Two years ago, Bill Enyart ran for Congress pledging to fix Washington’s mess, to protect Scott Air Force Base, and to boost its role in the local economy. Let’s review his record to see if he followed through for the people of Illinois.
Enyart claimed he would be an independent voice in Congress, but he’s voted with Nancy Pelosi a vast majority of the time. He has opposed repealing Obamacare, even though it cuts Medicare by $716 billion and threatens seniors’ access to care. And he stood by ObamaCare during its failed implementation, criticizing most efforts to repeal this disastrous law.
In yet another campaign pledge gone awry, Enyart claimed that a seat on the powerful House Armed Services Committee would give him “instant credibility” to fight for one of his key campaign planks, the KC46A tanker. During the campaign, Enyart said he was uniquely positioned to bring the tanker to Scott Air Force Base, but in January 2013 Enyart failed. Scott AFB was passed over and the tanker won’t be coming home like he promised. So much for “instant credibility.”
In another disturbing turn, Enyart was the only member of Congress to vote against a bill allowing military chaplains to continue to do their work during the Government Shutdown. He even bragged that this was his proudest vote in Congress.
More recently, adding insult to injury for the roughly 68,000 veterans living in his district, Enyart skipped the vote in Congress to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This November, voters want a true reformer to clean up Washington’s mess and to represent the best interests of Southern Illinois. Bill Enyart has shown he’s not capable or willing to get the job done.