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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MEMO: After #ALSen Defeat, Mitch McConnell Looks Weaker than Ever

To: Interested Parties
From: Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Date: 8/17/17
Subject: After #ALSen Defeat, Mitch McConnell Looks Weaker than Ever

The results of the Alabama Senate primary this week should be the final blow to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reputation as a “master tactician” — or even as a halfway decent majority leader.

Robocalls from the president. Up to eight million dollars. Second place. And a guarantee he’ll have to spend at least that much again over the coming weeks. In ruby red Alabama. That’s the result of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s defeat this week.

McConnell’s humiliation is the culmination of eight disastrous months for Senate Republicans in which they have careened from crisis to crisis.

His health care bill is dead, defeated and trashed by members of his own party. His president has disowned him, accusing him of undermining his agenda. His legislative tactics are viewed with suspicion by Senators of his own […]

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American Bridge Statement on Newest CBO Confirmation That Trumpcare Would Gut the American Healthcare System

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler responded to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Offices’s latest score of Trumpcare by calling for Republican leaders to listen to the American people and work across party lines to improve the Affordable Care Act. 

​”Republicans have a clear choice: either vote for a partisan plan to gut healthcare in the name of tax cuts for the rich, or put the American people first.

“America’s doctors, hospitals, addiction experts, the insurance industry itself, and now the independent Congressional Budget Office have declared that Trumpcare would eviscerate the American healthcare system, leaving 22 million people without insurance, forcing through-the-roof deductibles onto working families, and ending Medicaid as we know it. That should be all Republicans need to hear to put a stop to this plan.

​”What’s more, Republicans are not telling us if they’ll include the Cruz Amendment in Trumpcare or not, which the health insurance […]

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Unbelievable. Senate Republicans Exempt Themselves from Trumpcare Disaster 

“We didn’t think McConnell could sink any lower but once again he’s proved us wrong,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.​ ​”​This kind of self-serving garbage — while millions stand to lose their health care — is exactly why people are disgusted with everything the Republican Party represents.”

Vox: Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal

Updated by Sarah Kliff
on July 13, 2017 3:00 pm

Senate Republicans included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of their latest health care plan.

This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage.

A Senate Republican aide confirmed that the exemption existed but was unable to comment as to the specific effect it would have. The aide said it was included to ensure that the bill hewed […]

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If McConnell Really Wants to Improve Insurance Markets, He and Trump Should Stop Sabotaging Them

Months ago, the leadership of America’s health insurance industry pleaded with Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to help stabilize healthcare markets across the country, which have been roiled with uncertainty caused by his threat to terminate the Affordable Care Act cost-sharing funds that are vital to 7 million working Americans having healthcare coverage.

Donald Trump has not done as health insurers asked, and insurance companies across the country have forced out of various markets. These insurers have explicitly said that, were it not for Trump’s jeopardizing of cost-sharing subsidies, costs for consumers next year would be significantly lower.

But today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been locked in a desperate struggle to convince even enough Republicans to support Trumpcare, broke new ground and acknowledged the urgency for bringing much-needed stability to health insurance markets.

“If Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are really concerned about private insurance […]

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Trump’s call for outright ACA repeal shows even the GOP can’t stomach Trumpcare

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s efforts to persuade Republican Senators to vote for Trumpcare are foundering, and Donald Trump’s outburst this morning is the latest proof.

The more the American people learn about how painful the Senate Trumpcare bill that Republicans wrote behind closed doors would be if it were passed, the harder it’s becoming for Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump to pressure Senators – from their own party – into supporting it.  Yesterday, a Trump Administration official even admitted McConnell was planning “bribes” to lure Republican Senators into voting for the bill.

Several hours ago, Trump said that if Trumpcare could not be forced down the country’s throat, Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act outright instead.  However, in January, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would leave 32 million Americans without health insurance […]

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BREAKING: Republicans still trying to gut Medicaid in closed-door Trumpcare salvage negotiations 

Some of the ‘bribes‘ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering adding to his Trumpcare bill to entice Republicans Senators to vote for it are leaking out – but one change Republicans reportedly aren’t considering at all is abandoning their scheme to end Medicaid as we know it.

“Mitch McConnell is struggling to put lipstick on a pig,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “He tried to hide the Senate Trumpcare bill because he knew the American people would be infuriated with an Affordable Care Act replacement that guts Medicaid in order to still cut taxes for the wealthy – and no tinkering around the edges will change that fact. It’s time for a bipartisan approach that doesn’t put the American people last.”

After Republicans were forced to delay even holding a vote to begin debating the dangerous bill that was crafted in secret and would cut taxes for the wealthy, the Trump administration revealed this morning […]

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Senate GOP Complains Trump Is “Crippling” Their 2018 Plans

Top Republican Senate leaders and staffers let loose on the Trump administration yesterday in Politico, blaming their abysmal recruiting for the 2018 midterms on the administration’s chaos and dysfunction.

Check out the lowlights:

NRSC Chairman Gardner vents about his bad recruiting record:  “Appearing before a small group of donors and activists recently, NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) expressed concern about how the political environment is making it harder to get candidates into racesand said the wooing of potential Senate candidates was going slower than expected.”

The dangers and stumbling blocks for Senate Republicans are everywhere… 

In Nevada: “[Dean] Heller, the most endangered GOP incumbent up for reelection in 2018, was initially targeted with a surprise $1 million digital, TV and radio assault — an act of political retaliation that stunned senators and other top GOP officials…The offensive reflected Trump’s mounting frustration with Capitol Hill Republicans.”
In Arizona: “Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, […]

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American Bridge Statement on McConnell Forced to Delay TrumpCare Vote

American Bridge spokesperson Harrell Kirstein released the following after Senate Republicans announced they would delay voting on their Trumpcare bill until after the July 4th recess:

“Republicans being forced to delay voting on the Trumpcare bill they hid from the American people for weeks – as they drafted it in secret with an undisclosed group of lobbyists – is a testament to the Americans who made their voices heard in opposition to this atrocious bill.  Just yesterday the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted Trumpcare would take more than than 20 million people off their insurance, cripple the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting conditions by undermining the coverage of essential health benefits like hospitalization, threaten the quality of employer-based plans, and price countless working Americans out of even buying health insurance. However, it is certain that after the July 4th recess, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell will do everything in their power to buy-off senators any […]

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American Bridge Calls BS On Senate GOP’s Empty Health Care Rhetoric

In response to the Senate GOP’s fake disagreements over their health care bill today, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“The stakes today are too high to accept Mitch McConnell’s dishonest kabuki theater at face value. The Republican Senate’s health care bill would strip health care from millions and raise costs for even more — and the entire GOP, from Ted Cruz to Dean Heller — is poised to vote for it. Dean Heller’s mealy-mouthed statement today doesn’t change the fact that he’s voted repeatedly to end Medicaid expansion and defund Planned Parenthood. Everyone knows what Dean Heller’s real agenda is.”

On health care, moderates quiet while conservatives put their foot down
By Caitlin Owens | 6/22/16 4:25 PM

Only hours after the release of the Senate health care bill, four conservative senators put out a statement saying they can’t support the bill in its current […]

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