Blog from March, 2020

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Week of 3/30/2020


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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:
  • POLL: Majority Of Americans Don’t Trust Trump On Coronavirus
  • In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #1
  • In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #2
  • In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #3
  • Trump to States: You’re On Your Own
  • In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #4
  • ICYMI: NBC News: Trump Cabinet's Bible teacher says gays cause 'God's wrath' in COVID-19 blog post

Yours,
Jason
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POLL: Majority Of Americans Don’t Trust Trump On Coronavirus

A new poll released today shows that a majority of Americans don’t trust what they’re hearing from Trump. And that’s no surprise given how from the beginning Trump has misled the public, contradicted experts, and downplayed the seriousness of this crisis

60% of Americans don’t have much or any trust in what Trump says about coronavirus.

  • NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: “Just 37% of Americans now say they had a good amount or a great deal of trust in what they're hearing from the president, while 60% say they had not very much or no trust at all in what he's saying.”

  • USA Today/Ipsos Poll: “A lack of trust in the president during this crisis is evident. Our latest polling with USA Today shows that most Americans don’t see Trump or Vice President Pence, who he charged with leading the task force on the coronavirus, as the most credible sources of information about the virus.”

Trump repeatedly misled Americans by downplaying the seriousness of the public health crisis.



In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #1

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States is getting worse because of President Trump. Full stop. The seeds of this public health disaster were planted on President Trump’s first day in office.

Trump’s War on American Health Care 

From his first day in office, President Trump has shown that he doesn’t value the American people’s health care or public health. In fact, his first act as president was to sign an executive order instructing all his cabinet agencies to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What has followed has been nearly four years of an administration that has done more to rip health care away from Americans than to help them gain it. And when President Trump’s plan to repeal the law in Congress failed, he and his administration continued their campaign to sabotage the law at every turn while pursuing its complete dismantling in the courts.  

What does all this have to do with the coronavirus crisis in the U.S.? Quite a lot: 

  • As a result of President Trump’s sabotage of the law, the uninsured rate has increased every year he has been in office — and millions more Americans are uninsured as a result. That’s millions of Americans who lack coverage if they get sick from the coronavirus or develop long-term complications. Worse still, he is pushing a lawsuit that’s now before the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA, which could lead to the elimination of coverage for more than 20 million Americans and the termination of Medicaid expansion, end protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and spike costs for millions of others, including seniors.

  • Junk insurance plans, which have been pushed by the Trump administration to undermine the ACA, do not provide comprehensive coverage and are therefore not required to cover COVID-19 tests, which can cost thousands of dollars. These plans come with high out-of-pocket costs, large deductibles, and no guarantee that any treatment for coronavirus and related health problems would be covered by such plans.  

  • And of course, President Trump’s relentless war on the ACA and repeated efforts to slash Medicaid and Medicare have created an entire administration that devalues the health care of the American people. 

While Congress is focused on the immediate response — shoring up our health care system, protecting workers and small businesses from economic devastation and stimulating the economy, among other things — President Trump’s efforts to repeal and sabotage American health care have real and significant consequences for the coronavirus response. The president and his allies must:

  • Drop the lawsuit that threatens the health care of millions.

  • Eliminate junk plans, which undermine the ACA and don’t guarantee coverage or protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

  • Re-open open enrollment so Americans can shop for plans and get covered.

  • Withdraw unnecessary and burdensome Medicaid waivers, such as those that permit block grants and work requirements, that undermine coverage.




In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #2

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States is getting worse because of President Trump. Full stop. The seeds of this public health disaster were planted on President Trump’s first day in office. 

Decimating Pandemic Response

The Trump administration's sabotage of health care does not stop at increasing costs and reducing coverage. It also includes failing to adequately protect Americans from infectious disease outbreaks. From proposed budget cuts to leaving key positions unfilled to making it harder for people to access health care, President Trump has worked the last three years to undermine and dismantle our pandemic response apparatus, leaving Americans more vulnerable to the coronavirus

In 2018, President Trump dismantled the entire global health security unit at the National Security Council, reassigning Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, a long-time public health official who led the unit, and forcing out homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, another key official for coordinating infectious disease preparedness.

In addition, Trump did nothing to replenish funds for the global health section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2017, the Washington Post reported that Trump had “failed to fill crucial public health positions across the government, leaving the nation ill-prepared” for a global pandemic. 

If all this isn’t bad enough, President Trump’s current budget proposal, submitted to Congress after this outbreak began in China, once again seeks cuts to key programs for global disease response and domestic preparedness. In his 2021 budget, Trump proposed steep cuts to the two agencies in charge of the coronavirus response, seeking to reduce NIH funding by $3.7 billion and CDC funding by $1.29 billion. He previously proposed cutting global health funding in his 2020 budget from more than $11 billion to less than $8 billion, its lowest level since 2008. Per Foreign Policy, other Trump-backed efforts included a proposal for “reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS.”  

And what do all these cuts and proposed cuts to pandemic response and preparedness and health care, including over $1 trillion in proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid coincide with? Trump’s obscene tax cuts for billionaires, Wall Street, and corporate America. In Trump’s presidency, the health of millions of Americans has taken a back seat to tax cuts for the richest Americans.




In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #3

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States is getting worse because of President Trump. Full stop. The seeds of this public health disaster were planted on President Trump’s first day in office. 

Volume #3: Trump’s Fragile Economy Left Americans Vulnerable

Workers are being laid off at an unprecedented pace; the stock market has plummeted to the point of erasing all gains made since Trump’s inauguration; and the economy is almost certainly heading toward a recession. 

There’s no question that Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis severely worsened the pandemic’s impact on our economy. His failure to fully accept the severity of the moment and take action early worsened the spread, and his numerous incorrect claims unnecessarily rattled financial markets.

But our current economic troubles were a long time coming. Part of the reason our economy was so vulnerable to coronavirus is that many people were already hurting and struggling, and most Americans hadn’t felt any benefits from Trump’s economy. Wages were stagnant and costs were too high, so when the crisis hit, there was no buffer. Tax cuts for the rich and wealthy corporations failed to trickle down to workers. Factories and farmers struggled because of Trump's reckless trade policies. And now, Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn.

The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

  • U.S. manufacturing was already on unstable footing when the coronavirus hit. Manufacturing hasn’t kept pace with the overall economy, and industrial output fell by 1.2 percent last year. In fact, U.S. manufacturing was in a mild recession for the entirety of 2019, as factory production shrank by 1.3 percent. And now, the weakened manufacturing and transportation sectors have slowed the supply of vital products amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019, and Trump’s own Department of Agriculture said that it expected farm debt in 2020 to rise to a record $425 billion.

  • The retail industry cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores, a huge spike from the previous year. 

Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

  • More than half of American jobs are at risk and millions have already lost jobs or hours because of the coronavirus outbreak, which only exacerbates the struggles for working families. About half of Americans already live paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.

Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

  • The coronavirus outbreak has already begun to take a toll on consumer spending, which was a rare bright spot and one of the few factors keeping Trump’s economy on stable footing.

  • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’s paychecks.

Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

  • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised. 

  • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.

  • Trump’s tax law eliminated provisions to help companies avoid laying off workers during an economic downturn in order to help fund a bigger cut to the corporate tax rate.

The bottom line: Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that resulted from the coronavirus outbreak. Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn. Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.
 


 

Trump to States: You’re On Your Own

The U.S. is on the brink of becoming the coronavirus epicenter, hospitals are overwhelmed, governors are begging for critical resources, and what is Trump doing? Instead of overseeing a coordinated response, Trump continues to skirt responsibility.

States and hospitals across the country are furious with the Trump administration for its delayed, haphazard, and inadequate response to the supply shortage.

Washington Post: “Governors and mayors in growing uproar over Trump’s lagging coronavirus response”

Politico: “Desperate, angry state leaders push back on Trump admin claims of mass mask shipments”

New York Times: “As federal government mobilizes, local officials say response remains too slow.”

ProPublica: “The Department of Health and Human Services has come under fire as several states’ requests for supplies from the emergency medical stockpile go unfulfilled.”

But Trump has no clear plan, and the market for supplies has descended into chaos because he refuses to step up and use the full power of the federal government to address the shortage.

New York Times: "Last week, Mr. Trump urged states to fend for themselves, looking for whatever they could find on the open market. But that only underlined how poorly prepared federal stockpiles were for a pandemic — a situation that the last three administrations had rehearsed in an effort to improve plans. The president’s comments set off a scramble that only accelerated the criticism of how the White House has handled the allocation of scarce supplies."

Washington Post: “The market for medical supplies has descended into chaos, according to state officials and health-care leaders. They are begging the federal government to use a wartime law to bring order and ensure the United States has the gear it needs to battle the coronavirus. So far, the Trump administration has declined.”

New York Times: “By letting companies voluntarily produce the necessary equipment, rather than under orders in the Defense Production Act, the administration is not responsible for whether the quotas are met, or if the output reaches hospitals.”

Instead, Trump is placing unwarranted blame on to the states and even attacking governors for pleading with the federal government to help.

Politico: “States still waiting on coronavirus tests as Trump tells them to do more”

CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Trump says Cuomo was ‘complaining’ about ‘the ventilators.’ He says, ‘He should've ordered the ventilators.’”

TRUMP: “They have to treat us well, also. They can't say ‘oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.’ We're doing a great job.”

Trump’s failure to lead has set production of medical supplies behind by many months. Contrary to his false claims, supplies are not available, and the shortage has put the lives of health care workers at risk.

Bloomberg: “Trump’s 500 million respirators could take 18 months to deliver.” 

Politico: “Medical staff describe shortages and rationing of masks as White House assures they’re available ’now.’” 

MLive.com: “President Donald Trump’s assertion that automakers can quickly manufacture ventilators and that some are already making them is false, according to fact-checkers from the Associated Press.”

Washington Post: “Hospital workers battling coronavirus turn to bandannas, sports goggles and homemade face shields amid shortages.” 

CNN: “Health care workers on frontlines feel like ‘lambs to the slaughterhouse.’”

 


In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #4

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States is getting worse because of President Trump. Full stop. The seeds of this public health disaster were planted on President Trump’s first day in office. 

Volume #4: In a Public Health Outbreak, The President’s Lies Could be Deadly

In a public health emergency like the global coronavirus pandemic we are now facing, it’s vital that the public be told honestly the severity of the crisis, the level of preparedness of the government and the public health system, what steps to take to prevent the spread of the virus, and what to expect in terms of disruption to people’s lives and the economy. Yet President Trump, in an effort to protect his own poll numbers and boost his chances for reelection, has lied about all these things and misled the public in virtually every public appearance and speech on the issue since the crisis began.  

His efforts to downplay the seriousness of this crisis has real consequences for public health as polls show many Americans are not treating the virus seriously enough and are ignoring the advice of public health experts to stay home and avoid public gatherings - increasing the likelihood that the coronavirus will continue to spread. Among the president’s misleading statements and blatant lies:

  • Claims that the virus has been contained and will soon disappear:

    • “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” 1/22/20, CNBC

    • “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.” 2/2/20 Sean Hannity interview

    • “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” 2/10/20 campaign rally. 

    • “When you have 15, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” 2/26/20 news conference

    • Regarding community spread: “I don’t think it’s inevitable. It probably will. It possibly will. It could be at a very small level, or it could be at a larger level. Whatever happens, we’re totally prepared.” 2/26/20 news conference

    • “This blindsided the world. And I think we've handled it very, very well.” 3/9/20 news conference

    • “This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.” 3/11/20 Oval Office address

    • “It's something that we have tremendous control over.” 3/15/20 news conference

    • “Many states don’t have a problem.” 3/25/20 news conference 

  • Claims that the coronavirus is similar to the seasonal flu and has an overblown death rate:

    • “This is a flu. This is like a flu.” 2/26/20 news conference

    • “I think the 3.4 percent is really a false number. Now, this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this.” 3/4/20 Sean Hannity interview.

    • “I think we’re substantially under 1 percent because the people that get better are not reporting.” 3/24/20 Fox News town hall

    • “We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We don’t turn the country off.” 3/24/20 Fox News town hall

  • Claims that the U.S. nearly has a coronavirus vaccine and game-changing treatments ready to go, and that testing and treatment are readily available for all: 

    • “We're very close to a vaccine.” 2/25/20 news conference

    • “The companies are the best in the world and they’re working on it and they think they’re pretty close to having it… But they have other things that can help – I guess I’d use the word ‘cure’ it, fix it.” 3/2/20 local interview

    • “Anybody that wants a test can get a test.” 3/6/20 remarks at CDC

    • “I met with the leaders of health insurance industry, who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments.” 3/11/20 Oval Office address

    • “Ultimately, a vaccine, which takes a little bit longer because of the test periods and a couple of other reasons, you're going to have it very quickly because of the great knowledge.” 3/13/20 news conference

    • “Normally the FDA would take a long time to approve something like that, and it’s -- it was approved very, very quickly and it’s now approved by prescription.” 3/19/20 news conference

    • “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.” 3/21/20 tweet

    • “The testing is going very well.” 3/21/20 news conference

Needless to say, as the Washington Post and other news outlets have shown, all these claims, some which President Trump made on several occasions, are false or misleading. The U.S. does not have the coronavirus outbreak under control, it won’t miraculously disappear when it gets warm, and we aren’t close to a vaccine. Insurance companies have not agreed to waive copayments for treatments, it’s a damnable and verifiable lie that anyone who wants to be tested can get tested, it is not just like the flu, and the world--certainly the U.S.--was not entirely blindsided by this and squandered weeks of preparation time.  
 



**ICYMI**

Trump and his administration have a long history of association with anti-LGBTQ extremists like “shadow diplomat” Ralph Drollinger, who recently blamed the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQ Americans, among other absurd claims. This is only the latest example of how the Trump administration has repeatedly failed the LGBTQ community.

NBC News: Trump Cabinet's Bible teacher says gays cause 'God's wrath' in COVID-19 blog post

By Brooke Sopelsa

In a blog post titled “Is God Judging America Today?” a pastor who leads a weekly bible study group for members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet appeared to blame the coronavirus pandemic on several groups, including those who have “a proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality.”

America “is experiencing the consequential wrath of God,” the Rev. Ralph Drollinger wrote in a lengthy March 21 “Bible study” on his Capitol Ministries blog, which caused outrage among several national LGBTQ advocacy groups.

In addition to gays and lesbians, Drollinger — who The New York Times recently referred to as the Trump Cabinet's “shadow diplomat” — also laid blame on people with “depraved minds,” environmentalists and those who deny the existence of God for igniting “God's wrath.”

[…]

This is not the first time Drollinger has made offensive remarks about LGBTQ people. In just the past two years, Drollinger has written multiple blog posts about the dangers of homosexuality. In a 2018 post, “Understanding the Book of Leviticus Today,” for example, he compared same-sex relationships to a woman who “loves her cat” and predicted the embrace of gay marriage would be akin to choosing “a path toward extinction.”

Attendees at Drollinger's Wednesday morning Bible lessons, according to The Intercept, which was the first to report on Drollinger’s coronavirus remarks, include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, House and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Health Secretary Alex Azar, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force.

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'Michael Kikukawa' via Top Talkers Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 4:36 PM



March 25, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Senate Coronavirus Bill

Coronavirus and Trump

Coronavirus and the Primary Process

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Affordable Care Act’s 10th Anniversary

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Senate Coronavirus Bill

Background: Last night, Senate Democrats reached an agreement with the White House and Senate Republicans on a third coronavirus response bill. 

  • The new Senate coronavirus bill will put workers and Americans’ public health — not corporations — first. Democrats won:

    • For our health care system, a Marshall Plan to provide public health workers and hospitals with desperately needed resources;

    • For workers, a dramatic expansion and reform of the unemployment insurance program to increase benefits and cover more Americans for longer;

    • Strict oversight, transparency, and accountability of all corporate loans to prevent secret bailouts;

    • For state, local, and tribal governments that are propping up local health systems, billions in real resources;

    • For small businesses, a significant expansion of fast relief via grants and loan forgiveness;

    • For students, billions in emergency education funding and the elimination of the income tax on student loan repayment assistance.


  • Trump and Senate Republicans pushed for a bill that put corporations first, and didn’t do nearly enough to support workers, our hospitals and medical facilities, or struggling Americans.


  • The bill McConnell initially put forward had inadequate resources for hospitals and health care providers, few conditions or oversight on government loans to corporations, and insufficient economic relief for struggling Americans.


  • Democrats never backed down from their top two priorities, which are achieved in this new bill: putting workers and families first, not corporations, and addressing the impending public health crisis head-on with a massive infusion of resources.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak has endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.

    • Each day, Trump continues his failed response by refusing to take any responsibility, blaming and attacking others, contradicting experts and his own administration, repeating falsehoods, and downplaying the severity of the crisis.


  • Trump is not leading. He is playing catch-up with the more serious responses taken by state and local governments. Instead of helping governors get the supplies they need, Trump has told them to go at it alone and even attacked them for requesting help.

    • Trump has failed to deploy the full resources of the federal government to mitigate the crisis, and hospitals, health professionals, and schools, continue to say they have not received proper guidance and assistance from the Trump administration.

    • Trump squandered critical time available to distribute essential personal protective equipment (PPE), tests, and other supplies. While Trump promised for weeks to provide states with these critical medical supplies, states have not received much or any of what Trump promised and it is unclear when critical supplies will arrive.

    • Trump ignored early warnings about a looming medical supplies shortage and instead blamed governors, saying the federal government isn’t responsible for helping states obtain medical supplies or testing.


  • Trump keeps claiming achievements and promising response measures to distract from his failed response, but he has not delivered.

    • Trump announced he had invoked the Defense Production Act, but has refused to use its powers to expand production of ventilators, tests, masks, and other critical equipment despite massive shortages. Instead, Trump is relying on voluntary production that he claims has already started, but in many cases is actually months away.

    • Trump incorrectly said the FDA had approved a drug for treatment of COVID-19, which the FDA itself said is not true, and Trump claimed the drug is a “game changer,” which his own experts have had to correct.


  • Unsurprisingly, Trump refuses to take any responsibility for the damage he caused. But Trump led the federal response that got us here:

    • He repeatedly misled Americans by downplaying the seriousness of the public health crisis and claiming it would “go away” in a few months, despite warnings from public health officials and intelligence agencies.

    • He overruled government health experts who wanted to issue early warnings urging vulnerable people to reduce their exposure.

    • He falsely blamed past administrations instead of taking account for his own failure to address the testing shortage, and has continually lied about access to testing.


  • Trump’s inability to lead our country through this crisis is years in the making. Since becoming president, Trump has systematically debilitated our country’s ability to respond to public health crises.

    • As the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

    • Trump eliminated critical staff who would have been responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics, and the NSC’s director for medical and biodefense preparedness remains unfilled.

    • Trump eliminated a post held by a key CDC expert who had been embedded in China’s disease control agency and could have alerted the U.S. and the world to important information about the growing outbreak weeks earlier.

    • Roughly two-thirds of Trump’s appointees who attended a pre-inauguration briefing on the possibility of a global pandemic are no longer serving in Trump’s chaotic administration.

    • Trump doubled down on backing a lawsuit to overturn the ACA, which could cause 21 million Americans to lose coverage, and Trump has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t protect patients with preexisting conditions or provide comprehensive coverage, including for things like coronavirus testing or treatment.


  • Even now, as schools across the country are closed, small businesses are suffering, events and sports leagues have been postponed or cancelled, and the economy sinks the closest to recession it’s been in over a decade, Trump continues to downplay the crisis and contradict experts.

    • In recent appearances, Trump is back to downplaying the coronavirus by comparing it to automobile accidents and the seasonal flu, which has a far lower mortality rate.


  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.


Coronavirus and the Primary Process

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty of COVID-19, it is critical that states provide clarity and not confusion, which could lead to disenfranchising voters. States can provide easy access to voting while still taking necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of the American people.


  • The DNC is urging the remaining primary states to use a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials alike:

    • Vote by mail, which is already in use in a number of states, should be made available to all registered voters.

    • Proactively mailing ballots to registered voters, where feasible, and counting all ballots as long as they are postmarked by the date of the primary.

    • No-excuse absentee voting, which allows voters to drop ballots off at convenient locations or in the mail.

    • Expanding days and hours of early voting to reduce lines in states where in-person voting can still take place under public health guidelines.


  • The DNC will continue to monitor the situation and work with state parties around their delegate selection plans, allowing flexibility around how states elect their delegates to the national convention once those delegates are allocated based on their primary or caucus results.


  • The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and we must do everything we can to protect and expand that right instead of bringing our democratic process to a halt.


What is the DNC’s response to Ohio moving back their primary election the night before it was supposed to be held?

  • What happened in Ohio has only created more chaos and confusion, and the Democratic Party leadership in Ohio is working tirelessly to protect the right to vote.


  • Eligible voters deserve certainty, safety, and accessibility. That's why states that have not yet held primary elections should focus on implementing measures to make it easier and safer for voters to exercise their constitutional right to vote, instead of moving primaries to later in the cycle when timing around the virus remains unpredictable.


What is the DNC’s response to Louisiana and Kentucky’s decision to move their primary outside of the window?

  • The DNC will continue to work with every state party as they adjust their delegate selection plans around coronavirus. Louisiana’s primary occuring on June 20 and Kentucky’s occuring on June 23 would violate the DNC’s rule on timing, which requires that all states hold their contests by June 9. Any violation of the DNC’s rules could result in a penalty that could include a state losing at least half of its delegates.


  • These changes will be reviewed by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee.


  • Background: All contests must happen by June 9 and delegates must be elected by June 20, as stated in the rules passed by the full DNC.


Will the DNC have to cancel the convention or have a virtual convention?

  • The DNC is closely monitoring this fluid situation and is focused on planning a safe and successful convention in Milwaukee four months from now.


  • Ensuring the safety of convention attendees and local residents is — and will always remain — the DNC’s top priority.


  • As the DNC plans for July, they are in constant communication with the local, state, and federal officials responsible for protecting public health and security — and will continue to follow their guidance.


How is the DNC working with states who are delaying their conventions?

  • The DNC’s guidance to state parties is to follow the recommendations of local health officials and prioritize health and safety of all individuals. They know the situation is very different in every state and want to give state parties flexibility to change their plans to address the guidance they are getting on the ground.


  • The DNC will work with any state party that needs to make adjustments as needed to their delegate selection processes so they can continue without major interruptions.


Background:

  • The deadline to elect convention participants is June 20, so state parties have plenty of time to elect delegates.


  • As a reminder, presidential preference is locked at the first determining step, which is new this year.


Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress 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.


  • Congressional Democrats fought to ensure Congress’s third emergency response package puts workers and families ahead of corporations.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


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


DNC WAR ROOM

Affordable Care Act’s 10th Anniversary

  • Ten years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the law is more popular than ever.

    • It’s no wonder — it helped tens of millions of Americans obtain quality, affordable health care coverage, made it illegal for insurers to deny coverage over a preexisting condition or charge women more for their health care than men, allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ plans, required coverage of preventative services and essential health benefits, and so much more.


  • Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, anyone who contracts coronavirus will not be subject to future discrimination from insurance companies.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals prepare for an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as he tries to destroy the law, Trump has been forced to rely on key provisions of the ACA to fight the spread of coronavirus:

    • Essential Health Benefits: Trump has labeled coronavirus tests an “essential health benefit” in order to make them free to patients with ACA-compliant plans, despite spending years pushing to loosen federal rules on what health insurers must cover.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After trying time and again to slash Medicaid and cut millions of Americans from its coverage, the Trump administration is now trying to make it easier for poor Americans to get health care through Medicaid.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: Just months after moving to roll back government inspections standards of nursing homes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency is trying to intensify nursing home inspections.


  • Yet Trump is still arguing in court to overturn the entire health care law, including its preexisting condition protections, and doubled down at a coronavirus briefing this week.


  • At every opportunity, Trump has worked to weaken the ACA and put coverage for millions at risk. Despite promising to create better, more affordable health care, Trump and his repeated acts of sabotage have contributed to rising health care costs and a rise in the uninsured rate.

    • Trump Tried to Repeal the ACA: Throughout 2017, Trump and Republicans in Congress repeatedly tried to push dangerous repeal legislation through that would have kicked upwards of 20 million Americans off their health care, undermined the ACA’s protections for Americans with preexisting conditions, and gutted Medicaid.

    • Trump Sabotaged the ACA: Trump and Republican sabotage of the ACA has contributed to rising health care costs. Last year, premiums for silver benchmark marketplace plans were 16 percent higher than they would have been had Trump and Republicans not succeeded in undermining the law and stoking market uncertainty.

    • Trump Supports a Lawsuit to Overturn the ACA:

      • Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit would cause 21 million Americans to lose their insurance.

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

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

      • Trump promised to protect Medicaid, but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.


  • Trump and Republicans’ efforts to repeal the ACA and sabotage American health care, and Democrats’ efforts to protect the law, expand coverage and lower costs, helped Democrats win races up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018 and 2019, including winning the House majority in the last midterm elections.

    • Health care remains the number one issue on the minds of voters, and among voters who rate it their top issue, Democrats enjoy a significant advantage. With Trump bungling the response to the coronavirus pandemic, you can bet health care will again be the top issue on voters’ minds.


Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. manufacturing was in a mild recession for the entirety of 2019, as factory production shrank by 1.3 percent. And now, the weakened manufacturing and transportation sectors have slowed the supply of vital products amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019, and Trump’s own Department of Agriculture said that it expected farm debt in 2020 to rise to a record $425 billion.

    • The retail industry cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores, a huge spike from the previous year. 


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • More than half of American jobs are at risk and millions have already lost jobs or hours because of the coronavirus outbreak, which only exacerbates the struggles for working families.

    • About half of Americans already live paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’s paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised. 

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.

    • Trump’s tax law eliminated provisions to help companies avoid laying off workers during an economic downturn in order to help fund a bigger cut to the corporate tax rate.

Dear DNC Member,


I hope you had a good weekend and that you are keeping safe. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act please find below a number of pieces from the DNC that you can share with your networks.
  • DNC on 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
  • MEMO: On Its 10th Anniversary, In Midst Of Public Health Crisis, The ACA Is More Valuable Than Ever
  • In Latest Briefing, Trump Doubles Down On ACA Repeal

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

Yours,
 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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DNC on 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act


DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the 10th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law:

“The world is in crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder of just how important health care is American families. Democrats understand that, which is why 10 years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This landmark legislation represented the largest overhaul of our health care system in half a century and improved the lives of millions of Americans.

“Thanks to this law, more than 20 million Americans have gained coverage; the uninsured rate in the United States dropped to a record low; insurers cannot deny or drop coverage for people with preexisting conditions; young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26 years old; states have been able to expand Medicaid, offering care to millions more Americans; more than 55 million women have gained access to birth control with no co-pay; and insurers can no longer impose cruel annual and lifetime limits on the care you can receive.
 
“These reforms have saved lives and made our country stronger. And they have never been more important than right now, as we confront one of the most dangerous pandemics in modern history. Yet, President Trump and Republican lawmakers have made it their mission to repeal the ACA. They’ve tried to pass bill after bill that would kick millions off their health insurance, gut funding for Medicaid, and strip coverage protections from people with preexisting conditions. And when their repeal efforts have failed, they’ve gone to court in an attempt to destroy the law.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this historic law, Democrats are recommitting ourselves to a simple but powerful principle: Health care is a right, and Republican efforts to take it away are wrong. Make no mistake: health care is on the ballot in 2020. And the American people are ready to elect a president they can trust to protect it.”


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MEMORANDUM
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: DNC War Room
DATE: March 23, 2020
RE: On Its 10th Anniversary, In Midst Of Public Health Crisis, The ACA Is More Valuable Than Ever
 




Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the law is more popular than ever. It’s no wonder -- it helped tens of millions of Americans obtain quality, affordable health care coverage, made it illegal for insurers to deny coverage over a preexisting condition or charge women more for their health care than men, allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ plans, required coverage of preventative services and essential health benefits, and so much more.

Now -- in the midst of a global pandemic -- the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.  The protections afforded by the ACA help ensure Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they caught coronavirus. The Trump administration has been forced to rely on several provisions of the ACA as part of the nation’s response to the virus.

And yet, Trump is still arguing in court to overturn the entire health care law, including its preexisting condition protections -- and doubled down at a coronavirus briefing just last night. At every opportunity, Trump has worked to weaken the ACA and put coverage for millions at risk. Despite promising to create better, more affordable health care, Trump and his repeated acts of sabotage have contributed to rising health care costs and a rise in the uninsured rate. Americans shouldn’t have to worry every day about whether the law will be overturned and they’ll lose the ACA’s protections, and whether they will be able to pay their bills because of rising health care costs that Trump failed to lower.

The ACA is more popular than ever.
  • A clear majority of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act. In February, the ACA hit its highest approval rating ever of 55%.
Now -- in the midst of a global pandemic -- the ACA is one of our most critical tools.
 
  • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans. 
     
  • Access To Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 
     
  • Protections For As Many As 133 Million Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions: Under the ACA, anyone who contracts coronavirus will not be subject to future discrimination from insurance companies.
     
  • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need. 
     
  • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks. 
     
  • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.
     
  • Key Support For Rural Hospitals. The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals prepare for an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.
Even as he tries to destroy the law, Trump has been forced to rely on key provisions of the ACA to fight the spread of coronavirus:

According to the Los Angeles Times:
  • Essential Health Benefits: “President Trump and his deputies have urged health insurers to make testing for coronavirus free to patients, calling it an ‘essential benefit,’ despite years of pushing to loosen federal rules on what health insurance plans must cover.”
     
  • Medicaid Expansion: “And the administration is now moving to make it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid, after championing multiple efforts over the last three years to slash the joint federal and state program and cut millions of people from its rolls.”
     
  • Nursing Home Inspections: “The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, pledged to intensify nursing home inspections, just months after moving to roll back government inspection standards the agency called “burdensome.”
 
And yet, Trump will stop at nothing to end the ACA.
  • Trump tried to repeal the ACA:
    • Throughout 2017, Trump and Republicans in Congress repeatedly tried to push dangerous repeal legislation through that would have kicked upwards of 20 million Americans off their health care, undermined the ACA’s protections for Americans with preexisting conditions, and gutted Medicaid.
       
  • Trump sabotaged the ACA:
    • Trump and Republican sabotage of the ACA has contributed to rising health care costs. Last year, premiums for silver benchmark marketplace plans were 16 percent higher than they would have been had Trump and Republicans not succeeded in undermining the law and stoking market uncertainty.
       
  • Trump supports a lawsuit to overturn the ACA: 
    • Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit would cause 21 million Americans to lose their insurance.
       
  • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them -- but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.
     
  • Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership -- but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.
     
  • Trump promised to protect Medicaid -- but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.
     

The politics of health care.
 
But all this has come at a political cost for Trump and Republicans. Their efforts to repeal the ACA and sabotage American health care, and Democrats’ efforts to protect the law, expand coverage and lower costs, have helped Democrats win races up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018 and 2019, including winning the House majority in the last midterm elections.  And still today, health care is the number one issue on the minds of voters, and among voters who rate it their top issue, Democrats enjoy a significant advantage. With Trump bungling the response to the coronavirus pandemic, you can bet health care will again be the top issue on voters’ minds.
 
It’s quite a reversal of fortune in the 10 years since President Obama signed the ACA.  In 2010 and again in 2014, the politics of health care benefitted Republicans with big wins in both those midterm elections.  Of course, their success was built on lies like “death panels.” But ten years later, the truth has won out. And the truth is the Affordable Care Act has improved the health and financial security of millions of Americans. On this anniversary, that’s something to celebrate.


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In Latest Briefing, Trump Doubles Down On ACA Repeal


At his press briefing today, and one day ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Trump doubled down on his lawsuit to repeal the entire law, despite the fact that the law has become one of the most critical tools in the fight against coronavirus. 

FALSE CLAIMS:

Trump doubled down on his lawsuit to overturn the ACA and lied that he is putting great health care in its place -- he has no plan. 
 
CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Noted that his administration supports a lawsuit to eradicate the Affordable Care Act, and asked if he'd reconsider given that people are losing jobs/need health care, Trump says what they're doing is working to ‘get rid of the bad health care and put in a great health care.’”

Trump touted potential coronavirus treatments as being safe and effective, despite health experts warning that hasn’t been proven.

CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Trump on medications approved for other uses and now being tested for the coronavirus: ‘They're not killing people. We're not going to have that.’ Doctors warn that there CAN BE serious side effects to these drugs; they haven't been proven safe and effective here; be careful.”

CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Trump calls the evidence for chloroquine's effectiveness here ‘very strong evidence.’ Fauci says it's ‘anecdotal.’ (Trump notes trials are starting in New York.)”

While talking about veterans suffering from coronavirus, Trump lied about getting the Veterans Choice program passed.

CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Superb: Trump repeats his usual lie about having gotten the Veterans Choice program passed after others failed for ‘many, many decades.’”

FAILED TO LEAD: 

Trump continued to falsely try to pass blame for his failed response on to President Obama.

Washington Post’s James Hohmann: “We've now entered the stage of Trump's daily coronavirus briefing where he blames Obama for his own sluggish response to the crisis. ‘We inherited a broken, obsolete system,’ the president claims.”

Instead of focusing on the concerns of Americans, Trump took time to lament at length about how much the 2016 election cost him.

Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Trump is riffing at length during the coronavirus news conference about how much money it has cost him to be president and how difficult and unfair it is for rich people to run for office.”

Washington Post’s Robert Costa: “As the nation faces economic carnage and futures crater, President Trump is lamenting the money he believes he lost by being elected president of the United States.”

March 19, 2020

Good Afternoon DNC Seniors Council Members,


            In conjunction with the DNC Best Practices Institute, we have prepared a
webinar on the importance of senior vote this year. The webinar highlights the
value and leadership of the DNC Seniors Council, the historic role of the
of the Democratic Party in creating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the 
passage of the Affordable Care Act, current issues important to seniors and
tips on organizing seniors politically. The webinar also compares the 
historical track record of the Democratic and Republican Parties on programs
important to older Americans.
          
         Please feel free to share this webinar with your leadership and
activists. The webinar would be particularly helpful for first time candidates
and for young people who are working on their first campaign.
        You can stay updated on all DNC Best Practices Institute (BPI) trainings,
news and events by signing up for their monthly BPI newsletter. They
will also send periodic updates about local or regional training opportunities
to members of the BPI training community through the following link:

Link: https://democrats.org/take-action/trainings/activists-organizers-candidates/

    I hope you find this webinar useful.

Best Wishes and Stay Safe,
Steve Regenstreif, Chair, Seniors Council

 

Hey Steve, 

Thanks again for leading our Seniors and Retirees webinar this week! As promised, below are the links to the training resources:
- Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PYkfEPmwybXKUSZdkbenN_4AQ43AY1Nh/view?usp=sharing
- PDF slide deck: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lQ2FP_D7UjapSO1_EOlwD3_FCd_FmOJG/view?usp=sharing

A Quick Update

March 20, 2020

Dear Fellow DNC Member,


I wanted to make sure that you saw our exciting news that will allow us to even more rapidly scale our efforts to hire the organizers and build the teams we need to defeat Donald Trump and his Republican Party. 
 
The Bloomberg campaign made an $18 million transfer in the DNC to support its’ Battleground Build-Up 2020 program and to continue its organizing in key states. This comes after Mayor Bloomberg and his team reflected on how best to use the remaining resources of his campaign, and is a compliment to the work of the DNC and the commitment of Mayor Bloomberg’s team to making good on his promise to do everything he can to defeat Trump. While significant in the size of the transfer, these transfers from suspended campaigns are common practice. 

The new transfer from the Bloomberg Campaign will help accelerate the hiring pace for important positions in organizing, data, and operations across the battlegrounds. Simultaneously, the Bloomberg campaign will transfer ownership of several of its former field offices to the DNC or Democratic state parties.  

As outlined in the DNC’s General Election Unity Program, the DNC is working with every former primary presidential campaign to facilitate the transition of their infrastructure into supporting Democrats’ general election efforts -- including staffing, fundraising, and other relevant elements of the campaign programs. 

Most importantly: We now have some expedited hiring to do, and we need your help. As we run a competitive hiring process to fill these newly funded positions, we continue to encourage former primary campaign staff and interested parties to submit their resume to the 2020 General Election Talent Bank. Every resume submitted will be given to the nominee or state coordinated campaign, and everyone who submits a resume to the Talent Bank will receive the DNC’s weekly Talent Bank email, which includes current job openings and training opportunities. Right now, state parties and other Democratic committees are reaching out for resumes from the Talent Bank, and we are actively trying to help all these folks get hired. We’re committed to taking this robust talent pipeline and staffing campaigns and state parties across the country. 

I am heartened every day by the extent to which people are stepping up to defeat Donald Trump — from the volunteer making an extra set of calls, to people like Mayor Bloomberg and his team who are doing it at scale. We all have a role to play, and I’m excited for our work ahead. 

 
Best,
 
Tom
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Dear DNC Member,

 Please find below an update from the DNC's Political & Organizing Director, Muthoni Wambu Kraal.
 
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to my office. 


Yours, 
Jason
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Good Morning,
 
Polls are now open in Florida and Illinois, they will open later this morning east coast time in Arizona. Polls have not opened in Ohio. As reported in the AP, “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine initially asked a court to delay the vote, and when a judge refused to do so the state’s health director declared a health emergency that would prevent the polls from opening.” This is obviously a developing situation and we continue to work closely with the Ohio Democratic Party as we all figure out the next set of actions to protect our voters.


Information on our other contests is below. And, as you would imagine given the news around COVID-19, we have been working closely with state parties, who are in regular contact with their local health and elected officials on the ground.

Today’s elections are all state-run primaries and will include three of the five most delegate-rich states to date: Florida, Illinois, and Ohio are behind only California and Texas in total pledged delegates among these first 31 contests. 
 
By the time these states allocate their delegates, the over 30 contests will have collectively allocated roughly 60 percent of total pledged delegates.
 
These March 17 states continue to offer geographic and demographic diversity, occupying three time zones and having large populations of African American, Latinx, AAPI, and Native American voters.

And states are taking serious precautions. As Illinois prepared for its elections, Governor Pritzker took precautions to ensure voter safety. After every voting machine is utilized, it will be sanitized before another voter uses the booth. Also, hand sanitizer will be readily available at each polling station. In an effort to reduce contact, election authorities have urged citizens to vote by mail; ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday to count. 


Over the weekend, Arizona took precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Arizona closed 80 polling places in Maricopa, and made the remaining 151 locations “vote centers” where voters can cast their ballots anywhere in the county. Over 60% of the electorate usually votes by mail in Arizona.

 
COVID-19--Staying Safe While The Work Continues
The DNC is now working from home and I’m hoping that all of you are as well. As our teams settled into our first remote work week, our thoughtful tech team put together some best practices for working from home. And we loved it. They are a team of 55 dedicated people across 19 states, so they have a lot of collective experience to guide us as we figure out our own routines. Since caring is sharing, please take a read!

Our political and mobilization teams have also put together a set of recommendations on how to continue to organize during this time. They are hosting a Digital Organizing 101 Training this Thursday, March 19 at 1 PM ET and Friday, March 20 at 1 PM ET. I encourage you or someone on your staff to sign up for one of the slots here: https://events.democrats.org/event/262710/

Finally, this Thursday, March 19 at 3 PM ET the CDC is sharing guidance from Dr. Nancy Messonnier on what the CDC knows at this point and how they are responding. You can register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v1NsR-W0TqaqmPgkbPqx9g and submit questions in advance to: eocevent337@cdc.gov

Resources for Voters Today
Today, please lift up the DNC Voter Assistance Hotline 1-833-336-8683 (1-833-DEM-VOTE). Voters can text QUESTION to 43367 too. A social media graphic for the hotline is below.



Please also share IWillVote.com to help ensure that every Democratic voter you touch knows that they can visit IWillVote.com to look up their polling place or caucus site. 
Today, March 17 Contests

Arizona
Arizona polls will open from 6 AM to 7 PM MT. The Arizona primary is only open to voters registered as a Democrat. 409,013 voters cast their ballots in the 2016 Democratic primary election in Arizona. 

AZ Pledged Delegate Allocations

 
  • Statewide: 14 At-Large, 9 PLEO; Proportional by Statewide Results
  • District Level: 44 Proportional by Congressional District Results

Florida
Voters in Florida will cast votes from 7 AM to 7 PM. Over 2 million voters have already cast their ballot via mail. The Florida primary is closed and you need to be registered as a Democrat to vote. In 2016, 1,702,878 voters cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

FL Pledged Delegate Allocations
  • Statewide: 47 At-Large, 29 PLEO; Proportional by Statewide Results
  • District Level: 143 Proportional by Congressional District Results
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Illinois
Voters in Illinois will cast votes in the Democratic primary today. Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM CT. The Illinois primary is open, meaning registered voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. Past Democratic primary turnout reached 2,056,047 in 2016 and 2,038,614 in 2008. Again, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and election officials plan to take extra hygiene precautions at polling centers. Illinois had early voting and extended early voting hours on Sunday and Monday, March 15 and 16. 

IL Pledged Delegate Allocations
  • Statewide: 34 At-Large; 20 PLEO; Proportional by Statewide Results
  • District Level: 101 Proportional by Congressional District Results

You can check to see if you’re registered here and find a sample ballot here.


Warmly,

Muthoni

NOTE 1: Read the Politico story about the letter.

NOTE 2: Link to sign on is at the end.


We welcome women of all backgrounds to join our open letter and build power together to ensure our issues our addressed and our voices heard in this election and in the next Democratic administration. Complete the form below to sign as an individual or organization.


Our statement and demands
Democratic victory in 2020 will depend on record-breaking participation by women. Women are the backbone of the Democratic party. Women are a majority of Democratic voters, volunteers and donors.

Women are not a uniform bloc. Our differences should not divide us; indeed, our diversity is our strength. To win the support of women from all of our diverse communities, candidates must reflect both our shared issues and the specific needs of each of our communities in their platforms and commit to including our voices in representative strength in government.

As women leaders from all backgrounds and communities across our country, building on calls from groups fighting for gender equity and justice, we demand that the Democratic National Committee and the presidential nominee commit to:

1) Nominate a woman to serve as Vice President of the United States and make her voice central to the campaign and administration

2) Appoint a governing majority of women in the presidential cabinet—both cabinet secretaries and political appointees at all levels including White House staff—with appointments that reflect the diversity of our communities

3) Lift up and honor the voices and leadership of women serving on your campaigns including staff and family

4) Meet with women from every community—Black; Latina; Indigenous; Asian and Pacific Islander; white; undocumented and refugee; disabled; lesbian, bi, queer and trans; urban, suburban, rural; young, old; e.g.—and develop a platform that reflects our voices

5) Invest in women-led engagement and mobilization programs

6) Make women’s economic issues a priority of the first 100 days, with a special focus on policies like paid family leave and pay equity that disproportionately affect women

Since 2017, women from all backgrounds have stood up in record numbers, driving Democratic victories. We will continue to work together to build and develop demands and programs to reach all of our communities and mobilize women in record numbers.

Our issues cannot wait. We act together to save our planet, our democracy, our communities, our healthcare, our jobs, our families and ourselves.

Progressive change is only possible—and sustainable—if women continue to participate in record numbers. We will encourage women to run for office, work to create opportunities for women to hold leadership roles in campaigns and government, and strive to break down barriers so women continue to engage in our political process.

This is only the beginning. Women are leading and standing together.

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Dear DNC Member,

 
I hope you are having a good start to your week. Please find the DNC's statement below on the changes that are being made to the Arizona debate.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me or my office. 

 

Yours, 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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“At the request of both campaigns and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience at the Arizona debate taking place on Sunday, March 15th.  The DNC has been in regular communication with local health officials and the Mayor's office, which advised that we could proceed as planned. Nevertheless, our number one priority has and will continue to be the safety of our staff, campaigns, Arizonans and all those involved in the debate.  We will continue to remain in daily contact with all stakeholders through Sunday.”- DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa


March 9, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Arizona Debate Threshold

Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

Trump Breaks Promise Not to Slash Safety Net

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy

Battleground Florida


NEWS OF THE DAY

Arizona Debate Threshold

  • The eleventh Democratic presidential primary debate will be hosted by CNN and Univision on Sunday, March 15 in partnership with CHC BOLD PAC, the political action committee associated with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

    • The debate in Phoenix will take place before Arizona holds its Democratic primary on Tuesday, March 17. Voters in Florida, Illinois and Ohio will also vote that day.

    • The debate will be held at the Arizona Federal Theatre and will air from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.


  • To meet the Delegate Threshold for the Arizona Debate, candidates must have been allocated at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates allocated across all of the contests listed below (“Total Delegate Allocation”) by 9 a.m. ET on March 15, 2020, as calculated and reported by the Associated Press or CNN:

    • Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.


Additional Rules

  • The Total Delegate Allocation will be calculated by adding together all delegates allocated by the Associated Press or CNN to candidates who are actively campaigning for the nomination, those who have suspended or otherwise discontinued their campaigns, and those allocated as “uncommitted.”


  • In the event that the Associated Press or CNN have not allocated a portion of the delegates available in any of the above contests due to the ongoing tabulation of votes, such unallocated delegates will not be counted in the Total Delegate Allocation.


  • The number of delegates needed to qualify for the March debate will be calculated by multiplying the Total Delegate Allocation by 0.20 and rounding the result to the nearest whole number.


  • Each candidate’s delegate percentage will be calculated by dividing the number of pledged delegates allocated to them by the Associated Press or CNN by the Total Delegate Allocation and rounding the result to the nearest whole number.


Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

  • The American people need a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully funded response to keep them safe from the coronavirus threat. Instead, Trump has delivered a haphazard, politicized, and late response.


  • The response to this emergency should be above politics, but Trump has downplayed the danger from the outbreak in an effort to help his reelection campaign. Trump is more concerned about his own image than the health and safety of Americans.

    • Trump administration officials have repeatedly claimed the virus is “contained” even as the number of U.S. cases continues to rise.

    • Trump said last week that he would rather put Americans at risk by keeping them aboard a cruise ship than follow experts’ advice to let them off the ship because he is more concerned about the number of reported cases reflecting poorly on him than he is about treating the ill.

    • Trump has attacked journalists and public officials responding to the outbreak, and tweeted attacks on Democrats more frequently than he has about coronavirus in a clear reflection of his priorities.

    • Throughout the outbreak, Trump has pushed against providing the public with full transparency.

    • Trump has repeatedly claimed anyone who needs a coronavirus test can get one, when that is simply not true and has been contradicted by his own officials.

    • Trump spread misinformation by saying he trusted his “hunch” on coronavirus’ fatality rate over the World Health Organization’s much higher numbers.

    • Trump downplayed coronavirus by calling it a flu that was sometimes “very mild,” and saying that it was okay for people infected with coronavirus to go to work or not get checked by a doctor.

    • Trump falsely tried to blame Obama for his administration’s delayed diagnostic testing.


  • Trump putting Pence in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus is yet another indicator that Trump is not taking the threat to Americans seriously enough.

    • As governor of Indiana, Pence exacerbated an HIV outbreak by putting politics ahead of public health. Pence’s policies more than doubled the number of HIV cases during the crisis.


  • The Trump administration’s dangerous incompetence is showing and putting Americans’ health and safety at risk. The administration is failing to even coordinate with itself.


  • The Trump administration is scrambling to respond to coronavirus after Trump repeatedly proposed budget cuts to critical health funding, and removed top health officials who would’ve led our response to this outbreak.

    • Even as the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

      • Instead of funding global health programs, Trump prioritized further tax cuts for the wealthy and funding his unnecessary border wall.

    • Trump also eliminated the position of senior director for global health security and the National Security Council’s global health security team, responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics, and the NSC’s director for medical and biodefense preparedness remains unfilled.

    • Mike Pence misleadingly touted the availability of coronavirus testing as a guaranteed “essential health benefit.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration is backing a lawsuit to overturn the ACA and end the requirement that insurance companies cover these benefits, and they have expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have to cover these benefits.


Trump Breaks Promise Not to Slash Safety Net

Background: At a Fox News town hall last week, Trump said “we'll be cutting” in response to a question about cutting entitlements.

  • Last week, Trump once again admitted that he plans to cut social safety net programs that millions of Americans rely on, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

    • This is not the first time this year that Trump has admitted that he wants to cut safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he is reelected.


  • It’s clear that Trump lied to Americans when he repeatedly promised not to cut these vital programs.


  • The White House desperately tried to walk back his statement, but it won’t work. Trump has already broken his promises by proposing budgets year after year that would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from these vital programs.

    • Trump’s latest budget would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, and $26 billion from Social Security programs.


  • Trump’s efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are deeply unpopular.

    • 74% of Americans do not want to cut Social Security benefits in any way.

    • 67% do not support Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.


Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress 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.


  • This week, House Democrats will vote on the NO BAN Act, which will repeal Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and the Access to Counsel Act, to ensure that individuals detained while attempting to enter the United States are guaranteed access to legal counsel. The House may also take up Senator Kaine’s bipartisan war powers resolution to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization.


  • Here's a look at some of the bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


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


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

  • Budgets are moral documents, and this one is morally bankrupt. Trump’s FY 2021 budget shows how little he cares about the health, financial security, and well-being of working Americans. It is a testament to his broken promises and includes devastating cuts to health care, while extending his tax cuts for the wealthy and again seeking billions for his unnecessary border wall.

    • The American people deserve real leadership, not cruelty and chaos. It’s time for a president who puts the middle class first.


  • Less than a week after promising quality, affordable health care in his State of the Union, Trump’s budget proposed hundreds of billions in cuts to health care programs that he promised he wouldn’t touch, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    • At the same time, Trump is pursuing a lawsuit that threatens to destroy the ACA, which would end protections for patients with preexisting conditions and strip millions of their health care.


  • Trump said that Republicans stand for “strengthening the safety net for truly needy Americans.” Instead, his budget would cut about $2 trillion from mandatory spending programs, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


  • For the fourth year in a row, Trump also wants to slash the budgets of the EPA, Energy and Interior Departments, prioritizing corporate polluters over the climate crisis and public health.


  • Trump abandoned farmers, who are declaring bankruptcy at near-record rates, by taking billions from the farm safety net, including crop insurance which he promised not to cut.


  • Trump’s budget hurts students by slashing education funding and eliminating college affordability programs.


  • Trump wants to cut billions in funding for foreign aid that strengthens our own national security.

    • This includes cuts to funding for anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, further proving that Trump has never cared about fighting corruption in the country.


  • One thing Trump did prioritize is his unnecessary border wall. Trump promised Mexico would pay for it, but his budget once again makes clear that U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for its costs. Trump is continuing to steal billions from the military for his wall, seizing nearly $4 billion more in funds allocated to military projects.


  • Trump’s budget extends his tax cuts for the wealthy while abandoning his promise to eliminate the debt within eight years.

    • Trump has already added over $3 trillion to the debt over his three years in office.


SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, the Supreme Court said it will take up a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, likely hearing oral arguments in the run-up to the election.

  • Health care and the makeup of the Supreme Court are on the ballot in 2020 – and the American people know that when it comes to protecting their health care, the Democratic Party is the only party that has their back.


  • The lives of millions have been thrown into chaos by Trump’s lawsuit, which puts tens of millions of Americans closer than ever to losing coverage or being denied care because of a preexisting condition. It’s no wonder Americans overwhelmingly trust Democrats more with their health care, and approval of the ACA is at an all-time high.


  • This case is yet another betrayal of the American people and a direct attack on the health and economic security of so many working families. If Trump’s lawsuit succeeds:

    • 21 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

    • As many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage or charged more.

    • Out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs could rise.


  • When Americans head to the polls on November 3, they will have a clear choice: a Democrat who will protect their health care, or a Republican who will take it away.


Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

  • Trump promised to protect Americans health care, but he went to court to destroy our health care and his lawsuit could kick 21 million Americans off their health insurance.

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

    • Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections for as many as 133 million Americans and put insurance companies back in charge.

    • Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans.


  • Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — but that was yet another lie.

    • The Trump administration’s Medicaid block grants would reduce coverage, health services, and financial security while raising costs.

    • Trump’s budgets have repeatedly proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs.

    • The Trump administration is considering proposals to tighten eligibility for Social Security disability, threatening benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    • Earlier this year, Trump admitted that he wants to cut safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he is reelected.


  • Trump promised to lower prescription drug costs — but his drug pricing plans have been abandoned by the administration, blocked by courts, or delayed while drug companies continue to raise prices on many medications. 


Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy

  • Trump claims the country is “in the midst of an economic boom,” but most Americans aren’t feeling any benefits from Trump’s economy.

    • Trump has failed to hit 3% GDP growth every year — much less 4% growth or higher that he promised.

    • Most Americans say Trump’s economy is hurting the working and middle class.


  • Trump claims he turned America’s economy around, but he inherited a vibrant labor market with strong income growth, which has actually slowed on his watch.

    • Economic growth has been slower under Trump than it was in the last three years under Obama.

    • Trump promised he’d raise wages, but wage growth continues to fall, particularly for the middle class.

    • Trump’s erratic policies and impulsive tweets have created uncertainty and anxiety in the economy, which has only been exacerbated by his disastrous response to the coronavirus outbreak.


  • Trump promised he’d boost job creation, but job growth has slowed dramatically. The truth is Obama was a better jobs president than Trump.

    • The economy added 1.5 million fewer jobs in Trump’s first three years than in Obama’s last three years.

    • In each of Trump’s first three years, the economy has added fewer jobs than in Obama’s final year in office.


  • Trump says the unemployment rate has hit a record low, especially for African Americans and Latinos, but these trends started under President Obama.

    • The unemployment rate fell more than 5% under Obama from the peak of the recession, but has only declined another 1.1% under Trump.

    • Black unemployment fell only 1.7% under Trump after declining by over 9% under Obama.

    • The Hispanic unemployment rate only declined by 1.4% under Trump, after declining more than 7% under Obama.


  • Trump promised to bring back manufacturing, but the manufacturing industry has been stuck in a recession for the past year.


  • Trump’s erratic trade policies have been a disaster for America — his reckless tariffs have contributed to a manufacturing recession and near-record high farm bankruptcies, and threaten to increase the cost of living for all Americans.

    • The USDA recently projected China would purchase far less U.S. agriculture this year than before Trump sparked his dispute with China, and nowhere close to the amounts Trump promised under his “phase one” China deal.


  • Trump promised his tax law would pay for itself and benefit workers, but it is helping the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations while leaving everyone else behind.

    • Business investment, which the tax law was supposed to boost, has dropped for three straight quarters for the first time since the Great Recession.

    • For the first time in decades, America’s billionaires paid a lower tax rate in 2018 than the working class.

    • The average tax rate paid by corporations may have hit its lowest in more than three decades, and Trump wants to cut it even further if he wins a second term.

    • The FY 2020 budget deficit will top $1 trillion for the first time since the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to CBO estimates. The deficit is 42% higher than CBO had projected before Trump was elected.


Battleground Florida

Background: Trump will headline a fundraiser in Longwood, and Chair Perez is kicking off a canvass in Oakland Park, FL today.

  • Nearly a year out from Election Day, FDP had raised $5.2 million for the campaign to defeat Trump.

  • The FDP will spend $3.2 million to register 200,000 voters before the 2020 presidential primary and spend an additional $1.2 million on organizing communities of color.

    • Florida Democrats have registered more than 17,000 voters since program launch in June and out-registered Republicans four months in a row for the first time in three years leading up to the 2019 election.

  • FDP and the DNC launched Organizing Corps 2020, a $1.5 million field program that employs 300+ college students tasked with organizing in Florida and other battlegrounds.

  • FDP has already spent more than $500,000 on paid media focused on African American, Hispanic and young voters.

  • FDP has launched a year-round voter protection department — including a 24-hour voter protection hotline.

  • FDP’s campaign to defeat Trump has a paid campaign team of 91 employees, the largest staff of any Democratic state party in the nation — and equal to the Trump Florida campaign and RPOF combined.

    • The Florida Democratic Party currently has 54 paid organizers on the ground, including 20 college fellow organizers, and 10 full-time regional field organizers. They have also hired a director of constituencies and a voter protection director.

  • More Democrats on the ballot means more Democrats turn out to vote. FDP has launched Campaign Blueprint and Municipal Victory Programs to double the number of trained Democratic candidates in Florida compared to 2015.

  • Last year, FDP increased volunteerism by 1221% over 2015, completing more than 34,000 volunteer shifts in 2019.


Floridians are tired of President Trump’s broken promises and relentless attacks on health care, immigrant communities, and the environment. 


  • Democrats won key races in 2018 by highlighting President Trump’s broken promises and the Republican Party’s toxic health care agenda.


  • In 2016, Trump campaigned in Florida on a promise to “protect our Medicare” and “save your Social Security without all the cutting,” but now he admits that he’s open to cutting these programs that Florida’s seniors rely on. 


  • Trump’s shown a disdain for Puerto Ricans by withholding disaster relief from the island and bad mouthing Puerto Rico’s leadership, and he’s on the wrong side of Florida’s Latinx community: his embrace of Venezuela’s Juan Guaido extends only to him, as he’s not committed to protecting Venezuelans in Florida through TPS. 


  • Floridians know the importance of stopping near-shore drilling, but the Trump administration has repeatedly toyed with plans to auction off Florida’s coastal waters.

March 5, 2020

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:
  • Trump Has Failed Latino Communities
  • Trump Institutes 24-Hour Surveillance Of Immigrants And Continues Enforcing Unlawful Immigration Policy

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Trump Has Failed Latino Communities

When Trump speaks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit today, he won’t be able to defend his failure to deliver for Latino families.

Trump’s tax law disproportionately failed to benefit Latinos.

New York Times: “As a result, the average tax cut going to a white American household is more than double one going to a black or Latino one.”

Center for Public Integrity: “Some of the biggest tax cuts in 2025 are for those earning more than $75,000, with rate reductions between 0.6 percent and 1.5 percent of income, according to JCT. About 44 percent of white Americans earn this amount compared with 24 percent of blacks and 30 percent of Hispanics, according to the Center’s analysis.”

Latinos represent 18 percent of the U.S. population, but Latino households received only about seven percent of Trump’s tax cuts.

Census Bureau: “Hispanics constituted 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population.”

New York Times: “Latinos got about 7 percent, although their share of all income is 8 percent. In total, the analysis estimates, whites will get $218 billion in tax cuts this year as a result of the law. Black and Latino Americans will get about $32 billion combined.”

Instead of boosting their incomes, wage growth and job creation have slowed for Latinos under Trump.

St. Louis Fed: Real weekly wages for Hispanic Americans increased by over 9% under Obama from the end of the recession, but have risen less than 4% under Trump.

BLS: After declining more than 7% under Obama, the Hispanic unemployment rate has only declined by 1.5% under Trump.

Trump’s decision to rescind DACA and eliminate protections for TPS recipients could devastate the Latino communities and the entire U.S. economy.

Center For American Progress: “Using data from two Center for American Progress publications—a report that estimates the gross domestic product (GDP) declines that would accompany removing all unauthorized workers from the country and a survey that estimates the share of DACA recipients who are employed—CAP estimates that ending DACA would result in a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP over the next decade. Ending DACA would remove an estimated 685,000 workers from the nation’s economy.” 

New American Economy: “In 2017, the 318,000 TPS recipients in the country earned almost $7.3 billion in total income. Their labor force participation rates were also particularly high, topping 94.1 percent… Meanwhile, although a relatively small population, TPS holders still paid an impressive $891 million into federal tax coffers.” 

New American Economy: “In 2017 alone, TPS holders and the DACA-eligible together contributed more than $5.5 billion in taxes, including almost $2.5 billion to state and local governments.”
 


 

Trump Institutes 24-Hour Surveillance Of Immigrants And Continues Enforcing Unlawful Immigration Policy

The Trump administration once again escalated its anti-immigrant agenda this week. It will continue its illegal policy of deporting migrants awaiting asylum, and is now conducting 24-hour surveillance of immigrants to increase arrests. Thanks to a just-released inspector general report, we also learned new details about how the administration carried out Trump’s cruel family separations at the border.

A court ruled that the Trump administration will be able to continue to enforce its illegal “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Wall Street Journal: “A federal appeals court for now agreed to narrow the effect of its recent ruling that blocked a Trump administration policy of returning immigrants at the southern U.S. border to Mexico while their requests for asylum are considered. The San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an order issued Wednesday, said it ruled correctly last week that the administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is unlawful. But the court acknowledged the ‘intense and active controversy’ over nationwide injunctions against administration policies and said it would limit its ruling for now to the two border states within its jurisdiction: Arizona and California. That means the Trump administration could continue enforcing the policy in the border states of New Mexico and Texas for months while it mounts a Supreme Court appeal.”

The Trump administration began 24-hour surveillance and plans to deploy hundreds of officers in unmarked cars to arrest “as many undocumented immigrants as possible.”

New York Times: “Intensifying its enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun 24-hour-a-day surveillance operations around the homes and workplaces of undocumented immigrants. The agency plans to deploy hundreds of additional officers in unmarked cars in the coming weeks to increase arrests in cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.”

An inspector general report released today shows HHS officials failed to act on repeated staff warnings about Trump’s cruel family separations — and were told not to put controversial information into writing.

CNN: “Senior Department of Health and Human Services officials failed to act on repeated warnings from staff about family separations at the US-Mexico border, and staff members were advised not to put controversial information in writing, according to a HHS inspector general report released Thursday.”

March 7, 2020

Dear DNC Women's Caucus Member,


Please find a message from DNC Women's Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford & Women's Political Director Taylor Barnes, below. 
 

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Dear Women’s Caucus Members, 

Welcome to one of my favorite months of the year - Women’s History Month! And this week is even more special, as we mark International Women’s Day this Saturday. While we haven’t broken that highest and hardest glass ceiling, there are incredible Democrats running up and down the ticket, and we are continuing to work hard building the infrastructure for the eventual Democratic nominee. 

As I write to you today, I reflect upon how much progress we’ve made in my lifetime alone. In 2018e, we elected more women than ever before to Congress and managed to win back the Speaker’s gavel for Nancy Pelosi. We’re now at a place where universal childcare is a part of many candidates’ platforms. And reproductive rights are considered health care, as they should be. But I’m also reminded of how far we have to go. The pay gap persists and is far worse for women of color. Black maternal mortality is still a crisis. And worst of all, a misogynist is still in the White House. But -- this is why our work is so important and why I am so proud to fight alongside you all today. So in honor of International Women’s Day, let’s spread the message of collective action. Here are five ways the women in your life can help push for progress: 

 

  1. Check their voter registration (or register)! Your vote is your voice and it’s going to be critical you can use it in November. Check your registration (or register) at IWillVote.com
     
  2. Sign up for Women’s Organizing Updates: We want to make sure you are in the loop on organizing opportunities and know how to take action all year long. Sign up here for our Women for the Win newsletter. 
     
  3. Encourage a woman to run for office (or decide to yourself!): We can change the face of leadership. Nominate a woman you know with She Should Run, and if you know you want to run yourself, EMILY’s ListEmerge America, and Higher Heights have incredible training workshops and networks. 
     
  4. Sign Up to Volunteer: Depending on where you live, there are races up and down the ticket that could use your help - including registering more voters! See what opportunities there are here
     
  5. Text READY to 43367 for updates: Make sure you stay on top of breaking Democratic news by being on our SMS list! Just ready READY to the number 43367 and you’ll be signed up.

Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of democracy. We hope you have a great rest of your Women’s History Month! 

Sincerely, 

Lottie Shackleford and Taylor Barnes 

End of Week Recap

March 7, 2020

Dear DNC Member,



Hope you had a wonderful week. We wanted to send you a few pieces of information as you head into your weekend:
  • Trump Says He Wants To Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid
  • Coronavirus Update
  • A Very Super Tuesday: Democrats Smash Turnout Records

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to my office. 


Yours, 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Trump Wants To Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

Last night, Trump once again admitted that he plans to cut social safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

MACCALLUM: "If you don't cut something in entitlements, you'll never really deal with the debt."

TRUMP: "Oh, we'll be cutting."

This morning, the White House desperately tried to walk back Trump’s comments, but it won’t work. We already know what Trump wants to do. 

Trump’s said it before.

KERNEN: “Entitlements ever be on your plate?”

TRUMP: “At some point they will be. We have tremendous growth. We’re going to have tremendous growth. This next year I-- it’ll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that’s actually the easiest of all things.”

And he’s shown us. 

Year after year, Trump’s budgets have called for hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

  • Trump’s FY21 budget proposal called for a net Medicare cut of $480 billion.
  • Trump’s FY21 budget called for $24 billion in cuts to Social Security programs.
  • Trump’s FY21 budget would cut Medicaid spending by $920 billion over 10 years.
  • Trump’s FY20 budget proposed cutting $575 billion from Medicare. 
  • Trump’s FY20 budget proposed a $26 billion cut to Social Security programs.
  • Trump’s FY20 budget would cut overall Medicaid spending by nearly $1.5 trillion.
  • Trump’s FY19 budget proposed $72.5 billion in cuts to SSDI and Supplemental Security Income.
  • Trump’s FY19 budget proposed cutting Medicare spending by $554 billion.
  • Trump’s FY19 budget would cut Medicaid spending by about $250 billion.
  • Trump’s FY18 budget called for a $70 billion cut to SSDI benefits.
  • Trump’s FY 18 budget proposed a $600 billion cut to Medicaid.

Coronavirus

The DNC is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the quickly evolving situation, we wanted to assure you that we are following the developments and will continue to evaluate the potential impacts on our organization and our work. We are in communication with the state parties, the convention team, and our other partners as this continues to develop.

We have released guidance to DNC employees on the importance of staying home if you are showing any symptoms of illness, as well as the resources below. Please feel free to pass along and share these links. 
 
Coronavirus 2019 Resource Information

A Very Super Tuesday: Democrats Smash Turnout Records


 Across the country, Democratic voters turned out in record numbers to make Donald Trump a one-term president.

As Super Tuesday results poured in, Donald Trump had plenty to be nervous about. In every corner of the country, voters flocked to cast their ballots for Democrats, smashing turnout records along the way. See for yourself: 

In Virginia:

  • More than 1.3 million Virginia Democrats voted in this year’s primary, blowing past 2016 (785,190) and 2008 (986,203). That represents an increase of nearly 70% over 2016.

In Maine:

  • Associated Press: “Top election official: Maine turnout ‘heavier than expected’”

  • Bangor Daily News: “Maine poised to beat turnout projections in Tuesday’s presidential primary”

In Colorado:

  • Denver Post: “Participation in the Democratic primary already was nearly five times as high as caucus turnout in 2016, as of late Tuesday.”

  • With 82% of precincts reporting, more than 756,000 Colorado Democrats voted in this year’s primary, compared to fewer than 125,000 in 2016.

In Texas:

In Minnesota:

  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press: “Turnout strong for Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday vote”

    • “Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday primary appears to have accomplished what state lawmakers wanted when they ditched presidential caucuses: more voter participation.”

    • “With 99.7 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, nearly 885,000 Minnesotans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary. In 2016, just 318,000 people participated in caucuses statewide.”

  • Duluth News Tribune: Approximately 82,000 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party absentee ballots were requested, compared to roughly 12,000 Republican ballots.

In North Carolina:

In California:

  • “Ballot turnouts were running about 40 percent higher than 2016 in Orange County as of Monday, and election officials estimate overall turnout could reach about the mid-60s. Vote-by-mail ballots were on track to beat the 2012 turn-in by 70 percent, Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said.”

In Tennessee:

  • In a victory for voters, a Tennessee judge ruled in favor of an injunction filed by the Tennessee Democratic Party to extend polling hours following a devastating tornado in Middle Tennessee.

In Utah:

  • Daily Herald: “Utah sees record-breaking turnout during first Super Tuesday presidential primary”

  • More than 175,000 Utah Democrats voted in this year’s primary, more than double the 81,606 who caucused in 2016, and more than the 131,403 who voted in the 2008 primary.

In Massachusetts:

In Alabama:

In Arkansas:

  • More than 230,000 Arkansas Democrats turned out to vote, surpassing turnout in 2016 (221,000).

In Vermont:

  • More than 157,000 Vermont Democrats voted this year, topping 2008 turnout and outpacing 2016 by nearly 23,000 votes.

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March 4, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Super Tuesday’s High Democratic Primary Turnout

Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

SCOTUS Takes up Republicans’ Assault on Reproductive Freedom

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Super Tuesday’s High Democratic Primary Turnout

  • Democrats across the country turned out in record numbers to vote yesterday. Our party is energized like never before and reforms to the nominating process are helping increase participation. Across the country, people are turning out to vote for Democrats and mobilizing to defeat Donald Trump.


  • Recent DNC reforms encouraged state parties to use a government-run primary system, and four Super Tuesday states — Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and Utah — converted from caucuses in 2016 to primaries in 2020, which greatly increased voter participation in these states relative to 2016.

    • Super Tuesday primaries offer more opportunities for accessibility, including 10 states that offer vote-by-mail options and 14 states that offer varying absentee voting windows.


Overall

  • Our party is energized like never before and reforms to the nominating process are helping increase participation. Across the country, people are turning out to vote for Democrats and mobilizing to defeat Donald Trump.


  • Democrats are united: “82% say they will vote for the eventual Democratic nominee whoever it is.” [FROM ABC EXIT POLLING]


  • High African American turnout, making up a sizable portion of the electorate in Alabama (46%), North Carolina (27%), Virginia (27%) and Tennessee (26%). [FROM ABC EXIT POLLING] 


  • High LGBTQ turnout: LGBTQ voters made up roughly one in ten Democratic voters on Super Tuesday. [FROM NBC EXIT POLLING]



Alabama


Arkansas

  • High turnout: More than 230,000 turned out to vote, surpassing turnout from 2016 (221,000).


California

  • Orange County Registrar of Voters: “Ballot turnouts were running about 40 percent higher than 2016 in Orange County as of Monday, and election officials estimate overall turnout could reach about the mid-60s. Vote-by-mail ballots were on track to beat the 2012 turn-in by 70 percent, Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said.”


Colorado

  • High turnout (caucus to primary): “Colorado's switch from caucuses to open primaries has already quintupled turnout in the Democratic primary... and that was before Election Day.”

    • More than 750,000 Colorado Democrats voted in this year’s primary, compared to fewer than 125,000 in 2016.


Maine

  • Associated Press: “Top election official: Maine turnout ‘heavier than expected’”

  • Bangor Daily News: “Maine poised to beat turnout projections in Tuesday’s presidential primary”


Massachusetts

  • More than 1.3 million Democrats voted in yesterday’s primary, more than 2016 (1,220,296) and 2008 (1,263,764).


Minnesota

  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press: “Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday primary appears to have accomplished what state lawmakers wanted when they ditched presidential caucuses: more voter participation. … Nearly 885,000 Minnesotans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary. In 2016, just 318,000 people participated in caucuses statewide."


North Carolina

  • More than 1.3 million North Carolina Democrats turned out to vote, surpassing 2016’s turnout of 1.1 million.


Oklahoma

  • Health care was the number one issue for Oklahoma Democratic primary voters, according to a New York Times exit poll, with a majority saying it was the biggest determining factor in how they voted.


Tennessee

  • More than 515,000 turned out to vote, topping turnout in 2016 (370,000).

  • In a victory for voters, a judge sided with the Tennessee Democratic Party and several Democratic presidential candidates, and ordered all polling sites in Nashville open an additional hour and five voting “super sites” open an additional three hours.


Texas


Utah

  • More than 175,000 Utah Democrats voted in this year’s primary, more than double the 81,606 who caucused in 2016, and more than the 131,403 who voted in the 2008 primary.


Vermont

  • WCAX: “In 2016, 135,256 people voted for a Democratic candidate. In 2020, 157,649 people voted for a Democratic candidate. That means about 22,000 more people voted for a Democratic candidate in 2020.”


Virginia

  • Massive turnout: More than 1.3 million people voted in this year’s Democratic primary, blowing past 2016 (785,190) and 2008 (986,203).

    • That’s an increase of almost 70% over 2016.

    • Turnout exceeded 23%, surpassing the 2008 record of 20%.

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Virginia Democratic primary turnout highest on record, surpassing 2008”


American Samoa

  • Almost 50% more people turned out to caucus in American Samoa this year (351) compared to 2016 (223), and more than caucused in 2008 (285).


In the early states, Democratic voters also blew through previous presidential years’ turnout:


New Hampshire

  • With more than 300,000 votes cast, New Hampshire Democrats topped 2008’s historic turnout (288,672) and zoomed past 2016’s turnout (254,780). Women accounted for 57% of Democratic turnout, according to exit polls.


Nevada

  • Roughly 105,000 Nevadans turned out, including nearly 75,000 who caucused during the historic four days of in-person early voting. Total turnout was roughly 25% higher than in 2016 and a majority of Nevadans who caucused were first-time caucus-goers.


South Carolina

  • A record-breaking 539,136 South Carolinians voted in this year’s primary, shattering 2016’s total (370,904) and beating 2008’s turnout (532,151).


Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

  • The American people need a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully funded response to keep them safe from the coronavirus threat. Instead, Trump has delivered a haphazard, politicized, and late response.


  • The response to this emergency should be above politics, but Trump has downplayed the danger from the outbreak in an effort to help his reelection campaign. Trump is more concerned about his own image than the health and safety of Americans.

    • While Trump calls criticisms of his administration’s lack of preparedness for the virus a “hoax,” and falsely claims experts’ warnings about a potential outbreak are a ploy to hurt him politically, Democrats are focused on addressing this public health crisis in a smart, scientific and strategic way.


  • Trump accuses Democrats of politicizing coronavirus, but he is seizing on the crisis to push his own political agenda. Instead of focusing on how to stop the outbreak, Trump and his administration have focused on how to take advantage of it.


  • Trump putting Pence in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus is yet another indicator that Trump is not taking the threat to Americans seriously enough.

    • As governor of Indiana, Pence exacerbated an HIV outbreak by putting politics ahead of public health. Pence’s policies more than doubled the number of HIV cases during the crisis.


  • The Trump administration’s dangerous incompetence is showing and putting Americans’ health and safety at risk. The administration is failing to even coordinate with itself.

    • Trump contradicted his own public health officials by saying a vaccine would be ready “rapidly” at the very same press conference where they said it wouldn’t be available for 1–1.5 years.

    • Trump has claimed the risk to Americans is low and coronavirus will just “disappear,” but health experts in his administration have warned the virus will cause a “substantial disruption” to Americans lives.


  • The Trump administration is scrambling to respond to coronavirus after Trump repeatedly proposed budget cuts to critical health funding, and removed top health officials who would’ve led our response to this outbreak.

    • Even as the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

      • Instead of funding global health programs, Trump prioritized further tax cuts for the wealthy and funding his unnecessary border wall.

    • Trump also eliminated the position of senior director for global health security and the National Security Council’s global health security team, responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics, and the NSC’s director for medical and biodefense preparedness remains unfilled.


  • The White House finally recognized the value of funding these programs, but the $1.25 billion in new funds it initially requested is too little too late. Trump asked for far less than experts say is necessary to fight the spreading disease, so congressional Democrats proposed a much more robust emergency funding package.

    • Democrats’ funding proposal doesn’t steal funding from other priorities, prevents Trump from using the funds for anything other than fighting coronavirus and infectious diseases, helps ensure vaccines will be affordable and readily available, provides loans to small businesses impacted by the outbreak, and reimburses state and local governments for costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the outbreak.


SCOTUS Takes up Republicans’ Assault on Reproductive Freedom

Background: Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, which conservative justices could use to effectively ban abortion for many people without overturning Roe v. Wade.

  • Republicans’ attacks on reproductive rights have culminated in the Supreme Court once again taking up a case that could undercut the right to choose.


  • Trump and Republicans are coming for women’s rights and freedoms, from imposing a gag rule on Title X to trying to ban abortion after 20 weeks to creating barriers that inhibit access to reproductive health care.


  • This Supreme Court case is not about protecting health care. It is just another assault on women’s rights and health, and could be the beginning of the end for Roe v. Wade by allowing states to restrict abortion to the point that it’s inaccessible for most.


  • If Republicans get their way, millions of people could lose access to reproductive health care, including birth control and safe, legal abortion. Access to health care should not be determined by income, race, or geography.


  • Democrats believe that women have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. We believe in making it easier, not harder, for women to get the information they need when making these decisions.


  • The vast majority of Americans support access to safe, legal abortion and birth control. Democrats will not stop fighting Republicans’ assault on basic health care.


Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress 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.


  • This week, House Democrats will vote on legislation to ensure the TSA’s workforce is afforded the same rights and protections of other federal workers, and will vote on an emergency funding package for the coronavirus outbreak.


  • Here's a look at some of the bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


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


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

  • Budgets are moral documents, and this one is morally bankrupt. Trump’s FY 2021 budget shows how little he cares about the health, financial security, and well-being of working Americans. It is a testament to his broken promises and includes devastating cuts to health care, while extending his tax cuts for the wealthy and again seeking billions for his unnecessary border wall.

    • The American people deserve real leadership, not cruelty and chaos. It’s time for a president who puts the middle class first.


  • Less than a week after promising quality, affordable health care in his State of the Union, Trump’s budget proposed hundreds of billions in cuts to health care programs that he promised he wouldn’t touch, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    • At the same time, Trump is pursuing a lawsuit that threatens to destroy the ACA, which would end protections for patients with preexisting conditions and strip millions of their health care.


  • Trump said that Republicans stand for “strengthening the safety net for truly needy Americans.” Instead, his budget would cut about $2 trillion from mandatory spending programs, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


  • For the fourth year in a row, Trump also wants to slash the budgets of the EPA, Energy and Interior Departments, prioritizing corporate polluters over the climate crisis and public health.


  • Trump abandoned farmers, who are declaring bankruptcy at near-record rates, by taking billions from the farm safety net, including crop insurance which he promised not to cut.


  • Trump’s budget hurts students by slashing education funding and eliminating college affordability programs.


  • Trump wants to cut billions in funding for foreign aid that strengthens our own national security.

    • This includes cuts to funding for anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, further proving that Trump has never cared about fighting corruption in the country.


  • One thing Trump did prioritize is his unnecessary border wall. Trump promised Mexico would pay for it, but his budget once again makes clear that U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for its costs. Trump is continuing to steal billions from the military for his wall, seizing nearly $4 billion more in funds allocated to military projects.


  • Trump’s budget extends his tax cuts for the wealthy while abandoning his promise to eliminate the debt within eight years.

    • Trump has already added over $3 trillion to the debt over his three years in office.


SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Background: On Monday, the Supreme Court said it will take up a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, likely hearing oral arguments in the run-up to the election.

  • Health care and the makeup of the Supreme Court are on the ballot in 2020 – and the American people know that when it comes to protecting their health care, the Democratic Party is the only party that has their back.


  • The lives of millions have been thrown into chaos by Trump’s lawsuit, which puts tens of millions of Americans closer than ever to losing coverage or being denied care because of a preexisting condition. It’s no wonder Americans overwhelmingly trust Democrats more with their health care, and approval of the ACA is at an all-time high.


  • This case is yet another betrayal of the American people and a direct attack on the health and economic security of so many working families. If Trump’s lawsuit succeeds:

    • 21 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

    • As many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage or charged more.

    • Out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs could rise.


  • When Americans head to the polls on November 3, they will have a clear choice: a Democrat who will protect their health care, or a Republican who will take it away.


Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

  • Trump promised to protect Americans health care, but he went to court to destroy our health care and his lawsuit could kick 21 million Americans off their health insurance.

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

    • Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections for as many as 133 million Americans and put insurance companies back in charge.

    • Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans.


  • Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — but that was yet another lie.

    • The Trump administration’s Medicaid block grants would reduce coverage, health services, and financial security while raising costs.

    • Trump’s budgets have repeatedly proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs.

    • The Trump administration is considering proposals to tighten eligibility for Social Security disability, threatening benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    • Earlier this year, Trump admitted that he wants to cut safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he is reelected.


  • Trump promised to lower prescription drug costs — but his drug pricing plans have been abandoned by the administration, blocked by courts, or delayed while drug companies continue to raise prices on many medications. 


Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy

  • Trump claims the country is “in the midst of an economic boom,” but most Americans aren’t feeling any benefits from Trump’s economy.

    • Trump has failed to hit 3% GDP growth every year — much less 4% growth or higher that he promised.

    • Most Americans say Trump’s economy is hurting the working and middle class.


  • Trump claims he turned America’s economy around, but he inherited a vibrant labor market with strong income growth, which has actually slowed on his watch.

    • Economic growth has been slower under Trump than it was in the last three years under Obama.

    • Trump promised he’d raise workers’ wages, but middle-class income growth has slowed dramatically.

    • Trump promised he’d put more money in the pockets of working families, but inflation-adjusted average weekly earnings haven’t grown at all over the last year.


  • Trump promised he’d boost job creation, but job growth has slowed dramatically. The truth is Obama was a better jobs president than Trump.

    • The economy added 1.5 million fewer jobs in Trump’s first three years than in Obama’s last three years.

    • In each of Trump’s first three years, the economy has added fewer jobs than in Obama’s final year in office.


  • Trump says the unemployment rate has hit a record low, especially for African Americans and Latinos, but these trends started under President Obama.

    • The unemployment rate fell more than 5% under Obama from the peak of the recession, but has only declined another 1.1% under Trump.

    • Black unemployment fell only 1.5% under Trump after declining by over 9% under Obama.

    • The Hispanic unemployment rate only declined by 1.5% under Trump, after declining more than 7% under Obama.


  • Trump promised to bring back manufacturing, but the manufacturing industry has been stuck in a recession for the past year and cut jobs in three of the last four months.


  • Trump’s erratic trade policies have been a disaster for America — his reckless tariffs have contributed to a manufacturing recession and near-record high farm bankruptcies, and threaten to increase the cost of living for all Americans.

    • The USDA recently projected China would purchase far less U.S. agriculture this year than before Trump sparked his dispute with China, and nowhere close to the amounts Trump promised under his “phase one” China deal.


  • Trump promised his tax law would pay for itself and benefit workers, but it is helping the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations while leaving everyone else behind.

    • Business investment, which the tax law was supposed to boost, has dropped for three straight quarters for the first time since the Great Recession.

    • For the first time in decades, America’s billionaires paid a lower tax rate in 2018 than the working class.

    • The average tax rate paid by corporations may have hit its lowest in more than three decades, and Trump wants to cut it even further if he wins a second term.

    • The FY 2020 budget deficit will top $1 trillion for the first time since the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to CBO estimates. The deficit is 42% higher than CBO had projected before Trump was elected.

Dear DNC Member,



I hope you had a wonderful Super Tuesday. Please find below our press release on the great turnout we saw from Democrats across the country.
 
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to my office. 


Yours, 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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A Very Super Tuesday: Democrats Smash Turnout Records

Across the country, Democratic voters turned out in record numbers to make Donald Trump a one-term president.

As Super Tuesday results poured in last night, Donald Trump had plenty to be nervous about. In every corner of the country, voters flocked to cast their ballots for Democrats, smashing turnout records along the way. See for yourself: 

In Virginia:

  • More than 1.3 million Virginia Democrats voted in this year’s primary, blowing past 2016 (785,190) and 2008 (986,203). That represents an increase of nearly 70% over 2016.

In Maine:

  • Associated Press: “Top election official: Maine turnout ‘heavier than expected’”

  • Bangor Daily News: “Maine poised to beat turnout projections in Tuesday’s presidential primary”

In Colorado:

  • Denver Post: “Participation in the Democratic primary already was nearly five times as high as caucus turnout in 2016, as of late Tuesday.”

  • With 82% of precincts reporting, more than 756,000 Colorado Democrats voted in this year’s primary, compared to fewer than 125,000 in 2016.

In Texas:

In Minnesota:

  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press: “Turnout strong for Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday vote”

    • “Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday primary appears to have accomplished what state lawmakers wanted when they ditched presidential caucuses: more voter participation.”

    • “With 99.7 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, nearly 885,000 Minnesotans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary. In 2016, just 318,000 people participated in caucuses statewide.”

  • Duluth News Tribune: Approximately 82,000 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party absentee ballots were requested, compared to roughly 12,000 Republican ballots.

In North Carolina:

In California:

  • “Ballot turnouts were running about 40 percent higher than 2016 in Orange County as of Monday, and election officials estimate overall turnout could reach about the mid-60s. Vote-by-mail ballots were on track to beat the 2012 turn-in by 70 percent, Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said.”

In Tennessee:

  • In a victory for voters, a Tennessee judge ruled in favor of an injunction filed by the Tennessee Democratic Party to extend polling hours following a devastating tornado in Middle Tennessee.

In Utah:

  • Daily Herald: “Utah sees record-breaking turnout during first Super Tuesday presidential primary”

  • More than 175,000 Utah Democrats voted in this year’s primary, more than double the 81,606 who caucused in 2016, and more than the 131,403 who voted in the 2008 primary.

In Massachusetts:

In Alabama:

In Arkansas:

  • More than 230,000 Arkansas Democrats turned out to vote, surpassing turnout in 2016 (221,000).

In Vermont:

  • More than 157,000 Vermont Democrats voted this year, topping 2008 turnout and outpacing 2016 by nearly 23,000 votes.

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