Week 21: The Chaos Continues
Dear DNC Member,
The fallout from Republicans’ failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act continued this week. And the DNC was hard at work holding vulnerable senators like Dean Heller and Jeff Flake accountable for their heartless vote.
But this fight isn’t over. Since he lost the battle in the Senate, now President Trump is threatening to act unilaterally and cancel the critical Cost-Sharing Reduction payments (CSRs) that help make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans. Even members of the president’s own party have said that cancelling or stalling on these payments will cause premiums to skyrocket and send our health care system into chaos.
Health care is not a game of Russian Roulette, and it’s time for Republicans in Congress to join Democrats as we oppose Trump’s recklessness and tell this administration to stop holding people’s health care hostage.
This week, I filmed a “video op-ed” for NowThis about why Democrats need to stay vigilant in this fight. If Republicans don’t come to the table, they will keep coming after health care. This is like that bad movie that should never get a sequel, but somehow they make five more. And we need to be ready to stop them every time. You can watch the video here.
Of course, when Donald Trump and Mike Pence aren’t trying to take away people’s health care, they’re pushing countless other policies that would hurt working families and compromise our values. This week, the Trump administration endorsed a plan to deny millions the American Dream by dramatically cutting legal immigration in half and limiting family reunification. Instead of catching criminals, Trump wants to tear apart communities and punish immigrant families that are making valuable contributions to our economy.
That’s not what America stands for. But this bill isn’t just an affront to our values, it’s also a threat to our economy. Study after study has shown that punishing immigrant families and curbing immigration would only stifle America’s economic growth and limit our nation’s potential. That means a less prosperous economy for all Americans. Democrats believe our diversity is our biggest strength, and we will continue to stand with the immigrant communities that enrich our country every day.
Last week, Trump also announced his intention to ban transgender people from the military. This is a disgraceful attack on the courageous Americans who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our freedoms. The DNC set-up a call page for activists to tell their representatives to support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that reaffirms the rights of transgender Americans in our armed forces. Our CEO, Jess O’Connell, also published a piece about the ban in today’s Washington Blade. You can read it here.
These attacks are backfiring. Trump’s approval rating is the lowest it’s ever been. He has fired major members of his staff and continued his habit of Twitter tantrums. And now, we’ve learned that the Russia investigation has entered a new and more serious phase as Special Counsel Mueller is using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.
This chaos isn’t just bad for Donald Trump – it’s damaging our democracy. Our digital put together a video for social media detailing just how chaotic the past few weeks of this administration have been. You can watch the clip here.
As we fight back against these attacks, we’ve been making major investments in this year’s critical gubernatorial contest in Virginia. We’ve made a commitment of $1.5 million and we’re sending top DNC staff in to help push us over the finish line. We’re also training organizers, doubling our boots on the ground, and making significant investments in our digital and data operations that will help lift Democrats to victory up and down the state ballot. Read more about our “all-in” strategy here.
Investing in these races in critical to our party’s future, and we’re already making progress in districts Trump won last November. But in order to make the most impact, we need to have best technological talent around. That’s why I was so excited to bring on Raffi Krikorian as our Chief Technology Officer. And this week, he published a powerful call to action to his fellow innovators across the country, urging them to join the Democratic Party and use their skills to change the world. You can read Raffi’s piece here.
We’ve also been showing our full support for Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi, who have faced vicious intimidation tactics from their company in their attempt to hold a unionization vote. Nearly every Nissan plant around the world is unionized, and they have managed to make a profit while still providing good middle-class jobs. They can do the same in Mississippi. I filmed a short video and penned an op-ed for USA Today explaining how unions make our country stronger and why workers at Nissan deserve a voice. You can watch the video here and read my piece here. Senator Bernie Sanders and I also Skyped with the workers to show our support shortly before the voting began.
While we work hard at the DNC, we also make time for some bipartisan fun. On Wednesday, our staff – including yours truly – competed in the annual DNC-RNC Softball game. And while we fell short on the field, our fans won the team spirit battle hands down.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t wish President Obama a happy birthday. Working for Barack Obama was the privilege of my career. I truly believe he will go down as one of the most consequential presidents in our history. And his courage and leadership should continue to inspire us as we take on the fights ahead.
Democratic National Committee