Messaging Toplines from the DPCC
- While extreme MAGA Republicans play political games, House Democrats are united to put People Over Politics and grow the middle class – investing in America by making sure the well-off pay their fair share.
- Democrats are fighting to lower costs for everyday Americans. We have taken on special interests like Big Pharma to drive down prices for prescription drugs and are fighting Big Oil to reduce energy costs through investments in clean, affordable energy.
- Democrats are creating better paying jobs by investing in America. Together, we are rebuilding our roads and bridges, delivering broadband and clean water to more communities, and bringing supply chains and manufacturing jobs back home. These investments have created more than 13 million jobs since President Biden took office.
- Democrats are fighting for Americans’ fundamental freedoms. We are committed to making our communities safer by preventing gun violence. We will always fight for reproductive freedom. And we are working to protect our LGBTQ+ and immigrant neighbors.
- In June, Leader Jeffries joined House Democrats to reintroduce several top-ten Caucus priority bills, including H.R. 16, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 15, the Equality Act.
- House Democrats also unveiled discharge petitions to push for three common-sense gun violence prevention bills and to protect reproductive freedom in America. All we need are 5-10 Republicans to sign these discharge petitions that would address our nation’s senseless gun violence epidemic and restore every Americans’ fundamental right to reproductive health care.
- Leader Jeffries and Pro-Choice Caucus hosted a press event marking one year since SCOTUS’ Dobbs decision.
- Reps. Diana Degette, Barbara Lee and Judy Chu filed a Discharge Petition to force Speaker McCarthy to hold a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act.
Contrast between the Biden Tax Plan and the MAGA Tax Scam
PRESIDENT BIDEN’S TAX PLAN PUTS WORKING FAMILIES FIRST
- Restores the American Rescue Plan’s expansions of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit
- Cuts taxes by an average of $2,600 for 39 million families including 62 million children through the CTC expansion
- Cuts taxes by an average of $800 for 19 million working individuals or couples through the EITC expansion
- Cuts taxes by over $5,000 for a single parent with two young children working full-time at federal minimum wage
- Continues premium tax credit plus-ups cutting health care premiums by $800 on average for nearly 15 million people
- Pays for these policies and cuts the deficit by making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share, such as with a billionaire minimum tax
President Biden’s tax policies delivers concrete results
- The share of parents feeling financially secure spiked and child poverty fell to a record low
- The uninsured rate fell to a record low
- Private companies committed to over $100 billion in electric vehicle, battery, and clean energy investments
THE HOUSE GOP TAX SCAM 2.0 PUTS BIG BUSINESS AND THE WEALTHY FIRST
- Restores tax cuts for big corporations that will cost over $500 billion over 10 years if made permanent
- Includes more than $30 billion in retroactive windfalls with corporations getting tax cuts for last year’s investments
- Doubles down on tax breaks that have already given billions to fossil fuel companies and big banks
- Provides $0 to a single parent earning minimum wage because so-called “working families” tax cut excludes millions of workers
- Repeals clean energy tax credits, putting billions in U.S. investment at risk and raising taxes on middle-class families by up to $7,500
- Hides true cost of its tax cuts and sets the stage to add trillions more to the deficit for tax cuts worth an average of $175,000 to the top 0.1%
Republicans relied on trickle-down logic that has repeatedly failed. After Republicans passed the Trump tax cut:
- The top 1% got tax cuts 67 times those for middle-income households, with claims that tax cuts would raise wages
- Researchers found the big tax cuts increased executive compensation and stock buybacks but had no effect on wages for the bottom 90%
Biden and Harris Deliver for the American People
Internet for All Announcement Topline Points
- High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity. It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected. Yet, we know that more than 8.3 million households and businesses are in places where there is no high-speed internet infrastructure. And many more American families go without high-speed internet because of the cost.
- Through investments in the president’s Investing in America agenda, the Biden-Harris administration is working to bring affordable, reliable high-speed internet to ALL Americans.
- Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris are kicking off the administration-wide Investing in America tour by announcing over $40 billion in funding allocations that will go to every U.S. state, territory, and D.C. for high-speed internet infrastructure.
- The funding comes from the Department of Commerce’s $42.45 billion BEAD (Broadband Equity Access and Deployment) Program, which represents the largest single investment in high-speed internet in history.
- With these allocations, all states and territories received a minimum of $107 million and $27 million respectively, and 19 states received allocations over $1 billion.
- In addition to helping connect everyone in America to high-speed internet, this new funding will support good paying jobs. In total, a third-party analysis estimated the overall investment would create upwards of 150,000 good-paying jobs laying fiber optic cable and building out networks.
- As a result of once-in-a-generation funding in the president’s Investing in America agenda, the Biden-Harris administration has embarked on a whole-of-country effort to bring affordable, reliable, high-speed internet to every American. The BEAD allocations that the president will announce on Monday, together with the other investments from the oresident’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the American Rescue Plan, the administration is confident that the US will meet the president’s goal of Internet for all.
One-Year Anniversary of Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Signing
One year ago, President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), the most significant bipartisan gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years.
- After tragic mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX, which took dozens of lives and forever changed many more, President Biden worked with Congress and broke the logjam and beat the gun lobby to deliver meaningful legislation to save lives.
As a result of the BSCA, the Biden-Harris administration is taking action to keep guns out of dangerous hands, run enhanced background checks, increase mental health funding, make schools safer, and expand community violence interventions. Already, the law has:
- Enabled the Justice Department to prosecute more than 100 defendants for firearms trafficking, seizing hundreds of guns as part of those cases;
- Stopped the sale of more than 200 firearms sales to individuals under age 21 who are prohibited from possessing firearms
- Provided more than $230 million for states to expand the use of tools like red flag laws;
- Delivered more than $1.5 billion to states and communities to improve school safety and access to mental health services, including for young people dealing with the grief and trauma resulting from gun violence;
- Awarded funding to hire and train additional 14,000 mental health professionals to work at our schools.
- The BSCA is an important first step, but our work is far from done. President Biden has said it is a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed
- We cannot end this gun violence epidemic until Congress passes commonsense gun safety laws that keep weapons of war off our streets and firearms out of dangerous hands, and states do the same.
- The vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, believe we need to take commonsense actions to keep our communities safe.
Investing in America Tour Launch Talking Points
- Today, the White House announced that President Biden will kick off a second round of the Biden-Harris administration’s Investing in America tour with a major infrastructure funding announcement at the White House on Monday, June 26.
- Over the course of three weeks, President Biden, Vice President Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, Cabinet members, and senior administration officials will barnstorm across the country to highlight how President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is driving a manufacturing and clean energy boom, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, lowering costs, and creating good-paying jobs.
- Because of historic legislation passed by President Biden and congressional Democrats – such as, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act – communities are seeing new manufacturing and clean energy investments, roads and bridges being rebuilt, and lower health care, energy, and internet costs.
- While congressional Republicans try to repeal key provisions of the Investing in America agenda that are lowering costs for millions of Americans and revitalizing American manufacturing, President Biden and leaders across the administration will go directly to those communities benefiting from these investments.
- Over the course of three weeks, the Investing in America tour will visit over twenty states, including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawai’i, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Vermont, and more.
- Americans can visit invest.gov to see projects and investments happening in their communities.
Dobbs Anniversary Topline Points
On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade the devastating impact of state abortion bans is clear:
- More than 23 million women of childbearing age in the US – one in three – live in a state with an abortion ban currently in effect.
- In many of these states, doctors could be charged with a felony for simply doing their jobs. In states like Texas, a doctor could be imprisoned for life for performing an abortion.
- Women are being denied essential medical care to preserve their health and save their lives. They’ve been turned away from emergency rooms, forced to delay care, and made to travel hundreds of miles for care.
- This year alone, Republican elected officials introduced hundreds of bills to restrict abortion in states across the country, congressional Republicans have proposed national abortion bans, and anti-choice advocates are trying to use the courts to ban a safe and effective, FDA-approved medication abortion pill, even in states where abortion is legal.
In the face of these attacks, the Biden-Harris administration is committed to fighting for reproductive rights:
- President Biden and Vice President Harris stand with the majority of Americans who believe that the right to choose is fundamental and that health care decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, not politicians.
This administration has taken meaningful executive action to protect access to reproductive health care, including by:
- Working to ensure that women receive the medical care they need in an emergency, such as a miscarriage;
- Defending access to safe and effective medication abortion; and strengthening privacy protections for patients and doctors.
- And to ensure that women in every state have access to abortion, President Biden and Vice President Harris continue to call on Congress to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade.
- The majority of Americans support women’s fundamental freedom to access reproductive health care, and Americans must continue to make their voices heard, as we work together to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land once again.
President Biden’s Executive Order to Strengthen Access to Contraception
- An essential part of reproductive health care and that women should have access to the contraception that they need.
- Access to contraception has become more important than ever following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the ensuing crisis for women’s health. And Republican elected officials in some states have already targeted contraception—or made clear they want to ban or restrict birth control in addition to abortion.
- Today’s executive order underscores the president and vice president’s continued commitment to protecting access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion.
- This EO directs a range of agencies to strengthen access to contraception under the Affordable Care Act, through Medicaid and Medicare, for service members and veterans, and through a wide range of other federal programs.
This is the third EO on reproductive health care access that the president has signed since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, and the first focused specifically on protecting and expanding access to contraception. It builds on previous meaningful executive actions to:
- ensure that women receive the medical care they need in an emergency, such as miscarriage
- defend access to safe and effective medication abortion; and
- strengthen privacy protection for patients and doctors.
- While contraception cannot replace the need for abortion services or fill the gap left by the loss of the constitutional right to choose, it is an important part of helping ensure that women can make decisions about their own health, lives, and families.
- The Biden-Harris administration will continue to use every tool available to protect womens’ reproductive health care, and call on Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade.