June 12, 2015
Ahead of today's votes on the Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation and Fast Track bill, Democracy for America wanted to lay out the stakes for those Democrats still contemplating voting for it.
Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America to members of Congress about today's votes:
"Ahead of today's votes we wanted to be very clear to Democratic members of Congress: If you vote for either Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation or Fast Track Authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, we will not lift a finger or raise a penny to protect you when you're attacked in 2016, we will encourage our progressive allies to join us in leaving you to rot, and we will actively search for opportunities to primary you with a real Democrat.
"Those primaries could happen next year or they could happen in election cycles to come, but, make no mistake, today's vote to cut Medicare and fast track the destruction of American jobs will be remembered and will either haunt you or make you a hero." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Like many others, DFA's members have literally been battling Fast Track for the TPP for years -- so this isn't a statement we make lightly...
I'll also note, since our founding in 2004, DFA's one million members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions -- happy to connect you w/ Jim, our Exec. Director Charles or anyone else from our team later this AM.
Communications Director, Democracy for America
June 12, 2015
Reaction to progressives' big victory over Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance, Fast Track, and the future of the fight against the TPP from Democracy for America:
"While the failure of theMedicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance is a big victory for the army of grassroots activists who have steadfastly opposed Fast Track and the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, we're under no illusion that this is the end of the fight.
"The American people don't want another NAFTA-style trade deal that will only make it easier to ship more jobs overseas, sell tainted food in our supermarkets, and challenge our laws in foreign tribunals.
"We know the legions of corporate executives and industry lobbyists who are pushing the job-killing TPP won't stop after today's loss and, they should know, neither will we.
"The hundreds of thousands of hardened, grassroots activists who have been brought together by the fight against this job-killing trade deal will not rest until the TPP and Fast Track are dead, buried, and covered in six-inches of concrete." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Information about Democracy for America and the fight against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership:
- Nearly 173,800 Democracy for America members have taken action in the fight against Fast Track and the job-killing TPP.
- In the hours before today's vote, DFA members alone have made more than 2,650 calls to members of Congress urging them to vote NO on Fast Track and Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance
- DFA's been fighting Fast Track and TPP for years:
- Founded in 2004, DFA is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
Communications Director, Democracy for America
June 5, 2015
Washington, DC -- With a vote on Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) coming as soon as next week, the major on-line campaigning groups essential to numerous Democratic electoral and issue campaigns are demanding leadership from the top Democrats in the House of Representatives to secure the defeat of Fast Track. The Democratic House leaders have given the administration more than a fair chance to make its case and that has resulted in 90 percent of House Democrats opposing Fast Track, including most members of the New Democrat Coalition.
“As progressive opposition to Fast Track intensifies, Leader Pelosi is conspicuously absent from the fight,” said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director at CREDO Action. “President Obama has chosen to side with Republicans and big corporations. Now Leader Pelosi has to decide if she’s going to use her position to help President Obama or rally her caucus on behalf of the millions of Americans who want to stop Fast Track and the TPP.”
"It's time for Leader Nancy Pelosi to make clear where she stands: with the majority of Americans and the Democratic caucus—all of whom are committed to stopping Fast Track—or with a massive corporate power grab,” said Justin Krebs, Campaign Director at MoveOn.org Civic Action. “She has refused to state clearly her intentions—and her silence is tantamount to tacit support for this corporate agenda. Leader Pelosi: If you truly represent Democrats and are committed to fighting for regular Americans, show your leadership now.”
The Fast Track vote has been repeatedly delayed for lack of support. Almost all House Democrats and a sizeable bloc of GOP oppose reviving the Nixon-era Fast Track trade authority that delegates broad powers and discretion to presidents. Congress has only enacted Fast Track for five of the past 21 years. Since 1988, only Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have won the broad delegation of authority that President Barack Obama now seeks.
“Democratic House leaders should lead the Democratic Caucus to victory against Fast Track, not save the White House from its ill-conceived, secretive partnership with corporate America to grease the skids for the job-killing TPP,” said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.
"Despite Leader Pelosi’s assertion that it is not her job to pass the trade bill, it is her job to stop it,” said John Stewart, Deputy Campaign Director at Corporate Accountability International. “This trade bill would undermine our very sovereignty to protect our environment, our health and our workers.”
For months, Pelosi has said that she wants to “get to yes” on Fast Track and has tried to work with the administration to resolve her Caucus’ many concerns about the TPP and the Hatch-Ryan-Wyden legislation that would enact Fast Track. Ways and Means ranking member Sandy Levin offered a substitute trade authority bill in committee markup aimed at resolving Democrats’ key concerns with the Hatch-Ryan-Wyden bill, but his proposal was not even permitted a vote. The Democratic leaders also have provided the White House extraordinary access to the Democratic House Caucus to make its case.
The lack of satisfactory answers to Democrats’ concerns and the Republicans’ refusal to alter the Fast Track bill has led to almost all House Democrats announcing their opposition to Fast Track. On Thursday, Politico reported from Pelosi’s weekly news conference that she had informed
June 1, 2015
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Democracy for America and MoveOn.org to Suspend Run Warren Run Campaign, Deliver 365,000 Signatures to Sen. Warren
Groups point to the presidential race’s focus on income inequality and populist progressives’ increasing power as key accomplishments.
Six months after launching a major campaign to encourage Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run for president, the groups behind the Run Warren Run effort announced today that they will suspend their participation in the draft effort on Monday, June 8 after delivering a petition with 365,000 signatures asking Sen. Warren to run.
Democracy for America and MoveOn.org Political Action launched the Run Warren Run campaign in December 2014 with a commitment to invest at least $1.25 million after supermajorities of both groups’ members voted in support. Over the following six months, hundreds of thousands of Americans, the Boston Globe, the New York Working Families Party, prominent cultural figures, and elected officials and grassroots leaders in Iowa and New Hampshire joined the call for Sen. Warren to run. So too did dozens of nationally prominent progressive leaders including Van Jones, Larry Cohen, Zephyr Teachout, Annie Leonard, and Lawrence Lessig, who headlined a Run Warren Run event in New York in April.
On June 8, Run Warren Run supporters will deliver to Sen. Warren’s Washington, D.C., office a petition with more than 365,000 signatures asking Sen. Warren to enter the presidential race. The groups will then rest their case and suspend their draft effort, pivoting their focus to working alongside Sen. Warren and other progressive populists on issue fights like defeating Fast Track negotiating authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Since its launch, the Run Warren Run campaign has:
Signed up more than 365,000 Americans who believe Sen. Warren’s vision and track record would make her a great candidate;
Opened field offices in Iowa (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids) and New Hampshire (Manchester), hired field organizers in both states, and built a network of local, grassroots leaders in these key early states committed to encouraging Sen. Warren to run;
Recruited more than 60 state legislators and local party leaders from Iowa and New Hampshire to join the Run Warren Run effort;
Held more than 400 events, including rallies, house parties, teach-ins, honk-and-waves, and other events in nearly every state;
Been endorsed by dozens of prominent organizational leaders, elected officials, celebrities, and other progressives;
Generated coverage in thousands of news stories elevating Sen. Warren’s voice and demonstrating a groundswell of grassroots support for her leadership—setting the stage for the presidential race and changing the dynamics of important debates in Washington.
“Even without her in the race, Elizabeth Warren and the Run Warren Run campaign she inspired have already transformed the 2016 presidential election by focusing every single Democratic candidate on combatting our country’s income inequality crisis,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “We still think there’s plenty of time for Sen. Warren to change her mind, but now that we’ve shown that she has the support she would need to mount a winning a campaign, we’re excited to take the grassroots juggernaut we’ve built with our members and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Warren in the battles ahead.”
“The Run Warren Run campaign has changed the conversation by showing that Americans are hungry for Elizabeth Warren’s agenda—an agenda that rejects the rigged status quo in Washington and puts working and middle-class Americans over corporate interests,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “We’ve assembled a grassroots army and demonstrated the substantial support Sen. Warren could expect if she were to enter the race. Now it’s time to suspend our active draft efforts and pivot to standing alongside Sen. Warren on the big fights ahead, starting with stopping Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
For interviews with a Democracy for America representative, please contact Neil Sroka at (847) 219-8491 or by email at [email protected].
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May 22, 2015
Reaction to the Senate's reaching cloture of Trade Promotion Authority from Democracy for America:
"If Democrats fail to retake the Senate in 2016, a great deal of the responsibility will lie at the feet of the Democratic Senators who set fire to our party's credibility as champions for working people in the battle against growing income inequality by voting to advance Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"From the very start, we've known that the real battle against Fast Track for the job-killing TPP would take place in the House and now that it appears set to head there, we're ready.
"The army of corporate executives and industry lobbyists who wrote the TPP by and for themselves may have survived this key Senate vote, but they should know that hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists who have united behind Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders to fight this job-killing trade deal are just getting started." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Information about Democracy for America and the fight against Fast Track and the TPP:
Communications Director, Democracy for America