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Contrasting Sen. Udall’s fiscal rhetoric with his voting record

Posted by WhoSaidYouSaid on December 7th, 2010
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U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., cited the nation’s “looming debt” as a reason to oppose President Obama’s proposal to maintain current tax rates, along with other fiscal measures, that carry a $900 billion price tag over two years.

“As I’ve said for many years, our looming debt is perhaps the greatest challenge to our economy and our national security,” Udall said in a statement today.

Udall often talks about getting the nation’s fiscal house in order.

“If you’re in a hole, you stop digging,” said Udall in the video above from his remarks supporting an earmark ban, which failed to pass. “And that sums up what I’ve heard from many many Colordans, who are justifiably worried about our federal deficit.”

A year ago, Udall was a holdout vote on increasing the debt ceiling. The Denver Post reported that he gave his assent “only after getting assurances from the administration and the Senate leadership that Washington will seriously tackle the deficit problem” in 2010.

And what is Udall’s overall fiscal voting record during his decade-plus in Congress?

The political debate over tax rates and deficits and stimulus and unemployment masks a stark reality: Washington has a SPENDING PROBLEM.

“In the 1980s and 1990s, Washington consistently spent $21,000 per household (adjusted for inflation). Simply returning to that level would balance the budget by 2012 without any tax hikes,” the Heritage Foundation reported in June.

Instead, “Washington will spend $30,543 per household in 2010—$5,000 per household more than just two years ago,” the foundation reported, with that spending contributing to a federal deficit of nearly $1.3 trillion.

The National Taxpayers Union ranks members of Congress based on “every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy – appropriations, authorization, and tax bills; budget target resolutions; amendments; and certain regulatory or procedural votes…”

For 2009, his first year as a U.S. senator, Udall’s grade from the NTU was ‘F.’

Here are his NTU grades in the 10 years prior, when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives:

2008 - F
2007 - F
2006 - F
2005 - F
2004 - F
2003 - D
2002 - F
2001 - F
2000 - F
1999 - F

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