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DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: GOP SENATE DYSFUNCTION RETIRES COATS – INSEN ON THE MAP – VULNERABLE GOP SENATORS VOTE AGAINST THEIR STATES – REID A LEGEND, DEMS WILL HOLD NV SEN – RON JOHNSON TO STUDENTS: VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE

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GOP SENATE DYSFUNCTION RETIRES ONE OF THEIR OWN. The first two months of the Republican-controlled Senate has been nothing short of a disaster. They’ve undermined national security by leading us to the brink of a DHS shutdown, signed a dangerously shortsighted letter to Iran during sensitive negotiations, attacked women’s health at the expense of human trafficking victims and refused to hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch.

The GOP Senate’s dysfunction is so bad that it retired a Senator from their own party.

Ron Johnson Votes Against Wisconsin’s Best Interests In Budget

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*Similar releases will be sent today targeting Republican Senators in Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire*

As the Senate wrapped up a slew of budget amendment votes Ron Johnson’s priorities were on full display, and now he has to begin the difficult work of trying to explain his indefensible votes to his constituents back home.

Below is just a sampling of where Ron Johnson voted against Wisconsin’s best interests:

DSCC Statement on Nevada Senate Race

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DSCC Chair Jon Tester issued the following statement about Harry Reid's announcement and the Nevada Senate race:

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"?