American Bridge Demands Public Records For Missing Babies, Girls, and Pregnant Women in Detention

Today, American Bridge 21st Century submitted a public records request under the Freedom of Information Act demanding the Trump Administration release records as they relate to missing babies, girls, and pregnant women who are being held at detention centers.

For weeks, the Trump administration has only released photos and video of migrant boys in detention ages 10 and up, but the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services have repeatedly ignored questions and withheld information on the migrant girls and infants separated from their families. This week, HHS finally released select images of two shelters, but they still have not allowed media or elected officials to enter the detention facilities.

We know that more than 3,000 women and girls are currently being detained — and an undisclosed number of babies and pregnant women. We also know that Scott Lloyd, who heads the Office of Refugee Resettlement, has […]

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Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act costs the people of Florida

Donald Trump is actively sabotaging Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, and it is costing the people of Florida. Today, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced that, as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, premiums for individual coverage plans on the health insurance exchanges in Florida will increase by an average of 44.7% next year. 

This news comes after Donald Trump has taken a host of executive actions that have harmed insurance markets and driven-up healthcare costs for Americans, including an executive order on Trump’s first day in office to compromise the effectiveness of the individual mandate, calling into question whether the mandate would be enforced at all, pulling an initial round of ACA enrollment ads that had already been paid for, and cutting the overall enrollment ad budget by 90% as well as community outreach funds by 40%.

Most damaging of all, Trump has repeatedly threatened to withhold cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), […]

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Trump’s Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act Costs the People of Nevada

Donald Trump is overtly sabotaging insurance markets as he pushes Trumpcare on the country, and it’s now costing Nevada.

Today, as a result of Trump destabilizing insurance markets, Anthem announced they will withdraw from Nevada’s Affordable Care Act exchanges, costing Nevadan’s health insurance options across the entire state. This comes a month after Anthem announced they would be withdrawing from 14 Nevada counties.

This news comes after Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to unilaterally cut-off Affordable Care Act funding that is critical to seven million working Americans having health insurance, which is roiling markets.

“Dean Heller has been complicit in Donald Trump’s politically motivated sabotage of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. This sabotage will hurt Nevadans, particularly those in rural areas,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Donald Trump is sabotaging the ACA out of spite for the bipartisan opposition the led to the collapse of Trumpcare, including from Governor […]

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ICYMI: Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda

“It’s not hard to imagine why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would turn down $80 million dollars already allocated by Congress to fight Russian propaganda. Vladimir Putin would expect nothing less from the Order of Friendship award winner. With Tilllerson carrying out Putin’s bidding from the State Department and President Trump playing games with signing the Russian sanctions bill, the clear winner in the Trump administration is Russia.” — American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden 

Politico: Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda

The secretary of state won’t tap funding approved by Congress, angering officials.

By NAHAL TOOSI, 08/02/2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is resisting the pleas of State Department officials to spend nearly $80 million allocated by Congress for fighting terrorist propaganda and Russian disinformation.

It is highly unusual for a Cabinet secretary to turn down money for his department. But more than five months into his tenure, […]

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President Trump Encourages Police Brutality & More

“Donald Trump has once again gone off the rails. This is despicable and un-American, and it’s beneath the Office of the Presidency.” –American Bridge VP Shripal Shah

WATCH: Trump Encourages Police Brutality

During Trump’s speech, he also…

Said ignored America’s history with slavery claiming human trafficking is worse than 200 years ago 
Reaffirmed that he only wants ‘Rich Men’ in his Cabinet

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Trump Gives a Taiwanese Co. $3 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars For 3K Jobs

The Trump White House on Wednesday claimed a great “job creation” victory upon announcing that Wisconsin had struck a deal with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a new plant in the Badger State.

But here’s what Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker downplayed in their announcement: the deal requires that Wisconsin taxpayers hand over $200,000,000-per-year to Foxconn for up to 15 years — $3 billion, carried on the backs of Wisconsin’s working families.

“This is another lousy deal for working people from a President who only looks out for his own bottom line,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “Rather than focus on concentrated investment in infrastructure-building and long-term, stable job creation — or making much-needed investments in our schools and healthcare system — Trump is instead forking over $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to a foreign company with a reputation for stilting workers and breaking job-creation promises. The country […]

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145,415 Pink Slips Under Trump (And No Infrastructure Bill)

No Trump jobs ‘deal’ can be taken at face value. Last time Trump claimed to have secured a great victory for American working people, he gifted Carrier millions in taxpayer-funded incentives to keep outsourcing jobs, then set up the company to further replace some of the non-offshored jobs by transitioning to automation.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Trump’s jobs announcement:

“Donald Trump is a lying con artist and when it comes to creating jobs, nothing he says can be taken at face value. Today’s announcement is no exception. When you ignore his rhetoric and look at his record, it’s clear that he’s done nothing to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and has no real jobs agenda.  
“Trump only cares about making more money for himself. That’s why he’s focused on taking away millions of Americans’ healthcare and cutting his own […]

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No Scaramucci, Americans don’t want healthcare to be like the airline industry

“Only two men – Donald Trump and Anthony Scaramucci – who fly exclusively on private jets would want our health care system to be more like airline travel.  This administration is out of touch, and these comments, coupled with Trumpcare’s plan to ditch healthcare benefits in order to fund tax cuts for the rich are just the latest examples. These guys would rather see Americans treated like passengers on an overbooked flight,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on CNN’s New Day: “Why not disrupt and decentralize the system, make it more price-competitive, increase competition for the insurance companies, reevaluate the way we’re entering the primary care market the way Secretary Price wants to do it, and trust the process of the free market like in telecom, like in airlines.”

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Mooch Screws The Pooch On Ethics

“Donald Trump’s mini me is following in his own treacherous footsteps. Not only does Anthony Scaramucci stand to make millions from a shady Chinese investor while working in the White House – with overt approval from Trump’s administration – he’s ducking the law by holding onto his conflicts of interest.

“Trump and his swampy administration only care about one thing: Profiting from the White House at the expense of the American people.” — Kevin McAlister, American Bridge spokesperson


Think Progress: Like his boss, Scaramucci failed to divest before accepting White House job

The White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has some significant loose ends to tie up related to his personal business interests. Like Scaramucci, President Donald Trump came into office with substantial personal wealth; instead of fully divesting or putting his assets in a blind trust, Trump handed the Trump Organization over to his two sons and placed his business in […]

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