The Obama administration recently announced a carbon rule on existing coal-fired plants that would cause electricity prices to skyrocket and destroy 224,000 jobs every year.
Kay Hagan penned a letter to the head of the EPA, calling for the public comment period to be extended, which was a cynical election-year attempt to try to rewrite her record of rubber-stamping Obama’s fringe anti-energy agenda.
The reality is that Hagan repeatedly voted to maintain the EPA’s ability to impose job-killing regulations without needing the approval of Congress. Simply put, the new carbon rule was made possible thanks to Kay Hagan.
- Hagan Voted Against A Joint Resolution To Provide For Congressional Disapproval Of An EPA Endangerment Finding That Greenhouse Gases Qualify As Dangerous Pollutants Under The Clean Air Act, Which Is The Basis For The EPA Carbon Regulations. (S. J. Res. 26, CQ Vote #184: Motion rejected 47-53: R 41-0; D 6-51; I 0-2, 6/10/10, Hagan Voted Nay)
- Hagan Voted Against An Amendment To Block The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide And Other Greenhouse Gases. (S. 493, CQ Vote #54: Rejected 50-50: R 46-1; D 4-47; I 0-2, 4/6/11, Hagan Voted Nay)
- Hagan Voted Against An Amendment To The Senate Democrats’ Budget That Would Have Banned The EPA From Regulating Carbon Emissions. (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #76: Rejected 47-52: R 44-1; D 3-49; I 0-2, 3/23/13, Hagan Voted Nay)
If Hagan’s intentions couldn’t be any clearer, she recently told a left-wing special interest group that she still supports the EPA’s unchecked authority to impose regulations.
- “…I know the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions is key to protecting our environment for future generations.” (Cullen Browder, “Hagan comes out swinging against Tillis,” WRAL, 5/28/14)
The North Carolina General Assembly passed the Voter Information Verification Act, which implements voter ID, protects the integrity of the ballot box, and offers free identification cards to voters who need them. Polls consistently show that 70% of North Carolinians approve of the state’s commonsense voter ID law.
But in August 2013, in an attempt to pander to fringe, far-left activists, Washington liberal Kay Hagan wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Obama administration file a lawsuit against North Carolina to stop voter ID.
Months later, the Obama administration announced they were suing North Carolina over the state’s commonsense voter ID law, with Kay Hagan and her campaign taking credit for the frivolous lawsuit.
- “Following Kay’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice plans to challenge North Carolina’s new voter access law.” (Kay Hagan for Senate official Facebook page, 10/1/13)
Cap And Trade
In July 2010, as liberal Senate Democrats were struggling to get the 60 votes needed to pass cap and trade legislation, Kay Hagan sent a letter to Harry Reid, lobbying him to pass a crushing energy tax on American families and businesses.
- Reid did get some good news on Friday when 12 freshman Senate Democrats sent him a letter urging him to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill, including a cap on greenhouse gases. ‘We believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions,’ wrote Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Roland Burris of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ted Kaufmann of Delaware, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Warner of Virginia.” (Darren Samuelsohn, “Goodwin Says No To Cap On Emissions,” Politico, 7/16/10)
Luckily for North Carolina families, the cap and trade tax was too extreme even for Harry Reid, who tabled the cap and trade bill just days after receiving the letter.
Hagan has always been on the fringe when it comes to implementing President Obama’s anti-energy agenda. In 2008, she actively campaigned in support of a cap and trade tax that would have crippled America’s economy and cost households up to $1,700 a year.
In April, Kay Hagan and several other vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection wrote a letter to President Obama, kindly requesting that he make a decision on the Keystone Pipeline by the end of May. But just a week after the letter was sent, the Obama administration announced that a decision on the Keystone Pipeline was once again being delayed.
Hagan has proven to be such a remarkably ineffective Senator that she can’t even convince Harry Reid to agree to a simple up or down vote on the Keystone Pipeline.
But that’s not all. While Hagan publicly claims to be generally supportive of the Keystone Pipeline, the truth is that she’s bought and paid for by the very same left-wing special interest groups that are working to kill the pipeline. In fact, one super PAC that supports Hagan is directly attempting to influence her position on the Keystone Pipeline through their financial support.
- “Environmental issues are a main focus for CREDO SuperPAC, especially fighting the Keystone XL pipeline.” (Jamie Fuller, “Progressive super PAC to help Dems in five close senate races — but not Pryor and Landrieu,” Washington Post, 4/23/14)
- “A super PAC for a progressive group is launching a multi-statewide effort to boost Democratic Senate candidates and push some of the candidates leftward on issues like the environment and Social Security. The group, CREDO SuperPAC, also announced it will not put resources in Louisiana or Arkansas where vulnerable Democratic Senators Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor ‘frequently vote against progressives,” according to the group.’” (Kate Nocera, “Progressive Super PAC Hopes To Push Moderate Democrats To The Left,” BuzzFeed, 4/23/14)
To pay for ObamaCare, Kay Hagan voted to raid Medicare Advantage by over $200 billion, causing many seniors who depend on the program to lose their health-care plans and doctors.
In a blatantly hypocritical election-year attempt to save face, Hagan penned a letter to the Obama administration complaining about the very same cuts to Medicare Advantage that she voted to enact.
- “Nineteen Democratic senators signed a letter Tuesday to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warning of the dire consequences for seniors if cuts to Medicare Advantage go through as expected later this month. The letter was signed by party heavyweights, including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), as well as vulnerable Democrats facing reelection…” (Jonathan Easley, “Dems Side With GOP Over Medicare Cuts,” The Hill’s HealthWatch, 2/18/14)
Hagan’s faux concern over her cuts to Medicare is especially rich given the fact that she repeatedly voted to keep the cuts when presented the choice between enacting ObamaCare and protecting seniors.
- In March 2010, Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prevented Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)
- In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Allowed Medicare Advantage Enrollees To Retain Their Existing Benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Hagan Voted Nay)
- In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Prevented Medicare Cuts In The Bill, Including Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Hagan Voted Nay)
The Obamacare Debacle
ObamaCare’s launch was an unmitigated disaster, with a website that didn’t work and millions of Americans learning their insurance plans would be canceled despite the repeated promises made by President Obama and Kay Hagan that people who like their plan can keep them.
To cover-up the fact that she cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, Hagan sent HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a letter complaining about Healthcare.gov’s technical meltdown.
- HAGAN: “More than a month later, too many visitors still find the site unusable. At every step of the user experience, site errors have prevented people from effectively shopping and enrolling in plans.” (Tom Howell Jr., “Sen. Kay Hagan Gets Tough On Flawed Obamacare Rollout,” The Washington Times, 11/11/13)
But Hagan forgot to mention that she repeatedly failed to provide oversight over ObamaCare during the previous four years.
In fact, at one point Hagan even praised Sebelius for the “hard work” the Obama administration was doing to implement ObamaCare.
- HAGAN: “And, Madam Secretary, I too want to thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in to date and for being here today. But I also am pleased with the partnerships that the Department of Health and Human Services is forming in North Carolina, especially with our state insurance commissioner as they are moving forward to establishing the exchange.” (Sen. Kay Hagan, Senate Health, Education, Labor And Pensions Committee Hearing, 1/27/11)
Despite the millions of cancellation notices, skyrocketing premiums, and devastating cuts to Medicare, Hagan has admitted that she would vote for ObamaCare AGAIN if given the chance.
- “But when pressed about whether she would back the health care law if she had another chance, Hagan said: ‘Yeah, I would vote for it again.’” (Manu Raju, “North Carolina’s choice,” Politico, 12/12/13)
The National Debt
In 2009, shortly after being sworn-in, Kay Hagan wrote a letter to fellow Senators expressing significant concern over out-of-control budget deficits and a ballooning federal debt:
- “Now is a time for tough choices….We cannot afford to waste one dollar of taxpayer money.” (Kay Hagan, Letter to Senate Budget Committee, 3/25/09)
But instead of keeping her word and fighting against President Obama’s reckless spending, Hagan wrote him one blank check after another, voting to increase the debt ceiling SEVEN times. Hagan and Obama have added $7 TRILLION to our national debt, mortgaging America’s future in the process.
Medical Device Tax
Kay Hagan cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, which imposed a devastating tax on the sale of medical devices, part of an important industry in North Carolina.
In 2010, Hagan doubled-down on her support for the Medical Device Tax, voting to keep it in ObamaCare.
But then in December 2012, Hagan suddenly appeared to have a change of heart, writing a letter to Harry Reid requesting that the implementation of the Medical Device Tax be delayed – presumably until after her re-election campaign.
- “With this year quickly drawing to a close, the medical device industry has received little guidance about how to comply with the tax – causing significant uncertainty and confusion for businesses. As we work together to develop a long-term solution to help move our economy forward, reduce our debt and reform our tax code, we urge you to support delaying enactment of this provision in a fiscally responsible manner.” (Sen. Kay Hagan, “Hagan Urges Delay In Implementation Of Medical Device Tax,” Press Release, 12/11/12)
Amazingly, even after Hagan wrote the letter decrying the damaging consequences of the Medical Device Tax, she then proceeded to flip-flip again, voting to KEEP the tax in ObamaCare.
- Hagan Voted No: “To Promote Innovation, Preserve High-Paying Jobs, And Encourage Economic Growth For Manufacturers Of Lifesaving Medical Devices And Cutting Edge Medical Therapies.” (S.Amdt 297 To S.Con.Res. 8, Roll Call #47: Amendment Agreed To 79-20-1, 3/21/13, Hagan Voted Yea)
- Hagan Voted No: “To Repeal The Tax Increase On Catastrophic Medical Expenses Created By ObamaCare.” (S.Admdt To S.Con.Res. 8, Roll Call #71: Amendment Rejected 45-54-1, 3/22/13, Hagan Voted Nay)