Using familiar messaging on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee begins a barrage of automated calls today, targeting 30 districts of GOP House Members the party sees as vulnerable. The failure of the super committee tasked with deficit reduction is the hook for the round of calls.
“The Super Committee debate in Washington unmasked Republicans’ real priorities — more tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil at the expense of the Medicare guarantee for seniors and creating jobs for the middle class,” DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.) said in a statement. “Republicans want seniors who depend on a Medicare guarantee to be the first to sacrifice while billionaires wouldn’t have to sacrifice a penny. House Republicans are going to face a chilly reception from voters for trying to defend the indefensible.”
A sample script for the automated calls reads in part: “Americans demanded a bipartisan, big, bold and balanced plan to reduce the deficit and grow our economy — but that’s not what we got. The Super Committee failed because Republicans insisted on extending the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and refusing to include a jobs proposal — while ending the Medicare guarantee!”
Since the House passed Ryan’s plan in April, national Democrats have used votes in favor of the bill as the crux of the party’s 2012 messaging.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.