This week at the Democratic retreat in Philadelphia, we saw President Obama and members of Congress energized, ‘fired up’ and ready to make a forceful case for progressive policy priorities that will help working families. Meanwhile, as January comes to a close, it’s clear that the first month of this new Tea Party Congress has been full of division, dysfunction and extreme votes, or as one Republican member of Congress put it:
“Week one, we had a speaker election that did not go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we got into a big fight over deporting children, something that a lot of us didn't want to have a discussion about. Week three, we are now talking about rape and incest and reportable rapes and incest for minors. … I just can't wait for week four.” - Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
But unfortunately, week four was no better, with Republicans continuing to propose their extreme policies that would be disastrous for our country:
- Republicans have already made clear their intention to play politics with Homeland Security funding in a reckless effort to stop the President’s immigration executive action that will keep families together. Polling shows Americans overwhelmingly support the President’s path on immigration, and a CBO estimate out this week showed that the House Republicans’ anti-immigrant DHS funding bill would actually increase the deficit by $7.5 billion. This week also saw Republicans stumble on their border bill – legislation that the Secretary of Homeland Security called "extreme to the point of being unworkable" – because they didn’t have the votes on their side for it. Another example of leadership in disarray.
- Polling has also shown that the Democrats’ vision of tax fairness and the middle class priorities laid out by the President in his State of the Union address enjoy wide public support, while the GOP’s trickle-down approach does not. Yet that didn’t stop John Boehner and Mitch McConnell from going on 60 minutes this week to announce that progressive efforts to lift the middle class were “Dead, real dead” in the eyes of Republicans.
- The Department of Health and Human Services also announced this week that the Affordable Care Act is working, as 9.5 million Americans have signed up for coverage. So what did Tea Party extremists in Congress do? Double down on their failed efforts to stop this critical law. They announced their intention to block any attempt to restore the subsidies making health insurance more affordable for an estimated 6.1 million Americans should the Supreme Court strike them down.So what does week five of Republican control of Congress have in store for us? Attempting for the umpteenth time to repeal Obamacare!
So what does week five of Republican control of Congress have in store for us? Attempting for the umpteenth time to repeal Obamacare!
That doesn’t sound like a winning plan to us.
01.30.15 | permalink
It’s an honor just to be nominated – and even better to win! This weekend in Las Vegas, AUFC took home a Reed Award, named after Campaigns & Elections founder Stanley Foster Reed, for ‘Best National Ad for Public Affairs/Issue Advocacy Campaign’.
It was in recognition of ‘Leadership’, the first national ad in support of the President’s immigration executive action to give millions of undocumented workers the opportunity to keep their families together, get right with the law and pay their fair share in taxes. What caught the attention of award judges was the use of footage of President Ronald Reagan, who in 1986 signed a similar executive action deferring deportations. Reagan speaking about the U.S. as a ‘shining city’ with doors open to immigrants juxtaposed with President Obama making the same case today really took the wind out of the sails of Republican arguments that this action was unprecedented and unlawful. Not to mention their complaints that the President had no business acting alone when House Republicans had refused to vote on a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform the Senate passed over 500 days ago. As the ad concludes: When Congress Refuses to Act, Presidents Must Lead.
Unfortunately, it’s clear Republicans remain uninterested in making any inroads with the immigrant community. The Reed Award came the same weekend as the Iowa Freedom Summit, where Republican Presidential hopefuls gathered to kiss the ring of anti-immigrant demagogue, Congressman Steve King.
Watch 'Leadership' Here:
01.26.15 | permalink
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