American Bridge on Tom Price’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Rep. Tom Price’s nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:
“The only difference between Donald Trump and Tom Price, his pick for HHS Secretary, is that Trump made billions by hurting American workers and Price made mere millions by hurting American workers.

“Beyond that, Price has possibly already broken laws meant to keep Members of Congress from profiting off their government jobs — Trump has only dreamed of making money from the presidency. Both Price and Trump would take away health care from millions of Americans. And Trump and Price both would defund Planned Parenthood and take away vital women’s health services that protect lives.

“With Donald Trump and Tom Price in charge, you can be sure they looked for every opportunity to make a buck while systematically weakening Americans’ health care.”

American Bridge’s research and video on […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge on Nikki Haley’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Nikki Haley’s nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“They said it couldn’t be done, but he did it — Donald Trump found someone in Nikki Haley who is even more of a novice on world affairs than he is. Governor Haley’s lack of experience on the world stage makes her the perfect stealth agent to do the bidding of the Trump family empire around the globe.”

“In South Carolina, Governor Haley’s record is riddled with troubling views on LGBTQ equality, women’s reproductive rights, and the acknowledgment of the harmful impacts of climate change, calling into question just how often she’ll take a backseat to Trump’s extreme views. With Governor Haley, Trump has yet another foot soldier for the army of Trump businesses, ready to jet set for his profit whenever he sees fit, human rights be damned.”

American Bridge’s research […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Statement on Wilbur Ross Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Wilbur Ross’ nomination hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Wednesday, American Bridge president Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Wilbur Ross has used every business opportunity he’s had to profit at the expense of the American people — firing workers and cutting employee benefits in order to line his own pockets. He built a vast international business empire by taking advantage of the American worker at every step of the way.

“Like Donald Trump, Ross would face countless conflicts of interest. As Commerce Secretary, he would oversee interactions with the steel industry where he made billions — and he could use his position to add even more to his profits.”

“Throughout his career, Ross has profited most when the American people lost. That won’t change when he’s commerce secretary.”

American Bridge’s research and video on Wilbur Ross is available at www.RiggedCabinet.com. Follow Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Statement On Scott Pruitt Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Scott Pruitt’s nomination hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt repeatedly sued the agency he now hopes to lead, lending his name to any letters or lawsuits that Big Oil asked him to support.”

“The only explanation for Pruitt’s eagerness to lead the EPA is that he hopes to continue his track record of taking fossil fuel money then using his influence to help polluters maximize their profit margins while the American people pay the price. Donald Trump hopes to profit off the presidency and that’s why he’s surrounding himself with people like Scott Pruitt, a big donor puppet who will be a willing accomplice in Trump’s work to enrich himself as president.”

American Bridge‘s research and video on Scott Pruitt is available at www.RiggedCabinet.com. Follow @American_Bridge for rapid response updates during the […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge on Betsy DeVos’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Betsy DeVos’s nomination hearing in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Betsy DeVos is positioned to lead the agency that she has ruthlessly attacked for decades, supporting efforts to raid public funds and take control of children’s classrooms, primarily harming low-income communities and students of color. DeVos’s appointment will allow her to use her wealth to push radical education policy that will enrich her and her allies, but leave behind children who deserve a strong education in order to get a fair shot at the American dream.”

DeVos’s long history of buying off Republican politicians to support her agenda of privatizing public schools, waging culture war and promoting religion that ultimately pads her pocketbook disqualifies her from leading an agency that has an effect on millions of families in every corner of our nation.”

American Bridge’s research […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge on Ryan Zinke’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Ryan Zinke’s nomination hearing before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“With Ryan Zinke leading the Interior Department, federally-owned lands will be served up to oil and gas interests for an unprecedented wave of fracking, drilling and mining  — a wave that Zinke and the Trump family could use to enrich themselves. His nomination sends a clear message to the fossil fuel industry that America’s public lands will soon be up for sale and open for business.”

“In Congress, Zinke has shown himself to be a pro-fracking, pro-drilling ideologue, who, time and time again, has put the interests of big oil and gas ahead of our local communities and environment. His horrendous record on conservation is colored by his significant financial stake in the fossil fuel industry and the big money he’s raked in from oil and gas companies.”

American […]

Read more after the jump.

The Reviews of Trump’s Phony Plan To Profit From Presidency Are Brutal

Americans are seeing Donald Trump’s decision to keep his massive conflicts of interest for what it is: A phony plan cooked up by his lackeys that allows Trump to profit from the presidency starting on Day One.

The non-partisan Director of the Office of Government Ethics blasted Trump’s scheme as “wholly inadequate” and said, “We can’t risk the perception that government leaders would use their official positions for professional profit.”

Not only will Trump be able to use his presidency for profit, he even admitted his sons are merely running his business until he’s out of the White House in four years, where he’ll continue to reap profits from his administration.

Statement from American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:
“It’s clear from Donald Trump’s disastrous press conference that he fully intends to cash in on his presidency. Following a shameless display of theatrics, Trump refused to separate himself from his business […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Calls On FBI To Investigate Rex Tillerson

American Bridge president Jessica Mackler sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey calling on him to investigate Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of State, for potentially committing perjury in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Tillerson testified: “I have never lobbied against sanctions, personally,” and “To my knowledge, Exxon never lobbied directly against sanctions, not to my knowledge.” ExxonMobil submitted Lobbying Reports multiple times during Tillerson’s tenure as CEO that report they were lobbying Congress on U.S. sanctions against Iran, Russia, and Libya.

“I respectfully request that the Federal Bureau of Investigation open an investigation into Mr. Tillerson’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations today to determine whether Mr. Tillerson lied under oath to Congress about his or ExxonMobil lobbying the federal government over U.S. sanctions against foreign countries,” Mackler wrote to Comey.

 Read the full letter to the FBI here.

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge on Mike Pompeo’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Mike Pompeo’s nomination hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee today, American Bridge president Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Mike Pompeo is a right-wing ideologue — a deeply divisive, Islamophobic, and pro-torture politician who is dangerously unfit to protect our national security as CIA Director.

“Pompeo has questioned Muslims’ ‘commitment to peace’ and called Muslim Americans slow to condemned terrorist acts ‘complicit.’

“As CIA director, Pompeo would amplify — and worse, bureaucratize — Trump’s un-American ‘us vs. them’ rhetoric that fuels hatred and terrorism, inspires white supremacists, and puts our national security at risk.”

American Bridge’s research and video on Mike Pompeo is available at www.RiggedCabinet.com. Follow @American_Bridge for rapid response updates during the hearing.

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Statement on James Mattis’ Nomination Hearing

Ahead of James Mattis’ nomination hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee this Thursday, American Bridge president Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“General Mattis might have the toughest job in Donald Trump’s administration: Standing up to Trump when he wants to launch a reckless war because a foreign leader insulted him or refusing orders when Trump decides to torture people.

“Now that reports indicate Putin and the Kremlin have compromising information they can use to blackmail Trump, Mattis’ job will be even more difficult. He will have to defend our national security in a time when foreign adversaries are going to blackmail and bribe Trump to do their bidding at the expense of American interests. For all our sakes, General Mattis better be up to the task.”

American Bridge’s research and video on James Mattis is available at www.RiggedCabinet.com. Follow @American_Bridge for rapid response updates during the hearing.

Read more after the jump.