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Cantor's record mischaracterized

Date published: 6/8/2014

Cantor's record mischaracterized

David Brat, running against incumbent Rep. Eric Cantor, has misrepresented Cantor's legislative voting record.

A recent Brat flier wrongly states that Eric Cantor voted to fully fund "Obamacare," claiming that Cantor's vote for HR 2775 justifies his claim. HR 2775 was enacted last October as a joint resolution of the House and the Senate, whose purpose was to restore funding to government agencies that lost funding for discretionary programs during the partial government shutdown.

Not all government programs were discontinued during the shutdown. Many programs such as those in Homeland Security, Defense, and Health and Human Services continued.

Social Security still delivered monthly benefit payments, security personnel still manned passenger gates and much of "Obamacare" funding was still paying for health services because Obamacare was a mandatory program as defined by statute. So the partial government shutdown didn't stop funding for Obamacare.

Indeed, the fact-checking organization PolitiFact concluded that the government shutdown didn't defund Obamacare because it was already operating with mandatory authority.

So, Rep. Cantor's vote to restore funding for discretionary government programs wasn't a vote to "fully fund Obamacare," as David Brat claims.

Republican voters, please vote for Rep. Cantor on June 10 so he can continue his efforts to get government spending under control.

Charles C. Tuck