Campaign 2010

Sep 17, 2012

Minnesota Seniors Would Give Up Medicare So Congressman Cravaack Can Hit the Gym

Oh the bonds of team workouts. Congressman Chip Cravaack actually posted a picture of himself and his “good friend,” Congressman Paul Ryan on his Facebook page with a caption bragging about how much he missed his P90x partner. Congressman Cravaack voted for his workout buddy’s budget that ends Medicare while protecting perks for himself like, none other than the Members Only Gym.

“Apparently sweating it out with Congressman Paul Ryan in the ritzy Members Only Gym matters more to Congressman Chip Cravaack than Minnesota middle class families and Medicare,” said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Chip Cravaack got with the program fast in Washington. Congressman Cravaack supports making seniors pay thousands more for their Medicare, but he wouldn’t risk giving up his Members’ Only Gym.”


Voted Against Cutting Funding for Member Gym. In 2012, Congressman Cravaack voted against a Democratic budget proposal that would task the Committee on House Administration with identifying ways to cut subsidies paid to the House gym, Barber shop, Salon, and the House dining room. “The Committee on House Administration shall review the policies pertaining to the services provided to Members of Congress and House Committees, and shall identify ways to reduce any subsidies paid for the operation of the House gym, Barber shop, Salon, and the House dining room,” the amendment stated. [Section 412 of Van Hollen Amendment #6, House Report 112-423; H Con Res 112, Vote #150, 3/29/12]

Congressman Chip Cravaack Voted for Ryan Budget That Ends Medicare. Congressman Cravaack voted for two budgets authored by Congressman Paul Ryan. The budgets would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000, and create incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries, while a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; Joint Economic Committee, 5/20/11; Joint Economic Committee, 6/20/12]