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  • Congressman Poliquin Voted to Increase Funding for the VA

    On Monday, October 10, Congressman Bruce Poliquin joined several Maine veterans at Dysart’s in Hermon for a press conference on his work supporting veterans in Congress.

    At the event, Congressman Poliquin pushed back against a political attack ad from an extremely liberal Super PAC, which supports Emily Cain, that is distorting his voting record. Additionally, the spokesman in the ad misleads viewers to believe he is a Mainer – but he is not. He is a former Democratic member of the VERMONT State House.

    Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s record is clear.

    He voted to increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by $4.6 billion, a 5.6% increase from previous years. 

    He has also introduced legislation to extend the ARCH program for an additional 5 years so that Maine veterans can receive care closer to home. 

    He worked across the aisle to help get the Ruth Moore Act passed in the House of Representatives so that veterans, who are victims of military sexual assault, can receive the care they desperately need and deserve. 

    Congressman Poliquin has also supported legislation that will help reform the VA to ensure our Maine veterans receive the healthcare and benefits they were promised, earned and deserve. No veteran should have to wait months for healthcare.

    In Congress, Congressman Poliquin will continue to introduce and support legislation that will fund the VA, allow veterans to revise healthcare closer to home and ensure our veterans receive quality care. 

    (Coverage of Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s press conference can be seen here: http://wabi.tv/2016/10/10/poliquin-and-cain-weigh-in-on-national-veterans-group-attack-ad/

  • Professional Logging Contractors of Maine Calls on Emily Cain to Take Attack Ad Down

    OAKLAND – Today, the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine called on Emily Cain to stop airing her most recent attack ad against Congressman Bruce Poliquin.

    The attack ad features three loggers, who are not members of PLC, criticizing Congressman Bruce Poliquin. In their release, PLC Executive Director Dana Doran states, “We feel the ad is very misleading, misrepresents the views of the majority of Maine loggers, and unfairly attacks Congressman Poliquin.”

    The release continues, “Congressman Poliquin has supported many policies important to Maine loggers and been responsible and engaged on issues of importance to the industry including working to preserve access for loggers in the Katahdin Region where a new national monument has been established, fighting to require federal regulators to consider biomass fuels as carbon neutral, advocating for highway and trucking regulations favorable to logging firms and to family logging businesses and introducing a bill which will sustain family logging operations for years to come.”

    Now the question remains: will Emily Cain do the right thing and take this misrepresenting ad down?

    “A third-generation Mainer, Congressman Poliquin understands the needs of the forest industry. That is why he has introduced and supported bills to help strengthen and grow the logging industry,” said Michael Byerly, campaign spokesman. “This is just another political trick by Emily Cain to mislead Maine voters.”

    BACKGROUND:

    Professional Logging Contractors of Maine’s release can be seen here: http://maineloggers.com/plc-calls-for-cain-campaign-to-remove-loggers-ad-due-to-misrepresentation-of-views-of-logging-industry/

     

  • Congressman Poliquin Announces Debate Schedule

    OAKLAND – Today, Maine’s 2nd District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, announced his debate schedule for the Fall. The debates will cover each of the media markets impacting Maine’s 2nd Congressional District to give all Maine CD 2 voters an opportunity to watch a debate.

    “These debates will provide coverage to Mainers from Androscoggin and Oxford County, to Penobscot, Aroostook, Hancock County and everything in between,” said Congressman Bruce Poliquin. “I am looking forward to the upcoming debates and setting the record straight on my efforts to protect Medicare and Social Security, opposition to unfair trade deals, and my work to curb the opioid epidemic.”

     Below is the upcoming debate schedule:

    October 19: WAGM

     October 26: WCSH6

    *Contact news station for more information on time, location and media availability.

     

     

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  • Deceitful Washington Attack Ad Should Be Taken Down Immediately

    WASHINGTON – This week, End Citizens United, a liberal Washington special interest group, launched an attack ad on Maine’s 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin.

    In an effort to prop up a failed Congressional candidate, the out-of-state big money special interest group makes several deceitful and inaccurate claims about Congressman Poliquin’s voting record. Most egregious is the ad continues to make false claims about Congressman Poliquin’s background. This continues the trend of Emily Cain’s out-of-state campaign apparatus making false attacks.

    Below is a step by step break down of the ad’s false claims:

     On accusing Congressman Poliquin as a “Wall Street banker”:

    Congressman Poliquin helped successfully manage pensions for workers, including the hard working Mainers at Bath Iron Works. Bruce has never been a banker, never been a Wall Street banker. It shows the ad is completely false.

    On falsely accusing Congressman Poliquin of supporting a Medicare voucher scheme:

     Congressman Bruce Poliquin has never, ever, voted in support of a Medicare voucher program. He supported, and strongly urged, language to be included that will help protect Medicare for seniors at or near retirement. The plan Congressman Poliquin voted for would strengthen Medicare by offering future seniors guaranteed-coverage options – including traditional Medicare – regardless of pre-existing conditions or health history. All Maine seniors will have the resources they need to get the healthcare they deserve.

    On falsely accusing Congressman Poliquin of boosting profits for insurance companies:

     Congressman Poliquin cares deeply about our Maine seniors, like his 88 and 86-year-old parents, and would never vote to put profits ahead of their healthcare. Congressman Poliquin voted to preserve Medicare for those at or near retirement.

    On falsely accusing Congressman Poliquin of forcing seniors to pay more for drugs:

    Congressman Poliquin has been working to get prescription drug prices down, not up. That’s why he strongly supported Medicare coverage for prescription drugs for our seniors.

    The Poliquin for Congress campaign is calling on Maine television stations to do the right thing and put their profits behind the best interests of the State of Maine by taking down the deceitful ad and refusing the money of the out-of-state special interest.

    “This attack ad is nothing more than a political trick and their deceitful ad should be removed immediately. Congressman Bruce Poliquin has always voted in the best interest of Maine seniors, like his parents, by supporting legislation that will strengthen and secure Medicare and Social Security. If this special interest group were truly committed to ending Citizens United, they would not have endorsed a candidate that flies around the country to collect checks from Wall Street donors and to woo billionaires and millionaires as Emily Cain has done.  She is literally a walking and talking example of hypocrisy,” said Michael Byerly, spokesman for the Poliquin campaign. 

    The Poliquin for Congress campaign is sending a letter to Maine broadcast stations making this request.  A generic copy of the letter is below:

    August 24, 2016

      To Whom It May Concern:

     I have recently been made aware that an out-of-state big money special interest group is running TV ads in Maine claiming I want to harm seniors who rely upon Social Security and Medicare.

    This is ad is patently false.

     I have worked to both protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare and to provide a guarantee of benefits for both current generations and the generations to come.

    My own parents, both in their 80s, rely upon Social Security and Medicare. My mother has faced multiple medical issues over the last several years.  Medicare was there to help her.  In addition they, and thousands of other Maine seniors, rely upon their prescription medications.  I would not, and have not, taken any steps to harm life-saving medicines.

    This ad continues to perpetuate 100% false claims about my job creating record.  At the top the ad indicates my work history includes banking.  That is not true and it is evidence that the big money special interests behind this ad have no interest whatsoever in the truth.  It is evidence the entire ad is false

    I worked hard to help successfully manage pensions for hard working people, including the Maine workers at Bath Iron Works.  

    As a broadcast station entrusted with a public license to operate I encourage you to do the right thing and remove these false advertisements from Maine’s airways.  They are meant only to falsely impugn my integrity and to scare Maine seniors for whom I am working hard every single day I am in Congress.

    Sincerely,

     Congressman Bruce Poliquin

    Maine’s 2nd District

  • Defeating Illegal Chinese Trade Practices

    Congressman Poliquin led the charge in successfully fighting against illegal Chinese subsidies that are harming Auburn Manufacturing and the dozens of workers there. Congressman Poliquin pushed the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties against illegally subsidized materials produced at unfairly competing Chinese manufacturers.
     
    Congressman Poliquin stands against all unfair and illegal trade practices that are harming Maine jobs.  The Congressman’s efforts in this case led directly to the federal government’s combat against these illegal Chinese subsidies, protecting jobs at Auburn Manufacturing.
  • “Like” Bruce’s Facebook to Stay Up to Date

    Thousands and thousands of people have joined Congressman Poliquin’s Facebook page.  If you want to stay up to date with the latest information and breaking news, please visit his Facebook page here:  www.facebook.com/BrucePoliquin  and “like” the page to support OUR Congressman.

  • Combating the Heroin Epidemic

    Combating the Heroin Epidemic
    (passing the CARA bill, member of the congressional committee, and District town hall)
     
  • Reforming the Law to Promote Business Growth

    Congressman Poliquin successfully pushed to put crucial language into law that fixes the definition of HUB-Zones (or historically underserved business zones) to more
     
     
  • 900 New Balance Jobs in Central Maine

     
    After a months-long and hard-fought battle against powerful Washington establishment and lobbying groups, Congressman Poliquin successfully secured critical language in the Defense bill to protect 900 Maine jobs in Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Norway.  This is an unprecedented victory for 900 jobs in Central Maine.
     
    Congressman Poliquin’s language requires the Pentagon to issue American-made equipment to new recruits whenever possible, which actually follows the preexisting law—known as the Berry Amendment.  New Balance, which employs 900 hardworking Mainers, produces its athletic shoes right here in Central Maine and is fully Berry Amendment compliant.  Congressman Poliquin’s critical language makes sure that these American jobs stay right here in Maine and that our U.S. tax dollars go to American manufacturing jobs, not to jobs overseas in China and Vietnam.
     
    For years, politicians from Maine in the House and the Senate, including former Congressman Mike Michaud (who formerly held Congressman Poliquin’s seat), were continuously unsuccessful in getting this done.  Congressman Poliquin did it in his very first term in office, defying powerful establishment and lobbying groups’ persistent efforts to shoot it down.
     
    “This is all about Maine jobs,” said Congressman Poliquin. “This is a huge victory for hundreds of families in Central Maine and a huge victory for American taxpayers.”
     
     
  • Reforming the Law to Promote Business Growth

    Congressman Poliquin successfully pushed to put crucial language into law that fixes the definition of HUB-Zones (or historically underserved business zones) to more