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DSCC Launching $2.5 Million Advertising Buy In Louisiana To Highlight How Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Priorities Are Wrong For Louisiana

DSCC Launching $2.5 Million Advertising Buy In Louisiana To Highlight How Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Priorities Are Wrong For Louisiana

New Ad: Congressman Bill Cassidy Puts Millionaires Before Veterans

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a $2.4 million advertising buy in Louisiana to highlight how Congressman Bill Cassidy’s priorities are out of step with Louisiana. Our first ad highlights Congressman Cassidy’s shameful record of putting millionaires before veterans and zeroes in on Cassidy’s votes against making it easier for veterans to afford a home and against expanding veterans access to LSU’s VA hospital. The ad forcefully charges, “While Cassidy opposed taking care of those who wore the uniform, he voted to give more tax breaks to the wealthy.

The new ad marks the beginning of the DSCC’s major, multi-million dollar ad buy to highlight Congressman Bill Cassidy’s long record of putting his partisan priorities ahead of Louisiana.

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“Congressman Bill Cassidy voted to give more tax breaks to millionaires but left our veterans out in the cold when it came time to make it easier for them to afford a home or expand veterans access to LSU’s VA hospital, and his partisan priorities are completely wrong for Louisiana,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Louisiana deserves far better than Congressman Cassidy and over the next weeks and months the DSCC will highlight just how wrong Congressman Cassidy is for Louisiana.”






AUDIO: Those who serve have their priorities straight. But Congressman Bill Cassidy doesn’t.


TEXT: CONGRESSMAN CASSIDY voting against our veterans.





AUDIO: With votes against making it easier for veterans to afford a home…


TEXT: CONGRESSMAN CASSIDY against veterans housing relief

Sources: Vote 147, 2/19/11; Vote 173, 3/11/11; Vote 449, 6/29/12





February 2011: Cassidy Voted for Republican Continuing Resolution. In February 2011, Cassidy voted for the Republican Continuing Resolution.  [HR 1, Vote 147 , 2/19/11]


  • Bill Would Cut Vouchers to Help Find Homes for 11,000 Homeless Veterans.  The GOP budget kills $75 million in funding for vouchers for homeless veterans. Vouchers give homeless veterans a place to live for a year and can be renewed annually, assuming federal funding is available. The cuts would hurt some 11,000 homeless veterans who qualify for housing this year but have yet to receive vouchers. [CNN, 3/01/11]


March 2011: Cassidy Voted to Shut Down Emergency Mortgage Relief Program. In 2011, Cassidy voted to shut down a program that provided emergency loans to unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure. The legislation would end the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program and rescind the unobligated funds. The White House said it would veto the bill, saying that the program was needed to spur a housing recovery. The White House argued that that the loan assistance could help as many as 30,000 distressed homeowners. The CBO estimated that the program would cost $840 million over 10 years. The bill passed, 242-177.  [CQ Today, 3/11/11; HR 836, Vote 174, 3/11/11]


  • March 2011: Cassidy Voted Against Foreclosure Protection For Veterans and Active Service Members. Before considering terminating the emergency relief program, Cassidy voted against a measure that would have protected veterans and active service members from foreclosures. The measure required the Secretary of HUD in consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, to determine the amount necessary to provide assistance under the Emergency Housing Act of 1975 to homeowners who are veterans or members of the Armed Forces on active duty.  It would also authorize Congress to appropriate this amount of assistance to veterans and members of the Armed Forces on active duty under the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program. The motion failed, 182-238. [CQ; HR 836, Vote 173, 3/11/11]


June 2012: Cassidy Voted Against Increasing Housing Assistance for Veterans by $75 Million. In June 2012, Cassidy voted against a $75 million dollar increase to a program that provided veterans housing assistance in the form of rental vouchers. As of 2007, one in four homeless people were homeless, though veterans only made up 11 percent of the population as a whole. The motion failed, 188-233. [H.R. 5972, Vote #449, 6/29/12]



AUDIO: …Cassidy even opposed expanding veterans’ access to the LSU VA Hospital.



Source: The Advocate, 10/1/07





Cassidy Opposed A LSU And Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Saying “For That Money, You Can Afford To Give Everyone Private Health insurance.” In October 2007, The Advocate reported: “Cassidy said he is researching how to lower health-care costs statewide and that he opposes the LSU and Veterans Affairs medical center in New Orleans at its proposed huge size. ‘For that money you can afford to give everyone private health insurance,’ Cassidy said, arguing for more public and private health-care integration in Louisiana so the money can better follow the patients.” [The Advocate, 10/1/07]


LSU: “The New LSU/VA Hospital Moved One Step Closer” To Becoming A Reality With SCR 76. In June 2007, the LSU Health Sciences Center Chancellor wrote in his newsletter: “The new LSU/VA hospital moved one step closer to becoming our new university teaching hospital in downtown New Orleans yesterday with final legislative passage of SCR 76 by the House. The week before the Senate voted favorable for the measure which approves the business plan for the new hospital.” [LSU Health Sciences Center, Chancellor’s Notes, 6/15/07]


  • Cassidy Voted Against Bill, SCR 76, That Approved Business Plan For LSU-VA Medical Center. In June 2007, Cassidy voted against SCR 76. SCR 76 approved the business plan for the New Orleans LSU-VA medical center. According to the Times-Picayune: “The House voted 70-33 to approve a business plan for the project, which is expected to be finished by 2012 and would replace Charity Hospital with a 484-bed hospital that backers envision as a hub for treating the uninsured and training the next generation of doctors and nurses. Senators approved the same resolution -- Senate Concurrent Resolution 76 by Senate President Donald Hines, D-Bunkie -- earlier this month, but the House was considered to be a tougher venue. The state's plan, which would direct $300 million in federal block-grant financing to buy land and start construction on the hospital, still needs approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has final say on the use of such grants. A state ‘action plan’ has been languishing at the agency since late April. A spokesman said earlier this week that the matter is under review. LSU officials hailed Thursday's vote as a sign that the state is committed to moving ahead with a proposed partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to build adjoining hospitals that would share common features such as parking and food services.” The Senate resolution passed 25-8. [SCR76, (Cassidy-N), voted 6/5/07;  Times-Picayune, 6/15/07]



AUDIO: We owe them everything. But while Cassidy opposed taking care of those who wear the uniform, he voted to give more tax breaks to the wealthy.


TEXT: CONGRESSMAN CASSIDY tax breaks for the wealthy


Sources: Vote 177, 4/10/14; Vote 88, 3/21/13; Vote 151, 3/29/12; Vote 277, 4/15/11







April 2014: Bill Cassidy Voted for The House Republican Budget For FY 2015. In April 2014, Bill Cassidy voted for the House Republican budget for FY 2015. The budget resolution was adopted, 219-205. [H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]


  • Citizens For Tax Justice: Ryan FY 2015 Budget Would Give Millionaires An Average Tax Cut Of At Least $200,000. In April 2014, Citizens for Tax Justice reported: “As in previous years, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has released a budget proposal that includes some specific, enormous tax cuts with a vague promise that the amount of revenue collected by the federal government would somehow be unchanged. There is no way the plan could be implemented without providing millionaires with tax cuts averaging at least $200,000.” [Citizens for Tax Justice, 4/2/14]


  • Ryan FY 2015 Budget Cut Top Personal And Corporate Income Tax Rates To 25%. In April 2014, USA Today reported: “This fiscal year 2015 budget is the last that will be authored by Ryan, who is stepping down as chairman of the budget panel and intends to seek the gavel at the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress. That panel has jurisdiction over the federal tax code. In his budget, Ryan calls for cutting the corporate tax rate to 25%, and reducing the current seven tax brackets for individuals to two: a 25% and 10% bracket.” [USA Today, 4/1/14]


March 2013: Cassidy Voted To Cut Taxes For Millionaires By Over $240,000 Per Year. Cassidy voted for the FY14 Ryan budget. According to the Committee on Budget and Policy Priorities, “If policymakers enacted the same extremely ambitious reductions in tax expenditures for filers with incomes above $200,000 that TPC assumed when it analyzed Romney’s tax plan, filers with incomes of $1 million or more would lose tax breaks totaling about $90,000 on average — still leaving them with an average net tax cut of about $245,000.  Households with incomes above $200,000 would get a net cut of about $16,000. [CBPP, 3/17/13; H Con Res 25,Vote #88, 3/21/13]


  • House GOP Budget Would Dramatically Reduce Taxes for Top Earners From 39.6 Percent to 25 Percent. As reported by the New York Times, “The budget, like last year’s, calls for a dramatically simplified tax system aimed at producing just two tax brackets, 10 percent and 25 percent. But because the top rate jumped in January from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, the drop in marginal tax rates for families with incomes over $400,000 would be even more dramatic than last year. Under the Ryan plan, the corporate tax rate would also fall, from 35 percent to 25 percent — although all those tax changes are supposed to be crafted to bring in the same amount of revenue as the current tax code, a tall order.” [New York Times, 3/12/13]


  • Tax Policy Center: GOP Budget Increases After-Tax Income for Millionaires by 20 Percent. As reported by the Washington Post, “The tax plan embedded in the House Republican budget would cut taxes by $5.7 trillion over the next decade, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to very wealthy households, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Taxpayers earning more than $1 million a year would benefit the most from the GOP tax plan, the analysis shows, reaping an average $400,000 tax break that would send their after-tax income soaring by nearly 20 percent.” [Washington Post, 3/15/13; Tax Policy Center, 3/15/13]


March 2012: Cassidy Voted for House Republican Budget for FY 2013. In March 2012, Cassidy voted for the House Republican budget for FY 2013. The budget resolution was adopted, 228-191. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]


  • House Republican Budget Would Give People Making Over $1 Million Per Year a $394,000 Tax Cut; $265,000 Of That New And The Remainder From Bush Tax Cut Extension. “New analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) finds that people earning more than $1 million a year would receive $265,000 apiece in new tax cuts, on average, on top of the $129,000 they would receive from the Ryan budget’s extension of President Bush’s tax cuts.” [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; see also Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132]


  • GOP Budget Gave “Huge Benefits” to the Wealthy. According to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center, the House Republican budget “budget plan would result in huge benefits for high-income people and very modest—or no— benefits for low income working households.” [Tax Policy Center, 3/23/12]


April 2011: Cassidy Voted for House Republican Budget for FY 2012. In April 2011, Cassidy voted for the House Republican budget for FY 2012. The budget resolution was adopted, 235-193. [H Con Res 34, Vote 277, 4/15/11]


  • Ryan Plan Would Give Millionaires Tax Cuts Of $125,000 Per Year. In April 2011, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities analyzed Ryan’s plan and stated “People with incomes over $1 million would receive average tax cuts of $125,000 a year — or more than $1 million over the coming decade — if these tax cuts are made permanent, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. The $125,000 figure does not include the additional tax cuts that high-income households would receive from the evisceration of the estate tax (or from additional cuts that people earning at least $1million a year would receive from Ryan’s call to cut the top tax rate to 25 percent as part of revenue neutral tax reform).” [CBPP, 4/20/2011]


  • McClatchy: “The Republican Plan Would Lower Taxes For The Wealthy.” In April 2011, McClatchy reported, “The House on Friday approved a Republican vision of America's future that would change how seniors and the poor get health coverage, lower taxes for the wealthy and dramatically cut federal spending … The Republican plan would lower taxes for the wealthy. Supporters say the more money winds up in private hands, the more people will invest and create jobs. Democrats want the government to more actively provide opportunity by investing more in education, infrastructure and other programs, as well as providing a strong social safety net.” [McClatchy, 4/15/11]


  • 2011 Ryan Plan Would Make Permanent Bush Tax Cuts For Millionaires And “Advances A Series Of Additional Tax Cuts That Would Primarily Benefit High-Income Households.” In May 2011, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities did a study on the FY 2012 Ryan plan, passed on April 15, 2011. They wrote: “The tax proposals in the budget that the House approved on April 15 place a top priority on cutting  taxes for high-income people, while doing nothing to reduce budget deficits, themselves. In addition to making the Bush tax cuts permanent and continuing to provide relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) at a cost of nearly $4 trillion over ten years, the House budget advances a series of additional tax cuts that would primarily benefit high-income households at a cost of nearly $3 trillion over that period, most of which is assumed to be offset by reductions in tax expenditures that are left unspecified.” [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/26/11]


  • 2011 Ryan Plan Would “Permanently Lock In All Of The Bush Tax Cuts, Which Flow Disproportionately To High-Income People.” In May 2011, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities did a study on the FY 2012 Ryan plan, passed on April 15, 2011. They wrote: “The House budget would permanently lock in all of the Bush tax cuts, which flow disproportionately to high-income people.  It also would make permanent the relief from the AMT that now is regularly extended every year or two.” [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/26/11]




Cassidy Voted to Block Buffett Rule, Protected Tax Breaks for Nation’s Richest Households. As reported by the New York Times, “Democrats countered with the Buffett Rule, a $47 billion tax increase on the nation’s richest households. In the conservative House, it was no contest. The tax cut won, 235 to 173, with 18 Democrats voting yes and 10 Republicans voting no. The Buffett Rule lost, 234 to 179, with five Democrats opposing it.” [New York Times, 4/19/12; CQ; H Res 620, House Vote #172, 4/19/12]


  • Buffett Rule Would “Make Sure That Rich Americans Pay Taxes At At Least The Same Rate As Middle Class Earners.” In July 2014, the New York Daily News reported: “Back in the fall, Obama introduced a plan to make sure that rich Americans pay taxes at at least the same rate as middle class earners. Now, the so-called ‘Buffet Rule’ is back -- Obama has been pushing his proposal on the campaign trail this week, and a bill going before the Senate next week could turn it into law. But what is it, and how would it work? Here's a refresher.” [New York Daily News, 4/11/12]


  • Buffett Rule Would Designate That Millionaires Had To Pay At Least 30% Effective Tax Rate. In February 2012, Reuters reported: “Millionaires would pay a minimum 30 percent effective tax rate under a law introduced on Wednesday in the Senate with the backing of President Barack Obama and named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett.”[Reuters, 2/1/12]


  • About A Quarter Of All U.S. Millionaires Paid A Lower Tax Rate Than Most Middle-Class Taxpayers. In February 2012, Reuters reported: “About 94,500 taxpayers, a quarter of all U.S. millionaires, pay a lower tax rate than the bulk of middle-income taxpayers, according to the Congressional Research Service.” [Reuters, 2/1/12]



AUDIO: Bill Cassidy put millionaires…before veterans.  


TEXT: CONGRESSMAN CASSIDY putting millionaires before veterans





AUDIO: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.