Once again, former Congressman Doug Ose is hiding behind misleading attacks from a special interest group backing him because of his record of voting to privatize Social Security. Doug Ose has not aired a single television ad in the 2014 General Election and trailed Dr. Bera by nearly $1.8 million in cash on hand as of the last reporting period. But, after Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS aired almost $1 million dollars worth of "misleading" attack ads, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a DC special interest group that supportsprivatizing Social Security, ending the Medicare guarantee, and opposes raising the minimum wage, just began airing over $300,000 worth of commercials smearing Ami Bera's record.
"Former Congressman Ose has repeatedly voted to help his friends on Wall Street and to line his own pockets at the expense of Sacramento County families and seniors," said Bera Communications Director Allison Teixeira, "Now he is hiding behind misleading attack ads from a group that wants to send him back to Washington to support their agenda of privatizing Social Security and ending the Medicare guarantee."
The truth is that Dr. Bera has worked to rebuild the economy in Sacramento County so it works for middle class families. He's fought to lower taxes on health care, including sponsoring bills endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to remove burdensome regulations and help small business grow, and to bring American energy jobs to Sacramento County.
Claim: "Ami Bera: higher taxes on health care"
TRUTH: Bera is working to lower taxes on health care and relieve the burden on the middle class
- Bera introduced the bipartisan Small Business and Family Relief Act (HR 3367) to delay a new health care tax and make health care more affordable for working families, small businesses, and seniors.The bill would save families an average of $600 a year. At the time it was introduced, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce themselves endorsed the bill at the time and said it "would provide small businesses, families and individuals with immediate and desperately-needed relief." (https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/131105_HR3367_SmallBusinessAndFamilyReliefAct_Boustany_Bera.pdf).
Claim: "Bera: more job killing regulations"
TRUTH: Bera is fighting to help small business and get rid of burdensome regulations that will to help them grow
- Bera cosponsors the Credit Union Small Business Job Creation Act (HR 688), which would allow credit unions to lend an additional $13 billion to small businesses and create 140,000 jobs in the process.
- Bera voted for America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (HR 4457) to help small businesses cut through cost and clutter, allowing them to permanently deduct the cost of purchasing new equipment and property and make the tax cut permanent.
- Bera voted for S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act of 2014 to level the playing field and make the tax code a help, not hindrance (HR 4453). It makes it easier for certain small businesses to access capital without tax penalties, and gives those small businesses same ability to make charitable donations as other businesses.
- Bera voted to boost the economy by supporting the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act to reduce red tape and increase small business’s access to investment capital (HR 1105).
- Bera voted to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt or amend regulations that encourage capital formation for small businesses (HR 701).
- Bera voted to increase the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Development Program by $5 million--intended to strengthen small businesses and create jobs. (Financial Services Appropriations--July 16, 2014).
Claim: "Bera: against American energy jobs"
TRUTH: Bera is working to bring American energy jobs to Sacramento County
Bera supports incentives for clean energy initiatives and encouraging private investment in clean energy programs.
- Bera helped Sacramento County-based company Siemens USA secure a contract to build high performance, energy efficient locomotives, bringing new jobs to the region.
- He supports the Advancing Innovative Manufacturing Act to accelerate research, development, and innovation in advanced manufacturing in the U.S. and to improve the competitiveness of American manufacturers around the world.
- Bera also supports the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act so government and businesses can work together to develop priorities to build new, innovative products here in the U.S.
- Bera has supported investing in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to focus on three areas that are critical to securing our energy future and creating new jobs in energy: renewable electricity generation; sustainable transportation; and energy-saving homes, buildings and manufacturing.
Dr. Ami Bera represents Sacramento County in Congress. He’s working to make Congress a place for service and fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, Bera is leading the charge to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges, and worked to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra.