The National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business are launching a multi-million dollar ad campaign against Cap and Trade and targeting moderate Democrats who are already on thin ice with their constituents over the Obamacare bill.
The National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business are targeting moderate Democrats who have voiced skepticism about the legislation, which is still under consideration in the Senate. The cap-and-trade bill passed the House in June on a 219-212 vote.
Television, radio and Internet ads will run statewide through Sept. 4 in Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
The ads urge senators to vote against the bill, arguing that the legislation will raise energy costs on small businesses and consumers. A study by NAM says that the legislation would cost 2.4 million jobs and raise electricity prices as much as 50 percent by 2030, statistics contested by environmental groups and government studies.
"Our message to senators is that the Waxman-Markey bill is an 'anti-jobs, anti-energy' piece of legislation," said NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons.
Considering the news yesterday that unemployment is expected to jump to an average of 10.2 by 2010, this message may very well stop shaky Democrats from getting behind the cap and trade bill.
Another one of the ads that will be shown: