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News from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and ASDC (Association of State Democratic Chairs), among others, will be shared here.

September 6, 2019




                           


                           

Dear DNC Member,




I enjoyed seeing so many of you in San Francisco, California in August at the DNC’s summer meeting. It was great to catch up with many of you and meet some of the newer members of the DNC family.



As we do after all of our DNC meetings, I’ve prepared a short report for you about our party business. We had a number of great events, including a “Meet the Candidates” session, our general session, an Executive Committee meeting, four Standing Committee meetings, and a number of caucus and council meetings. Here are some updates about what happened:



Sessions



We had two big sessions during this meeting. We started with a fabulous “Meet the Candidates” session on Friday, where we were joined by the amazing Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi spoke on the achievements of the House Democrats and what they are doing to maintain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. In the afternoon, we were joined by Reverend William J. Barber II who talked about the Poor People’s Campaign and the need for a moral movement. He left us all inspired to take action and unite together. You can watch his remarks here.



The remainder of Friday’s session featured many of our amazing presidential candidates, who addressed the membership either in person or via video. We are thankful to them for taking the time to join us and share their vision for America.



During Saturday’s general session, we heard welcome remarks via video from San Francisco Mayor London Breed. We also heard from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who talked about the work Democratic secretaries of state are doing to protect the right to vote. 



The DNC also elected six new at-large members to fill DNC member vacancies, elected Chris Korge to serve as our National Finance Chair, and approved the chair’s recommendation to appoint Luis Heredia to serve on the Executive Committee. The DNC also considered reports from three of our standing committees at the Saturday session. More information on those reports are available below.



Finally, DNC Treasurer Bill Derrough, DNC Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson, and DNC National Finance Chair Chris Korge shared an update on the Party’s finances. 



Credentials Committee Report



Credentials Committee Co-Chair John Currie reported on the work that the Credentials Committee has engaged in regarding a challenge to the election of the state chair and vice chair from the Alabama Democratic Party and issued a final ruling on the credentials of those individuals. You can find a copy of the report here, which was approved by the full body on Saturday.



Rules & Bylaws Committee Report



Rules & Bylaws Committee Co-Chairs Jim Roosevelt & Lorraine Miller gave a report on the many hours of meetings held over the past few months by the committee to review Delegate Selection Plans submitted by various state parties.



They also presented an amendment to the DNC Charter that adds the president & vice president of High School Democrats of America to the DNC. This amendment unanimously passed the Rules & Bylaws Committee and was adopted by the full membership during the Co-Chairs’ report. 



Resolutions Committee Report



The Resolutions Committee considered a number of resolutions submitted by members.



Among the resolutions adopted by the DNC were a “Resolution Establishing the DNC Environmental and Climate Crisis Council”, a “Resolution on Gun Violence”, a “Resolution Urging Comprehensive Immigration Reform” and many more. In addition, we passed a number of commemorative resolutions honoring DNC members Fagafaga Langkilde, Frank LaMere, and Betty McElderry, Birch Bayh, Douglass Diggs, and many more. The DNC Executive Committee also passed a commemorative resolution honoring the former Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco.



A packet of the final resolutions, as approved by the DNC, can be found here.



Caucus and Council Meetings



Throughout the DNC meeting, each of our regional caucuses, as well as our constituency caucuses and councils, held meetings to discuss the work they are doing in 2019 and 2020 to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.  



Several elections took place to fill vacancies in specific caucuses and councils. In the Eastern Region, Betsy Maron from Delaware was elected to a vacant Executive Committee representative position. In the Western Regional Caucus, Howard Chou of Colorado was elected to a vacancy on the Caucus Executive Committee.



Upcoming Meetings



As I shared during our meeting, our next scheduled meeting of the Democratic National Committee will take place on July 17, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This will be the day after the adjournment of the Democratic National Convention. In addition, we anticipate another Executive Committee meeting in early 2020.



Those are a few quick highlights from our meetings in San Francisco. I am truly looking forward to working with each and every one of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead as we build toward elections this fall and next year.



Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to speaking with you soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office. 


 

Yours,

Jason

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Jason Rae

Secretary

Democratic National Committee

 

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September 6, 2019

               
                   

                       



                           

Dear DNC Member,




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As always, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful. Have a great weekend!


Yours,

Jason

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Jason Rae

Secretary

Democratic National Committee

 

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September 12, 2019




                           


                           

Dear DNC Member,




See below for updates from the DNC War Room. We encourage you to share this content with your networks and on social media.

 

Yours,

Jason

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Jason Rae

Secretary

Democratic National Committee

 

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Trump Promised To Lower Health Care Costs -- Prices Just Skyrocketed, Again


Trump promised to lower health care costs and increase access to coverage -- but that hasn’t happened. Instead, he’s only made things worse.


THEN: Trump repeatedly promised that he’d make health care “much less expensive,” provide “much better coverage,” and “take care of everybody.”


Trump: “It will be a much better healthcare at a much less expensive cost.”


Trump: “It’s going to be terminated and it’s going to be replaced with something that’s going to be terrific and a lot less expensive and much better coverage.”


Trump: “We will come out with something that will be so good, so much less expensive, so much better, it will be wonderful. We’re going to take care of everybody, we’re going to take care of everybody.


THIS WEEK: Health insurance prices increased the most ever last month, and the uninsured rate increased last year for the first time since the ACA’s passage.


Bloomberg: “The core reading reflected the biggest monthly rise in medical-care costs since 2016 and record increases in health-insurance prices… The report reflected a 1.9% monthly rise and 18.6% annual increase in health-insurance prices -- records in data back to 2005 -- along with increases in hospital services and nonprescription drugs.”


New York Times: “About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first increase since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, and experts said it was at least partly the result of the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine that law.”

September 12, 2019




                           


                           

Dear DNC Member,




See below for a recent article and clip regarding the DNC Research Team and War Room. We encourage you to share this to your networks and on social media.

 

Yours,

Jason

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Jason Rae

Secretary

Democratic National Committee

 

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Inside Democrats' 2020 Trump war room


"The DNC research team has mined thousands of lawsuits from nearly 50 states as part of a massive new trove on President Trump that will be weaponized through pols and reporters in key battlegrounds.


Why it matters: This new plan shows what Democrats think Trump's biggest vulnerabilities will be. And unlike in 2016, Trump now has a policy record..."



Read more here



Watch Alexi McCammond on MSNBC here

September 13, 2019




                           


                           

Dear DNC Member,


 




We wanted you to be the first to know that today we are announcing that CNN, in partnership with the New York Times, will host the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. 


As previously announced, this debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on October 15 and the potential second night on October 16. 



The debate will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and Marc Lacey of The New York Times. Further information on format and additional information will be forthcoming.




 



As always, if you have any questions please let us know. 



Yours, 

Jason

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Jason Rae

Secretary

Democratic National Committee

 

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"As discussed during the last online global meeting on July 20th, the Excom has considered next steps for the resolution amendment requiring the DNC team to add their names to a DNC resolution requiring a stand-alone climate change debate.

As a result, the Excom has passed a motion encouraging the DNC team to both work for the passage of this resolution and to add their names to it.

We are also encouraging leaders to consider launching an advocacy group on this issue. If you are interested in helping to organize such a group, please let us know".

--Julia Bryan, Chair, Democrats Abroad

Dear DNC Member,


Pursuant to our rules, this email serves as your 7-day notice for our upcoming 2019 DNC Summer Meeting, August 22nd - 24th, 2019 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, CA. 
 
Meeting Schedule
You can find the current tentative schedule here. You can also find the agendas for the caucuses and councils here. As always, this is subject to change and we will notify members if and when it does change. 

RSVP
If you haven't done so, we kindly ask that you let us know if and when you will be attending the meeting here. Sending in your RSVP will help us better plan for your arrival in San Francisco, CA and get all the necessary materials ready for you,

If you have non-DNC Members looking to attend the meeting, we are asking folks to RSVP through the public RSVP link, which you can find here. Online registration for the general public does not guarantee a seat to any session at the DNC Meeting. Admission will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity has been reached.

Proxy
Should you be unable to attend any portion of the Summer Meeting, you can fill out a proxy form here.

As a reminder, you must fill out a proxy for every individual meeting you plan on missing and the proxy must be designated to another member of the same body. If you cannot attend the meeting, a proxy must be submitted by 5:30 p.m. PT the day prior in which the proxy is to be executed. Onsite proxies will be accepted up to 30 minutes prior to the meeting starting. Members who have to leave the hotel after a meeting has started can submit a proxy prior to leaving.

Panel
Please join us for a Panel Discussion during the DNC Summer Meeting:  Election Integrity in the Age of Polarization: Safeguarding the Right to Vote
The panel will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Franciscan A.
 
The purpose of this panel is to learn how State and party leaders are addressing election security and integrity issues related to voting rights. Panelists will answer questions ranging from voting machine security and fighting voter suppression  to cultivating bipartisan support to expand access.  Confirmed panelists include:  
DNC Vice-Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Protection, Karen Carter Peterson
California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla
Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson
DNC Chief Security Officer, Bob Lord

If you are interested in attending please RSVP here. 

Resolutions
Pursuant to our rules, please find the resolutions that were submitted by the 21 day deadline for consideration at our upcoming meeting here.  

Party Business
As was notified in the thirty day notice the main items of party business include holding an election to fill the vacancy for DNC Finance Chair and filling At-Large vacancies on the DNC and Executive Committee. Please find the rules for the officer election here, the nominating form here and the nominating statement here. You can find a list of the appointments and their bios here

The Committee will also consider a proposed amendment to the Charter and Bylaws that was properly filed and unanimously approved by the Rules & Bylaws Committee in their meeting on July, 30, 2019, which you can find here

As always if you have any questions please let me or my office know. Look forward to seeing you all in a week!
Yours,
Jason

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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 

Pursuant to Democrats Abroad's leadership decision to support the resolution for a single issue DNC Democratic Candidates debate on climate change, I am attending this strategy meeting on Wednesday:


Dear Fellow DNC Member,
Please join this important Strategy Meeting to Pass the DNC Resolution for a Presidential Climate Debate, this Wednesday night at 7:30pm.RSVP directly to me. (I'm also excited to be sending you an invitation to the first meeting of the DNC Environmental and Climate Council, which will be Thursday AM.)

  • Hosts: Hosted by the California Progressive Caucus with co-sponsors Progressive Democrats of America and Our Revolution.

  • When: Wednesday, August 21st. 7:30pm-9:00pm. Doors open 6:45pm. Arrive early. We expect to reach capacity.

  • Where: Parc 55 Hotel, Ballroom. 55 Cyril Magnin St. San Francisco (across the street from the Hilton Union, where the DNC Meetings will be held).


Speakers:

  • Dr. Lisa Chang, physician and activist with 350 Bay Area.
  • Michelle Deatrick, DNC member from Michigan; Author of Resolution Establishing the DNC Environmental and Climate Crisis Council (Resolution 7)
  • Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, author of The Story of Stuff
  • RL Miller, Chair of the CDP Environmental Caucus; Political Director of Climate Hawks Vote
  • Tina Podlodowski, Chair of Washington State Democratic Party; Author of Resolution to Request a Democratic Presidential Debate on the Climate Crisis (Resolution 5)
  • Amar Shergill, Chair of the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus
  • Dr. Hae Min Cho, Progressive Democrats of America, San Francisco (to announce petition)

Michelle
Michelle Regalado Deatrick

DNC Member, Michigan

P.S. Thank you for your support for the Resolution establishing the DNC Environmental and Climate Council--I will send an email later today with information about our first meeting which will be this coming Thursday!

August 16, 2019

Dear Fellow DNC Member,  


You should have been notified recently by DNC Secretary Jason Rae that one item of business before the full membership of the Democratic National Committee at next week’s meeting in San Francisco will be the ratification of outstanding nominations and appointments. 

In May, our finance chair, Henry Munoz, announced he was stepping down after serving the DNC for more than six years. Following his announcement, I was proud to ask Chris Korge, a longtime and prolific fundraiser for Democratic candidates and progressive causes, to serve in an interim role so our fundraising would stay on its historic pace. 

In the short time he’s served in this interim capacity, Chris has blown me away with his relentless commitment to our party and our candidates. He stepped aside from running his multiple businesses, has been on the road nonstop to meet with more than 50 major donors and prospects across 15 cities, and has personally brought in more than $1.5 million to help us make the early investments we’ll need to beat Donald Trump and continue building our 57 state infrastructure. 

Chris has also attended more than 20 finance events across the country and headlined numerous National Finance Committee calls. Under Chris’ leadership, the finance team has already brought in over 150 new National Finance Committee members - increasing the membership by 50% in just a few short months.  

Knowing Chris’ track record, however, this should come as no surprise. Chris has been a major donor and fundraiser for numerous Democratic candidates and progressive causes at both the national and local level, raising nearly $100 million for Democratic candidates in his lifetime. While his service to the party spans nearly four decades, he most recently served as a top fundraiser for Andrew Gillum's historic gubernatorial campaign in Florida where he personally raised over $3 million. He’s been a major donor and raiser for every Democratic presidential campaign over the last 25 years, and was one of the top fundraisers for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign, raising nearly $10 million for her campaign.

Chris is also a proud father and grandfather and a second-generation Lebanese American who calls Miami, Florida home.

It is with pride in his work and humility toward the challenges ahead of us that I ask you to support Chris Korge’s candidacy to remove “interim” from his title and make him our finance chair. I know he will make you proud, as he has already made me. 

In addition to supporting Chris’ appointment, I hope that you’ll support the entire slate of at-large appointments to fill other vacancies, including our former finance chair,  Henry Munoz, who has continued to raise resources, contribute to our party, and serve as a leader in our shared movement. Your ratification of these appointments will help the DNC and the broader Democratic ecosystem conduct our critical business and elect Democrats up and down the ballot across the country.

As always, thank you for your service to the Democratic Party.

 

Best,
 
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

Convention Housing

August 18, 2019

Dear Fellow DNC Member,    


Democrats selected Milwaukee to host our convention because of the incredible story we can tell about our values as a party, as well as Wisconsin and the midwest's critical role in beating Donald Trump. We can leave no opportunity squandered, and we won't in July of next year. As we prepare to elect our eventual Democratic nominee for president, Joe and I  have listened to state parties, DNC members, and convention experts to ensure a successful convention. This feedback has informed and guided our hotel assignment process that will:
  •  Reduce cost: In previous conventions, too few hotel rooms were secured and contracted too late, so the average room prices skyrocketed. One very large delegation ended up having an average room price of nearly $700 in Philadelphia.  This year the site selection team secured all the rooms with an additional 2,000 early on in order to reduce the price.  
     
  • Allow delegations to plan travel 6 month early: In previous conventions, the “lottery” system meant hotel assignments wouldn’t take place until next year, wasting valuable time and ultimately raising the cost of convention experiences. This year we have moved the process up by six months -- saving money for delegations and easing their logistical planning. When they do their initial walk through delegations can stay in the hotel they’ve been assigned and can start planning their itineraries and packages earlier.
     
  • Keep delegations together: In previous conventions, too many large and medium sized delegations had to be split apart across multiple hotels -- this made making logistics and planning more difficult and ultimately raised the cost for state parties. This year all delegations will be in one hotel, which makes it easier to hold their daily delegate breakfast, hold working meetings and strategy sessions for the fall and facilitate their convention logistics. 
     
  • Ensure delegations stay in full service hotels: In previous conventions, delegations had to spend valuable time and money making sure they were able to provide all of the services their delegations needed at their hotel sites. This year by securing a large portion of the full service hotels in advance of our convention city announcement, we have placed every delegation in a full service hotel where they cater breakfast meetings, provide lunch options for a midday respite, and can provide an option for late night food service. 
Moving this timeline up six months saves the DNC, our state parties, and our future delegations valuable time and resources, without changing any of the final outcomes. Because of the incredible work of Joe Solmonese and his team, we have already secured 17,000 hotel rooms in the area, beyond the 15,000 we need for a successful convention. These reforms ensure state parties and party leadership can get right to work building an incredible convention experience for all of you; delegates can focus on enjoying that experience when it arrives without having to pay exorbitant room rates; and all of us have more time and resources to lay the groundwork to win the presidential campaign and take Democrats across the country to victory.
 
We will be in touch with your state party leadership over the next week with more information about your accommodations, and Joe and his team are excited to work with each and every one of you.
 
See you in San Francisco. 

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

August 7, 2019

NEWS OF THE DAY

El Paso And Dayton Mass Shootings

Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence

Trump’s Trade Tension With China

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Attacking American Cities

Election Security

Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

Trump’s Economy

NEWS OF THE DAY

 

El Paso And Dayton Mass Shootings

  • In less than 24 hours, our nation witnessed two mass shootings and the loss of at least 31 lives. This must end. We must act. Enough is enough.

 

  • Make no mistake: The bloodshed we saw in El Paso and Dayton this weekend was not inevitable. It is the price of inaction. And we must stop pretending that we are powerless to prevent these tragedies.

    • In his prepared remarks Monday, Trump said we must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy, but those words are cheap given his record. We cannot ignore the role Trump’s hateful rhetoric and policies play.

 

  • 161 days ago, the House passed bipartisan universal background check legislation, but it got buried in Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. Now, it’s time for McConnell and Senate Republicans to take immediate action.

    • The Senate must come back into session immediately to pass this commonsense gun legislation.

 

  • All we’ve heard from Republican lawmakers are their ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Republicans have refused to talk about this weekend’s shootings or address the issue of gun violence in America. 

 

  • The cruel indifference of the NRA and cowardice of Republican lawmakers must end. We must come together as Americans and demand action. We must hold our elected leaders accountable. And we must do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from happening – again and again and again.

 

Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence

  • Trump may try to act like he is taking gun violence prevention seriously now, but we’ve heard this before and it was all lies. Trump has only proven that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.

 

  • In his remarks Monday, Trump proved yet again that he is beholden to the NRA. Instead of addressing the role of guns in mass shootings, Trump regurgitated NRA talking points and blamed mental health and video games.

    • The NRA was quick to release a statement praising Trump’s remarks, which tells you everything you need to know.

 

  • Trump also voiced his support for background check legislation, but he previously said that he would veto the House-passed bipartisan universal background check legislation. And the bill got buried in McConnell’s legislative graveyard.

 

  • What Trump is saying now, are the same empty promises we’ve heard from him before -- and each time he has sided with the NRA and failed to take action.

    • Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill. Instead, Trump chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support commonsense gun reforms.

      • 9 in 10 Americans support universal background checks.

 

  • Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support commonsense gun reforms to ensure that tragedies like the shootings in El Paso and Dayton never happen again. It is long past time for Trump and Republicans to join Democrats in taking action.

 

Trump’s Trade Tension With China

  • We need to promote domestic manufacturing with policies that level the playing field for American workers. Any gains from new trade policies should be shared with workers and their families.

 

  • So far, Trump has not delivered for American workers. Despite his promises to revitalize American manufacturing and create jobs, under Trump’s leadership job growth has slowed and outsourcing of manufacturing jobs has continued.

 

  • American workers deserve a thought-out strategy to boost wages and jobs, but it’s clear that Trump has no clear endgame.

 

  • While there is no question we need to hold China accountable, Trump’s continued trade escalation with China has resulted in the country realiating and now refusing to buy any U.S. agricultural products, which could have devastating impacts on our farmers and economy.

 

Democratic Party Agenda 

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters. 


  • Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.

    • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately? 


DNC WAR ROOM


Trump Attacking American Cities

  • Trump continues to escalate his attacks on American cities and members of Congress of color, making it clear that this is a part of his new campaign strategy. 

 

  • After calling Democrats who criticize his policies un-American, Trump is now outright attacking entire U.S. cities and their people. Meanwhile, Trump has broken his promise to revitalize inner cities like Baltimore.

 

  • These attacks are an attempt to try to distract from the issues. He can’t defend his hateful policies or corrupt actions, so he turns to attacks to try to divide Americans.

 

  • This behavior is nothing new from this president. He has revealed his character through his words and his policies far before these most recent comments.

 

  • Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of his entire agenda to destroy immigrants’ lives, devalue women’s voices, and discriminate against communities of color. 

 

  • The party of Lincoln is dead. This is Trump’s party now, and Republicans have made it abundantly clear they are on board.


Election Security

  • In a call with Putin, Trump refused to bring up Russia’ election interference. He later downplayed Mueller’s warning on Russia’s ongoing interference when asked about it, once again playing into Putin’s hand.


  • The Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on election security, which found “extensive” Russian election interference that targeted all 50 states, and our election infrastructure was unprepared. The report emphasized that more needs to be done.

    • Both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Director Christopher Wray also raised the alarm and warned about Russia’s continued, ongoing efforts to interfere in our elections.


  • Despite this, Trump continues to downplay Russia’s election interference and refuses to hold them accountable, while Mitch McConnell blocks legislation to bolster our election security.


  • We know Russia is already hard at work trying to interfere in our upcoming election. Yet Trump and Republicans have ignored their patriotic duty, and refused to take the necessary steps to secure our elections.

    • To this day, Trump and his campaign have refused to say they would not accept foreign assistance in 2020. In fact, Trump said, “I think I’d take it.”


Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

  • Trump’s failed anti-immigrant policies have exacerbated humanitarian problems at the border and fostered the horrible conditions migrant children and families are facing at detention camps.


  • Trump’s cruel attacks on the immigrant community are immoral and do nothing to solve the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border. And he’s made us less safe.

    • The White House is continuing to restrict asylum claims by refusing to grant protections to asylum seekers whose family members were threatened.

    • The White House is preparing to roll out immigration legislation, which already faces criticism from senior Republican lawmakers.

    • Trump’s proposal to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants will do nothing to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at our border and could exacerbate the overcrowding of detention centers.

    • White House officials are pushing to essentially shut down the refugee program next year, which could threaten U.S. national security by abandoning our commitments to thousands of Iraqis who served alongside the U.S. military. 

    • The Trump adminsitration expanded its power to deport undocumented immigrants throughout the country, using a fast-track process that bypasses immigration judges.


  • We all agree that our current immigration system is broken and we need to address the shortcomings in the system. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.


  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.


  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. Democrats have been at the negotiation table several times, only to be shot down by this president. Instead of finding solutions, he’d prefer to tweet and create more chaos at the border.


  • We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we need to do a better job as a country of reflecting those values in our immigration policy, and it starts with the White House.


Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

  • The health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line. Trump and Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.


  • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce thembut his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.


  • Trump promised to protect preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadershipbut his lawsuit would end these vital protections.


  • Trump has broken his health care promises and made clear that he will never have a plan to protect Americans’ health care. His only “plan” is a politically motivated lawsuit that would raise costs and cut access to care.


  • Here’s what will happen if Trump and Republicans are successful:

    • GONE: Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.

    • GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.

    • GONE: More than 5 million seniors each year will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.

    • GONE: About 2 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.

    • GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.

    • GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.

    • GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.

    • GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.

    • GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.


  • Democrats are united in fighting to protect and strengthen our health care law, lower health care costs, and improve quality of care. And we will never stop fighting against Trump and Republican’s relentless health care sabotage campaign. 


Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win tight races in battleground states across the country. Trump’s reelection campaign faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 20 points in WI; he’s 9 points underwater in OH; and he is 17 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle, Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator -- not one -- that Trump could flip NV”); in CO, Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA, Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive -- Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping four seats in the state House); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 -- in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground -- and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018, Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud-based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

 

Trump’s Economy

  • Trump’s economy empowers big corporations and the rich at the expense of working families all across the country.


  • Trump promised to fight for the forgotten men and women, but then gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, while many working families have actually had to pay more. And Republicans said they might cut Medicare and Social Security to help pay for it.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.


  • Trump promised to create jobs and boost wages, but plants have continued to close on his watch, his tax bill incentivized offshoring, and wages have remained largely stagnant.


  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, the economy has added nearly one million fewer jobs in Trump’s first 30 months than Obama’s last 30 months. 


  • Trump promised to revitalize American manufacturing, but last month a key manufacturing index fell to its lowest level since 2009.


  • Recent polls confirm the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 5% of Americans say Trump’s economic policies help “people like me.”

    • A majority of Americans say the president’s policies help “people with more money” or “no one.”

    • Only 11% of Americans say their salaries have outpaced their costs, and four in 10 Americans say they could not afford an emergency expense of $1,000.


  • While Trump has broken his promises, Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

BATTLEGROUND MICHIGAN: DEMOCRATS ARE PREPARING TO WIN IN 2020

Key point: Trump’s record of broken promises has set the stage for his defeat in Michigan. His toxic agenda was rejected by voters in 2018 and Democrats are already laying the groundwork for our eventual nominee to win the state in 2020. 

Michigan voters rejected Trump’s agenda in 2018:

  • Democrats won the Senate race by 7 points, re-electing Sen. Debbie Stabenow. 


  • Democrats won the Governor's race by 10 points, electing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 


  • Democrats flipped 2 congressional seats, electing Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Steven. 


Now Trump faces major headwinds in Michigan: 


  • Morning Consult: Trump’s net approval in Michigan has decreased 23 points since taking office.


Michigan voters will hold Trump accountable for his record of broken promises: 

  • Trump promised Michiganders “If I’m elected you won’t lose one plant...you’re going to have jobs again,” but GM announced plant closures in Detroit and Warren, costing hundreds of jobs, and Ford laid off workers in Dearborn. 


  • Trump’s tax scam will raise taxes for 1.2 million working Michigan families, gave corporations a windfall and spiked the deficit - Republicans say they might cut Medicare and Social Security to help pay for it. 


  • Trump’s health care agenda would spike costs and eliminate coverage protections for as many as 4 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions. 


  • The Great Lakes are a source of pride, income, and recreation for all Michaganders, but Trump’s budget proposed cutting funding for the Great Lakes by 90%.  


Democrats are already laying the groundwork for our eventual nominee to defeat Trump in 2020:

  • Organizing Corps 2020: In partnership with the DNC’s Organizing Corps 2020 program Michigan Democrats have 45 organizers on the ground this summer.

  • Project 83 and the One Campaign: Michigan Democrats have 10 staffers already on the ground continuing their successful 2018 coordinated campaign. 


  • Digital Organizing, African-American Outreach And Voter Protection. Michigan Democrats have brought on a full time Director of African American Outreach, Voting Rights Director and Digital Organizing Director who are working to build general election readiness and are engaging with key constituencies. 


David Bergstein
Director of Battleground State Communications 
Democratic National Committee

August 1, 2019

NEWS OF THE DAY

Detroit Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Iran

Trump’s North Korea Show

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

Election Security

Trump Tweets Attacking Baltimore

Mueller Testimony

Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

Trump’s Economy

NEWS OF THE DAY

 

Detroit Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

TOPLINES: Integrity, ideas, substance, solutions

 

  • The American people saw leadership at the second Democratic presidential primary debate. They saw candidates who are laser-focused on the future. And they saw a debate on the issues.


  • The contrast with Donald Trump was clear: Both nights focused on the policy solutions to serious problems. We didn’t hear candidates talk about hand-size. They talked about:

    • Gun violence - No matter which candidate or where they’re from, everyone believes we need to act on gun violence, while Republicans have done nothing.

    • Health care - Everyone on that stage agrees we need to expand access to health care, not take it away. 

    • Economy

    • Climate Change

    • Immigration


  • What Americans will take away is that the Democratic Party has their back. No matter which one of our exceptional candidates makes it to the mountaintop, people know they’ll have a leader they can trust. 


  • Any candidate on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump.

 

Iran

Background: Yesterday, the Trump administration imposed financial sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister. 

  • The Trump administration's strategy of provocation and escalation with Iran has brought us to the brink of crisis for no discernable benefit.

    • The Trump administration's sanctions on a potential key negotiator in any new deal proves the administration's policy isn't about securing a “better deal.”


  • Trump abandoned the nuclear deal for purely political reasons, despite the fact that the intelligence community, military leaders, and even his own administration confirmed it was working. 

    • The Iran Deal reduced the chance of one more nuclear threat in the world, and our participation was undoubtedly in the best interests of both the U.S. and the international community. 

    • Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal has pushed us closer to conflict and isolated us from our closest allies.


  • We are now seeing the consequences of Trump’s decision to abandon the nuclear deal. Recent developments make it clear that Trump’s strategy has been and will remain a misguided failure.


  • Instead of engaging in diplomacy in coordination with our allies, the Trump administration has based its foreign policy on lies and is risking dangerous escalation with Iran.


Trump’s North Korea Show

Background: Yesterday, North Korea test fired a new multiple missile launching system.

  • In three meetings, Trump gave Kim legitimacy on the global stage and made significant concessions while receiving nothing but vague, empty promises in return.

    • While Trump tries to claim Kim Jong Un has kept his promises, his own administration has admitted North Korea has not followed through on their agreements and has not given up their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

      • Trump said North Korea promised to halt its ballistic missile testing, yet it has resumed. Trump also said North Korea would return the remains of U.S. service members, but this has been stalled for months.


  • Trump continues to fawn over a murderous dictator. Trump has refused to condemn, and even defended, Kim’s human rights abuses. And he has lied to Americans about progress on denuclearization while the rogue regime continues to develop, expand, and conceal its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.


  • Trump must engage in serious diplomacy to demonstrate tangible, verifiable progress on denuclearization and reduce tensions with North Korea. We don’t need more bluster or praise for a murderous dictator.


Democratic Party Agenda 

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters. 


  • Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.

    • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately? 


DNC WAR ROOM


Election Security

  • Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on election security, which found “extensive” Russian election interference that targeted all 50 states, and our election infrastructure was unprepared. The report emphasized that more needs to be done.


  • Both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Director Christopher Wray also raised the alarm and warned about Russia’s continued, ongoing efforts to interfere in our elections.

    • When asked about Russia’s continued interference, Mueller told the committee that “they’re doing it as we sit here.”

    • Mueller later said that “much more needs to be done” with regard to election security.


  • Despite this, following Mueller’s testimony, Senate Republicans blocked bills that would have bolstered our election security. And this week, Mitch McConnell again again defended his decision to block the Senate from passing commonsense bills to protect our elections.

    • In a Fox interview last week, Trump continued to downplay Russia’s election interference saying their were “a lot of bloggers in Russia.”


  • We know Russia is already hard at work trying to interfere in our upcoming election. Yet Trump and Republicans have ignored their patriotic duty, and refused to take the necessary steps to secure our elections.

    • To this day, Trump and his campaign have refused to say they would not accept foreign assistance in 2020. In fact, Trump said, “I think I’d take it.”


Trump Tweets Attacking Baltimore

  • Trump is attacking another member of Congress of color. After calling Democrats who criticize his policies un-American, Trump is now outright attacking an entire U.S. city and its people.

 

  • These tweets are a continuation of his attacks to try to distract from the issues. He can’t defend his hateful policies or corrupt actions, so he turns to attacks to try to divide Americans.

    • Trump previously revealed his new campaign slogan at a campaign rally in North Carolina, attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar and prompting chants of “send her back.”

 

  • This behavior is nothing new from this president. He has revealed his character through his words and his policies far before these most recent comments.

 

  • Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of his entire agenda to destroy immigrants’ lives, devalue women’s voices, and discriminate against communities of color. 

 

  • The party of Lincoln is dead. This is Trump’s party now, and Republicans have made it abundantly clear they are on board.


Mueller Testimony

  • Democrats won the day. Mueller painted a clear picture for the American people and confirmed in public what he put forward in his report:

    • The report did not exonerate Trump.

    • He did not find “no obstruction.”

    • Russia interfered in our election to help Trump and made multiple approaches to Trump campaign officials. Instead of reporting it to the FBI, Trump's team welcomed it, put into their messaging strategy, and then lied to cover it up.


  • Despite Mueller making clear that his investigation was not a witch hunt or a hoax, Trump and his allies continue to lie about it. Here’s the truth:

    • Nearly 200 criminal charges filed

    • 34 people and 3 companies charged.

    • 7 guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia

    • 25 ongoing criminal cases

    • 14 criminal referrals

    • $40 million recovered for the U.S. government (more than the total cost of the investigation)


  • Before the hearings, only 3% of Americans had read the Mueller report. Now, many more Americans have had the opportunity to hear the truth from Mueller himself. 


  • That’s what this is all about – Americans across the country getting a chance to hear what really happened and better understand the crimes that were committed.


  • Mueller also went out of his way to raise the alarm on the threat of foreign influence. This report uncovered one of the most serious attacks on our democracy in our history. But Mueller made clear it won’t be the last, and more needs to be done.


  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight and their patriotic duty to protect our elections. Republicans have abandoned their duty to conduct oversight, and they must do more to protect our next election. 


  • Republicans tried to smear the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller. But notably, they didn’t dispute the facts of the actual report. 


  • House Democrats will continue to work to gather more information, fight Trump’s cover up in the courts, and give the American people the truth they deserve. 


Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Background: The Trump administration is appealing a federal court ruling which blocked its proposed rule to require asylum seekers to ask for protection in another country before reaching the U.S.

  • Trump’s failed anti-immigrant policies have exacerbated humanitarian problems at the border and fostered the horrible conditions migrant children and families are facing at detention camps.


  • Trump’s cruel attacks on the immigrant community are immoral and do nothing to solve the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border. And he’s made us less safe.

    • The White House is continuing to restrict asylum claims by refusing to grant protections to asylum seekers whose family members were threatened.

    • The White House is preparing to roll out immigration legislation, which already faces criticism from senior Republican lawmakers.

    • Trump’s proposal to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants will do nothing to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at our border and could exacerbate the overcrowding of detention centers.

    • White House officials are pushing to essentially shut down the refugee program next year, which could threaten U.S. national security by abandoning our commitments to thousands of Iraqis who served alongside the U.S. military. 

    • The Trump adminsitration expanded its power to deport undocumented immigrants throughout the country, using a fast-track process that bypasses immigration judges.


  • We all agree that our current immigration system is broken and we need to address the shortcomings in the system. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.


  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.


  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. Democrats have been at the negotiation table several times, only to be shot down by this president. Instead of finding solutions, he’d prefer to tweet and create more chaos at the border.


  • We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we need to do a better job as a country of reflecting those values in our immigration policy, and it starts with the White House.


Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

  • The health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line. Trump and Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.


  • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce thembut his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.


  • Trump promised to protect preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadershipbut his lawsuit would end these vital protections.


  • Trump has broken his health care promises and made clear that he will never have a plan to protect Americans’ health care. His only “plan” is a politically motivated lawsuit that would raise costs and cut access to care.


  • Here’s what will happen if Trump and Republicans are successful:

    • GONE: Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.

    • GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.

    • GONE: More than 5 million seniors each year will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.

    • GONE: About 2 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.

    • GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.

    • GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.

    • GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.

    • GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.

    • GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.


  • Democrats are united in fighting to protect and strengthen our health care law, lower health care costs, and improve quality of care. And we will never stop fighting against Trump and Republican’s relentless health care sabotage campaign. 


Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win tight races in battleground states across the country. Trump’s reelection campaign faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 20 points in WI; he’s 9 points underwater in OH; and he is 16 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle, Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator -- not one -- that Trump could flip NV”); in CO, Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA, Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive -- Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping four seats in the state House); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 -- in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground -- and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018, Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud-based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

 

Trump’s Economy

  • Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.

    • While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.


  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, the economy has added fewer jobs in Trump’s first 29 months than Obama’s last 29 months.


  • The Trump tax law remains incredibly unpopular because the American people know the truth: it’s not benefiting them.


  • Recent polls confirm the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 5% of Americans say Trump’s economic policies help “people like me.”

    • A majority of Americans say the president’s policies help “people with more money” or “no one.”

    • Only 11% of Americans say their salaries have outpaced their costs, and four in 10 Americans say they could not afford an emergency expense of $1,000.


  • More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:

    • The tax cut bonuses Trump touted proved only temporary and have now fallen lower than pre-tax cut levels.

    • The economy only grew 2.5% in the first year under Trump’s tax law, far from the 4% GDP growth he promised.

    • The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade citing weakness in business investment and manufacturing -- the very things Trump’s tax cut was supposed to boost.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit is projected to top $1 trillion this year for the first time since the wake of the Great Recession.

    • The manufacturing industry is showing signs of a slowdown, with a key manufacturing index hitting its lowest reading since the financial crisis and the manufacturing industry contracting in the Midwest.



  • We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.

    • Trump and Pence prematurely promised to Lordstown workers that jobs were coming back to the shuttered GM factory.

    • Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.

    • GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.


  • Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history — which cost to the tune of $11 billion — to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.


  • Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

August 2, 2019

NEWS OF THE DAY

Detroit Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Trump Attacking American Cities

Election Security

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

Mueller Testimony

Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

Trump’s Economy

NEWS OF THE DAY

 

Detroit Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

TOPLINES: Integrity, ideas, substance, solutions

 

  • The American people saw leadership at the second Democratic presidential primary debate. They saw candidates who are laser-focused on the future. And they saw a debate on the issues.


  • The contrast with Donald Trump was clear: Both nights focused on the policy solutions to serious problems. We didn’t hear candidates talk about hand-size. They talked about:

    • Gun violence - No matter which candidate or where they’re from, everyone believes we need to act on gun violence, while Republicans have done nothing.

    • Health care - Everyone on that stage agrees we need to expand access to health care, not take it away. 

    • Economy

    • Climate Change

    • Immigration


  • What Americans will take away is that the Democratic Party has their back. No matter which one of our exceptional candidates makes it to the mountaintop, people know they’ll have a leader they can trust. 


  • Any candidate on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump.

 

Trump Attacking American Cities

  • At his rally last night, Trump escalated his attacks on American cities and members of Congress of color, making it clear that this is a part of his new campaign strategy. 

    • This morning, Trump also continued his attacks on Chairman Cummings and goaded him over a crime committed against him.

 

  • After calling Democrats who criticize his policies un-American, Trump is now outright attacking entire U.S. cities and its people. Meanwhile, Trump has broken his promise to revitalize inner cities like Baltimore.

 

  • These attacks are an attempt to try to distract from the issues. He can’t defend his hateful policies or corrupt actions, so he turns to attacks to try to divide Americans.

 

  • This behavior is nothing new from this president. He has revealed his character through his words and his policies far before these most recent comments.

 

  • Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of his entire agenda to destroy immigrants’ lives, devalue women’s voices, and discriminate against communities of color. 

 

  • The party of Lincoln is dead. This is Trump’s party now, and Republicans have made it abundantly clear they are on board.


Election Security

  • In a call with Putin, Trump refused to bring up Russia’ election interference. He later downplayed Mueller’s warning on Russia’s ongoing interference when asked about it, once again playing into Putin’s hand.


  • Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on election security, which found “extensive” Russian election interference that targeted all 50 states, and our election infrastructure was unprepared. The report emphasized that more needs to be done.

    • Both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Director Christopher Wray also raised the alarm and warned about Russia’s continued, ongoing efforts to interfere in our elections.


  • Despite this, Trump continues to downplay Russia’s election interference and refuses to hold them accountable, while Mitch McConnell blocks legislation to bolster our election security.


  • We know Russia is already hard at work trying to interfere in our upcoming election. Yet Trump and Republicans have ignored their patriotic duty, and refused to take the necessary steps to secure our elections.

    • To this day, Trump and his campaign have refused to say they would not accept foreign assistance in 2020. In fact, Trump said, “I think I’d take it.”


Democratic Party Agenda 

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters. 


  • Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.

    • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately? 


DNC WAR ROOM


Mueller Testimony

  • Democrats won the day. Mueller painted a clear picture for the American people and confirmed in public what he put forward in his report:

    • The report did not exonerate Trump.

    • He did not find “no obstruction.”

    • Russia interfered in our election to help Trump and made multiple approaches to Trump campaign officials. Instead of reporting it to the FBI, Trump's team welcomed it, put into their messaging strategy, and then lied to cover it up.


  • Despite Mueller making clear that his investigation was not a witch hunt or a hoax, Trump and his allies continue to lie about it. Here’s the truth:

    • Nearly 200 criminal charges filed

    • 34 people and 3 companies charged.

    • 7 guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia

    • 25 ongoing criminal cases

    • 14 criminal referrals

    • $40 million recovered for the U.S. government (more than the total cost of the investigation)


  • Before the hearings, only 3% of Americans had read the Mueller report. Now, many more Americans have had the opportunity to hear the truth from Mueller himself. 


  • That’s what this is all about – Americans across the country getting a chance to hear what really happened and better understand the crimes that were committed.


  • Mueller also went out of his way to raise the alarm on the threat of foreign influence. This report uncovered one of the most serious attacks on our democracy in our history. But Mueller made clear it won’t be the last, and more needs to be done.


  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight and their patriotic duty to protect our elections. Republicans have abandoned their duty to conduct oversight, and they must do more to protect our next election. 


  • Republicans tried to smear the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller. But notably, they didn’t dispute the facts of the actual report. 


  • House Democrats will continue to work to gather more information, fight Trump’s cover up in the courts, and give the American people the truth they deserve. 


Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Background: The Trump administration is appealing a federal court ruling which blocked its proposed rule to require asylum seekers to ask for protection in another country before reaching the U.S.

  • Trump’s failed anti-immigrant policies have exacerbated humanitarian problems at the border and fostered the horrible conditions migrant children and families are facing at detention camps.


  • Trump’s cruel attacks on the immigrant community are immoral and do nothing to solve the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border. And he’s made us less safe.

    • The White House is continuing to restrict asylum claims by refusing to grant protections to asylum seekers whose family members were threatened.

    • The White House is preparing to roll out immigration legislation, which already faces criticism from senior Republican lawmakers.

    • Trump’s proposal to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants will do nothing to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at our border and could exacerbate the overcrowding of detention centers.

    • White House officials are pushing to essentially shut down the refugee program next year, which could threaten U.S. national security by abandoning our commitments to thousands of Iraqis who served alongside the U.S. military. 

    • The Trump adminsitration expanded its power to deport undocumented immigrants throughout the country, using a fast-track process that bypasses immigration judges.


  • We all agree that our current immigration system is broken and we need to address the shortcomings in the system. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.


  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.


  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. Democrats have been at the negotiation table several times, only to be shot down by this president. Instead of finding solutions, he’d prefer to tweet and create more chaos at the border.


  • We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we need to do a better job as a country of reflecting those values in our immigration policy, and it starts with the White House.


Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

  • The health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line. Trump and Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.


  • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce thembut his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.


  • Trump promised to protect preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadershipbut his lawsuit would end these vital protections.


  • Trump has broken his health care promises and made clear that he will never have a plan to protect Americans’ health care. His only “plan” is a politically motivated lawsuit that would raise costs and cut access to care.


  • Here’s what will happen if Trump and Republicans are successful:

    • GONE: Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.

    • GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.

    • GONE: More than 5 million seniors each year will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.

    • GONE: About 2 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.

    • GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.

    • GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.

    • GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.

    • GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.

    • GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.


  • Democrats are united in fighting to protect and strengthen our health care law, lower health care costs, and improve quality of care. And we will never stop fighting against Trump and Republican’s relentless health care sabotage campaign. 


Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win tight races in battleground states across the country. Trump’s reelection campaign faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 20 points in WI; he’s 9 points underwater in OH; and he is 16 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle, Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator -- not one -- that Trump could flip NV”); in CO, Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA, Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive -- Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping four seats in the state House); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 -- in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground -- and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018, Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud-based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

 

Trump’s Economy

  • Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.

    • While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.


  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, the economy has added nearly one million fewer jobs in Trump’s first 30 months than Obama’s last 30 months. 


  • Trump promised to revitalize American manufacturing, but a key manufacturing index fell  to its lowest level since 2009.


  • Recent polls confirm the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 5% of Americans say Trump’s economic policies help “people like me.”

    • A majority of Americans say the president’s policies help “people with more money” or “no one.”

    • Only 11% of Americans say their salaries have outpaced their costs, and four in 10 Americans say they could not afford an emergency expense of $1,000.


  • More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:

    • The tax cut bonuses Trump touted proved only temporary and have now fallen lower than pre-tax cut levels.

    • The economy only grew 2.5% in the first year under Trump’s tax law, far from the 4% GDP growth he promised.

    • The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade citing weakness in business investment and manufacturing -- the very things Trump’s tax cut was supposed to boost.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit is projected to top $1 trillion this year for the first time since the wake of the Great Recession.

    • The manufacturing industry is showing signs of a slowdown, with a key manufacturing index hitting its lowest reading since the financial crisis and the manufacturing industry contracting in the Midwest.


  • We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.

    • Trump and Pence prematurely promised to Lordstown workers that jobs were coming back to the shuttered GM factory.

    • Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.

    • GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.


  • Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history — which cost to the tune of $11 billion — to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.


  • Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

August 5, 2019

NEWS OF THE DAY

El Paso And Dayton Mass Shootings

Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Attacking American Cities

Election Security

Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

Trump’s Economy

NEWS OF THE DAY

 

El Paso And Dayton Mass Shootings

  • In less than 24 hours our nation witnessed two mass shootings and the loss of at least 29 lives. This must end. We must act. Enough is enough.

 

  • Make no mistake: The bloodshed we saw in El Paso and Dayton this weekend was not inevitable. It is the price of inaction. And we must stop pretending that we are powerless to prevent these tragedies.

    • In remarks today, Trump said we must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy, but we also cannot ignore the role Trump’s hateful rhetoric and policies play.

 

  • 159 days ago, the House passed bipartisan universal background check legislation, but it got buried in Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. Now, it’s time for McConnell and Senate Republicans to take immediate action.

 

  • All we’ve heard from Republican lawmakers are their ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Republicans have refused to talk about this weekend’s shootings or address the issue of gun violence in America. 

 

  • The cruel indifference of the NRA and cowardice of Republican lawmakers must end. We must come together as Americans and demand action. We must hold our elected leaders accountable. And we must do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from happening – again and again and again.

 

Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence

  • Trump may try to act like he is taking gun violence prevention seriously now, but we’ve heard this before and it was all lies. Trump has only proven that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.

 

  • In his remarks today, Trump proved yet again that he his beholden to the NRA. Instead of addressing the role of guns in mass shootings, Trump regurgitated NRA talking points and blamed mental health and video games.

    • Trump rescinded a rule that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase guns. And he’s trying to overturn the ACA, which helps provide mental health treatment through Medicaid expansion and essential health benefits.

 

  • Trump also voiced his support for background check legislation today, but he previously said that he would veto the House-passed bipartisan universal background check legislation.

 

  • What Trump is saying now, are the same empty promises we’ve heard from him before -- and each time he has sided with the NRA and failed to take action.

    • Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill. Instead, Trump chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support commonsense gun reforms.

      • 9 in 10 Americans support universal background checks.

 

  • Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support commonsense gun reforms to ensure that tragedies like El Paso and Dayton never happen again. It is long past time for Trump and Republicans to join Democrats in taking action.

 

Democratic Party Agenda 

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters. 


  • Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.

    • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately? 


DNC WAR ROOM


Trump Attacking American Cities

  • Trump continues to escalate his attacks on American cities and members of Congress of color, making it clear that this is a part of his new campaign strategy. 

 

  • After calling Democrats who criticize his policies un-American, Trump is now outright attacking entire U.S. cities and its people. Meanwhile, Trump has broken his promise to revitalize inner cities like Baltimore.

 

  • These attacks are an attempt to try to distract from the issues. He can’t defend his hateful policies or corrupt actions, so he turns to attacks to try to divide Americans.

 

  • This behavior is nothing new from this president. He has revealed his character through his words and his policies far before these most recent comments.

 

  • Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of his entire agenda to destroy immigrants’ lives, devalue women’s voices, and discriminate against communities of color. 

 

  • The party of Lincoln is dead. This is Trump’s party now, and Republicans have made it abundantly clear they are on board.


Election Security

  • In a call with Putin, Trump refused to bring up Russia’ election interference. He later downplayed Mueller’s warning on Russia’s ongoing interference when asked about it, once again playing into Putin’s hand.


  • The Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on election security, which found “extensive” Russian election interference that targeted all 50 states, and our election infrastructure was unprepared. The report emphasized that more needs to be done.

    • Both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Director Christopher Wray also raised the alarm and warned about Russia’s continued, ongoing efforts to interfere in our elections.


  • Despite this, Trump continues to downplay Russia’s election interference and refuses to hold them accountable, while Mitch McConnell blocks legislation to bolster our election security.


  • We know Russia is already hard at work trying to interfere in our upcoming election. Yet Trump and Republicans have ignored their patriotic duty, and refused to take the necessary steps to secure our elections.

    • To this day, Trump and his campaign have refused to say they would not accept foreign assistance in 2020. In fact, Trump said, “I think I’d take it.”


Trump’s Failed Border Strategy

Background: The Trump administration is appealing a federal court ruling which blocked its proposed rule to require asylum seekers to ask for protection in another country before reaching the U.S.

  • Trump’s failed anti-immigrant policies have exacerbated humanitarian problems at the border and fostered the horrible conditions migrant children and families are facing at detention camps.


  • Trump’s cruel attacks on the immigrant community are immoral and do nothing to solve the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border. And he’s made us less safe.

    • The White House is continuing to restrict asylum claims by refusing to grant protections to asylum seekers whose family members were threatened.

    • The White House is preparing to roll out immigration legislation, which already faces criticism from senior Republican lawmakers.

    • Trump’s proposal to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants will do nothing to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at our border and could exacerbate the overcrowding of detention centers.

    • White House officials are pushing to essentially shut down the refugee program next year, which could threaten U.S. national security by abandoning our commitments to thousands of Iraqis who served alongside the U.S. military. 

    • The Trump adminsitration expanded its power to deport undocumented immigrants throughout the country, using a fast-track process that bypasses immigration judges.


  • We all agree that our current immigration system is broken and we need to address the shortcomings in the system. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.


  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.


  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. Democrats have been at the negotiation table several times, only to be shot down by this president. Instead of finding solutions, he’d prefer to tweet and create more chaos at the border.


  • We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we need to do a better job as a country of reflecting those values in our immigration policy, and it starts with the White House.


Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit

  • The health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line. Trump and Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.


  • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce thembut his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.


  • Trump promised to protect preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadershipbut his lawsuit would end these vital protections.


  • Trump has broken his health care promises and made clear that he will never have a plan to protect Americans’ health care. His only “plan” is a politically motivated lawsuit that would raise costs and cut access to care.


  • Here’s what will happen if Trump and Republicans are successful:

    • GONE: Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.

    • GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.

    • GONE: More than 5 million seniors each year will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.

    • GONE: About 2 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.

    • GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.

    • GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.

    • GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.

    • GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.

    • GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.


  • Democrats are united in fighting to protect and strengthen our health care law, lower health care costs, and improve quality of care. And we will never stop fighting against Trump and Republican’s relentless health care sabotage campaign. 


Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win tight races in battleground states across the country. Trump’s reelection campaign faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 20 points in WI; he’s 9 points underwater in OH; and he is 16 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle, Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator -- not one -- that Trump could flip NV”); in CO, Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA, Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive -- Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping four seats in the state House); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 -- in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground -- and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018, Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud-based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

 

Trump’s Economy

  • Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.

    • While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.


  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, the economy has added nearly one million fewer jobs in Trump’s first 30 months than Obama’s last 30 months. 


  • Trump promised to revitalize American manufacturing, but last month a key manufacturing index fell to its lowest level since 2009.


  • Recent polls confirm the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 5% of Americans say Trump’s economic policies help “people like me.”

    • A majority of Americans say the president’s policies help “people with more money” or “no one.”

    • Only 11% of Americans say their salaries have outpaced their costs, and four in 10 Americans say they could not afford an emergency expense of $1,000.


  • More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:

    • The tax cut bonuses Trump touted proved only temporary and have now fallen lower than pre-tax cut levels.

    • The economy only grew 2.5% in the first year under Trump’s tax law, far from the 4% GDP growth he promised.

    • The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade citing weakness in business investment and manufacturing -- the very things Trump’s tax cut was supposed to boost.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit is projected to top $1 trillion this year for the first time since the wake of the Great Recession.


  • We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.

    • Trump and Pence prematurely promised to Lordstown workers that jobs were coming back to the shuttered GM factory.

    • Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.

    • GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.


  • Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history — which cost to the tune of $11 billion — to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.


  • Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

 

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