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Fighting Back: “Republicans who control the House, the Senate and the White House are refusing to govern”

 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Representative Adam Smith of Washington state.

(Congressman Adam Smith of Washington, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Smith condemns the Republican Congress’ refusal to govern and inability to pass a budget that meets the needs and values of our country.)

Rep. Smith:

I know a lot of people paid close attention to the government shutdown that happened last week and are wondering what it was all about. Why did it happen? And there’s really a very simple explanation. The Republicans who control the House, the Senate and the White House are refusing to govern on the critical issues that face our country. And what they were trying to do last week – and ultimately did do – was pass yet another short-term, stop-gap spending bill. That is not funding the government. […]

We need to pass a budget to fix health care, to deal with disaster relief to deal with all of these issues if we’re going to actually take care of the middle class and the working people of this country – and that is what the Republicans have refused to do. […]

The problem we have in this country right now is the Republicans who control the House, the Senate and the White House, flat out refuse to govern. They refuse to fix our health care system, they refuse to pass a budget, they refuse to take care of disaster relief. It is time we hold them accountable.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: “You deserve A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, and a Better Future”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama.

(For Congresswoman Terri Sewell, the Republican Tax Scam is a stark reminder of just how far we have to go to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision for equality & fairness.)
Representative Sewell:

This weekend, our country will come together to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, and to remember Dr. King’s legacy of equality, compassion and action in the face of injustice.

But remembering is not enough. Fifty years after King’s death, many Americans continue to suffer from the same injustices they endured five decades ago.

Our country needs action.[…]

Our working families are facing real challenges that require immediate action, but instead of tackling these challenges, Republican leaders have spent their time pushing a tax bill that gives huge giveaways for special interests and the wealthy, while driving up costs for working and middle class Americans. […]

This weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Democratic Members of Congress from across the country will be hosting events to talk with constituents about the consequences of the tax bill and our plan to fight for working families.

The American people deserve better than what they’re getting from the Republican Congress’s relentless campaign to put the wealthy and well-connected ahead of everyone else.

You deserve A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, and a Better Future.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: To DREAMers: “You are not alone. We won’t stop fighting for you.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread.

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

We are calling on the Republican leaders of the Senate and the House — Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan — to bring the bipartisan DREAM Act to the floor. If they do, I’m confident that the DREAM Act will pass both chambers of Congress on a strong bipartisan vote and then it will be up to President Trump to sign the Dream Act and make it the law of the land. […]

The American people are calling out for this. Seventy-five percent of Americans—including 70 percent of Republicans—want the DREAMers to stay in this country they call home. […] [To the DREAMERers]: You are not alone. I won’t stop fighting for you, and together, with my colleagues in Congress and our fellow Americans, we will ensure that you are here to stay.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: To DREAMers, ‘We see you. We know you. We believe in you. Democrats are right there with you.’

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments.

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The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

(In this week’s address, Rep. Lujan Grisham denounced the Trump Administration’s cruel decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving the lives and futures of 800,000 DREAMers uncertain.)

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

I want to talk with you about 800,000 aspiring Americans who, after coming to this country at a young age, have done everything right. They stayed out of trouble, gone to school, paid their taxes, joined the military, started businesses and continued to patriotically love the United States – often the only country they have ever known.

These Americans are DREAMers. They are our neighbors, coworkers, classmates and our friends. […]

For five years, DACA has unlocked the great potential of 800,000 DREAMers. These young patriots made the most of their opportunity to pursue the American Dream, and in turn, they have provided tremendous social and economic gains for communities across this nation. […]

Can you imagine the fear, uncertainty and anxiety this is causing nearly a million young Americans as they wait for the end of a six-month deadline – at the end of which they face the very real threat of deportation?

This is the civil rights test of our time. Are we going to turn our backs on DREAMers? Are we going to allow President Trump to use them as pawns in his cruel efforts to divide America?

To DREAMers, I have this to say to you: ‘We see you. We know you. We believe in you. You represent the best of this country. Keep fighting. Democrats are right there with you, side by side, supporting each other the entire way.’

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Fighting Back: “Protect Our Care” – Democrats Call For ACA National Day of Action

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Found on the InternetsHouse Democrats’ Press Conference Ahead of ACA National Day of Action

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Co-Chair of the DPCC, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Matt Cartwright and Congressman Darren Soto to hold a press conference call ahead of House Democrats’ National Day of Action on Saturday, February 18.

Nancy Pelosi:

Good morning, everyone. This is a pretty exciting time for us. Four weeks since the Inauguration of a new President. Eight years ago, on this day, President Obama signed the Recovery Act, which got us down the path already for moving toward health care for all by having the electronic medical records contained in it already. He had signed SCHIP to cover many children in our country. Progress was already made on this four-week anniversary. Oh, and Lilly Ledbetter – did I mention that?

“But I didn’t want the morning to pass without acknowledging what this date meant eight years ago. It also began our path toward health care for all Americans as a right, not a privilege for the few. Inspired by so many and seeing the urgency – and captured best by Dr. Martin Luther King when he said, ‘Of all the forms of injustice, of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most inhumane.’ […]

“[February 18th] will be our centerpiece day for events – town halls, real hospital visits, roundtables and many things in between. The American people are mobilizing against the Republican assault on affordable health care, but Democrats will keep fighting to ensure that health care is right of every American, while Republicans want to Make America Sick Again.

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

President Obama’s Final Press Conference: “I think we’re going to be okay”

President Obama held the final scheduled press conference of his administration yesterday. He spoke of the role of the press, his plans for the future, including when he would speak out, and once again expressed his confidence in our institutions and the peaceful transfer of power.

President Obama on the role of the press:

I have enjoyed working with all of you. That does not, of course, mean that I’ve enjoyed every story that you have filed. But that’s the point of this relationship. You’re not supposed to be sycophants, you’re supposed to be skeptics. You’re supposed to ask me tough questions. You’re not supposed to be complimentary, but you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here. […]

It goes without saying that essential to [our democracy] is a free press. That is part of how this place, this country, this grand experiment in self-government has to work. It doesn’t work if we don’t have a well-informed citizenry. And you are the conduit through which they receive the information about what’s taking place in the halls of power.

So America needs you, and our democracy needs you. We need you to establish a baseline of facts and evidence that we can use as a starting point for the kind of reasoned and informed debates that ultimately lead to progress. And so my hope is, is that you will continue with the same tenacity that you showed us to do the hard work of getting to the bottom of stories and getting them right, and to push those of us in power to be the best version of ourselves. And to push this country to be the best version of itself.

On when he would break with the tradition of a president not criticizing his successor and speak out:

There’s difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake. I put in that category, if I saw systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion. I’d put in that category, explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise. I’d put in that category, institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press.

And for me, at least, I would put in that category, efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids and send them someplace else when they love this country; they are our kids’ friends and their classmates, and are now entering into community colleges or, in some cases, serving in our military. The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves I think would be something that would merit me speaking out.

He concludes:

At my core, I think we’re going to be okay. We just have to fight for it. We have to work for it, and not take it for granted.

We all hope he is right.