DNC Statement on North Carolina GOP State Convention

5 Jun

DNC Rapid Response Director and spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement ahead of Donald Trump’s headlining of the North Carolina GOP Convention:

“More than 400,000 dead Americans, millions of jobs lost, and recklessly dangerous rhetoric is apparently not enough for Republicans to break with a loser president who cost them the White House, Senate, and House. While Republicans embrace  Donald Trump’s toxic record and divisiveness, voters remember what Republican control of Washington looked like: massive giveaways for corporations and incompetence that exacerbated the worst pandemic in 100 years. On the other hand, voters see that President Biden and Democrats’ leadership is spurring a record economic recovery and a return to normalcy.”

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Summer Is A Go Thanks to Vaccines and No Thanks to Republicans

1 Jun

After a Memorial Day weekend where millions of Americans were able to reunite with their families thanks to rising vaccination rates and declining COVID cases, a sense of normalcy is back. Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, vaccinations are widely accessible and now over 70% of adults have at least one vaccine dose in 12 states.

The Wall Street Journal: The Great American Reunion

  • “After a year-and-a-half of isolating Covid lockdowns, Americans are emerging from seclusion into the joy and comfort of others.”
  • “For many, that means family. Adults are heading back to childhood homes to the arms of Mom and Dad. Families are hosting reunions and making up for missed Sunday dinners. The kids are taller, the moments sweeter.”

Axios: America’s rebound summer

  • Today marks the unofficial start to summer — and (knock wood) America’s post-pandemic life, Axios’ Sam Baker writes.
  • Why it matters: Even the most cautious are shaking off the isolation and living in that “new normal” we’ve talked about for so long.
  • Flashback: A year ago, Memorial Day was a surreal reminder of what the summer couldn’t be.
    • Public pools were closed. Weddings were canceled. The NBA was setting up its bubble.
    • Now, summer travel is booked solid, and pools and summer camps are staffing up.
  • The TSA screened more travelers this weekend than any time since the start of the pandemic. (See the TSA spreadsheet reporters use.) Fenway Park returned Saturday to full capacity, with an announced paid attendance of 25,089.
  • An Ipsos consumer tracking poll, conducted May 25–26, asked Americans how likely they are to plunge into summer:
    • 8 in 10 said they plan to dine out at a restaurant. Half plan to return to a movie theater.
    • 2 in 3 would take an overnight trip by car or enroll their children in youth sports.
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LOCAL NEWS: President Biden Calls Out Republicans for Touting Relief They Opposed

28 May

Headed into Memorial Day weekend, America is on the move: the COVID-19 pandemic in retreat, over 250 million doses of vaccine administered, cases down in all 50 states, and deaths down significantly. Yesterday, weekly unemployment numbers hit yet another pandemic-era low.

As President Biden reminded the American people yesterday, the remarkable progress is thanks to Democrats’ American Rescue Plan — and no thanks to the Republicans in Congress who all voted against it, no matter how desperately they now want to claim credit.

Here’s a look at what people across the country are reading this morning about Republicans trying to tout the COVID-19 recovery aid they opposed…

In Texas: 

The Dallas Morning News: Biden chides Rep. Beth Van Duyne for touting COVID relief she voted against: ‘Some people have no shame’
President Joe Biden accused Dallas-area freshman Rep. Beth Van Duyne on Thursday of taking credit for part of a COVID relief package that, like every other Republican, she opposed.

“Some people have no shame,” he said.

Biden didn’t mention her by name. But during a visit to Cleveland to tout economic recovery since he took office, he held up a list of 13 GOP lawmakers – in type large enough for sharp-eyed photojournalists to focus on.

Van Duyne, R-Irving, was fourth on the president’s list, two spots below Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and just above Indiana Rep. Greg Pence, brother of the former vice president.

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In North Carolina:

The Charlotte Observer: Biden’s keeping a list of Republicans — and NC’s Cawthorn is on it. Here’s why.
President Joe Biden called out congressional Republicans, including a freshman representative from North Carolina, for voting against his COVID-19 relief package and then touting some of its provisions to their constituents.

During a speech on the economy in Ohio on Thursday, Biden pulled out a list of 13 Republicans. He did not name them in his speech.

But a photographer captured a picture of the list, which included Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a freshman representative from Western North Carolina.

…Bobbie Richardson, the chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, criticized Cawthorn for the messages in late March.

“You can’t have your cake and vote against it, too. That’s exactly what Rep. Cawthorn is doing by shamelessly taking credit for a bill that he tirelessly attacked and voted against,” she said in a statement.

In New York:

New York Daily News: Four N.Y. Republicans land on Biden’s ‘no shame’ list for touting COVID aid they voted against
They give New York a bad name.

Four GOP lawmakers from the Empire State were included on a “no shame” list that President Biden pulled out during a speech Thursday to ridicule Republicans who have touted the benefits of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan even though they voted against it.

“I’m not going to embarrass any one of them, but I have here a list of how back in their districts they’re bragging about the rescue plan,” Biden said at an event in Ohio, holding up the list for audience members to see. “I mean, some people have no shame, but I’m happy they know that it benefitted their constituents.”

Biden did not call out any of the 13 Republicans on the list by name, but observant photographers snapped pictures of it, divulging that New York Reps. Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin, Andrew Garbarino and Nicole Malliotakis all made the ignominious cut.

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In Mississippi:

WLBT: Sen. Wicker on Biden’s list of Republicans who ‘bragged’ about the American Rescue Plan
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – President Joe Biden is calling out thirteen Republicans who he says “bragged” about his American Rescue Plan even after they voted against it.

At an event Thursday, Biden commented that no Senate or House Republican voted for his $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was passed at the beginning of his presidency.

…Senator Roger Wicker (R, Miss.) was one of the names on the list, with it stating that Wicker “touted the restaurant revitalization fund.”

This in reference to Wicker’s RESTAURANTS Act, which provided $28.6 billion for restaurants that had struggled to keep business during the pandemic. This was included in the American Rescue Plan.

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BACK ON TRACK: COVID Cases Down, Jobless Claims Down, Economy Up

27 May

Once again, weekly jobless claims hit a new pandemic-era low, and COVID cases have declined by double digits for five consecutive weeks. Our country is getting back on track thanks to President Biden and Democrats, and no thanks to a single Republican in Congress.

As businesses reopen and Americans feel more confident, more and more people are returning to work and weekly jobless claims hit yet another new pandemic-era low.

Bloomberg: “The decrease in claims underscores the labor market recovery is chugging along as remaining pandemic restrictions are eased. Hiring is expected to continue to pick up in the coming months as more Americans travel and socialize.”

CNBC: “The U.S. jobs market edged closer to its pre-pandemic self last week as initial jobless claims totaled just 406,000 for the week ended May 22, the Labor Department reported Thursday.”

With more than half of American adults fully vaccinated, COVID cases have declined by double digits for the fifth consecutive week.

Axios: “The pace of new coronavirus infections in the U.S. fell by nearly 20% over the past week — the fifth straight week of double-digit declines. The big picture: America’s vaccination drive is working, and as it continues to expand, the country can safely get back to many of its pre-pandemic routines.”

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President Biden’s Agenda Helping to Change the Course of the Pandemic in Indian Country

27 May
Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, the American Rescue Plan has already changed the course of the pandemic in Indian Country by delivering immediate relief for hard-hit Native American families and Tribes. The American Rescue Plan set aside $20 billion dollars for Tribal governments, as well as $12 billion dollars through the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Justice, to provide access to more affordable health care and the resources to get our kids and teachers safely back to school — all no thanks to a single Republican in Congress.

President Biden and Democrats know we can’t let up now, which is why they’re working to pass the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan, which would deliver generation-defining funding for Indian Country by supporting Tribal Governments, which is a federal trust obligation. These proposals will also advance key regional development and capacity-building efforts that will help Tribal communities improve health care, education, and infrastructure, which have been historically underfunded. 

Because of the American Rescue Plan, which passed no thanks to a single Republican in Congress, Tribes are getting the aid they need to rebuild their economies.

In Montana: Billings Gazette: ‘Marshall Plan for Indian Country’: Wave of federal money flows to reservations

“This summer, Indian Country will receive the largest infusion of federal money in the history of the United States.

“For Montana’s 13 tribes and seven reservations, that could mean around $500 million to spend recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying economic devastation. 

…“All told, the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden will allocate about $36 billion to federally recognized tribes this year.”

In Oklahoma: KGOU: Cherokee Nation Providing $2,000 To Every Citizen From American Rescue Plan Funds

“The Cherokee Nation is receiving $1.8 billion in COVID-19 recovery funds as part of investment in Indian Country through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act.

“Under the American Rescue Plan, $20 billion was set aside for tribal governments, as well as $12 billion dollars through Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Justice.”

President Biden knows we must build upon the provisions of the American Rescue Plan by passing the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan — which would invest tens of billions of dollars directly in Tribal communities across the country, and bridge the digital divide by achieving 100 percent coverage of high-speed broadband.

NBC News: Congress could spend big on broadband. Tribal nations say it can’t come soon enough.

“Affordable high-speed, broadband internet is rare across Navajo Nation, the reservation that stretches across three southwestern U.S. states and is larger than state of West Virginia. And its absence for many families, especially over the past 15 months, has further exposed how critical access to it is for residents to participate in basic elements of society.

“It’s a problem the Biden administration is looking to tackle as part of its infrastructure push. Despite initially diverging views on how much to spend, expanding broadband access is one of the few areas on which Democrats and Republicans agree.”

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Will Republicans Try Blocking Help for Nearly 90% of American Children?

26 May
A new study reveals the dramatic benefits that would come from continuing the expanded child tax credit, which would help almost 90% of all children in the United States and significantly reduce child poverty. We all remember when Republicans voted against a plan projected to cut child poverty in half, and when Democrats deliver again, you can be sure Republicans will be held accountable for trying to stand in the way.

CNBC: Keeping the expanded child tax credit would help 65.6 million American kids

  • “Continuing the expanded child tax credit, which is set to expire after 2021, would help millions of American children, including lifting some out of poverty, according to new research.”
  • “As many as 65.6 million American children — 90% of all kids in the U.S. — would benefit from an expanded child tax credit, such as the one proposed in President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan, a study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found.”
  • “In addition, the changes to the child tax credit proposed by the act would lift 4.1 million children out of poverty, cutting the overall poverty rate by about 40%, the study found.”
  • “The child tax credit was enhanced in the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by Biden in March. For 2021, the maximum enhanced child tax credit is $3,600 for children younger than age 6 and $3,000 for those 6 to 17. Part of the credit will be given as monthly payments: $300 per child younger than 6 and $250 for those 6 to 17, starting July 15. Biden’s American Families Plan proposes keeping the expanded child tax credit through 2025 and making the regular child tax credit permanently refundable so that families with the lowest incomes can still benefit from the tax break.”
  • “‘The anti-poverty effects are historic and important,’ said Kris Cox, deputy director of federal tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and one of the study’s authors. The research found that an expanded continued child tax credit will benefit nearly all children in the U.S., she said.”
  • “Making the full credit available to all families, even those with low income or no income, would help some 27 million children, according to the study. It would also help many children of color. Of those 27 million who would become eligible for more money, 9.9 million are Latino, 5.7 million are Black and nearly 1 million are Asian, the study estimates, while 8.8 million are white.”
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MEDIA ADVISORY: DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Holds Virtual Meeting

26 May
The Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, May 27. The only item of business will be a discussion of the reforms related to government-run primaries that were made for the 2020 presidential nominating process.

Traditionally, after every presidential nominating cycle the RBC will meet to discuss the previous cycle before beginning the process of drafting the rules for future nominating cycles. Over the coming months, the RBC will review the elements of the last nominating process to determine what worked well and to identify any reforms needed to improve the process. This process does not include the writing and implementation of rules for the next presidential nominating process.

WHATDNC Rules and Bylaws Committee

WHO: DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Members

WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 12 p.m. EDT

WHERE:  DNC YouTube Channel

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President Biden’s Agenda Giving Rural America a Boost

26 May
President Biden knows a strong middle class is the backbone of America and that rural communities are essential to the economic growth of our country. With the American Rescue Plan, President Biden and Democrats delivered a bold and historic legislative package that has provided much-needed relief to millions of people across the country. Working families received up to $1,400 direct checks, thousands more in individual benefits, access to more affordable health care, and the resources to get our kids and teachers safely back to school, no thanks to a single Republican in Congress.

While Republicans continue to fight against help for the middle class, including millions living in rural communities, President Biden and Democrats are working to pass the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan, which would deliver a generation-defining investment in rural America, and a commitment to grow the middle class and expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans.

Because of the American Rescue Plan, which passed no thanks to a single Republican in Congress, rural America is getting the aid they need to rebuild their economies.

In Massachusetts: Daily Hampshire Gazette: Guest columnist Matt Hildreth: How the American Rescue Plan can help small towns

“While much has been reported about the American Rescue Plan providing needed relief to pandemic-battered cities, less has been written about the potential historic economic boost this policy could have on small towns and rural communities.

“Not only does the legislation distribute $4 billion to support the food supply chain, $3 billion to support economic development initiatives and $9 billion to assist rural health care providers, it also provides $140 million to support households residing in United States Department of Agriculture-subsidized rural properties or who participate in USDA direct mortgage programs.

“On top of that, the American Rescue Plan assigns $5 billion to farmers of color — who have lost 90% of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination — and allocates $750 million to support the Indian Housing and Indian Community Development block grant programs.”

In West Virginia: Times West Virginian: American Rescue Plan offers hope for rural health care

“Thankfully, the American Rescue Plan included not only $1,400 checks for most West Virginians, but millions in relief for battered rural health providers. In April, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced over $82 million in funding for our Community Health Centers, which provides opportunities in underserved areas.

“Many of those funds are designated specifically to rural providers, such as those serving the majority of West Virginians. The American Rescue Plan makes available many other opportunities for rural America regarding health care, including $8.5 billion in provider relief, a $9.09 billion investment in the public health workforce and $4 billion in substance abuse prevention and behavioral health.”

President Biden knows we must build upon the provisions of the American Rescue Plan by passing the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan—bold plans that would invest in rural America, grow the middle class, and expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans.

In Montana: KTVQ: Montana Ag Network: “A generation-defining investment in rural America” 

“During an exclusive MTN interview with the Montana Ag Networks Lane Nordlund, Sec. Vilsack called the proposal, ‘a generation-defining investment in rural America.’

“‘Even before the pandemic, a lot of families, middle-class families, working families were having a very difficult time making ends meet,’ said Vilsack. ‘The American Families Plan is designed to do two very important things. First, to provide help and assistance to families so they can, in fact, make it. Secondly, creating the opportunity for us to have an economy that is competitive and able to meet the challenges of the future.’”

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DNC on Arizona GOP’s Efforts to Prevent Secretary of State Katie Hobbs from Protecting AZ Voters

26 May
As Republicans in the Arizona state legislature move forward with a bill to strip Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of her ability to defend election lawsuits until near the end of her term in 2023, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: Arizona Republicans are lashing out at an outstanding public servant who has worked tirelessly to defend Arizona voters from attacks on their voting rights.

“These proposed restrictions are unjustifiable and undemocratic, and state lawmakers should immediately reject this overtly political attempt to prevent Secretary Hobbs from doing her job.

“While Republicans work to impose Jim Crow-style laws across the country and hobble election officials from administering fair elections, Democrats will use every tool in our toolbox to defend the right to vote and stop the GOP from these brazen attacks on our democracy.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: DNC, NextShark Host AAPI Heritage Month Town Hall

25 May
This Wednesday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m, the Democratic National Committee will co-host an AAPI Heritage Month Town Hall with NextShark, a leading AAPI focused media outlet. A conversation on representation and activation in the AAPI community will be moderated by journalist, professor, host of “The May Lee Show,” and former CNN anchor May Lee.

The town hall comes on the heels of a significant ad buy by the Democratic National Committee in AAPI outlets running in numerous states including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin, and other major national and state-based AAPI outlets. 

To view the conversation, please click here.

WHAT: DNC/NextShark AAPI Heritage Month Town Hall

WHO: DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau, DNC Vice Chair Senator Tammy Duckworth, Representative Grace Meng, former CNN anchor and town hall moderator May Lee, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, figure skater/activist Emma Tang, entrepreneur/speaker Ziad Ahmed, actor Maulik Pancholy, and more

WHEN: Wednesday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE: NextShark Facebook Page

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