NY’S Congressional Democrats Release Report:“Bush Misleads NY: A 4 Year Record of Failure”

Aug 17, 2004
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - New York’s Congressional Democrats, including Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Maurice Hinchey, Elliot Engel, Anthony Weiner, and Major Owens, released a report today outlining the issues on which the Bush administration has been detrimental to New York. The Republican National Convention will be held in New York City in two weeks, and it is likely that at that time the GOP will paint a rosy picture of its treatment of New York - a picture discounted by this Congressional report.

The report cites the Bush administration’s failure for New York on 11 specific and important issues: homeland security, jobs, health care, children, crime, consumers, transportation, the environment, housing, taxes and the needy.

Congresswoman Maloney, Chair of the Homeland Security Task Force for the House Democratic Caucus, said, “Four years of the Bush administration has given New Yorkers four years of angst. We’ve heard a lot of upbeat talk from the administration on homeland security, the economy and health care, but the results have been a far different story. I fully expect to hear more of that empty talk at the convention in two weeks, and this report is meant to match up the facts with their words.”

Congressman Nadler said, “This administration’s miserable performance on the environment is but one of the outrageous ways in which President Bush actively does harm to New Yorkers every day. Most pointedly, by misleading the public about post-9/11 air quality and failing to do a proper clean-up, this administration remains culpable for potentially poisoning the residents, workers, and school children of the very district where they will bring their convention two weeks from now.”

Congressman Hinchey said, “Bush has no economic plan except for tax cuts for the very wealthy. It's this Administration's answer for everything, but it's not the right answer for New York. What New Yorkers need are good jobs, jobs that have health benefits, jobs that help you save for retirement, jobs that pay an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. Under George Bush, those jobs are in short supply. Tax cuts don't do you a lot of good if you don't have any income that can be taxed.”

Congressman Engel, a member of the Subcommittee on Health, said, “I give the President's health care performance in New York an 'F'," said Rep. Engel,. "It is really staggering how this President gave millionaires tax cuts but has failed to pass a real prescription drug benefit and is cutting funding for nearly every aspect of our health care system. Literally, for our health, we need new leadership in the White House.”

Congressman Weiner said, “Republicans coming into town for the Convention are going to be safe in spite of the Bush Administration, not because of it. Cutting funds for police and homeland security at ground zero is shocking. Bush’s actions fall far short of his rhetoric nationally and in the City.”

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