Campaign 2010

Sep 20, 2010

Over 80% of The Time - Joseph Cao Votes With Washington Republicans

Today, Democrats highlighted Representative Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao’s (LA-02) voting record of obstructing President Obama and Democrats in Congress – voting with Congressional Republicans 82% of the time. Despite the overwhelming support for President Obama’s agenda in Louisiana’s 2nd district, Cao voted with Republican leaders in Congress and against the Economic Recovery Act to create jobs, historic Health Insurance Reform and against pay equity for women. Cao voted with the very same Republican leaders who are the principle obstruction to President Obama over 80% of the time.

“Representative Cao voted with Washington Republicans 82% of the time and each one was a vote against the interests of his district and against the President’s agenda,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whether it was trying to block improved health care coverage for 186,000 residents or opposing millions of recovery funds for local schools, Joseph Cao’s record in Congress is one that warms Republicans hearts but leaves residents of his district out in the cold.  Every time Joseph Cao has stood up to block President Obama’s agenda, he’s stood in the way of this district. If he thinks Republicans in Washington are right over 80% of the time, then voters in his district will know he’s wrong for them.

According to the Washington Post, Joseph Cao has voted with the Republican Party 82.4 percent of the time. [Washington Post Vote Study] President Obama recently endorsed state Representative Cedric Richmond.

Background: The Record

Cao opposed the Economic Recovery Act. [H.R. 1, #70, 2/13/2009]

Cao opposed historic Health Insurance Reform. For Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, Cao’s vote against health insurance reform was a vote against:

o   Improving coverage for 186,000 residents.

o   Providing tax credits and assistance for 102,000 families and 11,100 small businesses to purchase affordable coverage.

o   Improving Medicare for 61,000 seniors, including closing the prescription drug donut hole.

o   Guaranteeing that 12,600 residents with pre-existing medical conditions can obtain coverage.

o   Protecting 400 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.

o   Allowing 42,000 young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.

o   Reducing the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $61 Million annually.


            Source: The House Energy and Commerce Committee; [Roll Call, 3/21/2010]

Cao opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 which ended pay discrimination against Women. [Roll Call, 1/27/2009]