It’s only been 44 days since President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and we’re already seeing major progress in the war on COVID-19. This week President Biden announced that we will have enough vaccine doses for every adult in the country by late May, two months earlier than expected.
Despite Donald Trump’s failures, President Biden is delivering for the American people and ramping up vaccine production and distribution. The U.S. is now administering an average of two million COVID-19 shots per day. As of Wednesday, more than 54 million people in the United States had received at least one dose of the vaccine, including almost 28 million people who have been fully vaccinated.
But we can’t stop now. We have to keep pushing forward to ensure that families — no matter our color, background or zip code — have the vaccines, wages and financial support we need to pull through this pandemic together.
Last weekend the U.S. House passed the president’s American Rescue Plan and sent the bill to the Senate for consideration. The bill — which has broad support from the American people — would do the following:
- Send $1,400 checks to Americans
- Support a national vaccination program
- Extend unemployment insurance
- Reopen schools quicker
While Democrats in the House voted to deliver on relief Americans need now, not a single Republican joined them. Now Senate Republicans are playing political games with the process and trying to delay relief to Americans.
As Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison said, “In the end of the day, we’re gonna get this done for the American people, and we will remind the people who stood up for them in their darkest times.”
Ohio Democratic Party
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
Ohio Fairness Act Is Back
This week state Sen. Nickie J. Antonio announced the most robust bipartisan and bicameral reintroduction of the Ohio Fairness Act, legislation to prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ+ Ohioans.
“I believe that every person deserves these fundamental protections in order to fully participate in our society free from fear, harassment and discrimination,” said Antonio. “It is time for the State of Ohio to act to ensure that the basic civil rights of all Ohioans are being protected.”
“As we work to grow our economy and lower unemployment, we must not allow discrimination of any form to occur,” said state Rep. Michael Skindell. “Qualified and competent employees can currently lose their jobs because of who they are or whom they love. Ohio should be a welcoming place to attract and retain the most talented workers. This legislation will also provide equity and fairness in the housing market.”
Frank LaRose: Carrying Water for Extremist Republicans
In an op-ed for the Cincinnati Enquirer this week, Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chairman Andre Washington took Secretary of State Frank LaRose to task for his decision to limit ballot drop boxes:
“In the summer of 2020, as the president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute of Ohio, a civil rights and labor organization that works on voter education and empowerment, I called on Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to allow county boards of elections to add additional drop box locations. We were experiencing an unprecedented situation, with a global pandemic forcing many Ohioans to stay quarantined to stay safe from a deadly virus. We needed to make voting as safe and convenient as possible, and we urged LaRose to take action.
“On a call with elected officials and other state leaders, LaRose assured us that he would follow the guidance of the courts and allow additional dropbox locations, if a judicial order made clear he had that authority.
“The Ohio Democratic Party took LaRose to court and got that reassurance. However, LaRose decided to go a different way. He went back on his private and public statements of support for multiple drop boxes and told county boards of elections that they could not make voting more convenient during the coronavirus crisis.
“We saw what happened — long lines and confusion during the 2020 election. … Frank LaRose is one more politician who says one thing and does another, all while carrying water for extremist Republicans. Ohioans deserve better from their secretary of state.”
- Saturday, March 6 — Virtual Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser for Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
- Monday, March 8 — Medina County Democratic Party Community Outreach Meeting
- Wednesday, March 10 — Coalition of Democratic and Progressive Organizations of Central Ohio Meeting
- Tuesday, March 16 — Butler County Democratic Party St. Patrick’s Celebration
- Tuesday, March 16 — Reynoldsburg Area Democrats Mardi Gras Celebration
- Sunday, March 21 — They See Blue Ohio Virtual Conversation with Chair Liz Walters
- Wednesday, March 24 — Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus Congressional Candidates Forum
- Wednesday, March 31 — Upper Arlington Progressive Action Book Club Discussion
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