CLIPS: Chaos and Blame Game Between Trump, Senate Republicans Ramps Up as Shutdown Looms

In 36 hours the federal government will shut down without a bill that continues to fund it, and instead of finding a solution, Senate Republicans and President Trump are busy blaming each other for the mess they’ve created. Instead of working across the aisle to solve this impending disaster — which will close vital government offices, halt paychecks for federal workers, and slow down our economy — Republicans are playing political games and driving toward a cliff.

“Senate Republicans and President Trump can’t stop pointing fingers at each other for a shutdown crisis that’s entirely of their own making, from their refusal to protect Dreamers to their insistence on an ineffective border wall that the President promised Americans they would never have to pay for,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “The reality is that if the government shuts down, it is entirely because of Trump and Republicans’ total inability to govern. They’re in […]

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New Polls Show Overwhelming Opposition To The Trump-Republican Tax Bill 

Two new polls confirm what we already knew: the Trump tax bill, which Senate Republicans rammed through in the dead of night last week and the House voted to advance yesterday, is deeply unpopular and overwhelmingly opposed to by the majority of Americans.

“The American people are strongly rejecting this Trump tax scam. Raising taxes on the middle class and working families to fund tax breaks for the rich and large corporations isn’t just morally wrong, it’s going to be an electoral disaster for every Republican who votes for it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.” And as voters learn more about the proposal cutting Medicare by more than $25 billion while also causing the deficit to explode, they’ll only further reject anyone who was crazy enough to vote for it.”

Quinnipiac University’s latest poll shows that Americans are against the tax plan by nearly 2 to 1, with 53% against it compared to just 29% in favor. The […]

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Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act costs the people of Florida

Donald Trump is actively sabotaging Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, and it is costing the people of Florida. Today, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced that, as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, premiums for individual coverage plans on the health insurance exchanges in Florida will increase by an average of 44.7% next year. 

This news comes after Donald Trump has taken a host of executive actions that have harmed insurance markets and driven-up healthcare costs for Americans, including an executive order on Trump’s first day in office to compromise the effectiveness of the individual mandate, calling into question whether the mandate would be enforced at all, pulling an initial round of ACA enrollment ads that had already been paid for, and cutting the overall enrollment ad budget by 90% as well as community outreach funds by 40%.

Most damaging of all, Trump has repeatedly threatened to withhold cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), […]

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American Bridge Response to Trump, Strange Rally

American Bridge Spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier offered the following response to Donald Trump’s rally with Luther Strange tonight in Alabama:

“Tonight, Donald Trump repeatedly denied Luther Strange’s cozy relationship with Mitch McConnell — the Republican leader who has already spent more than $6 million propping up Strange. With millions of Republican dollars already down the drain in a divisive and nasty primary, no matter who Alabama voters choose next week, Trump, McConnell and the Republican party all lose. GOP infighting is becoming the norm in races in Nevada, Arizona, Indiana, West Virginia, and all around the country and will continue to siphon Republican resources, and shine a light on their broken promises and total inability to govern even after after nine months in complete control in Washington.”

The Mitch McConnell-aligned Super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, has spent $6.6 million in Alabama trying to prop up their candidate of choice, Luther Strange, who remains behind in most polls. 

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American Bridge Response to Graham-Cassidy-Heller Bill Presser

Republicans just can’t stop trying to gut Americans’ health care. Today, in a press conference announcing the Graham-Cassidy-Heller ACA repeal bill, which would take away health care from millions of Americans, Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Dean Heller (NV),  Ron Johnson (WI), and Former Senator Rick Santorum (PA) touted the plan.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler offered the following response:

“Republicans like Dean Heller and Donald Trump are dead set on destroying health care in America and the proposal they unveiled today is just the latest example. They want to strip millions of Americans of their insurance, make health care more expensive, and end Medicaid as we know it – and the Graham-Cassidy-Heller scheme is the worst one yet. No matter how they try to spin it, there’s no denying the truth: Republicans are playing politics instead of helping the people they represent for partisan political gain. The American people will hold them accountable.”
Graham-Cassidy-Heller would have disastrous consequences for American […]

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Trump’s Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act Costs the People of Nevada

Donald Trump is overtly sabotaging insurance markets as he pushes Trumpcare on the country, and it’s now costing Nevada.

Today, as a result of Trump destabilizing insurance markets, Anthem announced they will withdraw from Nevada’s Affordable Care Act exchanges, costing Nevadan’s health insurance options across the entire state. This comes a month after Anthem announced they would be withdrawing from 14 Nevada counties.

This news comes after Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to unilaterally cut-off Affordable Care Act funding that is critical to seven million working Americans having health insurance, which is roiling markets.

“Dean Heller has been complicit in Donald Trump’s politically motivated sabotage of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. This sabotage will hurt Nevadans, particularly those in rural areas,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Donald Trump is sabotaging the ACA out of spite for the bipartisan opposition the led to the collapse of Trumpcare, including from Governor […]

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President Trump Encourages Police Brutality & More

“Donald Trump has once again gone off the rails. This is despicable and un-American, and it’s beneath the Office of the Presidency.” –American Bridge VP Shripal Shah

WATCH: Trump Encourages Police Brutality

During Trump’s speech, he also…

Said ignored America’s history with slavery claiming human trafficking is worse than 200 years ago 
Reaffirmed that he only wants ‘Rich Men’ in his Cabinet

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Trump Gives a Taiwanese Co. $3 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars For 3K Jobs

The Trump White House on Wednesday claimed a great “job creation” victory upon announcing that Wisconsin had struck a deal with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a new plant in the Badger State.

But here’s what Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker downplayed in their announcement: the deal requires that Wisconsin taxpayers hand over $200,000,000-per-year to Foxconn for up to 15 years — $3 billion, carried on the backs of Wisconsin’s working families.

“This is another lousy deal for working people from a President who only looks out for his own bottom line,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “Rather than focus on concentrated investment in infrastructure-building and long-term, stable job creation — or making much-needed investments in our schools and healthcare system — Trump is instead forking over $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to a foreign company with a reputation for stilting workers and breaking job-creation promises. The country […]

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145,415 Pink Slips Under Trump (And No Infrastructure Bill)

No Trump jobs ‘deal’ can be taken at face value. Last time Trump claimed to have secured a great victory for American working people, he gifted Carrier millions in taxpayer-funded incentives to keep outsourcing jobs, then set up the company to further replace some of the non-offshored jobs by transitioning to automation.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Trump’s jobs announcement:

“Donald Trump is a lying con artist and when it comes to creating jobs, nothing he says can be taken at face value. Today’s announcement is no exception. When you ignore his rhetoric and look at his record, it’s clear that he’s done nothing to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and has no real jobs agenda.  
“Trump only cares about making more money for himself. That’s why he’s focused on taking away millions of Americans’ healthcare and cutting his own […]

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So-called “skinny repeal” = cutting the jugular of health insurance marketplaces 

What Trump and Republicans are disingenuously calling “skinny repeal” would in fact cut the jugular of health insurance markets, force spikes in premiums, and cost millions of Americans their healthcare.  More and more experts are confirming this plan would send the insurance markets into a downward spiral, slamming the American families who would pay the price. Even Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) admitted that such an approach is “not a solution.” At the same time, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price revealed that this plan is part of a larger scheme to pass any “lowest common denominator bill” so that Republicans can later force Trumpcare upon the country.

“Every Republican Senator who votes for such a plan will be on the record for tanking health insurance markets, forcing premiums to spike, and kicking millions off of their insurance, all in the name of cynical partisan politics,” said American Bridge President […]

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