QUICK CLIP: McConnell’s Shutdown Is Hurting Kentuckians

“By refusing to take action to reopen the federal government, Mitch McConnell has abdicated the responsibility of a coequal branch of government,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “McConnell’s stubborn cynicism is hurting thousands of Kentuckians going without paychecks. His constituents deserve better.”

Below, watch how the Trump-McConnell shutdown is hurting Kentuckians:

 


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DAY 24: Where’s Mitch?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been uncharacteristically silent since the Trump shutdown began, aside from refusing to bring government funding bills to the Senate Floor and attempting to shift the blame for Trump’s shutdown to Democrats.

But report after report notes that an end to the shutdown is within McConnell’s control. And a new Washington Post-ABC poll released this weekend shows 53% of Americans blame Republicans and Trump for the shutdown. In short, it’s not looking good for Republicans, and McConnell may want to rethink his abdicate-all-responsibility strategy.

Here are some highlights in recent coverage of MIA Mitch:

 

Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial: 1 word for Mitch McConnell: ‘Override.’ Senate leader’s kowtow to Trump is making us less safe.

Washington Post: Mitch McConnell could end the shutdown. But he’s sitting this one out.

Reuters: As government shutdown drags on, where is Senator McConnell?

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DAY 21: Trump Shutdown Devastates American Workers As Senate GOP Refuses to Act

As Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell’s near record-breaking federal government shutdown enters its third week, workers across the country are facing their first payday without a paycheck,squeezing Coast Guard families and leading TSA agents to look for work elsewhere.

We’ll say it again: Mitch McConnell is as much to blame for this shutdown as Donald Trump. McConnell has refused to take up any of the funding bills passed by the House, including measures his Senate unanimously approved in December. He could easily bring those bills to the floor, and likely muster the votes in his caucus to override a veto from Trump. He’d alleviate financial stress for nearly 1 million American workers and also relieve pressure on members up for reelection in 2020.

Instead, McConnell is forcing his caucus to shoulder the shutdown blame as workers and families in their home states endure increasing financial hardships. Here are […]

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American Bridge calls on Andy Barr to immediately return campaign donations from alleged insider trader Chris Collins 

American Bridge is calling on Congressman Andy Barr to part with the thousands of dollars given to his campaign by the political action committee of Congressman Chris Collins, who was arrested and charged with insider trading this week by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

This election cycle, Barr has accepted a total of $3,000 from Collins’s committee, the Congressional House Republican in Service PAC.

“Chris Collins epitomizes the Republican culture of corruption in Washington and Andy Barr should have returned this dirty money on Wednesday,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Barr has used his office to back policies that help the wealthy at everyone else’s expense, and campaigning on that kind of record with money from an accused felon is unconscionable.”

Collins, a board member of Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited, is alleged to have illegally arranged for his stock in the company to be dumped upon learning that the chief drug it was developing had proven to be a […]

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Pence Visits Kentucky To Lie About Obamacare

Vice President Mike Pence is today heading to Kentucky to lie about Obamacare and disingenuously claim that Trumpcare — nothing more than a cruel vehicle to deliver big tax cuts for billionaires — won’t, as the Congressional Budget Office has repeatedly concluded, put healthcare access out of reach for hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians and millions of Americans.

American Bridge spokesman Brad Bainum statement on Pence’s Kentucky trip:

“This isn’t complicated: If Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin get their way, billionaire GOP donors will win, but over 22 million Americans will lose. Hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians stand to lose their coverage while insurance becomes unaffordable for people with preexisting conditions if Trumpcare becomes law, and the consequences for the country would be disastrous.” 

Obamacare and Kentucky’s opt-in to the Medicaid expansion have allowed millions of Kentuckians to gain healthcare access while significantly growing Kentucky’s economy:

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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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Trump Swag Sold To Bolster Rand Paul’s Senate Race

 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s newly minted Donald Trump koozies are being hocked to fund raise on behalf of their slate of Senate candidates for 2016, including CURRENT presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul.

“In a twist you’d only see in the 2016 Republican primary, Senator Rand Paul could be in a position that he not only votes for Donald Trump but he also gets a campaign boost from the hateful, divisive rhetoric of his current primary presidential opponent. Rand might be talking trash to Trump now, but when reality sets in and he gets back to his Senate race the NRSC will have a war chest from Trump’s face on swag,” said Jessica Mackler, president of American Bridge 21st Century. “Voters are already learning that Trump and Rand aren’t all that different, including legislation Sen. Paul introduced that he called similar to Trump’s Muslim ban. The Trump-Rand agenda will hurt Kentucky students, seniors, and families.  Just like the NRSC […]

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Rand Paul Poll Makes Us LOL

National Journal conducted a less than scientific poll asking Republicans and Democrats if Rand Paul should refocus his efforts on maintaining his Senate seat. The results were hysterical — and surprising. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that Rand Paul should refocus his efforts on his Senate election, but in a twist the GOP out-polled Democrats with 91% supporting Rand focusing only on keeping his seat in the upper chamber. 

The comments ranged from hysterical to LOL-worthy, including a Republican saying Rand should keep his sights on the White House because the anonymous poll participant preferred Rand lose his Senate seat, too. One Democratic voter in favor of Rand refocusing on his Senate seat said that after watching his dumb ass livestream Rand needs needs a reality check and a hug. 

National Journal Poll Question: Should Sen. Rand Paul refocus his efforts on maintaining his Senate seat?

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Rand Paul Out-Offends Himself On LGBT Rights

There are almost too many offensive quotes about LGBT rights from Rand Paul packed into 1:21 of video, but here it goes:

 

“I think really the things you do in your house, just leave those in your house and it wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace, to tell you the truth.”

 

“It sets up a classification, or a class of people who can now sue. You see what I mean? So what happens is, it sets up a whole industry of people who want to sue. So if you happen to be gay and you get fired, now you can have a reason to can fire.”

 

“If you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you.”

 

Watch here from Rand Paul at Drake University in Iowa:

 

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New GOP Marriage Equality Position Will Be Constitutional Amendment

Now that the Supreme Court has recognized marriage equality nationwide, the race is on to stake out the far right fringes of the Republican Party. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz have an early lead with their support for a constitutional amendment to allow states to ban marriage equality.

Sure Marco Rubio called homosexuality a sin. Jeb Bush thinks the fight against marriage equality should continue because “we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.” And Ben Carson thinks being gay is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

But now that conservatives lost yet another Supreme Court case, GOP candidates are going to have to appease the Tea Party and support a constitutional amendment. Scott Walker saw the writing on the wall and took the extreme position before he needed to. Who will be next?

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