DNC on the 56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

30 Jul
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following statement on the 56th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicare and Medicaid into law:

“56 years ago, Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, and forever changed the health care landscape in America. Not only have these programs provided a critical lifeline for seniors, families, women, children, people with disabilities, and Americans at all stages in life, but they made our nation stronger. Since then, Democrats have continued to deliver on making health care more accessible, affordable, and equitable. We enacted the Affordable Care Act, reducing cost-sharing for prescription drugs, providing free preventive services, expanding Medicaid coverage, and providing new options for home- and community-based long-term services. 

“But even as we take time to celebrate what we have accomplished, we know there is more to do. We must continue defending access to the care the American people depend on from Republican efforts to undermine it. We know we can make Medicare and Medicaid even stronger by building upon their foundations. 

“The experience of the past year underscored even more clearly what Democrats have long known: health care is a human right. And as we mark today’s anniversaries, we vow to continue fighting to make Medicare and Medicaid even stronger for those who rely on them today and for generations to come.”

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While Democrats Deliver, Republicans Have Another Bad Week With No One To Blame But Themselves

30 Jul

The contrast between Democrats and Republicans could not be more clear this week. On one hand, the economy has made an incredible comeback thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ leadership, House Democrats led efforts to get accountability for January 6, and President Biden delivered on his promise of a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Meanwhile, Republicans literally wandered the halls of Congress with their performative anti-mask stunts, repeatedly insulted police officers who protected them, and, again, voted against funding the police.

Democrats’ Week In Review: 

  • Washington Post: U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic
  • New York Times: Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty
  • Reuters: U.S. consumer confidence at 17-month high; business spending on equipment strong
  • MarketWatch: Consumers boost spending in June and spearhead U.S. economic recovery
  • New York Times: How Biden Got the Infrastructure Deal Trump Couldn’t

Republicans’ Week In Review: 

  • Associated Press: Capitol police testimony blunts GOP’s law-and-order message
  • Esquire: Republican Congressman Chip Roy Threw a DEFCON-1 Tantrum About the House Mask Mandate
  • Washington Post: Republicans voice opposition to Jan. 6 investigation as police officers call for accountability
  • Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr: “Just now 205-of-206 House republicans (99.5%) voted against funding the Capitol Police.”
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IN THE STATES: As President Biden and Democrats Secure Bipartisan Deal, State Parties Highlight Need for Infrastructure Investments in Their Communities

30 Jul

This week, President Biden and Democrats secured a deal on the details of a once-in-generation investment in our infrastructure, which the Senate is now taking up for consideration. This bipartisan package includes investments that both parties have long agreed are necessary: improving our roads and bridges, getting rid of lead pipes and providing clean drinking water, ensuring every American has access to reliable high-speed Internet, and many other important investments. It’s no wonder this deal has broad public support, and it’s why labor leadersbusiness leaders, and local elected officials from across the country agree that now is the time to pass President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal. 

Take a look at the work Democrats are doing across the country to urge Congress to pass this deal: 

And thanks to President Biden and Democrats, our economy is getting back on track. Jobless claims have dropped, and new data shows that our economy has made a full recovery from the pandemic, posting one of the strongest quarters of economic growth in decades. But it doesn’t stop there — thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the share of Americans in poverty is expected to fall to the lowest level on record. This finding shows just how important the expanded Child Tax Credit payments going out to most American families are — and why we must extend it for years and years to come. See below for how this middle class tax cut is helping families across the country:

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A Good Thursday: The Economy is Back on Track

29 Jul

Thanks to President Biden and Democrats our economy is back on track after a disastrously mismanaged pandemic. Just today, new data shows our economy has made a full recovery from the pandemic, posting one the strongest quarters of economic growth in decades, and jobless claims dropped. With historic levels of growth and job creation, the United States is back on track. 

  • Washington Post: U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic
  • New York Times: Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty
  • Associated Press: US jobless claims down 24,000 to 400,000 as economy recovers
  • Reuters: U.S. consumer confidence at 17-month high; business spending on equipment strong
  • CNN: US economy just posted the largest jump in growth since 2020
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NEW VIDEO: Biden Delivers The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Trump Never Could

29 Jul

Today, the DNC is releasing a new video highlighting Donald Trump’s four years of failed “Infrastructure Weeks” as President Biden secures a massive, bipartisan agreement to invest in our country’s infrastructure. 

It only took a few months for President Biden and his administration to deliver a deal Donald Trump could only dream of. Thanks to the president’s tireless work, the bipartisan infrastructure deal puts our country on track to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, continue to grow our economy, and make much-needed fixes to our country’s infrastructure.”- DNC Spokesperson Adonna Biel 

WATCH HERE:

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DNC Applauds President Biden and Democrats for Securing a Deal for Once-in-a-Generation Investment in Our Infrastructure

29 Jul
Yesterday, President Biden and Democrats secured an agreement on the details of a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure, which was just taken up in the Senate for consideration on a bipartisan vote. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement.

“This historic, bipartisan infrastructure deal shows the American people what is possible when we have competent leaders in charge. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ tireless work, the bipartisan infrastructure deal puts our country on track to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, continue to grow our economy, and make much-needed improvements to our nation’s infrastructure. There’s no doubt Americans will see the long-lasting benefits of this deal.

“President Biden promised to work across the aisle to deliver results for working families, and yesterday’s deal shows we can come together to position American workers, farmers, and businesses to compete and win in the 21st century. Now, the Senate must move to pass this deal on a bipartisan basis, as well as continue to push ahead on President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda.”

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GROSS: The RNC Continues to Scam Their Own Donors

28 Jul

Between dangerous voter suppression and ‘predatory’ fundraising tactics, Republicans have made one thing clear: they don’t think they can win without cheating. 

The Republican National Committee has a long documented history of preying on donors, scamming them out of thousands of dollars, and they haven’t slowed down one bit.

Daily Beast: The RNC Is Ramping Up Its ‘Predatory’ Fundraising Machine

  • “Just this week, the RNC sent out text messages and emails to Republican supporters alerting them that their ‘payment status’ was ‘incomplete,’ seeming to masquerade a fundraising request as an unpaid bill. And emails on Monday from the RNC draw on the same theme, using the words ‘FINAL NOTICE’ in the header to implore donors to activate a ‘lifetime membership.’”
  • “The tactics are an extension of dubious fundraising schemes Republicans deployed in 2020, both before and after the election. In late December, Trump pushed out an email similar to the RNC’s recent ‘payment status incomplete’ blasts.”

RawStory: RNC scamming their own donors with shady solicitations: ‘These are predatory tactics’

  • “The Republican National Committee is preying on its own donors with dubious and duplicitous fundraising schemes.”
  • “The new messages resemble shady schemes Republicans used in the last election cycle, including a late December email Donald Trump pushed out as he fought to overturn his loss.”

New York Times: How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations

  • “What the Blatts believed was duplicity was actually an intentional scheme to boost revenues by the Trump campaign and the for-profit company that processed its online donations, WinRed.”
  • “Soon, banks and credit card companies were inundated with fraud complaints from the president’s own supporters about donations they had not intended to make, sometimes for thousands of dollars.”
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ICYMI: Bloomberg: Consumer Confidence in U.S. Unexpectedly Rises for Sixth Month

28 Jul

Key Point: “U.S. consumer confidence improved for a sixth straight month in July to a fresh pandemic high as Americans grew more optimistic about current business and labor market conditions.”

BloombergConsumer Confidence in U.S. Unexpectedly Rises for Sixth Month
By Olivia Rockeman
July 27, 2021

  • U.S. consumer confidence improved for a sixth straight month in July to a fresh pandemic high as Americans grew more optimistic about current business and labor market conditions.
  • The confidence gauge is nearing pre-pandemic levels, suggesting that consumers are growing more upbeat as economic activity resumes.
  • Consumers said they were more likely to purchase cars, homes and major appliances in the next six months. The share of consumers who plan to buy appliances was at the highest level since the end of 2017.
  • Expectations for future income and job availability both improved. The share of respondents that said they expect their incomes to increase in the next six months picked up to 20.6%, the highest since February 2020.

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President Biden Delivers After Trump Failed To ‘Buy American’

28 Jul

Today President Biden announced a new Buy American policy to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are used to support American workers and businesses, which will boost the economy and create more good paying union jobs. President Biden has made ‘Buy American’ a priority, and is delivering on the promises Donald Trump couldn’t deliver on in four years.

Despite all his talk, Trump failed to increase the share of American-made products in federal purchases on his watch.

  • LA Times: “Why Trump’s ‘Buy American’ campaign went nowhere”
  • LA Times: “But despite repeated vows to act and the unveiling of new initiatives, almost nothing has changed. Even the federal government, which spends billions of dollars buying goods as diverse as meat, salad greens, medical equipment and jet fighters, has not increased the share of what it spends at home versus what it buys overseas.”

Now, President Biden is looking to fix that and is delivering on his promises to strengthen Buy American rules. 

  • CNN: “Biden proposes strengthening Buy American rules to boost American manufacturing”
  • Washington Post: “Biden proposes stronger Buy American rules for federal government, aiming to bolster U.S. industry”
  • The Hill: “Biden proposes rule to strengthen ‘Buy American’ requirements”
  • Fox Business: “Biden admin announces ‘Make Buy American Real’ to close loopholes in statute, boost transparency”
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DNC Statement As Today’s Hearings On January 6 Conclude

27 Jul

Today, while four brave police officers testified to Congress about the violence of January 6, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and his allies put their cowardice on full display. DNC spokesperson Adonna Biel released the following statement: 

“Today’s testimony from the brave officers who risked their lives on January 6 further proves Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has completely sold out his party and country to protect Donald Trump and the violent rioters who attacked the Capitol and our democracy. McCarthy and his allies’ callous disrespect and attempts to turn a bipartisan investigation into a partisan circus is not only a slap in the face of the police officers who protected them that day, but also to police officers across the country. Never again can Republican leaders claim to ‘back the blue’ and history will remember their brazen attempts to gaslight the American people.” 

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