For Immediate Release
February 2, 2006
Contact: Gary Chandler (970) 308-0986
Groundhog Day Politics: State Rep. Angie Paccione Responds to the Bush/Musgrave State of the Union
Paccione demands that Marilyn Musgrave be held accountable for failing to meet the needs of Colorado families
(Fort Collins, CO) -- With President Bush’s approval ratings on the decline and the corruption in Congress escalating, State Representative Angie Paccione today called for an end to the Bush/Musgrave brand of special-interest fueled leadership.
"It’s fitting that Feb. 2nd is Groundhog Day, because the Musgrave way of doing business reminds me of that movie with the same name: every day it’s the same failed policies and nothing ever changes,” Paccione said. “No matter what happens, the Bush/Musgrave solution is 'Tax cuts for millionaires and more corporate welfare.' American jobs get outsourced, healthcare costs double and the Bush/Musgrave solution remains ‘Tax cuts for millionaires and more corporate welfare.’ Musgrave must be held accountable for ignoring the needs of the families she claims to represent.”
But instead of standing up for working Coloradans, Musgrave’s recent votes in Congress have simply rubber stamped the administration’s out-of-touch policies.
* In 2005, Musgrave voted to cut job-training programs for out-of-work Americans. She opposed a bill to help train workers whose jobs have been outsourced. Yet, Colorado has lost 35,000 manufacturing jobs in the last five years. 5,700 of those lost jobs have been in Fort Collins and Greeley.
* In 2005, Musgrave voted against a motion to provide America's workers with the tools and training they need to compete in the 21st century.
* In 2005, Musgrave opposed a motion to a job training reauthorization bill to provide extra assistance to workers whose jobs have been outsourced overseas.
* In 2004, Musgrave voted against a bill to help stem the loss of manufacturing jobs.
* In 2003, Musgrave voted for revised overtime rules that caused millions of workers to become ineligible to receive any extra pay when they work more than 40 hours a week.
“The lost jobs and earnings are only one piece of the failed policies,” said Paccione. “Energy policy, healthcare, or the national deficit—it’s always the same story with Bush and Musgrave. Home heating costs in Colorado have risen 63 percent since Bush/Musgrave took power. 760,000 Coloradans don’t have health insurance. The federal deficit has reached $8 trillion. And what’s the Bush/Musgrave solution? ‘Tax cuts for millionaires and more corporate welfare.’ Welcome to Groundhog Day politics. The movie was funny; this isn’t.”
Angie Paccione is currently the State Representative from District 53 in Northern Colorado. She is running against Marilyn Musgrave for the 4th U.S. Congressional District of Colorado. In the State House of Representatives, Paccione has made healthcare, education, and jobs her main priorities. “If you elect me to Congress,” she said, “I will stand up for citizens and help clean up this mess. Marilyn Musgrave is out of touch with Colorado families.”