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 McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout 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 DainesWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Daines to introduce bill awarding Congressional Gold Medal to troops killed in Afghanistan Powell reappointment to Fed chair backed by Yellen: report MORE (Mont.), John CornynJohn CornynAbbott bows to Trump pressure on Texas election audit Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook Democrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight MORE (Texas), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Instagram 'pausing' kid-targeted plan Senators aim to increase oversight of cryptocurrency mining with new bill Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates MORE (Iowa), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Looking to the past to secure America's clean energy future Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid MORE (Maine), Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program MORE (Colo.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (N.C.) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyFive takeaways from Arizona's audit results The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up MORE (Ariz.). The ads also targeted Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Dems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border MORE of Missouri, who is not up for reelection this year.
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.
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 KavanaughGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh 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 SchumerObama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Congress shows signs of movement on stalled Biden agenda Schumer gets shoutout, standing ovation from crowd at Tony Awards MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized Monday.