Kennedy's Voting Record

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Sent: Fri 6/24/2005 9:51 AM
To: Phil Singer
Subject: KENNEDY CAN'T HIDE HIS RECORD OF JEOPARDIZING SOCIAL SECURITY

KENNEDY CAN?T HIDE HIS RECORD OF JEOPARDIZING SOCIAL SECURITY

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, Mark Kennedy had the audacity to speak of the importance of protecting Social Security dollars just one day after voting against protecting Social Security dollars! Whether to raid the trust fund or privatize the program, this is just one more vote to add to Kennedy?s long history of voting against Social Security.

Yesterday:   Kennedy Said We Should Use Social Security Dollars Only for Social Security.  On Thursday, Kennedy praised efforts ?to stop Social Security tax dollars from being spent on anything other than Social Security payments? Kennedy said, ?For too long in Washington, politicians have taken money that was supposed to be set aside in the Social Security Trust Fund and spent that money on any number of other government programs. This is wrong?Social Security tax dollars must be preserved only for Social Security.? [Kennedy Press Release, 6/23/05]

One Day Earlier:  Kennedy Voted Against Protecting The Social Security Trust Fund.  On Wednesday, Kennedy voted to kill a proposal to create a Constitutional amendment that would separate several trust funds ? including Medicare and Social Security ? from the federal budget. [Vote #295, 6/22/05]

KENNEDY HAS REPEATEDLY VOTED TO RAID THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND

Kennedy Supported the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy on the Back of Social Security.  In 2001, Kennedy voted to adopt the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, even though those tax cuts, at a cost of more than $1 trillion, have led to a severe raid of the Social Security Trust Fund. With the tax cuts pushing the country into a deficit, Republicans and the Bush administration are  ?already using surplus revenues in the Social Security trust fund to cover part of the annual budget deficit.? [Vote #149, 5/26/01; New York Times, 1/10/05, 1/2/05]

Kennedy Opposed a Plan To Balance Budget & Protect Social Security. In 2005, Kennedy voted against a democratic alternative to the GOP budget resolution that would have balanced the budget by 2012 and implement budget enforcement procedures (pay-go) to block additional spending or tax cuts that require further borrowing from the Social Security trust fund. [Vote #87, 3/17/05; House Budget Committee Democratic Caucus, Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2006 Budget, 3/16/05]

 
Kennedy Voted to Raid $1.1 Trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund. In 2005, Kennedy voted for a GOP budget resolution that will raid the Social Security Trust Fund of more than $1.1 trillion over the next five years.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Quarterly House Action Reports, the GOP budget, ?projects spending and revenues that would result in budget deficits for all five years covered by the resolution? surpluses in Social Security would offset spending on other programs? Without counting these Social Security surpluses, the deficits would be much larger?Over the five-year period, the budget resolution counts $1.1 trillion in Social Security funds to produce these deficits." [Vote #88, 3/17/05; CQ House Action Reports, ?Budget Resolution for FY 2006,? 3/14/05]

Kennedy Has Twice Voted to Privatize Social Security. In March 2005, Kennedy voted against a Democratic proposal to add a provision to the budget resolution stipulating that money from the Social Security Trust Fund could not be diverted to create private investment accounts. In 2001, Kennedy voted against prohibiting the use of federal dollars to implement the pro-privatization report of the President?s Commission to Strengthen Social Security. [Vote #78, 3/6/05; Vote #273, 7/25/01]


Phil Singer

Communications Director, DSCC

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