PRESS STAFF BLOG: Jun 23, 2021
You’ve all seen poll after poll after poll show that the American people agree with House Democrats that voting should be made easier, not harder. So of course it’s *no surprise* that Senate Republicans blocked Floor consideration of the For the People Act yesterday, which would make it easier for Americans to participate in our democracy and have their voices heard. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)
PRESS STAFF BLOG: Jun 22, 2021
ICYMI, wanted to be sure you saw that 12 organizations and six congressional experts sent a letter yesterday in support of the CAO study requested by Leader Hoyer, Chairman Jeffries, and Chair Lofgren on pay and benefits for House staff.
First, a quick recap of House Democrats’ efforts to better recruit and retain experienced and diverse House staffers:
In April, Leader Hoyer and Chairman Jeffries wrote to Appropriators calling for an increase in Congressional staff pay.
PRESS STAFF BLOG: Jun 22, 2021
As the Senate prepares to vote on proceeding to Floor consideration of S.1, we wanted to remind you that not only are Republicans in 48 states jamming through legislation designed to stifle the vote, they are also working to target election officials they don’t agree with – at every level of government – and expand partisan control of elections. Don’t miss this write up in the New York Times on what’s at stake – our very democracy hanging in the balance:
PRESS STAFF BLOG: Jun 17, 2021
Three months after Democrats enacted the landmark American Rescue Plan to provide direct assistance to American workers and families as we build back from COVID-19, unemployment data shows that President Biden’s economic plan is working. Defeating the COVID-19 pandemic through expanded vaccine distribution, supporting small businesses, and getting direct economic relief to the American middle class has helped contribute to a strong decline in initial unemployment insurance claims. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the four-week moving average for new unemployment insurance claims is below 400,000.
PRESS STAFF BLOG: Jun 15, 2021
Minutes ago, 21 Republicans voted against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the Capitol Police and the DC Police that defended the Capitol on January 6. That’s not a typo. 21.
The full list:
PRESS STAFF BLOG: May 26, 2021
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is saying the quiet part out loud again:“McConnell warned Republicans at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that regardless of tweaks to the bill that approving the commission could hurt the party’s midterm election message, according to attendees. He left that room and promptly told reporters that while Democrats want to talk about Trump, voters who'll determine control of Congress next fall ‘ought to focus on what this administration is doing to the country.’” [Politico, 5/26/21]
PRESS STAFF BLOG: May 11, 2021
Wanted to be sure you didn’t miss this stunning op-ed from former Sen. Jeff Flake in the Washington Post. In disavowing Rep. Liz Cheney for her refusal to adhere to the “Big Lie,” House GOP leaders have proved that, “in today’s Republican Party, there is no greater offense than honesty.”
PRESS STAFF BLOG: May 7, 2021
Just two days prior to signing a sweeping legislative package that sharply restricts voting rights in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis found another way to stifle Floridians’ participation in democracy. ICYMI – on Tuesday, the Governor announced that the special election to fill the seat of Rep. Alcee Hastings, who passed away in April, will be held in January. Nope, that wasn’t a typo.
PRESS STAFF BLOG: May 6, 2021
Color us *not* surprised: just as predicted, as benefits of the American Rescue Plan continue to roll out, Republicans are more and more eager to claim credit for them. The only problem? Not a single one of them voted for the benefits they’re now touting. Take it away, Associated Press:
PRESS STAFF BLOG: May 5, 2021
As you sift through morning emails about Republicans’ commitment to lying about the 2020 election and racing to prove their commitment to former President Trump instead of the American people, we wanted to be sure you saw that another poll has come out showing broad support for President Biden’s American Families Plan.