DNC Chair Jaime Harrison on Special Enrollment Period

16 Feb

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement:

“Spread the word: Open enrollment is back. From now until May 15, you can go to healthcare.gov to sign up for a health care plan that’s right for you. Democrats believe health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a wealthy few. And during this pandemic, it’s more critical than ever that Americans have access to the care they need and deserve. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promised to restore compassion and decency to the White House, and this is just another example of the leadership our country deserves. So spread the word, get your family and friends signed up if they aren’t covered yet, and let’s build back better together.”

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President Biden Focused On Bipartisan Agenda As GOP Civil War Escalates

16 Feb

While the Republican Party is deeply divided and engulfed in an escalating civil war, President Biden is focused on uniting the country through a bipartisan agenda to build back better by delivering COVID relief and restoring the economy.

While President Biden is focused on his agenda to build back better, the Republican Party has only become more divided.

CNN: “Fallout from Trump’s acquittal exposes deepening rift within GOP”

CBS News: “GOP faces fallout from Trump’s impeachment as Biden focuses on his agenda”

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan has won support from a broad majority of Americans, including large numbers of Republicans.

Washington Post: “Biden is winning Republican support for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Just not in Washington.”

Washington Post: “Surveys show that a broad majority of Americans support the assistance, including large numbers of Republicans. Only a minority among Republican voters agree with GOP lawmakers that the aid package is too large, polls have found.”

Meanwhile, the Republican Party is engulfed in a civil war, which escalated even further over the weekend following Trump’s impeachment vote.

Senator Burr: “It’s truly a sad day for North Carolina Republicans. My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party.”

Business Insider: “6 of the 7 GOP Senators who voted to convict Trump are facing blowback and formal censures back home”

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NEW DNC VIDEO: ‘Republicans Leaving Party In Droves’

16 Feb

Yesterday, the DNC War Room released a new video, “Republicans Leaving Party In Droves,” to highlight the tens of thousands of Republicans across the country who are leaving the Republican Party in the aftermath of the Capitol riot.

“Republicans across the country are fleeing their party. Furthermore, sizable numbers of Republicans support President Biden’s COVID relief package,” said DNC War Room spokesperson Daniel Wessel. “The contrast is clear: while Republicans are deeply divided, President Biden and Vice President Harris are working tirelessly to unite our nation and build back better — beginning with a plan to vaccinate Americans and get our economy back on track.

“If former Republicans are looking for a party with a broad and diverse membership — a party that is working to unify the country and build back better — they need look no further than the Democratic Party.

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Harrison Announces New Communications Leadership

16 Feb

Chair Harrison announced today new communications leadership at the DNC. Adrienne Watson has been named communications director. Ofirah Yheskel will serve as deputy communications director, and Danai Pointer will be communications outreach director.

“Adrienne is one of the most talented and seasoned communicators in our party, and we are thrilled that she’s agreed to take on this new and important assignment,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “With Adrienne, Ofirah and Danai at the helm, we are ready to communicate our president and our party’s priorities, policies and principles to the American people.”

In addition to running the War Room, Watson has held a long list of prominent communications roles within the party, including DNC national press secretary, spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, communications director for Correct the Record, and a variety of communications roles in the House and Senate.

Yheskel has previously served as a spokesperson in the 2020 DNC War Room, director of media relations for the successful 2020 Democratic National Convention and deputy communications director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign.

Pointer served as a communications strategist and external affairs lead in the 2020 DNC War Room. Previously, she led project management and communications consultancy at the Bergen Consulting Group. She has served as senior program manager of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, as a consultant at Bloomberg Associates, and as director of external affairs at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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DNC Statement on the Lunar New Year

12 Feb

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, DNC Vice Chair Tammy Duckworth, and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong released the following statement on the Lunar New Year:

“Happy Lunar New Year and best wishes to everyone celebrating the Year of the Ox. Today, as we ring in the new year, we celebrate a new beginning, a new hope and a new spring. We also celebrate the richness of our diverse nation and the important contributions our AAPI community has made to the fabric of this country. Democrats believe that our diversity is our strength, and we work every day to promote our values of inclusion and opportunity. As the new year begins, let us recommit to that fight and to building a brighter future for all. From the Democratic family, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Ox.”

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Republicans Roll Back COVID Safety Recommendations, Stalling Progress and Threatening Recovery

12 Feb

While the Biden administration has been working around the clock to slow the spread of the coronavirus and ramp up vaccine distribution, Republican leaders across the country are standing in the way of progress on COVID-19. By rolling back the safety measures needed to keep the virus in check, Republicans are risking the health of Americans and threatening to prolong this unprecedented crisis.

Republican leaders across the country are dropping, challenging, or refusing to enforce mask mandates, even though experts agree masks are one of the most effective ways to slow the virus’ spread.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “A prominent Republican donor who sued Evers in October challenging the governor’s authority to issue emergency orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic without legislative approval is asking the state’s highest court to intervene in Evers’ newest order to mandate masks. The motion to block the order from Jeré Fabick comes after most Republicans in the state Legislature last week voted to end Evers’ health emergency order that mandates face masks on the grounds it was issued unconstitutionally — an effort made using the same argument as Fabick’s lawsuit.”

Grand Forks Record: “While the number of cases were declining earlier this month, North Dakota’s statewide mask mandate expired on Jan. 18 after [Gov. Doug] Burgum did not take action to extend it, though cities can still continue to implement their own. Burgum said in a statement he supports ‘locally enacted protocols.’”

KRTV: “Governor Greg Gianforte said on Wednesday that he will let Montana’s state-wide mask mandate expire as of Friday, February 12th.”

Republican leaders are ignoring the advice of their own public health experts and have even proposed stripping local officials of their ability to put in place measures to keep their constituents safe.

Des Moines Register: “Gov. Kim Reynolds did not consult with Iowa Department of Public Health officials on her decision to drop mask rules from her latest COVID-19 disaster proclamation, two Democratic lawmakers say.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Local health officials could be stripped of their power to control a deadly pandemic under a package of proposed changes under consideration by Missouri Republicans. In action Wednesday, the Senate Health and Pensions Committee opened debate on a series of pro-business proposals that would put roadblocks in the way of county officials seeking to close businesses or religious services during a public health emergency… [Gov. Mike Parsons] has put the onus on local governments to enforce stay-at-home orders and mask requirements rather than issue a statewide mandate.”

Idaho Statesman: “Idaho will relax some of its statewide COVID-19 restrictions after reported positive cases decreased in recent weeks. […] Idaho hasn’t met the series of criteria [Gov. Brad Little] outlined to move back to Stage 3. One part of the criteria required Idaho to average fewer than 25 confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICU care over the prior 14-day period. The state’s most recent average is 62.4.”

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Biden Is Delivering On His Vaccine Promises Ahead Of Schedule After Trump Failed To Do His Job

12 Feb

The U.S. is on pace to exceed President Biden’s vaccine goal for his first 100 days, and yesterday, President Biden announced that the U.S. had secured 600 million doses more than a month earlier than initially anticipated. While Trump failed to do his job, President Biden is delivering on his vaccine promises—and doing it ahead of schedule. 

The U.S. is on pace to exceed President Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.

Associated Press: “The U.S. is on pace to exceed Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, with more than 26 million shots delivered in his first three weeks. Meanwhile, Biden is moving to ease supply bottlenecks and ensure the nation has enough of the current two-dose vaccines to protect 300 million Americans.”

President Biden announced that the U.S. had secured 600 million doses by the end of July — more than a month earlier than anticipated.

Associated Press: “Biden announced on Thursday that the U.S. had secured contractual commitments from Moderna and Pfizer to deliver the 600 million doses of vaccine by the end of July — more than a month earlier than initially anticipated.”

President Biden is delivering on his vaccine promises ahead of schedule after Trump failed to do his job.

President Biden: “My predecessor, to be very blunt about it, did not do his job … He didn’t order enough vaccines. He didn’t mobilize enough people to administer the shots. He didn’t set up federal vaccine centers.”

New York Times: “Trump Administration Passed on Chance to Secure More of Pfizer Vaccine”

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Biden To Deliver On His Vaccine Promises After Inheriting Trump’s Inconsistent Vaccine Plan

11 Feb

While Trump’s “inept and insufficient” coronavirus response cost American lives and left President Biden an insufficient vaccine distribution plan, Biden has taken steps to rebuild trust and ramp up distribution, and is on track to deliver on his vaccine promises.

President Biden has made significant improvements on fighting the virus after he inherited an inconsistent vaccine distribution plan from Trump.

Associated Press: “It’s a strategy facing urgent tests after Biden inherited an inconsistent vaccine distribution plan and with the emerging threats from new virus variants. The goal, Biden aides say, is as simple as it is ambitious: After a year of being on defense they want to take the fight to the virus — to ‘overwhelm the problem,’ a kind of mantra for the team.”

Associated Press: “One early success of the Biden plan was born out of conversations with governors frustrated about constantly fluctuating vaccine supplies. The lack of certainty led some states to slow the administration of first doses to ensure enough second shots would be available if deliveries dropped. Biden’s team pledged to give states three weeks notice on what’s coming their way. ‘We now see more vaccine on the horizon than we did a few weeks ago,’ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, told the AP. ‘The more we learn about more vaccine the happier I am.’”

President Biden has ramped up vaccinations and is on track to meet his goal of 100 million doses in his first 100 days.

NBC News: “Biden admin on track to meet goal of 100M coronavirus shots in first 100 days”

Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson: “COVID Task Force chair Jeff Zients just now on vaccines: ‘Our seven day average daily doses administered is now 1.5 million shots per day, up from 1.1 million only two weeks ago.’”

In addition to being on track to meet President Biden’s goals, Americans are also more willing than ever to get the coronavirus vaccine.

ABC News: “Americans may be more willing than ever to get their COVID-19 shot, according to a new survey from Gallup. Since Gallup first began polling Americans on their willingness in July 2020, there was an initial decline in willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine, reaching a low of 50% in September. Since then, there has been a steady climb to 65% willing in late December, and now, an all-time high of 71% who are willing to get vaccinated.”

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DNC Announces “Chair Chats Tour” with Chair Harrison

11 Feb

Today, Chair Jaime Harrison will launch a Chair Chats Tour to hear directly from DNC members as well as members of the DNC’s caucuses and councils about their vision for the party and the tools they need to organize 365 days a year and win elections up and down the ballot nationwide.

Chair Harrison will begin DNC Chair Chats this week by meeting with the DNC’s Rural Council, followed by the Black Caucus during Black History Month. Harrison began hosting Chair Chats when he was South Carolina Democratic Party Chair as a means to connect with Democrats on the ground.

“The Democratic Party retained the House majority, flipped the Senate, and won the White House because we invested and organized early,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “The DNC is committed to building on our successes — and that means putting in the work from Day One, organizing for every election in every ZIP code in every year, and integrating the lessons we can learn from those working directly in our states and with critical groups of voters. The Chair Chats Tour will allow us to connect with those who have been on the front lines and is a first step toward building our party even stronger and electing more Democrats nationwide.”

Chair Harrison’s first order of business at the DNC is hearing directly from Democrats so that we can build on the successes of this past election by engaging with, investing in, and organizing every community, in every state, territory, and ZIP code, 12 months a year—not only in election years. It’s why we were successful in the 2018 midterms, why we won and took back the White House in 2020, and why we will continue to win elections up and down the ballot.

Chair Chats are being scheduled at the convenience of the caucus or council chair, and in no particular order. During the tour, Chair Harrison will hear from the following DNC caucuses and councils:

  • Eastern Caucus

  • Southern Caucus

  • Western Caucus

  • Midwestern Caucus

  • AAPI Caucus

  • Black Caucus

  • Hispanic Caucus

  • Native American Caucus

  • Women’s Caucus

  • LGBT Caucus

  • Youth Council

  • Senior Council

  • Rural Council

  • Poverty Council

  • Interfaith Council

  • Small Business Council

  • Disability Council

  • Veterans and Military Families Council

  • Labor Council

  • Ethnic Coordinating Council

  • Environmental and Climate Crisis Council

  • College Democrats of America

  • High School Democrats of America

  • Young Democrats of America

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American Rescue Plan Delivers On Biden’s Promises To Quickly Provide Relief To The American People

9 Feb

Yesterday, House Democrats rolled out key provisions of the American Rescue Plan that deliver on President Biden’s promises to quickly provide relief to the American people. 

Democrats rolled out a key plank of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan by proposing $1,400 direct payments to the American people.

New York Times: “House Democrats on Monday rolled out a key plank of President Biden’s stimulus plan, proposing legislation to send direct payments of $1,400 to Americans earning up to $75,000 and households with incomes up to $150,000.”

The American Rescue Plan would make good on President Biden’s promise to increase the value of the child tax credit to help more families.

New York Times: “The early weeks of the Biden administration have brought a surge of support, in the White House and across party lines in Congress, for what could be the most ambitious effort in a generation to reduce child poverty… One such plan is a cornerstone of the legislative text that House Democrats introduced on Monday as part of what will become a sweeping bill to implement President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion economic aid package. That text included a monthly benefit of $300 per child for those age 5 and younger — and $250 per child ages 6 to 17 — as a means of making good on Mr. Biden’s pledge to increase the value of the so-called child tax credit and help more families, even those with little or no income, reap its benefits.”

The American Rescue Plan would boost ACA subsidies to provide greater help for Americans to afford their premiums. 

The Hill: “House Democrats’ coronavirus relief legislation released Monday would increase the Affordable Care Act’s financial assistance for two years, providing greater help for enrollees’ to afford their premiums. The measure, one provision in a sweeping COVID-19 relief package, would increase ObamaCare subsidies so that enrollees would have to pay no more than 8.5 percent of their income in health insurance premiums, down from a maximum cap of about 10 percent of income currently.”

President Biden is also committed to continuing to speed up the vaccine rollout and address racial disparities in the coronavirus recovery.

Wall Street Journal: “Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccination Aims: Speeding the Rollout and Addressing Racial Disparities”

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