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June 7, 2019


NEWS OF THE DAY

Jobs Day

One-Year Anniversary of Trump's Health Care Attack

Trump’s European Trip

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

2020 Census

Trump’s Lawlessness

Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

Trump’s Tax Returns

Trump’s Economy



NEWS OF THE DAY


Jobs Day

  • Donald Trump’s reckless policies continue to damage our economy. Job growth fell well short of expectations, wage growth has slowed, and health care premiums continue to skyrocket.


  • But while millions of working families feel left behind, Trump and the Republican Party have done nothing but reward their wealthy friends.


  • The American people have had enough of this disastrous administration. They’re hungry for leadership that puts working families first, and they know the Democratic Party has their backs.


  • We’re fighting for good-paying jobs, affordable housing and health care, access to a quality education, and the chance to retire with dignity. We’re fighting to build a brighter future for all Americans, not just a wealthy few.


  • That’s why millions of voters elected Democrats across the country last November, and that’s why they’ll turn ballots blue again in 2020.”


One-Year Anniversary of Trump's Health Care Attack

  • One year ago today, the Trump administration launched an all-out assault to take away protections for people with preexisting conditions and make health care more expensive for hardworking families.

    • The cruelty of this administration knows no bounds, and so long as they remain in power, they will make it their mission to take health care away from as many Americans as possible.


  • Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege – and so do the American people. We believe no one should be discriminated against because they’re sick or have ever suffered from a preexisting condition.

    • That’s why we fought to pass the Affordable Care Act. That’s why we’ve fought tirelessly to preserve protections for preexisting conditions and prevent Republicans from sabotaging the law. And that’s why we will keep fighting back tooth and nail to protect the health care Americans need and deserve.


  • This battle is far from over, but Republican leaders should know this: the American people will not forget the GOP’s heartless and inhumane policies on Election Day. They will go to the ballot box to make their voices heard by voting Donald Trump and Republicans out of office.


Trump’s European Trip

  • Trump’s foreign trip was off to a bad start before he even touched down in the United Kingdom.


  • The United Kingdom is one of the United States’ closest allies, but that hasn’t stopped Trump from insulting its leaders and, once again, embarrassing us on the global stage.

    • Yesterday morning, in front of a backdrop of the graves of fallen American soldiers, Trump bashed Robert Mueller and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with Fox News.

    • Trump insulted London’s Muslim mayor and called Meghan Markle “nasty,” which is supported by audio of his remarks, despite the Trump team’s bizarre insistence it isn’t.

    • Trump has continued to weigh in on and seek to influence other countries’ domestic affairs by picking favorites for British prime minister and offering recommendations on Brexit.


  • Trump ended his taxpayer-funded trip by playing golf at his Doonbeg Golf Club in Ireland, once again reminding us how he has used the office of the presidency to promote his business.


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 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 and provisions to strengthen our election systems.


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


DNC WAR ROOM


2020 Census

  • House Democrats plan to hold contempt votes for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to the Oversight Committee’s investigation of the census citizenship question.

    • Barr and Ross had until Thursday to comply with Democratic subpoenas sent two months ago.


  • Newly released documents showed that the Trump administration added a citizenship question to the U.S. Census in a politically motivated attempt to help Republicans and suppress minority votes.

    • We now know that the architect of GOP gerrymandering, who was paid over $2 million by the RNC, was behind Trump's push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

    • The documents said it “would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats” and “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”


  • The census is a constitutionally mandated count of all U.S. residents, not a political tool for Trump to push his agenda and disempower Latinos and other people of color.


  • Adding a citizenship question to the census is an obvious attempt to keep immigrant communities-- including both citizens and non-citizens-- from having proper representation and resources.

    • Trump and Republicans are all but guaranteeing an inaccurate count that will jeopardize critical resources for communities across the country.

    • The Trump administration’s plan violates the constitutional mandate that we count the U.S. population accurately.


  • The way that the Trump administration added the citizenship question to the census also violated federal law -- a fact Wilbur Ross then tried to cover up.

    • Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon pitched Ross on adding a citizenship question, and likely did so out of “discriminatory animus,” facts Ross deliberately misled Congress about.


  • The results of a properly performed census are incredibly valuable to communities across America, who depend on an accurate count both for their own planning and to receive their fair share of nearly $900 billion in federal health, education, and other funding.


  • We believe the Census Bureau should have the resources needed to prepare for and conduct a cost-effective, complete and accurate census, as well as improve counting segments of the population that are historically and persistently undercounted.

    • This means communities of color, immigrants, LGBT people, young children, those with disabilities, and rural and low-income populations.

    • A new study found that more than 4 million Americans could be left out of the 2020 census because of mismanagement, underfunding, and the addition of a citizenship question.

      • The 2020 census could lead to the worst undercount of Black and Latino Americans in 30 years.


  • We can’t stress just how important it is that the census is conducted by the book. The data coming out of this next census will be used as part of the redistricting process.


Trump’s Lawlessness

  • The Mueller report painted a damning picture of a president obsessed with obstructing the Russia investigation, and trying to cover up the truth from the American people.

    • Trump and his allies have since tried to obstruct multiple congressional investigations into him and his campaign.

  • Trump has spent most of his presidency trying to undermine the Russia investigation.

    • Trump fired James Comey and attempted to fire Robert Mueller.

    • Trump repeatedly tried to intimidate former Attorney General Jeff Sessions into “unrecusing” himself from the investigation or resigning so Trump could have a loyalist oversee it.

    • Trump lied and instructed others to lie about his actions.

    • Trump has tweeted and complained in every possible venue about the investigation and attempted to smear Robert Mueller to try to swing public opinion against the Russia probe.

  • Trump has even repeatedly instructed his administration to investigate and prosecute his political enemies -- a stunning abuse of power.

    • This is a clear tactic to try to distract from Mueller’s findings and Trump’s efforts to cover up the truth.

  • Nobody is above the law. That includes Donald Trump.

    • House Democrats will continue to perform their constitutional duty and provide oversight as an equal branch of government.


Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

  • Trump doubled down on his cruel, chaotic and failed immigration strategy by recklessly threatening tariffs on Mexico.

    • Even Republicans oppose Trump’s reckless proposal. Republicans in Congress are reportedly looking to block his tariffs from going into effect.


  • Democrats and Republicans can agree that our current immigration system is broken. 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.  


  • Trump’s immigration policies have been a complete failure -- and they’ve made the problem much, much worse. For almost two and a half years, he’s put children in cages and talked about a wall, but done nothing to address the real problems in our immigration system. And he’s made us less safe.

    • At least six migrant children have died in U.S. custody or soon after being released over the past eight months.

    • Young migrant children who had been separated from their families were kept in vans for up to 39 hours waiting to be reunited with their parents, and the Trump administration eliminated education and legal aid programs for unaccompanied migrant children.

    • The DHS inspector general found that several ICE facilities did not meet health and safety standards as immigrants have been detained in unsanitary conditions.


  • 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.

  • The last thing we need to do is give the Trump administration more authority or more funding to pursue its chaotic and dangerous immigration agenda. We urge Republicans to work with Democrats on smart strategies that put our security and humanity first.

  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. But what Trump and many Republicans are proposing right now isn’t reform. It won’t address the problems we see now, and it doesn’t put our security or our humanity first.

  • We can fix our immigration system if Republicans come to the table and work with Democrats in good faith.


House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

  • House Democrats announced that they will hold a series of hearings to continue to examine the contents of the Mueller report and Trump’s obstruction of justice.

    • Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean is scheduled to testify next week. Dean has experience with criminal investigations and White House cover-ups.

    • John Dean was one of more than 1,000 former federal prosecutors to sign on to a letter stating that Trump would have been indicted if he were not president.


  • Hearing from these experts is only the beginning and part of the House’s ongoing work. House Democrats are not wasting any time in beginning hearings, while they continue to work to have Don McGahn and Mueller himself testify.

    • The House will also vote next week to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.


  • In his press conference last week, Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

      • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. That wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

      • In a Fox News interview last night, Trump said Mueller “made such a fool out of himself” with his public statement clarifying that the president was not “exonerated” of potential obstruction of justice.


  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel's findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.


  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government and, despite Trump’s attempts to obstruct House investigation, Democrats will continue to their jobs.


Trump’s Tax Returns

  • Americans deserve to know what’s in Trump’s tax returns and how financial interests affect how he governs. This is an important step forward in transparency, after Trump has tried to keep his returns secret.

    • Trump promised on the campaign trail that he'd release his returns. And a majority of Americans still want him to release them.


  • Trump’s Treasury Department broke the law and refused to meet a fourth deadline to release six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns to Congress, this time in response to a subpoena.

    • Mnuchin claimed that congressional oversight of the president is illegitimate if it does not advance a legislative agenda. This is simply not true.

    • A confidential IRS memo prepared last fall contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns.


  • Let’s be clear: It is the House’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the president, and House Democrats have absolute legal authority to request Trump’s financial records.

    • Despite Trump and his administration’s lies, the law is crystal clear: the House Ways and Means Committee has the authority to request Trump’s taxes. There is no room for ambiguity or interpretation.


  • The Trump administration’s attempts to block the release of Trump's tax returns is an unprecedented step that sets up a constitutional challenge. What is Trump trying to hide?


  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

    • The American people deserve to know what Trump is hiding, and Democrats are going to find out.


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, job growth has actually slowed and is on pace for the slowest year since 2010.

    • Manufacturing and construction job growth skidded to a near-halt in May in another sign that key sectors of the economy are slowing.


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


  • A recent poll confirms the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 12% of Americans say their family has personally benefited a great deal from the economy under Trump.

    • A majority of Americans say they have not been helped either much or at all from the economy under Trump.

    • Only 18% of Americans say that middle-class families have benefited a lot from Trump’s policies, while 58% say that wealthy families have benefited a lot.


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

    • Inflation-adjusted wages haven’t risen in the last three quarters, and are barely 1% above when Trump took office.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit widened to $691 billion in the first half of the fiscal year.

    • The manufacturing industry is showing signs of a slowdown, with manufacturing growth hitting its lowest level since 2009.

    • Business investment continues to trend down, with core capital goods orders falling sharply last month, despite the White House saying this was key to the tax cut trickling down to workers.


  • 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 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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