Every Senate Republican—the majority of whom don't have uteruses themselves—voted against protecting Roe v. Wade and your right to decide what happens to your own body.
With hate crimes and gun violence on the rise, the last thing we need is more weapons in our communities. The House already passed a bill to require a background check for every gun sale, but Senate Republicans are blocking legislation that will keep guns of out criminals' hands.
Cited source — nytimes.com
13 states, including OK, have trigger laws that would automatically ban abortion in the first & second trimesters if Roe is overturned. Between this and what's happening within the walls of SCOTUS, it has never been more urgent to codify the right to access an abortion into law.
ICYMI, here’s the truth about what’s happening in red state governments right now:
Very disappointing- Senate Republicans just blocked pandemic relief for small businesses including restaurants and concert venues after a similar bill passed in the House.
Republicans have spent decades gutting the IRS budget, rendering the agency unable to do its basic functions to serve the American people. Now Republicans are the guy in the hot dog suit, swearing up and down that they're trying to find the guy who did this.
Instead of working to ensure the IRS can go after wealthy tax cheats, Republicans are laser-focused on stripping the agency of what little budget it has left. I was just on the Senate floor to block their latest scheme.
Today, only a handful of Senate Republicans supported bipartisan relief for Main Street & local restaurants. Unfortunately, majority of Republicans prioritize Wall Street interests above& hard working Americans.
The right-wing scheme to control our courts just scored a big win in the 5th Circuit – a win that threatens a huge array of protections for Americans’ health, safety, and environment. Here’s how -> THREAD
First, you need know it isn’t enough for right-wing donors to pack the courts with reliable judges; those judges need legal theories to justify their rulings. Enter the Scheme’s legal theory hothouse.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals just used one of those hothouse theories to limit the SEC’s power to crack down on investment fraud. Known as the "non-delegation doctrine," it would gut public-interest regulations and make life in America look very different.
If these judges had their way, corporations & special interests would be free of most regulation by agencies with political independence & subject-matter expertise. Consumer safety & well-being would be an afterthought, beholden to the agenda of right-wing dark money groups.
That means environmental protections would go out the window. It means predatory behavior from lenders. It means an America where corporations can buck off regulations and make life worse for everybody who isn't a shareholder or a CEO.
But the court didn’t stop there. Anticipating a Republican president, it weaponized another far-right legal doctrine that gained steam under Trump—the “unitary executive theory.”
Embracing this framework would grant a President nearly unchecked authority to use the government to do his political bidding.
This is what the Trump justices were appointed for. They auditioned for Senate Republicans & big conservative donors by writing fringe opinions like this one. They want to see radical doctrines accepted by the Court that Dark Money Built – and imposed on the American public.
Unitary executive theory in the 5th Circuit ruling:
Very disappointing- Senate Republicans just blocked the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, which we previously passed in the House. It's a bill to provide pandemic relief to small businesses including restaurants and concert venues that haven't gotten aid yet.
Talk about a closed loop: McGahn and McConnell get Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett onto the Court, then do a brief together telling them to unleash more special interest money and influence, which they then do.
And the folks funding that Court-packing effort, and the folks funding Senate Republicans, and the folks who benefit from the decision, are the same folks.
Sky-high gas prices are hurting West Virginians. I’ll be discussing this in more details with mycolleagues shortly ⬇️