August 11, 2020
Dear Democrats,

This week's update includes a few reminders about voting in the primary elections, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo's weekly newsletter, Biden's response to Trump's executive order, a special thanks to our Virtual 22nd Lawton Chiles Gala sponsors, and the Gala's program.

We are only 7 days away from the statewide primary elections, so please remember to vote and we thank you for participating in democracy!


Sincerely,
Cynthia
Early Voting in Alachua County is August 3 - August 15. The last day to request a Vote By Mail Ballot is August 8th, call 352-374-5252. Return your Vote By Mail Ballot, remind your family members and neighbors. Mail the postage-paid ballot or drop it off at the white drop box outside of the Supervisor of Elections Office, 515 North Main Street, Gainesville. 
This week's FL Dems newsletter includes information about Vote by Mail, the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and more updates from the Biden campaign:
Click here to view the FL Dems Newsletter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 8, 2020
 
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on President Trump’s Executive Orders to Sow More Chaos and Confusion

Unable to deliver for the American people in a time of crisis, Donald Trump offered a series of half-baked measures today. He is putting Social Security at grave risk at a time when seniors are suffering the overwhelming impact of a pandemic he has failed to get under control. And make no mistake: Donald Trump said today that if he is re-elected, he will defund Social Security.

For months, Trump has golfed rather than negotiated, and sown division rather than pull people together to get a package passed. Now, instead of staying in Washington and working with Republicans and Democrats to reach a bipartisan deal, President Trump is at his golf club in New Jersey signing a series of dubious executive orders.

This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility. Some measures do far more harm than good.

One order is Donald Trump’s first shot in a new, reckless war on Social Security. Trump announced a payroll tax plan with no protections or guarantees — like the ones the Obama-Biden administration enforced a decade ago — that the Social Security Trust Fund will be made whole. And, Trump specifically stated today that if re-elected, he plans to undermine the entire financial footing of Social Security. He is laying out his roadmap to cutting Social Security. Our seniors and millions of Americans with disabilities are under enough stress without Trump putting their hard-earned Social Security benefits in doubt.

Another order brings cuts, chaos, and confusion to our system of unemployment insurance. Trump is unilaterally reducing the amount laid-off workers could receive. And he purports to provide these benefits until the end of the year, but only identifies enough funding to make it a handful of weeks. Even with that limited funding, Trump is basically playing a cruel game of robbing Peter to pay Paul: He is taking billions of dollars of federal natural disaster funding away so it won’t be available to states like Florida. And, he is forcing states to choose between imposing benefit cuts for unemployed workers or slashing funds for public schools, health workers, and first responders. 

A third order, on evictions, is woefully inadequate to deal with the emerging housing crisis. He is leaving our nation's renters with ever-mounting debt and leaving our small family landlords badly squeezed. Without a comprehensive plan to help our American families make rent, they will leave this crisis months behind on their payments while many landlords teeter on the verge of bankruptcy. 

And a fourth order is a band-aid approach to student debt that leaves out 7 million borrowers who obtained their federal loans from private lenders or their college rather than the Department. The economic strain on these Americans is deep and unrelenting.
There is a solution to all of this pain and suffering. A real leader would go back to Washington, call together the leaders of the House and Senate, and negotiate a deal that delivers real relief to Americans who are struggling in this pandemic. We need a president who understands their struggle and believes in their courage to overcome.
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Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair
Alachua County Democratic Party
cchestnut49@gmail.com
352-317-8291
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