Budowsky: Sanders-Perez in 2017

Budowsky: Sanders-Perez in 2017
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersUK Labour leader has ‘message on the wall’ for Trump Sanders: ‘Thousands will die’ under GOP health bill A tale of two drug bills — one proposed bill will worsen the drug prices crisis MORE (I-Vt.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez are the leading Democratic power couple in 2017, joining together in a multistate unity tour aiming to end the one-party rule of Trump Republicans in the House and Senate and White House.

The Sanders-Perez unity tour began this week in Maine and is lifting party spirits through Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Kentucky, Utah and Nebraska. 

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As The Hill recently reported, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards will join the Sanders-Perez tour to offer a rousing reply to the latest GOP war on women through its all-out attack against an organization that has done so much good for so many women.

The Sanders-Perez unity tour has the feel of a presidential campaign by providing a sweeping and powerful answer to the extreme and unpopular programs offered by Republicans and urging Democrats to unite to break up the GOP monopoly on power in Washington.

Every extreme and backward action taken by President Trump and Republicans in Congress creates an even more energized and empowering backlash among progressive and moderate Democrats hungry to take back America.

Democrats and political independents understand the great question on the ballot in 2018 is whether to continue the one-party rule of Republicans who govern as though only Republicans exist in America and progressive, moderate, independent and swing voters are nonpersons.

In their unity tour, Sanders and Perez call for unity against Republicans in the House of Representatives under Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE (R-Wis.) who believes that negotiating with Democrats is a sin, ignoring and insulting the mass of voters who gave Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump notes 'election meddling by Russia' in tweet criticizing Obama Former Obama advisor calls Fox ‘state sanctioned media’ Biden rips Senate GOP healthcare bill, says it 'isn't about healthcare' MORE a 3 million popular vote victory over Trump in 2016.

It is not hard for Democrats and independents to unite and mobilize against House Republicans who try to pass a cruel and reactionary healthcare bill, produced after negotiations that involved only conservative Republicans and far right Republicans, that would inflict pain and misery on the poor, middle class, working class and senior citizens.

Sanders and Perez call for unity to end the one-party Trump Republican rule in the Senate. It will not be hard to unite Democrats against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump making calls to senators on healthcare bill Trump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report Meadows: Senate bill lacks conservative support to pass House MORE (R-Ky.), who stole a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaNumber of refugees entering US drops by half under Trump Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’ Trump notes 'election meddling by Russia' in tweet criticizing Obama MORE’s brilliantly qualified nominee last year and then changing Senate rules to ram through Trump’s nominee and now plans to abuse Senate rules again to enact a “tax bill” which will be a gigantic tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.

Sanders and Perez unite Democrats against the secretive swampland that Trump Republicans have brought to Washington with secret presidential tax returns, secret White House visitor logs, shameless and pervasive conflicts of interest, a major scandal involving Russia undermining American democracy to support Trump for president, a war on women now attacking Planned Parenthood, a sellout of workers with retreats on trade and the most radical trickle-down economics in history, a war against the Earth attacking environmental standards, a war against the poor through barbaric program cuts, and a president who moved from extreme isolationism to bellicose threats of war he seems ready to fight without allies, strategies, or plans.

The Sanders-Perez call for Democratic unity is exactly the right cause at exactly the right time.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), then-chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Contributors blog and reached at brentbbi@webtv.net.


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