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Day 19: Debunking the lies.

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Last night’s presidential address was nothing more than the same Trump stump speech we’ve all been forced to listen to for three years. President Trump’s speech has been widely fact-checked and characterized as the gaslighting sham that it was.

In fact, the entire premise of Trump’s shutdown is a lie: There is no emergency at the border—at least not the kind he’s ranting about.

Here’s the state of play on day 19 of the #TrumpShutdown:

  • More cracks are appearing in the Republican facade. Last night, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK) called for an end to the shutdown: “I think we can walk and chew gum.”
  • Agencies are warning of serious impacts to public health and safety during the #TrumpShutdown. For example, furloughing of FDA food inspectors could “put our food supply at risk.”

Want information on the state-by-state impacts of the shutdown? Click here.

THE NRA NO LONGER RUNS THE HOUSE.

Last night—in a critical first step toward addressing the gun violence epidemic in the U.S.—a bipartisan group of representatives introduced H.R.8., a bill mandating universal background checks for the sale of firearms.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Universal background checks are proven to be “an effective way to help reduce gun violence and gun trafficking.”
  • Currently, the majority of states do not require background checks for the purchase of firearms, despite the fact that universal background checks are supported by 97% of Americans.
  • The bill was introduced on the 8th anniversary of the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), during an attack that left six dead and 15 wounded. Giffords helped to introduce the bill last night.