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Gibbs - Clipbook

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Budget Issues
Impact of the Republican Budget on Medicare
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ryan’s budget affected CongressmanGibbs’s district in the following ways:
Increase prescription drug costs for 
8,200 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district who enter the Part Ddonut hole, forcing them to pay an extra
$80 million
for drugs over the next decade.
Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 
111,000 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district.
Deny
460,000 individuals age 54 and younger
in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.
Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by
over $6,000 per year in 2022
and by almost
$12,000 per year in 2032
for the
107,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44and 54.
Require the 107,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional
$25.0billion
for their retirement – an average of 
$182,000 to $287,000 per individual
 – to pay for theincreased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to saveeven higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.
Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 
58,000 individuals
in thedistrict who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 
352,000 individuals
in the district who areage 43 or younger. [Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 2011]
Urged Other Lawmakers to Oppose Budget Plan that Cut Appalachian Regional Commission
In February 2011, Gibbs sent a letter to 35 fellow Republicans opposing the plan to cut funding for Appalachian RegionalCommission and the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.The cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission were included in the Republican Study Committee plan to cut $2.5 trillionfrom the budget in the next 10 years.Gibbs said, “I do not support the proposed elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The ARC is critical to our region -- a region that is traditionally underfunded."Gibbs said "abolishing the ARC is “unacceptable.” [Zanesville Times Recorder, 2/13/2011]
Said Government Might Shut Down
In February 2011, Gibbs chose not to dispel rumors that the federal government might shut down if a continuing resolution isnot agree to in the chambers of Congress. He said, “Government could shut down. Hopefully not — that’s not our intent. Our intent is to cut spending.” [Mount Vernon News, 2/23/11]
Gibbs: Cut for the Military “Isn’t Sacred Anymore”
At a town hall in Dover, Gibbs was questioned about the cuts being made in the House and why the military seemed to be off limits for cuts and Gibbs responded saying, “The military isn’t sacred anymore.”Gibbs said he favored reductions in defense spending, as long as money still was in place to support U.S. troops and veterans.[Dover New Philadelphia Times Reporter,3/08/11]2
 
Called Obama Budget “a Roadmap to Greece”
In February, 2012, Gibbs called Obama’s budget proposal “a roadmap to Greece.”
[The Times Reporter 
 
Business and Consumer IssuesCampaign Finance Issues
Member of the NRCC Patriot Program
Gibbs was named to the NRCC Patriot Program in September 2011, the Republican campaign committee’slist of vulnerable members who need additional financial assistance.
Gibbs Agreed an Audit of the Chamber of Commerce’s Finances Would Hold Outside Groups Accountable
In October 2010, Gibbs conceded that he “wouldn’t have a problem with the Federal Election Commission having the ability…to go in and audit [outside groups] and make sure that they had the firewall.” [ThinkProgress,10/14/10]
Took $17,000 from Corporations and Special Interests in January-February 2012
In the first month and a half of 2012, according to the Canton Repository, “
 
Contributions [to Gibbs’ war chest included]:
 
$5,000 from Chesapeake Energy’s political action committee, $4,000 from the campaign fund of U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, $3,000 from the American Bankers Association PAC, $2,000 from UPS PAC, $1,000 from Belden Brick chairmanWilliam H. Belden, Jr., $1,500 from the Timken Co. Good Government Fund, $1,000 from Cynthia Elsasser of Zoar, $2,500from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and $1,000 from the Proctor & Gamble Co. Good Government Fund.”[Canton Repository
 
Crime & Public Safety Issues
Gibbs Continued With Safer Town Hall Meetings After Arizona Shootings
In a January 2011 radio interview, Gibbs stated he would continue to schedule town hall meetings but with more safetyregulations. “I’m scheduling three town hall meetings in my district for the first week of february and we’ll try to take somemeasures to make sure the people that attend those town hall meetings can feel safe and secure.” He also called the shooting a“lone wolf, an isolated incident.” [WVIZ WCRN,1/17/11]
Debt CeilingDefense Issues
Gibbs: Cut for the Military “Isn’t Sacred Anymore”
At a town hall in Dover, Gibbs was questioned about the cuts being made in the House and why the military seemed to be off limits for cuts and Gibbs responded saying, “The military isn’t sacred anymore.”Gibbs said he favored reductions in defense spending, as long as money still was in place to support U.S. troops and veterans.[Dover New Philadelphia Times Reporter,3/08/11]3

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