Aug 06, 2014

Freedom Partners Launches Major New Ad Buy In Oregon Holding Sen. Merkley Accountable For Wasteful Washington Spending

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Freedom Partners Launches Major New Ad Buy In Oregon Holding Sen. Merkley Accountable For Wasteful Washington Spending

Arlington, Va. – Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Inc. today announced a major six figure ad buy holding Sen. Jeff Merkley accountable for putting Washington special interests ahead of struggling families across Oregon. The ad, titled “Congress is Out of Touch with Oregon Families,” highlights how Washington politicians like Sen. Merkley play by their own rules; spending money we don’t have and saddling Americans with trillions in debt.

Oregon families have to live within their means and make responsible spending decisions, but those aren’t the values that Sen. Merkley brought to Washington.  Since Sen. Merkley took office, the national debt has increased by approximately $7 trillion and he has voted six times to increase the debt ceiling.  When given the opportunity to show fiscal restraint, Sen. Merkley voted against balancing the nation’s budget.

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Freedom Partners spokesman James Davis issued the following statement on the ad buy:

“When families in Oregon see their incomes decline year after year, they learn to tighten their belts and make responsible decisions. Sen. Merkley could learn from them.  Instead he voted repeatedly to spend more of their hard-earned tax dollars in Washington; adding trillions to the national debt and leaving his constituents out to dry. If Sen. Merkley were looking out for Oregon he wouldn’t have voted six times to increase the debt ceiling with no spending cuts, against balancing the budget and supported adding trillions to the national debt when we can least afford it. It’s time for Sen. Merkley to stop Washington’s wasteful spending.”

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Supporting Research:

In the last ten years, the net worth of the average U.S. household has fallen by 36% when adjusted for inflation according to a study by the Russell Sage Foundation. As the New York Times wrote on July 26, 2014, “The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline.”

  • Source: (Anna Bernasek, “The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less,” The New York Times, 7/26/14)

The federal government has not run a budget surplus since 2001. Over that same time period, annual federal spending has increased from $2 trillion to $3.6 trillion. To pay for the increased spending and deficits, the federal government has borrowed more than $11 trillion since 2002.

Since entering the Senate in 2009, Sen. Merkley has voted YES on six bills to increase the statutory debt limit; H.R. 1, H.R. 4314, H.J.Res. 45, H.R. 325, H.R. 2775, and S. 540. According to the Congressional Research Service, none of those bills contained provisions to reduce net spending. Sen. Merkley voted against the only debt limit increase that contained a net spending cut since he has been in office (S. 365, the Budget Control Act).

Sen. Merkley voted against S.J.Res. 10, a Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States, on December 14, 2011.