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Thursday, October 15, 2020


1. Day 4: Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

2. Trump’s Chaotic Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis


3. Economic Recovery Slows as the Unemployment Crisis Continues

4. 19 Days Until Election Day, 17 Million Votes Have Been Cast


1. Day 4: Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Today is the fourth and final Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, featuring a panel of outside witnesses.

  • Senate Republicans are rushing a Supreme Court confirmation to take health care away from millions of Americans and overturn Roe v. Wade.

    • The majority of Americans believe the winner of this year’s election should select Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. More than 17 million Americans have already voted.

  • Yesterday, Democrats showed how Barrett has made clear she will vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, stripping health care from millions.

    • If Trump succeeds and Barrett helps overturn the ACA in a case being heard in four weeks, 20 million people could lose their health insurance and as many as 133 million with preexisting conditions will lose coverage protections.

  • Today, we will hear from Americans who will be harmed if Barrett joins the Court and overturns the ACA and Roe, including:

    • A mother of twins with preexisting conditions who rely on the ACA’s protections

    • A doctor whose patients would be harmed if the ACA is overturned

    • A woman who had an abortion

    • A lawyer who will speak about how Barett could threaten voting and civil rights

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

2. Trump’s Chaotic Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis

This week, 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 superspreader events, and lying to the American people.

  • Trump’s chaotic and irresponsible behavior is making the coronavirus crisis worse.

  • Trump is still 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.

  • 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.

  • Infections are rising across the country with more than 20 states hitting record highs for new cases and more than half of states in the “red zone” for new cases.

    • Instead of getting the virus under control, Trump is embracing a fringe “herd immunity” approach that could cause millions of unnecessary deaths.


3. Economic Recovery Slows as the Unemployment Crisis Continues

  • The recovery has slowed dramatically, with nearly 8% of workers unemployed.

    • More than 12 million Americans are unemployed.

    • Job growth has slowed significantly — less than half as many jobs were recovered in September than in August.

    • Only half of the jobs lost during the pandemic have returned.

    • Over 400,000 small businesses have closed for good.

  • Today, new numbers were released showing the number of workers receiving unemployment assistance has stalled at nearly 1 in 6 (over 25 million).

    • The 30 worst weeks of unemployment claims in history have all happened on Trump’s watch.

  • The wealthy and big corporations keep getting richer, while middle-class and working families are being left behind by the most unequal recovery in modern history.

  • It didn’t have to be this bad. We need to get back to normal, but we can’t until we get the virus under control.

    • Biden’s plan to Build Back Better will create millions of good-paying jobs and force big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share for a change.

4. 19 Days Until Election Day, 17 Million Votes Have Been Cast

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

  • While it is 19 days until November 3, more than 17 million voters have already cast their ballots — more than 10% of the total ballots cast in 2016 — and millions 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.

    • Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in Nebraska by mail or online.

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

    • In Georgia and Texas this week, voters broke records for the number of ballots cast on the first day of early voting — with more than 1 million votes cast so far in Texas alone.

    • 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 North Carolina.

  • 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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