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Posted at 3:52 PM ET, 02/23/2011

DCCC targets Wolf for vote on spending bill

By Ben Pershing

The House Democratic campaign arm is targeting Rep. Frank Wolf (R) for his vote last week in favor of the GOP's spending resolution, accusing the Northern Virginia lawmaker of betraying his constituents in the federal workforce.

The continuing resolution approved by the House in a Saturday-morning vote would cut federal spending by more than $60 billion from March through the end of September, cutting funds for a wide variety of government programs. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going after several Republican lawmakers for their votes in favor of the measure.

That includes Wolf, whose district -- which stretches from McLean to the West Virginia border -- includes thousands of federal employees. The DCCC's campaign includes Web ads, e-mails, live phone calls and automated phone calls that say, "[D]id you hear what Representative Frank Wolf and Speaker John Boehner did? They pushed a partisan budget plan that will cost Northern Virginia jobs - especially those of federal workers. 800,000 total jobs would be lost because of the Boehner-Wolf budget." (That estimate comes from a study by the liberal Economic Policy Institute.)

The DCCC call says Wolf "stood right by" Boehner, the House Speaker, who sparked controversy by saying that if some federal jobs are lost as spending is cut, "so be it."

Wolf is in an unusual position, in that he is a longtime deficit hawk -- particularly when it comes to entitlement programs -- even as his district benefits greatly from federal spending. But Wolf spokesman Daniel Scandling dismissed the DCCC's attacks as the "same old" criticisms Democrats have long leveled at the veteran Republican, without success.

"The DCCC accuses Mr. Wolf of everything and anything," Scandling said. "It's nothing new and it falls on deaf ears. Just look at the election results."

By Ben Pershing  | February 23, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
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Frank Wolf is no deficit hawk. For the last 30 years, Wolf has been on the spending committee (House Appropriations). He voted for the tax cuts and deficit spending bills. Wolf co-signed the deficit spending checks.

When Wolf entered Congress in 1981, our total federal debt was $990 billion. By the time President Obama took office, federal debt totaled $11.5 trillion. A twelve-fold increase during Wolf's congressional career. With decades of seniority on the Appropriations Committee, he is one of the professional politicians responsible for massive theft from future Americans.

Wolf’s proposed "solution" to our debt crisis is to turn over the tough budget decisions to a "deficit commission." In essence, Wolf has given up on balancing the budget. He wants some elite commission to make the tough decisions. In the meantime, Wolf is gutting valuable programs along with the rest of the right-wing GOP. This is a social agenda not a fiscal solution. No amount of spin by his mouthpiece will change Wolf's legacy of debt and denial.

Posted by: jbarnett1 | February 24, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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