IN THE STATES: MAGA GOP Doubles Down on Default on America Plan, Extreme Agenda
May 12, 2023
This week, President Biden traveled to New York’s Hudson Valley where he highlighted House Republicans’ extreme Default on America plan. MAGA Republicans’ proposal could make drastic cuts to veterans’ care, education, health care, and border security — all while pushing additional tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations. The GOP’s extreme and dangerous plan stands in stark contrast to President Biden’s plan to grow the economy and cut the deficit by nearly $3 trillion over 10 years.
- In New York: Spectrum News NY1: ‘We’re gonna win this fight’: Biden slams GOP debt limit plan in N.Y.
- In New York: Lohud Journal News: Biden lashes Republicans for “manufactured crisis” over debt limit. What he said in NY
- In New York: News 12 Westchester: President Biden delivers remarks on debt ceiling in Westchester
Also this week, President Biden made renewed calls for action to GOP members of Congress following the mass shooting in Allen, Texas. Last summer, following shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, the president signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law, breaking a near 30-year logjam on gun safety at the federal level. Now, he’s urging further action.
- Dallas Morning News: Biden orders flags to half-staff, accuses GOP of ‘shrug’ on guns after Allen mall massacre
- Texas Tribune: After Allen shooting, Texas Republican leaders downplay guns, focus on mental health
- ABC KXXV 25: President Biden pushes Congress for gun control after another shooting
In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper launched a weeklong women’s health roundtable campaign across the state to spread awareness about the dangers of NC Republicans’ abortion ban legislation and to prevent a GOP veto override.
- ABC WTVD 11: Gov. Roy Cooper calls out lawmakers ahead of abortion bill veto and override showdown
- Charlotte Observer: Gov. Cooper travels to Mecklenburg as ‘prisoner of hope,’ aiming to sway GOP on abortion
- WSOC-TV 9: Gov. Cooper travels to Davidson defending veto on abortion bill
- WCNC Charlotte: Gov. Cooper holds women’s health roundtable in response to abortion restriction legislation
And in New Hampshire, Donald Trump used a town hall with CNN to brag about being “honored” and “proud” to help overturn Roe v. Wade last year. Trump also called January 6 a “beautiful day,” said he was “inclined” to pardon insurrectionists, and endorsed MAGA Republicans’ plan to default on America.
- In New Hampshire: Union Leader: Trump doubles down on ‘rigged’ election claim, pardons for Jan. 6 rioters
- In New Hampshire: WMUR News 9: Former President Donald Trump doubles down on false rigged election claims at Saint Anselm town hall
- In New York: Spectrum News NY1: Trump ‘honored’ by role in overturning Roe, dodges questions on support for nationwide abortion ban
Finally, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is boasting about his extreme six-week abortion ban, calling it “something that we were very proud to do” — while the abortion ban DeSantis signed last year is already creating a horrifying reality for women in Florida and across the South.
- DeSantis on Hugh Hewitt this week: “Well, our protections for life are protections for unborn child when there’s a fetal heartbeat. And then there’s exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. And that was something that we were very proud to do.”
- CNN: “Her doctors told her it was too late to terminate the pregnancy in Florida, which bans nearly all abortions after 15 weeks. The only options were to go out of state to get an abortion or to carry the baby to full term, and Dorbert and her husband didn’t have the money to travel.”