Thursday, May 24, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Today, the President announced a dangerous plan to abandon the Iran deal.
International relations can be complex.
But when it comes to the agreement we reached in 2015 -- which prevented Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon -- there is only one simple, objective answer:
The Iran deal is working.
That's not a partisan talking point. Those who negotiated it under President Obama know it to be true. Our closest international allies agree.
So does newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who confirmed Iran was in compliance at his confirmation hearing last month. As does Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who praised the deal's verification and monitoring regime.
As does the UN's watchdog agency responsible for verifying it.
Here is what we must remember about our agreement with Iran:
- Iran is never, ever allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. There are no end dates to Iran's commitment.
- Iran has been -- and still is -- in compliance with the deal. Every objective observer agrees that Iran has held up its end of the bargain. Even top national security officials in the Trump administration agree.
- Leaving will isolate us from our allies. There is no middle ground. Our failure to hold up our end of the deal will place us in violation, threatening our ties to close European allies.
This administration has manufactured a global crisis, again, with no strategy to solve it. It is unacceptable, and we must say so.
Stand up with OFA today against this decision:
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
I'm Henry Muñoz, the Finance Chair for the Democratic Party. Given my role here, it's probably not a surprise to you that I'm writing to talk about money, and where the DNC stands. I think it's crucial that we take a moment to assess where we are.
In 2017, the Democratic National Committee raised $65.9 million.
That's a lot of money. It's more than any off-cycle year since 2011, and more than we raised in 2005 and 2007 -- years that preceded the Democratic takeover of both chambers of Congress and the election of Barack Obama, respectively.
How are we doing this? It's not because millionaires and billionaires are donating at historic levels -- it's from lots of grassroots donors chipping in what they can, when they can. Nearly two-thirds of the money we raised in 2017 came from supporters giving $200 or less, with an average online donation of $21. For any organization, that's a remarkable number -- and it shows just how excited people are to elect Democrats.
If we're going to win this year, we need supporters like you to take that excitement and energy to the next level. The Democratic Party is going to go as far as you take it, and not an inch further.
Chip in $3 if you're ready to elect Democrats everywhere this year, and let's keep building this party.
Grassroots donors helped the DNC invest $1.5 million to elect Ralph Northam as governor of Virginia. Democrats came together to put him in a strong position to actually govern by flipping 15 seats from red to blue in the House of Delegates -- a feat the state hasn't seen since the late 1800s.
In Alabama, the RNC cut big checks at Donald Trump's request in a desperate attempt to bail out an alleged child molester. We took a different approach (to say the least), and rode a wave of grassroots enthusiasm powered by over 40,000 contributors. The result? The DNC was able to support Doug Jones's campaign to the tune of nearly $1 million, including almost $700,000 that came from supporters who split a donation between the DNC and Doug Jones campaign. That money funded African American and millennial outreach, data, tech, research, and organizers on the ground -- which was almost certainly the difference between winning and losing in that race.
All in all, we're in good shape right now. Our debt is at its lowest point for an off-cycle year since 2009 and we have more cash on hand than we had in 2005 and 2007 -- years that both preceded major Democratic wave elections. We're in especially good shape when you consider that we're fundraising the right way, from the ground up.
You can't say that the Republicans are raising money the right way, not even a little bit. Plus the GOP's one real legislative achievement last year was slashing taxes for the wealthy in a system rigged to favor the 1%. So there's nothing surprising about their ability to attract big donations from the likes of the Koch brothers to pad their war chest -- money is #1 on their list of values and it shows.
Because of all that, the GOP will outraise us. But that's OK, because even though we're being outspent, Democrats are winning on the most important scoreboard in politics -- we're winning elections.
Since Trump took office, we've won over 100 local and state elections and flipped 34 state legislative seats from red to blue. We've picked up seats in deep red districts in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Iowa. And we've won critical races in Virginia, New Jersey, and Alabama, where Doug Jones just became the state's first Democratic senator to be elected in 25 years.
We're winning because Democrats are fighting for working families, for people struggling to make it into the middle class, and for people who didn't inherit their wealth. And we're winning because we're investing in organizing in every ZIP code, building up our state parties, and getting people registered to vote.
We can win while the Republicans are outspending us. We've already proven that. But we can't take anything for granted, and we're not. Your support today will ensure Democrats have the resources to compete and win.
Our work is just getting started. Chip in $3 right now and together we'll elect Democrats nationwide this year.
On Tuesday, November 6th, votes will be counted across the country in an election that could be historic for the Democratic Party.
Right now it's up to us to keep up the fight. Thanks for being a part of it.
Henry R. Muñoz III
National Finance Chairman
Democratic National Committee
P.S. -- Here's the bottom line: The leader of the Republican Party is a billionaire fighting for billionaires. Of course they're going to have more money than we do. But we can stop them if we come together to take them on. The time to take action is now -- chip in $3 today.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
|Today, it's been exactly one year since Donald Trump's inauguration. For someone who, on almost all fronts, seems to prefer behaving as a political talk-show host to being the actual President, we shouldn't be surprised (though it is disappointing) that we're marking this anniversary with the government shut down. |
Take away the spin and the pundits, and the reality in Washington, D.C. is this: The GOP controls the federal government. Donald Trump and congressional Republicans had a chance to negotiate a bipartisan deal to keep the government open. They refused.
This shutdown comes at the end of what has been an almost unthinkably bad first year in office for Donald Trump. Each day seems to bring a new controversy or outrage, and it all follows this basic structure:
1. Trump says or does something bad (likely on Twitter).
2. Americans are disgusted and angry.
3. Americans speak up.
4. Americans are forced to move on because Trump has done the next outrageous thing.
And so the cycle continues, and each outrage blurs with the one before until everyone can feel too exhausted to even move. But anniversaries are a time for reflection, so today we're looking back at the "greatest hits" of each month of Trump's presidency to remind ourselves what we're fighting against when we roll up our sleeves to elect (or re-elect) progressive leaders in Congress. This is a long email, but it's time for a reckoning, so read on if you're ready for one:
January 2017: Trump signs his first travel ban, effectively blocking people from Muslim countries, including Syrian refugees, from entering the United States.
February 2017: Trump reverses guidelines put in place by the Obama Administration that allow transgender students in public schools to choose which bathroom to use.
March 2017: It's reported that the FBI has information suggesting possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016, prompting one of Trump's all-too-frequent "fake news" tweets.
April 2017: Trump takes some time away from his busy schedule watching cable news to have dinner *in the White House* with pals Sarah Palin, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent (whose past comments about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, among others, are so offensive we can't even type them here).
May 2017: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey, telling Lester Holt it was because of "this Russia thing." Soon after, Robert Mueller is appointed as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the election.
June 2017: Trump announces his plans to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.
July 2017: With urging from Trump, congressional Republicans come dangerously close to repealing the Affordable Care Act. The repeal is prevented by just one vote in the Senate.
August 2017: After white supremacists descend on Charlottesville with hatred and violence, Trump reacts to the tragic events by noting that there were "very fine people on both sides" of the issue.
September 2017: Trump directly attacks NFL players who chose to peacefully protest racial violence, calling for them to be fired.
October 2017: Republicans Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, fed up with a lack of responsible governing, voice their frustrations with Trump. Neither plans to return to the Senate after their terms end.
November 2017: Trump defends Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore despite multiple credible accusations of sexual abuse of underage girls.
December 2017: Trump signs a deficit-busting 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut into law benefitting corporations and the wealthiest in the country, and leaving the middle class and working people holding the bag.
January 2018: Feeling defensive -- and as he taunts North Korea over the prospect of a nuclear strike -- Trump tweets out a reminder to his 46 million followers that he is a "stable genius."
Well, there you have it. One year in office. And this, of course, doesn't even come close to covering all that's happened. The cruel reversal of DACA. Ending protections for workers. Rolling back Wall Street reform. Appointing the anti-public education Betsy DeVos and anti-civil rights Jeff Sessions to his cabinet. Countless insults and untruths.
If you made it this far down, you're probably feeling a little frustrated and dispirited. We get it. But here's the thing: There may be three more years in Trump's term, but we have a chance this fall to earn a Democratic majority in the Senate, which would give us a progressive brick wall against the dangerous and divisive agenda being pushed by this administration. It would create a real check to this presidency that we so desperately need.
Ready? Add your name if you're mad that this is our reality. Add your name if you're ready to fight for change. Add your name if you're ready for Democrats to win big in 2018.
Thank you for all you do. It's not easy, and we're with you every step of the way.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
My name is Gabriela, and I'm a DREAMer. I am one of more than 800,000 young people granted protection from deportation through the DACA program started by President Obama.
When the Trump administration announced in September that it was ending DACA, I was worried for my future. I did not know whether I would be able to remain in the U.S. -- the only country that's ever felt like home to me.
Last night's court decision on DACA is further proof that Donald Trump's elimination of the program was never about the rule of law. It was about holding our futures hostage and deporting DREAMers as bargaining chips in future political negotiations.
It is still up to Congress to pass legislation to provide permanent protection for DREAMers -- which is why I am asking you to join me today:
Add your name to call on Congress to pass a permanent DREAM Act by January 19th that will protect DREAMers like me from deportation.
When I was 12 years old, my family made the decision to leave El Salvador and come to the U.S. Our neighborhood back in El Salvador was afflicted by gang violence and my parents wanted to protect me.
During the first several months, I felt so frustrated that I didn't know the language here. So I would go to the library and check out two of the same books: one in Spanish and another in English. I would read one page in English and then one page in Spanish -- and that's how I learned.
When President Obama created DACA in 2012, my life changed. I knew I didn't have to go back to El Salvador and put myself at risk.
At that moment, that 12-year-old that didn't know how to speak English came to mind. And I thought of how far I had come.
I am telling you my story today because I refuse to go back into the shadows. We can't stay quiet when there is injustice happening.
Our fight is far from over. We must continue coming together to oppose this administration's inhumane immigration agenda.
Add your name to demand that Congress pass legislation by January 19th to allow DREAMers like me to stay in the only country we've ever considered home.
There are hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers who have stories like mine. To them I would like to say this: Your presence in the U.S. is not wrong. You were meant to be here.
Thank you for reading my story today.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
From Harriet Tubman to Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm to Coretta Scott King to Michelle Obama to Kamala Harris, Black women have been at the forefront of progress in this country from day one.
And if you look back to earlier this month in Alabama, you'll see a clear example of what happens when Democrats mobilize in our communities. Ninety-eight percent of Black women who voted in that special Senate election voted for Doug Jones. Without them, Roy Moore would be a U.S. Senator.
While it's true that Black women support the Democratic Party in incredibly large numbers, it's also important that we bring people of all backgrounds into the fold. The only way Democrats can take back Congress in 2018 is if every single one of us gets involved.
Donate $3 before tomorrow's end-of-year fundraising deadline if you're ready to help Democrats organize nationwide in 2018.
We can't take the support of Black women for granted. We have to listen to and empower these voices every single day -- not just when there's an election coming, but all of the time.
After all, that's what the Democratic Party is all about. We are the party that opens our doors to everyone and fights on behalf of all Americans, no matter where they live or what they look like.
Everything we do between now and Election Day will impact our ability to win back control of Congress. Let's make sure Democrats have the resources to organize and win.
Chip in $3 ahead of tomorrow's end-of-year deadline to help Democrats get to work in every community, all across the country.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones heading into the new year.
U.S. Representative, California