BREAKING: Water Remains Wet, House GOP Tax Bill Still Increases Deficit By At Least $1 Trillion

The Joint Committee on Taxation just released a new study estimating that, even using Republicans’ preferred accounting method, the House tax bill would add $1 trillion to the U.S. deficit.  This comes hours after the Treasury Department was forced to admit that Sec. Steve Mnuchin’s repeated promises were false and that the Trump-Republican tax plan would increase the U.S. deficit – not pay for itself.

“Congress’s independent tax experts have now discredited – yet again – the absurd claim that this tax windfall for the rich and corporations at the expense of the everyone else will do anything but add at least $1 trillion to our national credit card,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Even the Trump Administration itself can’t defend this baseless argument anymore.  The American people are rejecting this plan that sells-out the middle class with tax increases on millions of families, cuts to […]

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Sanders Questions: Women Are Watching Edition

Today, the White House doubled down on attacking three of the nineteen women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct as liars on a “publicity tour.” Fittingly, Trump also released a robocall in support of  child sexual predator Roy Moore on the eve of Election Day in Alabama. This administration continues to sink to new lows of disrespecting women and each and every person who enables President Trump to remain in the Oval Office should be ashamed.

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions:

1. How can President Trump stump for a bill that will take money away from the bottom 95% of Americans by 2027?

2. Did President Trump keep Michael Flynn on as National Security Adviser for 18 days after being warned about Flynn by the Justice Department because he was the one who directed Flynn […]

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Trump and Moore Silence Women

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump called the women who accused him of sexual harassment “horrible,” “liars,” and ugly, suggesting that they were too unattractive for him to assault. Now he’s using the full force of the White House press office to double down on those attacks and accuse three women who have come forward with their stories of lying. To no surprise, Trump’s candidate in Alabama is stealing a page out of his disgusting playbook and similarly attacking victims; this morning it was reported that Roy Moore’s campaign distributed a “primer” to volunteers and supporters painting his accusers as liars.

In response to these Republican attacks, American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden released the following statement: 

“Americans ought to be disgusted by Donald Trump and Roy Moore teaming up to attack women who are brave enough to expose them as sexual predators. Trump and Moore deserve each […]

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Trump Administration tax “analysis” is built on a giant lie

Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, joined by many other nonpartisan and even Republican experts, has estimated that the Trump-Republican tax plan could not pay for itself, and that it would significantly increase the U.S. budget deficit.

Now, after suspicious delays and repeated promises from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Department has released a one-page “analysis” that concludes this deficit-busting tax proposal might pay for itself if not yet written plans for “regulatory reform, infrastructure development, and welfare reform” were also later implemented.

“This is a joke​.​  ​I​t’s like saying, ‘I could fly if I could grow wings,​’​” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “The fact that the Trump Administration had to doctor a study with fake calculations about major plans that don’t even exist yet is a glaring admission of guilt. They know their tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will […]

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Donald Trump tries to hide his CFPB record, but the American people won’t be fooled

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after Donald Trump tweeted about news that, under Mick Mulvaney, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was considering allowing Wells Fargo to avoid refunding consumers that the bank has already admitted were overcharged:

“A disingenuous tweet cannot hide the obvious truth of Donald Trump’s record. His actions are selling-out the American middle class by tying the hands of the independent agency created after 2008 to safeguard consumers from the worst abuses of the financial sector.  Trump himself said that he was placing Mulvaney at the CFPB specifically to benefit the financial companies that the independent agency was created to be the watchdog of, and numerous reportsshow that’s precisely what Mick Mulvaney is doing. There is an unmistakable pattern here, and the American people won’t be fooled.”

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Mulvaney considering letting Wells Fargo off the hook for payments owed to overcharged consumers

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after news broke that Mick Mulvaney may reverse a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau position and allow Wells Fargo to withhold payments to home-buyers who were overcharged:

“What could possibly be the legitimate justification for giving Wells Fargo a pass on paying back customers it has admittedwere overcharged?  Donald Trump’s interference with the CFPB threatens to erode key protections created after the 2008 financial crisis that stand between middle class consumers and deceptive financial industry practices.  Having the only cop on the beat stand down to help big banks increase profit margins is the exact opposite of ‘draining the swamp.’”

On Tuesday, it was similarly reported that the CFPB was reversing itself on whether Nationwide Biweekly Administration should pay millions in penalties for deceiving over 100,000 customers.  This news comes as a series of financial sector companies are already attempting to receive favorable […]

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Must Watch Moments From FBI Director Wray Hearing

Today, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee. Republicans on the committee disgracefully repeated President Trump’s talking points and sought to undermine the credibility of our nation’s top law enforcement agency and the integrity of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. Fortunately, Director Wray pushed back and offered some reassurance to the American people that President Trump and the Republicans’ blatant politicization of the FBI and the Russia investigation will be held in check.

See for yourself: 

WATCH: Wray stated clearly that nobody, including Trump, is above the law and said “there isn’t a person on this planet that can get me to drop a properly predicated investigation.”

WATCH: Wray repeatedly contradicted Trump’s smear that the FBI is in “tatters.”

WATCH: Wray’s answer on obstruction of justice should make President Trump very nervous if he knew Michael Flynn lied to […]

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