House GOP Lays Out Their 2022 Message

13 Jan

In case you were wondering what Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans’ priorities are for 2022 and beyond, look no further. Not only have they made clear they would advance a reckless, divisive agenda designed to pander to and elevate their most extreme members, but they’ve promised that a GOP majority would mean grinding Congress to a halt to score political points instead of delivering for the American people. 

Kevin McCarthy and his extreme caucus have promised a Trumpian agenda instead of addressing the issues that actually matter to American families – lowering costs, creating good-paying jobs, and increasing access to affordable health care.

Axios: “Kevin McCarthy is signaling he’ll institutionalize key Trumpian priorities if he takes over as House speaker next year — aggressive tactics targeting undocumented immigrants, liberals and corporate America.”

Washington Post: “You don’t need Trump as speaker if you have Kevin McCarthy”

CNN: “Some leading Republicans want to spotlight former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. And key House and Senate Republicans are vowing to probe the security failures surrounding last year’s January 6 attack on the US Capitol — and turn the attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

What are House Republicans’ priorities? Settling personal vendettas, chasing conspiracy theories, and elevating their fringe members.

CNN: “The GOP’s promise of intense oversight — combined with threats of retaliation against some Democratic colleagues — offers an early glimpse of the politically charged atmosphere that would likely dominate a divided Washington. And it could complicate efforts between the parties to come together on must-pass legislative items, like government funding.”

CNN: “Members of the far right are already agitating to launch impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden if the GOP is in power in Congress next year.”

Washington Post: “And McCarthy appears to be a member of the revenge caucus: He has repeatedly warned Democrats of potential Republican retribution come January 2023, chiefly in the form of a GOP majority booting members of the minority party from committees.”

CNN: “Meanwhile, McCarthy has vowed to boot Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both from California, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from key committee assignments if Republicans win back the House, citing the ‘new standard’ that Democrats created last year by removing Greene and GOP Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona from their committee assignments for inflammatory rhetoric and posts.”

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There is No Low Spineless Lindsey Graham Won’t Go

13 Jan

Just one year after Senator Lindsey Graham said “count me out” when it came to Donald Trump, he’s done a complete 180 to openly calling defeated former President Donald Trump the leader of the Republican Party and threatening to vote against Mitch McConnell’s leadership unless he also bends the knee. 

We would be remiss if we didn’t remind people just how far Lindsey Graham has debased himself to cozy up to Trump. 

  • January 2022 – Washington Post: Graham says he won’t support McConnell for GOP leader unless he has ‘working relationship’ with Trump
     
  • February 2021 – Washington Post: Lindsey Graham said ‘Count me out’ after the Capitol riot. But he’s all in with Trump again.
     
  • January 2021 – CNN: Trump supporters confront and scream at Sen. Lindsey Graham
     
  • 2017 – Politico: Lindsey Graham heaps praise on Trump: ‘I am all in’
     
  • 2016 – Politico: Trump: Lindsey Graham a ‘disgrace,’ ‘nut job,’ ‘one of the dumbest human beings’

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ICYMI: Mediaite: DNC Chair [Jaime] Harrison Goes OFF on Republicans as Party of ‘Fear and Fascism’: ‘People Need to Stand the Hell Up’

13 Jan
**ICYMI**
Mediaite: DNC Chair [Jaime] Harrison Goes OFF on Republicans as Party of ‘Fear and Fascism’: ‘People Need to Stand the Hell Up’
By Colby Hall
January 12, 2022


[Jaime] Harrison appeared on Morning Joe to discuss President Joe Biden’s effort to build momentum for a Voting Rights bill and ended up calling out Republican members of Congress. This is not unto itself noteworthy, but the heated manner in which the DNC Chair laced into his political rivals merits another look.

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“I never thought in my life that I would see a January 6th and not see Democrats and Republicans lock arms together to say, ‘You know what, never again will we allow something like this to happen,’” he continued. “But we’ve got Republicans right now who have turned a blind eye to January 6th.”

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He then pivoted back to voting rights, “You see what’s going on in each of these individual states, and you said it just now, that not only are they making it harder for people to register and stand in line, they’re trying to take away the power to count people’s legitimate votes. That’s not America. That’s Russia.”

“For us not to all stand up and say, ‘No, this will not happen,’ it’s shameful,” he added. “So history is going to record you. Where do you stand at this moment? Democrats, where do you stand? And it’s sad that all the weight is falling on the Democratic party in order to protect American democracy, but people need to stand the hell up.”

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DNC Statement On Mitch McConnell’s Tirade On The Senate Floor

12 Jan
Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered an unhinged response to President Biden’s defense of the right to vote. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement

“Seems like President Biden really struck a nerve, huh Mitch? Mitch McConnell’s tantrum today shows that he is not only adamantly opposed to protecting voting rights, but he is also nothing more than a hypocrite who is gaslighting the American people. It’s uniquely ridiculous he would so forcefully defend the filibuster on voting rights now after he was all too eager to nuke it in order to ram through partisan Supreme Court justices.

“Lest we forget, Mitch McConnell, in 2004, said he could not imagine any reason why anyone would oppose the protection of the franchise of all Americans. Apparently, the McConnell of 2004 could have never imagined the McConnell of 2022. While McConnell leads Republicans in their relentless war against protecting the right to vote and hypocritical defense of Senate rules, President Biden and Democrats continue to fight to protect Americans’ fundamental rights. Mitch McConnell can save his crocodile tears – the American people see right through it.”
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Help is Here This Winter Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan

12 Jan

This year, thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, middle and working class families will see additional assistance to help offset their seasonal heating bills due to an historic $8 billion in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program nationally. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ leadership, more funding than ever will help millions of families this winter.

See the coverage for yourself:

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Even Trump Takes Aim At ‘Gutless’ Anti-Vax Republicans Like DeSantis

12 Jan

In the midst of another interview littered with lies, conspiracy theories, and revisionist history, Donald Trump somehow found a moment of clarity to take aim at Republicans like Governor Ron DeSantis who refuse to say whether they’ve been vaccinated or boosted. Now that Donald Trump is doing his part to tout the best tool we have against the pandemic, maybe the rest of the party will finally follow suit.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and we can’t help but agree with the defeated former president here:

“I’ve had the booster. Many politicians – I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ – because they had the vaccine – and they’re answering like – in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless. You gotta say it – whether you had it or not. Say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side-effects.” – Defeated Former President Donald Trump

And if that shot at Republicans wasn’t enough, we can’t help but include one more as Trump continues to sow discord within his own party:

“Because Mitch McConnell is a loser.” – Defeated Former President Donald Trump

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Local News Across the Country Highlights Biden-Harris Leadership on Voting Rights

12 Jan

Yesterday in Atlanta, President Biden and Vice President Harris made a powerful case for Congress’ moral responsibility to defend Americans’ fundamental right to vote. Noting that 16 current Republican senators previously supported an extension of the Voting Rights Act, the President and Vice President called on Congress to pass voting rights legislation that prevent voter suppression, expand access to vote-by-mail and drop boxes, and more, in the face of unprecedented attacks from state-level Republican officials.

See what Americans are reading this morning about President Biden’s and Vice President Harris’ leadership on voting rights – from Atlanta to Las Vegas. 

In Georgia:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Biden seeks changes to Senate rules to protect voting rights

Invoking the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President Joe Biden called for changing U.S. Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation.

Joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden — on the campus of Morehouse College — also called on Congress to pass election legislation in a passionate speech about protecting voting rights.

“Today, I’m making it clear: protect our democracy,” the president said. “I support changing our Senate rules whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights.”

11Alive: ‘The threat to our democracy is so grave’ | Biden pushes for voting rights bill, backs getting rid of filibuster while in Atlanta

After visiting two historical sites in Atlanta, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made their way to the Atlanta University Center Consortium on the grounds of Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College to speak about voting legislation. Both Harris and Biden called the city the “cradle of the Civil Rights [Movement]” as they pushed for the passing of The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, both aimed at passing a broad range of voting protections and policies.

WSB-TV (Associated Press): Biden comes to Georgia to take aim at voting laws, urges Senate to act on voting rights

President Joe Biden took aim at Georgia’s election integrity laws and other laws like it passed by Republican legislatures around the country as he spoke at the Atlanta University Center Tuesday evening.

Biden called those laws undemocratic.

“I’m tired of being quiet!” he said, emphatically pounding the podium. “I will not yield. I will not flinch,” in the effort to protect democracy.

Atlanta CW69: Biden, Harris Visit Atlanta To Lobby For Voting Rights

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive to speak to a crowd at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, part of both Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University on January 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden and Harris delivered remarks on voting rights legislation. Georgia has been a focus point for voting legislation after the state voted Democratic for the first time in almost 30 years in the 2020 election. As a result, the Georgia House passed House Bill 531 to limit voting hours, drop boxes, and require a government ID when voting by mail. 

WJCL: President Joe Biden visits Georgia to push for passage of federal voting rights legislation

Georgia took center stage on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlanta to discuss voting rights.

During their national address, President Biden and Vice President Harris pushed for the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the Voting Rights Advancement Act. They said this legislation would “protect the constitutional right to vote.”

In Massachusetts: 

MassLive: ‘We want the people to rule’: President Joe Biden urges changes to filibuster to protect voting rights from ‘totalitarian’ measures

Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, made the case for changing or eliminating the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule to let voting rights legislation advance in a simple majority vote. The Democrats spoke in what Biden called the “cradle of the civil rights movement,” at Atlanta University Center Consortium, a group of historically Black colleges and universities, making clear they agree with political scientists and election experts who warn the GOP-led state efforts threaten American democracy.

In California: 

Los Angeles Times: President Biden urges filibuster changes to protect voting rights

Decrying a spate of new restrictive voting laws Republicans enacted last year in 19 states, including Georgia, Biden blasted Republicans still in thrall to a “defeated former president” and his effort “to disenfranchise anyone who votes against him.” 

In Iowa: 

Iowa Capital Dispatch: Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights

“I think the threat to our democracy is so great that we must find a way to pass this voting rights bill,” Biden said. “Debate them, vote, let the majority prevail and if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules including getting rid of the filibuster [for this].” 

In Florida: 

Florida Phoenix: DeSantis calls for more election ‘guardrails’; Biden says it is voting rights that need protection

In a very different speech Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced in Atlanta that he now supports a change in Senate rules to amend the filibuster that has blocked a vote on new federal voting-rights legislation. The “Freedom To Vote Act” adopted in the U.S. House and awaiting approval in the U.S. Senate would unravel the toughest of voting restrictions sweeping red states across the nation.

“To protect our democracy, I support changing our Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights,” Biden said in the speech. “When it comes to majority rule, the majority should rule in the United States Senate.”
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NEW VIDEO: DNC War Room Highlights Mitch McConnell Gaslighting The American People

12 Jan

Yesterday, President Biden and Vice President Harris visited Atlanta, Georgia where they delivered forceful remarks reaffirming the importance of protecting the right to vote and strengthening our democracy. Today, the DNC War Room released a new video highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell’s repeated gaslighting of the American people as Republican lawmakers across the country continue to attack the right to vote.

“Mitch McConnell is nothing more than a hypocritical liar who has spent the last year blatantly gaslighting the American people,” said DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa. “It’s incumbent upon Democrats to not only hold Republicans accountable for their lies, but fight back against their relentless attacks against the right to vote. The DNC remains on the front lines of that fight and will do everything in our power to ensure voting rights are protected in 2022, and beyond.”

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While Republicans Voted Against Safely Reopening Schools, President Biden and Vice President Harris Deliver Critical Resources

12 Jan

Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced millions of tests to be delivered in schools, further giving schools the resources they need to safely keep children in the classroom. This comes after every Republican in Congress opposed the $122 billion President Biden and Democrats delivered for schools in last March’s American Rescue Plan. 

Schools will now have millions more COVID-19 tests available to allow them to safely remain open and keep children in the classroom:

  • Washington Post: “White House promises to provide schools 10 million free coronavirus tests per month”
     
  • Associated Press: “Biden sending more COVID tests to schools to keep them open”
     
  • CNN: “Biden administration will provide K-12 schools with additional 10 million Covid-19 tests per month”
     
  • Axios: “Biden ramps up school testing strategy as Omicron disrupts education”

  • Fox News: “Biden administration to ramp up testing supply to schools in push to keep them open”

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DNC CHAIR: It’s Time to Stand Up to Protect American Democracy

12 Jan

Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison highlighted the importance of standing up and protecting our democracy, and called out Republicans for their shameful attempts to erode one of Americans’ most sacred rights. 
 

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Chair Harrison: “You see what’s going on in each of these individual states, and you said it just now, that not only are they making it harder for people to register and harder for them to stand in line, they’re also trying to take away the power to even count people’s legitimate votes. That’s not America … For us not to all stand up and say, ‘No, this will not happen,’ it’s shameful … History is going to record you. Where do you stand at this moment?”
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