U.S. Chamber: Martin Heinrich’s job-killing voting record hurts families

By | August 10th, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released a new ad that tags the voting record of U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., as costing “New Mexico families too much.”

Heinrich is running against former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican, for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat.

“Congressman Heinrich says he’s standing for New Mexico families, but let’s look at the facts,” the ad states. “Congressman Heinrich voted to raise the yearly energy cost of New Mexico families by nearly $1,000. He voted against American energy exploration and against the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create thousands of American jobs. Congressman Heinrich has cost New Mexico families too much. We can’t afford to send him back to Washington.”

The 30-second ad tracks the same themes used by the Chamber in its spot in support of Wilson and her all-of-the-above energy agenda. This time the message pinpoints three votes by Heinrich that add up to lost jobs, continued dependence on foreign oil, and higher utility bills for working families. First, in 2009, Heinrich voted for “Cap and Trade” – the House climate change bill that the Senate tabled – which the National Association of Manufacturers projected would increase electricity prices by 50 percent by 2030.

On the second vote, Heinrich opposed a bill, supported by 33 Democrats and 233 Republicans that would have expedited the issuance of leases for offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia.

Finally, he voted against a bill that would have required the Obama Administration to expedite the permitting process to clear the way for the Keystone XL pipeline extension project — which would have created  13,000 direct good-paying jobs.

The Chamber ad campaign cost $250,000, reported the Albuquerque Journal.