Center for American Progress Action
The Shutdown Caucus
The Shutdown Caucus
The Latest GOP Temper Tantrum
Today President Obama gave a major speech laying out a vision for growing the economy from the middle class out. (Watch this space for more on that tomorrow).
The president also used the speech to call out Republicans for having harmful plans or no plan at all when it comes to strengthening the middle class. In particular, the president chided Republicans for the millions of dollars and weeks of time they’ve wasted on dead-end Obamacare repeal votes while failing to lay out a positive economic agenda for the middle class:
Even if you think I’ve done everything wrong, the trends I just talked about were happening well before I took office. So it’s not enough for you just to oppose me. You got to be for something. What are your ideas? If you’re willing to work with me to strengthen American manufacturing and rebuild this country’s infrastructure, let’s go. If you’ve got better ideas to bring down the cost of college for working families, let’s hear them. If you think you have a better plan for making sure that every American has the security of quality, affordable health care, then stop taking meaningless repeal votes, and share your concrete ideas with the country.
Repealing Obamacare and cutting spending is not an economic plan. It’s not.
Unfortunately, 15 Republican senators are not just in favor of pointless Obamacare repeal votes, now they’re even threatening to shut down the government in order to prevent millions of Americans from gaining access to quality, affordable health care.
Meet the Senate GOP’s shutdown caucus:
BOTTOM LINE: Instead of looking for new ways to sabotage the economy and deny health care benefits to millions of Americans, it’s time for Republicans who disagree with the president to lay out their own agenda for strengthening the middle class. Progressives have a plan to grow the economy from the middle class out, it’s time for Republicans to propose something other than the failed trickle-down policies of the past.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed
Conservatives gear up to keep top women’s rights advocate off key federal court.
Congresswoman says college affordability “is not the role of Congress.”
You won’t believe how much the melting Arctic will cost.
Bill O’Reilly blames civil rights leaders and “black culture” for crime.
This misplaced priorities of cable news.
Congressman doubles down on claim that undocumented youth are drug mules.
Five reasons to raise the minimum wage right now.
Pro-oil state suing oil giants for damage to wetlands.
Brazil’s shockingly high prices.
The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.