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MEMO: Republicans Hiding On Medicare

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TO: Interested Parties

FROM: DSCC

RE: Republicans Hiding On Medicare

DATE: 3/26/15

As we approach a slew of amendment votes on the budget in the Senate, one thing has been made imminently clear – vulnerable Republican Senators up for re-election in 2016 are running scared from their records of voting to end Medicare as we know it.

What They’re Saying (Or Not Saying) Now

GOP BUDGET WATCH: Ron Johnson Claims Lazy College Students Taking Longer Than 4 Years To Graduate Because They Don't Want Jobs

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After Ron Johnson explained that the GOP budget strategy is to remain vague and cagey on actual details, it seems he may be warming up to one possible detail –  he wants to cut federal student aid.

DSCC Statement On Karl Rove’s Ridiculously False Attacks

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The DSCC issued the following statement from Communications Director Justin Barasky on Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS’ newest ridiculously false attack ads against Harry Reid & Michael Bennet:

GOP BUDGET WATCH: Kelly Ayotte Voted To Weaken Consumer Protections

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In the new Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee’s first legislative session last Thursday, Kelly Ayotte voted for an amendment that weakens consumer protections by attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB works to protect Granite Staters who are treated unfairly by predatory lenders. Since 2011, the CFPB has fielded over 2,000 complaints in New Hampshire. 

GOP BUDGET WATCH: Pat Toomey Voted To Weaken Consumer Protections

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In the new Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee’s first legislative session last Thursday, Pat Toomey successfully added an amendment that weakens consumer protections by attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB works to protect Pennsylvanians who are treated unfairly by predatory lenders. Since 2011, the CFPB has fielded just over 13,000 complaints in Pennsylvania. 

Week 3: A Litany Of Excuses From Ron Johnson On Tomah VA, But No Accountability

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After a shocking report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed Ron Johnson’s appalling lack of action after a whistleblower brought complaints about the Tomah VA to his office, Johnson has spent the past two weeks coming up with excuse after excuse to try and explain away his failures. Now, as we enter week 3, will Ron Johnson finally step up and accept responsibility for letting these whistleblower complaints die in a "the equivalent of a Congressional black hole"?

#TBT: Ron Johnson Voted Against Bipartisan Bill Ensuring Timely Medical Care For Veterans

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As local press in Wisconsin skewered Ron Johnson last week for failing to act on whistleblower complaints about the Tomah VA brought to the attention of his office, Johnson tried everything from denial to blaming colleague Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Kelly Ayotte Needs To Reveal What She Plans To Cut

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As the Budget Committee begins marking up the Republican budget, one thing is already clear – the new majority and Senators like Kelly Ayotte are working as hard as they can to be intentionally vague about how they plan to achieve their savings. Budget Committee member Kelly Ayotte has already been on record supporting the dangerous Ryan budget that would gut Medicare and increases costs for seniors as well as a dangerous plan that would force cuts to Social Security.

Washington Insider Roy Blunt Hires Lobbyist To Manage His Campaign

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In a move that one Missouri outlet says will “highlight the senator’s links to lobbyists,” longtime Washington insider Roy Blunt has hired his lobbyist son to manage his campaign. Some in the Missouri GOP have already lamented Blunt’s too-close ties to lobbyists and his “Washington baggage.”