The Chamber Of Commerce's Deeply Dishonest Attack On Grayson

October 08, 2010 1:54 pm ET

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new ad attacking Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) labels the congressman as "Pelosi's lapdog" and "extreme" to accuse him of ignoring the problems facing Florida. The ad decries Grayson's support for health care reform and a "job-killing energy tax," as well as his involvement in "union giveaways." In reality, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit and strengthen the economy, and the clean energy bill passed by House Democrats would create millions of jobs while costing households only pennies a day. Furthermore, the article cited by the ad to accuse Grayson of "union giveaways" says nothing of the sort; rather, it focuses on a comment Grayson made calling unions the strongest source for "good government" in the United States.

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce: "Pelosi Lap Dog"

Tired of big-mouth politicians ignoring our big problems? Alan Grayson is the most extreme. [GRAYSON]: "Die quickly. The Republicans want you to die quickly. Die quickly." But when it comes to Nancy Pelosi, big barker Grayson turns into a lapdog. Obamacare, job-killing energy taxes, union giveaways. Good boy, Alan. Call Alan Grayson, tell him to stop being Pelosi's lapdog and help fix our economy.

Health Care Reform Creates Jobs And Reduces The Deficit By Billions

Health Care Reform Will Create Up To 4 Million American Jobs In The Next Decade.  According to the Center for American Progress, "Relative to baseline employment forecasts from the Employment Projections Program at the U.S. Department of Labor, we estimate that moderate medical savings from health care modernization as envisioned under the legislation now before Congress would lead to an average of 250,000 additional jobs created annually. Under the larger assumption about savings due to health care reform, 400,000 new jobs a year would be created on average." [Center for American Progress, New Jobs Through Better Health CareJanuary 2010]

  • Health Care Reform Would Create Over 17,000 Jobs In Florida. According to the Center for American Progress, "the reduction in health insurance premiums caused by health care reform would create" up to 17,417 jobs in Florida. [Center for American Progress, 2/24/10]

CBO: Health Care Reform Package Would Reduce The Deficit By $138 Billion By 2019. According to the Congressional Budget Office: "The reconciliation proposal includes provisions related to health care and revenues, many of which would amend H.R. 3590. It also includes amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965, which authorizes most federal programs involving postsecondary education. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting both pieces of legislation-H.R. 3590 and the reconciliation proposal- would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $138 billion over the 2010-2019 period as result of changes in direct spending and revenue." [CBO, 3/18/10]

CBO To GOP: Repealing Cost-Saving Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act Would Increase Deficit By $455 Billion. In a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), the Congressional Budget Office wrote: "Finally, you asked what the net deficit impact would be if certain provisions of PPACA and the Reconciliation Act that were estimated to generate net savings were eliminated-specifically, those which were originally estimated to generate a net reduction in mandatory outlays of $455 billion over the 2010-2019 period. The estimate of $455 billion mentioned in your letter represents the net effects of many provisions. Some of those provisions generated savings for Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program, and some generated costs. If those provisions were repealed, CBO estimates that there would be an increase in deficits similar to its original estimate of $455 billion in net savings over that period." [CBO, 8/24/10]

Clean Energy Legislation Would Create Jobs, Not Kill Them

Clean energy legislation will boost the economy...

Clean Energy Legislation Would Boost GDP By Up To $111 Billion.  According to the University of California-Berkeley: "Comprehensive clean energy and climate protection legislation, like the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) that was passed by the House of Representatives in June, would strengthen the U.S. economy by establishing pollution limits and incentives that together will drive large-scale investments in clean energy and energy efficiency...New analysis by the University of California shows conclusively that climate policy will strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole. Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would ... boost GDP by $39 billion-$111 billion. These economic gains are over and above the growth the U.S. would see in the absence of such a bill." [UC Berkeley, accessed 1/22/10]

Clean Energy Legislation Would Boost Household Income By Nearly $1,200 Per Year.  According to the University of California-Berkeley: "Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would create between 918,000 and 1.9 million new jobs, increase annual household income by $487-$1,175 per year... These economic gains are over and above the growth the U.S. would see in the absence of such a bill." [UC Berkeley, accessed 1/22/10]

...and create millions of jobs across the country...

Florida Will Gain 95,000 Jobs From An Investment In Clean Energy Technologies.  According to the Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute, "Florida could see a net increase of about $8.1 billion in investment revenue and 95,000 jobs based on its share of a total of $150 billion in clean-energy investments annually across the country. This is even after assuming a reduction in fossil fuel spending equivalent to the increase in clean-energy investments. Adding 95,000 jobs to the Florida labor market in 2008 would have brought the state's unemployment rate down to 5.2 percent from its actual 2008 level of 6.2 percent." [Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute, Clean-Energy Investment Create Jobs In Florida6/17/09]

Investment In Clean Energy Technology Would Create Up To 1.9 Million American Jobs.  According to the University of California-Berkeley, "new analysis by the University of California shows conclusively that climate policy will strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole. Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would create between 918,000 and 1.9 million new jobs." [UC Berkeley, accessed 1/22/10]

  • Every Single State Will Gain Jobs From An Investment In Clean Energy Technologies. According to the Center for American Progress, investments in clean energy projects would create 1.7 million American jobs in every state in the country. [Center for American Progress,The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy, 6/17/09]

...at minimal cost to families.

Reuters: "Climate Legislation Moving Through Congress Would Have Only A Modest Impact On Consumers." According to Reuters: "A new U.S. government study on Tuesday adds to a growing list of experts concluding that climate legislation moving through Congress would have only a modest impact on consumers, adding around $100 to household costs in 2020. Under the climate legislation passed by the House of Representatives in June, electricity, heating oil and other bills for average families will rise $134 in 2020 and $339 in 2030, according to the Energy Information Administration, the country's top energy forecaster." [Reuters8/5/09]

EIA: Clean Energy Legislation Would Cost Only $0.23 Per Day. According to a House Energy and Commerce Committee factsheet of the Energy Information Administration's analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act: "The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has completed an analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives... The overall impact on the average household, including the benefit of many of the energy efficiency provisions in the legislation, would be 23 cents per day ($83 per year).This is consistent with analyses by the Congressional Budget Office which projects a cost of 48 cents per day ($175 per year) and the Environmental Protection Agency which projects a cost of 22 to 30 cents per day ($80 to $111 per year)." [House Energy and Commerce Committee, EIA's Economic Analysis Of "The American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009," 8/4/09; emphasis original]

CBO: In 2020, Cap-And-Trade Will Only Cost An Average Of $175 Annually, "About A Postage Stamp A Day." In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote: "On that basis, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the net annual economy wide cost of the cap-and-trade program in 2020 would be $22 billion-or about $175 per household." Rep. Edward Markey noted it was "the cost of about a postage stamp a day." [CBO, 6/19/09; House Committee on Energy & Commerce Release, 6/20/09]

Cap-And-Trade Would DECREASE Energy Prices For Low-Income Americans. In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote, "households in the lowest income quintile would see an average net benefit of about $40 in 2020." [CBO, 6/19/09; emphasis original]

Chamber Distorts Article To Suggest Grayson Supports "Union Giveaways"

CNSNews: Grayson Called Unions "The Strongest Proponent Of Good Government" In The U.S. The Chamber's ad displays the words "Union Giveaways" along with the citation "CNSNews.com 4/14/10." A search of CNSNews.com reveals only one article posted on April 14, 2010 concerning Grayson and unions. And, in fact, the article says nothing of "union giveaways"; rather, it highlights a comment Grayson made calling unions "the strongest proponent of good government in this country." The article does not suggest that Grayson was involved in any wrongdoing. [CNSNews.com, 4/14/10

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