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Tuesday, October 13, 2020


1. Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

2. Trump’s Reckless Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis


3. Three Weeks Until Election Day, More Than 10 Million Votes Have Been Cast


1. Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Today is the second day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, with each senator alloted 30 minutes to ask questions.

  • Senate Republicans are holding rushed and unsafe committee hearings to push a Supreme Court nominee who could take health care away from millions of Americans and overturn Roe v. Wade.

    • Lindsey Graham and other senators are willing to expose each other, Senate staff, and the public to COVID-19 by refusing to get tested even though they have been exposed to the virus.

    • The majority of Americans do not want hearings to be held before the election and believe the winner of this year’s election should select Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. More than 10 million Americans have already voted.

  • While Republicans and Trump have dragged their feet getting relief to the millions of Americans hurt by COVID and Trump’s recession, they are rushing to confirm a new justice because they want to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

    • 74% of Americans believe Congress should take action on COVID relief before a SCOTUS appointment.

  • Trump’s nominee has a track record of ruling against health care, voting rights, workers rights, and more. This nomination risks:

    • Americans’ health care and protections for people with preexisting conditions

    • Women’s right to reproductive health care guaranteed by Roe v. Wade

    • The right to vote

    • The right to clean air and clean water

    • The right to equal pay for equal work

    • Workers’ right to collectively bargain

    • DREAMers’ ability to avoid deportation

2. Trump’s Reckless Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis

Today, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Tested Positive,” that highlights how, even after contracting the coronavirus, Trump continues to put lives at risk by ignoring experts, holding in-person superspreader events, and lying to the American people.

  • Trump’s reckless and erratic behavior is making the coronavirus crisis worse.

  • Trump is endangering Americans by continuing to lie about COVID-19 while restarting potential superspreader events.

    • Even after Dr. Fauci said Trump hosted a “superspreader event” and warned that Trump’s crowded in-person rallies were “asking for trouble,” Trump has ignored public health guidelines and held packed, largely maskless rallies.

    • Trump misled Americans by using Dr. Fauci’s months-old comments out of context and without his permission in a campaign ad, and this morning is attacking Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.

    • The White House won’t be transparent with the American people and is refusing to say when Trump last tested negative for the coronavirus prior to his diagnosis.

  • Instead of working to get relief to Americans struggling through his pandemic crisis and recession, Trump abandoned relief negotiations that would have helped small businesses, schools, struggling families, and unemployed workers — and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs.

    • Trump admitted he is delaying relief to working Americans for political reasons.

    • Trump’s chief economic adviser admitted Trump is rushing a Supreme Court confirmation instead of getting relief for working Americans.

  • Trump’s failure to contain the virus has led to the U.S. leading the world in cases and deaths.

    • The U.S. has the worst death rate of any developed country in the world.

    • The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population but 20% of infections and deaths.

    • Infections are rising across the country with 17 states hitting record highs for new cases.


3. Three Weeks Until Election Day, More Than 10 Million Votes Have Been Cast

Today, the DNC released new, state-specific voter education videos featuring former President Barack Obama, who encourages Americans to visit to learn about their different options to cast their ballot and make a plan to vote to vote today.

  • While it is 21 days until November 3, more than 11 million voters have already cast their ballots and about a million more are voting every day.

  • Go to today to check your registration status, learn what choices you have to cast your ballot, and find out where and when to vote.

  • Democrats have out-registered Republicans across the country, including in key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

    • Today is the deadline to register to vote in Minnesota, Virginia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

      • But voters in Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington, DC can also register at the polls during early voting and on Election Day.

  • Democrats have a huge lead in ballots cast so far — we have requested and returned 50% more ballots than Republicans.

    • Yesterday, a record 126,876 voters cast their ballot on the first day of early voting in Georgia, with more than twice as many ballots cast so far compared to 2016.

    • Democrats far outpace Republicans in early votes in battleground states including Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado.

    • Today, early voting starts in Texas and Kentucky, and ballots are mailed in Massachusetts and Utah.

  • The Biden campaign has launched the biggest voter protection program in history: thousands of staff on the ground, lawyers, and poll watchers throughout the states to ensure every eligible voter can vote.

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

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