Debate Fact Check: KBH Voted for Sanctuary Cities and Supports Abortion

Sen. Hutchison says she has voted against sanctuary cities at every opportunity.

FACT: Sen. Hutchison has voted to allow sanctuary cities and opposed the enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws.

In 2007, Sen. Tom Coburn proposed border security and anti-sanctuary city legislation that Sen. Hutchison voted against.

Here is how a press release from Sen. Coburn described this legislation the day it was considered by the Senate: “The Coburn amendment No. 1311 to S. 1348, the Senate immigration bill, would require the enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws and congressional approval before amnesty can be granted. The Coburn amendment will restore confidence in the process by delaying legal status for illegal immigrants until Congress has certified that all of the security and enforcement triggers have been met. This also requires enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws before amnesty can be granted to illegal immigrants. These provisions of existing law include: control over maritime borders, full fencing required by law, integrated alien databases, US-VISIT program, biometric ID system, and ending ‘sanctuary city’ policies.”

(SOURCES: Roll Call Vote #202, 6/7/07; “Senate Rejects Dr. Coburn’s Amendment To Secure Nation’s Borders,” Sen. Coburn press release, 6/7/097, http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=LatestNews.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=0707818d-802a-23ad-409d-4550f894b9f9&Issue_id=)

Sen. Hutchison claims she has a strong pro-life record.

FACT: Sen. Hutchison tonight admitted that she would not support the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, but continues to claim she has a strong pro-life record.

  • She believes Roe v. Wade was correctly decided and should not be overturned. She said this in the first 2010 Texas Gubernatorial debate and voted to affirm the decision in 2003.
  • She did not vote for the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 1993.
  • She has accepted campaign contributions from and served on the board of the Wish List, a group that supports pro-choice Republicans.
  • She said in 1993 that she was “very comfortable” that Roe v. Wade was “working very well” and that she supported a woman having the right to have an abortion at 22 weeks.

In 2003, Sen. Hutchison voted to affirm that Roe v. Wade had been correctly decided by the Supreme Court, and she did not vote for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
(SOURCES: Roll Call vote #48, 3/12/03, http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=1&vote=00048; Roll Call vote #402, 10/21/03, http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=1&vote=00402)

Clarifying Texas Job Numbers
Texas gained nearly 50,000 jobs over the last three months, while the nation lost 208,000. Texas is leading the nation out of the recession
(SOURCE: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2010/012210epress.pdf)

Texas created more private sector jobs than any other state in the nation over the last 10 years and has the lowest unemployment rate among the 10 largest states.
(SOURCE: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2010/012510press.pdf)

Sen. Hutchison claims she is a fiscal conservative

FACT:  Sen. Hutchison is not a fiscal conservative.

  • Sen. Hutchison has voted for 95 percent of federal spending bills during her 17 years in the Senate while the annual federal budget has increased by more than $2 trillion since her arrival in Washington.
  • Sen. Hutchison has voted 9 times to raise the federal debt ceiling as the federal debt has nearly tripled.
  • Sen. Hutchison has been labeled the “Queen of Earmarks” for requesting over $10 billion in earmarks.
  • Sen. Hutchison is a finalist for Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2009 “Porker of the Year” for “exemplifying the tiresome hypocrisy of some members of Congress who claim the badge of fiscal conservatism while continuing to abscond with billions of dollars in pork.”

(SOURCES: Analysis of Sen. Hutchison’s voting record from thomas.loc.gov; Historical table 1.1 of President’s budget, http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy10/pdf/hist.pdf; “U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ‘has voted nine separate times to raise the national debt ceiling,’” Austin American-Statesman Politifact Blog, 1/27/10, http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2010/jan/27/rick-perry/us-sen-kay-bailey-hutchison-us-sen-kay-bailey-hutc/; Historical table 7.3 of President’s Budget, http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy10/pdf/hist.pdf; “Texas senator is queen of earmarks,” San Antonio Express-News, 10/9/09; “CAGW Announces 2009 Porker of the Year Nominees,” Citizens Against Government Waste, 1/11/10, http://www.cagw.org/newsroom/releases/2010/cagw-announces-2009-porker-of.html)

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