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We're going to resist Republican efforts to voucherize Medicare

Sen. Donnelly emphasizes opposition to privatizing Medicare

Today, Senator Chuck Schumer was elected the new leader of the Senate Democrats. Here's the new leadership team and a statement from Sen. Schumer:

“I am humbled and honored by the trust and confidence my colleagues have placed in me and proud to introduce this leadership team,” said Schumer. “I am going to wake up every single day focused on how Senate Democrats can effectively fight for...
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A court filing stated that Steven Bannon -- the man who Donald Trump has picked as his top staffer in the White House -- said: “that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want [his] girls to go to school with Jews.”

Some other quotes by Bannon:

"Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are...
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Sen. Sherrod Brown, other Democrats ask Donald Trump to keep out Breitbart exec Steve Bannon

8 years of President Obama and Democratic policies.

Results: Wages up, unemployment down.

Let's keep the progress going.
There have been a little over 250 working days in 2016 so far. The Republican Senate has worked fewer than half of them.

The Republican Senate simply doesn't work.
Today, Senator McConnell introduced a government funding without showing it to Democrats first, and then he proceeded to engage in a maneuver to block amendments.

After we reviewed what he filed, we learned that the Republican bill provides much-needed funded for the victims of Louisiana's floods. But, it provides no funding at all to help the people of Flint. This is totally unfair.

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Republicans are obstructing so many qualified justices from getting a vote. Senator Booker isn't taking it lying down.

Remember, these are judges that the Republicans supported unanimously in committee.
Republicans owe the taxpayers who fund their paychecks an apology for showing up to work fewer days this year than any Senate since 1956. You would think that they would be embarrassed by their indolence. Instead, Republicans are demanding even more recess time.

Middle-class Americans don’t get to give themselves two extra weeks of vacation whenever they feel like it. Neither should Senate...
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You already know this. But just a reminder: Republicans are failing to do their jobs.

Senate on track to work fewest days since 1956

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell chose a 7-week vacation instead of working to address these important issues, and now the Senate is getting ready to adjourn for another 5-week break. At this rate, the Republican Senate is on track to work the fewest days since 1956. #DoYourJob
Democrats have long been fighting to raise middle class incomes. Despite Republican obstruction, we have managed to find some success. New census data shows that last year, household income grew at the fastest rate on record, the poverty rate fell faster than at any point since 1968, and the uninsured rate continued to fall. That is real progress driven by strong Democratic policies and we...
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Middle class incomes had their fastest growth on record last year

Senator Cory Booker explains that the current district court judicial nominees who've been filibustered the longest by Senate Republicans happen to be African American. Watch: [ Youtu.be Link ]

Booker: Republicans Are Blocking 2 Qualified Black Judicial Nominees

"President Obama delivered." -- Senator Warren

Watch President Obama and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren talk about Wall Street reform and consumer protection.
Thanks to congressional Republicans, Congress is taking its longest summer recess ever. LONGEST. EVER!


The Republican Senate Adjourned For Its Longest Summer Ever

Republicans are getting ready to adjourn for their seven week vacation while failing to act on issues that are important to the American people.

Wall Street Journal - Congress to Break for Summer Without Acting on Gun Control
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Associated Press - Congress members head out on recess with unfinished work
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Reuters - U.S. Congress shrugs off guns, Zika as...
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Tune in! We're live on C-SPAN2. Led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse we'll be discussing the fossil fuel industry's well-funded and dangerous climate denial efforts.
Zika is fast becoming a public health crisis, and Republicans are playing games with it. Rather than working together to find a way to fight the damaging virus, Republicans abandoned compromise in favor of an extreme right wing bill. And they literally jammed it through in the middle of the night (watch the video below).

Here are the poison pills Republicans inserted into the Zika bill:

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Today's ruling by the Supreme Court reaffirmed that women – not politicians – should be able to make decisions about their own health care. It is a victory for women’s reproductive freedom now and for generations to come.
Senate Democrats stood to filibuster because Republicans refused to vote on gun safety legislation.

House Democrats are now sitting in protest over Republican refusal to allow votes on gun safety legislation.

Whether we’re sitting or standing, we are UNITED! We need to act to end gun violence in our nation.