Unemployment Claims Soar & Deaths Hit New Record High As Trump Continues To Botch Vaccine Rollout

14 Jan

The pandemic continues to surge uncontrolled because of Trump’s refusal to do anything to help. Coronavirus deaths just hit a new record high for the second day in a row and new unemployment claims soared last week. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to botch the vaccine rollout and has only made it more difficult for the incoming Biden administration to control the pandemic.

Weekly unemployment claims soared last week to nearly 1 million — four times higher than the pre-pandemic average.

NBC News: “The latest weekly initial jobless claims soared to 965,000 last week, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor, as the economy struggles to contain the fallout from rising coronavirus infection rates across the country… the weekly figure continues to be four times higher than the pre-pandemic average.”

The U.S. hit a new single-day record high yesterday, for the second day in a row, with over 4,300 coronavirus deaths.

Associated Press: “Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol. The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000.”

Washington Post: “The United States set a another record for coronavirus deaths reported in a single day, tallying more than 4,250 lives lost on Tuesday, with new infections still at an all-time high and hospitals across the country contending with a flood of sick patients.”

The Trump administration continues to botch its vaccine rollout and made abrupt changes that could create hurdles for the Biden administration.

Politico: “Trump administration health officials blindsided states on Tuesday with an abrupt and dramatic shift in how they’ll distribute coronavirus vaccines that may set up new hurdles for the Biden transition team. The administration plans to punish states that don’t move fast enough on vaccinations or that fail to provide the government real-time reports on inoculations. Trump officials also urged states to immediately start vaccinating anyone 65 and over or with high-risk medical conditions. Those moves, however, won’t fix the chaos and inequities that have marked the vaccine rollout so far, including low uptake in underprivileged communities hardest hit by the pandemic, public health experts and some officials representing state health departments told POLITICO. And they could put states struggling to vaccinate hard-to-reach communities farther behind.”

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Declaración del DNC sobre la aprobación bipartidista del cargo contra Donald Trump

13 Jan

El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata Tom Perez emitio la siguiente declaración después de que la Cámara de Representantes de los EEUU aprobara un cargo de juicio político contra Trump por segunda vez:

“Es un momento triste en la historia de nuestra nación. La semana pasada, nuestra democracia fue atacada. La insurrección violenta en el Capitolio fue un intento claro de socavar la ley y de cambiar los resultados de una elección justa y libre. Esto fue incitado por el presidente de los Estados Unidos. Hoy, en un voto bipartidista, la Cámara tomó acción para responsabilizarlo. Nadie está por encima de la ley – ni siquiera el presidente. Tenemos que trabajar para sanar las heridas de nuestra nación, restaurar la ley y el orden y reconstruir los Estados Unidos mejor que antes.”

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DNC on Bipartisan House Impeachment of Donald Trump

13 Jan

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for a second time:

“This is a solemn moment in our nation’s history. Last week, our democracy was attacked. The violent insurrection at the Capitol was a brazen attempt to subvert the rule of law and overturn a free and fair election, and it was incited by none other than the president of the United States himself. Today, in a bipartisan vote, the House took action to hold him accountable. No one is above the law – not even the president. We  must work to heal our nation’s wounds, restore the rule of law, and build America back better.”

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COVID Surges As Trump’s Vaccine Rollout Is ‘Not Working’

11 Jan

Trump has allowed the pandemic to surge uncontrolled across the country as his administration’s vaccine rollout continues to come up short.

The country is now averaging over 3,000 deaths and more than 250,000 cases per day.

NBC News: “The country has averaged 3,200 deaths per day and 256,000 cases per day the past seven days. Four weeks ago that number was an average 2,600 deaths and 225,000 cases per day.”

States across the country recorded their highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations last week.

Business Insider: “16 states recorded their highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations this week as new cases reach an all-time high”

Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout is “not working.”

CBS News: “Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday that the nation’s strategy for administering coronavirus vaccines is ‘not working’ and encouraged public health officials to ‘hit the reset’ and take up a new approach to inoculate Americans faster.”

Politico: “Hospitals are throwing out doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine because the federal government is giving some of the facilities syringes that can only extract five doses from vials that often contain more.”

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COVID Surges As Trump’s Vaccine Rollout Is ‘Not Working’

11 Jan

Trump has allowed the pandemic to surge uncontrolled across the country as his administration’s vaccine rollout continues to come up short.

The country is now averaging over 3,000 deaths and more than 250,000 cases per day.

NBC News: “The country has averaged 3,200 deaths per day and 256,000 cases per day the past seven days. Four weeks ago that number was an average 2,600 deaths and 225,000 cases per day.”

States across the country recorded their highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations last week.

Business Insider: “16 states recorded their highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations this week as new cases reach an all-time high”

Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout is “not working.”

CBS News: “Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday that the nation’s strategy for administering coronavirus vaccines is ‘not working’ and encouraged public health officials to ‘hit the reset’ and take up a new approach to inoculate Americans faster.”

Politico: “Hospitals are throwing out doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine because the federal government is giving some of the facilities syringes that can only extract five doses from vials that often contain more.”

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DNC on Jobs Report

9 Jan

DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez released the following statement:

“The U.S. lost 140,000 jobs last month, capping off the worst jobs year on record. In total, the number of jobs lost during this pandemic is more than what we lost during the Great Recession. Cases are surging, hospitals are overwhelmed, and small businesses are struggling to survive. And yet, this president spent the week inciting violent riots at the U.S. Capitol building. It’s time for our nation to come together around President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris so we can heal our wounds, rebuild our economy, end this pandemic, and help get people back on their feet. In just 12 days, Americans will finally get the leadership they deserve.”

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Trump’s Chaotic Pandemic Response Hurt Our Economy And Puts Lives At Risk

8 Jan

Trump’s refusal to do anything to control the pandemic and his chaotic rollout of the coronavirus vaccine have hurt our economy and puts even more American lives at risk.

The economy lost jobs for the first time since April after Trump refused to do anything to control the pandemic and Republicans delayed taking action.

Washington Post: “The U.S. economy shed 140,000 jobs in December — the first month of decline since the earliest months of the pandemic, as the recovery makes a U-turn after months of surging infections and delayed Congressional action.”

The coronavirus continues to surge uncontrolled and just hit the deadliest single day on record with more than 4,000 deaths.

Washington Post: “On Thursday, more than 4,000 people died of covid-19 in the United States, the first time the toll has exceeded that milestone, following a record day Wednesday of 3,915 deaths.”

Trump’s failed pandemic response continues as his chaotic vaccine rollout puts our economy and American lives at further risk.

The Hill: “Chaotic vaccine rollout could cause hundreds of thousands of US COVID-19 deaths”

Politico: “States scrambling to deploy millions of coronavirus vaccines are resorting to drastic measures as they wait for federal aid to help speed mass inoculations.”

Axios: “Local health officials are turning to online services like Eventbrite to improvise distribution schemes for the COVID-19 vaccine in the absence of federal support or a national plan… Millions of lives, along with the country’s economic recovery, depend on a speedy and successful rollout of the vaccine.”

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Declaración del DNC sobre la victoria en Georgia y la mayoría en el Senado

6 Jan

El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata Tom Perez emitió la siguiente declaración luego de que Jon Ossoff y Raphael Warnock ganaran las segundas vueltas de la elección senatorial en Georgia, dándole la mayoría en el Senado de los Estados Unidos a los demócratas:

“Georgia ha seguido las órdenes del congresista fenecido John Lewis y los demócratas han ganado la mayoría en el Senado. Felicitaciones a Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, sus equipos y a los demócratas de Georgia por su increíble victoria. Gracias al trabajo de un sinnúmero de organizadores y líderes como Stacey Abrams y Jonae Wartel y de toda la campaña coordinada, Raphael Warnock hará historia como el primer senador afroamericano en la historia de Georgia y los demócratas tendrán la mayoría en ambos cuerpos legislativos. Ahora es el momento de unir a nuestro país para trabajar por el pueblo estadounidense.  Es momento de que haya progreso en vez de obstrucción. Es momento de tomar acción determinante para acabar con la pandemia, revivir nuestra economía y expandir las oportunidades para todos. Con mayorías demócratas en la Cámara y el Senado, el presidente electo Joe Biden y la vicepresidenta electa Kamala Harris pueden darle el progreso que merece el pueblo estadounidense. Jon Ossoff y Raphael Warnock serán una parte importante de este esfuerzo y el DNC está muy orgulloso de trabajar con el Partido Demócrata de Georgia para: energizar a los votantes, apoyar el contacto con los diferentes grupos constituyentes, proteger el acceso al voto y hacer que estos escaños sean demócratas.”

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Declaración del DNC sobre la victoria en Georgia y la mayoría en el Senado

6 Jan

El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata Tom Perez emitió la siguiente declaración luego de que Jon Ossoff y Raphael Warnock ganaran las segundas vueltas de la elección senatorial en Georgia, dándole la mayoría en el Senado de los Estados Unidos a los demócratas:

“Georgia ha seguido las órdenes del congresista fenecido John Lewis y los demócratas han ganado la mayoría en el Senado. Felicitaciones a Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, sus equipos y a los demócratas de Georgia por su increíble victoria. Gracias al trabajo de un sinnúmero de organizadores y líderes como Stacey Abrams y Jonae Wartel y de toda la campaña coordinada, Raphael Warnock hará historia como el primer senador afroamericano en la historia de Georgia y los demócratas tendrán la mayoría en ambos cuerpos legislativos. Ahora es el momento de unir a nuestro país para trabajar por el pueblo estadounidense.  Es momento de que haya progreso en vez de obstrucción. Es momento de tomar acción determinante para acabar con la pandemia, revivir nuestra economía y expandir las oportunidades para todos. Con mayorías demócratas en la Cámara y el Senado, el presidente electo Joe Biden y la vicepresidenta electa Kamala Harris pueden darle el progreso que merece el pueblo estadounidense. Jon Ossoff y Raphael Warnock serán una parte importante de este esfuerzo y el DNC está muy orgulloso de trabajar con el Partido Demócrata de Georgia para: energizar a los votantes, apoyar el contacto con los diferentes grupos constituyentes, proteger el acceso al voto y hacer que estos escaños sean demócratas.”

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DNC on Democrats Winning in Georgia and Flipping the Senate

6 Jan

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their runoff Senate races in Georgia, flipping the U.S. Senate to Democratic control:

“Georgia followed the marching orders of the late Congressman John Lewis, and Democrats have flipped the Senate. Congratulations to Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, and their teams, as well as the entire Georgia Democratic Party on these incredible victories. Thanks to hard work of countless organizers and leaders—from Stacey Abrams to Jonae Wartel and the entire coordinated campaign—Raphael Warnock will make history as Georgia’s first Black senator and Democrats will lead both houses of Congress. Now it’s time to bring our country together to get things done for the American people. It’s time to make progress instead of blocking it. It’s time to expand access to health care. It’s time to take bold action to end this pandemic, revive our economy, and expand opportunity for all Americans. United with the Senate and House, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can deliver the progress Americans deserve. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock will be critical to this effort, and the DNC was proud to work with the Democratic Party of Georgia and many other partners to organize voters, support constituency outreach, protect access to the ballot, and turn these seats blue.”

Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden for President Campaign Manager, released the following statement:

“Democrats have shown once again that we can do hard things. Georgia voters sent a clear message last night: they want us to work together and deliver results on the crises we face– from COVID to voting rights, climate change, racial justice, and much more. Joe Biden’s campaign, alongside Chair Perez and the DNC, are proud to have joined with Georgia leaders like Stacey Abrams and Keisha Lance Bottoms, and organizations like the DSCC, the Georgia Democratic Party, and so many more to help support this victory. From organizing, to voter protection to constituency outreach, Democrats made critical investments in Georgia, did the work, and it paid off. On January 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will go to work with the House and the Senate to bring our country together, heal the division, and usher in a new era of progress for the American people.”

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