Campaign 2010

Jul 09, 2014

Israel: Boehner Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize His Political Agenda

The endless string of political stunts and witch hunts being generated by this Republican Congress are adding up and putting a huge financial burden on taxpayers. While the Republican shutdown cost the economy $24 billion, that’s not the only expensive boondoggle Republicans have forced on this country. Whether it’s more than 50 votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act or endless partisan investigations, House Republicans are running up a massive tab for their political stunts.

“House Republicans are forcing the American people to subsidize their reckless political agenda to the tune of millions of dollars,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said. “Speaker Boehner’s partisan witch hunts and political games are now just another burden that this Republican Congress is forcing the middle class to pay – and it’s a monumental waste of money.”

BACKGROUND:

House Republican Shutdown Cost Economy  $24 Billion. “The 16-day government shutdown took a $24 billion chunk out of the U.S. economy, according to an initial analysis from Standard & Poor's. As a result, the rating agency projects that the U.S. economy will grow 2.4% in the fourth quarter -- as opposed to the roughly 3% growth rate predicted prior to the shutdown.” [CNN, 10/16/13]

House Republicans Voted 52 Times to Repeal or Undermine the Affordable Care Act, Costing $1.45 Million a Vote.  In April 2014, the Associated Press reported: “As yet, there is no indication the change in course heralds any sort of significant pre-election change in attitude by Republicans, who last week engineered their 52nd vote in the House to repeal or dismember the law.” CBS Miami reported: “The political theater will give conservatives fodder for their constituents, but will end up costing voters even more. Last year, CBS News calculated that the first 33 votes to repeal health care reform took up approximately 80 hours of floor time from the House, or roughly two weeks. The Congressional Research Service said it costs $24 million to run the House for a week, so the first 33 votes cost taxpayers approximately $48 million. The numbers translate to approximately $1.45 million per vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives.” [Associated Press, 4/06/14; CBS Miami, 5/16/13]

House Republican Investigation into IRS has Cost At Least $14 Million. “Issa has cost the government millions of dollars through redundant inquiries into two matters: the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the IRS' targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status. Yet his probes have revealed little more than a political agenda behind them […] The costs of Issa's IRS investigation are even more staggering. His probe of that agency has cost at least $14 million and more than 97,000 hours, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.” [Huffington Post, 4/02/14]

House Republican Investigation into Benghazi has Already Cost Millions, Could Cost Millions More. In March 2014, the Associated Press reported: “Congress' multiple investigations of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, have cost the Pentagon millions of dollars and thousands of hours of personnel time, according to the department.” Fox News reported, “The select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya could cost taxpayers as much as $3.3 million this year, according to a committee document released by the House Democratic leader's office Monday.” [Associated Press, 3/25/14; Fox News, 7/08/14]

House Republicans Spent $2.3 Million Defending DOMA. “The House has spent $2.3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act, according to Drew Hammill, spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. The House, led by Republican John Boehner of Ohio, had authorized a total of up to $3 million for the job, according to a contract between the House Administration Committee and the Washington-based law firm Bancroft PLLC.” [Bloomberg, 6/26/13]