Jeff Flake Hangs Out with Koch Brothers, Ducks Constituents

On the heels of the Senate healthcare bill’s release last week, Jeff Flake didn’t spend the weekend hearing from his constituents about health care.

Instead, Jeff Flake spent his weekend with the billionaire Koch brothers and other GOP donors.

Even worse, the Koch officials Flake was hobnobbing with thought Trumpcare, which would strip away health care coverage from millions, make deep cuts to Medicaid, and cause healthcare costs to skyrocket, all to cut taxes for the rich, “didn’t go far enough.”

“It’s outrageous that instead of listening to the concerns of the people he represents, Jeff Flake spent his weekend schmoozing with billionaire Big Oil donors who are pushing for legislation that will spell disaster for Arizona working families,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The Senate version of Trumpcare would gut Medicaid and cut millions of Americans off from lifesaving care in order to give the wealthiest Americans like the […]

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THEN VS. NOW: Jeff Flake Abandons Arizonans on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill aid for addiction

Earlier this month, Jeff Flake praised Arizona’s governor for addressing the opioid crisis in their state.

That was then.

“Now, Jeff Flake is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Arizonans when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

THEN: “Kudos to @dougducey for taking action to address the growing number of opioid deaths in #Arizona”-Jeff Flake Twitter 6/5/17

NOW: The Senate’s Trumpcare bill “would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with addiction. This means more lives lost, more communities torn apart.” – Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, 6/22/17

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#SpinelessGOP: Arizona Edition

Senator Jeff Flake may have been busy over the past few months, but he wasn’t spending time talking to his constituents:

Since January, Flake has held just one (1!) town hall event to hear from his constituents, even as he’s preparing to threaten health care access for millions.
Over the same time period, Flake has held numerous fundraisers — including two with Mitt Romney and one with George W. Bush. He even found time to keynote a Chamber of Commerce gala with John McCain.
Yesterday, Flake held a “Financial Services” fundraiser and tomorrow he holds another fundraiser with the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, the same day Congress will vote to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reforms.

Flake used to value Arizonans’ input: in 2009, he held town hall events focused on healthcare during the Obamacare debate. But 8 years later, Flake refuses to show up to more […]

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Senate Republicans Can’t Run Away from Trump’s Budget

American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp made the following statement on the Senate GOP and Donald Trump’s budget:

“Ready. Set. Go! Judging by how fast vulnerable Republicans like Dean Heller and Jeff Flake are trying to run away from Donald Trump’s budget, they know massive cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and food stamps aren’t just unpopular — they’d be disastrous for millions of Americans. But Senate Republicans have voted nearly 100% of the time with Trump, and they’ve even voted before to cut these exact same programs. No amount of spin will stop voters from finding out where they stand. Every Republican Senator — and every Republican thinking about running for Senate in 2018 — owns this disastrous budget.”

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

WATCH: “All have questions relating […]

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FLASHBACK: Republicans Demanded To Be Covered By Obamacare

The newest draft of the Republican health care plan would gut health insurance plans — but the GOP has exempted themselves from having to follow this dangerously bad law. Let’s take a look at what Republicans said just a few years ago, when they demanded to be covered by Obamacare.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Republicans don’t want to face the consequences of gutting health care for millions of Americans — but they’ve exempted themselves so they can keep their own high-quality insurance. If you are a regular American suffering from cancer, or if your child has asthma, Republicans have no problem letting your premiums skyrocket, just as long as they don’t have to live by the same rules. But back in 2010, Republican Senators and Congressmen tried to score political points by demanding that they be included in the Obamacare exchanges. Saying one thing and doing another is […]

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RECAP: Jeff Flake’s Smug, Condescending, Grinning,Water-Gulping Town Hall Disaster

Arizonans to Flake: “You work for us.”

At last night’s town hall, Sen. Jeff Flake finally had to hear from his his constituents… and it was clear why he had delayed talking to them for so long.

Arizonans held Jeff Flake accountable for his actions in Washington — wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, supporting the defunding of Planned Parenthood, his smug, condescending demeanor on stage, his refusal to hold Donald Trump accountable and his lockstep support for Trump’s dangerous agenda.

Facing the heat from his constituents, Flake refused to answer questions, repeatedly lectured his constituents on how Congress works, awkwardly gulped water and made an awkward joke about Marco Rubio — that fell embarrassingly flat with his audience.

Here’s a recap of what happened last night in Mesa, Arizona…

“The #ACA saved my life… I’d love to stay alive for my family.” 
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/xUH5bDBO7RY

“I’m a scientist…and […]

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Arizonans to Jeff Flake: “When Are You Going to Choose Your Country Over Your Party?”

In response to Jeff Flake’s town hall in Mesa, Arizona tonight, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Over and over, Jeff Flake ignored questions from his constituents tonight, choosing to smugly lecture them instead of listening to them. Flake’s condescending non-answers are a smokescreen for his lockstep support of Trump’s dangerous agenda. Tonight, Flake heard from mothers who need the Affordable Care Act to keep their kids healthy. He heard from Arizonans concerned about Russia’s interference in our elections and women who depend on Planned Parenthood for their health care. But unfortunately for Arizonans, Jeff Flake did exactly what he’s done for the past four years — grin and ignore them.”

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New American Bridge Snapchat Filter Targets Jeff Flake Town Hall

As Jeff Flake reluctantly comes out of hiding to meet with his constituents for the first time in months, American Bridge is launching a Snapchat geofilter that allows Flake’s constituents to tell him what’s really on their minds. The ad calls out Flake for his disastrous vote to gut Internet privacy protections, allowing your internet service provider to sell your browsing history to the highest bidder, something that will affect every single American.

The Snapchat filter will be available during Jeff Flake’s town hall, which takes place at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona from 7:00 to 9:00 PM local time.

“Jeff Flake has avoided his constituents for months, either too afraid or too embarrassed to hold a public town hall with the people of Arizona. Now, Flake has to come out of hiding and explain to his constituents why he voted to sell them out and why he continues to […]

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Five Questions Jeff Flake Hopes Arizonans Don’t Ask Him Tomorrow

Jeff Flake has been avoiding his constituents and refusing to hold a town hall since Congress began. Instead, he’s spent the last three months putting partisan politics ahead of what’s best for Arizonans, supporting Donald Trump’s agenda 100% of the time in the Senate.

Tomorrow, Arizonans finally have an opportunity to ask the tough questions. Here are five questions Jeff Flake really, really, really hopes Arizonans don’t ask him tomorrow:

1. Why did you lead the effort to repeal the rules that would have protected our privacy on the internet and call it a “good thing”? You wrote the bill to let internet service providers sell individuals’ internet browsing history — exposing their financial matters and their health information to whoever wants to buy it.

2. Why do you still refuse to call for a special prosecutor and an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia? Every week we learn something new and disturbing about Donald […]

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