Jennifer-Ruth Green: “Frank Mrvan has rubber-stamped the failed economic, energy, immigration and public safety policies”
Mrvan’s Record: Delivering jobs, investments in steel, education funding, teacher pay raise, police funding, childcare investments, infrastructure projects
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today produced the following fact check on Republican Jennifer-Ruth Green and her extreme partisan attacks on U.S Congressman Frank Mrvan. During her remarks on Tuesday, Green claimed Mrvan is a “pretend moderate” who failed on economic, public safety, and other kitchen-table issues like gas prices and inflation.
Indiana Democrats ask Green to read the American Rescue Plan and The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (The Jobs Act) – which delivers on economic, public safety, and kitchen-table issues. In fact, Mrvan and Democrats have created a brighter future for Hoosiers in Northwest Indiana.
Here’s what the media need to know: Whether it’s inflation, public safety, or gas prices – Jennifer-Ruth Green lied about Frank Mrvan’s record. She has no legitimate plan for Hoosiers, and instead, has relied on the Washington Republican playbook of meaningless partisan buzzwords.
In fact, Green’s criticisms actually describe her own Indiana Republican Party.
In contrast, Indiana Democrats called for a pause of the gas tax at the statehouse while Frank Mrvan delivered investments in public safety, broadband, infrastructure, childcare, and regional economic development. These investments – thanks to the American Rescue Plan and The Jobs Act – have already started to create a better future for Hoosier families. Democrats’ plan is a strong kitchen table issue focused economic agenda while the Indiana GOP’s plan is just divisive partisanship.
Here’s a fact check of Jennifer Ruth Green’s statements from Tuesday:
Indiana Republican Party’s Plans on Combating Inflation – Nothing
HuffPost: “Earlier this month, for example, a group of Republican senators introduced a bill to address rising inflation, which eats into workers’ earnings. The legislation would prohibit the passage of all future bills “that would be estimated to increase inflation until the year-over-year inflation rate drops below 4.5 percent.” In essence, their answer to inflation is to do nothing and wait it out.”
Axios: “McConnell: No legislative agenda for 2022 midterms”
Democrats’ Plan to Combat Inflation
Republicans like U.S. Senator Rob Portman and more than 56 economists agree that Democrats’ economic agenda – including The Jobs Act – will ease the burden current inflationary measures have on families. The Biden Administration also announced plans to strengthen the nation’s supply chains and address key bottlenecks by passing legislation like the COMPETES Act. Every single Indiana Republican in the U.S. House voted “NO” on this opportunity.
Indiana GOP Plan to Lower Prices at the Pump – Nothing
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Holcomb leaving gas taxes alone
WFYI: “Republican legislators have dismissed the idea of suspending those gas taxes.”
Indiana Democrats Plan to Cut Gas Prices
Fox 59: Indiana Democrats call for suspending gas sales tax amid soaring prices
WISH: “President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered the strategic petroleum reserve to release 1 million barrels of oil per day for the next six months, or 180 million barrels total. Biden pitched the move as a way to cut gas prices while production ramps up.”
“Dagney Faulk, a Ball State University economist, said, based on current consumption rates, the extra oil could cut the price you pay at the pump by 15 cents to 20 cents per gallon on average.”
Law Enforcement Funding
Indiana Republicans Voted to Defund the Police with “NO” Vote on American Rescue Plan, “YES” Vote to Remove Fees to Gun Permits, “YES” Vote on House Bill 1002
The Hill: “‘Fox News Sunday’ host Chris Wallace sparred with Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) over Banks’s vote against an emergency relief bill that would have allocated funds to police and first responders.”
WLFI: “State lawmakers are working to pass House Bill 1002. A bill that would get rid of business personal property tax. […] Accelerated Indiana Municipalities CEO Matt Greller said it’s a revenue source local governments rely on to fund essential services such as schools, police, fire and road repairs.”
Mary Beth Schneider, Former Statehouse Reporter: “I hope one of the Statehouse reporters corrects me if I’m wrong, but don’t gun license fees help support police?”
Brandon Smith, Indiana Public Media: “They eliminated the license fees last year.”
In 2013 – U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Reform, GOP Controlled House Says “NO”
POLITICO: Senate passes immigration bill – (Democrats Voted “YES”)
“The Gang of Eight bill would essentially revamp every corner of U.S. immigration law, establishing a 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, with several security benchmarks that have to be met before they can obtain a green card. The measure would not only increases security along the border, but requires a mandatory workplace verification system for employers, trying to ensure no jobs are given to immigrants who are not authorized to work in the United States.”
The Hill: House GOP Won’t Pursue Comprehensive Immigration Bill