Bruce Braley’s Debate Deceptions

DEBATE DECEPTION #1: BRALEY CLAIMS TO HAVE PASSED “A LOT MORE THAN ONE BILL”

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA): “You Know, Tim, I’ve Introduced And Passed A Lot More Than One Bill. I’ve Worked With Republicans To Pass Legislation That Has Benefited Iowa.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Senatorial Debate, Morningside College, 10/16/14)

REALITY: EVEN THE DEBATE MODERATOR CALLED OUT BRALEY FOR ONLY PASSING ONE BILL IN CONGRESS

Moderator:You Have Successfully Authored And Passed One Bill During Your Time In Congress.” MODERATOR: “Let’s start with your resume tonight. You’re 56 years old; you’ve been in Congress for eight years, sites the track congressional voting records characterized you as a rank and file Democrat, one that usually goes along party lines for the most part. You have successfully authored and passed one bill during your time in Congress. So, I guess the first question tonight will be, tell us what else is on your resume that will assure Iowa voters that you are the person that should fill Senator Harkin’s shoes?” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Senatorial Debate, Morningside College, 10/16/14)

Braley’s Underwhelming Track Record Includes Only One Bill That Was Signed Into Law

Since Jan 1, 2007, Braley Has Been The Original Sponsor Of Only One Bill That Was Signed Into Law. (Library of Congress, Accessed 8/14/14)

In February 2009, Braley Sponsored And Introduced The Plain Writing Act Of 2010. (H.R. 946, Introduced 2/10/09)

  • On October 13, 2010, The Plain Writing Act Of 2010 Was Signed Into Public Law By President Barack Obama. (H.R. 946, 10/13/10)

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Mark Udall’s Debate Deceptions

DEBATE DECEPTION #1: UDALL’S EBOLA SPENDING CLAIMS

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) Tried To Blame Cory Gardner For Impacting Efforts To “Beat Ebola” By Cutting CDC Spending. UDALL: “And this is the difference between Congressman Gardner and me. He’s voted to cut CDC spending of almost seven hundred and seventy million dollars, including about three hundred million dollars of direct response functions. We’re not going to beat Ebola by cutting back the CDC and our public health systems. That’s the difference between the two of us.” (Senator Mark Udall, Colorado Senate Debate, 10/15/14)

REALITY: THE WASHINGTON POST’S FACT CHECK CALLED SIMILAR EBOLA ATTACKS “ABSURD”

The Washington Post Fact Checker Gave The Claim That Republicans Were Responsible For Cuts In Ebola Research Its Lowest Rating, Four Pinocchios. (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

  • According To The Washington Post Fact Checker: “On Many Levels, This Line Of Attack Is Absurd.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

“Contrary To The Suggestion Of The DCCC Ad,” There Hasn’t Been A Specific Vote On Ebola Prevention Funding. “Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

Last Year Congress Gave NIH More Than Requested By The White House, But $1.5 Billion Was Taken Away By Sequestration. “Generally, Congress gave the NIH about what the president requested — sometimes more, sometimes less. In 2013, for instance, Congress gave the NIH more than what the White House had requested, but then $1.5 billion was taken away by sequestration.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

  • “Whose Idea Was Sequestration? It Was Originally A White House Proposal, Designed To Force Congress To Either Swallow Painful Cuts Or Boost Taxes.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

Obama Proposed Cutting The NIH’s Budget For FY 2015 Below Its Current Levels. “For fiscal year 2015, the documents show, it was the Obama White House that proposed to cut the NIH’s budget from the previous year. Moreover, we should note that President George W. Bush, a Republican, is responsible for significantly boosting NIH’s funding in the early years of his presidency.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

Obama Proposed Cutting The CDC’s Budget For FY 2014 And For FY 2015, But Congress Boosted Funding By $700 Million And $6.9 Billion Respectively. “In fiscal year 2013, the White House proposed a cut in CDC’s funding, but Congress added about $700 million. In 2014, the administration again proposed reducing the budget, but Congress boosted it to $6.9 billion.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are to Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/15/14)

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