Fighting Back

Fighting Back: “We will fight the Republican culture of corruption and demand accountability”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland.

(Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland, Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Sarbanes discussed Democrats’ A Better Deal for Our Democracy, an agenda focused on taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence that has given a raw deal for the American people. )

[The Trump Administration] is the most ethically blind administration we have ever seen. From the President on down, people just don’t respect the ethical lines. We need to change that. We need to strengthen the Office of Government Ethics so it has the enforcement authority to go do its job. We need to make sure that if you go run for President, you have to release your tax returns. That’s a basic indicator of transparency. So, there are things we can do to improve ethics and accountability and clean up the culture of corruption where we see it. […]

We can fix our campaign finance system. There’s too much secret money coming from Super PACs and other big players out there, who pour money into our politics and hope to have influence from it. We’ve got to make sure that we have citizen-owned elections, so that you’re in charge, you’re the ones that power campaigns in America and candidates and Members of Congress and lawmakers turn to you, and are accountable to you for your interests.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “We must end the Republican Party’s cruel policy of family separation”

 
 

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi met with MomsRising and other groups and called on the Republicans to end their cruel family separation policy related to immigration:

[The Republican plan for dealing with immigrants arriving at our borders] is so anti-family, so out-of-the-question that you have to wonder what’s in their alleged minds and certainly in their hearts. It was a number of months ago that the administration first told me that they did not think that the mothers [act responsibly when they] bring their children across the desert in a dangerous way.

And I said to them, ‘Do you realize these mothers had no choice? That this was what they had to do to protect their children from danger and all kinds of terrible occurrences?’

And they said, ‘No, these mothers did not act responsibly and we know how to take care of children. We are going to take them away from their mothers and do other things including putting them in foster homes.’

Of all of the bad things that they have done, the wrong decisions they have made, nothing is more revealing – I think – more hurtful than what they’re talking about with children.

We have to put a stop to this and there’s no better way than to make sure the American people are aware of it.

Full text at the link.

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The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

(U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, renewed his call for President Donald Trump to address rising gasoline prices Friday, May 25, as he delivered Democrat’s weekly address. )
Via MassLive:

Pointing to recent spikes in oil and gas prices, the Massachusetts Democrat contended that Americans are now paying an estimated $350 more per year to fill up their vehicles than when Trump took office.

Markey attributed that increase, in part, to what he called the president’s “incoherent foreign policy,” arguing policies pursued by his administration have heightened tensions in the Middle East.

He offered Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, as an example of a move that has impacted oil markets, and thus the price of gas.

“Because of these actions, gas prices could keep going further up this summer, and the American family is going to pay the price for this ‘Trump oil risk tax,'” he said in the address.

“How are the oil companies spending this GOP windfall? Well, Big Oil is buying back tens of billions of dollars’ worth of their own stock — pumping up their own profits rather than helping consumers at the pump,” he said, adding that exporting U.S. oil is “only a further giveaway” to these companies.

The Massachusetts Democrat contended that while Trump has claimed to take an “America first” approach to governing, “the policies that he and Republicans are pursuing are putting Big Oil, (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries,) Russia, and China first, and the American consumer last.”

No transcript was provided by Senate Democrats.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “Let’s craft a Farm Bill that actually works for the people it’s supposed to serve.”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

(Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Fudge condemns Republicans’ cruel and destructive Farm Bill that leaves America’s rural communities behind and steals food from the hungry by reducing $23 billion in SNAP benefits.)

“We reject this Farm Bill. We demand more for our farmers, for our rural and urban communities and for our nation’s hungry. We can do so much more for them. We will not settle for a bill that underdelivers on all levels. It is a Congressional failure! […]

The bill cuts more than $20 billion from SNAP. It would kick 265,000 children out of the free school breakfast and lunch programs. It would eliminate benefits for 400,000 households – almost a million hungry Americans overall. It would waste billions on redundant and unproven training bureaucracies that our states have told us that they cannot operate effectively. It would create so many barriers that hungry families would be forced to give up seeking the help they need.

The Republicans call this ‘self-selection.’ I call it engineered failure. The GOP hopes that with enough red tape, our hungry neighbors will simply give up and go away. That may leave the Republicans with a clear conscience, but it keeps me up at night. […]

We can turn around and work together to make this bill better. But it all starts with a willingness to put ideology and partisanship aside and sit down together.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “Democrats believe that health care is a basic human right”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

(Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

“Democrats believe that health care is a basic human right, and that includes the ability to afford your prescriptions. As we know, for many people, this is a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, the pricing of prescription drugs is the ultimate example of a rigged system in my home State of Michigan as well as all across the country. Democrats promise to keep doing everything we can to bring down the cost of the medications you need. It’s time for our Republican colleagues to join us.”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “Democrats will never stop fighting to ensure health care is a right for all.”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.

(Rep. Clark highlighted the one year anniversary of the House Republicans casting their votes for the monstrosity of Trumpcare which would have had devastating impacts on the American people.)

“Right after voting to take health care away from millions of Americans, Republicans boarded party buses in front of the Capitol and drove to the White House for a champagne toast.

“While they were celebrating, families across the country began to panic about how they would care for themselves and their loved ones.” […]

“The Trumpcare repeal bill would have caused soaring costs; pushed 23 million Americans off health coverage; shredded protections for those with pre-existing conditions; and imposed a crushing age tax on older Americans. This vote caused anxiety and fear. […]

“We know the security of the American family starts with the ability to access affordable, quality health care. No one should have to choose between the health of their family and their ability to put food on the table or make a mortgage payment.

“Democrats will never stop fighting to ensure health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a few.”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “Republicans are trying to sabotage your health care.”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire.

(“Republicans in Congress have tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They failed, but they’ve found other ways to weaken – and, frankly, to sabotage – the law.” -Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH))

“The [actions of the administration] have destabilized the market. As a result, health insurers say they have no choice, in the weeks ahead, but to sharply increase premiums. This will have a devastating impact on consumers in the individual marketplace,”

“The sharp rise in health care premiums is a crisis that was manufactured in Washington, and Washington can fix it”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “We will never stop fighting the GOP’s assault on our nation’s vital environmental protections”

 
 

House Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi on Earth Day 2018:

Each Earth Day, people around the world join together to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation, and to reaffirm our responsibility to protect and preserve our environment for generations to come.

Amid rising temperatures, surging seas and record floods, fires and storms, Earth Day reminds us that bold, ambitious global leadership is needed now more than ever to combat the growing climate crisis. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration and Republican Congress have given special interests a free pass to push their dirty energy agenda. The Trump Administration’s culture of corruption, exemplified by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, has weakened critical environmental protections, enabling polluters to poison our communities and threaten the health and well-being of our families.

We will never stop fighting the GOP’s assault on our nation’s vital environmental protections or their disregard for the air our children breathe and the water they drink. Democrats will continue to join cities, states, entrepreneurs and the American people to develop innovative strategies that honor our responsibility to build a healthier, more sustainable world for our children and grandchildren.”

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Fighting Back: “Democrats are fighting back and we are going to defend Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.””

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

(Sen. Whitehouse talks about the Republican #TaxScam)
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“The massive tax giveaway Republicans pushed through Congress and President Trump signed into law late last year turns Tax Day into payday for the most well off, delivering enormous giveaways to the wealthy and well-connected. Since the Republicans passed their tax bill, corporations have spent more than $235 billion buying back stock. That’s a staggering 37 times as much as they have spent on workers’ bonuses or wage increases.”

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: John Lewis – “Speak up and speak out in the face of injustice”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

(Congressman John Lewis of Georgia delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Lewis commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reminding Americans to commit themselves to standing up in the face of injustice. )
Rep. Lewis:

“In the past 50 years, as a nation and as a people, we have made progress. But there are new forces trying to take us back, trying to turn back the clock, trying to take us to a darker time.

“Times like these can seem overwhelming, but I ask you to recommit yourself to the way of love, the way of peace, and the way of nonviolence.

“I ask you to look in your heart and to trust that justice will prevail.

“If Dr. King were with us today, he would continue to push our country to respect the dignity and the worth of every human being – no matter where they are born, no matter their race, age, religion, or gender identity.

“He would argue that we have a right to know what is in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.

“He would preach that we have a mission, an obligation, and a mandate to leave this country and this little planet a little cleaner, a little greener, and a little more peaceful for generations yet unborn.

“Most importantly, if Dr. King were alive, he would ask each of us to speak up, to speak out in the face of injustice, and he would demand that each and every one of us to do our part and do it well.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Fighting Back: “This march cannot be a moment. It must be a movement.”

 
 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey.

(Senator Cory Booker (NJ) delivered the Democratic weekly address, talking about gun violence.)
TRIGGER WARNING: CSPAN included the end of the “president’s” weekly address with this clip.

Senator Booker

Gun owners and non-gunowners, Republican and Democrat, old and young, agree that there are common sense things that we can do to drive down gun violence in our country, including loopholes that allow people of ill will or criminals to obtain guns, whether it is domestic violence loopholes or background check loopholes that allow people who may even be suspected of being terrorists, to load up trucks full of weapons in our country. […]

We have work to do. This march cannot be a moment. It must be a movement. […]

This is a movement that should unite all Americans. It should not divide us. This is a movement that reflects our hallowed traditions, and it is a movement that I know is on the right side of history. Let us continue in our fight. Let us not be moved as we march in the right direction. Let us bring safety and security to our communities. Let us hail the truth of our nation. That we are a place that treasures life, that will preserve liberty, and that will find for every community, from Newark to Newtown, from Camden to Columbine, from Patterson to Parkland, that we are a nation in which every one of our communities is safe, strong, and resonates with the hope and promise of America.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)