BREAKING (but not surprising): McConnell is corrupt

“For the McConnells corruption is a family affair,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “It’s no wonder he’s been an historically obstructionist Senate Majority Leader: he’s been too busy abusing his office in pursuit of sweetheart deals for his political benefactors to get anything meaningful done for the country. That’s about as swampy as it gets.”

Politico: Emails reveal coordination between Chao, McConnell offices
By Tanya Snyder | February 19, 2019

“A trove of more than 800 pages of emails sheds new light on the working relationship between Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the most potent power couples in Washington — including their dealings with McConnell supporters from their home state of Kentucky.”
“Chao has met at least 10 times with politicians and business leaders from the state in response to requests from McConnell’s office…In some cases, those people later received what they were hoping […]

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QUICK CLIP: McConnell’s Shutdown Is Hurting Kentuckians

“By refusing to take action to reopen the federal government, Mitch McConnell has abdicated the responsibility of a coequal branch of government,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “McConnell’s stubborn cynicism is hurting thousands of Kentuckians going without paychecks. His constituents deserve better.”

Below, watch how the Trump-McConnell shutdown is hurting Kentuckians:



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DAY 24: Where’s Mitch?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been uncharacteristically silent since the Trump shutdown began, aside from refusing to bring government funding bills to the Senate Floor and attempting to shift the blame for Trump’s shutdown to Democrats.

But report after report notes that an end to the shutdown is within McConnell’s control. And a new Washington Post-ABC poll released this weekend shows 53% of Americans blame Republicans and Trump for the shutdown. In short, it’s not looking good for Republicans, and McConnell may want to rethink his abdicate-all-responsibility strategy.

Here are some highlights in recent coverage of MIA Mitch:


Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial: 1 word for Mitch McConnell: ‘Override.’ Senate leader’s kowtow to Trump is making us less safe.

Washington Post: Mitch McConnell could end the shutdown. But he’s sitting this one out.

Reuters: As government shutdown drags on, where is Senator McConnell?

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DAY 21: Trump Shutdown Devastates American Workers As Senate GOP Refuses to Act

As Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s near record-breaking federal government shutdown enters its third week, workers across the country are facing their first payday without a paycheck,squeezing Coast Guard families and leading TSA agents to look for work elsewhere.

We’ll say it again: Mitch McConnell is as much to blame for this shutdown as Donald Trump. McConnell has refused to take up any of the funding bills passed by the House, including measures his Senate unanimously approved in December. He could easily bring those bills to the floor, and likely muster the votes in his caucus to override a veto from Trump. He’d alleviate financial stress for nearly 1 million American workers and also relieve pressure on members up for reelection in 2020.

Instead, McConnell is forcing his caucus to shoulder the shutdown blame as workers and families in their home states endure increasing financial hardships. Here are […]

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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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