April 23, 2007
Pete Domenici’s Bad Votes
Three months into the new Congress, Pete Domenici continues to cast votes that are bad for America and bad for New Mexicans. Here are three examples.
1. On March 13th, Pete Domenici voted no on S.4, “Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act.” This bill will implement the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission and will make Americans more secure. It helps local governments with grants for first responders and communications equipment. The bill helps to equalize homeland security funding for the states. Perhaps most important, it strengthens our rail, transit and cargo security. It’s disturbing that Pete Domenici would vote against a measure to make us safer.
2. On March 27th, Domenici voted against a plan to begin to bring our troops home from Iraq. Thus, he voted to continue the presence of our New Mexican troops in the middle of a civil war. Like George Bush, Pete Domenici is in denial about this war.
3. On April 18th, Pete Domenici voted no to allow consideration of the Medicare Fair Prescription Drug Price Act of 2007. "Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices is common sense, and could have led to more affordable drugs for Medicare beneficiaries and lower costs for all taxpayers,” said David Sloane, AARP Director of Government Relations. “Instead, a minority of the Senate decided to block consideration of a bill that has the support of the vast majority of their constituents.” Pete Domenici had a choice between the drug companies and the 235,000 New Mexicans aged 65 and older who will benefit from this bill. He once again made a poor choice.
It’s time for a new senator.