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Should Sanders Continue the Fight Outside the Democratic Party?

Now it’s time for Bernie Sanders to accept the reality as to where the future of the Democratic Party is heading when compared the party to a sinking ship. This is certainly true since everyone from establishment politicians to hardcore supporters are being disrespectful towards Bernie. Another Example is Nancy Pelosi, who responded “wer'e capitalist party. That’s just the way it is”.

Let Democratic Party sink to the bottom where it belongs. There’s nothing serious about the Democratic Party.

House Vote on Obamacare Lite is Postponed!

Thanks to the hard work of Rand Paul and the House Freedom Caucus, Obamacare Lite didn’t have enough votes to pass! Hopefully true negotiations can begin!

Written by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Robert Pear, and Thomas Kaplan for the New York Times:

House Republican leaders postponed a planned vote Thursday in the full House on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act as President Trump and his allies struggled to round up votes amid a tide of defections from the proposed replacement bill. …

“We’re certainly trying to get to ‘yes,’” said Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. “We’ve made very reasonable requests and we’re hopeful that those reasonable requests will be listened to and ultimately agreed to.” …

The emerging power of the Freedom Caucus, a group that has been historically marginalized in policy-making but a thorn in the side of leadership, is one of the surprises of the rushed health care debate. The Freedom Caucus has been empowered by the addition of one of their own, former Representative Mick Mulvaney, to the senior White House staff as budget director, and Mr. Trump’s disengagement from policy details coupled with his intense desire to score a win after a rocky start to his presidency. …

As the crucial vote approached, party leaders appeared to be short of a majority, as moderate Republicans continued to move away from the bill. …

Conservatives say the mandates, as interpreted in rules issued by the Obama administration, add to the costs of health insurance and make it difficult for insurers to offer lower-cost options tailored to the needs of consumers. …

A spokeswoman for the Freedom Caucus, Alyssa Farah, said Wednesday that more than 25 members of the caucus were considered “no” votes on the health care measure — enough to sink the bill in the House, though that count could not be independently verified.

Read the entire article here.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking in Syracuse at the New York Democratic State Convention in 1936.

FDR’s satirical rebuke against Republicans who opposed Social Security and the New Deal during the 1936 election.

80 years later the very same Republican Party used the same rhetoric unironically to justify taking away health insurance from 20 million Americans.

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Senate Republicans have approved an Obamacare “repeal resolution”

  • Republicans in the Senate have voted on a budget process that they’re terming the Affordable Care Act “repeal resolution,” according to CNN. 
  • The Senate reached a 51-48 decision, voting along party lines, at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
  • “This resolution will set the stage for true legislative relief from Obamacare that Americans have long demanded while ensuring a stable transition,” Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said. “
  • The vote is a definitive sign that Republicans intend to make good on their promise to repeal the ACA.
  • Though it still remains unclear whether they have any ideas for what will replace it. Read more
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Wondering what a call to Congress actually sounds like? We got you.

If you’re on this website (or a human alive today) there’s a really good chance you’re afraid to call your Senator/Representative because you don’t know how the phone call will go. We’re trying to remove some of the mystery around calling your elected representative to show you a few different examples of first time callers leaving a comment with their Congressional office. It’s so easy!

On this call, you see Victoria learning that sometimes you have to call a few different offices to get through. You should also know that if you’re not calling from a big state like New York or California, you’re much less likely to have this problem. Either way, on average even the long calls take less than five minutes. Just make sure you call during standard work hours. Take a bathroom break to make the call if you have to. Promise it won’t take too long.

Read more about how to call your congressional representative here.

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Tammy Duckworth wins Senate seat in Illinois

Democrat Tammy Duckworth has won the Illinois Senate race, beating out Republican incumbent Mark Kirk, the Associated Press reported at 9:03 p.m. Duckworth’s lead surged after Kirk attacked her family’s history of military service. Duckworth, an Army combat pilot who lost both of her legs in Iraq, talked about her Thai heritage and pointed out that her family’s military service dated back to the American Revolution. Read more

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They can’t shut all of us up.

Elizabeth Warren was denied her right to speak on the Senate floor last night when she tried to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King.

The letter was written by Martin Luther King’s widow when Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge in the 80’s. It pleaded that he not be allowed to come to power I this way because of all his racist actions and beliefs.

The letter was not allowed to be read in the Senate then and it’s not being allowed now.

Republicans sited a rule that says, basically, that Senators can’t insult each other on the floor. This is ridiculous though as Senator Warren wasn’t insulting him so much as raising concerns about his nomination.

How can we vet nominees if we can’t question negative aspects of them?

The GOP is trying to silence us and bully us into compliance. Do not allow this.

I’ve included a copy of Mrs. King’s letter.

Maybe they can silence Senator Warren on the floor… But they cannot silence a chorus of resistance.