Shame on You, Governor Walker

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket and slash funding for Medicaid.

Gov. Scott Walker has called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and rolling back Medicaid, and today he’s arguing that this disastrous bill–that would leave Wisconsin residents paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, and gift tax breaks to the wealthiest few–doesn’t go far enough.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new TrumpCare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, potentially leading to women paying thousands more for maternity care and seniors choosing between their regular prescriptions and groceries.

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

Donald Trump is overtly sabotaging insurance markets as he pushes Trumpcare on the country, and it’s now costing Wisconsinites. Today, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that as a result of Trump destabilizing the market, it would withdraw from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Wisconsin.

This news comes after Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to unilaterally cut-off ​Affordable Care Act funding that ​is critical to 7 million working Americans having health insurance, which is roiling markets.
​”Donald Trump is sabotaging the Affordable Care Act marketplaces and the people of Wisconsin are going to pay the price. Trump’s efforts to deliberately undermine the insurance markets are hurting people right now, and his reckless behavior is unconscionable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Shripal Shah. “Wisconsinites deserve far better. It’s time for Donald Trump and Republicans in Wisconsin to side with the majority of the American people who  Read more after the jump.

Politics over People: Scott Walker Cozies Up to Trump Even Though His Budget Would Decimate Rural Wisconsin

While President Donald Trump headlines a high-dollar fundraiser for Scott Walker’s re-election campaign, you likely won’t hear him go into detail about his severe budget cuts to the Department of Agriculture. And you definitely won’t hear Scott Walker talk about them. The truth is that those cuts would be disastrous to Wisconsin businesses.

Trump’s budget proposed gutting the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 21 percent – eliminating discretionary funding for the Rural Business and Cooperative Services programs and USDA water and wastewater grant and loan programs that rural Wisconsin communities rely on. In 2016 alone, the Rural Business and Cooperative Program invested more than $28.9 million into rural Wisconsin businesses.

As Walker makes money off of Trump’s appearance today, his budget would eliminate:

Value-Added Producer Grants – provided a $22,530 grant to Leffel Roots, LLC in Eau Claire to develop and market bakery and cider products and $250,000 grant tomarket,process and ship shredded […]

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The Trump Economy: 1,952-And-Counting Announced Wisconsin Layoffs

Lifelong outsourcer Donald Trump is today heading to Wisconsin to talk about “workforce development” and campaign with Scott Walker, who’s handed out millions in taxpayer-funded economic development incentives to firms that went on to outsource jobs.

Beyond their shared commitment to outsourcing and rewarding outsourcers (see also: Vice President Mike Pence), Trump and Walker both espouse hardline anti-worker rhetoric and champion policies that harm working families. Trump has expressed support for right to work for less laws and bragged that he “fight[s] the unions very hard,” and some of his earliest executive actions have repealed anti-wage theft regulations and ended workplace protections, among other things. And Walker has, for his part, similarly championed a hardline anti-worker and anti-union agenda in Wisconsin, bringing heated rhetoric to match his fierce commitment to policies that attack working families.

As the self-proclaimed “greatest jobs president that God ever created” heads to the […]

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Wisconsin GOP Senate Hopeful Eric Hovde Quietly Sells Millions in Stock

“It’s one thing to be a rich guy, and quite another to be embarrassed by it. While he publicly mulls a U.S. Senate bid, Hovde has quietly cashed in over $14 million of stock in a company that bragged about outsourcing jobs overseas. No wonder Hovde is refusing to talk about it and hiding from the media,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Madison investor Eric Hovde sells millions in stock as he considers Senate run against Baldwin

By Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 14, 2017

MADISON – Investor and potential GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde has sold more than $14 million worth of stock in a single company since November, raising questions about whether he’s preparing to self-fund his second statewide campaign.

Hovde, a Madison developer and banker, spent more than $5 million of his own money in the 2012 Republican […]

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Senate GOP Recruitment Stalls in Trump’s First 100 Days

“Potential GOP candidates…are afraid of walking into a buzz saw.” – Politico

Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.

“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”

Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…

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More Than 68,000 Americans — Including 1,500 Wisconsinites — Have Received Pink Slips Under Trump

Donald Trump might talk a big game in Kenosha, Wisconsin today about the importance of manufacturing, but he clearly doesn’t walk the walk. All of Trump’s products were made using foreign workers, and Trump has yet to do anything meaningful to protect U.S. jobs.

Donald Trump’s bluster on the economy hides the fact that more than 68,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to plant closings and layoffs, including nearly 1,500 Wisconsinites who have been given pink slips since Trump’s inauguration three months ago. In addition, more than 11,000 U.S. workers have sought assistance due to outsourcing or trade-related disruption.

Visit TrumpEconomy.com for more details on layoffs and outsourcing under Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump has been all talk and no action on the economy. Under Trump’s watch, more than 68,000 Americans have been given pink slips from their employers — including nearly 1,500 workers […]

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Good luck, Scott Walker

In Morning Consult’s new rankings of governors, Governor Walker ranks in the top ten of governors with the highest disapproval rating, adding yet another poll to the heap that show voters are unhappy with his failed leadership.

“Walker has to convince those covered by the Affordable Care Act that he continues to rail against and the parents of children who have seen severe cuts in their schools that he’s earned another term. Good luck with that.” – American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price

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Donald Trump Needs Washington Insider Ron Johnson In The Senate

In an interview with the Associated Press, Eric Trump implored the people of Wisconsin to send Ron Johnson back to Washington because his father, if elected, would need “insiders” like Johnson to “execute his vision.”

Johnson was an inaugural member of the Party of Trump. He even mused that. “I think what’s resonating about Donald Trump… is appealing about my candidacy.” Johnson shares Trump’s extreme vision for America, and he, along with Eric Trump, knows it.

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NEW: Senator Johnson’s Staff Visited Tomah VA 39 Times Prior To Scandal

As Senator Ron Johnson makes a stop in Tomah, American Bridge is releasing new research that his staff visited the Tomah VA health care center within months of the deadly overdose that brought the prescription drug issues to light. 

The Republican senator’s staff traveled to the Tomah VA center 39 times before the veteran overdose that brought the scandal to light. In fact, just two months prior in June 2014, Johnson’s staff, including Milwaukee Regional Director Scott Bolstad, held office hours at the center to discuss “veterans’ perspectives of the VA health care system.”

However, Johnson claimed that he knew nothing about the Tomah VA scandal until January 2015. Yet, Johnson’s Senate stafff not only received the whistleblower complaints about the over-prescribing four months earlier — Johnson’s staff had also recently visited the center.

Background

Tomah Staff Travel

Johnson Senate Staffers Frequently Traveled To Tomah, Wisconsin While Prescription Drug Scandal Raged

From January 2011 Until April 2015 Ron Johnson And […]

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