Planned Parenthood launches six-figure ad campaign blasting vulnerable GOP senators on COVID-19 bill

Planned Parenthood launches six-figure ad campaign blasting vulnerable GOP senators on COVID-19 bill
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Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a six-figure ad campaign Monday pressuring several vulnerable GOP senators to pass the next coronavirus relief legislation.

Senators return this week from a two-week recess with a steep path to negotiating a bill both parties have vowed to pass by August. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE (R-Ky.) is expected to share the GOP proposal with fellow Republicans on Tuesday.

The Planned Parenthood campaign primarily targets McConnell and Sens. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David Daines300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility On The Money: GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns | Jobless claims rise for second straight week | McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits MORE (Mont.), John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (Texas), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstIowa Senate candidate raises 2K after dog goes viral Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (Iowa), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (Maine), Cory GardnerCory Scott Gardner300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (Colo.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (N.C.) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOn The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock McConnell tees up showdown on unemployment benefits MORE (Ariz.). The ads also targeted Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  McConnell: 15-20 GOP senators will not vote for any coronavirus deal Trump plans to order Chinese company to sell TikTok's US operations: reports MORE of Missouri, who is not up for reelection this year.

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The digital ads urge constituents to call their senator and tell them to “stop stalling” on a COVID-19 relief bill.

The senators are not “focused on women and families,” and are “spending time confirming Trump’s unfit judges instead of addressing the urgent public health crises of COVID-19 and systematic racism,” many of the ads read.

Another ad calls on the lawmakers to address racial inequities in the next relief bill by including free testing, public health investments and voting reforms.

“The United States now has more than 3.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases — but if you thought these dire numbers would finally drive Senate Majority leadership to act, you thought wrong,” Jenny Lawson, the group’s vice president of organizing and campaigns, said in a statement Monday.

The GOP senators targeted by the campaign have “refused to take action as the country feels the weight of this public health crisis,” Lawson added.

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The races for McSally, Gardner, Collins, Daines and Tillis are all considered toss-ups by Cook Political Report. Ernst’s race is rated “lean Republican,” while McConnell and Cornyn are in “likely Republican” races.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a separate six-figure campaign July 16 targeting Collins over her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDavis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report Buy the dip: Bet on Trump MORE, who recently voted to uphold a Louisiana restriction on abortions. The state law was ultimately struck down in a 5-4 decision.

Lawson on Monday also criticized GOP senators for not taking up the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that House Democrats passed in May.

Senate Democrats will use that bill as their starting point in negotiations. Republicans and the White House both aim to cap the price of their proposal at around $1 trillion.

Points of contention between Democrats and Republicans include state and local aid, stimulus checks, and extensions of enhanced unemployment insurance and the Paycheck Protection Program. McConnell has also indicated no bill will pass without liability protections for employers, a provision Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized Monday.