John Salazar (CO-03)

  • Official Website
  • First elected in 2004
  • Washington Office Phone #: (202) 225-4761
The Myth:
  • "He is an outspoken advocate for fiscal responsibility and will work to reduce the deficit, making sure that money is spent wisely and where it matters most.  He is a proud member of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog congressional coalition." - Rep. John Salazar's official website (Source)

  • This week, the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition recognized Colorado Congressman John Salazar for his commitment to restoring fiscal responsibility to government by naming him “Blue Dog of the Week.”   Since entering Congress in 2005, Rep. Salazar has drawn on his experience as a potato seed farmer and cattle rancher to bring accountability to the fiscal process and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. - Press statement, June 6, 2007 (Source)

  • “Americans deserve to know where their tax dollars are going. It’s our duty in Congress to hold ourselves accountable to the people we represent and run the government the way a responsible family runs their household—don’t buy what you can’t pay for.” - Rep. John Salazar's official website (Source)

  • “As a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition in the House, I worked with my colleagues to enact the PAYGO budget rule so that it would be the law of the land,” [Rep. John Salazar] said. “It will help create fiscal discipline and make it harder for the President or Congress to engage in non-emergency deficit spending.” - Colorado Statesman, August 20, 2010 (Source)

The Truth:X=Fiscally Irresponsible
Votes with Pelosi on economic issues X 85%
Votes to keep PAYGO rules X 12%
RePORK Card Score X 0%
On Obamacare X Voted YES
Repeal ObamaCare's Individual Mandate? X Voted NO
On Cap and Trade   Voted NO
On Stimulus X Voted YES
On TARP   Voted NO
On Repealing TARP X Voted NO
On Obama Budget X Voted YES
On Cash for Clunkers   N/A
On Auto Bailout X Voted YES
On Fannie/Freddie Bailout X Voted YES

The Bottom Line:

Salazar is just another appropriator who strongly supports pork projects and the big spending bills that they are often attached to.