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Monday, October 12, 2020


1. Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

2. Trump’s Reckless Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis


3. 22 Days Until Election Day, Nearly 10 Million Votes Have Been Cast


1. Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Today is the first day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

  • Today, Senate Republicans are starting 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 begin today and would rather have the winner of this year’s election select Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. Nearly 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

  • The Supreme Court will hear Trump’s latest attempt to tear down the Affordable Care Act just one week after the election.

    • If Trump succeeds and his justice helps overturn the ACA, 20 million people could lose their health insurance and as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions will lose coverage protections.

2. Trump’s Reckless Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis

  • 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 crowded, largely maskless rallies.

    • Trump is falsely claiming that he is now immune and can’t spread COVID, which is not based in science and was flagged as disinformation on Twitter.

    • Trump’s campaign misled Americans by using Dr. Fauci’s comments out of context and without his permission in an ad.

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

    • Trump’s rallies have violated his own administration’s guidelines, been labeled a “severe public health threat,” and caused spikes in coronavirus cases.

  • 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.

  • Because of Trump’s lies, irresponsible behavior, and failure to contain the virus, the U.S. has more cases and deaths than any other country in the world.

    • With 215,000 Americans dead and 7.7 million infected, the U.S. has 4% of the world’s population but 20% of infections and deaths.

    • Infections are rising across the country with 4 straight days of more than 50,000 reported cases, even as experts like Dr. Fauci warn we need far fewer cases as we enter flu season.


3. 22 Days Until Election Day, Nearly 10 Million Votes Have Been Cast

  • While it is 22 days until November 3, nearly 10 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 how to register to vote and what choices you have to cast your ballot, and find out where and when to vote.

    • Early voting starts today in Georgia and tomorrow in Texas and Kentucky.

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

  • 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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