Jim Renacci Has A Record Of Keeping His Pay During Gov’t Shutdowns

The federal government shut down last night after the Republican-led Congress failed to pass a bill to fund the government — and federal workers and contractors across Ohio face the specter of missing paychecks. But Ohioans already know what Congressman Jim Renacci, one of the richest members of Congress, will do: he’s going to keep his taxpayer-funded paycheck, no matter what.

In 2013, the last time his party caused a shutdown, Renacci took his pay even though many other members of Congress chose to forgo or donate theirs. He didn’t even have the decency to explain himself to his constituents.

“Our federal government shut down last night and Republicans like Jim Renacci, who control all the levers of power in Washington, are the reason why,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Jim Renacci works for the people of Ohio, and if he isn’t doing his job, he shouldn’t get paid. Ohioans deserve to […]

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NEW AD: Mandel Refuses to Condemn Moore’s History of Sexual Assault

In the days since news broke that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually molested two teenage girls and made advances on three others between the ages of 16 and 18, Josh Mandel has been shockingly silent.

A new ad from American Bridge holds Mandel accountable for his cowardly silence, which enables a predator like Roy Moore to seek public office.The ad shows Ohioans that Mandel has failed to even simply condemn Moore’s horrific actions.

“Josh Mandel’s silence is a disgraceful and gutless response to the serious reports of Roy Moore’s sexual assault,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “By remaining silent, Mandel is putting blind partisan loyalty first and enabling a sexual predator. Ohioans are going to hold Josh Mandel accountable for the company he keeps — count on it.”

The digital ad is targeted at persuadable Ohio voters. As vulnerable Republicans around the country fail to speak out against Moore, American Bridge […]

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Trump’s Broken Promises Are Failing Youngstown And the Nation

Donald Trump is today headed to Ohio, where — despite his “we’re going to bring back jobs” promises — 8,612 workers have received pink slips since he took took office in January. Across the country, 144,752 American workers have been impacted by layoff announcements since Trump took office, and 646 Ohio workers are going to feel the effects of the Trump Economy in the next week alone.

But rather than focus on large-scale infrastructure investment, which Democrats continue to advocate, or introduce a jobs plan that’d expand opportunity for American working people, Trump is instead teaming up with congressional Republicans to take away 22 to 32 million Americans’ health insurance.

“Trump and Republicans only care about helping themselves and their corporate special interest donors. That’s why they’re ignoring layoffs that continue to happen in Ohio and across the country, and instead forcing through a healthcare bill that’d gives CEOs and billionaires […]

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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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Renacci Votes to Strip Ohioans’ Healthcare, Sell Out People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Rep. Renacci today voted for TrumpCare, a malicious bill that would, by the Trump White House’s last count, strip 26 million Americans of their health insurance. That earlier version was bad, and the latest TrumpCare draft is even worse: it guts protections for Ohioans with pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to price gouge Ohioans in desperate need of care. 

As Congressman Renacci seeks Ohio’s top job, he’ll have plenty to discuss with his constituents on the campaign trail — loss of billions for the state in Medicaid funding, hospital closures in rural Ohio, higher premiums, loss of coverage. What does that mean for Ohio residents? Less access and more expensive health care.

But as Renacci is voting without so much as an official estimate of how many Ohioans will lose health insurance under the law, and how much more they’ll pay for coverage, Renacci will be hard-pressed to […]

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Representatives Bob Gibbs and David Joyce Brace to Threaten Health Coverage for Ohioans with Trumpcare Vote

The Trump Administration and Republicans in the House of Representatives are rushing a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week and replace it with Trumpcare, which would devastate families in Ohio and across America. And U.S. Representatives Bob Gibbs and David Joyce are right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Ohio.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representatives Gibbs and Joyce should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Ohio.  This bill will kick millions off of their insurance, needlessly bails out big insurance companies, and strips nearly $1 trillion from healthcare funding, all in order to cut taxes for the rich.  If they  vote for it, they should fully expect to be held accountable by their constituents,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Nationally, the […]

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WATCH: Trump Pulls Back The Curtain On Cozy Relationship With Rob Portman

Rob Portman and his campaign have tried again and again to distance themselves from Donald Trump, continuously insisting that they’re running their own campaign separate from the bombastic Republican presidential nominee. Regardless of what the Portman campaign claims, the Ohio senator has endorsed Donald Trump and continues to support him after each shameful and outrageous comment — and he’ll have to keep answering as to why he hasn’t denounced the racist, xenophobic nominee.

This morning, Donald Trump pulled back the curtain on the Portman campaign on Fox News, saying:

“…We’re getting along great with Rob Portman, who’s also doing well. We’re working together. We’ve endorsed each other. We have a great relationship.”

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Progress Ohio and American Bridge Launch TrumpScrewedMe.Com In Ohio

Progress Ohio and American Bridge have teamed up to launch DonaldTrumpScrewedMe.com in Ohio to bring to light stories of Ohioans who have been taken advantage of by Donald Trump and his multiple failed business ventures and scams.

The website is being promoted throughout the state through online digital advertisement with an emphasis on Cincinnati, where Donald Trump was sued for racial bias and housing discrimination after he allegedly refused to rent to African American would-be tenants.

Read more on the Cincinnati housing lawsuits and the project from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Rob Portman Confirms He Trusts “Reckless” and “Erratic” Presidential Candidate With Nuclear Codes

After 50 Republican national security experts came out against Donald Trump, and numerous senators refusing to say whether or not they would trust their party’s nominee with the nuclear codes, Ohio Senator Rob Portman has come out with another full-throated endorsement of Trump.

Portman confirmed today through his spokesman that he would trust Donald Trump — who Republican national security experts have called “reckless” and “erratic” — with the nuclear codes:

“Rob believes that Mr. Trump and the national security team he appoints will protect our security interests and do everything they can to keep America safe, and that includes the president’s nuclear responsibilities,” Rich said.

Toledo Blade: Ted to Rob: Comfortable with Don Controlling the Nuclear Button? Rob to Ted: Yes

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland’s campaign keeps up its pressure on Republican Sen. Rob Portman to disavow the Republican presidential nominee today.

From the Strickland campaign:

Would […]

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