DNC Statement on National Coming Out Day

11 Oct
In celebration of the courage and strength of the LGBTQ community, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released the following statement on National Coming Out Day.

“National Coming Out Day serves as a reminder of the importance, courage and strength that living authentically can require. As we recognize this critically important day, we must also remember those who have not yet come out and provide them with the support they need to live bravely, boldly and openly. In a world where LGBTQ people, particularly transgender and gender non-conforming people, live in fear of violence or discrimination, we must also reaffirm our dedication to creating a world where LGBTQ people feel safe and valued, not negatively targeted because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

“From his first day in office, President Joe Biden has prioritized protecting the LGBTQ community and affirming the rights and protections the community deserves. From implementing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bostock ruling and providing dozens of critical protections to LGBTQ people, to reversing the transgender military ban and restoring health care protections for LGBTQ people, the Biden administration has already been hailed by advocates as the most pro-equality administration in history. Together, alongside our Democratic majorities in Congress, we will continue to ensure that LGBTQ individuals feel protected, seen, and free to live their authentic selves.”

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DNC Statement on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

11 Oct
To honor the contributions and heritage of America’s Indigenous people, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Native American Caucus Chair Rion Ramirez released the following statement:

“On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate the contributions and resilience of America’s Native communities, and the work they have done today and every day to bring this country closer to our ideals. Democrats are committed to carrying forward the important work necessary to ensure dignity, sovereignty, and opportunity for our nation’s 574 Federally Recognized Tribes.

“The Biden-Harris administration has honored this commitment to uplift and support America’s Native communities from its very first week, when President Biden issued a memo prioritizing federal agencies’ consultation with Tribal Nations. The president also appointed Deb Haaland the first Native Cabinet secretary, and the American Rescue Plan includes the largest-ever investment of resources in Tribal communities in U.S. history. The administration is working to address the issues that matter to Tribal communities, from the new Federal Boarding School Initiative to uncover the truth and help heal affected communities, to restoring federal protections to land and waters such as Bears Ears National Monument, which is sacred to Tribal Nations.

“We will never forget the sacrifices, brutality, assimilation, and dislocation inflicted upon Native communities. Today, we honor the 574 Tribal Nations and the significant contributions they have made to our country, and commit ourselves toward building a future marked by justice, promise, and equal opportunity for all.”

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DNC Statement on Donald Trump’s Rally in Iowa

9 Oct
In a desperate attempt for relevance, Donald Trump is holding another rally today. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement: 

“Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Donald Trump’s stranglehold on the Republican Party speaks to their complete ideological bankruptcy and is the anvil around their necks going into 2022. The Republican Party remains beholden to a president who oversaw millions of lost jobs, hundreds of thousands of lives lost, and a violent assault on the Capitol and police officers. While Republicans have failed to lead, President Biden and Democrats continue to deliver for Iowans and Americans in ways Trump and Iowa Republicans are desperate to claim credit for — but voters recognize Democrats continue to deliver record job gains, leadership out of the pandemic, and an agenda to lower costs for families and ensure the ultra-wealthy and corporations pay their fair share.”

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DNC, Pennsylvania Democrats Take Legal Action to Defend Pennsylvanians’ Freedom to Vote

8 Oct
The DNC and PDP filed to intervene in defense of Pennsylvania law allowing all eligible voters to vote by mail

Today, the Democratic National Committee and Pennsylvania Democratic Party are taking action to intervene in litigation brought by 14 Pennsylvania Republican state legislators and a county election official, who claim that allowing all eligible Pennsylvanians to vote by mail without an excuse is impermissible under the Pennsylvania constitution — even though nearly all of them supported the law when it was enacted in 2019 with bipartisan support. 

Issues like this one are of deep, direct, and urgent concern to President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris, who have asked the Democratic National Committee to prioritize them.

Pennsylvania law allows all eligible voters to vote by mail without an excuse, just like 33 other states and the District of Columbia. In 2020, more than 2.6 million Pennsylvanians voted by mail. Eliminating the excuse requirement to vote by mail increases participation in our elections, including for working families and minority communities. 

“The DNC is taking action to ensure that all eligible Pennsylvania voters are given an equal opportunity to participate in our elections, and we stand ready to step in to defend the freedom to vote wherever partisan lawsuits are brought to attack voters’ ability to cast a ballot,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. 

“It is more important than ever that we keep up the fight for stronger participation in our democracy, and we are proud to stand with our partners to defend the voices of everyday Pennsylvanians,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills.

Additional Background on the DNC’s and PDP’s Legal Action:

In 2019, Governor Wolf signed Act 77 into law, a bipartisan compromise to modernize elections in the Commonwealth. Act 77 allows all Pennsylvanians to vote by mail, updates the Commonwealth’s voter registration law, and eliminates straight ticket voting. As Senate President Jake Corman said when the law was signed: “Compromise has given Pennsylvanians a modernized election code that preserves the integrity of the ballot box[,] and makes it easier for voters to choose the people who represent them.” Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler sounded a similar note: “This bill was not written to benefit one party or the other, or any one candidate or single election. It was developed over a multi-year period with input of people from different backgrounds and regions in Pennsylvania. It serves to preserve the integrity of every election and lift the voice of every voter.”

Act 77’s promise has been realized. In 2020, 76.5% of eligible voters in Pennsylvania cast a ballot, the highest turnout in 30 years. More than 2.6 million people voted by mail, and the election was the most secure in American history. 

Last month, however, 14 Republican state legislators and a county election official filed suit, claiming that allowing all eligible Pennsylvanians to vote by mail is unconstitutional — even though nearly all of them supported the law when it was enacted. According to these plaintiffs, eligibility to vote by mail in Pennsylvania must be strictly limited to those who are traveling on Election Day, are disabled, or have a religious objection. They contend that the Pennsylvania constitution mandates these limits. But, the Pennsylvania constitution has not changed since Act 77 was enacted. Instead, the losing presidential candidate in 2020 chose to baselessly attack the integrity of the election by disparaging vote by mail. This litigation is an extension of that attack, and the DNC and the PDP seek to intervene to protect Pennsylvania voters. 

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IN THE STATES: Republicans Play Politics with the Economy

8 Oct
This week, after making clear they’re willing to play politics with the American economy, Republicans finally caved and got out of the way so Democrats could responsibly raise the debt ceiling. Throughout the week, state parties across key states worked to make sure voters understood the consequences of Republicans’ reckless games on the debt ceiling. As Pennsylvania Capital-Star’s John Micek put it, “The debate isn’t academic. A failure to reach a deal would have hit Keystone Staters and their families right in their wallets.”

Meanwhile, President Biden and Vice President Harris spent the week in several states talking about the urgent need to get more Americans vaccinated, and touting key provisions of the Build Back Better agenda, which would lower costs for working families and grow the economy — all paid for by making the wealthiest Americans and big corporations pay their fair share. 

Lastly, local news outlets across the country are still full of reports about how American Rescue Plan funds continue to give local communities a much-needed boost, thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan. The package — which passed without a single Republican vote — is providing significant investments to fill the gaps created by the pandemic, make needed technology improvements, and empower local and tribal governments to continue supporting the public health response to the pandemic. 

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ICYMI: New York Times: The New Jobs Numbers Are Pretty Good, Actually

8 Oct

**ICYMI**

Key Point: “When you peel apart the details, there is less reason to be concerned than that headline would suggest. The story of the economy in the second half of 2021 remains one of steady expansion that is more rapid than other recent recoveries. It is being held back by supply constraints and, in September at least, the emergence of the Delta variant. But the direction is clear, consistent and positive.”

New York Times: The New Jobs Numbers Are Pretty Good, Actually
By Neil Irwin
October 8, 2021

It’s not as bad as it looks.

That’s the most important thing to take away from Friday’s release of the September jobs report, which found that employers added 194,000 jobs last month, a far cry from the 500,000 analysts expected. The initial response among experts was to wonder whether it called for an exclamation of a mere “oof” or a more extreme “ooooooof.”

But when you peel apart the details, there is less reason to be concerned than that headline would suggest. The story of the economy in the second half of 2021 remains one of steady expansion that is more rapid than other recent recoveries. It is being held back by supply constraints and, in September at least, the emergence of the Delta variant. But the direction is clear, consistent and positive.

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The unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, from 5.2 percent in August. It fell for good reasons, not bad — the number of people unemployed dropped by a whopping 710,000 while the number of people working rose by a robust 526,000. (These numbers are based on a survey of households, in contrast with the payroll numbers that are based on a survey of businesses; the two diverge from time to time, including this month.)

This represents a remarkably speedy recovery in the labor market — attaining sub-5 percent unemployment a mere 17 months after the end of the deepest recession in modern times. By contrast, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the jobless rate did not reach 4.8 percent until January 2016, six and a half years after the technical end of that recession.

Part of it is the unusual nature of a pandemic-induced recession and part of it is the highly aggressive response of fiscal policymakers to the crisis. But the result is that jobs are abundant and most people who want to work can.

And while participation in the labor force remains well below prepandemic levels and has lots of room for improvement, it is not as bad as it was in that last expansion.

In September, for example, the share of people 25 to 54 who were in the labor force — that is, either working or looking for work — was 81.7 percent. That is still well below 83.1 percent before the pandemic, but considerably better than the 81 percent achieved in January 2016, the point in the last expansion when the unemployment rate got this low.

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Low rates of labor force participation and the weaker-than-expected job growth numbers are most likely two parts of the same story. Businesses want to hire and expand, and labor shortages are real. But there are fewer workers available to be hired right now than there were before the pandemic.

That makes for good opportunities for Americans who do want to work. It is reflected in higher pay — average hourly earnings in the private sector were up 4.6 percent in September from a year ago. But it is also acting as a constraint on just how fast this recovery can go.

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DNC Statement on Debt Ceiling

8 Oct
After making clear they’re willing to play politics with the full faith and credit of the United States, Republicans finally realized it was an untenable position and got out of the way so Democrats could responsibly raise the debt ceiling. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Until the final minutes, Mitch McConnell’s reckless caucus struggled to find even ten Senate Republicans to do the bare minimum and get out of the way so Democrats could be the responsible stewards of the nation’s economy. Let’s be clear — Republicans do not deserve any credit for playing politics with our financial stability and then only folding when they realized it’s not politically fortuitous. The Republican Party is in disarray and couldn’t care less about doing the jobs they were elected to do.”

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DNC on Federal Judge Suspending Texas’ Extremist Abortion Law

7 Oct

Last night, a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction suspending an extreme Texas law that outlaws abortions as early as six weeks, before many people know they are pregnant. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement:

“The federal court’s ruling makes clear what the Supreme Court declined to: S.B. 8 is a shameful, extreme law that should never have gone into effect in the first place. While this is a critical step forward in ensuring the freedom to decide is restored to Texans whose lives have been thrown into uncertainty by this extreme measure, the fight is far from over.  

“This moment has shown us that this is a fight that is not just limited to the state of Texas. The freedom to decide is under attack by Republican lawmakers all across the country. That is why President Biden and Democrats are fully committed to codifying Roe v. Wade immediately and ensuring reproductive freedom for all. Make no mistake: Reproductive rights will be on the ballot.”

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MEMO: Republicans Don’t Want To Help People. Democrats Won’t Let Them Off The Hook

7 Oct
MEMORANDUM:
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: DNC Executive Director Sam Cornale
DATE: Thursday, October 7, 2021
RE: Republicans Don’t Want To Help People. Democrats Won’t Let Them Off The Hook


As we head into the final stretch of 2021, the contrast between the Democratic and Republican parties couldn’t be clearer – and it’s not a pretty picture for the GOP. 

Democrats are hard at work in negotiations to get to the finish line on passing the Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, a pair of historic investments that will create jobs, cut costs for families and keep the economic recovery going. 

Meanwhile, the GOP is hard at work proving that the American people were right last November. In a year that began with a violent insurrection egged on and defended by the leader of their party, the GOP has spent nearly nine months proving time and again that they have no interest in serving the people, and that there is no opportunity to help Americans that trumps their singular goal of obstruction for political gain. 

When Republicans had the opportunity early this year to work with Democrats to pass a critical relief bill in the darkest days of the pandemic, they instead stood unified in opposition to checks in the bank for American families, aid to small businesses, and money to safely reopen schools. They have refused to participate in work on an economic recovery that has added millions of jobs, and now, not only do they stand unified in opposition to a historic investment to create more jobs and help the middle class, they’ve shamelessly made clear that they’re willing to set the house on fire by playing politics with the debt ceiling.

The fact is that the Republican Party has done nothing to signal to America that their party is interested in governing. All they’ve done is prove that they are sticking to Donald Trump’s me-first, let the country burn approach to politics. 

Come next November, the American people will hold every last Republican accountable for throwing sand in the gears and standing in the way of policies that are critically important to our country.

Republicans are united in their opposition and obstruction to the Democrats’ popular agenda. Let’s take a look at the facts:

  • Every Republican in the House and Senate voted against the American Rescue Plan, which delivered historic pandemic-related relief to individuals, small businesses, families with children, and surged vaccines which are vital to putting this pandemic behind us once and for all. Republicans UNANIMOUSLY opposed checks in banks and shots in arms – a key part of the legislation which has led to historic job growth and brought us closer than ever to emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • House Republican leadership is whipping House Republicans to vote unanimously against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which would make needed and historic investments in roads, bridges, rail and waterways, ports, and broadband – and despite bipartisan support in the Senate. For decades, there has been bipartisan agreement that our nation needs to make critical new investments in infrastructure, but House Republicans are prepared to bring down the entire bill in the hopes it will hurt Democrats and President Biden politically.
  • Every Republican in the House and Senate voted against the Build Back Better budget resolution, which is the blueprint for making the super-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes and making transformative investments in health care, childcare, homecare, eldercare, paid family and medical leave, and reversing the effects of climate change. This is the agenda Joe Biden ran and won on. This is the agenda that gave Democrats the majority in Congress. It’s the agenda the American people want.

Americans support Democrats’ efforts to deliver for them and oppose the Republican Party’s unanimous opposition. Don’t take our word for it:

  • From broad bipartisan support for infrastructure to the Build Back Better agenda and making the wealthy pay more of their fair share, Americans support Democrats’ efforts and oppose Republican obstructionism.
  • A new Quinnipiac poll found that large majorities of Americans support the bipartisan infrastructure bill (62% – 34%) and Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda (57% – 40%).
  • recent survey found that a majority of voters (54% – 43%), including a majority of independents (58% – 37%), across 13 key states and dozens of battleground districts support the Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda.
  • Another recent poll found that 56% of voters in battleground states and in 37 competitive House districts support the Build Back Better agenda — and even in seven Trump/Democrat districts voters 53% of voters support it.
  • Voters are also overwhelmingly in support of Democrats’ plan to pay for the Build Back Better agenda by raising taxes on the rich and corporations with 68% and 62% support respectively.
  • The American people see through the Republican Party’s games and, as a recent survey found, know that the Democratic Party is the party for the middle and working class while the Republican Party is for the rich.

It’s pretty simple. The American people not only support the Build Back Better agenda that will lower costs for families, but they overwhelmingly support funding these programs by making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. They also support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which Republicans plan to vote against despite their own prior support for it. Democrats have a vision, Republicans don’t, and voters know that.

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CLOWN SHOW: Idaho Republicans Edition

6 Oct

What is going on in Idaho?? Well, while the Republican governor traveled nearly 2,000 miles away for his own political stunt at the border, the Republican lieutenant governor tried to upstage him by issuing an anti-vaccine executive order in his absence. Republicans continue to prove they have no idea how to govern without catering to the most extreme, fringe elements of their party.

Idaho’s top Republican leaders created a clown show by trying to outdo each other in performing political stunts for the extreme fringe of their party.

Associated Press: “With Idaho Gov. Brad Little out of the state on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order involving COVID-19 vaccines. Oh no you don’t, said Little, who promised to rescind it in quick order. The maneuvering of Idaho’s top leaders came while Little was in Texas meeting with nine other Republican governors over concerns on how President Joe Biden is handling border issues […] McGeachin’s executive order issued Tuesday afternoon seeks, among other things, to prevent employers from requiring their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Washington Post: “This is the second time the state’s top two officials have battled after Little left the state and McGeachin seized the opportunity to issue an executive order in his absence. While Little attended a Republican governors’ conference in Nashville in May, McGeachin banned local governments from issuing mask mandates. Little, saying he wanted those local governments to have control over their communities, rescinded her order when he returned the next day.”

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