MoveOn Statement on Reports that Democrats are Weighing Deal to Approve Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
This evening, POLITICO reported that a group of Senate Democrats were exploring a potential deal with Republicans that would allow Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court in exchange for a promise from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for any subsequent vacancy on the Court during President Trump’s term.
In reaction, Jo Comerford, national campaign director for MoveOn.org issued the following statement:
“With new reports out tonight that the FBI has evidence Trump associates coordinated directly with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, there can be no excuse for Senate Democrats to hand the administration a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee should be focused on nothing else but a full investigation into the ties between Donald Trump, his associates, and Russian officials. The American people deserve to know whether their Commander in Chief coordinated with a foreign government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.”
MoveOn.org statement in response to Rep. Nunes’ comments that he would brief Donald Trump on potential new developments into the criminal investigation into Trump & Russia
In response to Nunes’ comments, MoveOn.org Civic Action Campaign Director Jo Comerford had the following statement:
“It is absurd and unprecedented that the chair of a Congressional committee investigating the White House would brief the White House on the investigation.
“Devin Nunes’ reckless and clearly partisan actions today prove he lacks the judgment and independence to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump and his associates with the government of Russia—and underscore why an independent commission and special prosecutor are so desperately needed.
“Congress must stop all business and focus on the creation of an independent commission and the appointment of a special prosecutor or the American people will never be able to trust that the Trump campaign did not in engage illegal collusion with a foreign government to sabotage a U.S. election.”
MoveOn Members in Montana Endorse Inclusive Populist Rob Quist for U.S. House, Vowing to Take ACA Fight to the Ballot Box
MoveOn: Republicans Will Pay Political Price for Backing Trump’s Agenda, ACA Repeal
MONTANA — Montana members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Rob Quist in the U.S. House special election in the state with 99% of votes cast in favor of backing Quist, and praising Quist’s progressive policy agenda, including his commitment to protect the Affordable Care Act and fierce opposition to repeal efforts. The special election is to replace Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who resigned after being appointed Secretary of the Interior.
Quist, a lifelong Montanan and well-known folk and bluegrass musician, has emerged as a strong progressive candidate and a vocal critic of the current Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Quist has also served as a cultural ambassador to Kumamoto, Japan through the state’s commerce department and served for more than a decade on the Montana Arts Council, leading an effort to implement anti-bullying and art programs in the state’s public schools.
MoveOn’s endorsement of Quist builds on an endorsement by MoveOn members in Georgia of Jon Ossoff in showing that, if Republicans advance efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act or advance Trump’s dangerous agenda, they’ll pay a political price.
This week, House Republicans are expected to rush through a bill that would be a disaster for Montana. Studies have shown it would raise premiums by up to $12,000 for older Montanans and take away health coverage from an estimated estimated 75,000 Montanans.
“Rob Quist understand Montana better than any other candidate in this race, and he knows what a disaster the current Republican plan would be for Montanans,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn Political Action. “This race is just the latest to show the huge grassroots outpouring of energy we’re seeing across the country resisting the Republican plan to dismantle health care. If Republicans like New Jersey multi-millionaire Greg Gianforte think they can take away health care from 24 million Americans (including over 75,000 Montanans) without facing the consequences, they’re dreaming.”
MoveOn will mobilize its nearly 19,000 members in Montana to volunteer and vote for Quist, and will mobilize progressives across the country to support the campaign through thousands of grassroots donations.Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Montana
Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Montana has to say about Quist:
“Rob is progressive who will represent Montanans with honesty, compassion, and a vision for economic justice. He also brings an outsider’s appeal to those disenchanted with politics as usual.” –Linda B. in Helena
“Rob supports health care for all, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He supports public access to public lands, conservation, and initiatives to mitigate the effects of climate change. He supports public education. He is pro-choice. He supports funding for the arts and arts education. He understands the concerns of Montana’s rural citizens and is running for Congress to represent the people, not corporate interests. Flipping this seat, in a “red” state, would drive the momentum of progressives across the country. Endorse Rob Quist!.” –Shannon H. in Whitefish
“Rob is someone who appeals to, and understands, a wide swath of the complex Montana voter. We have very conservative and very liberal folks who all agree on public lands, caring for the elderly, children, and veterans, and respecting what we think of as the “Code of the West”. He is one of us—which means so much in Montana.” –Marni E. in Billings
Republican Greg Gianforte and Libertarian Mark Wicks each earned less than 1% of votes cast.MoveOn.org Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.
MoveOn.org Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.
In response to confirmation of an FBI investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia, MoveOn.org is calling for a full, independent investigation and a complete shutdown of all Trump-related business before Congress.
Today, in his opening remarks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the President of the United States and his associates are under active criminal investigation by the Department of Justice.
In response, MoveOn.org Civic Action Campaign Director Jo Comerford said:
“With news that the President of the United States and his associates are under an active criminal investigation by the Department of Justice, it is absolutely imperative that an independent commission be established immediately to ensure there are sufficient non-partisan and independent resources to fully investigate Donald Trump and his associates’ ties to Russia.
“How can Congress, with good conscience, agree to further Trump’s agenda amid such serious allegations regarding possible illegal activity? The answer is simple: It can’t.
“That’s why, given today’s news, Congress must shut down all Trump-related appointments and legislation until the American people learn the full truth about Trump and Russia.”
This week, MoveOn.org members and other constituents staged 12-hour “Stakeouts to Save our Healthcare” outside the offices of 32 GOP Senators and Representatives.
“We are seeing unprecedented public opposition to the GOP’s ‘TrumpCare’ plan. It is an unmitigated disaster that would take health care away from millions of people, cost thousands more for middle-class and low-income Americans, all while giving a major tax break to health care CEO’s and the wealthiest Americans. Every estimate and analysis of the legislation shows it will cost more and cover fewer people. Across the country, we are seeing people speak out against this potential health care disaster—and it’s having an impact.” –MoveOn.org Washington Director Ben Wikler
Here’s a quick look at some of the Congressional stakeout events:
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Vulnerable California Republicans find themselves at center of health care bill persuasion efforts
Seven California Republicans are among the 23 Republicans nationwide who represent House districts that chose Hillary Clinton for president. Now they find themselves at the center of the debate over the proposed House GOP health care bill.
And MoveOn.org is holding day-long healthcare “stakeouts” outside 23 House offices and nine Senate offices Thursday and Friday. They’ll feature constituents chanting and telling healthcare stories. The seven California Republican-led districts that went for Clinton are all on Moveon.org’s list.
THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER: ‘MoveOn.org and others to demonstrate outside Sen. Rob Portman’s Cleveland office over health care’
MoveOn.org Organizing Director Victoria Kaplan told The Cleveland Plain Dealer: “By holding vigil outside the offices of key Republicans who hold the decisive votes on ‘TrumpCare,’ MoveOn members will ensure that anyone coming in or out of the office – staff, visitors, and the members of Congress themselves – will face their constituents and hear our health care stories, our songs, our hopes, our anger, and our cheer,.
THV11 News (LITTLE ROCK): Groups stake out in front of Sen. Cotton’s office to oppose new health care plan
Local MoveOn member Margaret Cameron told TH11 that: “This takes time, months years. I mean come on give us a break. Anyway they just started Obamacare, now we know what we can fix, go to that. Don’t just wipe out all the health care, it’s just it’s absurd.”
KTUU News (ANCHORAGE): MoveOn members urge Sen. Murkowski to reject the Republican health care plan
Activist Joni Bruner told KTUU News, “We’re trying to bring attention to Murkowski’s office. She’s one of the senators that can make a difference, and we’re hoping she will do the right thing and stand with the people that voted her in.”
Other notable actions include:
- In Nevada, MoveOn members and local community leaders held stakeouts outside of Senator Dean Heller’s Las Vegas and Reno district offices. [The Las Vegas Sun, FOX5 News, and KOH Local News]
- In Colorado, MoveOn members and local community leaders held stakeouts outside of Senator Cory Gardner’s Denver district office. [KMGH News]
- In Maine, MoveOn members and local community leaders held stakeouts outside of Senator Susan Collins’ Portland district office. [WAGM News and WLBZ News]
- In Arizona, MoveOn members and local community leaders held stakeouts outside of Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix district office. [KNXV News]
- In Louisiana, MoveOn members and local community leaders held stakeouts outside of Senator Bill Cassidy’s Metairie district office. [BayouBuzz]
Last night, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland halted Donald Trump’s second attempt at a Muslim ban–hours before Trump’s Executive Order would have taken effect. In reaction to the court’s’ temporary restraining orders, MoveOn.org Political Action Executive Director Ilya Sheyman issued the following statement:
“This temporary suspension of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is another significant step in ensuring this unconstitutional religious test is struck down wholly and permanently. Despite disparagement and attacks, once again our nation’s legal system has done its job and thwarted an executive action based solely on prejudice. Trump’s efforts to push through this nearly-identical order after multiple federal courts blocked it from taking effect previously lays bare his rampant xenophobia and yet again shows his administration’s unwillingness to abide by our Constitution.
“Make no mistake: This continued push by Trump is an all-out effort to advance Islamophobic policy and betray the values of our nation. The intention and impact of this Muslim Ban remains fundamentally unchanged from the moment Trump called for it during the campaign.
“MoveOn members will continue to fight this cruel proposal. As the courts continue to reject these orders, every American has a moral obligation to defend our Constitution and prevent this cruel and bigoted proposal from ever taking effect.”
Dear MoveOn member,
In the face of the Republicans’ craven attempt to ram through a dangerous and costly repeal of the Affordable Care Act, MoveOn members have spoken: In a membership vote this week, more than 96% of votes cast were for MoveOn to run a massive, emergency, top-priority campaign to stop health care repeal, which the media is now calling Trumpcare.
So we’re doing it. We’re shifting staff and resources, and we’re making this fight our very top priority for the next few weeks. The countdown clock on our “18 Days to Save HealthCare” campaign starts now.
We can win this. If just three Republican senators vote against repeal … then health care repeal can’t happen! The bill needs at least 50 votes in the Senate. We expect that all Democrats will vote NO. And Republicans aren’t united in support, according to media reports—thanks in no small part to all of our activism so far.1
It will take enormous grassroots energy to confront members of Congress over the coming days. Together, we’ll flood their phone lines; organize our friends, our family, our neighbors and folks across the country; fund breakthrough ads; organize state by state; and so much more.
We have so much to do in the next 18 days. We’ll need to:
- Kill this bill in the Senate by making sure that Republicans nationwide—particularly Senate Republicans—hear that this plan is unpopular and politically toxic. Key Republican senators have already expressed reservations about the House plan. We need to make sure that the national media is covering all the groups—from doctors, to executives, to seniors, to former Republican and Trump voters who oppose the plan. We must make sure that Republicans everywhere feel the pressure.
- Send a message to Republican House members from districts that voted for Clinton over Trump, by making them realize that their jobs are in jeopardy if they support this plan.
- Make sure that Democrats do everything in their power to resist this bill in Congress and that not a single Democratic senator votes yes.
- Invest heavily in the special election in Georgia, where MoveOn members endorsed John Ossoff for Congress. Ossoff, who is running to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, Trump’s new secretary of Health and Human Services, is unabashedly in support of the ACA. Winning this “safe red” seat would make Republicans run for the hills. We’ve already raised nearly $200,000 since last night for Ossoff’s election!
Our emergency campaign to do all these things will require substantial resources, and we have just 18 days!
But we know that we can do it—because MoveOn members voted overwhelmingly to mount this effort, and MoveOn members are the fuel that will make it go.
Thanks for all you do.
MoveOn Members in Georgia Endorse Inclusive Populist Jon Ossoff for U.S. House, Vow to Take ACA Fight to Ballot Box
MoveOn: Republicans Will Pay Political Price for Backing Trump’s Agenda, ACA Repeal
GEORGIA — Georgia members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Jon Ossoff in the U.S. House special election in the state’s 6th District with 93% of votes cast in favor of backing Ossoff, praising Ossoff’s commitment to protecting the Affordable Care Act.
The election is to replace former Rep. Tom Price, who was tapped by Donald Trump to spearhead the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Ossoff has emerged as a strong, vocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act and is earning the support of progressives nationwide, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
“That this historically Republican district is now very competitive is another example of the powerful grassroots energy we’re seeing across the country resisting Trump’s agenda,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “Ossoff is the sort of progressive champion—strong on both racial justice and economic justice—who can channel that resistance energy into progressive volunteers and votes, and Republicans have done him a big favor with their plans to repeal the ACA and kick tens of millions of people off of their health care. Republicans in Washington are attempting to take away health care from millions, including an estimated 30,000 in Georgia’s 6th. If Republicans move forward with repealing the ACA, they’ll pay a political price in districts like this one for supporting Trump’s dangerous agenda.”
MoveOn will be mobilizing its more than 15,000 members in Georgia’s 6th District to volunteer and vote for Ossoff and will be mobilizing progressives across the country to support the campaign through thousands of grassroots donations.
Here’s what a few MoveOn members in the district had to say about Ossoff:
“I believe Jon Ossoff is committed to protecting our environment, supporting civil rights and women’s rights, ensuring that health care coverage is available to all Americans, and representing Democratic values in Washington.” –Maggie T., Roswell
“He supports Planned Parenthood and women’s rights. He supports affordable healthcare. He has John Lewis’s endorsement which speaks volumes to me.” –Ginelle H., Roswell
“Jon Ossoff is a talented, principled anti-corruption investigator and a breath of fresh air for GA6, which has been complacent for too long with Tom Price’s leadership. Electing any Democrat – but particularly a young, progressive, articulate one – will send a message to Trump and the Republicans that the country, including areas they presume to be their base, is watching, angry, and ready, and that the Resistance is to be taken seriously.” –Kimberly L., Atlanta
“Jon O’s entire career has been about justice for the marginalized by standing up against crime and corruption. He has experience on the Hill. He has pledged to get affordable healthcare for all Americans, to protect seniors Medicare and Medicaid, to protect civil liberties, and women’s rights to reproductive freedom. He’s on the right side of the climate debate.” –Teresa L., Johns Creek
Fellow Democratic candidates Ron Slotin and Rebecca Quigg received 3.6% and 1.9% of votes cast, respectively, and Ragin Edwards earned less than 1% of votes. Republican candidates Karen Handel, Amy Kremer, and Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan all received less than 1% of votes.
MoveOn.org Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.
WASHINGTON DC — Moments ago, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order that once again halts the U.S. refugee program and suspends granting of visas for those traveling from six-Muslim majority countries: Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
In reaction to the executive order, Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, released the following statement:
“Once again, President Trump has signed a Muslim Ban that is a de facto religious test for immigrants and shuts our doors on refugees. While the Trump Administration has made some tweaks and changes to the executive order after a previous version was struck down by a federal district court, the intention and impact of the action remains fundamentally unchanged: This is the Muslim Ban that Trump promised during his campaign.
“MoveOn members will continue to oppose this hateful and counterproductive proposal and to demand that our elected officials and courts defend the Constitution and strike down this Muslim Ban.”
This Is Not Going Away.
Statement from Jo Comerford, Campaign Director, MoveOn.org Political Action:
“Recusal is not nearly enough. Jeff Sessions lied under oath to Congress. This is unacceptable for anyone but certainly unacceptable for the chief law enforcement officer of this country. Jeff Sessions can not uphold the law if he can’t follow the law.
“Nineteen senators and more than 110 House Democrats have come out demanding that Sessions resign. In the coming days, we will be protesting at Republican offices to demand that they too call on Sessions to resign and for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. It is far past time they put country before party.”
MoveOn on NYT, WaPo reports: Sessions must resign immediately; his successor must appoint a special prosecutor
Jo Comerford, campaign director for MoveOn.org Civic Action, had the following statement in response to two reports tonight from The New York Times and The Washington Post with new information on ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials:
“This is a two-bombshell evening. First, The New York Times says the intelligence community has information that Trump associates met with Russian officials during the campaign. The Times also reports the intelligence community had reason to believe the Trump Administration might cover this up. Second, The Washington Post breaks a story that says U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath at his confirmation hearing about contact with Russian officials.
“The only way for citizens to be able to trust that our government can act with integrity is for Attorney General Sessions to resign his post immediately and for his successor to appoint a special prosecutor to begin a comprehensive investigation of Donald Trump, his campaign, and his administration. Anything short of that is flatly unacceptable and puts our country’s security and our free and fair elections at grave risk.”
Statement from Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, in response to Tom Perez being elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee:
“We congratulate Tom Perez on his victory and all of the candidates on the strong campaigns they ran. In particular, we thank Rep. Keith Ellison for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work closely together with him in the House.
“In recent years the Democratic Party has become too Washington-insider, too beholden to the same big donors and consultants, and too timid on issues of social, racial, and economic justice. It’s lost touch with the real grassroots of the party. Today’s vote to continue accepting corporate lobbyist donations just furthers that perception.
“We hope that as the new DNC chair, Tom Perez takes heed to the millions of activists who are already in the streets and in the townhalls struggling against Trump’s agenda. If he can lead the Democratic Party to stand unequivocally on the side of economic justice and equality, then the millions of MoveOn members across the country will stand with it.”
Statement from Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, in response to the anti-immigrant shooting near Kansas City. According to reports, the shooter targeted two Indian men, shouting “Get out of my country.” One of the men, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, died; his wife, Sunayana Dumala, has demanded an answer on what is being done to stop hate crimes in this country.
“It’s unconscionable and unacceptable that Donald Trump and leaders throughout the administration continue to spread anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry, fear, and hate.
“In the weeks since Trump took office, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant threats have intensified, fueled by his hateful and divisive policies and rhetoric, and his silence after attacks by white nationalists, and hate crimes perpetrated against people of color.
“Americans deserve better from our leaders. We stand with Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and all front-line communities facing attacks fueled by this administration’s embrace of white supremacist and anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric.”
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