​#SpinelessGOP: Vulnerable Senators Heller and Flake Duck and Hide

Heads Buried in the Sand, Flake and Heller Dodge Town Halls

As voters across the country demand public meetings with Republican elected officials, two of the GOP’s most vulnerable Senators, Dean Heller and Jeff Flake, have buried their heads in the sand in hopes that their constituents won’t catch on to Donald Trump and the GOP’s dangerous agenda.

In recent weeks, Heller’s office has been flooded with phone calls from angry constituents, while Flake claims that he’s been “too busy” in Washington to schedule a town hall with voters.

Well, the two Senators are on recess now, and yet both have failed to schedule a single public town hall. It’s time for them to do their jobs.

Statement by American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Americans have tough questions for their elected representatives, from the GOP’s plan to strip 32 million Americans of their health care to Donald […]

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Flake Comes Out Against an Independent Investigation on Trump’s Russia Ties

FLAKE: “I don’t think a special committee is needed. I think the standing committees can do it just fine.”

FLAKE: “I hope the White House can move ahead as well and put this behind them. It sounds like they have… I think they’re going to put it behind them.”

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jeff Flake said there is no need for an independent investigation into Donald Trump’s troubling ties to Russia. The American people deserve the answers that can only come from an independent, non-partisan investigation that fearlessly follows the facts about the Trump campaign and administration’s ties to Russia.

Trump’s ties to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin have been causing a major headache for Republicans across the country, but Flake may be one of the only politicians who thinks the Trump administration has “put this behind them.”

The American people are calling on Congress to launch an investigation into […]

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John McCain: Master of Partisan Political Obstructionism

Today, CNN reports that John McCain promised to block any Supreme Court nominee Hillary Clinton would put forth should she become president — without even knowing who the nominee might be.

“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” McCain said. “I promise you.”

Just last week, McCain confirmed in a debate that the Senate GOP’s opposition to filling the Supreme Court vacancy was pure political obstructionism, saying that he’d rather have eight justices on the court than work across the aisle to confirm a nominee.

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Why is John McCain still supporting this goon?

Donald Trump last night gave a flamethrowing speech on mass deportations and building a physical wall along the Southern border. Trump’s immigration plan would rip apart Latino families, deport 11 million undocumented workers and families, and start a trade war with Mexico.

What did John McCain have to say to the presidential candidate he supports and is open to campaigning with? NOTHING, which means he sees nothing wrong with Trump’s inhumane immigration plans.

From Trump’s attacks on a Gold Star family to an outright religious ban on Muslims, McCain has stood shoulder to shoulder with Trump.

Not only is John McCain ineffective for Arizona he’s threatening our economic and national security by continuing to support Donald Trump.

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MEMO: Three Examples That McCain Is No Longer A Maverick

Primary Day is over in Arizona, but John McCain can’t rest easy. Three decades in Washington have changed Senator McCain — and Arizona knows it. McCain has morphed in to a partisan senator who does what is most politically expedient instead of representing his constituents. Arizona deserves a senator, who’s going to be strong, stand up and protect what’s important for the people of the Grand Canyon State. 

The “maverick” who worked across the aisle is long gone, replaced by a party loyalist who puts the GOP before the USA. While that attitude helped him win tonight, the general electorate won’t be so easily fooled.  McCain has abandoned his bipartisan immigration reform efforts, back peddled on earmarks, and repeatedly supported the nativist, xenophobic Trump.

Take a look at how McCain has traded Arizona for Washington partisanship:

McCain has abandoned his immigration reform principles. 

After working with the Gang Of Eight on Comprehensive Immigration Reform that passed the […]

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​McCain’s Week Of Growling And Denying (Spoiler Alert: All because of Trump)

John McCain has proven he’s no independent maverick, abandoning the title for another one:

Trump loyalist.

While he tries to sell his national security background to voters, he simulatenously denies knowing about Russian connections of Trump’s previous campaign chair, and still close adviser, Paul Manafort. But, as Huffington Post Hill Reporter Amanda Terkel uncovered, McCain’s knowledge of Manafort’s Russian involvement dates back to 2005.

McCain’s awkward navigation of the presidential race aside — it’s clear he’s fully committed to the GOP nominee, Donald Trump. He might occasionally “growl” at reporters when he’s questioned, but voters can only take him at his word. And his word is that he wants Trump as Commander-in-Chief.

McCain should brace himself for more incoming questions on Trump, especially in light of Trump’s new chief executive and alt right hero, Steve Bannon.  (Read more from American Bridge about Trump’s ties to white nationalists here.)

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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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Senator McCain’s Party Of Trump Colors Are Clearer Than Ever

Today, Senator John McCain said that President Obama was “directly responsible” for the terrorist attacks in Orlando:

“Senator McCain’s comments on the president and Orlando are inexcusable and dangerous. Instead of uniting to work against terrorism, the senator is choosing to follow in Donald Trump’s footsteps of blame and fear-mongering,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Today, Senator McCain showed his true Party of Trump colors.”

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Hey, Senator John McCain, it’s not that hard…

If the highest ranking elected Republican in the United States can do it, why can’t Senator John McCain? Today, Speaker Paul Ryan rebuffed Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

“While it remains to be seen if the speaker will join the droves of #EventuallyTrump Republicans, Ryan made one thing clear: it’s not that hard to denounce Donald Trump,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Senator John McCain should join Ryan in recognizing Trump for what he really is: a xenophobic bigot whose policies put our democracy — and the senator’s re-election — in jeopardy.”

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