There’s a lot to be frustrated by right now, to say the least. Here’s something that we should be able to fix:
The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care for 9 million kids and has been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis every year for almost 2 decades, is hanging in limbo because Congress let it expire over 2 months ago. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans rushed to pass so-called tax reform—a giveaway for those who least need it.
It gets worse. During the campaign I warned that the Republicans would come after Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and now they are. Imagine buying a Rolex and paying for it with money you saved to take care of your kids. That’s what Congress is doing with your tax dollars.
How is it that in the middle of dividing up $1.5 trillion dollars between corporations and the ultra-wealthy, Republicans can’t find the time & money to take care of children? These are perverse priorities. Congress needs to pass CHIP now, as they have every year since the 1990s.
So in these surreal times, let’s rally together and take action. Call your House and Senate members at 202-224-3121 and tell them to take care of kids now and protect our seniors, the poor, and vulnerable from future attacks. Tell them that it’s the very least they can do.
I’m going to keep tweeting and posting about this, and speaking out every chance I get, until it is fixed.
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Join me live this morning for an important discussion about child and adolescent mental health, focused on solutions for families and communities.
Last night was a great reminder of what’s possible when we come together and fight for what we believe in. So I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to celebrate the extraordinary successes of a few groups I—and Onward Together—proudly fight alongside:
Congratulations to Run for Something for a huge night! Twenty five of the candidates they helped recruit to run for local office won their races. They tell me about 10% of first-time candidates usually win, but 40% of Run for Something’s candidates came out on top yesterday.
Eighty six Emerge America-trained candidates won across the country, including 9 of the seats Democrats won in Virginia’s House of Delegates last night.
Our friends at Indivisible Guide report that their local groups made more than 600,000 calls into the Commonwealth to help elect Ralph Northam Virginia’s next governor, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and reelect Attorney General Mark Herring.
And Color Of Change PAC did important work that was instrumental in winning the district attorney’s race in Philadelphia.
So many groups own a piece of last night’s victory, from the Democratic Party to EMILY’s List to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee – DLCC. It’s remarkable to watch our Democratic family—groups with decades of victories and those born in the aftermath of the last election—team up to make nights like last night possible.
Finally, as we celebrate, let’s also remember the work ahead. I’m proud that groups that Onward Together supports—including Swing Left, which is laser-focused on taking back the House—have been making incredible progress in the fight for 2018 and beyond.
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Thanks to Parents for a great chat about what it was like to work on It Takes A Village with Marla Frazee!
Taking the stage at Stanford to talk about threats to western democracy—and what we can do about them. Tune in!
Las Vegas, we are grieving with you—the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, and all affected by this cold-blooded massacre.
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.