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Fighting Back: Earth Day – “Our respect for science is essential for the future of our country and our planet.”

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Today is Earth Day and people around the globe will be joining together to March for Science in support of, well, science. It is incredible that in 2017 there are still people, indeed an entire political party, that denies the value of science, the results of scientific inquiry, and the use of science to make our lives better.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

“This Earth Day, Americans across the country are stepping forward to oppose the anti-science crusade that harms the health of our communities, the strength of our economy, and the security of future generations.

“Our respect for science is essential for the future of our country and our planet. America’s leadership in clean energy is critical for creating good-paying jobs, and the climate crisis remains one of the greatest challenges of our time. We must build on the legacy of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, not embolden polluters and insult the clear verdicts of science. Yet the President has tapped a climate denier to head the EPA and seems determined to ransack America’s investments in science – from clean energy to lifesaving medical research.

“All across our nation, Americans are standing up for science and demanding their government act to protect the health of our communities for future generations. House Democrats are committed to working side-by-side with the scientific community to ensure a better, stronger, healthier world for our children by embracing our shared stewardship of this planet.”

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Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico delivered the Weekly Democratic Party Address:

Congressman Ben Ray Luján

“When I came to Congress, I swore an oath – on my family’s Bible – to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution. My Democratic colleagues in Congress and I will do our duty and insist that President Trump and his Administration follow the Constitution and uphold the rights of all our citizens – no matter their race, creed or economic status – not just for the next 100 days, but for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidency and beyond.”

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: – Tax Day March

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On Saturday, April 15, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and advocates deliver remarks at a rally to call on President Trump to release his tax returns and oppose tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans.

WaPo: Thousands expected for Tax Day march calling for Trump to release his returns

An idea that sprung from a law professor’s tweet after President Trump’s inauguration will unfold Saturday on the Mall, where thousands of protesters plan to call on Trump to release his personal tax returns. The demonstration is expected to be the largest of more than 100 affiliated protests planned across the country.

The Tax March, which falls on the nation’s traditional April 15 deadline to file taxes, is expected to be one of the most high-profile demonstrations of the Trump era since protesters around the world participated in women’s marches — marches that served as an unprecedented rebuke to Trump’s presidency on his first full day in office. Presidents are not required to release their tax returns but have done so voluntarily dating to the 1970s.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: “Judge Gorsuch did not show he would stand up to the dark money threatening our democracy”

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The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat from Rhode Island, discussing the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination.

Senator Whitehouse:

“Judge Gorsuch needed to convince me he would not join the posse of Republican appointees that has relentlessly stretched the law to benefit Republican partisans and corporations at the expense of everyone else. He needed to convince me he would stand up to real threats to our democracy like dark money. Over and over again during his hearing, he dodged and ducked and failed.”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: Rep. John Lewis: “I will fight any bill that turns the clock back to a darker time.”

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In a floor speech yesterday in opposition to the Republican Party’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) spoke of health care as a right not a privilege – and vowed to fight any repeal.

Rep. Lewis, rising:

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise to oppose this bill.

As elected representatives, we have a mission, an obligation, and a mandate to fight for each and every American. I ask you, Mr. Speaker, who will stand for the American people? Who will speak up for those who have been left out and left behind?

Mr. Speaker, I have said it time and time again — health care is a right. It is not a privilege reserved for a wealthy few. For what does it profit this body to pass this bill and lose our soul? This bill is a shame. It is a disgrace.

Mr. Speaker, today my heart breaks for the disabled, for women, for seniors, and working families. My heart aches for those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck. My heart mourns for innocent, little children whose very life depends on if their families can pay the bills. This is the right and wrong of it. This is the heart and soul of the matter. We cannot abandon our principles. Mr. Speaker, we cannot forget our values.

I have fought too hard and too long to back down now. I will fight any bill that turns the clock back to a darker time. I will fight every single attempt to turn a deaf ear, a blind eye, and a cold shoulder to the sick, to our seniors, and to working families. Mr. Speaker, I will fight every day, every hour, every minute, and every second. I will oppose this bill with every breath and every bone in my body.

We must not give up. We cannot – I will not — give in. Not today, not tomorrow, and never ever. On this bill, there is only one option – and that option is to vote NO. You can do better. Mr. Speaker, you must do better. Vote no on this bill!

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

The Affordable Care Act is STILL under attack

Today, as the Affordable Care Act turns 7 years old, Republicans in Congress will be voting to repeal it. Not because the law does not make great strides in delivering on its promise of providing affordable care to all Americans but because it does deliver on that promise – the number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time low. Without the ACA, 36,000 people a year would die from treatable illnesses and thousands of families would be plunged into medical bankruptcy, forced to choose between caring for a loved one or paying the mortgage. The value of the social safety net has never been “settled law” in America and as long as Republicans are willing to put profits over people, tax cuts over children’s health, deficit reduction over common decency, Democrats will have to keep fighting with everything we have. We may not have political power right now but we have the power of the people behind us.

Here is a reminder of what happened seven years ago.

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. For over 60 years, Democrats had been trying to pass a law that finally and firmly declared that health care was a right and not a privilege.

This historic piece of legislation was possible because we had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and a Democratic president.

It is why Elections Matter … and why all the rest is noise.