We face a worsening pandemic & a weak economic recovery that is now slowing. This is when gov't can be the difference between life/death for hundreds of thousands. But instead of helping Americans in crisis, the GOP is propping up a made-for-tv coup with no chance of success. 1/X
Aside from the crises we face, Republican officials have betrayed their oaths to the constitution and continue to undermine the most sacred pillars of American democracy in the eyes of the world for nearly nothing—to send fundraising emails and appease Trump's fragile ego. 2/X
What would be devastating for our nation at any time is deadly for our citizenry today. These are the once-in-a-generation moments when our leaders must rise above pettiness for the good of a country. 3/X
Instead, Mitch McConnell and his minions are showing just how low they’re willing to sink. 4/X
We need the White House and Congress focused on saving lives, jobs and businesses; keeping families in their homes. We need all hands on deck. Americans cannot afford us to delay, to give unjustifiable credence to the hollow gripes of the world’s sorest loser. 5/X
The families we serve deserve to have every federal employee working to keep them safe and healthy to protect our country and make it stronger. Every day and every hour matters. 6/X
And while it is truly disgraceful for Republican leaders to allow a defeated President to shred our constitution and democracy with their blessing, that they would do so as the pandemic rages—with so many Americans' livelihoods and lives on the line—is psychopathic. 7/X
Cooperation and a seamless transition of power can provide the President-elect's team vital support to save lives. Denying reality and forcing federal agencies to stand in the way instead of helping in every way is delusional, dangerous, and deadly. 8/X
The GOP can and must stop the delusion and return to reality. Lives, livelihoods, and American democracy depend on it.


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23 Sep
Yesterday, a day before a grand jury chose not to charge him, one of the officers who broke into Breonna Taylor's home and shot her to death wrote, "I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night." [1/4]
In no sense could this be considered moral or ethical. That this killing has been deemed "legal," that an officer involved could *still* feel that her death was justified, shows how very, very far we still have to go. [2/4]
No, Breonna Taylor's killing was neither moral nor ethical, and it's past time for the law to reflect that. Breonna did not deserve to be killed in her home. She deserves justice. [3/4]
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23 Sep
It is expected that the Grand Jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case will be announced soon. I have no inside information on the exact timing or what that decision will be, but there are some things that are clear to me at this point. 1/11
First, any decision on these 3 officers cannot bring justice for Breonna Taylor—and I don’t just mean it won’t bring her back. Too many things happened before they ever knocked on her door to put our hopes for justice on the fate of 3 individuals. The system must change. 2/11
Justice for Breonna means ensuring that there are no more who suffer her fate, and a public safety system that views Black people not as threats but neighbors to serve and protect . We have already made progress in that direction, but we have so far to go. 3/11
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2 Jun
We still don’t know exactly what happened at 26/Broadway early yesterday. Sadly, videos released by @LMPD offer more questions than answers. But we know that the life of another Black Louisvillian ended at the hands of law enforcement. That is a tragedy. David McAtee matters. 1/x
I pray for Miss Odessa, the McAtee family, and my city — already reeling from the death of our own Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless Black lives ended too soon. But I know my prayers are not nearly enough. 2/x
I am a white man in America. I don't have first-hand experience facing the challenges my Black colleagues, constituents, and friends do every single day. This is a time for us to have the humility to listen and support. 3/x
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29 May
Last night was tough for us all. Heartbroken to see gunfire erupt during otherwise peaceful protests here in Louisville. Angered by the President outright fanning the flames and inciting violence against protestors in MN (or anywhere.) I pray that justice and order will prevail.
We shouldn’t forget, just as Breonna Taylor’s death is not just Louisville’s problem, George Floyd’s death is not just MN’s problem. They and all other manifestations of racism are as poisonous as COVID-19.
In America, racism is as old as time, but it is past time for all elected officials to raise their voices in a deafening chorus against racism in our justice system.
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.@HouseDemocrats have introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to:

• Provide access to free testing
• Establish an emergency paid leave program
• Support strong unemployment benefits
• Protect our frontline health workers
• Expand food security programs
Last week’s Emergency coronavirus supplemental was an important first step, but more must be done. Travel bans & payroll tax cuts don’t meet the immediate needs we have. The coronavirus is here. We need the targeted, multi-tiered approach of the Families First bill.
This legislation will guarantee free testing to protect public health. Knowing the scope of this pandemic is the most important element of determining the next steps in our response.
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As we join together in thanks and appreciation of the brave men and women who’ve fought around the world to protect this nation today, let’s also commit to ensuring they won’t have to struggle here at home to build a strong future.
Our veterans shouldn’t have to fight to get quality health care, job training, a roof over their head, or an education they are owed. They and their families shouldn’t have to fight to find adequate mental health services for PTSD and the other less visible wounds of war.
We’re blessed to live in the greatest and most free country in the world, but that freedom has a cost. We must honor the sacrifices of our veterans by fighting back when anyone, foreign or domestic, threatens the freedoms they defended.
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