Rick Scott Takes His MAGA Agenda To Battleground States

19 May

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott has made it clear: The Republican agenda includes an extreme plan to end the Social Security and Medicare guarantees and raise taxes on half of working families. Scott’s agenda is wildly unpopular and he’s decided to take it on the road to show voters across the country what’s at stake if Republicans take control in November. 

Rick Scott is hitting battleground states to highlight his agenda to raise taxes on working families and end the Social Security and Medicare guarantee – a welcomed demonstration of how wildly out of touch Republicans are with the American people. 

Fox News’s Paul Steinhauser: “NEW on @FoxNews – @SenRickScott -the @NRSC chair – to headline @SCNHGOP (Sullivan County New Hampshire GOP) Lincoln Reagan fundraising dinner on May 20. Scott was last in N.H. in August.”

NC GOP Convention: “Congressional Luncheon featuring Senator Rick Scott”

Let’s be clear: Rick Scott laid out his blueprint for the American people – raising taxes for half the country, including seniors and retirees – and everyone from elected Republicans to Senate candidates are lining up to support it.

Fox 8 WGPH: North Carolina Senate candidate Ted Budd “generally agreed with some of [the Scott plan’s] major points.”

Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Mehmet Oz on Scott’s proposal: “He also has a vision for what the party can do going forward’”

Senator Ron Johnson: “It’s a positive thing.” 

Senator Mike Braun: “Independents are the individuals that elect the swing-state senators and the president, and I think they want something other than no or I’m not interested… I’m glad Rick did it. Nothing is going to be perfect…we’ve got to be for something.”

Senator Joni Ernst: “I think every Republican, as we step forward, will determine what is in the best interest for their own party dynamics within their states and defending what we believe to be true, liberty, freedom, you name it, that’s what we are for.”

Arizona Senate Candidate Jim Lamon: “Rick [Scott] called the other day, I said, ‘Dude, you go on my website?’ You know, it looked awful familiar, right?’”

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House Republicans Vote AGAINST Making It Easier to Deliver Baby Formula

19 May

Last night, in a stunning display of callousness and cruelty, MAGA House Republicans voted against critical funding to help boost the supply of baby formula. While President Biden and Democrats are taking action to address the shortage, Republican extremists have proven – yet again – that they would rather stand in the way of helping American families. 

Despite Republicans feigning concern about the baby formula shortage, the vast majority of House Republicans actually voted AGAINST funding to address it.

Fox Business: “House Republicans demand answers from Biden administration on baby formula shortage”

Associated Press: “House bill to boost FDA resources amid infant-formula shortage narrowly overcomes 192 no votes from Republicans”

Newsweek: “Full List of 192 House Republicans Who Voted Against FDA Baby Formula Bill”

Meanwhile, President Biden and Democrats are continuing to take strong action to address the shortage and increase the supply of baby formula across the country. 

New York Times: “Biden Invokes Defense Powers in a Bid to Ease Formula Shortage”

CNBC: “Biden is requiring suppliers to direct ingredients to baby formula manufacturers before any other companies who may have placed orders for those same goods.”

Associated Press: “House Dems propose $28 million to address formula shortage”

CNN: “Biden administration addressing logistical issues with infant formula manufacturer Reckitt”

Washington Post: “The Food and Drug Administration has also reached an agreement with Abbott to reopen the Michigan facility, which was shut down after a bacterial contamination scare.”

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MAGA Won Yesterday’s Primaries

18 May

Yesterday’s primaries proved what we already knew: in their desperate attempt for power, Republicans have fully surrendered their party to the most extreme wing. From anti-choice extremists who want to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape and incest, to January 6 rioters, to Republicans who support Rick Scott’s plan to end the guarantee of Social Security and Medicare, the MAGA agenda is winning. President Biden said it best: this isn’t your father’s Republican Party anymore.

From Idaho to Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Republican primary winners have shown how extreme they are – pushing Donald Trump’s Big Lie, calling to overturn the election, and supporting abortion bans with no exceptions for rape or incest:

CBS News: “In a televised debate last week, Mastriano said he supports banning abortion from conception, with no exceptions. He called abortion ‘the No. 1 issue’ and pointed to the ‘heartbeat’ bill that he has sponsored, which effectively bans abortion at six weeks.”

Vanity Fair: “IDAHO GOVERNOR SAYS RAPIST-FRIENDLY ABORTION BAN IS A HORRIBLE IDEA, SIGNS IT ANYWAY”

CNN: “Trump-backed 2020 election denier wins GOP primary for Pennsylvania governor”

Washington Post: “Victories by Mastriano, Budd show potency of Trump’s false stolen election claims in GOP”

But make no mistake: Across the board, Republicans are running on Donald Trump’s MAGA agenda.

ABC News: “In primaries so far, Trump hasn’t always gotten his way. But there’s no discernible room in the GOP for never-Trump candidates — or even, to date, much room for candidates who will flatly state that the election of 2020 wasn’t stolen and that investigations looking back at it are irrelevant or dangerous. Trump isn’t winning everything this primary season. That’s not to say, though, that MAGA is losing.”

Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales: “The success/failure of Trump’s endorsed candidates is a poor litmus test of Trump’s influence within the Republican Party because almost all the GOP candidates are running on a Trump message/platform. This is still Trump’s GOP whether his endorsed candidate win or not.”

Republicans keep proving just how wildly out of touch they are and how much is at stake in November.

Washington Post Opinion: “Scott’s plan would also sunset — eliminate — all federal legislation over five years, under the (risky) assumption that worthy laws would be reenacted. That could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, everything else mentioned above — and potentially more.”

NBC News: “With trigger laws in 13 states poised to go into effect if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade, a new era of restricted access to birth control could unfold in states that narrowly define when life begins, legal experts say.”

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Statement from President Biden on John Fetterman’s Pennsylvania Senate Primary Victory

18 May

As Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman understands that working class families in Pennsylvania and across the country have been dealt out for far too long. It’s time to deal them back in, and electing John to the United States Senate would be a big step forward for Pennsylvania’s working people. Democrats are united around John, who is a strong nominee, will run a tough race, and can win in November. And while we await the results of the GOP primary, one thing is clear – these candidates are not your father’s GOP. They have fought a malicious, chaotic primary campaign to be the most extreme. And they have shown people their authentic selves – that whoever emerges will be too dangerous, too craven, and too extreme to represent Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.

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Do Republicans Stand with RGA Chair Pete Ricketts’ Plan to Ban Abortion with No Exceptions for Rape or Incest?

17 May

In an interview over the weekend, chair of the Republican Governors Association and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts made clear he supports a full abortion ban with no exception for rape or incest.

Voters deserve to know where every Republican leader and candidate stands on the right to an abortion:
Do you support an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest?
Republican leaders are making it crystal clear that their policies are wildly out of touch with the American people. 

Daily Beast: “Nebraska Guv Wants No Rape or Incest Exception for Abortion: ‘They’re Still Babies’”

NBC News: “But more recent restrictions have been passed in Arizona, including a law signed in March by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The law makes exceptions for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest. It could take effect by late summer if Roe is struck down.”

Wisconsin Public Radio: “His stance on exceptions to an abortion ban puts him at odds with the four Republicans running for governor — who have all said they support a total ban on abortions. The Republican candidates running for governor are former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, construction executive Tim Michels, former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson and state Rep. Tim Ramthun, R-Campbellsport.”

Washington Post: “On Tuesday, Oklahoma’s governor signed a law criminalizing providing abortion in the state. The law doesn’t punish the woman, and it makes an exception only if the life of the woman is in danger, not for rape or incest.”

Washington Post: “On Wednesday, Republicans in Kentucky overrode the Democratic governor’s veto to implement a 15-week abortion ban. It, too, makes an exception only if the woman’s life is in danger.”

Washington Post: “A ban on abortions after about six weeks in Texas that went into effect in September also makes no exceptions for rape or incest.”

Washington Post: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday signed legislation that will ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy as Republican-led states move swiftly to restrict abortion access…The new law, which passed the GOP-controlled legislature in March, includes exceptions for the life of the mother and ‘fatal fetal anomalies’ but does not make exceptions for rape or incest. It would take effect in July.”

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RGA Chair Pete Ricketts: Ban Abortion with No Exceptions for Rape or Incest

16 May

In an interview over the weekend, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts made clear he supports a full abortion ban with no exception for rape or incest. As the chair of the Republican Governors Association, Governor Ricketts is making the position of the Republican Party clear, and they are wildly out of touch with the majority of the American people.

“If the Court overturns Roe, Ricketts told CNN he will ‘work with our speaker of the legislature to work on a special session and do more to protect pre-born babies.’ He further said his abortion bill would not include exceptions for rape or incest.”

Voters deserve to know where every Republican leader and candidate stands on the right to an abortion:


Do you support an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest?

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Brain Kemp Tried to Block The Funding He’s Now Bragging About

16 May

Brian Kemp openly criticized the American Rescue Plan last March and even asked Georgia’s senators to vote against it, but he’s once again taking credit for projects made possible by its funding. Today, he’s hypocritically touting millions of dollars in COVID funding for Georgians – delivered by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. 

Once again, Brian Kemp is touting funding his state received from President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan.

Office of Governor Brian Kemp: “Gov. Kemp Announces More Than $415M in Awards to Address Negative Economic Impact Caused by COVID-19”

Governor Brian Kemp: “I’m proud of our state’s resilience, and as of today, we have worked hard and identified ways to further deliver assistance to hardworking Georgians, support businesses and speed up the recovery of impacted industries, and rebuild crucial public services.”

Office of Governor Brian Kemp: “Funding for these awards derive from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, a part of the American Rescue Plan Act.”

Let’s not forget, Brian Kemp strongly opposed the American Rescue Plan, and even urged Georgia Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to vote AGAINST it. 

11Alive: “White House details COVID relief package benefits for Georgia, Kemp remains critical”

11Alive: “Governor Kemp is urging Democrat Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to vote against the deal when it goes before the Senate.”

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REMINDER: Every Single Republican Voted Against Funding For The Police

13 May

While President Biden is taking critical steps to provide cities and states with historic funding through the American Rescue Plan to make our communities safer, including local police departments and other programs to address the causes of crime and ease the burden on police, let’s not forget every single congressional Republican voted against every cent of this funding that has been used to get police officers back on the streets. 

Congressional Republicans opposed every penny of this funding as part of their ultra-MAGA agenda:

NBC News: “House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments”

Indy Star: “Noblesville plans to give police officers and firefighters bonuses of $2,000 and other city employees $1,000 with its haul of federal coronavirus economic aid.”

NNY360: “Federal COVID-19 funding will pay to rehire Watertown police officers”

This isn’t anything new for this MAGA party – Donald Trump proposed massive cuts to critical community policing programs, which many Republicans supported:

Wall Street Journal: “The [Trump] administration’s 2021 budget, like all its previous budgets, recommended eliminating the Community Relations Services and Community Oriented Policing Services and placing their functions under other parts of the department to ‘improve efficiency.’”

President Biden is using every tool at his disposal to fight violent crime and keep our communities safe: 

NBC News: “Biden to urge cities to spend Covid relief money on police, crime prevention”

ABC News: “Biden to announce $10 billion from American Rescue Plan for policing, public safety”
Associated Press: “Biden to urge local leaders to boost public safety spending”

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Leading Republicans Push Extreme MAGA Agenda on Abortion

12 May

The majority of the American people support access to safe and legal abortion, and Republicans are proving just how dangerously out of touch they are. Instead of protecting the constitutional right to an abortion, Republicans are pushing a MAGA-agenda that could jail doctors, outlaw some contraceptives, and implement a nationwide ban on abortion.

One by one, Republican leaders are blowing the door wide open on their MAGA agenda to weaponize the anticipated Supreme Court decision and push for extreme measures to take away constitutional rights of the American people: 

Fox News: “Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., responded to the alleged draft of a forthcoming Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization striking down Roe v. Wade with a pledge to convene a special session of the South Dakota legislature to limit abortion should the Court’s final ruling strike down the 1973 precedent.”

Forbes: “Texas Gov. Abbott Still Refuses To Add Rape And Incest Exemptions To Abortion Law”

Public Radio Tulsa: “Stitt signs bill criminalizing abortion in Oklahoma with no exceptions for rape, incest”

Yahoo! News: “During his dozen years in Congress from 2001 to 2013, Pence pushed hard for a ‘personhood’ bill that would define life as starting at conception and to defund Planned Parenthood completely, a fight that earned him almost unshakable support from social conservatives and the Christian right.”

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President Biden Draws Sharp Contrast, Slams MAGA Republicans

12 May

Republicans continue to show just how blatantly out of touch they are with the American people. Republicans sold out their party to defeated former president Donald Trump and now they’re pushing a dangerous MAGA agenda – and President Biden is making sure Americans know it.

Donald Trump is the leader of today’s Republican Party and President Biden is making it clear what’s at stake this November: 

Associated Press: “Biden calls Trump ‘MAGA king,’ vows to push GOP contrasts”

The Independent: “In a fiery speech, President Joe Biden assailed Donald Trump’s economic record and ridiculed him with a new moniker: ‘the great MAGA king.’”

Politico: “‘The great MAGA king’: Biden sharpens midterm attacks”

While Republicans have made it clear they are more concerned with playing political games than delivering for working families, President Biden has put forth a plan to lower costs for middle-class Americans.

White House: “President Biden has a plan to tackle inflation — by lowering costs that families face and lowering the federal deficit by asking the large corporations and the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.”

White House: “The President understands that the Federal Reserve is the institution that plays a primary role in fighting inflation. The President has nominated highly qualified individuals to lead the Fed, and is urging the Senate to confirm all these individuals without delay. Beyond the Federal Reserve, President Biden is taking short-, medium-, and long-term actions to lower costs for families and lower the deficit.”

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