Spineless Republicans Are Avoiding Town Halls

Congressional Republicans have been terrified of meeting their constituents since Trump took office — and nearly half haven’t held a single town hall since January 20, despite all of the time they have spent back in their districts. With the stakes in Washington higher than ever, Members of Congress owe it to their constituents to hear their thoughts and concerns.

Mic: Nearly half of Republicans have yet to hold a public town hall since Donald Trump took office

By Will Drabold | September 8, 2017

“It’s been 231 days since Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. In that time, nearly half of Republicans in Congress have still not held a public town hall with constituents.”

“The numbers, shared exclusively with Mic, show 167 Republican members of the House and Senate have yet to hold a town hall. Of the 242 Democrats, 217 have held at least one.”

‘”There’s no excuse at […]

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American Bridge Launches Recess Campaign Targeting Republicans Who Avoid Town Halls

As a month-long congressional recess gets underway, American Bridge has launched a new campaign targeting vulnerable Republican senators, representatives and candidates who are avoiding holding town hall meetings where they would hear from their constituents.

The campaign, “Demand a Town Hall,” will run through Labor Day, and includes a website, DemandATownHall.usa 60-second video, and targeted Twitter ads. The campaign features people throughout the country asking their elected officials to hold town halls, and the web tool allows the public to sign targeted petitions demanding town halls. The website also shows — in real time — how long it’s been since each elected official has held a public event for his or her constituents.

The ads will run across 9 states and target Republican Senators, Senate candidates, and members of Congress: Sen. Dean Heller (NV), Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ), Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY), Rep. Dan Donovan (NY), Rep. Lou Barletta (PA), Sen. […]

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American Bridge Launches Website Targeting 15 Vulnerable House Members

“GOP Pickpockets” Will Highlight GOP’s Healthcare and Economic Policies
that Hurt Middle Class Families

While Republicans in Congress are out of town on their August vacations, today American Bridge is launching a digital campaign targeting 15 vulnerable members of Congress, holding them accountable for their votes that hurt middle class families’ pocketbooks, starting with their votes to hurt their constituents’ health care. 

The campaign, titled “Grand Old Pickpockets,” includes video ads and a website, and will target swing voters through Labor Day.

Click here to view the website and American Bridge’s original research. 

All parts of the campaign feature Republicans as reckless politicians who steal from the middle class. They will run in competitive congressional districts across 9 states and target 15 Republican incumbents: Reps. Jack Bergman, Tim Walberg, Fred Upton, Mike Bishop and Dave Trott in Michigan; Reps. Diaz-Balart and Brian Mast in Florida; Reps. Mike […]

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American Bridge Statement on Growing Opposition to Trumpcare

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Trumpcare failing for the second time:

“It’s long past time for the GOP to scrap their partisan plans to repeal the ACA and instead work with Democrats on bipartisan fixes to the existing law.  Tax cuts for the rich are not the solution, and until Republicans come to terms with that reality, Americans are going to hold them accountable for trying to boot millions off of their insurance.”

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TrumpCare is a disaster for Florida, but Putnam Still Silent

Following more and more evidence that TrumpCare is a disaster for Florida and Putnam’s continued silence, American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Florida needs a leader, and by failing to address the cruel TrumpCare bill that is a disaster for Floridians’ health and pocketbooks, Putnam has proven that he’s simply not cut out for the job.”

Palm Beach Post: Obamacare GOP Senate cure inflames Florida premiums by projected 69%

The Senate plan to fix Obamacare would raise premiums an average of 69 percent for more than 1 million Floridians, according to research that risks setting off all the wrong kind of fireworks for GOP lawmakers as they head home during a July 4 break.

The numbers portray even less of a picnic for older consumers. The Senate bill would raise Affordable Care Act marketplace premiums $6,910 a […]

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Just how scared are Republicans of town halls?

Republicans in Congress know exactly how toxic their agenda is — and that’s why they’re in hiding this recess.

Politico: Lawmakers cutting back town halls this month
By Elana Schor, 06/01/2017

Only 36 House Republicans and two Senate Republicans are holding town halls this recess, “as protests continue this year over repealing Obamacare and other aspects of President Donald Trump’s agenda.”
So far this year, “Senate Republicans’ public events have totaled 63, compared to 155 for Senate Democrats.”
“The GOP has borne the most brutal constituent engagement at town halls so far this year, as voters trained fear and frustration on Republicans from Colorado to Arkansas.”
“Activists say the public’s interest in more direct engagement with lawmakers is growing, particularly as the Republican push to repeal Obamacare teeters in the Senate.”

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Insurance Companies Call Out Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage, Echo CBO

Executives from insurance companies covering millions of Americans are calling out the Trump administration for intentionally sabotaging health care markets and causing premium costs to rise by double digits for working families.  Threatening ACA cost-sharing subsidies that are critical to 7 million Americans affording health insurance is just the latest in purposely destructive actions from an Administration that is doing everything they can to undermine existing insurance marketplaces to try and force Trumpcare on the country.

BlueCross BlueShield North Carolina CEO Brad Wilson and J. Mario Malina, the former CEO of Molina Healthcare, today echoed the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s determination that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces are stabilizing and that the Trump Administration’s actions to undermine those marketplaces are the primary source of the volatility that is leading to rate hike requests and insurer withdrawals.  Other industry leaders have made similar appeals urging the Trump Administration to […]

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Statement on Trey Gowdy to Replace Jason Chaffetz

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement following a report that Trey Gowdy will replace Jason Chaffetz as chairman of the House Oversight Committee: 

“Trey Gowdy is a partisan hack who shouldn’t be anywhere near the chairmanship of the Oversight Committee. He’s the same hack who wasted $7 million in taxpayer dollars on a pointless witch hunt, served on Trump’s transition executive committee, and even served on the transition executive committee with Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and Trump’s children – a record that underscores his inability to serve independently.  The country is sick of Republicans putting party over country and is demanding independent oversight and accountability from Congress – why is that so impossible for the GOP to grasp?”


Gowdy’s “Investigations” Are Partisan Hatchett Jobs

Bob Woodward: The Benghazi Committee “Clearly Is Partisan.” According to the Huffington Post, “Legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward has […]

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American Bridge Targets GOP Senate Hopefuls With Google Search Ads on Trump and Russia

Following Trump’s Leak To Russians, Ads Will Pressure Republicans To Support An Independent Investigation

Republican members of Congress considering a run for Senate are hiding from voters and the press, refusing to confront Donald Trump’s reckless disclosure of classified information to Russian officials and his reckless firing of FBI Director James Comey. This week, American Bridge will be helping out their constituents with search ads on Google explaining how they can hold their Member of Congress accountable.

The ads will appear on Google when users search for information about Trump’s leak to the Russians and the firing of James Comey. The ads will direct voters to an American Bridge websitethat helps them hold their member of Congress accountable and call for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads target Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Lou Barletta, and Rep. Mike […]

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WATCH: Ohio GOP Congressmen Hiding After Trumpcare Vote

Tiberi and Renacci’s Hypocrisy Exposed By WEWS Cleveland

The U.S. House is in recess this week, but Ohioans concerned about the future of their health care won’t be able to talk to the Congressmen who voted for Trumpcare.

Not one of the Congressmen who voted for Trumpcare profiled by WEWS Cleveland is holding a town hall this week. During this recess, Congressmen Rennaci, Tiberi, and Joyce are avoiding their jobs, ducking the constituents they work for.

“Trumpcare would gut health care for millions of Ohioans and kick over 650,000 Ohioans off their health insurance. Congressmen Rennaci and Tiberi voted for this disastrous bill, and now they are are too cowardly to defend that vote. This is everything that disgusts voters about Washington,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.


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