GOP Threatens Government Shutdown Rather Than Provide Clean Water & Flood Relief

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to this afternoon’s Senate votes:

“Republicans are threatening to shutdown the government rather than provide clean water to familiies in Flint, Michigan, or offer flood relief to Louisianans who lost their homes and belongings only weeks ago. The GOP continues to prove they can’t get the job done when they’re in charge, adding to the burden on American families in order to play politics with women’s health care. Americans are sick of the Trumpian bullying. There’s no chance of redemption for the vulnerable GOP senators as they attempt to fight for re-election after threating to close the government (again) and voting to hurt working families.”

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Pence Held Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds Hostage to Push His Political Agenda

Congress must ensure that a catastrophe of nature does not become a catastrophe of debt for our children and grandchildren.”

That’s then-Rep. Mike Pence in 2005, fearmongering about the federal debt as justification for his efforts to hold Hurricane Katrina relief funding hostage so he could push for Medicare spending cuts and other goals on his political agenda.

It’s telling what Pence did — or didn’t do — when he had a chance to help people in the wake of a natural disaster. When it came down to it, Pence decided his political agenda was more important than helping people in Louisiana who had lost everything; he unapologetically tried to hold essential relief funding hostage so he could go after equally crucial earned benefits that millions of American seniors rely on.

Pence’s actions in the wake of Katrina are a cautionary tale of how a Trump-Pence administration would act in the wake of […]

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We told you: Steve Lonegan is the face of the “new” GOP

Just over two months ago, on the night Steve Lonegan won the Republican nomination, American Bridge sent the memo below arguing that Lonegan’s brand of extremism was perfectly in line with the “new” & “rebranded” Republican Party.

If Washington Republicans’ reckless and embarrassing behavior over the past three weeks weren’t proof enough, take a look at what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said at a Lonegan campaign rally just last night (VIDEO HERE).

“I’ll tell you what. Steve’s been able to do something that we need a lot more of in this party. And that’s unify our party, bring our party together. The Tea Party, the Republican Party, all in this together.”

— Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman

What Mr. Priebus doesn’t seem to understand is that the Republicans’ problem isn’t a lack of unity with the Tea Party. This month’s shutdown fiasco proves the GOP’s problem is, in fact, its obedience to the Tea Party.

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