Title: Congressman Aguilar Votes to Harm Local Economy
According to a 2015 report from Chapman University, the number one fear Americans have today is political corruption. When politicians take millions from special interest groups to vote one way while telling voters at home something entirely different, they erode public trust in our government and dishonor the office and oath they swore to uphold.
Democrat Congressman Pete Aguilar’s statements in a November 1st 2015 editorial of supporting small business is another untruth of his campaign to get reelected. In reality, his voting record is dangerous and abysmal. Aguilar currently has an “F” grade by the National Federation of Independent Business. His voting record in Congress is extreme and does not reflect his pro-business rhetoric in the district; a clear attempt to deceive the voters at taxpayers’ expense.
Voters may have noticed an expensive glossy mailer by Aguilar that resembled a political flier – yet it was fully paid for by taxpayers. He describes efforts as wanting to help the local economy, yet, it’s his extreme anti-business view that devastates California businesses.
Let’s be clear. Aguilar’s voting record does not represent his political rhetoric. Aguilar attempts to align himself with local GOP Congressman Paul Cook, who has a 100% positive voting record by the National Federal of Independent Business, while Aguilar’s voting record is an “F” – in fact, it’s below an “F” – Aguilar earned a score of just 20%.
One has to look no further than Aguilar’s support by multi-million dollar special interest groups that harm the business community, and the American worker. Let’s examine a few of his radical votes:
Aguilar voted against HR 758: The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which would help to reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits and the exorbitant costs that drive many businesses to financial ruin.
Aguilar voted against HR 30: The Save American Workers Act. Small businesses are shrinking workforces because of Obamacare mandates. This bill simply stated that full time work is 40-hours or more per week. Yet Aguilar wanted it much lower (down to 30), which devastates small businesses in the Inland Empire who are barely making it day to day.
Aguilar voted against HR 3: Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The pipeline is important for reducing America’s reliance on foreign energy and helping to reduce the cost of fuels small businesses use every day. This project has the potential to produce thousands of jobs that will help create and support small businesses in communities where the jobs are created while reducing fuel costs that disproportionately affect the working poor and our large commuter population.
Aguilar voted against HR 185: The Regulatory Accountability Act, to reform the Federal regulatory process that harms small businesses. Modernizing the 69-year old procedure is essential to job growth.
Aguilar voted against HR 596: To Repeal and Replace Obamacare. The law has driven up individual healthcare costs, while reducing medical options, and limiting small business growth.
Aguilar voted A against S.J. Res 8: A Congressional Review Act. The pro-business community has been fighting with the National Labor Relations Board to make sure the organization fulfills its original mission to be impartial between businesses and unions.
Aguilar voted against HR 1106: Death Tax Repeal Act, This act provides much needed tax relief and simplification for small businesses.
Aguilar voted against HR 1732: The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. Simply put, this new Act would create a rule mandating the EPA to follow the law by requiring small business input. Previously the EPA did not conduct small business analysis already required by law.
The above is a sampling of Aguilar’s extreme anti-business voting record. It is out of step with moderate Democrats, and definitely out of step with the business community as a whole. Aguilar is attempting to have it both ways in the Inland Empire: pretending to support the business community with taxpayer mailers and editorials; and voting the opposite in Congress.
As a small business owner myself, I know the obstacles that drive many businesses to other states, or towards bankruptcy. Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. In fact, small businesses create two out of every three jobs in the United States. Aguilar’s radical views, if to become a reality, would hurt not only our area’s small businesses, but all middle class families, most of whom work for a small business.
Paul Chabot is a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress and small business owner. He can be reached at www.PaulChabot.com.