White House: We exploited coal miners’ health benefits for Trump’s political gain

“It takes an exceptionally terrible person to hold health benefits for coal miners hostage in a negotiation, just to advance a partisan agenda, but that’s exactly what Trump did. Then his team bragged about it, as if this sort of petty behavior was something to be proud of. The White House is sinking to new lows every day, and they’re operating with no regard for the people who could be hurt by their reckless behavior. That’s a recipe for disaster.” —American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah


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​​​What Voters Are Reading About Trump’s Disastrous Budget

Following the Trump administration’s disastrous rollout of its budget proposal yesterday, voters are waking up to sobering headlines about how the budget cuts will affect communities around the country. From heating homes in New Hampshire households, to assistance provided to low-income and elderly people in Ohio, to public health concerns and water safety in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump’s budget is being exposed as a disaster for working class families in every corner of the country.

While millions of Americans stand to lose under the proposed budget, the real question is how Republican Senators and Congressmen will respond to voters’ concerns about the cuts? If they’re reading the same headlines as the American people, they should get ready to answer some tough questions from their constituents.

Here are just a few of the headlines from this morning’s newspapers:

New Hampshire Union Leader: Trump budget proposes cutting home heating help to nearly 28,000 NH […]

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Donald Trump’s budget puts those in need last

Today in his budget proposal Donald Trump told the country that he intends to end federal funding for Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to elderly Americans who face financial and other challenges all over the United States.

When asked if this budget, which pays for $54 billion in new military spending with large-scale cuts that will inflict great hardships on millions of Americans – such as ending funding for Meals on Wheels – was “hard-hearted,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said, “I don’t think so.  In fact, I think it’s probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.”

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah responded with the following statement:

“It is flooring, even for the Trump Administration, to describe taking food out of the mouths of senior citizens as “compassionate.” This budget puts Americans, and especially those in need, last – which is a travesty coming from a President who ran […]

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Trump’s Budget Sells Out The American People

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Trump’s budget:

“Donald Trump is a con artist and his budget just further proves it. This proposal violates the promises he campaigned on and declares open war on the working poor — completely eliminating or gutting some of our most effective anti-poverty initiatives, dedicated to provided housing, food, and other resources to those in need. And why is Trump selling us out? To pad his own pockets and those of the millionaires and billionaires that backed his campaign.”

The headlines say it all…

Targeting Anti-Poverty and Community Development Programs

CNN: Meals on Wheels could take funding hit in Trump budget

Washington Post: Trump budget asks for $6 billion in HUD cuts, drops development grants

Bloomberg: Trump Budget Plan Declares War on ‘War on Poverty’ Programs

Washington Post: If you’re a poor person in America, Trump’s budget is not for […]

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Spicer Questions: About Last Night Edition

A lot went wrong for Donald Trump last night: his Muslim ban was struck down by the courts (again), HHS Secretary Tom Price’s town hall exposed the many failings of TrumpCare, and his budget proposal has something for everyone to hate.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions:

1. OMB Director Mulvaney said this morning he could point to the campaign speeches where lines from the Trump budget were derived. In what speech did Trump promise to gut programs to help small business owners?  Nutrition assistance for women, infants, and children? Manufacturing expansion programs?

2. How will Trump voters react to elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission, which helps create jobs in the region, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is a literal lifesaver for seniors?

3. Isn’t Trump’s $1 billion budget cut for federal prison construction a gift to […]

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A Vote For Mulvaney Is An Assault On Social Security And Medicare

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Mick Mulvaney’s confirmation vote:

“Mick Mulvaney is a partisan extremist and a tax cheat who voted to shut down the government, calls Social Security a “ponzi scheme,” and says he’ll tell Trump to cut Medicare and Social Security. A vote for Mick Mulvaney is a direct attack on American seniors and future retirees.”

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American Bridge On Mick Mulvaney’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s nomination hearings before the Senate Budget Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:


“Mick Mulvaney is a right-wing extremist who isn’t sure whether the government should fund scientific research and pals around with conspiracy theorists at John Birch Society meetings.

“Even worse, Mulvaney is a tax cheat who ‘forgot’ to pay taxes owed for an employee — a crime Mulvaney previously thought should disqualify people like him from being nominated to positions in state or federal government. And if Mick Mulvaney can’t handle his family budget, I don’t know how anyone can expect him to be our national budget director. It’s a travesty that Republican Senators haven’t already called for Trump to withdraw Mulvaney’s nomination.”

Follow @American_Bridge for rapid response updates during the hearing.

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Trump’s Budget Director Pick Can’t Manage A Household Budget

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to lead Office of Management and Budget, neglected “to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee,” according to a New York Times report on Mulvaney’s disclosure of the discrepancy to the Senate Budget Committee.

The revelation stains Trump’s already ethically-marred transition just days before his inauguration, and it adds Mulvaney to a growing list of Trump Administration figures (and nominees) including Trump, himself, and Betsy DeVos, who have shady tax records, disclosure errors, or simply a refusal to release their tax returns.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah issued the following statement on Mulvaney’s tax discrepancy:

“Trump’s pick for Budget director either purposefully avoided paying taxes he owed for a household employee, or he can’t be trusted to manage his own household budget. I don’t know which is worse, but both are disqualifying. Senators of both parties should call on Mulvaney to remove his name from […]

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