Scott Garrett – working class enemy, embarrassment to his District

The mid-term congressional elections are 361 days from today – promoted from the diaries by Rosi.

With unemployment still rising, and the unemployment rate well over 8% in each of the 4 counties represented by Scott Garrett (including over 11% in Passaic), you would think that for once, Garrett wouldn’t spit in the faces of his constituents.

But if you think that, you would be wrong.  Again.

After the Senate voted 98-0 to extend unemployment benefits, the House voted yesterday by a margin of 403-12 to extend unemployment benefits to those workers who (1) lost their jobs, (2) still can’t find another job and (3) have been out of work for so long that their unemployment benefits have run out.

As usual, Scott Garrett was one of the 12 heartless Reps who would rather see tax cuts to corporations than help keep food on the plates of those who he claims to represent.  This is far from the first time Garrett has done this – this year alone, he voted against the largest middle class tax cut in history as well as expanding unemployment benefits to a larger pool of people who are in need.  

Yet, time and time again, he talks nonsense about “letting people keep more of their hard earned money” as he votes against pretty much every single bill that is supposed to help families in his district actually earn money or just get by.  What Garrett fails to realize, or even worse – he does realize but just doesn’t care – is that when people have no job and no unemployment benefits, there is no money for them to keep more of.

It is votes like this that make me outraged and ashamed that someone this heartless or clueless is “representing” me.

Comment (1)

  1. carolh

    strikes again.  I just got the following email from him.  Note that he ends by saying thanks for listening to HIM.  He has no intention of listening to us, survey or not. He’d rather legislate next to Crazy Rep Bachman on the steps outside the Capitol than inside doing the right thing.  Sorry this is so long, but we need to address this propaganda from Punxatawney Garrett who only rears his timid head right before election time.  

    Health Care Update                                    

    November 5, 2009      Take My Survey!

    As you know, the issue of health care reform is being hotly debated in the halls of Congress and throughout America.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bringing the latest version of the health care bill to the floor of the House of Representatives this week. At more than $1 trillion and nearly 2,000 pages, H.R. 3962 is considered by many to be the antithesis of patient-centered reforms that would empower Americans to own and control their health coverage. This bill has the potential to limit choices, competition, and the possibilities for innovation. Conversely, I support health care reform that will ensure that America remains competitive in the 21st Century by making our system more portable, affordable, sustainable, effective and innovative.

    I will be making my concerns known today, November 5 at noon on the West Front steps of the U.S. Capitol (House side), where I will join my Republican colleagues, as well as Americans from across the nation, for a House Call on Washington.

    Given the significant changes to our health care system which would take place if this piece of legislation is enacted, I want to ensure that you have access to a copy of this bill, as well as the summary and report of H.R. 3962 compiled by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and a reading guide to the legislation.

    The text of H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act as introduced can be found here:

    The CBO Report of H.R. 3962 can be found here:

    I would also like to point out some sections that I thought you might find of particular interest, as noted by this reading guide:

    Page 94-Section 202(c) prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government

    Page 110-Section 222(e) requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan-and, if the Hyde Amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions

    Page 111-Section 223 establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats (the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee”) to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase-and would likely require all Americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion

    Page 211-Section 321 establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage

    Page 225-Section 330 permits-but does not require-Members of Congress to enroll in government-run health care

    Page 255-Section 345 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies under the bill-while the bill includes a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify applicants’ identity, thus encouraging identity fraud for undocumented immigrants and others wishing to receive taxpayer-subsidized health benefits

    Page 297 – Section 501 imposes a 2.5 percent tax on all individuals who do not purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health insurance – the tax would apply on individuals with incomes under $250,000

    Page 313-Section 512 imposes an 8 percent “tax on jobs” for firms that cannot afford to purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health coverage; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions “at substantial risk of unemployment”-with minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts

    Page 336-Section 551 imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar “surcharge,” more than half of which will hit small businesses; according to a model developed by President Obama’s senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs

    Page 520-Section 1161 cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors’ existing coverage

    Page 733-Section 1401 establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain’s National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than £35,000

    Page 1174 – Section 1802(b) includes provisions entitled “TAXES ON CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES” to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi’s promise that “We will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the House.”

    Thank you for taking time to listen to my concerns with this legislation. Should you have any further questions or comments about this or any legislative issue, please do not hesitate to contact me in my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-4465.  Also, please visit my website at to sign up for my e-newsletter with the latest updates.


    Scott Garrett

    Member of Congress


    Washington, DC

    137 Cannon HOB

    Washington, DC 20515

    Phone: (202) 225-4465

    Fax: (202) 225-9048

    Eastern District Office

    266 Harristown Rd, Suite 104

    Glen Rock, NJ 07452

    Phone: (201) 444-5454

    Fax: (201) 444-5488

    Western District Office

    93 Main Street

    Newton, NJ 07860

    Phone: (973) 300-2000

    Fax: (973) 300-1051


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