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Wilson: Heinrich Tries to Run Away from Extremist, Job-Killing Agenda

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Location: Albuquerque, NM

Congressman Heinrich has spent his Washington career fighting for an extremist agenda that would kill jobs in New Mexico. But it's election time, and Heinrich knows his left-wing agenda is too extreme for New Mexico, so like a typical Washington politician, he is now trying to run away from it.

In Washington, Heinrich calls the job-killing cap-and-trade legislation he supports "historic" and compared it to the Apollo Project. But in an attempt to reinvent his record, just yesterday Heinrich told a newspaper in New Mexico's oil country that the same legislation he has always championed is "not feasible today."

"Congressman Heinrich has spent his entire adult life fighting for an extremist agenda that kills jobs and would devastate our energy industry," Heather Wilson said today during an address to the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. "He knew that Cap and Trade would kill more than 11,000 New Mexico jobs and increase every family's utility bill by more than $1,000 every year when he voted for it. But now, just like the typical Washington politician he is, he is trying to pull the wool over voters' eyes and reinvent his record. Congressman Heinrich cannot be trusted to stand up for New Mexico jobs because he puts his left-wing politics first."

Background

Hobbs News Sun "Although he initially voted for the cap and trade regulations, Heinrich said Wednesday, "it is not feasible today.'" ("Heinrich campaigns in Lea County," Hobbs News Sun, Aug. 9, 2012)
Martin Heinrich on Cap and Trade Passage: "From this day on we will create our own clean energy and the jobs we reap will revitalize our nation's economy. This piece of legislation represents no less than a new Apollo project for American energy independence." (June 26, 2009 press release on passage of Cap and Trade"Heinrich Votes for Transformative Historic Clean Energy Legislation", Heinrich.house.gov web site, accessed 8/10/2012)
Heinrich Said The Cap-And-Trade Bill Would "Transform Our Nation." "Today, H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212. U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) voted in favor of this historic legislation that will propel our nation into a new clean energy economy. . . . "This legislation will transform our nation,' said Rep. Martin Heinrich." (Congressman Martin Heinrich, "Heinrich Votes For Transformative Historic Clean Energy Legislation," Press Release, 6/26/09)


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