DNC targets GOP senators over shutdown in digital ad

DNC targets GOP senators over shutdown in digital ad
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday said it launched a digital advertisement effort against five Senate Republicans it argues caused the government shutdown.

The campaign targets GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiEnergy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (Alaska), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (Nev.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSupreme Court fight should drive Democrats and help Biden Fears grow of chaotic election Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (Texas), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (Maine) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerHas Congress captured Russia policy? Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Cheney clashes with Trump MORE (Tenn.). Both Heller and Cruz are up for reelection.

“Republicans failed to take care of veterans, provide children with long-term access to health care, fight the opioid crisis and protect Dreamers,” Sabrina Singh, the committee’s deputy communications director, said in a statement.

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“The DNC will be launching a new digital ad campaign to hold Senate Republicans accountable for their failure of leadership and the DNC is urging voters across the country to call on their Senators and demand that they do their jobs.”

While Corker is retiring when his current term ends, and Murkowski and Collins are not up for reelection for several years, both Heller and Cruz are facing the DNC attack as they prepare to run for reelection.

Heller’s home state of Nevada went for Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll New Monmouth poll finds Biden with 6-point lead MORE in the 2016 election by 2 points, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE won Texas by 9 points.

Both parties argue the other is responsible for the government shutdown, which began at midnight when the Senate failed to pass a short-term funding bill.

The Republican National Committee has invoked the hashtag #SchumerShutdown, placing the blame on Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Biden refuses to say whether he would support expanding Supreme Court Schumer says Trump tweet shows court pick meant to kill off ObamaCare MORE (D-N.Y.). Democrats, meanwhile, charge that Trump is responsible for the government closure.

Lawmakers have spent weeks negotiations on a spending bill, to no avail, with immigration and health-care funding at the center of the talks.