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


May 27, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. As we near 100,000 deaths, Trump spent last weekend tweeting and golfing. Our country has nearly 30% of the world’s confirmed cases and deaths, despite having less than 5% of the world’s population. Despite Trump’s claims, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump’s administration delayed purchasing PPE and relied on unproven vendors that further slowed equipment delivery. Trump’s failure to secure supplies forced the vast majority of U.S. nurses to dangerously reuse PPE. President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump’s team even killed a rule written by the Obama administration that would have helped protect health workers during pandemics like COVID-19. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February.


  • Trump continues to contradict and muzzle his own public health experts. Trump said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, which several studies link to an increased risk of death, and falsely denied the FDA’s warning about the drug. Trump refuses to wear a mask in public and mocks those who do. Trump’s White House delayed CDC from issuing a global travel advisory and allowed about 66,000 European travelers a day to stream into American airports, which became the largest source of infections in the U.S.


  • Trump is putting American lives and livelihoods at risk to further his political interests. Trump threatened to “override” governors who keep restrictions on houses of worship after seeing his poll numbers falling with evangelicals, even though the CDC only issued “non-binding public health guidance.” Facing catastrophic job losses, Trump and the GOP have dragged their feet on another relief bill and Trump has no plan to get Americans back to work. Trump’s testing failures and downplaying of the crisis are responsible for an unemployment crisis that other countries have avoided.


  • Trump has failed on testing. Trump’s new testing plan remains woefully inadequate by leaving responsibility with states and denying the current testing shortage exists. There is bipartisan agreement from senators, health officials, and a majority of Americans that we need dramatically more testing, but Trump falsely claims we have enough. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump is failing communities of color, whose lives and livelihoods are disproportionately at risk. Black and Latino Americans are dying at far higher rates than white Americans, and are three times as likely to know someone who has died of COVID-19. The number of working Black and Latino business owners plummeted by more than 40% and 32% from February to April, compared to a 22% drop among all business owners — perhaps because only 12% of Black and Latino business owners say they have received the relief aid from the Trump administration. The Hispanic unemployment rate is a record high (18.9%), and Hispanic and Black Americans are the most likely to report being laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Loans have even gone to landlords and others who are prohibited from receiving funds. Meanwhile, Trump’s failed implementation of a child hunger program has left millions of families unable to purchase food. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until airlines forced his hand and more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed. Now, while Trump tries to scapegoat the WHO, China is trying to fill the void created by a lack of American global leadership.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Background: Last week, Trump threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting during a pandemic.


  • Trump’s threats against Michiganders and Nevadans are reprehensible but unfortunately not surprising. Trump will do anything in his power to prevent more Americans from voting — up to and including threatening to illegally withhold congressionally appropriated funding to states.


  • Trump is attacking states’ efforts to expand voting access because he’s afraid he’ll lose in November if everyone can vote.

    • Trump himself told us so: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because Republicans’ agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.



  • There is nothing illegal or fraudulent about voting by mail. In fact, it is a necessity to ensure Americans are able to exercise their most fundamental right during this pandemic.

    • What may be illegal, and is certainly unethical, is withholding congressionally appropriated funding from a state in an attempt to prevent citizens from voting. 

    • Numerous studies have shown that all types of voter fraud in the U.S. are extremely rare, and Trump’s own voting rights commission found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.


  • Nevada’s predominantly vote-by-mail primary election was ordered by a Republican secretary of state, who Democrats are fighting in court to ensure voters also have the option to vote in person should they choose to.


  • Trump complained about Michigan sending absentee ballot applications to voters who already have the constitutional right to vote by mail, but didn’t threaten several Republican-controlled states — including Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia — that are doing the same.

    • Mailing absentee ballot applications to voters is something the Republican National Committee has said it has no problem with! Just last week, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters.”


  • What Trump’s tweets make crystal clear is that he and the Republican Party are restricting Americans’ right to vote, while the Democratic Party is fighting to protect that right.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail, and even Trump’s campaign pollster found Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding to expand absentee voting options in November.


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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats passed the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for additional relief for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as an inevitable result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration is promoting new safety requirements for nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.



--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

Dear Adrianne---

In mid-August, the Democratic Party will convene for the nominating convention, and the Party’s four-year platform will be approved. We know who the Democratic nominee will be. The platform, though, is another matter.

These are extraordinary times, and this is an extraordinarily important election. Democratic Party leadership can not repeat the mistakes of previous platform processes. They must throw out the old playbook. They must run the most public, transparent and inclusive platform drafting process in the history of the party.

We’re calling on the party to reimagine this process and make this commitment. Read the details at Medium.

Platforms send a clear message about where the party is, where the party is heading, and where the party separates itself from Donald Trump and the Republican Party. So does the process by which platforms are created.

While this Council is working to draft a set of bold and aggressive climate and environment recommendations for the platform, our recommendations are just one piece of the larger plan for our Party.


The Democratic Party needs a platform that is bold and visionary, and a process that is public, transparent and inclusive from the start.

It is nearly June, and the Democratic Party has yet to disclose the platform process. The coronavirus poses real logistical challenges to both the convention and the platform drafting process. But Democrats can not use that as an excuse to retreat behind closed doors.

In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we live our values and put them into action.


Read more and let us know your thoughts.


In solidarity,

Michelle Deatrick
Chair, DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council


May 26, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. As we near 100,000 deaths, Trump spent the weekend tweeting and golfing. Our country has nearly 30% of the world’s confirmed cases and deaths, despite having less than 5% of the world’s population. Despite Trump’s claims, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump is putting American lives and livelihoods at risk to further his political interests. Trump threatened to “override” governors who keep restrictions on houses of worship after seeing his poll numbers falling with evangelicals, even though the CDC only issued “non-binding public health guidance for consideration only.” Trump has no plan to get the nearly 39 million Americans who have recently filed for unemployment back to work. Facing catastrophic job losses, Trump and the GOP have dragged their feet on another relief bill. Trump’s testing failures and downplaying of the crisis are responsible for an unemployment crisis that other countries have avoided.


  • Trump has failed on testing. Trump’s new testing plan remains woefully inadequate by leaving responsibility with states and denying the current testing shortage exists. There is bipartisan agreement from senators, health officials, and a majority of Americans that we need dramatically more testing, but Trump falsely claims we have enough. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump is failing communities of color, whose lives and livelihoods are disproportionately at risk. Black and Latino Americans are dying at far higher rates than white Americans, and are three times as likely to know someone who has died of COVID-19. The number of working Black and Latino business owners plummeted by more than 40% and 32% from February to April, compared to a 22% drop among all business owners — perhaps because only 12% of Black and Latino business owners say they have received the relief aid they asked for from the Trump administration. The Hispanic unemployment rate is a record high (18.9%), and Hispanic and Black Americans are the most likely to report being laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump’s delayed response and lies about the severity of the virus cost tens of thousands of lives, and his failure to secure supplies has forced the vast majority of U.S. nurses to dangerously reuse PPE. While Trump falsely blames the previous administration for his failure to secure supplies, the truth is President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February.


  • Trump continues to contradict and muzzle his own public health experts. Trump said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, which several studies link to an increased risk of death, and falsely denied the FDA’s warning about the drug. Trump refuses to wear a mask in public, including at a public Memorial Day ceremony. Trump’s White House delayed CDC from issuing a global travel advisory and allowed about 66,000 European travelers a day to stream into American airports, which became the largest source of infections in the U.S. In congressional hearings, Dr. Bright testified that Trump ignored early warnings and still has no plan to contain the virus, and Dr. Fauci contradicted Trump on the severity of the crisis and the need to ramp up testing.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed. Now, while Trump tries to scapegoat the WHO, China is trying to fill the void created by a lack of American global leadership.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Background: Last week, Trump threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting during a pandemic.


  • Trump’s threats against Michiganders and Nevadans are reprehensible but unfortunately not surprising. Trump will do anything in his power to prevent more Americans from voting — up to and including threatening to illegally withhold congressionally appropriated funding to states.


  • Trump is attacking states’ efforts to expand voting access because he’s afraid he’ll lose in November if everyone can vote.

    • Trump himself told us so: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because Republicans’ agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.



  • There is nothing illegal or fraudulent about voting by mail. In fact, it is a necessity to ensure Americans are able to exercise their most fundamental right during this pandemic.

    • What may be illegal, and is certainly unethical, is withholding congressionally appropriated funding from a state in an attempt to prevent citizens from voting. 

    • Numerous studies have shown that all types of voter fraud in the U.S. are extremely rare, and Trump’s own voting rights commission found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.


  • Nevada’s predominantly vote-by-mail primary election was ordered by a Republican secretary of state, who Democrats are fighting in court to ensure voters also have the option to vote in person should they choose to.


  • Trump complained about Michigan sending absentee ballot applications to voters who already have the constitutional right to vote by mail, but didn’t threaten several Republican-controlled states — including Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia — that are doing the same.

    • Mailing absentee ballot applications to voters is something the Republican National Committee has said it has no problem with! Just this week, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters.”


  • What Trump’s tweets make crystal clear is that he and the Republican Party are restricting Americans’ right to vote, while the Democratic Party is fighting to protect that right.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail, and even Trump’s campaign pollster found Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding to expand absentee voting options in November.


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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats passed the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

  • Trump’s late night firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick is part of a disturbing pattern of shameful and brazen attempts to gut the independence of inspectors general who conduct critical oversight. Trump is retaliating against those who expose the truth of his administration’s failures and wrongdoing.


  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to marginalize and undermine those who hold his administration accountable and speak truth to power, including inspectors general.


  • Trump gave no specific justification for firing IG Linick, and the recommendation to fire him came from the very person Linick was investigating for abusing government resources and bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia — Mike Pompeo.

    • It was revealed that Pompeo has been using taxpayer funds for elaborate dinners and meetings with Republican politicians and donors to further his political ambitions. Pompeo’s dinners never included a single Democratic member of Congress, and focused on Kansas, the center of Pompeo’s political ambitions.

    • This is just the latest example in a long line of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries abusing government resources for personal gain.


  • This continues Trump’s retaliation against IGs upholding their oaths of office, following the law, and protecting the Constitution.

    • Trump previously fired Defense Department IG Glenn Fine to undermine oversight and transparency of the CARES Act; replaced HHS IG Christi Grimm for reporting on his administration’s failure to provide hospitals with desperately needed supplies; and fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson for following the law in his handling of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelensky.


  • Trump’s acts of reprisal threaten to prevent others from speaking out in the future. Trump must cease his attacks on those who keep him and his administration honest.


Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as an inevitable result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.



--
Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

Wanted to make sure you saw this release from the DNC War Room highlighting news stories from across the country on Trump's botched response to COVID aid for small businesses.

REAL STORIES: Small Businesses Suffered From Lack Of Clear Guidance

 

Small businesses suffered from the Trump administration’s lack of clear guidance and the changes it implemented to the rules governing the Paycheck Protection Program. Take it from small businesses across the country:


Massachusetts:


“Any business has to assume they’re going to change all the rules on forgiveness. It’s a damn mess.”  


New York:


“‘This is a classic bait-and-switch,’ Mr. Forrestel said of the PPP changes.” 


“I’ve actually decided that when I’m done getting this company through the coronavirus, I think I want to get involved in small-business advocacy. I’m just outraged. I’m just so outraged.” 


Georgia:


“As new details about this loan had come out, it made me wonder if this thing that is supposed to help me might hurt me.” 



Rhode Island:


There is no guidance as to how the banks should process these loans.” 


Texas: 


I fell through the cracks, I don't qualify for all the different things that were supposed to help the small business.” 

 

Colorado:

 

“She is frustrated that banks prioritized large companies for loans meant to help small businesses and feels the rules were changed in the middle of the game. ‘I was asking for a $16,000 loan, this isn’t multi-millions of dollars. It would have really helped me for two to three months.”
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DNC Chair Tom Perez and Florida Latino Small Business Owners To Call Out Trump's Failed Coronavirus Response Which Has Hurt Small Business Owners, Latino Community 

Trump’s failed coronavirus response has put Floridians in an even more vulnerable position

On Thursday, May 21 at 3:00 pm EDT  -- As tens of thousands of small business across the nation are shuttering, and Trump’s failed coronavirus response continues to put working families and business owners at risk -- especially those in the Latino community, DNC Chair Tom Perez will join Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, Florida State House Representative Javier Fernández (HD-114), and small business owners from across the state to discuss how Trump’s failed policies and broken promises continue to hurt hard-working Floridians.

Over the course of his administration, Trump has repeatedly broken his economic promises --  and during the coronavirus pandemic, his incompetence and corruption has continued to hurt Florida workers and small business owners. Trump’s failed implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has left millions of small businesses still waiting for a desperately needed lifeline. Nearly a month into the PPP, only 7 percent of small businesses had received funds, and nearly half of Black and Latino small business owners say they anticipate closing permanently within six months.

DNC on Unemployment Claims

In response to today’s announcement of 2.4 million new unemployment claims, DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump’s failure to act early on severely exacerbated this crisis and significantly worsened its impact on the economy. Nearly 39 million Americans have filed for unemployment and yet Trump and Republicans have checked out of this crisis, seeing no urgency in acting to provide additional relief. This is a complete and utter failure of leadership that puts Americans’ lives and livelihoods on the line.”

FAILED TO ACT: Trump’s intelligence officials warned about the threat of coronavirus in November and briefed him at the beginning of January. Trump had ample lead time before coronavirus reached the United States, but he failed to prepare or assemble a coherent response.

ABC News: “As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on the secret reporting.”

CNN: “That day came on January 3, the first day the President's daily briefing included information the US intelligence community had gathered about the contagion in China and the potential it had to spread, including to the US, according to a person briefed on the matter.”

Washington Post Fact Checker: “The president spent nearly two months issuing confusing and contradictory signals — leaving the bureaucratic machine of the U.S. government to chart the course for the coronavirus response ...  The missteps that went unmanaged were ignored by leaders at the highest level of government and allowed cases to go undetected, contributing to the spike in the virus’s spread.”

FAILED TO TEST: Trump ignored warnings and failed to ramp up testing. Trump says “we have prevailed” on testing and “if somebody wants to be tested right now, they’ll be tested,” yet the U.S. still lags behind other countries in per capita testing, experts say testing is a mess, and more than half of U.S. counties don’t have a single testing site.

NPR: “Despite warnings about supply shortages by health experts and governors at least as early as February, the federal government took until late April to ramp up domestic production of swabs — a universal ingredient in the most common type of COVID-19 test.” 

Associated Press: “The U.S. has tested far fewer people than all other countries combined. It also lags dozens of countries in testing its population proportionally… The total number of tests performed country to country is a poor measure of success because populations obviously differ hugely. On a more telling measure — the proportion of a country’s population that gets tested — the U.S. was not only late getting started but is still way behind.”

CNN: Coronavirus testing in the United States is disorganized and needs coordination at the national level, infectious disease experts said in a new report released Wednesday. Right now, testing is not accurate enough to use alone to make most decisions, including who should go back to work or to school, the team at the University of Minnesota said. ‘It's a mess out there,’ Mike Osterholm, head of the university's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which issued the report, told CNN.”

Axios: “More than half of U.S. counties don’t have a single coronavirus testing site, according to a recent report by Castlight, a health software company. Why it matters: That leaves a wide swath of the country — particularly rural areas — vulnerable to undetected coronavirus outbreaks, especially as lockdown measures ease. Asking people to travel long distances to get a coronavirus test is both unrealistic and potentially dangerous.”

FAILED TO SECURE SUPPLIES: Trump ignored early warnings that hospitals lacked sufficient supplies. His failed response contributed to shortages across the country, and now instead of addressing these shortages he is pretending they don’t exist.

Politico: “Seven days before Donald Trump took office … The Trump team was told it could face specific challenges, such as shortages of ventilators, anti-viral drugs and other medical essentials, and that having a coordinated, unified national response was ‘paramount’ — warnings that seem eerily prescient given the ongoing coronavirus crisis.”

Washington Post: “Mask shortage for most health-care workers extended into May, Post-Ipsos poll shows”

The Guardian: “Survey finds 87% of America’s nurses forced to reuse protective equipment”

DOWNPLAYS CRISIS: Instead of doing more to fight the virus, Trump continues to downplay the virus and is declaring victory as infection rates continue to rise in dozens of states and new hotspots emerge.

Axios: “Several Southern states are seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases, moving them further away from an important target for safely reopening parts of their economies.”

NBC News: “Trump's claim that cases are falling everywhere is contradicted by his own task force's report, obtained by NBC News, showing the virus spreading far from the coasts.”

NBC News Fact Check: “President Donald Trump falsely claimed Monday that the coronavirus is abating in the U.S., despite data showing that the virus is on the rise in some states and a lack of testing leaves experts unsure about infection rates elsewhere.”


May 22, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump is putting American lives and livelihoods at risk to further his political interests. Trump has no plan to get the nearly 39 million Americans who have recently filed for unemployment back to work. Facing catastrophic job losses, Trump and the GOP have dragged their feet on another relief bill. Instead, Trump is claiming “mission accomplished” and declaring the worst of the pandemic over. Trump’s testing failures and downplaying of the crisis are responsible for an unemployment crisis that other countries have avoided.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump’s delayed response and lies about the severity of the virus cost tens of thousands of lives, and his failure to secure supplies has forced the vast majority of U.S. nurses to dangerously reuse PPE. While Trump falsely blames the previous administration for his failure to secure supplies, the truth is President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February.


  • Trump continues to contradict and muzzle his own public health experts. Trump said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, which a new study links to an increased risk of death, and falsely denied the FDA’s warning about the drug. Trump refuses to wear a mask in public, even when he visited a Ford plant where that is company policy. Trump’s White House delayed CDC from issuing a global travel advisory and allowed about 66,000 European travelers a day to stream into American airports. In congressional hearings, Dr. Bright testified that Trump ignored early warnings and still has no plan to contain the virus, and Dr. Fauci contradicted Trump on the severity of the crisis and the need to ramp up testing.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program. Only 12% of Black and Latino business owners said they had received the aid they asked for from the Trump administration’s relief programs.


  • Trump has failed on testing. Trump made the testing crisis worse and we are still nowhere close to the capacity experts say we need to start getting back to normal. There is bipartisan agreement from senators and health officials, and from a majority of Americans, that we need dramatically more testing. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed. Now, while Trump tries to scapegoat the WHO, China is trying to fill the void created by a lack of American global leadership.


Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as an inevitable result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Background: Last week, the Trump administration sent Republican senators a list of Obama administration officials who sought to “unmask” names in intelligence reports, an extremely common request that Republicans have tried to make nefarious.


  • This is just the latest effort by Trump and Republicans to distract from Trump’s utterly disastrous response to the coronavirus. Trump is making up a conspiracy on the fly because he doesn’t want Americans to pay attention to the rising death toll and unemployment resulting from his mishandling of coronavirus. Now, it turns out Flynn’s name was never redacted to begin with. This is a conspiracy built on complete lies.


  • Here are the facts: Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The same day President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia for that interference, Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador about Russia’s response. These conversations were picked up in U.S. surveillance of Russia, and Flynn’s name was never “masked.”

    • Regardless, “unmasking” is a very common practice that occurs thousands of times a year and has actually increased under Trump.


  • This is just more of the same from Trump. Whenever he is faced with his own failures, he turns to accusing his political opponents of crimes. Instead of worrying about the rising death toll and unemployment, Trump is tweeting about conspiracy theories.


  • Trump is willing to undermine the rule of law and national security for his political gain — and his administration and congressional Republicans are more than happy to go along with him. There are numerous examples of Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department:

    • Barr overruled career prosecutors and moved to dismiss charges against Flynn for lying to the FBI — charges Flynn pleaded guilty to.

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • Unlike Trump, Vice President Biden has committed to an independent DOJ and will never politicize our justice system or national security. The attorney general is supposed to be America’s lawyer, not the president’s personal lawyer.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Background: On Wednesday, Trump threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting during a pandemic. Trump falsely claimed Michigan was sending absentee ballots to voters and complained about actions by Nevada’s Republican secretary of state.


  • Trump’s threats against Michiganders and Nevadans are reprehensible but unfortunately not surprising. Trump will do anything in his power to prevent more Americans from voting — up to and including threatening to illegally withhold congressionally appropriated funding to states.


  • Trump is attacking states’ efforts to expand voting access because he’s afraid he’ll lose in November if everyone can vote.

    • Trump himself told us so: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because Republicans’ agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.


  • Let’s be clear: there is nothing illegal or fraudulent about voting by mail. In fact, it is a necessity to ensure Americans are able to exercise their most fundamental right during this pandemic.

    • What may be illegal, and is certainly unethical, is withholding congressionally appropriated funding from a state in an attempt to prevent citizens from voting. 

    • Numerous studies have shown that all types of voter fraud in the U.S. are extremely rare, and Trump’s own voting rights commission found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.


  • Nevada’s predominantly vote-by-mail primary election was ordered by a Republican secretary of state, who Democrats are fighting in court to ensure voters also have the option to vote in person should they choose to.


  • Trump complained about Michigan sending absentee ballot applications to voters who already have the constitutional right to vote by mail, but didn’t threaten several Republican-controlled states — including Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia — that are doing the same.

    • Mailing absentee ballot applications to voters is something the Republican National Committee has said it has no problem with! Just this week, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters.”



  • What Trump’s tweets make crystal clear is that he and the Republican Party are restricting Americans’ right to vote, while the Democratic Party is fighting to protect that right.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail, and even Trump’s campaign pollster found Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding to expand absentee voting options in November.


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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats passed the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

Background: Last week, Trump fired State Department IG Steve Linick, who was investigating Pompeo for using his government staff to do personal errands and for fast-tracking arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite a congressional ban.


  • Trump’s late night firing of another inspector general is part of a disturbing pattern of shameful and brazen attempts to gut the independence of inspectors general who conduct critical oversight. Trump is retaliating against those who expose the truth of his administration’s failures and wrongdoing.


  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to marginalize and undermine those who hold his administration accountable and speak truth to power, including inspectors general.


  • Trump gave no specific justification for firing IG Linick, and the recommendation to fire him came from the very person Linick was investigating for abusing government resources and bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia — Mike Pompeo.

    • It was revealed that Pompeo has been using taxpayer funds for elaborate dinners and meetings with Republican politicians and donors to further his political ambitions. This is just the latest example in a long line of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries abusing government resources for personal gain.


  • This continues Trump’s retaliation against IGs upholding their oaths of office, following the law, and protecting the Constitution.

    • Trump previously fired Defense Department IG Glenn Fine to undermine oversight and transparency of the CARES Act; replaced HHS IG Christi Grimm for reporting on his administration’s failure to provide hospitals with desperately needed supplies; and fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson for following the law in his handling of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelensky.


  • Trump’s acts of reprisal threaten to prevent others from speaking out in the future. Trump must cease his attacks on those who keep him and his administration honest.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.



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This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief -- a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270. 

CORRUPT RECOVERY: DEMOCRATS BLAST TRUMP FOR FAILED CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE THAT’S HURTING SMALL BUSINESS. As we face the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, tens of thousands of small businesses have already shuttered, and millions have filed for unemployment, Democrats called out Trump for continuing to help his wealthy friends while hardworking Americans continue to bear the brunt of the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Take a look:

  • Financial Times: Democrats to accuse Donald Trump of ‘corrupt recovery effort. “The Democratic party is planning to make the Trump administration’s small business relief effort a focus of its 2020 election campaign, making the case that the US president has favoured the ‘wealthy and well-connected’ with the Paycheck Protection Program. The Democratic National Committee is targeting its message on key swing states such as Florida, where almost 2m people have claimed unemployment benefits since the beginning of March. On Thursday Tom Perez, DNC chairman, will hold a press call focusing on how the federal coronavirus response has affected Latino-owned small businesses in the ‘Sunshine state.’” 


  • (GA) Georgia Democrats: “Georgia Democrats know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy – and we know that there is no economic recovery without real help for small businesses. But Donald Trump and Republicans have left small businesses high and dry.”



  • (NV) Nevada Democrats: “We Won’t Forget”: Nevada’s Small Businesses Pay The Price For Trump’s Corrupt Recovery. “‘Nevadans are fighting every day just to get by,’ said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II. ‘But instead of helping Nevada’s small businesses survive an economic disaster of his own making, Donald Trump has funneled desperately-needed relief funding into the hands of a few well-connected friends. When it mattered most, he showed Nevadans where his true loyalties lie — we won’t forget.’”



  • (VA) Blue Virginia: Virginia’s Small Businesses Shoulder The Burden Of Trump’s Economic Disaster: “‘Making sure small businesses can maintain the economic and cultural roles they play in their communities is vital to the success of this recovery,’ said DPVA Press Secretary Carson Brown. ‘Virginia’s small businesses deserve a federal government that will step up to the plate when they need help. Instead, they’ve been stuck with a corrupt, inadequate response from the Trump administration.’”


DNC CHAIR TOM PEREZ: “LATINO COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN TAKING IT ON THE CHIN”. On Thursday, Chair Perez spent the day (virtually) in Florida, hosting events with Latino community members and leaders to discuss the negative impacts Trump’s broken policies have had on Latinos from his attacks on voting rights to his failure to provide support for small businesses as unemployment rates skyrocket. Take a look:


  • CBS News: “During his remarks, Perez told the virtual roundtable attendees that in 2016 Mr. Trump visited communities of color and asked what they had to lose by electing him. The answer to the president's question, 'what do Latinos and others have to lose from his presidency?' Well, the answer is your job, your healthcare, your livelihood and your lives."


IN THE BATTLEGROUNDS, DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING SURE VOTERS KNOW ABOUT TRUMP’S CHAOTIC RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS. Democrats across the battlegrounds are calling out Trump’s trail of broken promises which have put hardworking Americans in a vulnerable position amidst the ongoing pandemic. Some highlights:


In Ohio: 


In Maine: Maine Democrats: 87% Of America’s Nurses Are Still Being Forced To Reuse PPE. “‘Our nation’s nurses are on the front lines of this crisis and they deserve our support and our respect,’ said Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra. ‘The fact that they are still forced to contend with PPE shortages is reprehensible. Trump has failed our health care workers and it’s long past time for Susan Collins to hold him accountable.’”

In New Hampshire: Concord Monitor: Drop lawsuit aimed at overturning the ACA. “Trump and his administration should be spending their time taking aggressive action to protect all Americans through measures like fully expanding Medicaid, opening a special enrollment for the uninsured, or increasing financial assistance for people struggling to pay for insurance. Instead, they are arguing before the Supreme Court that essential health care coverage should be taken from 20 million Americans, and key programs – like Medicaid expansion – should lose funding.”

In Pennsylvania: Morning Call: Your View by state Rep. Peter Schweyer: Why would we trash health care coverage during a pandemic?: “Recently, voters in two very conservative states, Louisiana and Kentucky, chose as their governors Democrats who promised to embrace Obamacare. And recently in Pennsylvania, we adopted even more aspects of the Affordable Care Act through legislation crafted by none other than the House Republican leader. But still, Donald Trump continues his dangerous legal crusade. No one should be surprised that he opposes the ACA as it was a central tenet of his campaign. But even the most grizzled partisan should be shocked that he’s willing to continue down this path during the middle of this crippling and deadly coronavirus pandemic.”

SPEAKING OF HEALTH CARE...USA TODAY: DEMOCRATS OUTLINE ELECTION PLAN TO MAKE HEALTH CARE THEIR TOP ISSUE AMID CORONAVIRUS. “In a six-page memo shared with USA TODAY, the Democratic National Committee – along with campaign arms for Democratic senators, representatives, governors, attorneys general and state legislatures – outlined a top-to-bottom effort to highlight health care in races across the country in addition to GOP-led efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

NO MATTER WHERE TRUMP OR HIS CRONIES GOES, WE’RE THERE TO REMIND VOTERS OF THE BROKEN PROMISES:

IN FLORIDA: Florida Democrats: “Mike Pence came to Florida today to put on a show -- and, unfortunately, that’s all we got. We are months into this crisis, more than 92,000 Americans have died, and the Trump administration is STILL playing catch up in responding to this virus. Floridians are sick and tired of the Trump administration’s pageantry and will remember their broken promises come November.”  

  • Miami Herald: “With Pence scheduled to stop in Orlando Wednesday to meet with hospitality and tourism boosters, the Central Florida congresswoman unloaded on the vice president. She said the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force chief has done too little to protect seniors and Florida families, and dismissed his plans to also drop off protective equipment at a nursing home as empty symbolism.”


  • CBS News: 2020 Daily Trail Markers: “The press conference came one day ahead of Pence's upcoming visit to Orlando, where he's scheduled to pass out personal protective equipment to nursing homes — a move that the FLDP Chair Terrie Rizzo called ‘too little, too late.’ Demings called the move another ‘smoke and mirrors moment’ where the administration wants to distract voters.”


IN MICHIGAN: USA TODAY: “Michigan Democrats slammed Trump's visit, saying that it shows he is ‘tone deaf’ to economic turmoil states are facing in the coronavirus crisis. ‘He should not be going on a parade to highlight himself at a time when people are dying, when people are getting very sick, when people are continuing to lose their jobs,’ said Michigan state Rep. Yousef Rabhi.”

  • Michigan Daily: Op-ed: Things lost — graduation and great leadership. “If we had real leadership from the federal government that heeded the warnings about this global pandemic and took swift action to protect Americans, we could have mitigated the damage done by COVID-19. Instead, we have a president who ignored warning after warning, downplayed the risks and is now careening between crises, leaving myself and millions of Americans with the feeling that we must overcome this challenge alone.”


  • Washington Post: “‘He’s using this crisis and federal dollars to come here and have a campaign rally in a plant,’ said Lavora Barnes, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. She said she does not fault the company because ‘who says no when the president of the United States wants to come say thank you?’”


IN NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte Observer: Health Secretary to visit Charlotte, meet medical workers on Covid-19 front lines: “Democrats took the occasion to criticize the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis and what officials have called the lack of testing kits. ‘During his visit to Charlotte I hope that instead of just posing for photos, Secretary Azar will recognize these needs and work to secure more tests and equipment for North Carolina’s heroes,’ state Democratic chair Wayne Goodwin said in a statement.”

IN GEORGIA: Georgia Democrats: “Mike Pence and the rest of the Trump administration are guilty of making this crisis worse for millions of Americans by downplaying the coronavirus threat and allowing it to spread unchecked,” said Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams. ‘Now, he’s coming to Georgia, home of the Center for Disease Control, after having ignored public health experts and endangered American lives. Georgians won’t be fooled by Mike Pence, Donald Trump, or this administration’s broken promises.’”

IN MAINE: Maine Democrats: “Instead of asking Mainers for money, Donald Trump’s talking heads need to answer for the chaos of the last two months. Trump chose to downplay the pandemic, failed to contain the virus, and refused to get help to those who need it most. While Trump funnels federal relief to his friends and donors, more than 138,000 Mainers are out of work and small businesses across the state are fighting to stay afloat. Mainers know it didn’t have to be this bad, and we’re going to hold Trump accountable come November.”

IN MARYLAND: DNC: “A photo op can’t spin Trump’s failure to prepare for and respond to the harshest national challenge we’ve faced in a generation. Instead of getting tests and personal protective equipment into the hands of Marylanders, he wasted time, ignored the experts, and promised that the virus would go away on its own. Now, nearly 2,000 Marylanders are dead and more than half a million have lost work. We can’t afford four more years of this chaos.”

THE DEMOCRATS’ ORGANIZING GAME IS STRONGER THAN EVER. Here’s a look at how Democrats across the country are organizing online:

  • (Maine) WCSH: Bernie Sanders to join Maine Dems virtual rally as featured guest. “The Maine Democratic Party announced Tuesday that former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the featured guest in their upcoming ‘Rise & Organize’ virtual rally, set for Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. Sanders will join previously announced guests Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Janet Mills, U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, as well as Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Sara Gideon, Bre Kidman, and Betsy Sweet.”




  • In New Mexico: Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston continued her 33-county virtual listening tour this week, with stops in Taos County (featuring Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland) and Cibola County (featuring Rep. Xochitl Torres Small).



**TRUMP’S VOTE BY MAIL HYPOCRISY CONTINUES**


  • Washington Examiner: Democrats claim absentee ballot edge in Pennsylvania primary an ominous sign for Trump. “Democratic voters are swamping Republicans in requests for absentee ballots for Pennsylvania’s upcoming primary, a development Democrats claim is a harbinger for President Trump in a state critical to his reelection prospects. The presidential election is more than five months off, but Democratic insiders argue the disparity is so sweeping, the only reasonable conclusion to draw is that voters are itching to oust Trump and his Republican allies.”


  • Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly voters have requested more mail ballots than all of Pennsylvania did in 2016: “The difference is so huge, it sounds like a mistake at first. As of Wednesday, almost 23 times as many Philadelphia voters had requested mail ballots as did for the 2016 primary. So many voters — more than 145,000 — that the number in Philadelphia alone already exceeds the statewide total from four years ago.”



  • Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexico on pace for record absentee ballots cast. “New Mexico is on pace to have a record number of absentee ballots cast in a primary election, data from the Secretary of State’s Office shows. [...] Statewide, more Democrats have requested absentee ballots than members of other parties — 99,288 Democratic voters compared to 29,711 Republicans and 677 Libertarians.”


AND *ICYMI*, TRUMP AND DEVOS CONTINUE TO FAIL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: 

  • New Hampshire Union Leader: Trump fails and Class of 2020 pays the price. “Trump’s inability to place the needs of the country over his own impulses and electoral ambitions has forced an entire generation of New Hampshire students to start our adult lives with both hands tied behind our backs. Trump set the stage for disaster and left us to deal with the aftermath.”




Make sure to follow the DNC’s War Room (@DNCWarRoom) to get real-time updates on Trump’s abuses of power and broken promises.


Happy Friday! 

The DNC Comms Team


May 21, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Coronavirus and Trump

Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as an inevitable result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Background: Yesterday, Trump threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting during a pandemic. Trump falsely claimed Michigan was sending absentee ballots to voters and complained about actions by Nevada’s Republican secretary of state.


  • Trump’s threats against Michiganders and Nevadans are reprehensible but unfortunately not surprising. Trump will do anything in his power to prevent more Americans from voting — up to and including threatening to illegally withhold congressionally appropriated funding to states.


  • Trump is attacking states’ efforts to expand voting access because he’s afraid he’ll lose in November if everyone can vote.

    • Trump himself told us so: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because Republicans’ agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.


  • Let’s be clear: there is nothing illegal or fraudulent about voting by mail. In fact, it is a necessity to ensure Americans are able to exercise their most fundamental right during this pandemic.

    • What may be illegal, and is certainly unethical, is withholding congressionally appropriated funding from a state in an attempt to prevent citizens from voting. 

    • Numerous studies have shown that all types of voter fraud in the U.S. are extremely rare, and Trump’s own voting rights commission found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.


  • Nevada’s predominantly vote-by-mail primary election was ordered by a Republican secretary of state, who Democrats are fighting in court to ensure voters also have the option to vote in person should they choose to.


  • Trump complained about Michigan sending absentee ballot applications to voters who already have the constitutional right to vote by mail, but didn’t threaten several Republican-controlled states — including Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia — that are doing the same.

    • Mailing absentee ballot applications to voters is something the Republican National Committee has said it has no problem with! Just this week, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters.”



  • What Trump’s tweets make crystal clear is that he and the Republican Party are restricting Americans’ right to vote, while the Democratic Party is fighting to protect that right.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail, and even Trump’s campaign pollster found Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding to expand absentee voting options in November.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump’s delayed response and lies about the severity of the virus cost tens of thousands of lives, and his failure to secure supplies has forced the vast majority of U.S. nurses to dangerously reuse PPE. While Trump falsely blames the previous administration for his failure to secure supplies, the truth is President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February.


  • Trump continues to contradict and muzzle his own public health experts. Trump’s White House delayed CDC from issuing a global travel advisory and allowed 66,000 European travelers to stream into American airports every day. Trump said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, falsely denied the FDA’s warning about the drug, and baselessly challenged studies that have linked it to an increased risk of death. In congressional hearings, Dr. Bright testified that Trump ignored early warnings and still has no plan to contain the virus, and Dr. Fauci contradicted Trump on the severity of the crisis and the need to ramp up testing.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program. Only 12% of Black and Latino business owners said they had received the aid they asked for from the Trump administration’s relief programs.


  • Trump has failed on testing. Trump made the testing crisis worse and we are still nowhere close to the capacity experts say we need to start getting back to normal. There is bipartisan agreement from senators and health officials, and from a majority of Americans, that we need dramatically more testing. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed. Now, while Trump tries to scapegoat the WHO, China is trying to fill the void created by a lack of American global leadership.


Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

Background: Last Friday, Trump fired State Department IG Steve Linick, who was investigating Pompeo for using his government staff to do personal errands and for fast-tracking arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite a congressional ban.


  • Trump’s late night firing of another inspector general is part of a disturbing pattern of shameful and brazen attempts to gut the independence of inspectors general who conduct critical oversight. Trump is retaliating against those who expose the truth of his administration’s failures and wrongdoing.


  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to marginalize and undermine those who hold his administration accountable and speak truth to power, including inspectors general.


  • Trump gave no specific justification for firing IG Linick, and the recommendation to fire him came from the very person Linick was investigating for abusing government resources and bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia — Mike Pompeo.

    • It was revealed last night that Pompeo has been using taxpayer funds for elaborate dinners with Republican politicians, media members, and donors to further his political ambitions. This is just the latest example in a long line of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries abusing government resources for personal gain.


  • This continues Trump’s retaliation against IGs upholding their oaths of office, following the law, and protecting the Constitution.

    • Trump previously fired Defense Department IG Glenn Fine to undermine oversight and transparency of the CARES Act; replaced HHS IG Christi Grimm for reporting on his administration’s failure to provide hospitals with desperately needed supplies; and fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson for following the law in his handling of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelensky.


  • Trump’s acts of reprisal threaten to prevent others from speaking out in the future. Trump must cease his attacks on those who keep him and his administration honest.


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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats passed the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Background: Last week, the Trump administration sent Republican senators a list of Obama administration officials who sought to “unmask” names in intelligence reports, an extremely common request that Republicans have tried to make nefarious.


  • This is just the latest effort by Trump and Republicans to distract from Trump’s utterly disastrous response to the coronavirus. Trump is making up a conspiracy on the fly because he doesn’t want Americans to pay attention to the rising death toll and unemployment resulting from his mishandling of coronavirus.


  • Here are the facts: Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The same day President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia for that interference, Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador about Russia’s response. These conversations were picked up in U.S. surveillance of Russia, and officials obviously wanted to know why an American citizen was talking to Russia about new sanctions. They moved to reveal Flynn’s name — a very common practice that occurs thousands of times a year and has actually increased under Trump. The document released by the Trump administration even confirmed that “the unmasking was approved through NSA’s standard process.”


  • This is just more of the same from Trump. Whenever he is faced with his own failures, he turns to accusing his political opponents of crimes. Instead of worrying about the rising death toll and unemployment, Trump is tweeting about conspiracy theories.


  • Trump is willing to undermine the rule of law and national security for his political gain — and his administration and congressional Republicans are more than happy to go along with him. There are numerous examples of Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department:

    • Barr overruled career prosecutors and moved to dismiss charges against Flynn for lying to the FBI — charges Flynn pleaded guilty to.

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • Unlike Trump, Vice President Biden has committed to an independent DOJ and will never politicize our justice system or national security. The attorney general is supposed to be America’s lawyer, not the president’s personal lawyer.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.



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Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


May 20, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump continues to contradict his own public health experts. Trump said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, falsely denied the FDA’s warning about the drug, and baselessly challenged studies that have linked it to an increased risk of death. Trump’s campaign is also recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to undermine guidance from the CDC and health officials. In congressional hearings, Dr. Bright testified that Trump ignored early warnings and still has no plan to contain the virus, and Dr. Fauci contradicted Trump on the severity of the crisis and the need to ramp up testing.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program. Only 12% of Black and Latino business owners said they had received the aid they asked for from the Trump administration’s relief programs.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. While Trump falsely blames the previous administration for his failure to secure supplies, the truth is President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. For months, Trump has lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies.


  • Trump has failed on testing. Trump made the testing crisis worse and we are still nowhere close to the capacity experts say we need to start getting back to normal. There is bipartisan agreement from senators and health officials, and from a majority of Americans, that we need dramatically more testing. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed. Now, while Trump tries to scapegoat the WHO, China is trying to fill the void created by a lack of American global leadership.


Trump Retaliates Against Inspectors General

Background: Last Friday, Trump fired State Department IG Steve Linick, who was investigating Pompeo for using his government staff to do personal errands and for fast-tracking arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite a congressional ban.


  • Trump’s late night firing of another inspector general is part of a disturbing pattern of shameful and brazen attempts to gut the independence of inspectors general who conduct critical oversight. Trump is retaliating against those who expose the truth of his administration’s failures and wrongdoing.


  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to marginalize and undermine those who hold his administration accountable and speak truth to power, including inspectors general.


  • Trump gave no specific justification for firing IG Linick, and the recommendation to fire him came from the very person Linick was investigating for abusing government resources and bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia — Mike Pompeo.

    • It was revealed last night that Pompeo has been using taxpayer funds for elaborate dinners with Republican politicians, media members, and donors to further his political ambitions. This is just the latest example in a long line of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries abusing government resources for personal gain.


  • This continues Trump’s retaliation against IGs upholding their oaths of office, following the law, and protecting the Constitution.

    • Trump previously fired Defense Department IG Glenn Fine to undermine oversight and transparency of the CARES Act; replaced HHS IG Christi Grimm for reporting on his administration’s failure to provide hospitals with desperately needed supplies; and fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson for following the law in his handling of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelensky.


  • Trump’s acts of reprisal threaten to prevent others from speaking out in the future. Trump must cease his attacks on those who keep him and his administration honest.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats passed the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Background: Last week, the Trump administration sent Republican senators a list of Obama administration officials who sought to “unmask” names in intelligence reports, an extremely common request that Republicans have tried to make nefarious.


  • This is just the latest effort by Trump and Republicans to distract from Trump’s utterly disastrous response to the coronavirus. Trump is making up a conspiracy on the fly because he doesn’t want Americans to pay attention to the rising death toll and unemployment resulting from his mishandling of coronavirus.


  • Here are the facts: Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The same day President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia for that interference, Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador about Russia’s response. These conversations were picked up in U.S. surveillance of Russia, and officials obviously wanted to know why an American citizen was talking to Russia about new sanctions. They moved to reveal Flynn’s name — a very common practice that occurs thousands of times a year and has actually increased under Trump. The document released by the Trump administration even confirmed that “the unmasking was approved through NSA’s standard process.”


  • This is just more of the same from Trump. Whenever he is faced with his own failures, he turns to accusing his political opponents of crimes. Instead of worrying about the rising death toll and unemployment, Trump is tweeting about conspiracy theories.


  • Trump is willing to undermine the rule of law and national security for his political gain — and his administration and congressional Republicans are more than happy to go along with him. There are numerous examples of Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department:

    • Barr overruled career prosecutors and moved to dismiss charges against Flynn for lying to the FBI — charges Flynn pleaded guilty to.

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • Unlike Trump, Vice President Biden has committed to an independent DOJ and will never politicize our justice system or national security. The attorney general is supposed to be America’s lawyer, not the president’s personal lawyer.


Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.



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Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


May 19, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump Retaliates Against Inspector Generals

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump Retaliates Against Inspector Generals

Background: Late Friday, Trump fired State Department IG Steve Linick, who was investigating Pompeo for using his government staff to do personal errands and for fast-tracking arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite a congressional ban.


  • Trump’s late night firing of another inspector general is part of a disturbing pattern of shameful and brazen attempts to gut the independence of inspector generals who conduct critical oversight. Trump is retaliating against those who expose the truth of his administration’s failures and wrongdoing.


  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to marginalize and undermine those who hold his administration accountable and speak truth to power, including inspector generals.



  • This continues Trump’s retaliation against IGs upholding their oaths of office, following the law, and protecting the Constitution.

    • Trump previously fired Defense Department IG Glenn Fine to undermine oversight and transparency of the CARES Act; replaced HHS IG Christi Grimm for reporting on his administration’s failure to provide hospitals with desperately needed supplies; and fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson for following the law in his handling of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelensky.


  • Trump’s acts of reprisal threaten to prevent others from speaking out in the future. Trump must cease his attacks on those who keep him and his administration honest.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program. Only 12% of Black and Latino business owners said they had received the aid they asked for from the Trump administration’s relief programs.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. While Trump falsely blames the previous administration for his failure to secure supplies, the truth is President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. For months, Trump has lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies.


  • Trump continues to contradict his own public health experts. Trump said yesterday he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an unproven coronavirus treatment that studies have linked to an increased risk of death. In congressional hearings, Dr. Bright testified that Trump ignored early warnings and still has no plan to contain the virus, and Dr. Fauci contradicted Trump on the severity of the crisis and the need to ramp up testing. At the same time, Trump’s White House buried CDC’s initial report with more comprehensive guidance to help local authorities reopen.


  • Trump has failed on testing. Trump made the testing crisis worse and we are still nowhere close to the capacity experts say we need to start getting back to normal. There is bipartisan agreement from senators and health officials, and from a majority of Americans, that we need dramatically more testing. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed. Now, while Trump tries to scapegoat the WHO, China is trying to fill the void created by a lack of American global leadership.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats passed the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Background: Last week, the Trump administration sent Republican senators a list of Obama administration officials who sought to “unmask” names in intelligence reports, an extremely common request that Republicans have tried to make nefarious.


  • This is just the latest effort by Trump and Republicans to distract from Trump’s utterly disastrous response to the coronavirus. Trump is making up a conspiracy on the fly because he doesn’t want Americans to pay attention to the rising death toll and unemployment resulting from his mishandling of coronavirus.


  • Here are the facts: Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The same day President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia for that interference, Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador about Russia’s response. These conversations were picked up in U.S. surveillance of Russia, and officials obviously wanted to know why an American citizen was talking to Russia about new sanctions. They moved to reveal Flynn’s name — a very common practice that occurs thousands of times a year and has actually increased under Trump. The document released by the Trump administration even confirmed that “the unmasking was approved through NSA’s standard process.”


  • This is just more of the same from Trump. Whenever he is faced with his own failures, he turns to accusing his political opponents of crimes. Instead of worrying about the rising death toll and unemployment, Trump is tweeting about conspiracy theories.


  • Trump is willing to undermine the rule of law and national security for his political gain — and his administration and congressional Republicans are more than happy to go along with him. There are numerous examples of Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department:

    • Barr overruled career prosecutors and moved to dismiss charges against Flynn for lying to the FBI — charges Flynn pleaded guilty to.

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • Unlike Trump, Vice President Biden has committed to an independent DOJ and will never politicize our justice system or national security. The attorney general is supposed to be America’s lawyer, not the president’s personal lawyer.


Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.



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Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

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May 18, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Accommodations for Convention

Trump Retaliates Against Inspector Generals

Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Accommodations for Convention

Background: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) approved accommodations to the convention.


  • Last week, the RBC approved a resolution to confirm that the Democratic National Convention Committee has maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish official business without putting their own health at risk.


  • This resolution will now be voted on by the full DNC, and requires approval by a majority of DNC members. DNC staff are working on a mechanism to allow the roughly 447 DNC members to vote by mail.


  • This will give the convention team the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention.


  • During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact in August remain unknown, convention planners are exploring a range of contingency options to ensure all delegates will be able to cast ballots and accomplish their business, regardless of their ability to travel and participate in person.


  • Protecting the health and well-being of our host community in Wisconsin and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.


  • In the coming weeks, the Democratic Convention team will remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.


  • Democrats remain inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee and remain committed to hosting this historic moment in their hometown. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state when we host our convention there this August.


Trump Retaliates Against Inspector Generals

Background: Late Friday, Trump fired State Department IG Steve Linick, who was investigating Pompeo for using his government staff to do personal errands.


  • Trump’s late night firing of another inspector general is part of a disturbing pattern of shameful and brazen attempts to gut the independence of inspector generals who conduct critical oversight. Trump is retaliating against those who expose the truth of his administration’s failures and wrongdoing.


  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to marginalize and undermine those who hold his administration accountable and speak truth to power, including inspector generals.


  • Trump gave no reason for firing IG Linick, and the recommendation to fire him came from the very person Linick was investigating for abusing government resources — Mike Pompeo.


  • This continues Trump’s retaliation against IGs upholding their oaths of office, following the law, and protecting the Constitution.

    • Trump previously fired Defense Department IG Glenn Fine to undermine oversight and transparency of the CARES Act; replaced HHS IG Christi Grimm for reporting on his administration’s failure to provide hospitals with desperately needed supplies; and fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson for following the law in his handling of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelensky.


  • Trump’s acts of reprisal threaten to prevent others from speaking out in the future. Trump must cease his attacks on those who keep him and his administration honest.


Trump Undermines Rule of Law

Background: Last week, the Trump administration sent Republican senators a list of Obama administration officials who sought to “unmask” names in intelligence reports, an extremely common request that Republicans have tried to make nefarious.


  • This is just the latest effort by Trump and Republicans to distract from Trump’s utterly disastrous response to the coronavirus. Trump is making up a conspiracy on the fly because he doesn’t want Americans to pay attention to the rising death toll and unemployment resulting from his mishandling of coronavirus.


  • Here are the facts: Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The same day President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia for that interference, Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador about Russia’s response. These conversations were picked up in U.S. surveillance of Russia, and officials obviously wanted to know why an American citizen was talking to Russia about new sanctions. They moved to reveal Flynn’s name — a very common practice that occurs thousands of times a year and has actually increased under Trump. The document released by the Trump administration even confirmed that “the unmasking was approved through NSA’s standard process.”


  • This is just more of the same from Trump. Whenever he is faced with his own failures, he turns to accusing his political opponents of crimes. Instead of worrying about the rising death toll and unemployment, Trump is tweeting about conspiracy theories.


  • Trump is willing to undermine the rule of law and national security for his political gain — and his administration and congressional Republicans are more than happy to go along with him. There are numerous examples of Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department:

    • Barr overruled career prosecutors and moved to dismiss charges against Flynn for lying to the FBI — charges Flynn pleaded guilty to.

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • Unlike Trump, Vice President Biden has committed to an independent DOJ and will never politicize our justice system or national security. The attorney general is America’s lawyer, not the president’s personal lawyer.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. While Trump falsely blames the previous administration for his failure to secure supplies, the truth is President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. For months, Trump has lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies.


  • Trump now claims to have “prevailed” on testing and said testing is “overrated,” but he has failed on testing. Trump made the testing crisis worse and we are still nowhere close to the capacity experts say we need to start getting back to normal. There is bipartisan agreement from senators and health officials, and from a majority of Americans, that we need dramatically more testing. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” and declaring the worst of the pandemic over while infections continue to rise across most of the country and the virus spreads through the White House. Trump admitted that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump continues to contradict his own public health experts, who set the record straight in testimony to Congress this week. Dr. Bright testified that Trump ignored early warnings and still has no plan to contain the virus, and Dr. Fauci contradicted Trump on the severity of the crisis and the need to ramp up testing. At the same time, Trump is pushing the CDC to lower its death count to make his response look better, and his White House buried CDC’s initial report with more comprehensive guidance to help local authorities reopen.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program. Trump’s failed implementation of the program excluded 90% of small businesses owned by people of color from receiving PPP loans in the first round.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: “Republicans can’t win an election” if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




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 Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats have unveiled the HEROES Act — bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • 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

Trump’s Unemployment Disaster

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s passing the buck, saying “nobody blames me” for the crushing unemployment, but it is his fault.



  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economic shock in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to lead and contain the coronavirus. He ignored warnings from intelligence officials, refused to push China for transparency, failed to ramp up testing or secure essential supplies, and consistently downplayed the crisis.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans. Trump and Republicans still have no plan to keep Americans covered.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their employer-provided insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and 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, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • 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 face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


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

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


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. factory output plummeted in April by the most in over a century. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • 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 farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the two largest ever monthly declines in March and April. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


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

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many had to 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’ 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.

 

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