Five Things To Know About Alex Azar

This morning the Senate HELP Committee will hold its first hearing on HHS Secretary nominee, and former Big Pharma CEO, Alex Azar. Azar is a candidate hand-picked for the drug and insurance companies and will do anything to keep industry profits high even when it means raising insurance premiums and costs for lifesaving medication for the American people. It’s no surprise Azar, like Donald Trump, wants to destroy the Affordable Care Act and turn Medicaid into a block grant program, both of which are on industry bucket lists, raise costs for consumers, and disproportionately hurt women and working families.

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden stated, “Donald Trump picked Alex Azar to lead HHS because he knows he can trust Azar to carry out his dangerous and destructive health care agenda. From dismantling the Affordable Care Act, to raising prices for prescription drugs, to rolling back access to women’s health […]

Read more after the jump.

Republicans On The Senate Budget Committee Vote To Sell-Out Middle Class Taxpayers

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement after the Senate Budget Committee passed the Republican tax plan with a party-line vote:

“Every Republican who voted ​’​yes​’​ just told the American people that tax cuts for the rich and large corporations are worth higher taxes for middle class familieshigher healthcare costs for everyone, and the risk of more job-killing outsourcing.  This tax plan sells-out the American middle class and working families – and the Senators who backed it will be held accountable by their constituents.”

Read more after the jump.

Mulvaney STILL Thinks The CFPB Is A “Sick, Sad” “Joke” That Should Not Exist

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement in reaction to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney doubling down on his belief that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a “joke” that should not exist:

“If Donald Trump’s power-grab goes through and Mulvaney is allowed to be in charge, middle class Americans and working families are almost certain to lose the protections against abusive practices on the part of banks, credit card companies, payday lenders, and other entities that the CFPB was created to provide.  Trump is undermining the Wall Street reforms passed after the 2008 financial crisis and trying to cripple the CFPB from within – all in the name of partisan politics. This would be a major Wall Street win at the expense of millions of American consumers.”

The CFPB’s enforcement actions have delivered nearly $12 billion in relief for 29 million American consumers. ​

While in Congress, Mulvaney said that the […]

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Statement on Trump’s Judicial Nominee Gregory Katsas

Today the Senate voted to advance President Trump’s nominee, Gregory Katsas, for the powerful DC Circuit Court. Katsas has advised the President on everything from the ACA’s contraception coverage to the Muslim Ban to the DACA repeal.

Dawn Huckelbridge, director of American Bridge’s Women’s Rights Initiative, stated, “Gregory Katsas’s confirmation would be profoundly dangerous for women. He has argued that Congress – not doctors – can make judgments about risks to women’s health, he is dismissive of a woman’s constitutionally protected rights, and has even opposed access to contraception. This is part of Trump’s fast moving charge to remake the federal judiciary with extreme conservatives who are out of touch with the American people, and Katsas has no place on the DC Circuit Court.”

American Bridge’s Women’s Rights Initiative launched a digital campaign earlier this fall to counter Katsas’s nomination, including a digital ad that outlined how Trump was stacking […]

Read more after the jump.

Trump Takes A Dangerous Agenda For Middle Class Families To Capitol Hill

As President Trump meets with Congressional Republicans today to push a tax bill that would enrich the super wealthy by increasing taxes on middle class families, he’s simultaneously ignoring key legislative priorities for working families. Together these moves underscore Trump’s true priorities – working for the rich at everyone else’s expense. 

“Programs that help out millions of people are falling by the wayside because of Donald Trump’s relentless pursuit of tax cuts to benefit the super rich at the expense of the middle class,” said Trump War Room Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “Nine million kids could lose heath insurance if the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expired two months ago, isn’t renewed before the end of the year. Trump and the GOP must also act to prevent the deportation of 800,000 Dreamers, renew vital anti-terror intelligence operations, and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program after one of the most devastating storm seasons in […]

Read more after the jump.

Four More Times Trump Made Rude Comments About Native Americans

Donald Trump’s despicable joke at the World War Two Navajo Code Talkers events was sadly not his first crude comment about Native Americans:


Trump Continued To Call Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” After A Native American Reporter Called It Offensive: “Is It Offensive? You Tell Me.” [Donald Trump, Press Conference, Bismarck, ND, 5/26/16]

Trump Called Elizabeth Warren “The Indian.” [Donald Trump, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 3/21/16]

Trump Claimed That “Indians Have Gone Wild” On Hillary Clinton’s Remarks About Handling Men Who Get “Off The Reservation.” “Donald Trump: The way she talks about I can handle men… Chris Cuomo: You basically did. You said all she’s got is that she’s a woman.Trump: …who get off the reservation. I think it’s a very demeaning statement. Now I won’t even bring up the fact that Indians have gone wild on that statement. You know that, OK. The Indians have said that that statement is a disastrous […]

Read more after the jump.

Sanders Questions: Your Favorite President (Me) Edition

President Trump is back in action after the holiday break and entering a crucial period where he must finally prove to his supporters that he can get things done. The country shouldn’t hold its breath. For Trump, cutting taxes for the rich remains at the top of the list, but with health care for millions of children, disaster relief, and the status of 800,000 young Americans in this country all at stake, the President appears to be taking his responsibilities as serious as ever by reigniting his Putin-style feud against the free press.

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

1. Does the President understand how threatening a reality-TV style competition to discredit the national media is damaging to our democracy and the First Amendment?

2. Yesterday the nonpartisan CBO says that the Senate tax plan will raise taxes […]

Read more after the jump.

Mulvaney took nearly $700,000 in campaign contributions from the industries he’d regulate at CFPB

According to American Bridge calculations using Center for Responsive Politics data, as a member of the U.S. House, Mick Mulvaney accepted $683,973 in campaign contributions from the financial sector, which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has regulatory powers over.

While in Congress, Mulvaney Mulvaney said that the CFPB should not even exist, and called the agency a “sick, sad” joke. The 29 million Americans who’ve received almost $12 billion in relief thanks to the CFPB’s enforcement work against financial sector abuses would disagree.

“You couldn’t make this up. Trump’s choice to take over the CFPB, Mick Mulvaney, called the agency a ‘joke’ as he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the financial sector it regulates,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Trump has outright admittedhis plan is to cripple this independent watchdog in order to increase Wall Street profits. This is more proof that […]

Read more after the jump.

NEW ​DIGITAL CAMPAIGN: How Many Thanksgiving Dinners Would Trump’s Tax Bill Cost Middle Class Families?

After Donald Trump held the annual Turkey pardoning, Bridge Project released a new social media graphic​, which is being promoted with a digital ad campaign,​ showing how many Thanksgiving meals could be purchased with the amount of money middle class families would lose to tax hikes if Senate Republicans pass the Trump tax bill.

Using data from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center’s new analysis of the Senate Republican tax plan as well as Thanksgiving dinner pricing information from the American Farm Bureau, Bridge Project determined that, to help cut taxes by $32​,000​​ on average​ for the wealthiest 1% of earners – and for big business – the Trump-Republican tax plan would raise taxes on most middle class Americans by the cost of over 28 Thanksgiving dinners.

“As families gather all over the country to share Thanksgiving meals together, Donald Trump and Republicans are racing to pass a tax bill that […]

Read more after the jump.

As Trump Lies About Threat To Jobs, Bridge Project Renews Digital Campaign Attacking GOP Tax Plans For Outsourcing

Bridge Project has renewed the buy for a digital ad running nationally on Facebook warning that both the House and Senate Republican tax proposals would kill American jobs by encouraging companies to send them overseas with new tax incentives.  The digital ad, “Trump’s Tax Plan Sells You Out,” exposes that both Republican tax plans would break Donald Trump’s top promise to American voters – that he would protect jobs from outsourcing and bring jobs back to the United States.  Contrary to his promise, these plans charge lower tax rates on foreign profits than domestic profits, which rewards outsourcing.

This comes as Donald Trump blatantly lied about the impact the Republican tax plans would have on American jobs in today’s cabinet meeting.

“Donald Trump is breaking his promise to the country by going all-in on a tax scheme that rewards the outsourcing he swore he could stop,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “The tax […]

Read more after the jump.