DNC on Texas and Florida Voter Suppression Bills

6 May
This morning, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 90, a blatant voter suppression bill limiting the ability of organizations to register voters and imposing new restrictions on vote-by-mail. Texas is also considering various pieces of legislation aimed at limiting access to voting. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement: 

“Republicans across the country know they’re failing to connect with and deliver for the American people, so they’ve decided their winning playbook centers on making it harder for them to make their voices heard. One of the last things I did with my grandfather was go vote, and he made a point to say to me then: Don’t let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter. That is what Republicans are doing with these measures, telling folks their voices don’t matter. 

“Voting is our most sacred right. From the outrageous voting restrictions passed in Georgia earlier this year to SB 90 signed into law today in Florida and the various legislation under consideration in Texas, these new restrictions are rooted in Republicans’ desire to impose Jim Crow 2.0 in states across the country.

“In 2020, we saw the highest voter turnout in generations — over two-thirds of American adults participated in the election with no legitimate cases of widespread voter fraud. Republicans should join Democrats in building upon that success, rather than trying to undo it. As Democrats, we will use every tool in our toolbox to combat these bills and make sure every eligible voter can exercise their fundamental right to participate in our democracy.”

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BIDEN BOOM: Another Week, Another Decline In Unemployment Claims

6 May
For the fourth week in a row, jobless claims hit a new pandemic-era low, as more Americans are finding jobs with an economy on its way to an economic boom.

Last week became the fourth successive week new jobless claims hit a new low for the pandemic as businesses open up and vaccinations speed up our return to normalcy.

Associated Press: “The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to 498,000, the lowest point since the viral pandemic struck 14 months ago and a sign of the job market’s growing strength as businesses reopen and consumers step up spending.”

Associated Press: “As vaccinations have been more widely administered, restrictions on businesses have gradually lifted and consumers have become more willing to travel, shop and dine out, stronger spending has boosted hiring, slowed layoffs and accelerated growth. The economy grew last quarter at a vigorous 6.4% annual rate, with expectations that the current quarter will be even better.”

This comes ahead of tomorrow’s jobs report that is widely expected to reflect another strong month as Americans find jobs.

Associated Press: “Analysts have forecast that when the monthly jobs report is released Friday, it will show that the economy added 975,000 jobs in April, according to data provider FactSet, and that the unemployment rate fell from 6% to 5.8%. That would show that more Americans are looking for work and more employers are hiring them.”

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FLASHBACK: Stefanik Pushed The Big Lie – Gets Rewarded by GOP Leadership

5 May
There is no clearer indication that GOP leadership has completely surrendered the caucus to the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene than House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s joining Trump in publicly pushing to replace Liz Cheney with Elise Stefanik, a noted conspiracy theorist who pushed the lie that led to people losing their lives during the January 6 insurrection.

“Did we need to know any more about the state of the Republican Party than the fact that GOP leadership is punishing Liz Cheney for telling the truth about 2020 and attempting to replace her with another student of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s conspiracy school? McCarthy has done more to hold Cheney accountable for telling the truth than he has about Greene’s conspiracy theories or Matt Gaetz’s alleged underage sex trafficking. While the Republican Party is a dumpster fire, President Biden is delivering on his promises and getting the country back on track.” – DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa

Steve Scalise joined Trump in pushing to replace Cheney with Elise Stefanik, who has peddled the same conspiracy theories that Trump did, which ultimately led to an attack on the United States Capitol and people losing their lives

  • Syracuse.com Editorial Board: “Hours after pro-Trump demonstrators broke into the U.S. Capitol, forcing lawmakers into hiding, North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik and more than 100 other House Republicans kept up the lie of voter fraud that brought the insurrectionists there in the first place. Stefanik and the others voted against accepting the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden in a handful of swing states. It is a roll call of dishonor. They persist in questioning the integrity of the results, despite multiple recounts, 60-plus failed lawsuits and evidence President Donald Trump tried to strong-arm elections officials in Georgia to alter the count in his favor. Biden won the popular vote by 7 million votes and the Electoral College by the same margin Trump did in 2016.”
  • Punchbowl News: “BREAKING: Trump is backing @EliseStefanik’s bid for House Republican Conference chair.”
  • Associated Press: “The No. 2 House Republican publicly called Wednesday for the removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from the party’s leadership, adding momentum to the drive to topple her after she clashed repeatedly with former President Donald Trump. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House GOP whip, is backing New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik for Cheney’s post, said Scalise spokesperson Lauren Fine.”

Kevin McCarthy has fully lost control of his caucus and is now willfully handing over power to extremists and conspiracy theorists:

  • Washington Post’s Paul Waldman: “In that, McCarthy is a perfect congressional leader for this period in the Republican Party’s history. Unlike his Democratic counterpart, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), he does not rule his caucus with an iron fist, imposing order and keeping everyone moving in the direction he sets. His far-right members know they can push him around.”
  • Daily Beast: “Kevin McCarthy’s Strategy to Rein In GOP Extremists: Don’t. The House Republican leader has taken a hands-off approach as his conference moves further to the, uh, right.”
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NEW POLL, SAME STORY: Americans Really Like President Biden’s Families Plan

5 May
As Republicans go to the mat to protect tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans instead of investing in working families, voters have made clear that President Biden’s American Families Plan works for them. 

According to a new poll, the American Families Plan is supported by the majority of voters despite Republican talking points designed to mislead the country.

Morning Consult: Biden’s $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan Is Supported by Nearly 60% of Voters

  • While Biden’s plan faces a long road in Washington, it doesn’t appear to be a hard sell for the electorate. According to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, 58 percent of voters say they support the package. 
  • Biden’s latest proposal, branded as the American Families Plan, is overwhelmingly popular with Democrats at 86 percent support, while 54 percent of independent voters back the plan. 
  • One provision — ensuring that low- and middle-income families pay no more than 7 percent of their income on child care — garnered support from 64 percent of voters, followed closely by free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds at 63 percent.
  • Even the least popular measure listed — two years of subsidized tuition for low- and middle-income students at historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions — garnered support from 56 percent of voters.
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DNC on National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

5 May
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Native American Caucus Chair Rion Ramirez released the following joint statement to commemorate National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

“For too long, Native women have been stolen from their communities without a trace and without a network of advocacy and resources available to those they’ve been taken from to find them or seek justice. Enough is enough. We applaud President Biden and Secretary Haaland for creating the Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and providing this issue with the attention it deserves. Democrats remain committed to increasing safety and access to justice for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples by advocating for the reforms necessary to prevent future acts of violence.

“We must lift the voices of surviving family members to fight for the justice that is overdue for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The time for change is now.”

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Biden Delivering Solutions to Broken Immigration System Without Help From A Single Republican

4 May
While Republicans spent weeks cosplaying as military commandos for their photo ops on the border, President Biden and the administration have been hard at work proposing solutions and fixing the immigration system that Trump broke and Republicans ignored for years.

After Trump implemented the cruel and inhumane policy of ripping children away from their families, President Biden is hard at work reuniting families and repairing the damage Trump caused.

Washington Post: “Four migrant parents who were separated from their children at the U.S. border by the Trump administration and sent home alone will be allowed to return to the United States this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Monday.”

Orlando Sentinel: “After three years of being separated from her Davenport family, Alejandra Juarez is coming home. Juarez is the wife of a U.S. Marine veteran whose traumatic deportation scene at Orlando International Airport in 2018 made headlines worldwide. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted her a temporary reprieve known as humanitarian parole.”

Since President Biden has taken action to restore humanity and order to our broken immigration system, the number of unaccompanied children at the border has fallen dramatically over the past few weeks.

CBS News: “Number of unaccompanied migrant children held by Border Patrol falls 88% in 5 weeks”

Has anyone heard from Republicans on immigration lately? For a while it seemed like politicizing children’s lives was their electoral strategy for 2022 and beyond, but it seems to have quickly faded from their minds now that President Biden has delivered solutions.

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “But for the most part, immigration seems to have disappeared from media coverage. What happened? CNN on Friday thankfully caught us up to speed: ‘The number of unaccompanied migrant children held in jail-like conditions by US Customs and Border Protection dropped nearly 84% in the span of a month, according to a White House official, underscoring the significant progress made by the administration after reaching record high custody figures’ Moreover, there has been ‘a nearly 80% reduction in time spent in Border Patrol detention.’”

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MCCARTHY’S CHOICE: The Truth vs. Marjorie Taylor Greene

4 May
In a clear indication that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has lost control of his caucus, and that it’s now run by extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene, McCarthy is laying the groundwork to push Liz Cheney out of his leadership team because she refuses to go along with the Big Lie.

“Kevin McCarthy’s cowardice knows no bounds. His party has been taken over by conspiracy theorists and someone under investigation for underage sex trafficking. Instead of holding them accountable, he’s trying to kick out one of the only members who doesn’t subscribe to the Big Lie that led to people losing their lives. While the Republican Party is an absolute mess, Democrats remain laser focused on delivering for Americans, building a booming economy, and getting America back on track.” – DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa

In just a week, Kevin McCarthy has taken more action to chastise one of his members for telling the truth than he has to hold Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, or any of the other extremists in the House GOP accountable.

  • Politico: “McCarthy: GOP lawmakers concerned Cheney can’t ‘carry out the message’”
  • Wall Street Journal: “When asked Tuesday in Orlando if Ms. Cheney remained a good fit for the GOP leadership team, Mr. McCarthy said, ‘If you’re sitting here at the retreat, it’s focused on policy and focused on the future…and you’re talking about something else, you’re not being productive.’”
  • CNN: “Cheney sees cratering support in House GOP as McCarthy says she isn’t ‘carrying out the message’”
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NEW DNC VIDEO: Republicans Put Hypocrisy on Display, Tout Bill They Voted Against

4 May
Today, the DNC War Room is releasing a new video blasting congressional Republicans for their repeated attempts to “vote no and take the dough.” While President Biden and Democrats prioritized COVID relief for the American people, Republicans hope voters won’t notice they voted against it. Spoiler alert: They notice. 

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DNC on Older Americans Month

4 May
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following joint statement to commemorate Older Americans Month:

“This month we celebrate the strength and contributions of older Americans. At this moment in time, after a year where older Americans have shown their resilience through trial, the theme ‘Communities of Strength’ is most appropriate. As workers, volunteers, and advocates, their expertise and experience make our communities stronger. 

“Now, it is our nation’s duty to honor the lives of those who spent a lifetime ensuring the success of future generations. From President Biden’s proposed investments in the caregiver economy to his proposed improvements to our nation’s health care system, Democrats are working to strengthen our policies and programs that support seniors thriving both in the workforce and in retirement. This month, we give our gratitude to the generation who paved the way for younger generations and helped build our nation.”

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DNC on Jewish American Heritage Month

4 May
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month:

“This Jewish American Heritage Month, we proudly celebrate the activism of Jewish Americans and the invaluable contributions they’ve made to our nation. Throughout our history, Jewish American civil rights leaders have worked across movements to make our nation more just, to empower the powerless, and to give a voice to the voiceless. 

“As we honor the achievements of Jewish Americans, we must also recognize and condemn the persecution the Jewish community has faced in recent years and the fact that anti-Semitism remains a reality in America. We must call out and uproot this prejudice with all of our might.  

“As we begin the long process of getting the country back on track, let us embrace the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam — repairing the world — and repair our communities better and stronger than before, centering justice and equity as we rebuild.”

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