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Meet The Real Heidi Heitkamp

- June 27, 2018

A Senator Who Is Willing To Resort To False And Ethically Dubious Ads To Mask Her Liberal Record Of Obstruction


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Heidi Heitkamp's liberal allies are rallying to her side and attempting to mask her record of obstructing President Trump's agenda.
    • Senate Majority PAC, a Chuck Schumer-aligned super PAC, recently released two ads which fact checkers have labeled "inaccurate."
  • These false ads reek of desperation in light of polling that shows more people disapprove of Heitkamp than approve, and that half of North Dakotans want to replace her.
  • In a weak attempt to make her appear willing to buck her party, Heitkamp's campaign released an ad that cherry picks positions that stand in contrast to the liberal orthodoxy she has actually supported.
  • This ad neglects to mention her history of voting against President Trump close to half the time and with Chuck Schumer 82 percent of the time since 2013.
  • Try as she might, all the liberal super PAC money in the world can't erase Heitkamp's record of obstructing President Trump and voting against policies that would benefit her constituents.
    • Heitkamp voted against five of President Trump's cabinet nominees.
    • A "fervent cheerleader" for Obamacare, Heitkamp voted against recent attempts to repeal and replace it even though average monthly premiums on the state's exchange have risen by 32 percent since 2014.
    • Heitkamp voted against tax reform that has brought higher wages and bonuses to workers at North Dakota's second-largest employer.

SEN. SCHUMER'S SENATE MAJORITY PAC RELEASED A PAIR OF ERRONEOUS ADS IN AN ATTEMPT TO BAIL OUT SENATOR HEITKAMP

On At Least Two Occasions, Schumer-Backed Senate Majority PAC Has Released False And Misleading Ads Meant To Bolster Heitkamp

In An Ad Supporting Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Senate Majority PAC Attacked Rep. Kevin Cramer For His Vote On The Tax Reform Bill And Claimed That "Cramer Says They'll Have To Cut Social Security And Medicare To Pay For It." "The ad continues: 'Heidi Heitkamp voted for fiscally responsible tax cuts for the middle class, businesses, and farmers. Kevin Cramer's vote increases the deficit by $1.9 trillion. And now Cramer says they'll have to cut Social Security and Medicare to pay for it. That's not looking out for North Dakota.'" (David Drucker, "The Cavalry Arrives For Heidi Heitkamp," Washington Examiner , 6/16/18)

In A Following Ad, Senate Majority PAC Again Said That Cramer Said "They'll Have To Cut Social Security And Medicare" To Pay For Tax Reform. "Kevin Cramer increased the deficit $1.9 trillion. Now Kevin Cramer says they'll have to cut Social Security And Medicare to pay for it." ("Nasty Attacks," Senate Majority PAC , Accessed 6/26/18)

  • Senate Majority PAC Is A Democratic Super PAC "Controlled By Allies Of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)." "Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC controlled by allies of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, raised $4.6 million in the first six months of 2017, its fastest-ever fundraising start at the beginning of an election cycle." (Kevin Robillard, "Senate Majority PAC Raised $4.5M In First Half Of 2017," Politico , 7/27/17)

A Fact Check Of Senate Majority PAC's Ad Determined That "Cramer Never Spoke About Cutting Medicare Or Social Security" During The Interview Cited And "Based On That, Valley News Live Would Have To Rate The Claim By Senate Majority PAC As Inaccurate." VALLEY NEWS LIVE'S MIKE MORKEN: "The interview was over nine minutes long and Cramer never spoke about cutting Medicare or Social Security. Based on that, Valley News Live would have to rate the claim by Senate Majority PAC as inaccurate." (Valley News Live's " Political Ad Fact Check ," 6/14/18)

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A Recent Poll Shows Senator Heitkamp's More People Disapprove Of Her Than Approve, And Half Of Her Constituents Want A New Senator

According To The Most Recent Morning Consult Poll, Heitkamp's Disapproval Rating Rose 3 points to 45 Percent Versus 44 Percent Who Approve Of Her Job As Senator. ( Morning Consult Poll , 314,155 Registered Voters, 3/1/18 - 5/30/18)

According To The Most Recent Morning Consult Poll, 50 Percent Of North Dakotans Want Someone Other Than Heitkamp To Serve As Their Senator Versus 36 Percent Who Would Reelect Her. ( Morning Consult Poll , 314,155 Registered Voters, 3/1/18 - 5/30/18)

MEANWHILE, HEITKAMP'S OWN CAMPAIGN RELEASED AN AD TOUTING SELECT VOTES INTENDED TO SHOW SHE IS CONSERVATIVE, WHILE GLOSSING OVER HER LIBERAL VOTING RECORD

In A Recent Ad, Senator Heitkamp Highlighted A Cherry Picked List Of Positions Intended To Show She Bucks The Party Line, While Glossing Over Her Partisan Line Voting Record On These Issues

In Her Most Recent Ad, Heitkamp Lists Off Legislation That Makes Her A Great Senator. "Why is Heidi in the top 10 list of most effective Senators?" ("Top 10," Heidi For North Dakota , 6/22/18)

The Ad Claims Heitkamp Helped Roll Back EPA Rules. "Rolled Back EPA Rules." ("Top 10," Heidi For North Dakota , 6/22/18)

However, On May 10, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Motion To Proceed On The Disapproval Of A Bureau Of Land Management Methane Release Limitation Rule On Oil And Gas Operators. (H.J. Res. 36, Roll Call Vote #125 : Motion To Proceed Rejected 49-51, 5/10/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

  • Heitkamp Was Considered One Of The Potential Swing Democrats On The Vote. "Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) unexpectedly voted no against a motion to proceed with consideration of the resolution, along with GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). Two Democrats who had considered backing the rule's elimination - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia - voted against the motion, and sent a letter asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to make it less burdensome." (Juliet Eilperin And Chelsea Harvey, "Senate Unexpectedly Rejects Bid To Repeal A Key Obama-Era Environmental Regulation," The Washington Post , 5/10/17)
  • The Vote Was Seen As "A Surprising Victory For President Barack Obama's Environmental Legacy." "In a surprising victory for President Barack Obama's environmental legacy, the Senate voted on Wednesday to uphold an Obama-era climate change regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land." (Coral Davenport, "In Win For Environmentalists, Senate Keeps An Obama-Era Climate Change Rule," The New York Times , 5/10/17)
  • On December 12, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

  • A Provision In The Tax Bill Lifted A 40-Year Ban On Oil Drilling Development In The ANWR. "One provision in the GOP tax bill mandates that the federal government hold lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This would open the area up to oil drilling and other energy development, lifting a 40-year-ban on development in the area." (John Patrick Pullen, "Drilling In ANWR, Carried Interest, And 3 Other Surprises Tucked Into The GOP Tax Bill," Fortune , 12/21/17)

The Ad Also Highlights Her Passing Border Security Legislation In 2015. "Passed the border security act." ("Top 10," Heidi For North Dakota , 6/22/18)

  • On July 6, 2016, Heitkamp Voted Against Cloture On The Motion To Proceed To A Bill That Would Make Sanctuary Cities Ineligible For Certain Federal Law Enforcement Grants. (S. 3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture On The Motion To Proceed Rejected 53-44, 7/6/16, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

  • On October 20, 2015, Heitkamp Voted Against Cloture On The Motion To Proceed To A Bill That Would Withhold Certain Federal Law Enforcement Funds For Sanctuary Cities. (S. 2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture On The Motion To Proceed Rejected 54-45, 10/20/15, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

  • On July 18, 2013, Heitkamp Voted Against The Thune Amendment To Require The Completion Of A U.S.-Mexican Border Fence As A Component Of Immigration Reform Legislation. (S.Amdt. 1197 To S. 744, Roll Call Vote #151 : Amendment Rejected 39-54-7, 6/18/13, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

Senator Heitkamp Has Voted With Schumer At Least 82 Percent Of The Time Since 2013 And With The Majority Of Senate Democrats 75 Percent Of The Time

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Heitkamp Has Voted With The Majority Of Senate Democrats 75 Percent Of The Time. ("Votes Against Party Majority By Heidi Heitkamp," Propublica, Accessed 6/25/18)

Since 2013, Heitkamp Has Voted With Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) At Least 82 Percent Of The Time, As Of June 2018 . (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp / Sen. Chuck Schumer, CQ Vote Comparison Report, CQ, Accessed 6/27/18)

Since 2013, Heitkamp Has Voted With Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) At Least 77 Percent Of The Time, As Of June 2018. (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp / Sen. Elizabeth Warren, CQ Vote Comparison Report, CQ, Accessed 6/27/18)

Since 2013, Heitkamp Has Voted With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) At Least 75 Percent Of The Time, As Of June 2018. (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp / Sen. Bernie Sanders, CQ Vote Comparison Report, CQ, Accessed 6/27/18)

As Of June 2018, Heitkamp Has Voted Against President Trump 44.6 Percent Of The Time. ("Heidi Heitkamp," FiveThirtyEight's Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump , Accessed 6/27/18)

BUT TRY AS SHE MIGHT, HEITKAMP CANNOT HIDE FROM HER RECORD OF OBSTRUCTION AND VOTING AGAINST POLICIES THAT HELP HER CONSTITUENTS

Senator Heitkamp Voted Against Five Of President Trump's Cabinet Nominees

On February 7, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Confirmation Of Betsy DeVos For Secretary Of Education. (PN37, Roll Call Vote #54 : Confirmed: 50-50: R 50-0; D 0-48; I 0-2, 2/7/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On February 8, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Confirmation Of Jeff Sessions For Attorney General. (PN30, Roll Call Vote #59 : Confirmed: 52-47-1: R 51-0-1; D 1-45-0; I 0-2-0, 2/8/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On February 10, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Confirmation Of Tom Price For Secretary Of Health And Human Services. (PN33, Roll Call Vote #61 : Confirmed 52-47-1: R 52-0-0; D 0-45-1; I 0-2-0, 2/10/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On February 13, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Confirmation Of Steven Mnuchin For Secretary Of Treasury . (PN26, Roll Call Vote #63 : Confirmed 53-47: R 52-0; D 1-46, 2/13/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On February 16, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Confirmation Of Mick Mulvaney For Director Of The Office Of Management And Budget. (PN54, Roll Call Vote #68 : Confirmed 51-49: R 51-1; D 0-48, 2/16/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

A "Fervent Cheerleader For The Law," Senator Heitkamp Voted Against Recent Attempts To Repeal And Replace Obamacare

Politico In 2012: "In Fact, In 2010, Heitkamp Was A Fervent Cheerleader For The Law, Repeatedly Promoting Its Benefits And Praising The Democratic Congressional Delegation For Helping Pass It." "The problem for Heitkamp is that the criticism appears to be new. There isn't evidence she raised concerns about the health care law until she was a candidate for Senate. In fact, in 2010, Heitkamp was a fervent cheerleader for the law, repeatedly promoting its benefits and praising the Democratic congressional delegation for helping pass it. Whereas in her most recent comments Heitkamp mentions the "red tape" as a hindrance to small businesses, in this clip below Heitkamp is actually seen trumpeting the benefits to companies." (David Catanese, "Heitkamp On Health Care: Past Vs. Present," Politico , 3/23/12)

On December 20, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

  • The Tax Bill Repealed The Individual Mandate Penalty. "The GOP tax bill eliminates the individual mandate penalty for not having health insurance starting in 2019." ("The GOP Tax Bill Kills Obamacare's Individual Mandate. Here's What That Means," Time , 12/20/17)

On January 12, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against A Budget Resolution To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. (S.Amdt. 180 to S.Con.Res. 3, Roll Call Vote #24 : Motion Rejected 51-47-2: R 51-0-1; D 0-45-1; I 0-2-0, 1/12/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On July 25, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Senate Motion To Proceed For The American Health Care Act Of 2017. (H.R. 1628, Roll Call Vote #167 : Motion To Proceed Agreed To 50-50: R 50-2, D 0-48, I 0-1, With Vice Pres. Mike Pence Casting A "Yea" Vote, 7/25/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On July 26, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Clean Repeal Of The Affordable Care Act. (S.Amdt. 271 to S.Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628, Roll Call Vote #169 : Amendment Rejected 45-55: R 45-7, D 0-46, I 0-2, 7/26/18, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

On July 28, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The "Skinny Repeal" Health Care Bill . (S.Amdt. 667 to S.Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628, Roll Call Vote #179 , Amendment Rejected 49-51: R 49-3; D 0-46; I 0-2, 7/28/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

In North Dakota, Average Monthly Premiums For The Lowest Cost Plan For A 27-Year-Old Rose By 12 Percent From 2017 To 2018 And 32 Percent Since 2014 From $186 To $245. ("Health Plan Choice And Premiums In The 2018 Federal Health Insurance Exchange," U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services , 10/30/17, p. 26)

Senator Heitkamp Voted Against Tax Reform That Has Brought Increased Wages, Bonuses To North Dakotans

On December 20, 2017, Heitkamp Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

Heitkamp Said That The GOP Tax Cuts "Don't Serve North Dakota Or Rural America." "I've long said I wanted to work on tax reform that supports workers, families, and retirees across North Dakota, but this bill was hastily crafted and pushed through by one party. That produced bad results that don't serve North Dakota or rural America." (Press Release, "Heitkamp Explains How Republican Tax Reform Bill Will Hurt North Dakotans," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp , 12/18/17)

In A Since-Deleted Tweet, Heitkamp Said "North Dakotans Deserve A Tax Bill That Puts Money Back In Their Pockets-But The Republican Bill Would Raise Their Taxes To The Tune Of $10,000 By 2027." "North Dakotans deserve a tax bill that puts money back in their pockets-but the Republican bill would raise their taxes to the tune of $10,000 by 2027. That's not something hardworking families can afford!" (Rob Port, "Senator Heitkamp Posts Misleading Figures About Tax Reform On Social Media," Say Anything Blog , 12/8/17)

  • In A Press Release, Americans For Prosperity Called Out Heitkamp For Misleading Her Constituents, Saying She Misread The Figure In The Report Outright And That The Figure Actually Refers To The Total Taxes To Be Paid By All North Dakotans In 2027. "First, it is not an 'average' of anything and is not listed or described as such. It purports to describe how much more North Dakota taxpayers as a whole would pay in 2027. Second, the true number isn't even $9,900, it's $9.9million. Examine the tables on pages 7 and 32; they are both labelled 'thousands,' as in thousands of dollars. So Heitkamp is not only wrong about what the number describes, she's also wrong about what the number actually is." (Press Release, "Republicans Pass Tax Reform, Heitkamp Responds With Misleading Attack," Americans For Prosperity North Dakota , Accessed 6/25/18)

In An April 2018 Interview, Heitkamp Said "No" She Did Not Regret Voting Against Tax Reform. TJ: "Americans for Prosperity claims you then turned your back on North Dakotans by voting NO for the Trump Tax Cuts bill. Which no Democrat voted for. Do you regret that vote?" SEN. HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND): Heitkamp: "No, but let's talk about the premise of the original piece. Number one that's not me I want everyone to know. We always remark about how interesting it is when people say 'You look like just my aunt Mable', well I hope she is good looking. So I don't think that person looks at all like me and certainly I don't' walk that slow and I seldom wear skirts and I wear better shoes." ("One-On-One With Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp Of North Dakota," KVRR , 4/3/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Walmart Will Increase Its Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour And Give Eligible Employees A Bonus Of Up To $1,000. "Walmart's workers will soon reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the world's largest private employer raises its starting wage, creates new benefits and distributes bonuses to eligible workers. The big-box retailer announced Thursday it will increase its starting wage rate for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11, and expand maternity and parental leave benefits. Currently, Walmart's starting wage is $9 until workers complete a training program. Then, they receive $10. Walmart will also pay a one-time cash bonus to eligible employees of as much as $1,000. The payouts, which should total roughly $400 million, will result in a one-time charge that the company will take in its fiscal fourth quarter." (Lauren Thomas, "Walmart To Raise Its Starting Wage To $11, Give Some Employees Bonuses Following Tax Bill Passage," CNBC , 1/11/18)

  • There Are 4,727 Walmart Employees In North Dakota. ("North Dakota," Walmart , Accessed 6/26/18)

Gate City Bank Announced Plans To Reinvest $1.6 Million To Benefit Its Employees, Customers, And The Community In The Wake Of The Tax Reform Bill. "In response to the GOP tax bill recently passed by Congress, Gate City Bank announced plans late last week to reinvest $1.6 million to benefit its employees, customers and the community." ("In Response To Tax Bill, Gate City Bank Announces Reinvestment Plan," Inforum , 12/29/17)

  • The Plan Includes $625,000 In Employee Bonuses With Each Employee Receiving A $1,000 Bonus. "Included in its plan is $625,000 in employee bonuses. According to a press release issued by Gate City, each employee will be hand-delivered a $1,000 bonus check on Jan. 15." ("In Response To Tax Bill, Gate City Bank Announces Reinvestment Plan," Inforum , 12/29/17)
  • Gate City Bank's Plan Also Includes $500,000 In Donations To The Community. "Gate City Bank also plans to donate $500,000 to the community. This is in addition to the bank's original commitment of over $1 million. Since 2005, Gate City Bank has donated over $19.8 million to help build a better quality of life in the communities it serves." ("In Response To Tax Bill, Gate City Bank Announces Reinvestment Plan," Inforum , 12/29/17)
  • There Are 31 Gate City Banks In North Dakota. ("Gate City Bank Office Locations," Gate City Bank , Accessed 6/26/18)

CVS Increased Its Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour, And They Will Not Increase Employee Healthcare Premiums For The 2018-2019 Plan Year. "CVS Health will increase the starting wage rate for hourly employees to $11 an hour, effective April 2018. As part of this change, the company also plans to adjust pay ranges and rates for many of its retail pharmacy technicians, front store associates and other hourly retail employees later in the year to ensure a competitive compensation structure that supports the company's plans to evolve its retail stores into a health care destination. As part of ensuring access to affordable health care, CVS Health will not increase employee premiums for the 2018-2019 plan year. While medical and prescription costs have increased 5% year-over-year, CVS Health will absorb the entire increase for the 100,000 employees who have elected to enroll in the company-sponsored health plan." (Press Release, "CVS Health Investing In Long-Term And Sustainable Wage Increases And Benefits Enhancements Following The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act," CVS , 2/8/18)

  • CVS Has 6 Pharmacies In North Dakota. ("Facts By State," CVS , Accessed 6/26/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, AT&T Will Pay $1,000 Bonuses To Over 200,000 "'Union-Represented, Non-Management" Workers, And Will Invest An Additional $1 Billion Into The United States In 2018 Alone. "AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018, once the tax reform bill is signed into law. An AT&T spokesman said the bonuses were unrelated to the $1,000 that 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees will receive as part of an agreement with the Communications Workers of America announced last week. Employees eligible for the bonus are all 'union-represented, non-management and front-line managers,' AT&T said in a statement." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • There Are 190 AT&T Employees In North Dakota. "Approximately 190 AT&T employees working in North Dakota as of June 30, 2016." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 6/26/18)

Lowe's Gave Employees Bonuses Of Up To $1,000 Following The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Lowe's will follow rival Home Depot in giving thousands of its hourly employees a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 due to new tax legislation, according to an internal company memo reviewed by CNBC on Wednesday." (Lauren Thomas, "Lowe's To Give Some Employees Bonuses Of Up To $1,000 And Expand Benefits Due To Tax Reform," CNBC , 1/31/18)

  • There Are 3 Lowe's Locations In North Dakota. ("Store Directory," Lowe's , Accessed 6/26/18)

Home Depot Gave Employees A $1,000 Bonus After The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Home Depot is awarding its hourly employees in the U.S. a one-time cash bonus of as much as $1,000 following the passage of new tax legislation." (Lauren Thomas, "Home Depot Hourly Employees To Receive Up To $1,000 Bonus Due To Tax Reform," CNBC , 1/25/18)

  • There Are 2 Home Depot Locations In North Dakota. ("Store Directory," The Home Depot, Accessed 6/26/18)


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