BREAKING: Todd Rokita and Luke Messer vote to raise taxes on middle class Americans, cut Medicare, and send jobs overseas 

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Rep Todd Rokita and Rep. Luke Messer’s votes to pass the House Republican tax plan:

“Putting their party over what is best for Hoosiers, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 358,000 Hoosiers — cut Medicare by $25 billion, and outsource American jobs — all to cut taxes for the very rich and big business.  This is a disastrous plan that sells-out hardworking, average Americans who are counting on jobs and a better economic future. Voters deserve better, and they will hold these politicians accountable.”

Yesterday, American Bridge’s Bridge Project released a new digital ad running nationally on Facebook, “Trumps Tax Plan Sells You Out,” which highlights warnings that the Republican tax plan would break Donald Trump’s #1 promise and help […]

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Every Single GOP Congressman Running for Senate Fails to Hold a Town Hall

Republican House members running for Senate — and those who are considering it — are probably relieved that the August recess is coming to an end. After all, they’ve already spent the last three weeks dodging their constituents and failing to hold town halls.

Reps. Lou Barletta (PA-11), Evan Jenkins (WV-03), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Luke Messer (IN-06), Todd Rokita (IN-04), and Kevin Cramer (ND-AL) have robbed their constituents of the chance to express their thoughts and concerns to their representatives. They have a responsibility to listen to their constituents, but these six Republicans are putting their political ambition ahead of doing their jobs.

“Six Republican members of Congress are looking for a promotion, but instead of doing their job they are more concerned with promoting their personal political ambition,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Hearing from your voters — whether you like what they say or not — is part of the job. […]

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Indiana GOP Primary Gets Uglier by the Day

“Rokita and Messer have already been sniping at each other for months and have turned the Indiana primary into a petty and divisive squabble between two career politicians who only care about themselves,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Now, Republicans at the highest levels are getting dragged into the mudslinging in Indiana, and top GOP operatives are rightly worried how damaged their nominee will be next year, because this primary promises to only get nastier.”

IndyStar: Trump and Pence camps at odds over best choice for U.S.Senate: Messer or Rokita?
By Kaitlin Lange | July 27, 2017

Associates of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear to be at odds over the best candidate to run for a hotly-contested U.S. Senate seat in Indiana.

For months, multiple people close to Pence, along with his brother Greg Pence, have thrown their support to Rep. Luke Messer  as the Republican choice […]

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Messer and Rokita Will Still Have to Answer for the AHCA

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — resulting in worse health care for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers — might be collapsing in Congress, but back home in Indiana, Republicans hoping to run for U.S. Senate won’t be able to escape their record.

“Whether it’s Republicans’ latest health bill, or repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer are stuck with their cruel plan to take away health care from millions — like gum stuck to a shoe,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Despite the health care bill’s collapse in the Senate, they voted for it in the House, and championed numerous disastrous ACA repeal bills that all rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and Hoosiers will hold them responsible.”

Both Luke Messer and Todd Rokita  voted for ACHA in the House, and have  Read more after the jump.

The Senate GOP is still struggling to recruit candidates. Their problem this time? Money.

“Republicans are struggling to get their top recruits for Senate to actually take the plunge — and no wonder. No politician wants to hitch their political fate to the Senate GOP’s devastating health care bill that is unpopular in every state in the country. They’d rather collect corporate campaign checks and hope things get better. Here’s news for Republican hopefuls: this is just the beginning of the horrible headlines you’ll be running against,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Roll Call: Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate

By Simone Pathe | June 18, 2017

“It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year,” but most “are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns.”
“Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide.”
“And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may […]

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