Democratic Party Agenda

DNC Talkers’ Toplines — September 04

Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.

Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

  • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.
  • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.
  • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.
  • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.
  • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.
  • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.
  • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.
  • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.
  • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.
  • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.

While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?

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Mueller Testimony

  • Democrats won the day. Mueller painted a clear picture for the American people and confirmed in public what he put forward in his report:

    • The report did not exonerate Trump.

    • He did not find “no obstruction.”

    • Russia interfered in our election to help Trump and made multiple approaches to Trump campaign officials. Instead of reporting it to the FBI, Trump’s team welcomed it, put into their messaging strategy, and then lied to cover it up.

  • Despite Mueller making clear that his investigation was not a witch hunt or a hoax, Trump and his allies continue to lie about it. Here’s the truth:

    • Nearly 200 criminal charges filed

    • 34 people and 3 companies charged.

    • 7 guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia

    • 25 ongoing criminal cases

    • 14 criminal referrals

    • $40 million recovered for the U.S. government (more than the total cost of the investigation)

  • Before today, only 3% of Americans had read the Mueller report. Now, many more Americans had the opportunity to hear the truth from Mueller himself.

  • That’s what this is all about – Americans across the country getting a chance to hear what really happened and better understand the crimes that were committed.

  • Mueller also went out of his way to raise the alarm on the threat of foreign influence. This report uncovered one of the most serious attacks on our democracy in our history. But Mueller made clear it won’t be the last, and more needs to be done.

    • When asked about Russia’s continued interference Mueller told the committee that “they’re doing it as we sit here.”

    • Mueller later said that “much more needs to be done” in regards to election security.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight and their patriotic duty to protect our elections. Republicans have abandoned their duty to conduct oversight, and they must do more to protect our next election.

  • Republicans tried to smear the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller. But notably, they didn’t dispute the facts of the actual report.

  • House Democrats will continue to work to gather more information, fight Trump’s cover up in the courts, and give the American people the truth they deserve.


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Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

2019 JUN 26 – TOPLINES: Integrity, ideas, substance, solutions

  • The American people saw leadership on stage tonight. They saw candidates who are laser-focused on the future. And they saw the beginning of the end of the chaos and incompetence of the Trump presidency.

  • The contrast with Donald Trump was clear: this debate focused on the issues people care about. We didn’t hear candidates talk about hand-size. They talked about:

    • Health care

    • Economy

    • Climate Change

    • Immigration

    • Women’s reproductive rights

  • What Americans will take away is that the Democratic Party has their back.

  • No matter which one of our exceptional candidates makes it to the mountaintop, people know they’ll have a leader they can trust.

  • Any candidate on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump.


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DNC News of the Day

2019 JUN 18 – New Campaign, Same Broken Promises

Background: Trump is relaunching his campaign today with a rally in Orlando, Florida.

  • Trump will spend the next year lying about the promises he’s kept, the deals he’s made, and telling America that he’s made it great again.

  • For the ultra-wealthy, big corporations and D.C. lobbyists, there’s no question Trump has made America great – they’ve made out like bandits while the rest of us are still running in place.

    • He gave huge tax cuts to the rich and big corporations at the expense of working people.

    • He’s flooded the government with special interest lobbyists so that oil companies and big banks have more influence than ever.

  • But the question voters need to ask is: what’s he done for me?  For the middle class, the answer is nothing. He hasn’t done anything.

    • He promised he would make health care cost less – he didn’t.

    • He promised he would stand up to drug companies – he didn’t.

    • He promised he would save manufacturing jobs – he didn’t.

    • He promised he’d make paychecks bigger – he didn’t.

  • Trump shook things up – by rigging the system even worse.  He helped corporations and the top one percent get richer, but he betrayed working Americans who trusted him.

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win  tight races in battleground states across the country. But as Trump launches his campaign he faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 19 points in WI; and he is 16 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator — not one — that Trump could flip NV”); in CO Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive — Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping 4 seats in the state house); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 — in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground — and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018 Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020 — an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

Democratic Debates 2019

Debate Announcement

  • The DNC announced the twenty candidates that have been invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate, and NBC announced who will appear on which night.

    • Night 1: Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Elizabeth Warren

    • Night 2: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang

  • The first debate will take place over two back-to-back nights at 9 p.m. ET on June 26 and 27, 2019, in Miami, Florida.

  • The debate will be broadcast in prime time on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo, and will be streamed online for free on a variety of digital and social platforms.

  • The DNC and its media partner have committed to a system for selecting candidates for each night that ensures both nights have equal potential for high viewership.

  • Candidates were divided over two nights through random selection by our media partner. The random selection was divided into two groups – those polling at 2% or above and those under 2%.

More information on qualifying for the debate:

  • The DNC is committed to an inclusive and fair approach to setting the criteria for debate qualification, and it has taken unprecedented steps to ensure that this historically large field of candidates gets the opportunity to make their case on the debate stage to a wide audience.

  • The DNC’s qualification criteria is extremely generous – along with a low polling threshold of 1% in three polls, we included a new path for candidates through grassroots fundraising.

  • This grassroots fundraising requirement measures a candidate’s strength with small-dollar donors. It reflects a candidate’s grassroots support.

  • Setting this benchmark for campaigns encourages and rewards them for engaging in work that the DNC believes they absolutely must do in order to beat Donald Trump.

DNC News of the Day 2019 JUN 04

House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

  • House Democrats announced that they will hold a series of hearings to continue to examine the contents of the Mueller report and Trump’s obstruction of justice.

    • Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean is scheduled to testify next week. Dean has experience with criminal investigations and White House cover-ups.

    • John Dean was one of more than 1,000 former federal prosecutors to sign on to a letter stating that Trump would have been indicted if he were not president.

  • Hearing from these experts is only the beginning and part of the House’s ongoing work. House Democrats are not wasting any time in beginning hearings, while they continue to work to have Don McGahn and Mueller himself testify.

    • The House will also vote next week to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.

  • In his press conference last week, Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

      • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. That wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel’s findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government and, despite Trump’s attempts to obstruct House investigation, Democrats will continue to their jobs.

Mueller Press Conference 2019 MAY 29

  • In his press conference today, Mueller contradicted Trump and his Republican allies on his claim of “total exoneration” and his denial of Russia’s election interference.

  • Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller also stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

    • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. Now we know that wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

  • Mueller concluded by saying that there were multiple, systemic efforts to interfere in our election, and those efforts deserve the attention of every American.

    • Despite growing intelligence warnings that Russia will interfere in the 2020 election, Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russia’s extensive election interference campaign, and his White House has hampered efforts to protect our upcoming elections.

  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel’s findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government, and Mueller’s statements today make their investigations all the more important.

    • Republicans in Congress must also join Democrats in working to protect our elections.


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DNC: News of the Day 2019 APR 29

Trump Renews Vow To Repeal ACA

  • As the headliner at the NRA convention last week, Trump renewed his vow to kill the ACA and take health care away from millions of Americans.

    • Trump said he’s coming for “the rest” of the ACA, after he and Senate Republicans failed to fully repeal the law.

  • Meanwhile, a new poll shows that voters continue to put health care as their top issue in the 2020 election, and by a 17-point margin are more likely to oppose than support Trump because of his handling of the issue.

  • The Trump administration escalated its attacks on Americans’ health care by supporting a lawsuit to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, including its pre-existing condition protections.

    • Neither the White House nor Republicans in Congress even have a plan to replace the ACA should they succeed in overturning the law.

  • Trump said that he wants to put off a vote on a plan to replace the ACA until after the 2020 election. This is exactly why we need to elect a Democratic president.

    • Trump has proven time and time again that any plan he comes up with will kick millions off of their health insurance and return to the days when insurers could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

  • For nearly a decade, Republicans have tried and failed to kill the ACA. Overturning the ACA would be a major setback for efforts to address the opioid crisis and lower prescription drug prices — two major areas that Trump has promised to prioritize.

  • Trump repeatedly promises that he will preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions even as he continues to back efforts that would undermine or completely erase those provisions.

  • Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege – and so do the American people. It’s time for the Trump administration and Republican leaders to stop playing games with people’s lives.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

DNC News of the Day

2019 APR 26: Trump Stands With The NRA

  • A year ago, Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill.

  • Since then, it has been abundantly clear those were all lies. Instead, Trump chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support common sense gun reforms.

    • Trump has stood in lockstep with the NRA, repeatedly defending them and regurgitating their talking points.

    • Trump abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the NRA, and has fully embraced their agenda.

  • Today, Trump once again takes center stage at the NRA’s national convention, yet again proving that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.

  • Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support common-sense gun reforms to ensure a tragedy like the Parkland school shooting never happens again.

  • Democrats understand that responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many American communities, but also realize that current laws are not enough to curtail the epidemic of gun violence.

    • House Democrats have already begun working to take action and passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales. The White House, meanwhile, said it would veto this legislation if it reaches Trump’s desk.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

DNC News of the Day 2019 APR 23

2020 Census

  • The census is a constitutionally-mandated count of all U.S. residents, not a political tool for Donald Trump to push his agenda and disempower Latinos and other people of color.

  • Adding a citizenship question to the census is an obvious attempt to keep immigrant communities–including both citizens and non-citizens–from having proper representation.

    • Trump and Republicans are all but guaranteeing an inaccurate count that will protect gerrymandering and jeopardize critical resources for communities across the country.

    • The Trump administration’s plan violates the constitutional mandate that we count the U.S. population accurately.

  • The way that the Trump administration added the citizenship question to the census also violated federal law–a fact Wilbur Ross then tried to cover up.

    • Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon pitched Ross on adding a citizenship question, and likely did so out of “discriminatory animus,” facts Ross deliberately misled Congress about.

  • The results of a properly performed census are incredibly valuable to communities across America, who depend on an accurate count both for their own planning and to receive their fair share of nearly $900 billion in federal health, education, and other funding.

  • We believe the Census Bureau should have the resources needed to prepare for and conduct a cost-effective, complete and accurate census, as well as improve counting segments of the population that are historically and persistently undercounted.

    • This means communities of color, immigrants, LGBT people, young children, those with disabilities, and rural and low-income populations.

  • We can’t stress just how important it is that the census is conducted by the book. The data coming out of this next census will be used as part of the redistricting process.

Trump Sues To Keep Taxes Secret

  • Trump and his businesses filed a lawsuit against House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings and his own accounting firm to prevent the firm from complying with a congressional subpoena of financial records.

  • Trump’s lawyers argued in court documents that congressional oversight of the president is illegitimate if it does not advance a legislative agenda.

  • Let’s be clear: It is the House’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the president, and House Democrats have absolute legal authority to request Trump’s financial records.

Trump’s Taxes

Background: Today is the second deadline for the IRS to turn over Trump’s tax returns.

  • After Trump’s Treasury Department refused to meet House Democrats’ original deadline to release six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns from the IRS, the House Ways and Means Committee issued another request demanding Trump’s returns by April 23.

    • Trump’s legal team has already responded with a second letter to the Treasury Department, pressuring the IRS not to release Trump’s returns.

    • Despite Trump and his administration’s lies, the law is crystal clear: the House Ways and Means Committee has the authority to request Trump’s taxes. There is no room for ambiguity or interpretation.

  • Any attempt to block the release of Trump’s tax returns is an unprecedented step that sets up a constitutional challenge. What is Trump trying to hide?

  • We already know that Trump has a long history of dodging taxes and committing fraud, including using shady tactics to reduce his tax bill and avoid tens of millions of dollars in estate taxes.

    • Trump has habitually provided false, flawed, and incomplete information to lenders, investors, and journalists about his finances. Or to put it another way: He’s lied. A lot.

  • Americans deserve to know how Trump’s financial interests affect how he governs. Trump promised on the campaign trail that he’d release his returns. And a majority still want him to release them.

  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

    • The American people deserve to know what Trump is hiding, and Democrats are going to find out.

House Investigations

  • House Democrats subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about his involvement in Trump’s attempted obstruction of justice.

    • McGahn is a critical witness and saw firsthand Trump’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions with lies.

  • Democrats are also investigating the White House’s ignorance of U.S. national security in favor of convenience and nepotism, which included the overturning of at least 25 security clearance denials for Trump administration officials.

    • Trump himself personally intervened to overturn the denial of a clearance for Jared Kushner by career security professionals who raised concerns about potential foreign influence and his business ties.

    • The White House made clear they do not intend to cooperate with House investigators looking into this threat to our national security, and yesterday instructed the former head of the White House Personnel Security Office not to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.

  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

  • House Democrats are performing their constitutional duty, and fulfilling the will of the voters, by providing oversight and holding hearings to investigate the president and his administration.

  • While Trump wants to paint investigations as a partisan attack against him, that simply isn’t true.

    • Congress has a role to play in credible investigations into almost everything Trump has run over the past three decades, which have been taken up by multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • In addition to investigating Trump and his administration’s corruption, Democrats are also investigating his harmful policies, like his family separation policy, and holding hearings on how to improve the lives of Americans across the country through policies addressing climate change, gun violence, and access to affordable health care.

  • Democrats will never stop fighting for the American people, and will continue to provide oversight and hold this president accountable.

Democratic Party Agenda

  • Voters overwhelmingly rejected the Republican agenda that did nothing for them and failed to deliver for middle-class families.

  • The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

  • Democrats are also working on legislative solutions to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower health care costs.

    • House and Senate Democrats voted to condemn Trump’s decision to support a lawsuit to overturn the entire ACA.

  • After making historic gains in the House, Democrats immediately got to work for the people and already passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act.

    • The bill includes provisions to strengthen our election systems and make it easier, not harder, for people to vote.

    • The bill will also reduce the role of money in politics and restore transparency, accountability and unity to government.

    • The White House has threatened to veto, and McConnell has already refused to take up this bold, transformative legislation that puts the power back in the hands of the people and cleans up the corruption in Washington.

  • Here’s some of what Democrats else have done already to get to work for the people:

    • House and Senate Democrats introduced the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to add protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats introduced legislation to provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for millions of Dreamers.

    • The Democratic-led House passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Democrats introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • Democrats launched an investigation into pharmaceutical companies raising prescription drug prices.

  • Democrats will work in a bipartisan way to deliver results on many other priorities:

    • We will fight for opportunity for everyone.

  • We will fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

  • We are going to fight for an infrastructure bill that addresses climate change and actually puts people to work.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee