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October 06, 2011 2:01 pm ET

The House GOP's Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, initiated an investigation of Planned Parenthood's financial records looking for misappropriated federal funds and requesting paperwork going back over 13 years. This Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood is part of a larger fight in which Republicans are trying to prevent women from being in control of their reproductive health. To that end, House Republicans introduced a multitude of bills and amendments since January that would chip away at women's reproductive rights by eliminating Title X funding, defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing harsh restrictions on funding for abortions, replacing sexual education programs with abstinence-only programs, redefining rape to limit abortion exceptions, reinstating the global gag rule, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and imposing harsher parental notification laws.

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April 22, 2011 3:21 pm ET

Problematic And Unfair "Fair Tax" Would Burden Middle Class

It's no secret hard-right Republican members of Congress love to advocate lower taxes for the richest Americans. One recent GOP proposal from Rep. Bob Woodall (R-GA) exhumes the long-discredited "Fair Tax," a bill that would abolish the IRS and replace income and corporate taxes with a national retail sales tax. But the proposal has numerous problems: It relies on unsound numbers and, in practice, it would cause taxes to rise, incentivize tax evasion, and shift the tax burden onto the middle class.

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March 23, 2011 3:51 pm ET

Republicans Celebrate The Affordable Care Act's One-Year Anniversary By Reviving Old Lies

This morning on Fox News, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) declared that President Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act "keep saying things that aren't true" about the law, while Republicans continue to "put the facts out and our facts are backed up by the authorities." Of course, Hatch has it exactly backwards, which was evident today as Republicans commemorated the health care law's one-year anniversary by repeating worn out lies about a "government takeover" that will destroy jobs, cut Medicare benefits, increase the deficit, and raise premiums. Let's examine the real facts about the Affordable Care Act.

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December 09, 2010 2:29 pm ET

Reminder: Republican Hysteria About "The Death Tax" Is Based On Misinformation

Since the White House and Senate Republican leaders announced the framework of a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for two years, the provisions regarding the estate tax have drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. Under the deal, the estate tax would be set at 35 percent and would only apply to estates larger than $5 million. While Democrats reportedly oppose those generous parameters, many congressional Republicans insist that any "death tax" at all is unacceptable and even "cruel." In that stance, Republicans are wrong both on policy — even at a stiffer $3.5 million threshold, the estate tax only impacted the wealthiest one of every 400 households in 2009 — and politics. The Bush tax cuts gradually reduced the estate tax from 55 percent in 2001 to 45 percent in 2009, and then sprung a political trap by completely eliminating the tax for just one year before allowing it to spring back to 55 percent in 2011. This provision, which one American Enterprise Institute scholar called "absurd-on-its-face," means that Republicans who criticize the estate tax provisions of the proposed deal are in essence opposing a 36 percent cut in the estate tax, and a threshold even more generous than the 1-in-400-estates tax proposed in President Obama's budgets.

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November 18, 2010 4:31 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Decries Supposed "Invasion" Of 11,000 Illegal Immigrants Per Night

Speaking on the House floor today, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) claimed that 11,000 illegal immigrants cross into the United States every single night. That would mean that more than four million people enter the United States illegally every year. King's numbers, however, are way off. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that approximately 500,000 illegal immigrants per year — or less than 1,400 per night — came to the United States between 2005 and 2008.

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October 14, 2010 6:47 pm ET

The Real Republican Pledge To America

The Republicans' real agenda can be found in the positions of their candidates. Republican candidates for federal and statewide office have publicly taken all of the positions listed below.  Herein lies the real Republican pledge to America.

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July 20, 2010 4:48 pm ET

In Rep. King's World, Republicans Aren't Blocking Unemployment Extensions

Last night on the House floor, Democratic members held a colloquy upbraiding the GOP for systematically blocking emergency unemployment benefit extensions in the middle of a recession. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) took offense, explaining that Republicans aren't to blame because they "don't have the votes to block anything." The notion that Republicans haven't blocked benefits for the unemployed is ridiculous on its face. As this timeline shows, the GOP have repeatedly placed deficit fears above the needs of out-of-work Americans, all while denigrating the work ethic of those who rely on unemployment insurance in this economy.

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July 08, 2010 6:11 pm ET

Steve King Grasping At Straws To Justify "Default Mechanism" Charge

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is latching onto accusations of racial bias in the Justice Department as a validation of his claim that President Obama has an anti-Caucasian "default mechanism" in his decision making. Those accusations come from former DOJ lawyer J. Christian Adams, who was hired during the Bush administration. Unfortunately for race-baiters like King, Adams is not a credible source, and his charges do not stand up to scrutiny. What King calls "compelling evidence" is factually wrong and based completely on one man's biased testimony.

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February 25, 2010 12:28 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Lies To Iowans On The Recovery Act

On February 25, 2010, Rep. Steve King penned an op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald falsely claiming the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had failed.  That is simply not true. In addition to creating up to 2.4 million jobs, the Recovery Act cut taxes for 95% of American families, and saved 6 million from falling into poverty.

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January 27, 2010 11:35 am ET

Rep. Steve King Misrepresents Massachusetts Voters On The House Floor

On January 26, 2010, Rep. Steve King took it upon himself to put words in the mouths of Massachusetts special election voters.  Despite polling that shows a different response altogether, King made the false announcement that the results of the Massachusetts special election were a message for Senator-elect Brown to "kill the bill."

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December 21, 2009 12:25 pm ET

Despite Recent Criticism, Rep. Steve King Has Voted To Fund ACORN

Over the past year, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has emerged as one of ACORN's fiercest critics, often giving weight to unfounded conspiracy theories.  On December 21, 2009, the American Spectator reported that King viewed ACORN as "thousands of times bigger than Watergate." It's worth noting that King has cast numerous votes directing federal money to ACORN and ACORN Housing.

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December 17, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Peddles Old Lie That "Safe Schools Czar" Jennings Ignored "Sexual Abuse"

In October, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined the far-right's homophobic smear campaign against Kevin Jennings, who heads up the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  More than two months later, King has renewed his false attacks, which have been thoroughly debunked by Media Matters and CNN.

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October 15, 2009 2:07 pm ET

53 House Republicans Falsely Claim Jennings Ignored The "Sexual Abuse Of A Child"

On October 15, 2009, Rep. Steve King and 52 of his fellow House Republicans sent a letter to President Obama accusing the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools of looking "overlook[ing] sexual abuse." That is a lie. In fact, various organizations, including Media Matters and CNN, debunked this exact claim nearly two weeks earlier.

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October 06, 2009 6:25 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Lies AGAIN, Says Jennings Condoned "Sexual Abuse"

On October 6, 2009, Rep. Steve King wrote a letter to President Obama accusing the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools of "overlook[ing] sexual abuse." That is a lie. In fact, various organizations, including Media Matters and CNN, debunked this claim last week.

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October 05, 2009 11:40 am ET

Rep. Steve King Lies, Says Jennings Condoned "Sexual Abuse"

On October 5, 2009, Rep. Steve King released a statement accusing the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools of looking "the other way on sexual abuse." That is a lie. In fact, various organizations, including Media Matters and CNN, debunked this claim last week.

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September 25, 2009 5:56 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Falsely Claimed ACORN Helped Cause The Mortgage Crisis

On September 25, 2009, Rep. Steve King insisted ACORN helped cause the mortgage crisis. While he was unclear exactly how a relatively obscure non-profit organization could cripple the world's largest economy, he nevertheless, is wrong.

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August 03, 2009 4:15 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Repeats False Claim That Health Care Reform Will Cover Undocumented Immigrants

In an August 3, 2009 interview with Right Wing News, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) falsely stated that the House Democrats' health care reform bill will cover "illegal aliens," even though he acknowledged language in the bill refuting his claim.

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July 22, 2009 1:21 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Must Have Just Skimmed The Bill

On July 22, 2009, Rep. Steve King's office released a statement saying that the House health care reform bill would allow more than 5 million illegal immigrants to receive health care paid for by citizens and legal aliens.  However, he must have skipped the section of the bill that explicitly addresses that issue.

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July 15, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Remarkably Uses Three Luntz Talking Points In A Press Release's Title

On July 15, 2009, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) impressively crammed three Frank Luntz talking points into a press release's title.  Dr. Frank Luntz, of course, is a Republican pollster who cashes the checks of the country's largest health insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

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June 08, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Uses Debunked Cap-And-Trade Cost Estimate

On June 8, 2009, Rep. Steve King issued a press release in which he stated the oft-debunked statement that the American Clean Energy and Security act would increase energy bills by over $3,100 annually.

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April 28, 2009 6:40 pm ET

Rep. King Spouts Nonsense Regarding Hate Crimes Bill

On April 28, 2009, Rep. King issued a press release regarding the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 that was riddled with inaccuracies. King claims: "'Thought Crimes' bill will damage religious freedom in America;" in reality, the legislation will not impact freedom of thought or religion in any way.    

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