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Duffy - Clipbook

Duffy - Clipbook

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Abortion
Stance on Abortion
According to his campaign website Duffy said on abortion, “I believe in the value and the potential of everyhuman life. I will vigorously defend the right to life of the unborn and our elderly, and I will activelysupport policies that offer women non-violent choices and opportunities when faced with a crisis pregnancy.As the father of six, I understand first hand the responsibilities and joys of parenthood and the gift that everychild is to our world.”
 
[Duffy for Congress, 10/03/11]
Budget Issues
Called Presidential Actions “Corporate Cronyism”
In November 2011, at an Ashland town hall event, Duffy criticized the stimulus package and claimed it misdirected fundsaccusing the President and administration of cronyism.Duffy said specifically of Solyndra, “stimulus measures failures because they misdirected funds to entities, such as the bankrupt solar panel maker, Solyndra, instead of toward long-term infrastructure improvements…I think it's cronyism. I think when you see people with good political connections, they're the ones that get the money.” [Ashland Current,11/07/11]
Wall Street Journal: Debt Debate Puts GOP Freshmen in Fix
 [Wall Street Journal,6/29/11]
Would Not Commit to Spending Cuts or a Position on the Debt Ceiling Vote
 In June 2011, after being confronted as to what spending cuts or budget-rule changed he would support, Duffy said, “When Isee something that’s good enough, I’ll know it.” [Wall Street Journal, 6/29/11]  
Would Only Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling If Significant Spending Cuts Are Also Incurred
 In June 2011, the Wall Street Journal noted that Duffy’s stance on the debt ceiling was that he would vote to raise it only if significant spending cuts were attached. [Wall Street Journal, 6/29/11]
Impact of the Republican Budget on Medicare
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ryan’s budget affected Congressman Duffy’s district in the followingways: 
Increase prescription drug costs for 
6,200 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district who enter the Part Ddonut hole, forcing them to pay an extra
$61 million
for drugs over the next decade.
Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 
125,000 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district.
Deny
480,000 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
120,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44and 54.
Require the 120,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional
$28.0billion
for their retirement – an average of 
$182,000 to $287,000 per individual
 – to pay for the
2
 
increased 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 
64,000 individuals
in thedistrict who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 
362,000 individuals
in the district who areage 43 or younger. [Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 2011]
Warned of Backlash If GOP Cuts Go Too Far
In February 2011, Duffy warned told The Hill newspaper that there would be a backlash if Republicans’ cuts went too far.He said, “I never talked about $100 billion, I talked about '08 levels and I think the conference talked about '08 levels…I see itwith my constituents. They want us to cut back, but I think it's possible to go too far . . . I think real reform is going to comewhen both parties sit down and talk about Social Security and Medicare. It's got to be a bipartisan solution. Otherwise, as we'veseen in history, both parties will snipe at each other.” [The Hill,2/15/2011]
Voted to Protect NPR Funds and Risked Conservative Backlash
In March 2011, Duffy voted against cutting funds for NPR and said he knew that vote would enrage his base. He said, “Myconservative base will not be happy with this vote. I’ve already heard from them. There are others who are happy with myvote. But I can’t make everyone happy all the time. I want to do what’s right for the district and the vote I made was the rightvote.” [Business North,3/18/11]
Believed Constituents Will “Understand” Budget Cuts
In February 2011, Duffy said he believes that his constituents would come to terms with the budget cuts and the long-termramifications of the federal debt. He said, "I think people, even in government in my local communities, are saying, `Yeah, weget it. We understand. We have to do something. I don't feel there's a backlash even in the district that had the benefit of DavidObey's earmarks." [Manila Bulletin,2/10/11]  
Used Republican Talking Points to Advocate for Spending Cuts beyond Obama’s Proposal
In February 2011, Duffy said the President’s budget proposal did not make drastic enough cuts saying, “During these difficulttimes, Wisconsinites and Americans have made the tough choices and painful cuts necessary to survive and Washington shoulddo the same. This budget is simply more of the same: more borrowing, more spending and more taxes.” [Green Bay PressGazette,2/15/11]
Wanted to Defund Remaining Stimulus Dollars
 In February 2011, Duffy wrote to the Daily Caller that he planned to block the use of remaining stimulus dollars. He said, “Isimply disagree with the governing philosophy that the stimulus represents: that we can grow our economy by growing the sizeof government. Rescinding the remaining stimulus funds and sending it back to the treasury for deficit reduction would send animportant message to the private sector that there has been a fundamental shift in the people’s House from pushing biggovernment policies to pro-growth policies that will empower the private sector to innovate and invest.” [Daily Caller ,2/08/11]
Said He’s Support Just One More Short Term Budget Bill
In March 2011, Duffy said, "I think we'll support one more" short-term spending bill but added, "I don't know after that. Wewill have to see what happens in negotiations" [Reuters, 3/11/11]
Issued a Statement Praising Paul Ryan’s 2012 Budget
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The state's other GOP House freshman, Sean Duffy, also issued a statement praising the budget, saying it was a "bold proposal that provides a comprehensive plan to rein in the size and scope of thefederal government, empowers the private sector to create jobs and puts us on a path to a sustainable and prosperous future, allthe while ensuring that we keep our promises to our seniors."”[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/05/11] 3

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