While Deborah Ross Talks Jobs in High Point, Richard Burr’s Record Speaks for Itself

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Kravitz, 919.438.1836
While Deborah Ross Talks Jobs in High Point, Richard Burr’s Record Speaks for Itself
RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, in High Point, US Senate Candidate Deborah Ross talked with folks about standing up to special interests and big money in order to create jobs and cut taxes for working people. Her commitment to putting hard working North Carolinians first stands in sharp contrast with Ross’s opponent, incumbent Senator Richard Burr, who for more than two decades has put himself and the Washington special interests ahead of the people who elected him.
“Richard Burr has become a creature of Washington — another politician who looks out for himself and special interests while failing to stand up for the very people who elected him. Just look at his record. He’s a classic example of what’s wrong with politics, and it’s exactly why voters are ready for a change and a US Senator they can trust to have their backs,” said Matt Kravitz, Press Secretary for the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Richard Burr’s record of working for himself and special interests include:
  • Writing a plan to privatize Medicare while taking more than $1 million from the insurance lobby who stood to profit from Burr’s plan.
  • Cutting taxes for millionaires while tripling his wealth in Congress to become a millionaire himself.
  • Voting against a payroll tax for working people while voting to raise his own six-figure salary four separate times.
  • Voting against the Buffet rule, which would have millionaires pay the same taxes as the middle class.
  • Supporting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, then voted against money to retrain people who lost jobs
BACKGROUND
 
BURR INTRODUCED A PLAN TO REFORM MEDICARE, SIMILAR TO THE RYAN PLAN, WHICH WOULD TURN IT INTO VOUCHERS AND RAISE THE ELIGIBILITY AGE
 
2012: Burr Unveiled His Own Medicare Voucher Plan, Similar To The Ryan Plan. “Two Republican senators unveiled a Medicare overhaul Thursday that features an accelerated transition to private health insurance for many seniors, a gradual increase in the eligibility age, and higher premiums for middle-class and upper-income retirees. […] Like Ryan, Coburn and Burr would gradually raise the eligibility age to 67. But their plan also differs in several important ways. It would start the transition to a system dominated by private insurance plans in 2016 instead of waiting a decade, as Ryan has proposed.” [Associated Press, 2/16/12]
 
…WHILE TAKING OVER $1 MILLION FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES
 
Burr Has Received $1.1 Million From Insurance Interests. Over the course of his political career Burr has received a total of $1,129,864 from insurance industry interests. [opensecrets.org, accessed June 1, 2016]
 
BURR SUPPORTED THE FY 2014 RYAN BUDGET, WHICH WOULD CUT TAXES FOR MILLIONAIRES BY 20% AND MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES BY ONLY 2%. [Washington Post, 3/15/13]
 
BURR SUPPORTED THE FY2013 BUDGET, WHICH INCLUDED “GIANT TAX BREAKS” FOR MILLIONAIRES BY AN AVERAGE OF NEARLY $400,000. [Editorial, Star-Ledger3/22/12; Editorial, New York Times3/20/12]
 
BURR VOTED FOR THE FY2012 RYAN BUDGET, WHICH WOULD GIVE MILLIONAIRES TAX CUTS OF $125,000 ANNUALLY AND REDUCED TAXES FOR BIG BUSINESS AND TOP EARNERS.
[CBPP, 4/20/2011]
 
BURR SIDED WITH MILLIONAIRES AND OPPOSED THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT WOULD HAVE RAISED TAXES ON MILLIONAIRES WHILE CUTTING EMPLOYEE PAYROLL TAXES IN HALF FOR 160 MILLION WORKERS AND EMPLOWER PAYROLL TAXES FOR 98 PERCENT OF BUSINESSES. [Winston-Salem Journal, 10/13/11]
 
BURR OPPOSED REQUIRING MILLIONAIRES & BILLIONAIRES PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE
 
Burr Voted Against Even Debating The Buffet Rule To Require Millionaires And Billionaires To Pay Their Fair Share In Taxes. In April 2012, Burr voted against a bill that would require taxpayers with more than $2 million in income to pay an alternative minimum of 30 percent in federal taxes, with a phase-in of the higher rate starting at the $1 million level.” The motion was rejected 51-45. [CQ, 4/16/12; S. 2230, Vote 65, 4/16/12]
 
ALL WHILE BURR HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED HIS HET WORTH IN CONGRESS, BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE HIMSELF. According to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics Burr has more than tripled his net worth since 2004. In 2004 his net worth was calculated at $506,011. By 2014 his calculated net worth had increased to $2.6 million. [opensecrets.org, accessed June 22, 2016]
 
AND EVEN VOTED TO RAISE HIS OWN PAY FOUR TIMES  [H.R. 3082, Vote 28912/21/10; FactCheck.Org, 6/21/13; H.R. 1105, Vote 963/10/09; FactCheck.Org, 6/21/13; H. Res. 488, Vote 322, 7/18/02; AP, 7/18/02; Roll Call, 7/22/02; Congressional Research Service, Salaries of Members of Congress: Congressional Votes, p.20-21; CQ Floor Votes, 7/20/00; H Res. 560, Vote 419, 7/20/00; CRS Report, 4/15/15]
 
BURR SUPPORTED TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS [Americans for Tax Reform, Press Release, 5/20/10; House Committee on Ways and Means, “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, HR 4213, 5/28/10]
 
THEN VOTED AGAINST FUNDS TO RETRAIN WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS [CQ, 9/21/11; S.Amdt. 625 to S.Amdt. 633 to H.R. 2832, Vote 143, 9/21/11; Department of Labor, Accessed 1/29/15; Department of Labor, Accessed 6/16/14; Department of Labor, Accessed 1/29/15; American Association of Community Colleges, 9/29/14; Department of Labor, Press Release, 9/29/14]
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