West Point graduate, veteran of Afghanistan seeking Republican nomination in Fifth District
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Meehan criticized Hayes, saying that she has “voted in-line with the most extreme elements of her party 95 percent of the time. . . She has failed to lift a finger on healthcare affordability, mental health coverage or infrastructure.”
In a prepared statement, Hayes said, “Even a superficial search would have shown that I have co-sponsored 50 bills to expand access to affordable health care and to protect patients.”
The congresswoman also stated that she has co-sponsored five measures related to improvement in mental health.
Hayes added that the U.S. House Democrats recently presented the “Moving Forward” plan, “which would infuse $760 billion into our infrastructure over five years.”
“If Mr. Meehan, as a new constituent, has concerns with the substance of any of these bills I sincerely hope he reaches out to my office,” Hayes exclaimed. “However, if he is only interested in partisan talking points, without acknowledging easily verifiable facts, I will not engage. That type of discourse does nothing to make this district a better place to live.”
In a subsequent prepared statement, Mr. Meehan said: “As a military officer I learned that success is defined by accomplishing the mission, not making a half-hearted attempt. Rep. Hayes was sent to Congress to deliver results and pass legislation, not co-sponsor bills written by other members. She serves in the majority party and should be delivering for her constituents; not a single bill she has sponsored has been signed into law. Connecticut deserves a Representative with the courage to lead. The 5th district has real problems that need to be solved. Her flippant and misleading response furthers my conviction to be in this race.”