The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest pro-business organization in the country, threw its full support today behind Heather Wilson for the United States Senate.
"The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Heather Wilson in her campaign for U.S. Senate," said Rob Engstrom, senior vice president and national political director for the U.S. Chamber. "There is a very clear difference between the candidates' positions on energy issues. Heather Wilson has a record of supporting important legislation to reduce barriers to domestic energy production, which will create jobs and lower energy costs for New Mexico families.
"The United States has a critical opportunity to unleash an American energy revolution by tapping into our domestic resources," Engstrom continued. "Now more than ever, the Senate needs leaders like Heather, who will advance energy policies to drive our economic recovery and put Americans back to work."
Since going to Washington, Congressman Heinrich has taken positions that are wrong for New Mexico. He voted for cap and trade, which would cause the loss of 11,000 New Mexico jobs and increase every family's utility bill by more than $1,000 per year. He voted against the Keystone Pipeline even though it would create 20,000 jobs and decrease our dependence on Middle East oil. He even voted to keep the medical device tax in Obamacare that he himself said would lead to job losses in New Mexico. These votes are just a few of examples of Congressman Heinrich is taking our country in the wrong direction.
"This election is all about jobs," Wilson said. "I believe the best way to create jobs is by keeping taxes low, energy costs low and freezing job killing regulations. Congressman Heinrich has voted 21 times for higher taxes. He has voted for higher energy costs and for gobs of red tape that is strangling American job creation. He's wrong on the issues and wrong for New Mexico."
Congressman Heinrich has earned failing grades from every major pro-business group that tracks the Congress, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Engstrom announced the group's support at the Range Café in Bernalillo and was joined by Nick Vuillemot, executive director of Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce; and C.A. Howlett, a member of the U.S. Chamber Board of Directors and principal of Indigo Partners, LLC.