Five MA Congressmen Vote to Shutdown Government

posted Apr 15, 2011, 4:42 PM by Graydon Smith

Same Five Pushed for One of the Largest Tax Hikes in U.S. History

Boston- During yesterday’s important budget debate, five members of Massachusetts’ all-Democrat House delegation voted to shut down the federal government and put partisan politics over the needs of their constituents.
The Commonwealth's Representatives who voted against the budget compromise that was supported by both President Obama and Senator Kerry:
  • Stephen Lynch
  • Mike Capuano
  • Ed Markey
  • Jim McGovern
  • Barney Frank
Their votes came on the same day that U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – the House Democratic Whip – quoted Henry Clay on the House floor by saying, “If you cannot compromise, you cannot govern.’’
Notably, the same five congressmen also voted against the tax cut compromise President Obama reached with congressional leaders in December 2010. Failure to pass a tax deal at the time would have resulted in one of the largest tax increases in American history, impacting every taxpayer across the spectrum.
“Judging by their recent votes, these five members of the Massachusetts delegation believe the best way to move our country forward is to hike everybody’s taxes and shut down the federal government,” said Jennifer Nassour, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.“During these uncertain times, many of their constituents rely on vital services from the federal government just to get by, and shutting down the government would have had disastrous consequences. On the biggest issues of the day, the people of Massachusetts need representatives who will fight for their best interests – not recklessly stand in their way to score political points.”