American Bridge Statement on Trump and Republicans’ Failure to Gut the American Healthcare System

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement after Republicans’ healthcare vote failed tonight: 

“Every Republican in Washington should be ashamed for spending the better part of 2017 pushing a plan to gut healthcare for the middle class in order to cut taxes for the rich. Fortunately for the American people, Republicans are too incompetent to run the government, let alone live up to the promises they failed to deliver on today.  Republicans should learn from their mistakes and now work in good faith with Democrats to fix the existing law, rather than continue pursuing partisan plans to strip millions of their insurance. That unworkable agenda must finally come to an end after years of lies and broken promises.

“This process proves once and for all that Republicans are more than willing to sell out Americans on Trump’s behalf, leaving the public to suffer the consequences. Our country deserves better.

“Every single […]

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American Bridge Statement on Senators Graham, McCain, Johnson, and Cassidy’s Press Conference

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement responding to a healthcare press conference held by Senators Graham, McCain, Johnson and Cassidy:

“It’s tough to take this rhetoric seriously considering recent history. If Senators McCain, Graham, Johnson, and Cassidy are sincere about working in a bipartisan fashion, they need to vote down this bogus ‘skinny repeal’ bill. Full stop. Hedging their bets on some bogus assurances that they may get from Speaker Ryan won’t cut it. House Republicans aren’t working in good faith and no one should think otherwise.”

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Trump Using A Recess Appointment For A New AG Would Be Unconstitutional

President Trump is openly floating the possibility using a recess appointment for a new Attorney General, but such a move would be yet another example of obstruction of justice from a President who is already neck-deep in scandal. First, he tried to block the Russia investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey, but that only made things worse. Now, Trump appears to be shopping for an Attorney General to serve as an accomplice – someone willing to join the President in obstructing justice by ending Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Unfortunately for Trump, this plan won’t work either, as the Supreme Court and prominent Republicans have already made clear.

Here’s what President Trump should expect to hear from his fellow Republicans if he tries to make an unconstitutional recess appointment:

Sen. Mitch McConnell Called Recess Appointments A “Dangerous Threat To The Rule Of Law.” “It represents a clear, clear rebuke […]

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Mike Rounds shows Republicans’ hand on so-called “skinny” repeal

“Mike Rounds just admitted what everyone else already knows to be true: this so-called ‘skinny’ repeal is a disaster, and Republicans are only pushing it because they don’t want to be exposed as the failures they are.  Trying to find a craven way to pass the buck and vote for it anyway is about as cynical as you can get, which speaks to how ​low ​Republicans are sinking to rubber-stamp Donald Trump’s agenda.

“It’s long past time for McConnell to scrap the theatrics and work on a bipartisan plan to improve the existing law. Booting millions from their insurance is not an answer,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. 

Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News, 7/27/2017: “Sen Rounds says he’s asked for a guarantee house won’t pass skinny before conference or a delay in implementation if it passes”

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Sanders Questions: Vote-a-Rama Edition

American Bridge Rapid Response Director calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions: 

1. Does President Trump support a “skinny repeal” bill even though it would throw 16 million Americans off their insurance and even cause four million Americans to lose insurance through their employer? 

2. Is the Trump administration threatening to retaliate against all Republican Senators for voting ‘no’ on health care proposals by stalling other policy and personnel priorities as reported in Alaska? 

3. Senator Grassley warned last night that the Judiciary Committee will not confirm a new Attorney General. Will you confirm President Trump won’t attempt a recess appointment to replace Jeff Sessions? 

4. Does President Trump agree with Anthony Scaramucci that Reince Preibus is behind leaks to the press? 

5. Yesterday you said it was up to the Pentagon to determine how to implement President Trump’s transgender ban. Today the Pentagon punted back to the […]

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Trump Fed Board “Watchdog” Pick Randal Quarles: A Wall Street Lapdog

Donald Trump is stacking the Federal Reserve Board with a Wall Street crony who will work for big banks at the expense of working Americans. This morning the Senate Banking Committee considered the nomination of Randal Quarles to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; if confirmed, Qarles would serve as the board’s chief overseer of the financial system, a scary reality considering Quarles has long ties to the banking industry and has advocated for deregulation that could result in another 2008-style financial crisis.

“Nominating Quarles just further proves that Trump is hell bent on appeasing Wall Street at everyone else’s expense,” said Shripal Shah, Vice President of American Bridge. “Quarles isn’t a watchdog, he’s a lapdog, and if he has his way, he’ll further rig the financial system for big banks the moment he gets the chance.  He’s not fit to serve in a regulatory role and the Senate should […]

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VIDEO: Nevada TV Slams Dean Heller on Healthcare

Bridge Project today released a new video highlighting the role Dean Heller played in yesterday’s 50-50 vote. Local Nevada stations did not hold back in their criticism of Heller.

“With his vote to open debate yesterday and his commitment today to support a repeal bill, Dean Heller has proven he is willing to put partisan politics ahead of the health of his constituents,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Despite his previous statements about how damaging Trumpcare would be to hard working Nevadans, Heller sided with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell over Nevadans.”

See the new Bridge Project video here.

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