DNC on POTUS’ Voting Rights Remarks

11 Jan
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement in response to President Biden and Vice President Harris’ voting rights remarks in Atlanta, Georgia:

“Today in Atlanta, the President and Vice President reaffirmed their unshakeable commitment to voting rights. Their doggedness on this issue spoke to me personally, as I know it did for so many others across the country.

“My family’s story is inextricably tied to the story of voting rights in this nation. Voting rights legislation ensured that, after decades under the thumb of Jim Crow, my grandfather could vote unencumbered in South Carolina. As voter suppression laws spread like wildfire across the nation, voting rights legislation today would ensure that my son, my grandfather’s namesake, can continue to vote unencumbered. 

“My family’s story is not unique. President Biden and Vice President Harris know this. They have a deep respect for what millions in this nation have endured and they know in their bones that none of us ever want to go back.

“They know this is bigger than politics. They know this is more important than arcane Senate procedures used time and again to grind progress to a halt.

“Today, the president and vice president made it inexplicably clear that the time to act is now. The time to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is now. Congressman Lewis was a man of action, not empty words. Those who fail to act in this crucial moment for our democracy should think twice before invoking his name in the future.

“President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the nation are united on the importance of voting rights. Let’s act now to translate our shared commitment into law.”
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Yes, Supply Chain Bottlenecks Are Improving

11 Jan

Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, supply chain bottlenecks across the country are easing and American ports are operating at record pace. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing the resources we need to modernize and strengthen supply chains across the country and ultimately lower costs for families.

Following a successful holiday season where the vast majority of packages arrived on time, supply chain issues are continuing to ease. 

CNBC: “The global supply chain pressures blamed for disrupting the flow of goods and sparking high inflation may have finally peaked, according to a new gauge from the New York Federal Reserve.”

Citigroup economist Andrew Hollenhorst: “The supply-chain pressures leading to longer delivery times and rising prices may be easing.”

Barron’s: “General Motors said at the Credit Suisse Industrial Conference in early December that the supply shortage has ‘stabilized’ and that it should improve during the course of the year.” 

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping to modernize our nation’s supply chains and will ensure our ports, rails systems, and roads remain strong for generations to come. 

Associated Press: “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is awarding more than $241 million in grants to bolster U.S ports, part of the Biden administration’s near-term plan to address America’s clogged supply chain with infrastructure improvements to speed the flow of goods.”

Savannah Morning News: “The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will funnel billions into improvements for ports, roadways, railroads and airports to improve travel and supply chain congestion.”

Los Angeles Times: “The administration officials referenced President Biden’s recently passed infrastructure bill, which included a pilot program to lower the minimum age for interstate truck drivers to 18 from 21 to help the industry target young people fresh out of high school. The bill also includes funding for compensation studies to understand the hours truck drivers work and hours spent unpaid while waiting to load and unload cargo.”

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ICYMI: MSNBC: As the unemployment rate dips below 4%, the GOP changes its tune

11 Jan
**ICYMI**
Key Point: “In case this isn’t obvious, an unemployment rate below 4 percent is not at all common. In January 1970, for example, the rate was 3.9 percent. In the three decades that followed — literally every month of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s — how many times did the unemployment rate fall below 4 percent? Zero.”

MSNBC: As the unemployment rate dips below 4%, the GOP changes its tune
By Steve Benen
January 10, 2022


While job growth in December fell short of expectations, it’s tough to deny the fact that 2021 was an impressive year for the job market in the United States. As we discussed on Friday, the economy generated 6.4 million jobs in 2021, nearly matching the combined total of Donald Trump’s first three years in the White House.

What’s more, when President Joe Biden was inaugurated, the U.S. unemployment rate was 6.4 percent. A year later, it’s 3.9 percent. When was the last time the jobless rate fell this fast in one year? Never. In our recorded history, it’s simply never happened.

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Thanks to the ambitious American Rescue Plan, which literally zero Republicans voted for, Democrats were able to deliver these improvements several years ahead of schedule. Their election-year boasts are rooted in statistical facts.

But as it turns out, there’s a curious message lurking behind Door #3. While some observers debate just how much credit Democrats deserve for the great news, Republicans have a different pitch: Let’s all pretend the great news doesn’t exist. Here, for example, was the Republican National Committee’s message on Friday:

“This is the worst jobs report of Joe Biden’s presidency…. Biden’s policies failed and he doesn’t care.”

I’d understand if the RNC tried to make the case that Democrats don’t deserve all the credit for the country’s economic successes, but this is just bizarre. Biden’s economic agenda passed; job growth soared; the unemployment rate fell; and even the stock market reached new heights. Sure, there are caveats — inflation, for example, is a burden on many Americans — but for those rooting for the economic recovery, there’s plenty to cheer.

The RNC sees this as “failure.”

In case this isn’t obvious, an unemployment rate below 4 percent is not at all common. In January 1970, for example, the rate was 3.9 percent. In the three decades that followed — literally every month of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s — how many times did the unemployment rate fall below 4 percent? Zero. It wasn’t until the final year of Bill Clinton’s presidency that it finally dropped to 3.8 percent.

The rate remained above 4 percent again for nearly two decades, until it fell below the threshold again in 2018 — at which point Republicans acted as if Donald Trump was a miracle worker.

A Democratic source on Friday sent me a list of statements from GOP officials three years ago, celebrating when the unemployment rate fell below 4 percent, and it wasn’t a short list. Republican leaders from the House and Senate, as well as an army of rank-and-file members, all pointed to a 3.9 percent jobless rate as proof an economic success story.

Taking their new standard seriously is impossible.

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3 Questions For Mitch McConnell Ahead of His Press Conference

11 Jan

Today, Senator Mitch McConnell will hold another press conference to gaslight Americans about Republicans’ war on the right to vote. Let’s be very clear — Republicans at the national and state level have shown a gross dedication to consistently make millions of voters jump through hoops to exercise their constitutional right to vote. No amount of lies can erase the truth — Republicans are waging war on the right to vote because they know that they can only win elections by cheating. 

Given Mitch McConnell’s recent remarks gaslighting the American people on the actions of his own party, his press conference is the perfect opportunity to raise some pretty important questions.

  • You said a week ago that the notion state legislatures would try to overturn the will of the voters and send different electors to Congress is “ridiculous.” There are countless examples of efforts to do this in 2020 and 13 new anti-voter bills were pre-filed for this year just last month. Do you take back your claim?
     
  • How do you rationalize Republicans at the state level limiting voting drop box hours, limiting voting windows, and even banning delivering water to voters who are stuck in hours-long lines after Republicans cut polling locations? Are these not an attack on voting rights? What is your response to the actions of Republican state legislatures across the country to make it harder to vote?
     
  • In 2004 you said about pre-clearance, “I cannot think of any reason why anyone on either side of the aisle would oppose the protection of the franchise of all Americans. If so, we potentially jeopardize the fundamental tenet of our representative democracy.” Why are you opposing restoring pre-clearance and other key tenets of the Voting Rights Act now, which you have previously supported?

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REMINDER: Republicans Voted AGAINST Helping Safely Keep Schools Open

11 Jan

As President Biden has made clear, his administration and Democrats have taken every step to ensure schools have the resources today to safely open and teach our children, thanks to the American Rescue Plan. So, while Republicans now have a lot to say about whether or not schools should stay open, we can’t help but think about how every single congressional Republican voted against billions of dollars to provide schools with the resources they need to safely have children in classrooms.

Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, schools have the resources they need to safely reopen despite every single Republican lawmaker voting against it.

  • WFLA: “US Dept. of Education approves Florida plan to support schools with $2.3B pandemic funds”
     
  • KETV: “American Rescue Plan could pay Nebraska elementary and secondary school employees”
     
  • Santa Fe New Mexican: “Governor’s, lawmakers’ $8.4 billion budgets tout funds for education, public safety”
     
  • WTKR: “Department of Education approves Virginia’s plan to use American Rescue Plan funds to support K-12 schools”
     
  • Ohio Capital Journal: “Ohio to use Rescue Plan education dollars for crisis preparation, combatting student drop-off”

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New DNC Billboard in Atlanta Echoes President Biden and Vice President Harris’ Call for Voting Rights Legislation

11 Jan

Ahead of President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Atlanta, Georgia today, the Democratic National Committee is unveiling a new billboard urging the United States Senate to pass voting rights legislation. The billboard is located at the connection point of I-285 and I-85 south near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

During their visit today, the president and vice president are expected to give remarks about the urgent need to pass legislation to protect Americans’ right to vote and the integrity of our elections.

“There’s no doubt that the time is now for the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect our elections and secure the right to vote for all Americans,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “President Biden and Vice President Harris’ commitment to voting rights remains unshakeable, and we are proud to support them as they continue to do all they can to push this agenda forward, even in the face of shameful Republican obstruction.” 

An image of the billboard graphic is below: 

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CNN: DNC Chair Jaime Harrison: My grandfather gave me this crucial life lesson

11 Jan

**ICYMI**

CNN: My grandfather gave me this crucial life lesson
By Jaime Harrison
January 10, 2022


One of the most powerful moments of my life was taking my eldest son to the polls on November 3, 2020. He got to watch me vote for myself to be a US senator — to hold a seat that Strom Thurmond, a former segregationist, clung to for almost half a century.

Though I did not ultimately win that seat, I was profoundly moved. My son is named after my grandfather, and that day, it was like my grandfather — who I once shared the tradition of voting with — was in that booth with us.

I heard his voice and felt the pain of the stories he had told me over the years. The reminder that Black men like my grandfather couldn’t always vote in South Carolina — and that even when we could on paper, voting could still cost us our lives. 

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The RNC is *STILL* Paying Trump’s Legal Bills

10 Jan

It’s been over a year since the 2020 election, but one thing has stayed the same: Ronna McDaniel and the Republican National Committee are continuing to burn through their donors’ money to pay Donald Trump’s personal legal fees, even as he sits on hundreds of millions of dollars of personal and campaign funds. Oh, and he’s a defeated former president who cost their party the House, Senate, and White House. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: If we were the RNC’s donors, we would certainly be asking questions.

ABC News: “A year after election, RNC still spending hundreds of thousands to cover Trump’s legal bills”

  • “More than a year after the 2020 presidential election, the GOP is still covering numerous legal bills for the benefit of former President Donald Trump — and the price tag is ruffling the feathers of some longtime GOP donors who are now critical of Trump.”
     
  • “In October and November alone, the Republican National Committee spent nearly $720,000 of its donor money on paying law firms representing Trump in various legal challenges, including criminal investigations into his businesses in New York, according to campaign finance records.”
     
  • “But experts say the GOP’s recent payments of Trump’s attorney fees after he left the White House, for investigations that are not relevant to the next presidential campaign, is a very unusual move that’s indicative of the ongoing influence that the former president has over the party.”

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FACT CHECK OF SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL’S MEMO

10 Jan

This morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his office proudly touted a memo grossly gaslighting America about Republicans’ national sustained effort to make it harder to vote. From Republican legislators jamming restrictive voting laws through deeply partisan state legislatures to top Republican leaders echoing Donald Trump’s Big Lie, all in a desperate attempt to cling on to power, it’s clear Mitch McConnell is trying to hoodwink America about what’s at stake.

Make no mistake about it, Democrats are raising the alarm and fighting back against Republicans’ anti-voter legislation. But McConnell’s claim that fears are unfounded is rooted in an alternate reality where Republicans aren’t imposing restrictions every chance they get.

  • NBC News: “So far, Republican legislators in four states — Arizona, Missouri, New Hampshire and South Carolina — have prefiled at least 13 bills that the organization says would make it harder to vote. Nine other states will carry over 88 restrictive bills from the last legislative session. Legislators in five states — Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Tennessee — have also filed six bills to initiate or allow partisan ballot reviews.”
     
  • New York Times: “The Republican drive, motivated in part by a widespread denial of former President Donald J. Trump’s defeat last year, includes both voting restrictions and measures that could sow public confusion or undermine confidence in fair elections, and will significantly raise the stakes of the 2022 midterms.”
     
  • NPR: “Sweeping new voting restrictions are now law in Texas — a state that already had some of the most restrictive election rules in the country. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the measure into law on Tuesday.” 
     
  • New York Times: “Republicans Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate”
     
  • WUWM: “This legislative cycle, Republicans around the country have proposed hundreds of bills that would restrict access to voting, taking aim at issues like absentee voting, voter registration and disability access. Wisconsin Republicans are part of that trend, releasing their plans as well.”

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FLASHBACK: Republicans Said 3.9% Unemployment Was Great News For The Economy

7 Jan

Today’s jobs report shows that under President Biden the unemployment rate dropped to a pandemic-era low – 3.9% to be exact. Considering the praise the defeated former president received from Republicans when unemployment hit 3.9% under his watch, we can’t wait to see their reactions to President Biden delivering the same historic number – along with the largest one-year drop in unemployment in history – during an unprecedented economic recovery, no less. 

And you know, we wouldn’t be calling out Republican hypocrisy if we didn’t have the receipts to back it up. Let’s take a look at the last time Republicans celebrated 3.9% unemployment:

  • Congressman Kevin Brady and the GOP Ways and Means cheered it on as a sign of “an expanding economy.” 
     
  • Senate Republicans were tripping over themselves with giddiness at 3.9%.
     
  • Meanwhile, House Republicans touted the 3.9% unemployment rate as a sign of a “booming” economy. 
     
  • RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel praised 3.9% unemployment as “GREAT news!” We won’t hold our breath waiting for her to celebrate the 6.4 million jobs added last year under Joe Biden (the most in history) and unemployment dropping back down to 3.9%.
     
  • And it wouldn’t be a day that ends in “y” without Kevin McCarthy relentlessly being exposed as a hypocrite. 
     
  • Considering the record 6.4 million jobs in a calendar year, unemployment down to 3.9%, it looks like we’re actually better off under President Biden. Who’s going to tell Congressman Steve Scalise? Oh, that’s right, we will. 
     
  • Congressman Mike Johnson called 3.9% unemployment a “rarely seen” low and a sign of the “healthiest economy we’ve seen in years.”
     
  • It’s not often you’ll find us agreeing with Republicans but Senator Richard Shelby is right, today’s news of record jobs created in a year and 3.9% unemployment is excellent news.
     
  • We can’t wait to see how excited Senator James Lankford is considering today’s job news is better than it was under the former Republican president. 
     
  • Under the former president, Congressman Doug LaMalfa was so thrilled by the 3.9% unemployment he sent it out as an “In Case You Missed It.” We can’t wait to see what he says considering the historic jobs numbers under President Biden. 
     
  • So glad that Congressman Tom Reed agrees that a 3.9% unemployment rate and a booming economy are things to be celebrated. 
     
  • We expect Congressman Mike Kelly will be just as “proud to celebrate” this morning’s “great news for our economy” as he was the last time unemployment hit 3.9%.
     
  • Oh hey, Congressman Ralph Norman! Thanks for the reminder that unemployment is at 3.9%, and it’s all thanks to the leadership of President Biden and Democrats. 
     
  • According to Congressman Andy Barr, 3.9% unemployment is “good economic news.” We agree.
     
  • By Congressman Paul Gosar’s own standards, we’re #BetterOffNow under President Biden’s leadership, where unemployment is 3.9%, a record 6.4 million jobs were created last year, and workers are set to receive their biggest wage increases in nearly a decade.
     
  • Congressman Brian Babin was clearly delighted by the “good news” of a 3.9% unemployment rate in May 2018. He must be eager to thank President Biden and Democrats for the latest jobs numbers.
     
  • Even the Trump administration called 3.9% unemployment “astonishing.”
Right now, Republicans are cheering against the economic recovery and probably wondering how to take back what they said in 2018 so that we stop exposing them with these releases. They shouldn’t hold their breaths.
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