The Worst Kind Of Deja Vu: GOP Senators Reject Common Sense Gun Safety Bills

Today, the following GOP senators voted against legislation that would help prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns:

Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

These GOP senators also voted against closing the background check loophole for guns bought online and at gun shows:

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

“These are common sense measures, but Senate Republicans refuse to take action against gun violence,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Instead of supporting legislation that could make real change, GOP leaders introduced sham legislation that will do little to prevent another mass shooting and will still make it possible for suspected terrorists to get their hands on guns. The GOP should be ashamed that they continue to cower and risk Americans’ safety rather […]

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Will Senator Ron Johnson Join Paul Ryan In Calling Out Trump’s Racism?

Similar releases were sent on Senators Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Kirk, McCain, Paul, Portman, Toomey, Congressman Heck, and senate candidates in Florida and Colorado.

Senator Ron Johnson has pledged his support to Trump in November, and so has House Speaker Paul Ryan. This morning, Ryan called Donald Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel the “textbook definition of racism.” Will Johnson join Ryan in calling out Trump’s racism?

“GOP leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan have repeatedly refused to stand up to racism in their party. Donald Trump’s attacks against Judge Curiel are hardly the first time the presumptive nominee has made racist and offensive comments this election cycle,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Ryan and Sen. Johnson have cowardly stood by while extremists take over the Republican Party, and their condemnations of Trump are meaningless as long as they promise to cast their ballots for him in November.”

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Republicans Tear Into Donald Trump After Racist Attacks On Judge Curiel

GOP leaders in the media are up in arms after Donald Trump re-upped his attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not preside over the Trump University case because of his Mexican Heritage. Governor John Kasich, Senator Jeff Flake and Erick Erickson joined a chorus of Republicans infuriated by Trump’s remarks.

Unfortunately for GOPers up for re-election in 2016, playing dumb is no excuse. Just as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski pointed out this morning — racist demagoguery is nothing new from Trump. And at the end of the day Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Mark Kirk, Ron Johnson, John McCain, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, and countless other Republicans will still cast their ballots for Trump.

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GOP Senators Stand In The Way Of Equal Pay For Equal Work

Women in the U.S. still earn less than men on average for the same work. Today — Equal Pay Day — recognizes the extra 103 days it takes for women to earn the same as men earned in 2015.

Equal pay for equal work is common sense for most Americans, but the GOP has voted again and again to obstruct common sense measures that would help make equal pay for equal work a reality. Senators Kelly Ayotte, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, and Congressman Joe Heck all continue to stand in the way of closing the wage gap between women and men.

These Republicans have actively blocked legislation that prevents wage discrimination, putting corporate special interests ahead of working women. By preventing women from realizing their full earning potential, they are holding back economic growth for families across America.

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Kelly Ayotte
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You (Still) Can’t Count On The GOP To Do Anything About Equal Pay

On this 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helped to close the pay gap between women and men, a reminder that the Republican Party and its 2016 presidential candidates still don’t want to make sure equal pay for equal work happens in practice.

Please don’t hold your breath, because Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the rest don’t plan on doing anything about the gender pay gap — and Jeb Bush still may not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act even is:

Here’s Donald Trump on equal pay when asked about it this fall: “I have given women more opportunity than I would say virtually anybody in the construction industry…I respect women, I love women, I cherish women.” Pressed further, Trump said: “You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job”
Ted Cruz has called the Paycheck Fairness Act “a political show vote” that has “nothing to do […]

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American Bridge Statement On Tonight’s GOP Debate

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on tonight’s Republican debate:

“Tonight’s sleepy debate made one thing abundantly clear – the Republican Party needs Donald Trump. The Republican field rushed to fill the void left by Trump’s absence by mirroring his extreme positions on issues from immigration to religious tests to taxes rigged against the middle class.  Despite their very best efforts to channel The Donald’s policies, the GOP field nearly put the nation to sleep early. In case there was ever any doubt about Trump’s impact, look no further than his dominance in a debate he didn’t even take part in.”

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Republicans Get Xenophobic On Syrian Refugees

President Obama just laid out a compelling vision for supporting refugees fleeing for their lives from Syria. The contrast couldn’t be greater with the Republican Party’s backwards and xenophobic rhetoric that quickly devolved into who could offend Muslims quicker.

Trump was by far the loudest, but other Republican presidential candidates and senators running for reelection were quick to latch onto Trump’s egregious proposals. It’s clear why: 59 percent of Republicans agreed with Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

 

When asked about closing mosques, Marco Rubio said we should close down “any place where radicals are being inspired.”
Ted Cruz proposed legislation that would ban Syrian Muslims from entering the country and voted against rejecting Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims.
Jeb Bush has said we should only allow Syrian Christians into the United States, proposing a religious test refugees would have to pass before entering.
Ben Carson has said he doesn’t think a Muslim should be president and compared Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.”
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GOP Silence On Bundy’s Oregon Takeover With Militias

As the Bundy clan, infamous for their 2014 armed standoff with federal authorities, is currently joining with militias to occupy a remote federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon, not a single Republican presidential candidate has spoken up.

This time, tensions are even higher as The Oregonian reports that one of the Bundy brothers responsible for this weekend’s takeover “would not rule out violence.”

Given the GOP’s history of supporting Cliven Bundy and his family since their armed standoff against federal agents in Nevada, candidates running for the Republican nomination will need to respond to the Bundy’s latest armed aggression.

The Washington Post reports:

Republican presidential candidates are staying mum as an armed group has taken over part of a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon — even those who supported the father of at least one of its leaders, who had his own standoff with the government in 2014, and have called for limits on […]

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The Year Trump Took Over, Pt. 2: Trump’s Discriminatory Policies


Though he ratcheted up the rhetoric more than anyone, Trump wasn’t the Republican field’s first anti-immigrant candidate to advocate anti-immigrant ideas. But the egregious anti-Muslim and anti-refugee policies that have saturated the GOP primary? Those are all his…

The disgraceful, fascist-tinged policies and rhetoric Trump’s influenced the field to adopt with respect to Muslims — both refugees and American citizens. No matter how offensive and discriminatory Trump gets, the rest of the field eagerly matches his every move — increasingly timid in their refusal to offer substantive criticism. Not one GOP candidate used the most recent debate to meaningfully criticize Trump’s proposed Muslim ban — very clearly living in fear of the 60% of GOP voters who support his proposal.

But there’s a more obvious reason they’ve refused to go beyond saying they “disagree” with his plan: Their own discriminatory proposals are equally rooted in xenophobic fear-mongering — this is the Party of Trump. Their Islamaphobia and calls […]

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