Mitch McConnell Chooses China Over American Jobs

1 Jul

Mitch McConnell is threatening to kill bipartisan legislation designed to bring American manufacturing jobs home while making the United States more competitive against China in a ridiculous and reckless act of political gamesmanship in order to ensure drug companies can keep charging exorbitant amounts for life-saving medicine.

What is McConnell threatening to tank? Bipartisan legislation that would bring our economy into the 21st century, create thousands of jobs, and is overwhelmingly supported by the American people.

And what has McConnell so riled up? Democrats are working to pass legislation to lower costs for families, cap prescription drug prices, and ensure the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share. 

Roll Call: “Senate Democrats are scraping together a last-minute plan to let Medicare negotiate prices directly with manufacturers for some prescription drugs ahead of the midterm elections, according to a summary of the plan obtained by CQ Roll Call.”

NBC News: “Senate Democrats are close to a deal to lower prescription drug costs as part of a larger party-line package to advance a number of President Joe Biden’s economic priorities, three sources familiar with the negotiations said.”

Lest we forget, McConnell and Senate Republicans tried to use reconciliation to gut the Affordable Care Act and ultimately used it to gift billions of dollars to big corporations and the ultra-wealthy.

Atlantic: “Republicans planned to push their bill through using a process known as reconciliation — which has a lower, 50-vote threshold for passage — and with the help of Vice President Mike Pence in the event of a tie.”

American Progress: “Then, in 2017, the next time they gained a trifecta, Republicans used the reconciliation process to enact more tax cuts, signed by President Donald Trump, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated shortly after their passage would cost $1.9 trillion over 10 years”

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MAGA Hot Mic: NV GOP Senate Candidate Adam Laxalt

1 Jul

Adam Laxalt: “Roe v. Wade was always a joke.”

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic moment comes from Nevada GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxalt. 

In a newly released audio recording, MAGA Republican and NV Senate candidate Adam Laxalt called the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade a “joke.”

Laxalt went even further touting his anti-choice record and the fact that he has gone “a step further” than other Republicans and said it is “sad” that the people of Nevada are not anti-abortion.  

Read Laxalt’s statements below: 

LAXALT: “Roe v. Wade was always a joke. It was a total, complete invention…It has created decades and decades of political turmoil. Not to mention, the most important thing that it allowed across the country. So, I think its return back to the states is important…we went a step further, and a lot of Republicans kind of hide out.” 

LAXALT: “We’re not a pro-life state. We all have to be honest about that. It’s sad, it doesn’t make me happy.”

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Abortion Extremism Becomes New Litmus Test for Republicans

30 Jun

For Republican candidates and lawmakers, abortion extremism is becoming the norm, not the outlier. Every single Republican has to make clear their position on the right to an abortion.

For MAGA Republicans, it is a race to be the most extreme as Republicans make clear that they’ll push to expand restrictions on reproductive health care.

Axios: “Pence has called for a nationwide abortion ban after the Dobbs ruling and Dannenfelser has vowed to help limit abortion ‘in every state and in every legislature, including the Congress’”

Politico: “DeSantis says Florida will ‘expand pro-life protections’ after Supreme Court ruling”

While some Republicans try to hide their records, as Mike Pompeo said, every single Republican will have to make clear where they stand on the right to choose.

Washington Examiner: “Mike Pompeo, who was Trump’s CIA director, tweeted on Wednesday that in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ‘We will see which politicians supported the pro-life cause to win elections, and which actually believed it.’”

Washington Post: “After reversal of Roe, many Republicans want to change the subject”

Washington Post: “While Democrats have leaned heavily into elevating the concerns over the court ruling and the new limits that will be imposed on abortion, many Republicans have been avoiding questions on the topic or taking pains to shift the subject.”

New York Post: “GOP hopeful abortion dies as midterm issue after SCOTUS ends Roe v. Wade”

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DNC Statement on Florida’s Abortion Ban Ruling

30 Jun

As Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans’ extreme abortion ban will be blocked by Judge Cooper’s ruling, DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a small victory for reproductive rights in Florida, despite Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans’ relentless efforts to make abortion a crime with no exceptions for rape or incest, force women into dangerous situations, and throw their providers in jail. Now that DeSantis has confirmed his administration will not stop fighting for this attack on women’s health care, he should answer what he means when he says he will ‘expand’ anti-choice restrictions and what’s next on his extreme and dangerous agenda.”

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MAGA Republicans Continue to Push Abortion Restrictions to Dangerous Extremes

30 Jun

Republican leaders are making it clear that they have no issue undermining the rights of the American people and are going all in, spending thousands to push their extremist anti-choice MAGA agenda. Now, Republicans are going even further and pushing for restrictions on interstate travel for pregnant women. 

Make no mistake: For MAGA Republicans, overturning Roe is just the beginning. Now they are pushing to block patients from crossing state lines.

Washington Post: “Antiabortion lawmakers want to block patients from crossing state lines”

Washington Post: “The National Association of Christian Lawmakers, an antiabortion organization led by Republican state legislators, has begun working with the authors of the Texas abortion ban to explore model legislation that would restrict people from crossing state lines for abortions, said Texas state representative Tom Oliverson (R), the charter chair of the group’s national legislative council.”

Republicans like Mike Pence are all in, and spending thousands to highlight their dangerous and extremist anti-choice agenda: 

Axios: “Former Vice President Mike Pence is expanding his involvement in the anti-abortion movement’s work ahead of the 2022 midterms, contributing $500,000 to an existing multimillion-dollar ad campaign run by the largest national anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.” 

Mike Pence: “Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged, and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and the support for women in pregnancy resource centers to every state in America.”

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MAGA Hot Mic: VA GOP Congressional Candidate Yesli Vega

30 Jun

Axios: “Spanberger rival Yesli Vega doubts pregnancy after rape”

Today’s inaugural MAGA Hot Mic moment comes from Virginia GOP congressional candidate Yesli Vega. 

In a newly released audio recording, MAGA candidate Vega implied that people who experience rape are less likely to get pregnant.

Vega’s claim is a lie that the congressional hopeful used to defend her support of an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest. 

Read the full interaction below: 

YESLI VEGA: “The left will say, ‘Well what about in cases of rape or incest?’ I’m a law enforcement officer. I became a police officer in 2011. I’ve worked one case where as a result of a rape, the young woman became pregnant.”

[…]

QUESTION: “I’ve actually heard that it’s harder for a woman to get pregnant if she’s been raped. Have you heard that?”

VEGA: “Well, maybe because there’s so much going on in the body. I don’t know. I haven’t, you know, seen any studies. But if I’m processing what you’re saying, it wouldn’t surprise me. Because it’s not something that’s happening organically. You’re forcing it. The individual, the male, is doing it as quickly — it’s not like, you know — and so I can see why there is truth to that. It’s unfortunate.”

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DeSantis’s Administration Admits His Political Stunt Could Put 30,000 Disadvantaged Children At Risk

29 Jun

Today, Florida’s surgeon general admitted Ron DeSantis’s decision to block vaccines for young children could put 30,000 disadvantaged children at risk.

FIRST: Ron DeSantis was the only governor in the country to refuse to pre-order vaccines for children under 5.

Miami Herald: “‘We are devastated.’ Doctors angry over DeSantis not ordering COVID vaccines for young kids”

The Hill: “DeSantis: Florida won’t provide state resources for giving COVID shots to kids under 5”

Naples Daily News: “Florida hospitals, physicians scramble as DeSantis opts out of vaccine order for young kids”

NOW: Ron DeSantis’s own administration says his actions could put over 30,000 disadvantaged children at risk.

CBS News: “’Ladapo confirmed in the release approximately ‘3% of the more than 1.1 million children under five who live in Florida receive their primary care at county health departments.’ This leaves 33,000 young children in FL without access to the vaccine at their primary point of care.”

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The GOP Doesn’t Want to Talk About How They’re Gutting Reproductive Health Care

29 Jun

It has been nearly a week since conservative Supreme Court justices overturned Roe v. Wade – a direct result of MAGA Republicans’ decades-long war on the right to an abortion.  

Instead of acknowledging the devastating impacts that this ruling will have on women across the country, Republicans are trying to change the subject away from abortion.

Washington Post: “After reversal of Roe, many Republicans want to change the subject”

Washington Post: “While Democrats have leaned heavily into elevating the concerns over the court ruling and the new limits that will be imposed on abortion, many Republicans have been avoiding questions on the topic or taking pains to shift the subject.”

New York Post: “GOP hopeful abortion dies as midterm issue after SCOTUS ends Roe v. Wade”

Why? Because the majority of the American people disagree with their dangerous extremism and unwarranted attacks on the right to choose.

CNN: “Majorities disapprove of Roe v. Wade reversal and Democrats are motivated, polls show”

The Hill: “More than 6 in 10 say it’s important for midterm candidates to support abortion access: poll”

But the DNC will not let them run from their record on abortion. We will make sure voters know what’s at stake this November.

The Hill: “DNC launches digital ad campaign hitting Republicans on abortion”

Florida Politics: “National Democrats target Florida voters with abortion-themed ad buy”

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DNC Launches Ad & Campaign Spotlighting Extreme GOP Plans to Ban Abortion Nationally

29 Jun

Today, the Democratic National Committee is launching a new digital ad highlighting Republicans’ plans to escalate attacks on abortion rights after their decades-long war to overturn Roe v Wade. Republicans are making clear that if they gain power, they’ll try to go even further and work to ban abortion nationally – and that’s while some states pass abortion bans with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The DNC is launching an extended campaign branded “MAGA Hot Mic” to turn the volume up on Republicans up and down the ballot, detailing what their extreme MAGA agenda actually is: wildly out of touch with the American people, dangerous, and deadly.

WATCH:


“Now that MAGA Republicans have succeeded in their decades-long war to overturn Roe v Wade, they’re telling voters what they have planned next: banning abortion across the country,” said DNC Spokesperson Ammar Moussa. “While Democrats work to ensure health care decisions stay between a woman and her doctor, Republicans across the country are signaling that bans with no exceptions for rape or incest are next on their extreme agenda. Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Mike Pence are making it crystal clear how dangerous Republican control would be for millions of Americans.”

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Kevin McCarthy Has A MAGA Republican Problem

28 Jun

As MAGA extremist candidates gain momentum in today’s Republican Party, Kevin McCarthy keeps reminding voters he has completely surrendered to the most extreme members of his own party and refuses to hold them accountable for their dangerous views. Now, Republicans across the country pushing extreme abortion views are being welcomed with open arms by GOP leaders. 

Time and again, Kevin McCarthy has kowtowed to the most extreme members of his caucus resulting in the proliferation of dangerous claims from Republican lawmakers and candidates: 

Axios: “Yesli Vega, the Republican nominee running against Democrat Abigail Spanberger for Congress, downplayed the possibility of becoming pregnant as a result of rape when asked about her stance on abortion at a campaign stop last month, according to audio obtained by Axios.” 

The Denver Post: “Lauren Boebert told congregation she’s ‘tired of this separation of church and state junk’”

Axios: “Greene, for example, has long gloated she’s immune to punishment by McCarthy. That’s been true even after she and Gosar appeared at a gathering of white nationalists hosted by outspoken Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.” 

Kevin McCarthy has fully lost control of his caucus and he has no one to blame but himself: 

Axios: “Far-right, controversial candidates create new headaches for McCarthy”

Axios: “Once in office, it will be hard for McCarthy to control his far-right freshmen — just as he’s faced difficulty wrangling Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who see themselves as ‘untouchable.’”

Axios: “The GOP’s untouchables: Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar”

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