McConnell’s group attacks Jones for his vote against cutting off federal aid to Sanctuary Cities.
FACT: Alabama has no sanctuary cities, because they’re prohibited by a 2011 state law. Partisan extremists are simply using this legislation to stoke fear and divide people.
FACT: Senator Jones voted for a bipartisan bill with $25 billion in border security funding and a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers.
FACT: From his seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jones has helped secure billions of dollars for our national security and has voted for more than $25 billion in border security funding.
The latest misleading ad quotes Senator Jones as saying: “I’m not just going to give wall money, just to give will money.” Believe it or not, Mitch McConnell is not being fully honest with the public. Here’s the Senator’s full quote
FACT: Senator Jones voted for a spending package in February of 2019 to fund the government through September that included $1.375 billion for border barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. The bill also authorized $560 million towards drug inspection at the border.
FACT: He was the only Democrat to vote for the procedural vote to continue negotiations on the government shutdown that included $5.7 billion in border wall funding.
Their latest attack ad misrepresents the Senator's position on reproductive health.
Though there are deep disagreements on the issue of abortion, Senator Jones respects those who oppose abortion on religious grounds, but believes that Alabamians have more in common than people realize. The Senator has always maintained that abortion is a deeply personal decision between a woman, her healthcare provider and God. Senator Jones opposes late-term abortions and was one of only three Democrats to vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which mandates that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded the same degree of care that would apply to any other child delivered at the same gestational age. Senator Jones also supports the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from being used for abortions except for cases of rape, incest, and the endangerment of the life of the mother.
"That means taking steps to ensure that all people have access to affordable, quality health care, and develop policies that reduce unplanned pregnancy, lower the cost of child care, and promote adoption.” -- Doug Jones, Al.com
FACT: The ad is full of political rhetoric that’s designed to paint Senator Jones as outside the mainstream when his voting record says otherwise. The legislation that Senator Jones opposed is not consistent with medical science. It would penalize people who performed abortions with up to five years in prison and put in place so many restrictions and requirements to be followed that would make it virtually impossible to perform a rare, late-term abortion even in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in jeopardy.
FACT: The ad implies that Planned Parenthood uses federal funding for abortions, which is not true except in very rare cases. Due to the Hyde Amendment explained above and which Senator Jones supports, Planned Parenthood CANNOT use taxpayer funds to perform abortions except in the very rare circumstances like, rape, incest, and when the life of the Mother is in jeopardy. There are currently no other federal funding sources for abortion. When Senator Jones voted for Planned Parenthood funding, he did so because of the wide range of health care services they provide to women, particularly low-income women of color. Planned Parenthood offers critical, life-saving health care services such as; cancer screening and prevention, PAP screenings and well-woman exams, vasectomies, PrEP and PEP (medicines to help prevent HIV), and general health care.
FACT: As noted, Senator Jones supports the Hyde Amendment which bans using taxpayer appropriated funds for abortions except in rare circumstances. The legislation that he opposed, however, was another Mitch McConnell political ploy that went further than the Hyde Amendment and would have prohibited individual states from allowing citizens to have access to certain insurance plans that would have covered abortion procedures consistent with that state’s law. Alabama already does not allow such plans.