THREAD: This morning, I led six of my colleagues in a letter to the Speaker, emphasizing automatic stabilizers as an essential inclusion to the next #COVID19 response package. (1/7)
With over 20 million American jobs lost last month and unemployment continuing to skyrocket, we will need to face the economic calamity head-on and provide stable, ongoing relief to individuals and families across the country. (2/7)
We know the optimal recession-fighting tools are existing countercyclical programs, like UI, FMAP, SNAP, etc. To revive our economy, it will be imperative to establish rolling federal aid that enhances these programs, as they become more widely needed in the months ahead. (3/7)
Today, I will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, consistent with my promise to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It’s now up to the Senate to conduct a trial to decide whether the president should be removed from office.
The facts are not disputed. The president withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine in order to force that foreign official to investigate one of the president’s political rivals. There is no counter-narrative.
He pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections, just as the Mueller Report showed his campaign cooperated with Russia as it interfered in our 2016 elections. That is an abuse of power—the very type our founders referred to when they put impeachment in the Constitution.
My colleagues and I have supported the work of Special Counsel Mueller’s examination of Russian interference in our elections. I withheld comment on impeachment out of deference to Mueller’s work and his professionalism. But now we have the report, and it’s shocking.
Mueller found a ton of corruption: 34 guilty pleas or indictments of individuals and companies. Five of Trump’s highest-level associates pleaded guilty to serious felonies, including his campaign chairman, personal lawyer, and national security advisor.
The Trump campaign was willing and eager to work with a foreign adversary to interfere in our elections. This is far more significant wrongdoing even than the Watergate break-in and its subsequent cover-up which led to Nixon’s impeachment and resignation.
The Trump Executive Order to stop separating kids from their parents is classic lipstick on a pig. Their border policy is still an immoral and un-American pig.
There is apparently no plan, nor ability, to reunite parents and kids that are now separated. Some parents have been deported without their children and it may be impossible to identify other children who are being held. The damage already done is deep and long lasting.
The Executive Order will permit indefinite detention of families with their children in internment camps, even though that’s illegal under existing law. The Flores case prohibits indefinite detention of minors, accompanied or not. vox.com/2018/6/20/1748…