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October 25, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "George Allen, the Republican fighting Democrat Tim Kaine in Virginia's closely watched battle for the U.S. Senate, caught some unexpected flak Wednesday over his energy policy in the form of friendly fire from a Republican congressman in Maryland. During a campaign stop in Gaithersburg on Wednesday, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who is in a tough election fight of his own in Maryland's 6th congressional district, was waxing passionately about the need to move the country beyond fossil fuels. Sometimes members of his own party don't seem to understand how critical the need is to push toward new, renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources, Bartlett said."

Progressive Point: Virginia needs leaders who work for the people who elected them, not the fossil fuel lobbyists bankrolling campaigns. George Allen stands with coal and Big Oil against clean energy jobs but that won't bring down gas prices or put Virginians back to work.

The middle class jobs of the future are in clean energy manufacturing. We need to create these jobs now to stay competitive with countries like China. Fossil fuel company CEOs don't need any extra help from taxpayers and George Allen. The best way to lower gas prices is to reduce our dependence on oil by developing clean, safe sources of energy that will create American jobs and never run out. It's time we start exporting energy, not jobs. Let's put Americans back to work building wind turbines, solar panels, and energy-efficient products that say "Made in America."

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  • Offshore wind could create up to 10,000 jobs in Virginia according to a study cited by Delegate Joseph Morrissey and 13 fellow state legislators. (The Virginian-Pilot, May 8, 2012)

  • "Wind power advocates have said Virginia is uniquely positioned to nurture the industry because of the relatively shallow waters offshore and strong winds. It also has the coastal infrastructure - a shipbuilding industry and a deepwater port - to allow for building and delivering turbines." (Associated Press, October 10, 2012)

  • "Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. today. Developing new clean energy technologies like wind and solar could support 20 million jobs by 2030 and trillions of dollars in revenue." (Media Matters)

  • President Obama supports renewing tax incentives for new wind project while Mitt Romney opposes them. Despite wind energy's huge potential for Virginia jobs, Bob McDonnell has not taken a position on the issue because of the election. (Virginian-Pilot, October 10, 2012)

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October 18, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "George Allen held no public events Wednesday, instead hunkering down to prepare for his fifth Senate debate against Timothy M. Kaine and their final one before Election Day. Kaine (D) stuck to plans to tour a Colonial Heights hummus plant that he had helped draw to the state as governor but also squeezed in time for debate practice. The two former governors, vying for the seat held by retiring Sen. James Webb (D), will meet for an hour-long debate starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg."

Progressive Point: Women's issues are economic issues and family issues. Like Mitt Romney, George Allen is hiding his record because he doesn't want to reveal his true priorities to Virginia families. Allen has refused to stand up for equal pay for equal work or condem legislation that puts politicians, not women and their doctors, in charge of health decisions.  Allen even supports federal personhood legislation that would criminalize some forms of birth control.

Women want the peace of mind of knowing they and their families will be able to get the health care they need. Twenty million women with private insurance have already taken advantage of the health care reform law's prevention benefits, including access to mammograms, contraception, and health check-ups without extra cost. But George Allen wants to repeal these common sense protections and put insurance companies back in control of your health care. If George Allen won't stand up for women while he's running for office, how can we ever expect him to do so in the Senate?

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  • At the previous debate last week, when asked about transvaginal ultrasound and personhood legislation George Allen refused to answer the question and "punted and pivoted." (Politico, October 8, 2012)

  • Allen Maintained Silence On Lilly Ledbetter Act. Reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch in April 2012, "Democrats leapt at the soft endorsement, asking where Allen stood on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender. . . . 'Allen should explain why he finds it easier to endorse Mitt Romney than he does standing up for the basic concept that women should receive equal pay for equal work,' said Del. Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond." [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/17/12 ]

  • Three Times, Allen Voted Against The Family And Medical Leave Act. As a Congressman, Allen voted three times against the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or sick relative." [AP, 11/2/2000; HR 2, Vote 393, 11/13/1991 ; S5, Vote 390,9/10/1992 ; S5, Vote 443, 9/30/1992 ]

  • Allen: "[I] Support Legislation Declaring The Personhood Of Every Individual Life."[Allen website, "Virginia Values for Washington," accessed 7/1/11 ]

  • After Personhood Legislation Passed VA House, Allen Campaign Said He Supported It. In February 2012, after personhood legislation passed in the Virginia House of Delegates, theTimes-Dispatch reported: " 'Does George Allen support the 'personhood' measure in the Virginia House of Delegates that is sponsored by his challenger, Delegate Bob Marshall?' Kaine's campaign asked in a press release. Later in the afternoon, Allen's campaign offered a simple answer: Yes. 'This measure is about protecting innocent unborn life. If a criminal hits a pregnant mother injuring or killing the unborn child, then there would be a cause of action for that child as well,' elaborated Allen spokeswoman Katie Wright. 'Democrats are desperately trying to make this a battle over contraceptives. As George Allen has often said he is opposed to the government prohibiting or banning contraceptives - and this bill doesn't do that,' she added." [Virginia Politics blog, Times-Dispatch, 2/14/12 ]

  • Allen Supported The Blunt Amendment. In February 2012, after the Blunt amendment failed to pass in the Senate, George Allen announced his support for the amendment. Allen's spokesperson said, "While George Allen does not support banning contraceptives, Americans in this instance should not be forced to choose between following a government mandate or adhering to their own deeply held religious beliefs. The fact that we are even having this discussion shows the serious problems Obamacare imposes on Virginia families and small businesses, and it's another reason Tim Kaine should listen to the people of Virginia who want to see it repealed and replaced." The Washington Post described that the amendment, "would have rolled back the Obama administration's health coverage rule by allowing insurance companies and employers to opt out of covering prescriptions, such as contraceptions, or procedures they object to on religious or moral grounds." [Virginia Politics, Washington Post, 3/1/12 ]

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October 11, 2012

PolitiFact ranks George Allen's claim that repealing Obamacare will save $1 trillion FALSE: "In Monday night's debate, he and Democratic candidate Tim Kaine were asked how they would avoid $1 trillion in automatic cuts split evenly between defense and domestic programs that are scheduled to begin Jan. 2... Allen's plan included a big-ticket item. 'Repealing and replacing Obamacare -- that's going to save $1 trillion over a 10-year period,' he said... We rate Allen's claim False."

Progressive Point: Virginians are fed up with politicians like George Allen trying to rehash old political fights and falsehoods instead of focusing on real fixes for our economy. Obamacare is making a real difference already for our families and making health care more secure for 250 million Americans. Insurance companies can't rip us off any more and people with pre-existing conditions are guaranteed coverage--saving Virginia families money every day.

It's no wonder most Americans think Obamacare improved our health care system and want conservatives in Congress to move on. But politicians like George Allen just can't let it go. They'd rather Congressional conservatives keep wasting taxpayer time and money attacking the law and hoping no one notices that repealing Obamacare would let them go back to receiving the special lifetime benefits the rest of us can't get. It's time to move forward with Obamacare, making our health care system better for everyone, and putting Virginians back to work.

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  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean higher Medicare premiums, higher costs for wellness visits, and higher prescription drug prices. (Washington Post, September 16, 2012)

  • "Repealing the health law also would have an impact on Medicare's 'doughnut hole,' the gap between Medicare's regular and catastrophic drug coverage, in which seniors are responsible for footing the bill. The average senior who falls into this space spends $604 on prescription drugs."(Washington Post, September 16, 2012)

  • Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to spend 80% of premiums on medical care. For Virginia this means $43 million in rebates, for nearly 687,000 Virginians, who are receiving $115 eachon average. (Roanoke Times, August 7, 2012)

  • Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan would force seniors in the state to pay at least $639 more for their prescrip­tion drugs each year. At the same time, the Romney-Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system would cost current seniors at least $11,000 more in out-of-pocket expenses. (The Real Cost of the Romney-Ryan Plan to Virginians, October 2, 2012)

  • Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan would once again allow insurance companies to charge women more than men while taking away preventive care from at least 1,376,205 women in the state. (The Real Cost of the Romney-Ryan Plan to Virginians, October 2, 2012)

  • Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan promise to dismantle Obamacare, which would directly result in 66,000 young adults in Virginia losing the insurance they have today due to the Affordable Care Act. (The Real Cost of the Romney-Ryan Plan to Virginians, October 2, 2012)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2012
Contact: Anna Scholl (434) 218-2113 anna@progressva.org

As spotlight turns to Ryan's budget plan in tonight's debate, pressure increases on George Allen to come clean on where he stands

Allen has repeatedly refused to tell Virginians where he stands on the Ryan-Romney budget plan 

In advance of tonight's Vice Presidential debate in Danville, KY, ProgressVA called on George Allen to level with Virginians on his stance on Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney's budget plan. Allen has repeatedly refused to take a position, even telling a reporter in June, "I'm not going to tell you." A new report from Center for American Progress Action Fund and ProgressVA found that the Ryan-Romney plan would increase taxes and health care costs for middle class families across the Commonwealth.

"Virginia voters deserve to know where the candidates stand on the Ryan-Romney plan to voucherize Medicare and raise taxes on middle class families to pay for even more tax breaks for the 1%," said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. "If we can't count on George Allen to stand up for Virginia families while he's running for office, how can we ever trust him do it if elected?"

The new report from Center for American Progress Action Fund and ProgressVA found that the Ryan-Romney plan would cost current seniors $11,000 more in out of pocket costs and raise taxes middle class Virginia families by $2,000. Those increased taxes would subsidize an estimated $2.3 billion tax cut for Romney's biggest donor alone.

Even while refusing to comment on the budget plan put forth by his ticket-mates, Allen has touted a plan to cut spending and rein in the deficit by repealing Obamacare. Unfortunately for Allen, independent fact checkers have determined his budget reduction and deficit reduction plan actually increases spending and the deficit while also repealing commonsense health care protections like coverage for preexisting conditions.

BACKGROUND:

Allen Has Repeatedly Refused To Answer Specific Questions On Support For Ryan Budget. August 2012: "In Danville Thursday, a local television reporter asked Allen: 'I was reading [about] your support of Paul Ryan's plans to turn the Medicare system into what people are saying [is] a voucher system. Can you explain that a little bit?' 'I think your assertion's incorrect,' Allen shot back quickly. 'The Ryan plan - this is mostly from my opponent on all of that - the Ryan plan is a comprehensive big plan. The part of it that has to do with Medicare has been changed from whatever he had originally. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and he have come up with - I haven't had a chance to look at their latest permutation from it. But we do need, in my view, to save Medicare for those who are presently on Medicare or soon will be on it.'" [Washington Post, 8/11/12]

Allen Gave Non-Answer On Whether He Would Vote For The Ryan Plan: "If I Were A U.S. Senator, Yes, I Would Vote Yes Or No On It." "In Virginia recently, Senate candidate George Allen spent an interminable nine minutes during a TV interview, dodging a question about how he would have voted on the issue. 'I'm telling you what I'm for. If the people of Virginia hire me on to fight for them and their values in the United States Senate, they can look at our blueprint,' he told a local reporter last week. 'I'm running my campaign. I like my ideas. To the extent they merge in with others, that's good.' Pressed further, Allen said, 'I'm not a U.S. senator. If I were a U.S. senator, yes, I would vote yes or no on it.'" [Politico, 6/23/11]

Allen Refused To State If He Was In Favor Of The Ryan Plan And Told A Reporter "I'm Not Going To Tell You." "Allen puts up with questions about the Ryan plan, but won't tell any reporter, specifically, how he would cast his vote...'I'm not going to tell you,' Allen said stopping short before re-grouping, and responding 'I'm going to tell you what I am for.' As soon as I began a lengthy exchange on the Ryan plan, Allen made sure I knew what he thought about the line of questioning. 'You can ask for the Democrats, they like playing politics,' he said." [NBC 12, 6/16/11]

Allen Dodged Endorsing The Ryan Plan, Claiming "I Am Not A U.S. Senator." Allen said, "I am not a U.S. Senator...If I were a U.S. Senator I would have to vote yes or no." [NBC 12, 6/16/11]

Politifact Rated "False" Allen's Claim That Repealing Obamacare Would Save $1 Trillion. "Allen, in describing how he would cut debt, said repeal of the health care act would "save $1 trillion over a 10-year period." The three studies he cites from conservative analysts don't put the debt reduction anywhere near $1 trillion -- the closest he gets is $701 million in a report commissioned by the House Republican leadership. And a report by the nonpartisan CBO says the repeal of Obamacare would increase debt by $109 billion over 10 years. We rate Allen's claim False." [Politifact Virginia, 10/8/12]

According to "TheReal Cost of the Romney-Ryan Plan to Virginians":

  • Middle-class Virginians would pay more in taxes while millionaires would pay less. Millionaires in the state would receive an additional $87,000 in tax breaks under the tax plans of Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan, while middle-class families would pay up to $2,000 more in health care taxes and $1,066 more in taxes on their mortgages.
  • Seniors in Virginia would lose health care benefits and pay more. Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan would force seniors in the state to pay at least $639 more for their prescrip­tion drugs each year. At the same time, the Romney-Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system would cost current seniors at least $11,000 more in out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Severe cuts in veterans' health services. The Romney-Ryan budget would require cuts that would slash Veterans Affairs discretionary spending by nearly 20 percent. More than 85 percent of Veterans Affairs discretionary spending supports medical care; such a cut could have a significant impact on the 820,000 veterans in Virginia, including the 130,000 veterans who receive care in Virginia's VA Medical Centers each year.

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Women's issues are economic issues

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October 9, 2012

Politico reports, "Republican George Allen is well aware he needs to close the gender gap with women in order to win the Virginia Senate race. The severity of that challenge was on full display Monday night in his fourth debate with Democrat Tim Kaine. When asked about proposals in the GOP-led General Assembly's this year to require an ultrasound before women could get an abortion and to codify that life begins at conception -- so-called 'personhood' legislation -- Allen punted and pivoted."

Progressive Point: Women's issues are economic issues. George Allen's failure to support equal pay for equal work and his opposition to universal contraception coverage shows he just doesn't get it.

Thanks to Obamacare, when a woman or her child gets sick, she won't have to panic about how to pay the bill. But George Allen wants to repeal these common sense protections and even supports a federal personhood amendment that would criminalize some forms of birth control. Tim Kaine was right when he said, "You can't empower women in the economy if you take away their choices."

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  • Allen Maintained Silence On Lilly Ledbetter Act. Reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch in April 2012, "Democrats leapt at the soft endorsement, asking where Allen stood on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender. . . . 'Allen should explain why he finds it easier to endorse Mitt Romney than he does standing up for the basic concept that women should receive equal pay for equal work,' said Del. Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond." [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/17/12 ]

  • Three Times, Allen Voted Against The Family And Medical Leave Act. As a Congressman, Allen voted three times against the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or sick relative." [AP, 11/2/2000; HR 2, Vote 393, 11/13/1991 ; S5, Vote 390, 9/10/1992 ; S5, Vote 443, 9/30/1992 ]

  • Allen: "[I] Support Legislation Declaring The Personhood Of Every Individual Life."[Allen website, "Virginia Values for Washington," accessed 7/1/11 ]

  • After Personhood Legislation Passed VA House, Allen Campaign Said He Supported It. In February 2012, after personhood legislation passed in the Virginia House of Delegates, theTimes-Dispatch reported: " 'Does George Allen support the 'personhood' measure in the Virginia House of Delegates that is sponsored by his challenger, Delegate Bob Marshall?' Kaine's campaign asked in a press release. Later in the afternoon, Allen's campaign offered a simple answer: Yes. 'This measure is about protecting innocent unborn life. If a criminal hits a pregnant mother injuring or killing the unborn child, then there would be a cause of action for that child as well,' elaborated Allen spokeswoman Katie Wright. 'Democrats are desperately trying to make this a battle over contraceptives. As George Allen has often said he is opposed to the government prohibiting or banning contraceptives - and this bill doesn't do that,' she added." [Virginia Politics blog, Times-Dispatch, 2/14/12 ]

  • Allen Supported The Blunt Amendment. In February 2012, after the Blunt amendment failed to pass in the Senate, George Allen announced his support for the amendment. Allen's spokesperson said, "While George Allen does not support banning contraceptives, Americans in this instance should not be forced to choose between following a government mandate or adhering to their own deeply held religious beliefs. The fact that we are even having this discussion shows the serious problems Obamacare imposes on Virginia families and small businesses, and it's another reason Tim Kaine should listen to the people of Virginia who want to see it repealed and replaced." The Washington Post described that the amendment, "would have rolled back the Obama administration's health coverage rule by allowing insurance companies and employers to opt out of covering prescriptions, such as contraceptions, or procedures they object to on religious or moral grounds." [Virginia Politics, Washington Post, 3/1/12 ]

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The company George Allen chooses to keep

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September 26, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "Virginia Republican Party officials on Tuesday ordered their Mecklenburg County affiliate to remove photos portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, a caveman and a thug from its Facebook page. The altered photos have been on the Mecklenburg County Republican Committee's page for months but drew attention outside the rural southwestern enclave after a luncheon event this week with Republican Senate candidate George Allen... ProgressVA, a group that supports Allen's Democratic opponent, former governor Timothy M. Kaine, found the images among 100 'wall photos' posted on the committee's Facebook page."

Progressive Point: Virginia needs leaders with backbone who'll stand up for what's right. George Allen has failed a basic test of leadership by campaigning with a racist who sees no problem in denigrating our president because of the color of his skin . Elected officials and community leaders should value and respect every citizen.

All Americans deserve to be treated with respect--no matter the color of their skin or their ethnic background. From his "macaca slur" to his campaign stops with an unapologetic racist, it's clear Allen doesn't share our values when it comes to diversity and respect. We are all judged by the company we keep, and it is clear the company George Allen is choosing.

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  • The Virginia Republican Party has ordered the Mecklenburg County Republican Party to take down offensive pictures of the President from their Facebook page but have so far refused to do so. (Washington Post, September 25, 2012)

  • During George Allen's senate campaign in 2006, he insensitively called a Democratic volunteer of India decent the racist term "macaca." (Washington Post, August 15, 2006)
  • "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." (George Washington)

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September 17, 2012

The Washington Post reports, Romney's "plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding would have a direct impact on the health care that seniors receive. Repealing the health law would mean higher Medicare premiums, the Kaiser Family Foundation found in a recent analysis. Wellness visits and prescription drugs also would cost more."

Progressive Point: Virginians want the peace of mind of knowing that Medicare will be there for us and our kids. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and George Allen don't get it. Instead of strengthening Medicare, their plan would end Medicare and we know it and increase health care costs for seniors. Obamacare preserves every dime of Medicare benefits. Romney, Ryan, and Allen will not.

Replacing Medicare with a privatized voucher system would stick seniors with just a coupon to hand over to the insurance companies. And for the 6 million seniors who depend on Medicaid to help them afford health care, well Romney, Ryan, and Allen would make massive cuts there, too. Obamacare creates a taxpayer protection board to make sure seniors and taxpayers aren't getting ripped off by fraudulent providers and corporate lobbyists. Any way you look at it, Romney, Ryan, and Allen would cut benefits and end Medicare as we know it.

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  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean higher Medicare premiums, higher costs for wellness visits, and higher prescription drug prices. (Washington Post, September 16, 2012)

  • "Repealing the health law also would have an impact on Medicare's 'doughnut hole,' the gap between Medicare's regular and catastrophic drug coverage, in which seniors are responsible for footing the bill. The average senior who falls into this space spends $604 on prescription drugs."(Washington Post, September 16, 2012)

  • Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to spend 80% of premiums on medical care. For Virginia this means $43 million in rebates, for nearly 687,000 Virginians, who are receiving $115 eachon average. (Roanoke Times, August 7, 2012)

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August 16, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin campaigns in Glen Allen and Springfield Friday, less than a week after Mitt Romney unveiled him as his running mate in Norfolk. Ryan will attend a rally at Glen Allen's Deep Run High School in the morning and another at Springfield's West Springfield High School in the afternoon."

Progressive Point: We fought long and hard for equal rights for women so why are Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and George Allen trying to turn back the clock? They support extreme personhood legislation that would give a fertilized egg legal rights. Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act to ensure woman get paid the same amount as men for doing the same work. They'd even outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest as well a certain kinds of birth control. 

Women and their families should make decisions about seeking health care and when to have children, not government politicians. Virginia women need a leadership team in Washington who will stand up for our rights, not attack them. The Romney/Ryan/Allen team's extreme positions make one thing clear: they don't value Virginia women.

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  • Planned Parenthood reports on Paul Ryan's record with women:
    • He voted to end funding to Planned Parenthood, which would have denied nearly three million women and men annually the access to birth control and cancer screenings that Planned Parenthood health centers provide. [H. Con. Res. 36, 2/18/11]

    • He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and ban abortion in all cases, a decision that should be left up to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor.  Ryan said he opposed all abortions and wants to end all safe and legal abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the woman. [Wisconsin State Journal, 10/9/98; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/26/98]

    • He wrote a plan to dismantle Medicaid, jeopardizing the basic health care millions of women rely on.  His proposal to overhaul Medicaid would undermine women's health by completely dismantling the Medicaid program, a key public health program that provides basic health care and family planning to millions of women, including well-woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, and contraceptive services. [Real Clear Politics, 4/5/11]

    • Congressman Ryan co-sponsored a so-called "personhood" bill last year, a dangerous measure that would give full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs and could ban some forms of birth control and fertility treatment. [HR 212, introduced1/7/11]

    • He has tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would take away full coverage for birth control and well-woman exams, allow insurance companies to resume charging women more than men for coverage, allow insurance companies to again deny coverage for pre-existing conditions (like breast cancer, pregnancy, and domestic violence), and make it harder for low-income women to get lifesaving cancer screenings. [Real Clear Politics, 4/5/11]

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The economic evidence is clear

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June 19, 2012

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, "Answering a TV ad released last week attacking Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Timothy M. Kaine, Democratic group Majority PAC is up with one of its own attacking his Republican rival, George Allen... The 30-second ad, titled 'Only One,' defends Kaine's record as governor while blasting Allen's record in the Senate. 'He turned the largest budget surplus into a massive federal deficit, voted to weaken Medicare and gave tax breaks to companies who shipped our jobs overseas,' the narrator says."

Progressive Point: Virginians are looking for leaders who will grow our economy, create sustainable jobs, and have a record of working for our families. Six years ago, Virginia voters decided George Allen's work in Washington that lead to the recession and a record federal deficit wasn't the right direction for our country. Allen's support for weakening Medicare and increasing corporate tax breaks lost him the support of working Virginians.

Meanwhile, Tim Kaine made Virginia the best state for business in the U.S. four years in a row and kept unemployment levels below the national average. This year, we have a clear choice between George Allen's failed record and Tim Kaine's record of fiscal achievement.

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  • Allen Voted For Roughly Four Dozen Appropriations Bills During His Term, Leading To A Debt Increase Of $3.202 Trillion. [PolitiFact, 4/15/11]

  • Allen Voted For "Record-Busting Spending Bills That Produced Record Deficits Exceeding $400 Billion Due To Tax Cuts and Prescription Drug Benefit." [Newport News Daily Press, 5/10/04]

  • 2006: Allen Left The Senate With The Federal Government Facing "One Of The Largest Red-Ink Displays In U.S. Budget History." [Chicago Tribune, 10/12/06]

  • In 2005, Allen Was The Deciding Vote Against A Measure To Protect Medicare Beneficiaries From Paying Higher Premiums. [Vote 287, 11/3/05, Failed 49-50; Palm Beach Post, 11/3/05]

  • 2001: Allen Chose Tax Cuts For The Wealthy Over The Long-Term Solvency Of Both Social Security And Medicare. [Vote 137, 5/22/01; Congressional Quarterly, 5/22/01]

  • Allen Voted To Protect Low Tax Rate For US Companies That Used Offshore Plants "As Export Platforms To The United States." [S 1637, Vote 83, 5/5/04, Motion to Table Passed 60-39; National Journal, 5/5/04]

  • Allen Voted Against Requiring Overseas Income Be Used For Job Creation And Investment To Qualify For Lower Tax Rate. [Vote 81,5/5/04, Failed, 31-68; National Journal, 5/5/04]

  • While Tim Kaine was Governor in 2009: Forbes Ranked Virginia As The "Best State For Business" Four Years In A Row. [Virginian-Pilot, 9/24/09]

  • Under Kaine in January 2010, The National Unemployment Rate Was 9.7 Percent While Virginia's Unemployment Rate Was 7.3 Percent. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6/14/12; Virginia Employment Commission, 3/30/12]

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More debates and more democracy

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June 14, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "The general election for U.S. Senate officially kicked off Wednesday morning with Democrat Tim Kaine announcing that he would agree to eight broadcast debates. The debates, which will be aired on TV and radio across the state, will be held in geographically diverse regions of the state and are sponsored by a cross-section of organizations."

Progressive Point: The right to vote and choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be a Virginian and an American. Making an informed choice requires having access to all the facts, not just the ones corporate-funded Super PACs care to share.

Politicians may be able to rely on shadowy Super PACs to launch their negative attacks for them, but the candidates still have to face the voters. Multiple televised debates will allow voters to hear from the candidates themselves--not more partisan attack ads. Virginians deserve to hear candidates' answers first hand about how they'll work for our families. Virginia has never solved anything with less democracy or less inclusion, and we won't now.

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Get the Facts: According to the Washington Post, the proposed eight debates are:

  • Radio One 2012 Senatorial Forum: Richmond, late August (date and venue TBD). Broadcast on Radio One stations (TV broadcast TBD).

  • WJLA-TV, POLITICO & Virginia FREE: Arlington Campus, George Mason University. Sept. 14. Broadcast live on WJLA in D.C., and available to ABC affiliates throughout Virginia.

  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce & NBC4: Capital One Tysons Corner Complex, McLean. Sept. 20. Broadcast live on NBC 4 in DC, and rebroadcast on Sunday, September 23.

  • Randolph-Macon College, The Richmond Times Dispatch & the Virginia Chamber of Commerce: Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. October date TBD. Broadcast on media partners WWBT NBC-12 and WCVE Community Ideas Stations in Richmond.

  • WSLS-TV and Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech campus, Blacksburg. October date TBD. Broadcast live on WSLS-TV and made available to other television stations statewide.

  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce: Norfolk, Oct. 18 or 19 (TBD). Broadcast live on WVEC-TV (ABC affiliate) and to be rebroadcast at a later date TBD.

  • League of Women Voters of Virginia & AARP Virginia: WCVE Studios, Midlothian. Oct. 8. Broadcast on CBS-6 in Richmond and WCVE-TV (PBS).

  • Virginia State Conference NAACP: Fredericksburg, Oct. 26. Broadcast on WWBT NBC-12 in Richmond.

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Putting politics ahead of jobs

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June 13, 2012

The Washington Times reports, "Tim Kaine said Tuesday that electing George Allen to the U.S. Senate would lead to brass-knuckle politics and a turn-back-the-clock attitude on an already stagnant economy... Mr. Kaine said Tuesday that the upcoming general election race for Senate represents a clear choice between two different philosophies. 'I think it's sort of whether we continue to embrace newly innovative strategies ... in the nation or whether we go back to strategies [that haven't worked],' he said, pointing to his platform of investing in infrastructure and winning the 'talent race' through education."

Progressive Point: Virginians are frustrated with politicians who put their political goals ahead of jobs. After his primary, it is clear that George Allen is more interested in partisan politics than growing our economy and strengthening Virginia's future.

George Allen has stood with the conservatives in Virginia's General Assembly who pushed for trans-vaginal ultrasounds and personhood. Allen endorses Mitt Romney's position that we should lay off more police officers, teachers, firefighters, and nurses while keeping tax giveaways for the wealthy and continuing handouts to corporate donors. He rubber-stamps Romney on raising interest rates on student loans and ending insurance coverage for preexisting conditions. George Allen has his priorities, and they aren't growing jobs and helping working Virginians.

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  • While visiting Iowa, Allen expressed growing disinterest with his job in the Senate, saying that it runs like a board of directors. "I made more decisions in half a day as governor than you can make in a whole week in the Senate," Senator Allen said. At another stop in Iowa, Allen "lamented about being in the Senate, [saying] 'It's too slow for me.' Senator Allen had traveled to Iowa with designs on the White House in 2008, so his musings on his job's duties may not sound surprising. But the senator from Virginia may be getting ahead of himself. Even as he laments his day job, he is...asking Virginians to return him to it." (New York Times, 3/26/06, Newport News Daily Press, 10/11/98)

  • George Allen has accepted $498,597 from the oil and gas industry. (Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 3/30/12)

  • "Allen takes credit for 'reining in state spending' when he was governor. In fact, general fund spending grew by 46.8 percent from the budget Allen inherited when he was inaugurated in January 1994, and the budget he recommended before leaving office in January 1998." (Politifact, 9/12/11)

  • Allen drastically cut Virginia's public assistance programs, declaring "Welfare is not to be a permanent status for anyone in life." [Harris, John F. "Allen Urges VA Welfare Restrictions; Plan Would Require Job, Two-Year Cutoff", (Washington Post, August 17, 1993)

  • As Senator, Allen voted to extend corporate welfare to oil and gas companies. (Washington Post, 9/24/11) He has since repeatedly opposed attempts to repeal these subsidies. (Virginia Politics blog, Richmond Times-Dispatch,5/11/11;Virginian-Pilot, 3/29/12)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2012
Contact: Anna Scholl
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FLASHBACK: COBURN CALLED GEORGE ALLEN'S TIME IN THE US SENATE "AN ORGY OF PORK-BARREL SPENDING"

Allen consistently supported higher spending while opposing common sense budgeting rules 

Tom Coburn flip flopped faster than Mitt Romney today, endorsing US Senate candidate George Allen 48 hours after describing his tenure in the Senate as "a missed opportunity of tremendous proportions." While campaign observers may still be suffering from whiplash, here are some facts to get you back on track:

Coburn: Republicans "Embarked On An Orgy Of Pork-Barrel Spending" When Former President George W. Bush Was In Office. According to The Daily Oklahoman, "Coburn says Republicans 'embarked on an orgy of pork-barrel spending and expanded the welfare state' when they controlled the U.S. House and former President George W. Bush was in office." [The Daily Oklahoman, 4/18/12]

Allen Said He Favored Earmarking; "Every Single Earmark I've Gotten, I'm Proud Of." According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, "Allen, a Republican, told the crowd that he favored the congressional practice of 'earmarking' legislation -- that is, attaching funding for home-state (or -district) projects to larger bills without subjecting the add-ons to normal budgetary scrutiny. 'Every single earmark I've gotten, I'm proud of,' the senator said." [Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/25/06]

PolitiFact: Claim That Allen Voted For 40,000 Earmarks Is "Mostly True." According to PolitiFact, "Radtke claims that Allen, during his term in the Senate, voted for 40,000 earmarks. We have one quibble. Allen did not vote on the earmarks individually. The items were attached to massive appropriations bills supported by Allen that kept the federal government operating. The earmarks amounted to less than 3 percent of the spending contained in those laws. But unlike a few lawmakers, Allen never protested the secretive earmark process by voting against an appropriations bill. He went along with the system and said he was 'proud' of the earmarks he got for Virginia. The appropriations bills Allen backed had 52,319 earmarks, according to the Citizens Against Government Waste. Radtke attaches a smaller number to Allen, but we won't penalize her for understating her case. So Radtke's statement is accurate but needs clarification. We rate it Mostly True." [PolitiFact, 4/18/12]

Allen Repeatedly Voted Against Restoring Fiscally Responsible PAYGO Budgeting Rules. Allen voted against efforts to restore pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules and create a 60-vote point of order against any spending or revenue legislation that increases the on-budget deficit or cause an on-budget deficit. Tax cuts and new entitlement spending would have to be offset with revenue increases or spending cuts. [Vote 38,3/14/06; Vote 340, 11/17/05; Vote 283, 11/3/05; Vote 53, 3/16/05; Vote 38, 3/10/04; Vote 200, 5/23/03]

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2012
Contact: Anna Scholl
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Hey Big Spender! Allen Touts Support From Anti-Earmark Crusader While Conveniently Ignoring His Own Big Spending Record

Richmond, VA - Not one to be hamstrung by his actual record, today George Allen campaigned with anti-earmark crusader Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) while conveniently forgetting his own record of support for big spending. Johnson has campaigned to end earmarks while Allen has stated he's "proud" of his earmarking record.

"George Allen may be trying to hide from his record, but Virginians know the truth," said ProgressVA Director Anna Scholl. "Allen was a big spending Governor and he was a big spending Senator. Based on his record, how can Virginians trust him with our tax dollars again?"

Today is merely the latest installment in Allen's hypocrisy-ridden campaign that has included misleading Virginians on health care reform and flip-flopping on stimulus success.

Background:  

Allen On Federal Spending During His Senate Term: "Yeah, It Was A Problem In Those Years."According to Politico, "But Kaine displayed discipline by repeatedly returning to Allen's own six-year voting record in Washington. During one of the two instances in which the candidates addressed each other directly, Kaine actually drew out a rare concession from the Republican. 'When Tim talks about spending in the years I was in the Senate, yeah, it was a problem in those years,' Allen said, quickly noting that he voted against the infamous Bridge to Nowhere." [POLITICO, 12/7/11]

Richmond Times-Dispatch Fact Check: National Debt Increased By $3.2 Trillion During Allen's Senate Tenure. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "[F]ederal budgets passed during Allen's term increased debt by $3.202 trillion... We found Allen supported each of about four dozen appropriation bills that came to Senate floor during his term." [The Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/24/11]

Richmond Times-Dispatch Fact Check: Debt Increased $16,896.68 Per Second During Allen's Tenure.According to The Richmond Times Dispatch: "[Jamie] Radtke said the Allen voted for budgets that increased the debt by $16,400 every second he was in the Senate. Her formula was a bit flawed; the actual figure is $16,896.68 a second." [The Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/24/11]

Allen Acknowledged Voting For Bush Administration Budgets That Increased The DeficitIn response to the question "You voted for the single largest deficits in history, did you not?" Allen said "I voted for those appropriations bills, and I also...I tried to stop some of the spending." [CNN, "Parker/Spitzer," 10/26/10]

As Governor, Allen Increased Spending 45.6%. According to Politifact, "Allen endorsed $3.1 billion in additional general fund spending when he was governor -- a 45.6.percent rise." [Politifact, 9/12/11]

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Paying their fair share on Tax Day

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April 17, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "Republicans and Democrats clashed in the Senate on Monday over President Obama's proposal to boost taxes on the rich, an issue that similarly divided two Virginians who aspire to be in the chamber -- George Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D). Obama and his fellow Democrats see the rule as an important step toward a fairer economic system, but Republicans dismiss it as a divisive stunt. Allen, for his part, would vote against the proposal if he were in the Senate, according to campaign spokeswoman Katie Wright."

Progressive Point: Virginians believe that everyone deserves a fair shot. It takes everyone pitching to protect those opportunities, including big corporations and billionaires. It is essential that we invest in America's future--funding transportation projects, keeping our communities safe, and supporting our students and schools. No one enjoys paying taxes, but Virginia's businesses depend on working roads and Virginia's economy depends on an educated workforce.

Virginia's working families pay their fair share and its time everyone else did the same. We need to end tax giveaways for big corporations and the 1%. In the Commonwealth, everyone should get a fair shot, pay their fair share, and play by the same set of rules.

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  • The wealthiest .1% of Americans' tax rate is at its lowest rate in over 50 years.>

  • Polls continue to show that most Americans support the Buffett Rule and the principle that we should expect more from millionaires and billionaires when it comes to paying taxes.

  • Many millionaires, such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Mike Bloomberg "say the wealthiest Americans like them should do what's right and pay higher taxes."

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Clean air for all

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April 4, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "The League of Conservation Voters, Mom's Clean Air Force and the Environmental Defense Fund announced this week that it had made a two-week, 'seven-figure' TV ad [link] buy in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's decision last week to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants."

Progressive Point: Protecting our kids means making sure they don't get sick from breathing dirty air. New EPA regulations will create limits for coal-fired power plant emissions and benefit the health and environment of all Virginians. Conservatives like George Allen are attacking the new regulations with baseless partisan rhetoric. They are more interested in appeasing their polluting corporate donors than protecting the health of Virginia kids.

Virginians want leaders who will protect their priorities, including families' health. George Allen's priority is defending his corporate donors--today that means attacking new rules to help keep us healthy.

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  • These are the first national industrial carbon pollution standards for power plants and are "essential to protect public health and reduce the effects of unchecked global warming including increasing smog and triggering asthma attacks and other health consequences." (President of the League of Conservation Voters, Washington Post, April 4, 2012)

  • Under the regulations, new power plants will be allowed to emit no more than "1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per magawatt hour of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour." Therefore the new regulations will effectively ban any new coal plants from being built. (Washington Post, March 26, 2012)

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April 3, 2012

The Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Politics blog shares, "You may have seen the 30-second TV ad by the American Energy Alliance hitting President Barack Obama over gas prices. Today, a group is launching a new ad pushing back... The ad says 'Big Oil' is behind the ad hitting the president. 'The money they make from high gas prices is going right into Mitt Romney's campaign,' the ad's narrator says."

Progressive Point: Virginians want real transportation solutions, but big oil only wants you to keep paying more at the pump. And while Virginia families are working to pay these high prices, conservatives like Mitt Romney and George Allen want to play political blame games because they are benefiting from huge big oil campaign contributions. We are paying the price at the pump so they can keep giving the gas companies tax handouts.

Romney and Allen won't lower gas prices, but they will raise big oil's profits. Their plans for more drilling and more tax giveaways for big oil won't make our day-to-day lives any better, but it will keep their campaign donations coming in. So when you and your family are standing at the gas pump, paying the price, remember--big oil isn't the only one benefiting, conservatives are getting paid off too.

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George Allen isn't fooling anyone

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April 2, 2012

As we highlighted at AllenFoolsDay.com yesterday, George "Allen... will need to answer critics from both sides who argue that he was 'part of the problem' during his time in Congress, which contradicts his new image of a reformer'." (Richmond Times Dispatch)

Progressive Point: We need leaders who will fight for Virginia families. But the only folks George Allen has a record of fighting for are oil and gas companies. Virginia families don't want elected officials that they can't trust to represent their interests. 

George Allen's taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the oil industry while denying global warming. He opposes maintaining a safety net for those Virginians who need a hand up, but supports corporate welfare for record profit-making gas companies. He's built a record on inconsistency, ideology, and irreverence for making tough choices and sticking to his word. Virginians value deeds, not words--and George Allen isn't fooling anyone. 

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  • While visiting Iowa, Allen expressed growing disinterest with his job in the Senate, saying that it runs like a board of directors. "I made more decisions in half a day as governor than you can make in a whole week in the Senate," Senator Allen said. At another stop in Iowa, Allen "lamented about being in the Senate, [saying] 'It's too slow for me.' Senator Allen had traveled to Iowa with designs on the White House in 2008, so his musings on his job's duties may not sound surprising. But the senator from Virginia may be getting ahead of himself. Even as he laments his day job, he is...asking Virginians to return him to it." (New York Times, 3/26/06;Newport News Daily Press, 10/11/98)

  • George Allen has accepted $498,597 from the oil and gas industry. (Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 3/30/12)

  • "Allen takes credit for 'reining in state spending' when he was governor. In fact, general fund spending grew by 46.8 percent from the budget Allen inherited when he was inaugurated in January 1994, and the budget he recommended before leaving office in January 1998." (Politifact, 9/12/11)

  • Allen drastically cut Virginia's public assistance programs, declaring "Welfare is not to be a permanent status for anyone in life." [Harris, John F. "Allen Urges VA Welfare Restrictions; Plan Would Require Job, Two-Year Cutoff", (Washington Post, August 17, 1993)

  • As Senator, Allen voted to extend corporate welfare to oil and gas companies. (Washington Post, 9/24/11) He has since repeatedly opposed attempts to repeal these subsidies. (Virginia Politics blog, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/11/11;Virginian-Pilot, 3/29/12)

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March 14, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "The day after news broke that a new super PAC will be aiding the Senate campaign of George Allen (R), Timothy M. Kaine (D) proposed -- and Allen quickly rejected -- the idea that the two foes strike an agreement to force outside groups spending money on their race to disclose their donors."

Progressive Point: Virginians want independent leaders, not politicians bought and paid for by secretive corporate interests. George Allen's refusal to keep super PACs and secret money out of the Virginia Senate race means there's nothing to keep the 1% from buying this Senate race. We shouldn't be surprised when the corporate special interests that benefit most from a rigged system flood in to support the candidate who will keep it that way.

Our leaders should prioritize the values of Virginia families and strive for transparency and accountability in our democracy. George Allen says he supports open government, but his actions speak differently. Secretive special interests don't spend millions on a candidate without knowing what they'll get in return: a George Allen who caters to their interests, not ours.

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  • Two outside groups, Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "have devoted $1.5 million of advertising in favor of Allen and against Kaine." (The Virginian-Pilot, March 13, 2012)

  • George Allen's Super PAC, Independence Virginia PAC, has already pledged to raise over $2 million for attacking Tim Kaine and supporting Allen. (The Virginian-Pilot, March 13, 2012)

  • Earlier this year in Massachusetts, Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) pledged to not accept help from Super PACs or any similar outside organizations without transparency. (Washington Post, March 13, 2012)
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In direct conflict with his months of criticizing the stimulus, George Allen spent the last two weeks touring and touting the economic successes of two Virginia firms that received millions in stimulus grants. One of them, Ennis Electric Company, Allen visited last week and left out of his praise for the company was the fact the firm has benefitted from nearly $14 million in stimulus funding.

December 14, 2011

Earlier this week, Protect Your Care responded to George Allen's campaign ad full of distortions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its effect on Virginians. The response corrected the ad's three main false assertions.

Progressive Point: George Allen got the facts wrong. The Affordable Care Act is benefiting Virginia's small businesses, their employees, and their families, lowering costs and expanding coverage. Reform is helping small businesses save money with tax credits that help them cover their employees, so they can spend less on premiums and more on growing and creating jobs. And the ACA reduces health care costs and expands coverage to more people while also reducing the deficit.

George Allen's attacks on health care reform are untrue. He needs to get his facts straight and be honest with the people of Virginia.

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  • Last year, more than 100,000 Virginian small businesses were for eligible for the premium tax credit under the ACA. (FamiliesUSA)

  • More than 500,000 people will gain health care coverage under the ACA and the state-implemented health benefits exchange. (Virginia Office of Health and Human Services)

  • The ACA will save over $200 billion over 10 years and more than $1 trillion in the following decade. (Deficit-Reducing Health Care Reform, Whitehouse.gov)

  • The ACA "reduces health care costs by rewarding doctors, hospitals and other providers that deliver high quality care, making investments to fund research into what works, and cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse." (Deficit-Reducing Health Care Reform, Whitehouse.gov)

  • When the ACA takes full effect in 2014, "small businesses with up to 100 employees will have access to state-based Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges, which will expand their purchasing power. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated that the Exchanges will reduce costs and increase competitive pressure on insurers, driving down premiums by up to 4 percent for small businesses." (Health Reform for Small Businesses,Whitehouse.gov)

  • Defunding health care reform, as George Allen proposes, would increase the deficit by nearly a quarter trillion dollars. (Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog)

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