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OSE AND FRIENDS STEP UP DISHONESTY IN NEW ATTACK ADS

Washington D.C. interest groups continue to try to prop up former Congressman Doug Ose, who is desperate to distract from his record, by running deceptive attack ads against Dr. Ami Bera. The latest from the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) is particularly outrageous in its attempt to distort Bera’s clear record of championing No Budget No Pay, a law that says if Congress doesn't do its job, members shouldn't get paid, and of voting for the bipartisan Murray Ryan Budget agreement.

"Doug Ose should be ashamed of this outrageous and completely false ad," said Bera spokeswoman Allison Teixeira. "Dr. Bera has been No Budget No Pay's biggest advocate, and he worked to pass our country's first budget signed into law in five years. Clearly, Congressman Ose just wants to distract from his record of taking multiple Congressional pay raises and a lavish Congressional pension."

No Budget No Pay was the first bill Dr. Bera sponsored, and a version of it became law soon after. Then, for the first time in five years the House and Senate passed a budget, the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that Bera voted for, and the President signed it into law. Bera is continuing to fight to make No Budget No Pay permanent.

"Ami Bera has only been in Congress one term but he’s shown a commitment to bipartisan problem solving since the very start,” said Mark McKinnon, a former Bush senior adviser and co-founder of No Labels. “In fact, when he initially ran for Congress, he made his support for No Labels’ No Budget, No Pay proposal a key plank of his campaign, and once elected kept his pledge to champion this important policy."

“Finding a solution to fix our debt will require Members of Congress to move beyond rigid ideological positions and work toward bipartisan solutions," said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. "Rep. Bera and other members who supported the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, or Ryan-Murray, demonstrated that Congress can govern by compromise instead of crisis. Ryan-Murray was a modest step forward that replaced mindless, temporary, and abrupt cuts with more targeted and permanent savings. Congressman Bera has shown he is willing to put partisanship aside and step forward to make the tough decisions to fix the debt.”

Besides working to pass No Budget No Pay, and voting for the Ryan-Murray budget, Bera has kept his oath to Sacramento County to put the people first in several ways. He has:

  • Opposed Congressional pay raises several times. He also donated his pay when the Republicans shutdown the government, and he’ll continue to oppose raises them until unemployment is below 5 percent in Sacramento County.
  • Refused a Congressional pension and gave it back to the treasury to help pay down the debt, and he'll continue to do so until Medicare and Social Security are secure for all Americans.
  • Become a leader of the No Labels’ Problem Solvers, a group of more than 70 Members of Congress from both parties who are working together to find solutions to our problems and get past partisan gridlock.
  • Lead the charge against Congressional perks, like flying first class on the taxpayers' dime, voting against Congressional perks and, refusing to flu first class on the taxpayers' dime because he believes that money should go to helping taxpayers, not Congressional luxuries.

BACKGROUND

Bera Voted for the Ryan-Murray “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.” On December 12, 2013, Bera voted for H.J.Res.59, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.” The motion for which he voted was “to recede and concur with an amendment in the Senate amendment,” which was a compromise budget agreement negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The motion passed, 332–94, and the bill became law on December 26, 2014. [H.J.Res. 59, 12/26/2014; H.J.Res. 59, Vote #640, 12/12/2013; Congressional Record, 12/12/2013; Washington Post, 12/10/2013]

Los Alamos Monitor: Ryan-Murray is “a Bipartisan Budget Resolution.” The Los Alamos Monitor reported in December 2013 that New Mexico Seniors Martin Heinrich (D) and Tom Udall (D) both voted for what the Monitor called “a bipartisan budget resolution authored by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).” [Los Alamos Monitor, 12/19/2013]

Senator Murkowski: Ryan-Murray was “the Budget Resolution.” A December 2013 press release from the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) stated that the senator “voted in favor of proceeding to a final vote on [H.J. Res 59], the Budget Resolution, a result of bipartisan negotiations between Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).” [Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski, 12/17/2013]

Senator Heinrich: Ryan-Murray was “a Bipartisan Budget Resolution.” A December 2013 press release from the office of Sen. Lisa Heinrich (D-NM) stated that the senator voted “in favor of a bipartisan budget resolution authored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).” [Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski, 12/17/2013]

Paul Ryan: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 is a “Two-Year Budget.” A December 2013 press release from Chairman Paul Ryan’s House Committee on the Budget stated that Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) had “reached a two-year budget agreement.” [House Committee on the Budget, 12/10/2013]

WaPo: Ryan-Murray “a Budget Deal” that ends “Crisis Budgeting.” In December 2013, the Washington Post wrote that “the bipartisan budget deal crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.)” and described the deal as “a two-year budget outline” and a “budget pact” that would “end the cycle of crisis budgeting.” [Washington Post, 12/12/2013]

Sac Bee: Ryan and Murray Negotiated “a Deal on the Federal Budget.” In December 2013, the Sacramento Bee identified Sen. Murray and Rep. Ryan as the “two chief negotiators of the deal on the federal budget.” It also called the deal “a federal budget plan.” [Sacramento Bee, 12/17/2013]

Doug Ose “Accepted” Five Pay Raises During Six Years in Congress; Bera “Denied” Both of His. According to the Congressional Research Service, members of Congress “accepted” the statutory annual increases of their pay in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, or five of the six years that Ose served in Congress. These annual adjustments were “denied” in 2013 and 2014, the two years during which Bera served. [Congressional Research Service, page 15, 6/17/2014]

Bera Voted to Freeze Member Pay. In 2013, Bera voted for a bill that would extend the current statutory pay freeze for federal civilian employees, including Members of Congress, through the end of 2013. The bill would not affect an authorized increase in military pay.

The bill passed 261–154. [HR 273, Vote #44, 2/15/13]

Bera Pledged to Oppose Future Congressional Pay Raises until Sacramento Unemployment Goes Below 5 Percent. During his 2012 campaign for Congress, Rep. Ami Bera pledged to “oppose Congressional pay raises until unemployment is below 5% in Sacramento County." [Bera Issues Page, Link]

Ose Plans to Take $1,200 Monthly Congressional Pension. The Sacramento Bee’s CapitolAlert blog reported that, while Rep. Ami Bera “made good” on his oath to return the amount he accrued in congressional pension benefits to the U.S. Treasury, Doug Ose has refused to do the same. The Bee reported that “Ose, 58, estimates he will be eligible to receive about a $1,200 monthly pension when he turns 62. He has declined to make any pledges about his pension or congressional pay.” [Sacramento Bee, 3/27/2014]