WASHINGTON – A recent television advertisement for Heather Wilson’s U.S. Senate campaign accused her opponent, Rep. Martin Heinrich, of voting to raise taxes 22 times and supporting a $500 billion reduction in Medicare spending.
The former Republican congresswoman and the Democratic incumbent in the 1st Congressional District are facing off for the seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.
A Journal review of the tax increase claim found that Heinrich cast votes multiple times against legislation that would have extended personal income tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush.
If the tax cuts are allowed to expire, personal income taxes will rise. But Heinrich also has voted in support of legislation that would maintain existing income tax rates for Americans making less than $200,000 per year and families making less than $250,000 per year, while raising taxes on those making more.