DNC on 55th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

30 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicare and Medicaid into law:

“When President Lyndon Johnson was fighting for the passage of Medicaid and Medicare, he reminded Congress, ‘Whatever we do or hope to do depends upon the health of our people.’ Those words are as true today as they have ever been. Over the past five and a half decades, Medicaid and Medicare have not only improved the health of our people, but served as critical pillars of economic security for millions of Americans.

“These programs have made our nation stronger. That’s why the Obama-Biden administration and Democrats in Congress fought to protect and expand them through the Affordable Care Act. And yet, Republican leaders have taken every opportunity to try to gut Medicaid and Medicare – even in the middle of a global pandemic that has taken over 150,000 American lives. Donald Trump has broken his campaign promises by proposing massive cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security while attempting to strip health care from millions of working families.

“The American people are fed up with such cruel and craven leadership. They want a party and a president who have their back. Democrats believe health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a wealthy few. And Vice President Biden has put forth a bold blueprint to strengthen these programs for a new era, defeat Republican attacks on the health of our people, and build a better health care system for all Americans. The best way we can celebrate 55 years of Medicaid and Medicare is by electing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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VIDEO: ‘Trump’s Made History.’

30 Jul

First, Trump and his advisers said coronavirus wouldn’t hurt the economy. Then they said the economy would recover by the summer. Now, Trump has made history — with a 32.9% annualized drop in GDP, an economy in recession, 19 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans filing for unemployment, states forced to shut down again as new cases skyrocket, over 150,000 American lives lost, and over 100,000 businesses closed for good.

Will Trump and his administration continue to claim the economy is in great shape? Or will they acknowledge that Trump’s made history — presiding over the sharpest economic decline since the Great Depression.

WATCH: ‘Trump’s Made History.’

The Trump administration initially said coronavirus would have a negligible impact on the U.S. economy.

Larry Kudlow: “This is principally a public-health problem and the pandemic of course is in China, not the U.S…. Insofar as the economy, we see no material impact.”

The Trump administration even suggested coronavirus could spur U.S. business investment and production increases.

Wilbur Ross: “So I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America. Some to U.S., probably some to Mexico as well.”

Trump and his advisors said there would be a rapid economic snapback, and predicted the economic downturn would be over by mid-summer.

Trump: “I think you’re going to have a V. I think it’s going to be terrific.”

Jared Kushner: “I think you’ll see by June a lot of the country should be back to normal. And the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again.”

Mike Pence: “By early June, we could be at a place where this coronavirus epidemic is largely in the past… Americans are going to be able to enjoy a good summer.”

Larry Kudlow: “I agree with the President. We will see a growing, recovering economy by summertime and the back end of the year and it is going to extend into 2021.”

Despite a historic drop in GDP and worsening unemployment, the White House continues to insist the economy is doing great.

Trump: “I think the recovery has been very strong. We’ve set record job numbers. We’ve set record numbers.”

Trump: “The economy is starting to really do great.”

Larry Kudlow: “The jobs picture remains strong.”

Larry Kudlow: “The economy is improving by leaps and bounds.”

Larry Kudlow: “Virtually every number is showing a ‘V’ shaped recovery now.”

Larry Kudlow: “The economic numbers, with some small exceptions from the southwest, economic numbers are still pretty good.”

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DNC RELEASES NEW SPANISH LANGUAGE TV AD IN AZ: ‘This Is Not a Test’ (‘Esto no es una prueba’)

30 Jul

The DNC War Room released a new Spanish language television ad in Arizona today, “This is Not a Test” (“Esto no es una prueba”), to call out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Trump is trying to force schools to fully reopen before they’re able to do so safely, despite coronavirus cases surging across the country, because he thinks it will help with his reelection.

The ad will run in the Phoenix media market starting today targeted to reach Latino parents with school age children and teachers as part of a six figure buy.

WATCH HERE:

Experts, scientists, teachers, and parents know that Trump can’t be trusted to decide when schools should reopen. It’s Trump’s fault that the outbreak got this bad in the first place. Trump should focus on getting the virus under control, and stop trying to force schools to reopen before they’re able to do so safely.

“Donald Trump has put Arizona families in an impossible position. Parents shouldn’t have to stay up at night worried that the president of the United States is compromising their kids’ safety. Children shouldn’t be exposed to a deadly virus, or risk passing the virus to their parents, grandparents, and loved ones. Trump will do anything to help his reelection chances. He can’t be trusted to make this life-or-death decision for our children. It’s time for a leader who will protect Arizona’s kids, and give families and teachers the support they deserve. It’s time for Joe Biden,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

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DNC RELEASES NEW SPANISH LANGUAGE TV AD IN FL: ‘This Is Not a Test’ (‘Esto no es una prueba’)

30 Jul

The DNC War Room released a new Spanish language television ad in Florida today, “This Is Not a Test” (“Esto no es una prueba”) to call out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Trump is trying to force schools to fully reopen before they’re able to do so safely, despite coronavirus cases surging across the country, because he thinks it will help with his reelection.

The ad will run in the Miami media market starting today, targeted to reach Latino parents with school age children and teachers as part of a six figure buy.

WATCH HERE:

Experts, scientists, teachers, and parents know that Trump can’t be trusted to decide when schools should reopen. It’s Trump’s fault that the outbreak got this bad in the first place. Trump should focus on getting the virus under control, and stop trying to force schools to reopen before they’re able to do so safely.

“Donald Trump has put Florida families in an impossible position. Parents shouldn’t have to stay up at night worried that the president of the United States is compromising their kids’ safety. Children shouldn’t be exposed to a deadly virus, or risk passing the virus to their parents, grandparents, and loved ones. Trump will do anything to help his reelection chances. He can’t be trusted to make this life-or-death decision for our children. It’s time for a leader who will protect Florida kids, and give families and teachers the support they deserve. It’s time for Joe Biden,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

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DNC on Trump Threat to Delay the Election

30 Jul

In response to Trump tweeting a threat to delay the election, DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams released the following statement:

“Trump’s threat is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from today’s devastating economic numbers that make it clear his failed response to the coronavirus has tanked the U.S. economy and caused tens of millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Trump can tweet all he wants, but the reality is that he can’t delay the election, and come November, voters will hold him accountable for his failures that have led to catastrophic consequences for the American people.”

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DNC on Today’s Economic Numbers

30 Jul

In response to today’s release of second quarter GDP numbers and weekly unemployment claims, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement: 

“It didn’t have to be this bad. We are in the sharpest economic downturn on record, and are heading in the wrong direction because of Trump’s failed leadership. A historic drop in GDP, an economy in recession, 19 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans filing for unemployment, states forced to shut down again as new cases skyrocket, over 150,000 American lives lost, and over 100,000 businesses closed for good

“The only thing more jaw-dropping than these numbers is the incompetence that caused them. Donald Trump inherited a strong economy on the rise. And what did he do with it? He torpedoed it. While Trump continues to claim that the economy is doing tremendous and predicts a rapid recovery, millions of Americans are struggling because he put his ego ahead of our public health, downplayed the virus, and continues to rush to reopen without ensuring it is done safely. Our country is in an economic crisis that Trump keeps making worse. America simply can’t afford four more years.”

GDP fell by an unprecedented 32.9% annualized rate last quarter — more than three times the previous record.

Wall Street Journal: “The U.S. economy contracted at a record 32.9% annual rate last quarter and weekly jobless claims rose to 1.43 million, amid signs of a slowing recovery.”

Yahoo’s Alexis Keenan: “At 32.9%, Q2 annualized contraction marked by far worst plunge ever recorded, based on BEA data spanning back to 1947. Before the pandemic, the worst GDP print on record was in the first quarter of 1958, when GDP fell 10.0% on an annualized basis.”

Unemployment claims rose for the second week in a row, with an additional 1.4 million Americans filing initial claims for unemployment. The total number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits rose by the most in over two months as states pause or rollback reopening plans due to the surge in COVID-19.

Bloomberg: “Initial claims through regular state programs rose to 1.43 million in the week ended July 25, up 12,000 from the prior week, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. There were 17 million Americans filing for ongoing benefits through those programs in the period ended July 18, up 867,000 from the prior week — the largest increase since early May.”

New York Times: “It was the 19th straight week that the tally exceeded one million, an unheard-of figure before the coronavirus pandemic. And it was the second weekly increase in a row after nearly four months of declines, a sign of how the rebound in cases has undercut the economy’s nascent recovery. Claims for the previous week totaled 1.42 million.”

CNN: “In total, 30.2 million Americans claimed jobless benefits in an array of programs for the week ending July 11.”

Many business closures have now become permanent and millions of jobs are not coming back at all.

Washington Post: “The economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic has entered a new phase, with permanent business closures now outnumbering temporary ones, new data shows.”

New York Times’s Peter Baker: “More than 15,000 restaurants in America have closed permanently during the pandemic and as many as 10% of independent operators could shut by year’s end.”

Associated Press: “Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that would translate into roughly 10 million workers needing to find a new employer, if not a new occupation.”

Manufacturing was in a recession last year and fell even more sharply with the pandemic. As of June, nearly 300,000 factory jobs were lost since Trump took office.

New York Times: “After increasing in the first two years of Mr. Trump’s presidency, the number of manufacturing jobs flatlined last year and fell sharply with the pandemic. As of June, there were nearly 300,000 fewer factory jobs in the United States than there were when Mr. Trump was inaugurated.”

Despite Trump’s promises, millions of jobs were lost under his watch and job growth actually slowed even before the pandemic hit.

FactCheck.org: “7.8 million jobs have been lost — including 7,100 coal mining jobs and 274,000 manufacturing jobs.”

FactCheck.org: “Even in February, when employment was at its highest, Trump was far behind the pace needed to fulfill his campaign boast that he would be ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ Up until then, the average monthly gain under Trump had been 185,000, while the average monthly gain during the four years before he took office was 216,000.”

AP Fact Check: “Trump never managed to achieve the rates of economic growth he promised in the 2016 campaign. The U.S. economy was not the world’s best in history when this started.”

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Voters Want To Extend Unemployment Benefits & Provide More Relief To States — Republicans Disagree

29 Jul

A new poll shows that voters in key swing states overwhelmingly want to extend unemployment benefits and provide additional relief to state and local governments — neither of which are included in the Senate Republican stimulus bill. Instead, Republicans have proposed doubling the “three-martini-lunch deduction,” billions for military weaponry, and nearly $2 billion for a new FBI HQ that could benefit Trump’s hotel.

A vast majority of swing-state voters support extending unemployment benefits and providing relief for state and local governments.

CNBC: “A majority, or 62%, of voters in those states support extending the $600 per week enhanced federal unemployment insurance, the poll found. Only 36% oppose continuing the benefit, which states stopped paying out last week.”

CNBC: “Meanwhile, 68% of voters support relief for state and local governments facing budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, versus 28% who oppose the aid, the poll found.”

Republicans managed to find $8 billion for military weaponry in their coronavirus relief bill — yet they want to cut unemployment benefits.

Associated Press: “The Republican measure includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington’s powerful defense lobby. Overall, the proposal stuffs $8 billion into Pentagon weapons systems built by defense contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics — corporate titans that sit atop the Washington influence industry.”

Washington Post: “Senate Republicans’ new $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus package would restore hundreds of millions of dollars in Pentagon spending that the Trump administration redirected to help pay for building President Trump’s border wall. Projects involving Navy aircraft and ships and Air Force planes that the Trump administration canceled this year so the money could pay for the wall have reappeared in the GOP package.”

Republicans refused to include new funding for food assistance but they had enough money to double the tax deduction for business meals.

Washington Post: “Although the Senate GOP proposal offers no new funds for SNAP and Pandemic EBT, it does double the tax deduction for business meals, known as the ‘three-martini-lunch deduction,’ increasing the reimbursement from 50 percent to 100 percent of meals.”

Trump doubled down on his insistence on nearly $2 billion for construction of a new FBI headquarters that could benefit his hotel.

CNN’s Manu Raju: “Trump reiterates there should be a new FBI building near DOJ – or renovate existing building. Keeping it on same plot would keep a new hotel away to prevent competition with his hotel. Trump says commute would be too long if it moved to MD and VA suburbs. Wants it in covid bill”

 

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As Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 150,000, Trump Continues to Distort Severity of Pandemic

29 Jul

More than 150,000 Americans have lost their lives because of the coronavirus, but instead of focusing on containing the spike of new infections he caused by rushing states to reopen, Trump remains focused on distorting the severity of the pandemic. Trump’s failed leadership allowed the coronavirus to get out of control, and now he’s threatening to prolong this crisis and cause even more deaths.

More than 150,000 Americans have lost their lives because of the coronavirus, more than any other country in the world. 

Associated Press: BREAKING: Confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. have hit 150,000, by far the highest toll in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

As Trump continues to claim the coronavirus pandemic is under control and “starting to head down in the right direction,” the seven-day rolling average of American deaths has risen above 1,000 again, and hospitalizations are increasing in several states, with Arizona, Florida, and Texas running out of ICU beds.

CNN’s Ryan Struyk: “The seven-day rolling average of daily US coronavirus deaths has climbed above 1,000 for the first time in almost two months, according to data from CNN and Johns Hopkins University.”

NPR: “An NPR analysis of new COVID-19 cases and hospital capacity shows that in addition to well-known hot spots like Arizona, Texas and Florida, there’s cause for concern in other parts of the country, too. Places like southwest Louisiana, eastern Washington state and Boise, Idaho, have had to shuffle patients between hospitals in order to ensure everyone can get a bed.”

A recent report from the federal government urged Trump to impose more restrictions in 21 ‘red zone’ states, yet Trump pushed them to reopen. 

New York Times: “The report, which was dated July 26, recommended that more restrictions be put in place in ‘red zone’ states. But on Monday, a day later, President Trump called for more states to reopen.”

Trump is gambling with more lives by demanding students go back to school without necessary safety precautions and encouraging young adults to return to work, even as evidence grows that younger people are infecting more vulnerable older Americans they share a home with. 

Washington Post: “As the death toll escalates in coronavirus hot spots, evidence is growing that young people who work outside the home, or who surged into bars and restaurants when states relaxed shutdowns, are infecting their more vulnerable elders, especially family members.”

Experts agree that wearing a mask is one of the best ways the public can reduce further spread of coronavirus. Trump’s refusal to advocate mask-wearing for months and promotion of unsound medical advice on the issue has only complicated efforts to slow the spread of the virus. 

Washington Post: “The result, experts say, is a country that squandered one of its best opportunities to beat back the coronavirus pandemic this spring and summer. In the process, the United States fell far behind other nations that skipped the fuss over masks, costing lives and jeopardizing the recovery heading into the fall.”

New York Times: “In a video posted Monday online, a group of people calling themselves ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ and wearing white medical coats spoke against the backdrop of the Supreme Court in Washington, sharing misleading claims about the virus, including that hydroxychloroquine was an effective coronavirus treatment and that masks did not slow the spread of the virus. The video did not appear to be anything special. But within six hours, President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. had tweeted versions of it, and the right-wing news site Breitbart had shared it. It went viral.”

The Trump administration was slow to respond to the coronavirus, and Trump’s own CDC director admitted that they were behind in recognizing the coronavirus threat from Europe. 

CNN: “‘The introduction from Europe happened before we realized what was happening,’ Redfield said. ‘By the time we realized (the) Europe threat and shut down travel to Europe, there was probably already two or three weeks of 60,000 people coming back every day from Europe,’ he added. ‘That’s where the large seeding came in the Unites States.’”

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DNC on America Reaching 150,000 COVID-19 Deaths

29 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States surpassed 150,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic:

“150,000 people have lost their lives. 150,000 of our fellow Americans are gone because of this president’s failure to lead. And what is Trump focused on? Making up stories about being invited to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and promoting conspiracy theories and junk science from a discredited doctor. There is no limit to the pettiness and petulance of this president. Just when you think he has hit rock bottom, he keeps on digging – all while the American people continue to suffer from his incompetence.

“Instead of following the science and taking bold action to end this pandemic, Trump is too busy attacking our nation’s foremost experts on infectious disease. Instead of providing relief, Trump and Republicans want to cut benefits for unemployment, jeopardize food security, and abandon Americans facing eviction. The American people have had more than enough of this president and the Republican Party’s disastrous leadership.

“Joe Biden will honor the memory of the lives we’ve lost by bringing an end to this pandemic. He will rebuild our economy, repair the soul of our nation, and restore courage and integrity to the Oval Office.”

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In The Battlegrounds: Three Years After Failed ACA Repeal Vote, Democrats Slam Trump’s Health Care Broken Promises

29 Jul

Yesterday, Democrats across the battleground states marked the three-year anniversary of Republicans’ failed ACA repeal vote by calling out Donald Trump’s continued broken promises and attacks on working families’ health care. See for yourself:

In Colorado:

Colorado Democrats: “Colorado families can’t afford more years of leaders hellbent on ripping away coverage and spiking costs — they want leaders who will work to protect our healthcare and lower costs for everyone across our state. That’s why Colorado will reject Trump and his Republican enablers’ horrific health care agenda come November.”

In Florida:

Florida Democrats: “Millions of Floridians are at risk of losing their health care because of Donald Trump’s continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Today we’re reminded of what’s at stake in this election — our health care. Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle our health care in the midst of a pandemic, without so much as a whisper of a plan to replace the ACA, is cruel and senseless.”

In Georgia:

Georgia Democrats: “The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Georgians get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick. Joe Biden will protect and build on the Affordable Care Act to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. The stakes could not be higher — we must elect Joe Biden as our next president.”

In Iowa:

Iowa Democrats: “Even during a global pandemic, the GOP’s only plan for health care is to rip it away from as many Iowans as possible … While Democrats are running to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care, GOP leaders like Trump and Ernst have been relentless in their attempt to deny health coverage to Iowans.”

In Minnesota: 

State Senator Bobby Joe Champion: “As coronavirus cases surge, we’re reminded on a daily basis of the dire need for quality, affordable care for all Minnesotans. And, we know that existing racial inequities are magnified in this crisis. Black and Brown Minnesotans have suffered and died from the coronavirus at rates far higher than white Minnesotans. November is our opportunity to shut down Trump’s attacks on the ACA for good and elect a president who we trust with our healthcare. That president is Joe Biden.”

In Nevada

Nevada Democrats: “Even as Nevada remains one of the hardest hit states by this virus — both economically and in cases — Trump and Republicans remain relentless in their attempts to dismantle a law that has protected so many. Nevadans won’t forget who had their back when it came to protecting their care.”

In New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Democrats: “Donald Trump, Colorado Corky and Don Bolduc are shamelessly trying to take health care away from more than one hundred thousand Granite Staters and threaten pre-existing conditions protections for hundreds of thousands more … Today marks three years since this fight should have been settled once and for all in favor of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans continue to attack. Americans everywhere made it clear — you cannot take away our care, we will fight back every time. We will fight back again at the ballot box to make sure Corky, Bolduc and Trump don’t have a chance to do any more damage to our health care system.”

In Ohio:

Ohio Democrats: “Three years after Donald Trump’s legislative attempt at taking health care away from millions of Americans was defeated on the Senate floor, Trump has refused to relent in his attacks on the Affordable Care Act … It’s been one broken promise after another from Donald Trump, and Ohioans are paying the price.”

In Virginia:

Virginia Democrats: “On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised Virginians that we would ‘pay much less’ for a ‘great health care program.’ But from his first days in office, he has instead waged a ruthless campaign to overturn the Affordable Care Act, threatening coverage for hundreds of thousands of Viginians and protections for millions more with preexisting conditions.”

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