Extreme Mark Green

Mark Green is too extreme

Report: Washington’s Reckless Spending Threatens U.S. Economy

Congressman Green: The Guy Who Did the Spending

Congressman Mark Green has been spending a lot of time and money trying to get Wisconsin voters to forget he’s a Congressman.

Why?

Well before Mark Green was a Congressman, he called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require that Congress balance the federal budget, calling it the “greatest threat which faces our nation.” [Source: 1995 Assembly Joint Resolution 7] And in 1998, when Mark Green became a Congressman, he pledged to focus on “fiscal responsibility.” [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Candidate Profile]

But when Congressman Green went to Washington – and had the opportunity to actually balance the federal budget – he turned record surpluses into record deficits, increased federal spending by 33 percent, raised the national debt limit to $10 trillion, and repeatedly voted against “pay-as-you-go” rules that would have required Congress to balance the federal budget.

And people are noticing. The Wisconsin State Journal criticized Congress for failing to support “pay-as-you-go,” calling it fiscally insane not to. [Source: "Congress Should Pay As It Goes", Editorial, WSJ, 8/22/06]

A report published in The International Economy further highlights the seriousness of Mark Green’s reckless actions and fiscal irresponsibility in Congress, arguing that federal deficits seriously threaten the long-term prospects of the U.S. economy, and have “serious implications for America’s power in the world.” [Source: Chinn and Steil, "Why Deficits Matter", The International Economy, Summer 2006, pgs. 18-23]

“We can't let Congressman Green do in Wisconsin, what he did in Washington." said Anson Kaye, Communications Director for the Doyle Campaign. "His fiscal record is one of huge deficits and out-of- control spending. That may be good for his special interest pals, but it’s bad for Wisconsin's middle-class and working families."

CONGRESSMAN GREEN: A RECORD OF FISCAL RECKLESSNESS:

• Green helped Republicans in Congress turn record surpluses into record deficits, voting for
four consecutive Bush budgets that increased federal spending by 33 percent. [Sources: White
House Office of Management & Budget; Congressional Budget Office HCR83, Vote 70, 3/28/01; HCR353, Vote 79, 3/20/02; HRC95, Vote 82, 3/20/03; HCR393, Vote 92, 3/25/04; Cato Institute, "Policy Analysis #543", 5/3/05]
• Green has repeatedly voted to raise the National Debt Limit, including a record increase of
almost a trillion dollars. Green most recently voted to increase the debt limit to almost $10
trillion. [Sources: S2578, Vote 279, 6/27/02; HCR95, Vote 141, 4/11/03; HR4613, Vote 280, 6/22/04; S2986, Vote 536, 11/18/04; HCR376, Vote 158, 5/17/06]
• Green has repeatedly voted against strong “pay-as-you-go” rules that apply to spending and
tax cuts. [Sources: HCR376, Vote 157, 5/17/06; HR4663, Vote 317, 6/25/2004; HR4663, Vote 314, 6/24/2004; SCR95, Vote 171, 5/13/04; SCR95, Vote 145, 5/5/2004; SCR95, Vote 97, 3/30/04]
• Green helped Republicans in the state Legislature rack up the worst budget deficit in state history – a deficit Governor Doyle fixed without raising taxes while still investing in our schools, health care, and local services. [Sources: 1993 SB44, 1995 AB150, 1997 AB100]
• Green has proposed a state budget plan that would mean deep cuts for our schools, health
care for seniors, and public safety. [Source: Green for Governor Release, 4/17/06]

Will Mark Green Support FDA Approval of Emergency Contraception?

With Extreme Record on Women’s Health Care Rights, Not Likely

After years of stalling, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception, known as the morning-after pill or Plan B, to women over the age of 18.

Following the annoucement, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke called on Congressman Mark Green to say whether he supports the FDA’s decision – a decision even supported by President Bush. [Source: New York Times, 8/25/06] If history is any indication, Green will likely oppose the FDA’s decision, as his position on women’s reproductive rights is about as extreme as one can get, Wineke said.

“This long-overdue decision is a victory for women’s health that will expand health care options and empower more women to make informed, educated decisions about their health care,” Wineke said.

“Women in Wisconsin deserve to know whether Mark Green will support their right to emergency contraception – or whether he will continue his extreme agenda to roll back their health care rights.”

Not only does Green oppose a woman’s right to birth control, he even wants to revive a decades-old statute that would make abortions a felony in Wisconsin once again, even in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother.

Wineke said Wisconsin women should be very concerned that a Governor Green would take away their right to make their own personal health care decisions – including their right to emergency contraception.

Congressman Green’s Extreme Record on Women’s Health Care Rights:

• Green supports criminalizing abortion in Wisconsin under virtually every circumstance, even in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/06]
• Green has co-authored several constitutional amendments in Congress to criminalize abortion.
[Sources: 2001 HJR20; 1999 HJR31]
• Green supports tighter restrictions on the ability of minors to obtain birth control without their parents’ consent. [Source: HR4577, Vote 481, 9/19/00]
• Green coauthored and supports legislation to allow pharmacists the right to deny women birth
control based on the pharmacists’ own personal beliefs. [Sources: 1997 AB953; HR4691, Vote 412, 9/25/02]
• Green opposes using public funds to allow low-income women access to family planning
clinics. [Source: HR1646, Vote 115, 5/16/01]

Extreme Green Would Criminalize a Woman’s Right to Choose

Wisconsin would be a very scary place for women if Congressman Mark Green were Governor.

That’s because Mark Green’s position on women’s reproductive rights is about as extreme as one can get.

Not only does Green oppose a woman’s right to birth control, he even wants to revive a decadesold statute that would make abortions a felony in Wisconsin once again, even in the cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/06]

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke said Wisconsin women should be very concerned about Green’s plans to undermine their basic health care rights.

“Congressman Green’s extreme record against women’s health care rights is yet another example of how out of touch Green is with the values of Wisconsin families,” Wineke said. “The more the people of Wisconsin learn about Mark Green, the more they will discover just how out of touch he is. And for women in particular in Wisconsin, there’s no doubt a Governor Green would be a nightmare.”

Congressman Green’s Extreme Record on Women’s Health Care Rights:

• Green supports criminalizing abortion in Wisconsin under virtually every circumstance, even in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/06

• Green has co-authored several constitutional amendments in Congress to criminalize abortion.
[Sources: 2001 HJR20; 1999 HJR31]

• Green supports tighter restrictions on the ability of minors to obtain birth control without their parents’ consent. [Source: HR4577, Vote 481, 9/19/00]

• Green coauthored and supports legislation to allow pharmacists the right to deny women birth
control based on the pharmacists’ own personal beliefs. [Sources: 1997 AB953; HR4691, Vote 412, 9/25/02]

• Green opposes using public funds to allow low-income women access to family planning
clinics. [Source: HR1646, Vote 115, 5/16/01]

Appleton Post Crescent: ‘Pairing Minimum Wage With Estate Tax is Cynical Ploy’

10 Years and Counting: Mark Green Still Opposes Increasing the Minimum Wage

It’s been 10 years today since Congress last raised the minimum wage.
And it’s been 12 years since Mark Green cast his first vote as a lawmaker against increasing the
minimum wage. Green was against giving a pay raise to Wisconsin working families then, and he’s against it now – and no amount of election-year trickery can change that fact.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke said Mark Green should stop playing political games and fight for a real pay raise for thousands of hardworking Wisconsin families struggling to live on the minimum wage. Last weekend, Green and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sham minimum wage bill that includes a cut in the estate tax for the wealthiest Americans – a bill they know has no chance of passing the U.S. Senate.

As the Appleton Post Crescent says today in an editorial, pairing the minimum wage with a cut in the estate tax is a cynical ploy.

The paper goes on to say: “Raising the minimum wage is popular with the public, so it could become a campaign issue for House members who oppose it, largely Republicans. But by attaching to the bill a reduction in the estate tax, which is unlikely to pass the Senate, those House members can tell their constituents they voted to raise the minimum wage and it was that darned Senate that nixed the deal.” [Appleton Post Crescent Editorial, 8/2/06]

“Mark Green seems to think he can fool Wisconsin voters into believing he supports a minimum wage increase, but his record proves otherwise,” Wineke said. “As a Congressman and a state legislator, Green has consistently voted against raising the minimum wage. Mark Green can try, but he just can’t hide the fact that he doesn’t support a pay raise for Wisconsin’s working families.”

Mark Green’s Record Opposing the Minimum Wage:

• As a member of Congress, Mark Green voted against raising the federal minimum wage eight
times, including three times last month.
• As a legislator in the state Assembly, Mark Green voted against raising the state minimum wage.
• Mark Green says the minimum wage is “irrelevant” in Green Bay, and a “false issue.”

More Unbelievable Fiction on Stem Cell Research, by Mark Green

Yesterday, President George W. Bush vetoed HR 810, bipartisan legislation overwhelmingly passed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that would have lifted his restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research.

In doing so, Bush equated stem cell research to murder. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/19/06]

To no one’s surprise, extreme Mark Green sided with his ideological soul mate George Bush, and voted to uphold the President’s veto – a vote against federal funding for stem cell research.

But then Green released an extraordinary press release, in which he called himself a strong supporter of stem cell research!

In fact, almost all of the Green release is complete fiction.

Fact Check of Mark Green’s press release from 7/19/06 on stem cell research:

GREEN STATEMENT: “Stem cell research holds the key to treating some of the most debilitating diseases of mankind, which is why I have strongly supported expanding research into this exciting new medical frontier.”

FACT: The notion that Mark Green is a strong supporter of expanding stem cell research is absolutely ridiculous on its face.

FACT: Mark Green has voted for or cosponsored legislation to ban and even criminalize stem cell research eight times. [Sources: HRes214, Vote #300, 7/31/01; HR2505, Vote #302, 7/31/01; HR2505, Vote #303, 7/31/01: HR2505, Vote #304, 7/31/01; HR534, Vote #37, 2/27/03; HR534, Vote #38, 2/27/03; HR534, Vote #39, 2/27/03; HR 1357]

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GREEN STATEMENT: “The vote today, however, is not about expanding stem cell research.”

FACT: False. The vote was, in fact, entirely about expanding stem cell research.

FACT: HR 810 would have expanded federal funding for stem cell research by making funding available to more stem cell lines, not just those created prior to August 9, 2001.

GREEN STATEMENT: “It is about whether taxpayers should be required to fund the destruction of living human embryos.”

FACT: False. HR 810 “would allow federal funding for research on embryos that otherwise would be discarded by fertility clinics.” [Source: CQ Today, 7/17/06]

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GREEN STATEMENT: “While I support the current policy of allowing federally-funded research on existing embryonic stem cell lines, I am most excited about expanding research into stem cells derived from other sources, such as umbilical cord blood.”

FACT: False. Green opposes embryonic stem cell research.

FACT: Green has voted against federal funding for stem cell research twice. [Sources: HR 810, Vote 204, 5/24/05; HR 810, Vote 388, 7/19/06]

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GREEN STATEMENT: “This research [adult stem cell research] has very broad support in the scientific community and with the public. It has also already led to treatments for 72 terrible diseases, including Sickle Cell Anemia and Leukemia, while embryonic stem cell research has yet to produce any treatments after five years of federally-funded research.”

FACT: Everyone supports adult stem cell research. But actual scientists concur that it is embryonic stem cell research that holds far greater potential to cure diseases. [Source: New York Times, 7/16/06]

FACT: Green is making reference to a list of 72 diseases compiled by the conservative Family Research Council (FRC), a partisan group that opposes stem cell research – and opposed HR 810. [Source: Chicago Tribune, 7/19/06]

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GREEN STATEMENT: “I’ll continue to play a leading role in making sure investing in finding cures remains one of our top priorities.”

FACT: Preposterous.

FACT: Mark Green has voted against federal funding for stem cell research twice, has voted for or cosponsored legislation to ban or criminalize stem cell research eight times, and supports efforts by the Wisconsin State Legislature to ban and even criminalize stem cell research.

[Sources: HRes214, Vote #300, 7/31/01; HR2505, Vote #302, 7/31/01; HR2505, Vote #303, 7/31/01: HR2505, Vote #304, 7/31/01; HR534, Vote #37, 2/27/03; HR534, Vote #38, 2/27/03; HR534, Vote #39, 2/27/03; HR 1357 ; HR810, Vote 204, 5/24/05; HR810, Vote 388, 7/19/06; 2005 AB499; Green for Wisconsin Release, 11/3/05]

It’s Not Easy Being Extreme: Mark Green Votes Against Restoring Funds for Public Broadcasting

First Mark Green Wants to Know What You Read; Now He Wants to Control What You Watch on TV

Despite the U.S. House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly yesterday to restore funds to public broadcasting, Congressman Mark Green once again showed his extreme colors by voting against a bipartisan proposal to reinstate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB provides assistance to more than 1,000 public television and radio stations across the nation.

This is the second time in just over a week that Mark Green has voted with Tom DeLay and the extreme minority against a moderate bipartisan majority. Just last week, despite the House voting 238-187 to curb the broad powers of the U.S. Patriot Act, Green voted to allow the federal government to continue to investigate the library and book store records of American citizens.

“Not only does Mark Green want to know what Americans are reading, he also apparently wants to control what they are watching on TV,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “First Mark Green votes to allow the FBI to continue to snoop into the reading habits of Americans. Then he votes to cut funding for public radio and popular television programs, from Sesame Street to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. How much more extreme can Mark Green get?”

Yesterday, the House voted 284-140 for an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Dave Obey (D-Wisconsin) that would add back $100 million to CPB’s budget and protect public broadcast programming. Congressman Green joined fellow Republicans Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner in voting against the Obey amendment.

The proposed cuts would have meant a $2.8 million cut in federal support for Wisconsin’s eight public television stations and more than two dozen public radio stations. Federal funding for CPB is also vital to PBS and National Public Radio, and is especially critical to small and rural radio stations with limited budgets.

“Mark Green’s actions continue to show how out of touch he is with the Wisconsin people,” Wineke said. “Despite a public outcry in support of public broadcasting, Mark Green turned his back and voted against Wisconsin priorities. When is Mark Green going to start representing the interests and values of the people who elected him to Congress?”

Mark Green’s Real Record on Seniors

Green Touts Support of Extreme, Right-Wing Advocacy Group that Opposes Drug Reimportation & Supports Risky Plans to Privatize Social Security


Today, Mark Green is touting the support of the 60 Plus Association.

Not only does the conservative, right-wing advocacy group have close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, it has attacked the AARP, opposes reimportation of safe, lower-cost prescription drugs, and supports President Bush’s risky plan to privatize Social Security.

The fact that Mark Green is trumpeting support from such a group shows just how extreme and out of touch he is with Wisconsin seniors.

But if that’s not enough for Wisconsin voters, just take a look at Green’s record:

  • Green has voted against reimportation of safe, affordable prescription drugs in Congress. [Source: HR 2427, Vote 445, 7/25/03]
  • Green supports risky plans to privatize Social Security, has gone to great lengths to hide that support from Wisconsin seniors, and even refused last year to sign a pledge opposing privatization. [Source: Green Bay Press Gazette, 3/30/05]
  • Green cast the deciding vote to pass the federal Medicare prescription drug plan – which has been a disaster for seniors. The Medicare plan also bars the federal government from using its bulk-purchasing power to negotiate lower prices and would have killed Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare program, if Governor Doyle had not stepped in to save the program. [Source: HR 1, Vote 332, 6/27/03]
  • And, after casting the deciding vote to approve the Medicare drug plan that gave away more than $200 billion to the big drug and insurance industries, Green took $27,000 from HMOs and pharmaceutical companies. [Source: Political Money Line]
“Whether it has been voting for the Medicare boondoggle, opposing reimportation, or supporting the privatization of Social Security, Mark Green has a record that should scare Wisconsin seniors,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Wisconsin seniors can count on Mark Green to put their Social Security benefits in jeopardy and make it harder for them to access lower-priced prescription drugs.”

The Doyle Difference vs. Extreme Green

Governor Doyle & Democrats Are Fighting for Middle Class Families – While Mark Green & Republicans are Pushing an Extreme Agenda for the Special Interests

Wisconsin Rallies for Four More Years of Doyle Leadership

When it comes to virtually every issue important to middle class families, what a difference it makes to have a Democratic Governor in Wisconsin.

From education to health care to energy to stem cell research to fiscal management, Governor Doyle and Democrats are fighting for middle class families – while Mark Green and Republicans are pushing an extreme agenda catered to the special interests.

As Democrats gather in La Crosse this weekend for their annual state convention, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke said Wisconsin voters will have a clear choice this fall between a Governor who understands Wisconsin values and a Republican challenger who is all about Washington values.

Wisconsin families need four more years of Governor Doyle’s leadership,” Wineke said. “They know what a difference it has made to have a Democratic Governor in Wisconsin – and they know Wisconsin can’t afford the extreme Green Washington way of wild spending, record deficits, fighting for big oil and drug companies instead of real people, and slamming the door on stem cell research and a woman’s right to choose.”

This November, voters will choose between the “Doyle Difference” and “Extreme Green.”

  • ON FISCAL MANAGEMENT – While Governor Doyle balanced the deepest fiscal deficit in state history without raising taxes and while still investing in our schools, Mark Green and Republicans in Washington have turned the largest surpluses in U.S. history into the largest deficits. [Source: OMB; 2003 Wisconsin Act 33]
  • ON EDUCATION – While Governor Doyle has doubled financial aid and used his veto pen to restore GOP cuts to financial aid and UW System funding, Mark Green cast the deciding vote to slash federal student aid by nearly $12 billion – the largest cut in the program’s history. [Sources: HRS653, Vote #4, 2/1/06; Doyle Release 7/25/05]
  • ON HEALTH CARE – While Governor Doyle saved prescription drug coverage for over 100,000 seniors, Mark Green cast the deciding vote for the Medicare federal drug program that almost killed Wisconsin’s successful SeniorCare program and gave away more than $200 billion to the big drug and insurance industries. [Source: HR 1, Vote #332, 6/27/03; Doyle Release, 10/11/05]
  • ON ENERGY – While Governor Doyle cracked down on gas gouging and subpoenaed oil executives to get real answer about sky-high gas prices, Mark Green took thousands from the Big Oil companies and voted to give them billions of dollars in tax breaks and corporate giveaways. [2005 Wisconsin Act 450; Doyle Release, 12/1/05; Center for Responsive Politics; HR4297, Vote 109, 4/27/06]
  • ON STEM CELL RESEARCH – While Governor Doyle is vigorously promoting life-saving stem cell research pioneered right here in Wisconsin, Mark Green is leading the Republican effort to ban, and even impose criminal penalties on, proven methods of stem cell research. [Sources: HR2505, Vote 304, 7/31/01; HR534, Vote 39, 2/27/03]

“The choice for Wisconsin voters couldn’t be more clear this fall – and the differences between Democrats and Republicans couldn’t be more stark,” Wineke said. “Governor Doyle and Democrats up and down the ticket will be victorious this November, because Democrats are fighting for Wisconsin’s middle class and working families.”

Green’s Big Idea for Law Enforcement: Concealed Weapons On Our Playgrounds… And Fewer Cops on the Streets

Mark Green’s out and about touting his “record” on law enforcement today.

Not that he’s done very much law enforcing while sitting behind a desk in Washington for the past seven years.

Maybe that’s why his ideas are so far outside the Wisconsin mainstream.

Example number 1: Green supports letting just about anyone carry concealed weapons just about anywhere. That includes playgrounds, crowded shopping malls, and even Summerfest. Green is pushing the plan, despite the fact that the vast majority of law enforcement and nearly 70 percent of Wisconsin residents oppose legalizing concealed weapons.

Example number 2: Green wants fewer police officers on Wisconsin’s streets. According to the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, TABOR – which Green wholeheartedly supports – would have caused thousands of police officers to be laid off. [Source: Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, “Exposing the Wisconsin ‘Tax Hell’ Hoax,” January 2005]

Governor Doyle sees things quite a bit differently.

First as a prosecutor, then during his 12 years as Attorney General, and now as Governor, Jim Doyle has spent a career in law enforcement. He knows firsthand the hard work police officers do, and has always let them be his guide when it comes to law enforcement.

No one’s been tougher on hardened criminals in Wisconsin than Governor Doyle. And no one enjoys broader support among law enforcement all across the state.

“It’s pretty easy to come up with tough-sounding rhetoric from behind a desk in Washington, but only one guy has actually worked with victims and locked dangerous predators away, and that’s Governor Jim Doyle,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “We don’t need loaded firearms in our shopping malls and playgrounds. We need someone who will stand with our police officers – a proven, tough, effective crime fighter like Governor Doyle.”

Extreme Green Votes to Drill in Arctic

Green’s Appalling Environmental Record Out of Touch with Wisconsin Families

It seems every day Mark Green gives us another example of how out of touch he is with Wisconsin families. And yesterday was no different.

After taking nearly $44,000 from the big oil and gas companies, Green joined Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to open up – for the first time ever – the pristine coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling. [Sources: Center for Responsive Politics; HR5429, Vote 209]

“Yesterday, Mark Green voted to despoil one of our nation’s most magnificent lands in order to provide a special-interest gift to the oil and gas industry,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “Time and again, Mark Green has shown that he would rather stand with big oil and the special interests, than stand for Wisconsin values.”

Green and Republicans passed the bill, despite a majority of Americans believing that our country should not sacrifice the Arctic refuge for a one-time supply of oil that does nothing to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Wineke said Green is out of step with a state that prides itself on its commitment to protecting our cherished wildlife areas for future generations.

On top of that, Green is even trying to mislead Wisconsin families about the specifics of the bill, Wineke said. In a release yesterday, Green tried to claim that drilling in the Arctic would “increase America’s energy independence by boosting oil production.”

But according to the U.S. Geological Service, the amount of oil that could be recovered from ANWR represents only a mere six-month U.S. supply of oil. And a report by President Bush’s own Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that when Arctic Refuge oil is at or near peak production in 2025, prices at the pump would only be affected by about a penny a gallon. On top of that, the EIA concludes that it would take 10 years for any Arctic Refuge oil to even reach the market.

“If Mark Green has his way, our nation would lose forever a pristine land that has been protected for nearly 50 years for a meager supply of oil that will not even be available for 10 years,” Wineke said. “The Arctic Refuge is just too precious to lose. Wisconsin families should be alarmed about a Republican candidate for Governor who would sacrifice our environment for his own political gain.”

Mark Green’s Rhetoric vs. Reality

Green Can’t Hide from Extreme Record Far Outside Wisconsin Mainstream

MADISON – Mark Green sure is living in a dream world.

At the Republican State Convention in Appleton this past weekend, Mark Green did his best to try to hide from an extreme Washington record that is out of touch with Wisconsin families.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke said Mark Green’s campaign rhetoric just doesn’t match up with reality.

“On everything from education to health care to stem cell research, Green has staked out positions far outside the Wisconsin mainstream and has been a rubberstamp for the failed policies of President Bush and Republicans in Congress,” Wineke said. “It is nothing short of laughable for Mark Green to now claim to stand for Wisconsin values.”

Wineke said Wisconsin voters will see through Green’s rhetoric to the truth about his extreme, out-of-touch Washington record:

Stem Cell Research

GREEN’S RHETORIC: Mark Green claims he supports stem cell research.

REALITY CHECK: Mark Green has repeatedly tried to ban and even criminalize life-saving stem cell research pioneered right here in Wisconsin.

· Green opposes federal funding for stem cell research and has voted against it in Congress.

· Green has led the fight to ban, and even impose criminal penalties on, stem cell research.

· Green supports legislation vetoed by Governor Doyle that would threaten stem cell research and scientific advancement in the state.

Ethics

GREEN’S RHETORIC: Mark Green says he will restore integrity to state government.

REALITY CHECK: Not only is Mark Green caught up in the Republican culture of corruption in Washington, he was involved in the caucus scandal as a state legislator in Madison.

· Green has taken more than $30,000 in campaign cash from the indicted Tom DeLay – and still refuses to clean his campaign of the dirty money, even though DeLay resigned from Congress.

· Green’s staffer repeatedly took ticket freebies from convicted influence peddler Jack Abramoff – and then tried to cover it up.

· Trial testimony and documents show that Green and two of his top aides illegally did campaign work on state time while they worked in the state Legislature.

Fiscal Responsibility

GREEN’S RHETORIC: Mark Green says he will restore fiscal responsibility to state government.

REALITY CHECK: Mark Green has a long record of reckless spending and fiscal irresponsibility.

· Green has helped Republicans in Congress turn record surpluses into record deficits, voting for four consecutive Bush budgets that increased federal spending by 33 percent.

· Green has repeatedly voted to increase the national debt limit by trillions of dollars, voting just this month to raise the limit even higher to nearly $10 trillion.

· As a state legislator, Green joined Republicans in voting for a 38 percent hike in state spending and helped create the largest budget deficit in state history – a $3.2 billion mess that Governor Doyle had to clean up.

· Green supports a TABOR proposal that would spell disaster for Wisconsin by drastically cutting public schools, health care, and public safety.

Wisconsin Values

GREEN’S RHETORIC: Mark Green claims he will fight for the people of Wisconsin.

REALITY CHECK: Mark Green has a long Washington record of voting for the wealthy and the special interests and against Wisconsin families.

· Green voted this month to approve a Bush tax bill that gives millionaires a $42,000 tax break, while middle class families will only see a mere $20 tax cut.

· Green voted last week for a GOP House budget that slashes education and health care for middle class families, while giving billion-dollar tax breaks to the wealthy and adding trillions more to the federal deficit.

· Green cast the deciding vote for the disastrous Bush Medicare drug plan that gave away nearly $200 billion to the big drug and insurance companies at the expense of America’s seniors.

Education

GREEN’S RHETORIC: Mark Green claims that “education funding will always be a top priority,” and that he will “defend students” and “fight for their interests and their dreams.”

REALITY CHECK: Mark Green has a Washington record of voting against students and their families.

· Green voted for a House GOP budget last week that cuts funding for the U.S. Department of Education by $2.2 billion.

· Green cast the deciding vote in February to slash federal student aid by nearly $12 billion – the largest cut in the program’s history.

· Green has repeatedly voted to freeze Pell Grant scholarships for college students.

· As a state legislator, Green repeatedly voted for tuition increases in the state budget.

· While Green voted for No Child Left Behind, he has repeatedly voted since then to underfund the mandated federal program.

Republicans Set to Nominate Most Extreme GOP Candidate This Weekend

Mark Green’s Washington Record So Far Outside the Wisconsin Mainstream that Republicans Don’t Even Want Him as Their Nominee

This weekend, Republicans are poised to nominate one of the most extreme GOP candidates for governor in Wisconsin history at their state convention in Appleton – a nominee that Republicans don’t even want, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke said today.

Republicans across the state had been hoping former Governor Tommy Thompson would throw his hat in the ring, but were disappointed Sunday night when Thompson declined. Wineke said even Republicans understand how extreme and out of touch Mark Green is with the values of the people of Wisconsin.

“On everything from health care to education to stem cell research, Mark Green has taken extreme positions that are far outside the Wisconsin mainstream,” Wineke said. “Perhaps the far right-wing of the Republican Party would like to see Wisconsin ban stem cell research and take away women’s health care rights, but most mainstream Wisconsin families don’t.”

Green’s extreme record can be seen in his radical views about stem cell research. While Governor Doyle has been a tireless advocate for stem cell research, Green wants to ban stem cell research and even criminalize it.

“Mark Green is out of step with the majority of Wisconsin citizens who support stem cell research and its potential to save lives and create good-paying jobs,” Wineke said. “Wisconsin families can’t afford a Republican Governor who would close Wisconsin’s doors forever to the promise of stem cell research.”

Mark Green’s extreme record:

· Green has a record in Congress of consistently voting to restrict stem cell research.

· Green is an extremist on women’s health care rights. Green even wants to revive a decades-old law that would make abortion a felony in Wisconsin, with absolutely zero exceptions – even in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother.

· Green supports overturning Wisconsin’s 133-year old ban on concealed weapons and allowing loaded, hidden handguns in shopping malls, playgrounds, and school zones.

· Green is a recipient of the Family Research Council’s “True Blue” award for his 100 percent voting record on issues supported by the ultra right-wing conservative group, including opposing federal hate crimes legislation and federal funding of stem cell research.

· Green voted earlier this week for a GOP House budget that slashes education and health care services for middle class families and adds trillions more to the federal deficit.

· Green voted last week to approve a Bush tax bill that benefits the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class.

· Green has helped President Bush and Republicans in Congress turn record surpluses into the largest federal deficits in U.S. history, and has repeatedly voted to increase the national debt limit by trillions of dollars.

· Green cast the deciding vote in February to slash federal student aid by nearly $12 billion – the largest cut in the program’s history.

· Green has repeatedly voted to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska and has voted to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Extreme Green Would Criminalize a Woman’s to Choose, Ban Stem Cell Research

Endorsement from Wisconsin Right to Life Latest Example of How Out of Touch Green is with Mainstream Wisconsin Families

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke released the following statement today regarding Wisconsin Right to Life’s endorsement of Republican Mark Green:

“This is yet another troubling example of how out of touch Mark Green is with the values of the people of Wisconsin. Whether it is a woman’s right to choose, or the potential of stem cell research to cure diseases and create high-wage jobs, Mark Green has staked out extreme positions that are far outside mainstream Wisconsin families.

“If Mark Green had his way, Wisconsin would even revive a decades-old law that would make abortions a felony in Wisconsin, with absolutely zero exceptions – even in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Mark Green’s position on women’s reproductive rights is about as extreme as one can get.

“The more the people of Wisconsin learn about Mark Green, the more they will discover just how out of touch he is with their values – and just how important it is to re-elect Governor Doyle this November. Can Wisconsin families really afford a Republican Governor who would criminalize a woman’s right to choose and close Wisconsin’s doors to the potential of stem cell research?"

Extreme Green Stands in the Way of Life-saving Stem Cell Research

While Governor Doyle Promotes Promising Medical Advancements, Green Would Rather Close Wisconsin’s Doors to Stem Cell Research

Mark Green’s extreme position against life-saving stem cell research is yet another reason why it is vitally important that Wisconsin voters re-elect Governor Doyle this fall, said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

While Green has a record of consistently voting to restrict stem cell research, Governor Doyle has been a tireless advocate for fostering this groundbreaking medical research industry pioneered right here in Wisconsin. The vast majority of Wisconsin residents support stem cell research and its limitless potential to save lives.

“On stem cell research, Mark Green has chosen to be a rubberstamp for President Bush’s failed policies, rather than stand with Wisconsin families waiting for cures to the world’s deadliest diseases,” Wineke said. “The more the people of Wisconsin learn about Mark Green, the more they will discover just how out of touch he is with their values – and just how important it is to re-elect Governor Doyle this November.”

Last May, Green voted in Congress against a bipartisan bill that would expand federal funding for stem cell research. The bill passed the House on a bipartisan 238-194 vote, with 50 Republicans bucking President Bush and supporting it. Green has repeatedly said he opposes spending taxpayer money on stem cell research, and voted in 2001 and 2003 in support of House GOP bills that would restrict stem cell research. He has even said he has “problems” with the field of stem cell research. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/29/01]

Green’s extreme record stands in stark contrast to Governor Doyle’s tireless support for fostering stem cell research in Wisconsin. This week, Governor Doyle joined with UW-Madison leaders to launch the first phase of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The Governor proposed the Institutes – part of a $750 million initiative to strengthen Wisconsin’s leadership in stem cell research – in November of 2004.

In addition, Governor Doyle vetoed a bill sent to him by legislative Republicans last year – and supported by Green – that would have threatened stem cell research and scientific advancement in the state. The Governor has vowed to veto any attempts by Republicans to tie the hands of scientists conducting legitimate medical research.

“Mark Green’s position against stem cell research is yet another example of an extensive extremist record far outside the Wisconsin mainstream,” Wineke said. “Can Wisconsin families really afford a Republican Governor who would close Wisconsin’s doors to the potential of stem cell research?”

Stem cell research holds the promise of curing some of the world’s deadliest diseases, from juvenile diabetes to spinal cord injuries to Parkinson’s disease. It also promises to bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the Badger State.

It’s Not Easy Being Extreme: Mark Green’s Washington Record Far Outside Mainstream

The more the people of Wisconsin learn about Republican Mark Green, the more they will discover just how out of touch he is with their values, said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Not only has Green proven to be a rubberstamp for the failed policies of President Bush and Republicans in Congress, he also has an extremist Washington record far outside the Wisconsin mainstream.

“From health care to education to stem cell research, Mark Green is on the wrong side of the issues the people of Wisconsin care about,” Wineke said. “Do Wisconsin families really want a Governor who panders to the far right and was handpicked by George W. Bush to rubberstamp his failed agenda in Wisconsin?”

Green is a member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a group of 110 of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. The RSC has proposed an “alternative” 2007 budget that proposes to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class through deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, the elimination of student loan programs, and the elimination of most rural health programs. The RSC budget would even eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Last year, Green also touted support from an ultra right-wing conservative group – the Family Research Council – that has dedicated itself to outlawing contraception, overturning women’s health care rights, and discriminating against gays and lesbians. Green received a “True Blue” award from the far-right group for his 100 percent voting record on FRC’s issues, including opposing federal hate crimes legislation, opposing federal funding of stem cell research, and voting to intervene in the Terry Schiavo debacle to let the government overrule a patient’s end-of-life decision.

On top of that, Green is an extremist on a woman’s right to choose, a record that is particularly disturbing for Wisconsin women considering South Dakota’s enactment of the nation’s most far-reaching ban on abortion and the increasingly conservative make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wineke said. During a Wispolitics luncheon in February, Green refused to offer any circumstances under which he would support the right to an abortion, including in the case of rape, incest, or threats to the life and health of the mother. [Source: Wispolitics.com Luncheon, 2/3/06]

“Mark Green’s record, his membership in the Republican Study Committee, and his support from the Family Research Council show just how out of touch he is with mainstream Wisconsin families,” Wineke said. “How much more extreme can Mark Green get?”

Below are even more examples of Mark Green’s extreme record:

  • Green voted against a bipartisan bill last year to expand federal funding for stem cell research, despite the House overwhelming voting to approve the bill and despite overwhelming support from Wisconsin citizens for stem cell research and its potential to save lives.
  • Green cast the deciding vote for an immoral GOP budget that slashes nearly $12 billion from student aid, guts Medicaid by nearly $7 billion, and cuts health care for low-income children in order to pay for billions of dollars in Bush tax breaks for the wealthy.
  • Green voted to allow the federal government to continue to investigate the library and book store records of ordinary Americans, despite the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voting along bipartisan lines last June to curb the broad powers of the U.S. Patriot Act.
  • Green voted against a bipartisan proposal to reinstate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, despite a public outcry in support of public broadcasting and despite the House voting overwhelmingly last June to restore funds to PBS.