REMINDER: Every Single Republican Voted Against Lowering Costs for Americans

8 Aug

While Democrats are focused on fighting inflation and tackling the climate crisis, Republicans have repeatedly voted against legislation to help lower costs for Americans. Over the weekend, every single GOP senator voted against the Inflation Reduction Act

Republican senators blocked a cap on out-of-pocket insulin costs for Americans with private insurance, making clear they will choose Big Pharma over the American people.

Bloomberg: “Republicans successfully stripped a proposed $35 per month cap on out-of-pocket spending on insulin for patients enrolled in private insurance from the tax and climate bill.”

Washington Post: “Republican lawmakers on Sunday successfully stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the ambitious legislative package Democrats are moving through Congress this weekend, invoking arcane Senate rules to jettison the measure.”

It doesn’t stop there. The Inflation Reduction Act will finally allow Medicare to directly negotiate the price of prescription drugs, pushing down costs. Not a single Republican lawmaker supported lowering prescription drug costs for families. 

New York Times: “For the first time, Medicare would be allowed to negotiate with drugmakers on the price of prescription medicines, a proposal projected to save the federal government billions of dollars.”

New York Times: “The package would cap the out-of-pocket costs that seniors pay annually for prescription drugs at $2,000, and would ensure that seniors have access to free vaccines. Lawmakers also included a rebate should price increases outpace the rate of inflation.”

In addition, the bill will help ensure corporations and the ultra wealthy pay their fair share — without raising taxes on families making under $400,000 a year. Again not a single Republican supported the measure, showcasing how they will side with big business over Americans any day. 

Washington Post: “In part by tweaking federal tax laws — chiefly to target tax cheats and some billion-dollar companies that pay nothing to the government — the bill is expected to raise enough money to cover its new spending.”

New York Times: “The legislation would also bolster the I.R.S. with an investment of about $80 billion, hoping to recover additional tax revenue by cracking down on wealthy corporations and wealthy tax evaders.”

New York Times: “Charles P. Rettig, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, told Congress on Thursday that the tax collection agency would not increase audits of households earning less than $400,000 if it was given the additional $80 billion that lawmakers were considering in a proposed climate and tax legislation package.”

The Inflation Reduction Act will create good-paying jobs here in America to help build and work on renewable energy projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the climate crisis. Did we mention that every single Republican voted against it?

Bluegreen Alliance: “The PERI analysis finds that the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate and energy investments will create more than 9 million jobs over the next decade.” 

The Inflation Reduction Act puts working Americans ahead of special interests while lowering costs for families. Republicans keep showing Americans who they are and what they support. The American people simply cannot afford Republicans’ out-of-touch MAGA agenda. 

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BREAKING: Republicans Vote Against Lowering Insulin Costs

7 Aug

43 Senate Republicans just voted against lowering health care costs for Americans forced to shoulder high prices for life-saving medicine. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Republicans have no shame and continue to demonstrate their remarkable commitment to lining the pockets of Big Pharma at the expense of the American people. President Biden and Democrats won’t be deterred from working tirelessly to lower costs for the American people.”  

Republican senators blocked a cap on out-of-pocket costs for insulin, making clear they will choose Big Pharma over the American people.

Bloomberg: “Republicans successfully stripped a proposed $35 per month cap on out-of-pocket spending on insulin for patients enrolled in private insurance from the tax and climate bill.”

Washington Post: “Republican lawmakers on Sunday successfully stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the ambitious legislative package Democrats are moving through Congress this weekend, invoking arcane Senate rules to jettison the measure.”

The American people simply cannot afford Republicans’ out-of-touch MAGA agenda.

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DNC on 57th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

6 Aug

On the 57th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement:

57 years ago today — thanks to the tireless work of civil rights heroes and everyday Americans — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. 

For decades after, the cause of voting rights was bipartisan. Republicans and Democrats alike came together to ensure families like mine could finally make their voices heard. 

Sadly, Republicans have walked away from their commitment to our sacred right to vote. Across the country, they are working to roll back voting rights and undermine our democracy. But Democrats remain steadfast. Today and always, we will stand up for every eligible American’s right to cast a vote and know that vote will be counted.

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MAGA Hot Mic: Indiana GOP State Rep. Karen Engleman

5 Aug

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic moment comes from Indiana GOP State Rep. Karen Engleman. 

Karen Engleman led a group of Indiana House Republicans in an attempt to remove exceptions for rape or incest from the state’s proposed near-total abortion ban yesterday. 

WFYI Indianapolis: “The House vote displayed a similar division among Republicans seen in the state Senate over exceptions for rape and incest, which remained in the bill when an attempt in the Senate last week also failed to strip those exceptions. Republican Rep. Karen Engleman sponsored the amendment, arguing that even a child conceived in a rape or incest attack deserved a chance at life.”

IndyStar: “House Republicans attempted to remove exceptions for rape and incest from the state’s proposed near-total abortion ban on Thursday, but just like Republicans in the Senate, they were unsuccessful.”

A Democratic colleague asked Engleman if her amendment would prevent a 10-year-old incest victim from reproductive health care and she responded, “It does.”

That’s right. Republicans want to force 10-year-old rape victims to give birth. 

Across the country Republican lawmakers are reminding Americans what’s at stake if they gain power. The right to choose and the freedom to make our own health care decisions is on the ballot in November.  

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IN THE STATES: GOP on Defense over Extreme Agenda

5 Aug

In the states this week, Democrats across the country continued “Too Extreme GOP” press tours and events calling out Republicans’ ultra-MAGA agenda of cutting key benefits like Social Security and banning abortion with no exceptions.

In Kansas, with record turnout, voters overwhelmingly rejected a Republican-proposed amendment that would have opened the door to a statewide abortion ban – proving just how unpopular the GOP’s extreme anti-choice agenda is across the country. 

Vice President Kamala Harris continue travelling across the country, from Massachusetts to Florida, to highlight Democrats’ committment to protecting abortion rights and tackling climate change.

Meanwhile, local headlines highlighted Republicans who voted against final legislation to expand health care access for veterans suffering from exposure to toxic burn pit smoke and other harmful contaminants during their service. 

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DNC, Wisconsin AG Blast Trump and Wisconsin Republicans Ahead of Waukesha Rally

5 Aug

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and DNC Executive Director Sam Cornale, a Wisconsin native, called out Donald Trump and the extremist Wisconsin Republicans he has endorsed ahead of his speech in Waukesha tonight.

During the press call, speakers blasted the defeated former president and Wisconsin Republicans like Tim Michels for spreading blatant misinformation about the 2020 election and pushing an extreme, ultra-MAGA agenda that would criminalize abortion without exceptions.

WATCH HERE

“Today, Donald Trump is descending on the Badger State — bringing with him his very different brand of extreme MAGA politics… MAGA Republicans control the party, and that’s why you’ll see Trump take the stage with an extreme lineup of candidates tonight including Tim Michels and insurrectionist Derrick Van Orden,” DNC Executive Director Sam Cornale said. “These MAGA candidates are hellbent on taking away Wisconsinites’ freedoms… Wisconsinites know that there’s a clear choice in November — between Democrats who are fighting for your freedoms and the Republicans who want to take your freedoms away.”

“The Republican Party has continued to embrace Donald Trump as its leader,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “There’s a clear choice between Democrats, who have delivered real results for working families… and what Republicans are offering: The only results that Republicans delivered during Donald Trump’s time in office were tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans… and they have delivered a Supreme Court that has imposed a radical agenda, taking away nearly 50 years of protections for safe and legal abortion — here in Wisconsin and around the country… Donald Trump being in Wisconsin today is a reminder of how extreme the Republican Party in Wisconsin has become and of the importance of winning in 2022.”

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Hawley Siding With Russia in Newest Political Stunt

4 Aug

In another performative stunt from the man who scurried away after inciting the January 6 rioters, yesterday Josh Hawley sided with Russia as the only senator to vote against Finland and Sweden’s entry to NATO. 

Josh Hawley’s political stunt puts Russia’s interests ahead of our own foreign policy goals.

Politico: “Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy is living on through one senator: Josh Hawley. The Missouri Republican staked out MAGA turf earlier this week by coming out against a joint effort by Finland and Sweden to join NATO.”

Politico: “Hawley has worked for months to distinguish himself from the Republican pack on national security, beginning with his blockade of Pentagon nominees in protest of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and his opposition to a $40 billion Ukraine aid package. Opposing an expansion of the most successful military alliance in world history as it works to counter Russia’s war in Ukraine, however, is a particularly bold play for the GOP base that has cheered Trump’s critiques of NATO.”

Hawley stands alone in his stance — further signifying the extreme lengths Hawley will go to push his agenda. 

Mitch McConnell: “If any senator is looking for a defensible excuse to vote ‘no,’ I wish them good luck. This is a slam dunk for national security that deserves unanimous bipartisan support.”

Business Insider: “Similarly, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wrote an op-ed article that served as a rebuttal to Hawley’s stance on the matter. Rubio’s article was titled ‘A stronger NATO allows America to focus on the threat of Communist China.’”

Politico: “Hawley’s fellow Republicans didn’t waste time poking holes in his argument. ‘I think it’s mistaken,’ Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been open about his own White House aspirations, said in an interview. ‘We don’t beat China by retreating from the rest of the world. We beat China by standing with our allies against our enemies.’”

Josh Hawley is a MAGA GOP extremist who is obviously more concerned with political stunts than the well-being of the American people. 

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CPAC 2022: Nothing But an Extreme GOP Cattle Call

4 Aug

Tonight, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and other MAGA Republicans will be gathering in Dallas, Texas to kick off the extreme Conservative Political Action Conference — where they will stand alongside far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Let’s be clear: CPAC 2022 is nothing but an extreme GOP cattle call. Even former CPAC Chair Al Cardenas said it was “shameful” that Orbán was invited. 

Al Cardenas: “[It’s] shameful that CPAC has invited this authoritarian, pro-Putin despot to come to America — in [the] midst of war [with] our ally Ukraine — and speak. They should know better.”

CPAC will also roll out the red carpet for a host of election denialists like MAGA extremist Kari Lake — the GOP nominee for Arizona governor — and “MyPillow Guy” Mike Lindell, who spent tens of millions of dollars to back Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.

The Guardian: “MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, a fervent Donald Trump ally, says he has poured $35-40 [million] into a wide crusade — a wave of lawsuits to get rid of voting machines that he faults for Trump’s defeat, a new movie about voting fraud, and a hefty legal stable — to promote charges that the 2020 election was riddled with fraud, despite a flood of contrary evidence.”

As if that weren’t bad enough, CPAC will spotlight Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida, a loyal MAGA foot soldier who made headlines last week for spouting off misogynistic comments against abortion rights activists. 

Matt Gaetz: “Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb.”

CPAC 2022 is the perfect representation of what the Republican Party is today — extreme, out of touch, and totally beholden to Trump’s “Big Lie.”

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NEW VIDEO: CPAC Just Another GOP, Right-Wing Cattle Call

4 Aug

Ahead of this weekend’s CPAC convention, the DNC is releasing a new video hitting extreme MAGA and right-wing Republicans. The Republican Party has rolled out the red carpet for some of their most extreme members, who will even be standing alongside the far-right authoritarian Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. CPAC brings out the worst in the Republican Party, and as these individuals gather in Texas this weekend, it’s critical Americans know what is at stake. 

WATCH

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DNC Statement on Ron DeSantis

4 Aug

In response to Ron DeSantis’s decision to suspend Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, including for pledging to not prosecute Floridians under DeSantis’s abortion ban, DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Ron DeSantis is so hellbent on banning abortion and throwing doctors in jail he’s willing to overturn the will of Florida voters and suspend a democratically elected state attorney. It’s fundamentally un-American and a clear demonstration of what extremes DeSantis will go to to infringe on Floridians’ freedoms.”

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