On Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, State Parties Highlight Direct Payments Soon Going to Millions of Working Families — Thanks to Democrats

21 Jun

It’s Child Tax Credit Awareness Day! Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, starting mid-July, American families will begin receiving direct payments through the Child Tax Credit, putting money in the pockets of most families. For a working family with two kids, that’s $500 or more on the 15th of every month this year. Experts estimate this historic expansion will cut child poverty in half, no thanks to Republicans in Congress who unanimously voted against the American Rescue Plan.

President Biden knows that we need to do even more, and that it is not enough just to restore where we were prior to the pandemic. In order to create a tax system that works for middle class families, we must make this benefit permanent by passing the American Families Plan. See below for what state parties are saying on Child Tax Credit Awareness Day: 

Democratic Party of Wisconsin: Wisconsin Democrats Celebrate Child Tax Credit Awareness Day

“The Child Tax Credit follows the basic principle that we should be supporting Wisconsin families and children and building a better future for the next generation. This credit is a direct result of having leaders like President Biden and Governor Evers, who are dedicated to bettering the lives of Wisconsin families. The Child Tax Credit is just another example of Democrats delivering for Wisconsin families.”

Ohio Democratic Party: On Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, Ohio Democratic Party Highlights Direct Payments Soon Going to 2.3 Million Ohio Families

“Thanks to President Biden, Senator Sherrod Brown and Ohio Democrats, the American Rescue Plan will soon deliver major tax relief for working families with children through a historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit. Despite opposition from Ohio Republicans, the expanded child tax credit will lift 132,000 children out of poverty here in Ohio, help bolster financial security and spur economic growth in our state,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Matt Keyes.

North Carolina Democratic Party: On Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, NCDP Highlights Direct Payments Soon Going to Over Two Million Families

“Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, the American Rescue Plan will soon deliver major tax relief for working families with children through a historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit, and families will start to see those checks in their bank accounts next month. Despite opposition from the entire Republican delegation from North Carolina, including Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, the expanded child tax credit will lift 137,000 children out of poverty here in North Carolina, help bolster financial security, and spur economic growth in our state,” said NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson. 

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Child Tax Credit Awareness Day: Payments Soon Going to Three Million Families Across the Keystone State

“Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, the American Rescue Plan will soon deliver major tax relief for working families with children through a historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit. Despite opposition from every Pennsylvania Republican, the expanded child tax credit will lift 140,000 children out of poverty here in Pennsylvania, help bolster financial security and spur economic growth in our state. Thank you to President Biden and congressional Democrats for putting our working families first,” said Nancy Patton Mills, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairwoman. 

Virginia Democratic Party: On Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, DPVA Highlights Direct Payments Soon Going to Families Across the Commonwealth

“Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, the American Rescue Plan will soon deliver major tax relief for working families with children through a historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit, and families will start to see those checks in their mailboxes next month. Despite opposition from Glenn Youngkin and Virginia Republicans, the expanded child tax credit will lift 85,000 children out of poverty here in Virginia, help bolster financial security and spur economic growth in our state,” said DPVA Communications Director Grant Fox. 

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YIKES: Donald Trump Loyalty Test Causing More Problems for the GOP

21 Jun

Republican lawmakers’ decision to sell their party out to Donald Trump, a loser president who cost them the House, Senate, and White House, is looking worse and worse every day. Across the country, voters in critical swing states are rejecting the chaos from Trump and the GOP playbook in favor of calm and stable leadership from President Biden and Democrats.

Politico Magazine: “‘As Long as the Party Embraces Trump, It’s Going to Have Trouble’”

  • “It’s the story of how the GOP playbook—which often defaults to the tactic of demonizing cities as bastions of out-of-touch liberal elites—has missed an important shift: Suburbs aren’t at war with their cities any longer, and claiming they are has alienated potential Republican voters.”
  • “It’s the story of a Republican Party in something of an identity crisis; of downballot Republicans who have found success while embracing diversity and are utterly flummoxed why the rest of the party is moving in the other direction; of the once-in-a-generation talent named L. Brooks Patterson, who made Oakland County into a Republican political behemoth first by perfecting the art of culture war, and later by trading away grievance-based politics for business-oriented conservatism only to see that traditional approach banished from the Trump-era GOP.”

NBC News: “GOP candidates’ acts of loyalty to Trump underscore ex-president’s grip on the party”

  • “Another way to look at all of it: When a party no longer offers a new party platform or new public-policy ideas, the way for its politicians to distinguish themselves is through symbols, gestures, performance art and — above all — loyalty to the former president. Even seven months after that former president’s defeat and five months after Jan. 6.”

NBC News: “Trump’s influence on Republicans faces key test in Michigan”

  • “Early dynamics shaping the Republican primary highlight the tensions playing out in other states and high-stakes contests across the country. Would-be candidates for governor are proceeding with caution as they calculate how far, if at all, they can stray from Trump, his mixed pandemic messaging and his incessant lie that a second term was stolen from him.”

Politico: “Chaotic N.C. Senate primary tests Trump’s sway over the GOP”

  • “Trump’s surprise intervention has been the foremost drama so far, creating sore feelings among his party’s candidates and causing dissension among North Carolina Republicans.”
  • “If Republicans nominate a weaker general election candidate in a single state like North Carolina, they could end up blowing their shot at taking back the Senate.”
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DNC on Child Tax Credit Awareness Day

21 Jun
Today is Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, aimed at ensuring parents know about the American Rescue Plan’s historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit and how it will benefit their families. In the United States in 2021, the tax credit will increase for most families to $3,000 for each child between six- and 17-years-old and to $3,600 for each child under six-years-old. Experts estimate this historic expansion will cut child poverty in half. DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement in commemoration of Child Tax Credit Awareness Day.

“As a child who grew up in poverty, on an unpaved road, I know firsthand what the Child Tax Credit means for children and families across our country and the difference it will make in their lives. It means more money for food on tables and supplies in school bags. It means paid rents and paid bills. President Biden and Democrats delivered the American Rescue Plan and expanded this major tax relief for working families with children that is poised to lift millions of children out of poverty.

“President Biden’s economic plan is working and boosting financial security and economic growth for every family. But the American Rescue Plan is only the first step. We must pass the American Families Plan and American Jobs Plan to further extend this critical program and continue our progress on building an economy from the bottom up and the middle out.

“American families: help is here.”

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DNC on World Refugee Day

20 Jun
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement in commemoration of World Refugee Day:

“Today we celebrate the strength and courage of those who are forced to flee their home country in search of a place free from persecution, violence, or war. They are not nameless individuals, but people of incredible resilience who are searching for a nation that will recognize their humanity and inherent dignity. It is woven into the fabric of the United States to meet these courageous individuals with compassion, and to ensure their futures hold the promise of freedom and opportunity.

“President Biden and Democrats have already shown their commitment to restoring order and humanity to our broken immigration system. In his first few months in office, President Biden raised the annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500, reversing the historically low number set by the Trump administration, and the president continues to advocate for increasing the annual cap to 125,000. The Department of Justice also recently rolled back a Trump-era restriction that blocked victims of domestic abuse and gang violence from gaining asylum. Together, these actions demonstrate how President Biden is working with Democrats to restore America’s status as a beacon for those searching for hope.

“The last year has shined a light on the things we all hold dear: doctors to care for us when we’re sick, schools to send our children, and the safety to gather together. Today marks an opportunity to build understanding and deepen empathy for the circumstances of refugees, and we honor their strength and resilience as they seek to rebuild their lives and pursue a better future for themselves and their families.”

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DNC on the Commemoration of Juneteenth

18 Jun
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement in commemoration of the 156th Juneteenth in the United States:

“On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed slaves of their freedom and the end of the Civil War — and Juneteenth was born. On this day, we commemorate not only the beginning of a new chapter of liberation and promise for Black Americans, but also reflect on the hardship placed upon Black Americans in the pursuit of the full citizenship and opportunity due to us all.

“This week, Congress passed and President Biden signed a law, which took the important and long overdue step of designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, but the urgency of protecting our fundamental freedoms cannot wait. Congress must pass legislation to ensure the right to vote remains strong and protected.

“Today we reflect on the remarkable resilience of our ancestors and take stock of our progress and of what work remains in order to end the systemic racism that still impacts so many Black Americans. As Democrats, we are committed to honoring Black history, mirroring the fortitude of those who came before us, and forging a better path for our children and for the American people.”

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IN THE STATES: America is on the Move Again — Just Ask These Students.

18 Jun
Over the course of the last sixteen months, young people across the country have worked through how to commemorate key moments such as birthdays, school dances, and graduation ceremonies during a pandemic. But now, thanks to the American Rescue Plan and an aggressive vaccination program, America is back on track. This week, students across the country thanked President Biden for getting the virus under control, allowing them to attend in-person classes, celebrate graduations and proms, and to feel a new sense of hope about the future.

Here’s a look at what voters in the states were reading this week…

As the 2021 school year comes to a close, students from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin to North Carolina talked about how President Biden’s leadership has brought them hope:

  • In Wisconsin: Simon, high school junior, Madison: “This year I’m feeling ready to make plans and move forward with my life after the COVID-19 pandemic. I feel optimistic and prepared.”
  • In Pennsylvania: Caleb, recent high school graduate, Erie “I’m incredibly thankful for the leadership President Biden has provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of his efforts, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which created a national vaccine strategy to put shots in millions of Americans’ arms. Because of that, I’m able to safely attend in-person classes at the University of Pittsburgh this fall, fully optimizing my college experience.”
  • In North Carolina: Ashley, a Bennett College student: “Because of this new administration, I was able to easily schedule and receive both doses of the Moderna vaccine for free … Being fully vaccinated while many opportunities are slowly opening back up makes me feel safe and motivated for the new experiences that the year will bring.”
  • In Arizona: Tessa, a college student from Tucson: “Thanks to the election of President Biden, the success of his administration, and effective leadership from our Democratic representatives in Congress, there is now light at the end of that tunnel.”

From Minnesota to Texas, the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver needed relief to communities across the country:

And from Arizona to Tennessee, local leaders made the case for President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, proposals that would create millions of jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and invest in our families and children: 

Last but certainly not least…the ACA is here to stay. State parties celebrated yesterday’s victory over years of Republican attacks: 

  • Arizona Democratic Party: Release: ADP Statement on the California v. Texas SCOTUS Decision: “This decisive Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the hundreds of thousands of Arizonans whose right to quality, affordable health care was on the line due to the Republican’s reckless and dangerous agenda.”
  • Indiana Democratic Party: INDems Statement on SCOTUS Voting to Save the Affordable Care Act: “Passing the Affordable Care Act and its provisions like protections for pre-existing conditions, keeping young people insured with families until the age of 26, and funding Indiana’s HIP 2.0 program is exactly why Democrats will time and again go to bat for Hoosier families and the opportunity to make Indiana the place where anyone – regardless of Zip code or health status – has a chance to succeed.”
  • Democratic Party of Wisconsin: Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on SCOTUS ACA Decision: “Democrats have been and will continue working to lower health care and prescription drug costs. Thanks to Democratic leadership and President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, more Americans than ever are now covered under the ACA. Today’s decision reminds us that health care is on the ballot in 2022, and Wisconsinites will vote against those who try to sabotage their care, just as they did in 2018 and 2020.”
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NEW VIDEO: Republicans Fail to Overturn the Affordable Care Act, Again

18 Jun

Today, the DNC War Room is releasing a new video in response to the Supreme Court decision striking down yet another Republican attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Despite Republicans’ best efforts, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and we’re here to celebrate a major win for the American people.

WATCH HERE:  

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Students Across the Country Give President Biden’s Pandemic Response an A+

17 Jun

This time last year, COVID-19 cases were surging and families were navigating the challenges of virtual learning. President Biden understood that the first step to getting kids back to school was getting the virus under control. He did just that by passing the American Rescue Plan to give schools the resources they need to open safely, expanding access to COVID-19 testing, and rolling out a successful vaccine campaign. Now, thanks to President Biden and local Democratic leaders, students and teens all across the country are returning to a sense of normalcy, with over 147 million Americans fully vaccinated and nearly seven million kids ages 12-17 with at least one COVID-19 shot. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the videos below, from teens from across the country:

In North Carolina: New Video Series: North Carolina Students Thank President Biden for Returning a Sense of Normalcy

  • Adrian, an incoming freshman at UNC Charlotte: “With an all-virtual junior and senior year, I was afraid that I would not be given an in-person graduation or prom. However, due to new policies that were enacted right away with this new administration, I was given both of those things, and it’s given my peers and I a sense of normalcy throughout this whole thing, and I’m looking forward to in-person classes next year.”
  • Ben, a rising sophomore at Appalachian State University“While Zoom University was challenging for all of us, I can happily say next year Appalachian State will be returning to normal thanks to Governor Cooper and President Biden’s historic leadership. Thank you President Biden and Governor Cooper for helping North Carolina get back on track.”

In Wisconsin: Build Back (to School) Better: Wisconsin Students Thank President Biden and Governor Evers for Pandemic Response

  • Eliza, a high school senior, Madison“Thanks to their leadership, my whole family has been able to get fully vaccinated, I’ve been able to play almost a full season with my lacrosse team, and next week I’m going to see my grandparents—who I haven’t seen in over a year.”
  • Ethan, a high school senior, Walworth“I’d like to thank President Joe Biden and Governor Tony Evers for their work during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to them I’ve been able to get fully vaccinated and can feel safer returning to work.”
  • Simon, a high school junior, Madison“This year I’m feeling ready to make plans and move forward with my life after the COVID-19 pandemic. I feel optimistic and prepared.”

In Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The pandemic hit these Pa. students hard. They’re looking to a better tomorrow | Thursday Morning Coffee

  • Caleb, a recent high school graduate in Erie: “I’m incredibly thankful for the leadership President Biden has provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of his efforts, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which created a national vaccine strategy to put shots in millions of Americans’ arms. Because of that, I’m able to safely attend in-person classes at the University of Pittsburgh this fall, fully optimizing my college experience.”
  • Shivani, a rising senior in Bucks County“People my age became eligible [for the vaccine] in April, and people were saying they were getting their first dose. There was such a sigh of relief,” Kumar said Wednesday in an online news conference organized by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “That, to me, was when things started returning to normal.”
  • Samantha, a recent high school graduate in Chester County: “Over the last couple of months, I’ve felt safer than ever,” she said. “We had a graduation. I didn’t think that was going to happen a year ago. I thought I would walk across an empty stage with my family watching on a Zoom call. But I walked, and I heard cheering, which was amazing.”

In Arizona: New Video Series: Arizona Teens Thank Biden for “Very Efficient” Vaccine Rollout as Sense of Normalcy Returns

  • Tessa, a college student from Tucson“Thanks to the election of President Biden, the success of his administration, and effective leadership from our Democratic representatives in Congress, there is now light at the end of that tunnel.”
  • Daniya, a high school student in Chandler: “Thanks to President Biden and vaccinations becoming more readily available, to especially teens, we are getting on our first flight very soon and my dance studio is back to normal.”
  • Reece, a sophomore in college“I’ve just been so grateful by the efforts of the Biden administration to finally get us to return to some form of normalcy.”
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DNC on Supreme Court Decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

17 Jun
Coalitions Director and Senior Spokesperson Lucas Acosta released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision reaffirms the urgent need for Congress to send the Equality Act to President Biden’s desk. Every family is valid. Every qualified potential parent should have an opportunity to build a family. Every child deserves a loving home.

“Democrats will continue fighting to ensure that LGBTQ+ Americans are treated with respect and free from discrimination.”

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FLASHBACK: Republicans’ 10 Year Losing War on Health Care

17 Jun

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have waged war on health care. They tried to repeal the law dozens and dozens of times and Trump made sabotaging the ACA his top priority — but they failed, miserably. It cost them the House, the Senate, the White House, and governors offices across the country. And now Republicans have lost at the Supreme Court for a third time in their ten year mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act. 

While Republicans prioritized stripping millions of Americans of their health care coverage, even during a deadly global pandemic where Americans relied on their health care more than ever, Democrats never stopped fighting to expand access to care, lower costs, and protect people with preexisting conditions. 

Here’s a quick timeline to remind you of some of the endless ways Republicans tried, and failed, to strip health care away from the American people. 

Since the passage of the ACA, Republicans began a campaign to repeal the law, and voted time and time again to no success:

  • From the day the ACA passed until President Obama left office, Republicans voted more than 70 times to repeal or change Obamacare.
  • In the four national elections since the passage of the ACA, Republican candidates and outside groups spent $666 million on anti-Obamacare ads.
  • In 2013, congressional Republicans were so against incorporating the Affordable Care Act into the budget that they shut down the government, costing the U.S. economy $24 billion.

Once Donald Trump was elected, he made it his top priority to gut the ACA by whatever means necessary, and replace it with a plan that never existed.

  • Trump doubled down on efforts to appeal the Affordable Care Act starting day one of his campaign.
  • Once Trump became president, the House GOP scrambled to come up with a repeal bill that they rammed through without transparency, expertise or bipartisan input.
  • Even a global pandemic did not stop Trump from his attempt to overturn and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
  • In the midst of his attempts to undermine the ACA, Trump repeatedly claimed to have his own health care plans which we never saw:

    • JUNE of 2019 — TRUMP: “I’m going have a plan over the next month—”
    • JULY of 2020 — TRUMP: “You heard me yesterday. We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health care plan that the Supreme Court decision on DACA gave me the right to do. So we’re going to solve—we’re going to sign an immigration plan, a health care plan, and various other plans. And nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next four weeks.”
    • JULY of 2020 — TRUMP: “Well, we’re going to be doing a healthcare plan. We’re going to be doing a very inclusive health care plan. I’ll be signing it sometime very soon.”
    • AUGUST of 2020 — TRUMP: “We’re going to be introducing a tremendous health care plan sometime prior — hopefully, prior to the end of the month.”
    • AUGUST of 2020 — TRUMP: “Over the next two weeks, I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all preexisting conditions for all customers.”
    • OCTOBER of 2020 — TRUMP: “It is fully developed. It’s going to be announced very soon.”
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