In reality, House Republicans — including Raúl Labrador — have already repeatedly voted to protect loopholes and passed the Republican budget that would protect taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil and tax breaks for billionaires, while ending Medicare. Labrador and Republicans also voted to protect corporate loopholes for companies shipping jobs overseas.
· Labrador Voted to End Medicare. Raúl Labrador voted for the House Republican budget. “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]
· Labrador Voted to Protect Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil. Raúl Labrador voted to bypass consideration of the Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act of 2011 (H.R. 1689) which would repeal key taxpayer funded subsidies for oil and gas companies. [H Res 245, Vote #293, 5/5/11; The Hill, 5/4/11; CBS News, 5/4/11]
· Labrador Voted to Protect Taxpayer Subsidies to Oil Companies that Pollute. In March 2011, Raúl Labrador voted against “a motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit any major integrated oil company from being eligible for any tax benefit or relief under related provisions of the tax code.” [HJRes 44, Vote #153, 3/1/11]
· Labrador Voted Against Preventing The Government From Contracting With Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas. On January 25, 2011, Raúl Labrador voted against a motion that would have added language to a budget bill preventing the U.S. government from contracting with companies deemed to have outsourced American jobs. [H Res 38, Vote #19, 1/25/11]