In the states this week, just days after a gunman murdered 21 people in Texas, including 19 children, Republicans across the country are making clear that when it comes to our children or the gun lobby, they’ll pick the gun lobby every time. Whether it’s Donald Trump and Republican leaders speaking at an NRA meeting this weekend or GOP members of Congress taking millions from the NRA and blocking life-saving gun safety measures, the Republican Party has made clear where they stand – and Democrats are calling them out for it.
Here are some local headlines from across the country on the GOP siding with the gun lobby over children:
- In Texas: NBC 5: Rep. Colin Allred Questions Texas Leaders Speaking at NRA Meeting
- In Texas: Houston Chronicle: Trump, Cruz, Abbott still set to speak at NRA meeting in Houston days after Uvalde mass shooting
- In Texas: Texas Tribune: Confronted with mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws
- In Arizona: Opinion: How many kids must die before the Arizona Legislature takes up gun reform?
- In Florida: Florida Phoenix: FL Dems want measures to prevent ‘horrific, soul-shattering’ mass shootings; What about the GOP?
- In Kentucky: Lexington Herald Leader: The NRA has paid $153,813 to support Kentucky congressmen since 2016. Who got what?
- In Michigan: Fox17: One day after Uvalde shooting, Michigan GOP Senators reject vote on safe gun storage
- In Missouri: KCUR: How much has the NRA spent on Missouri and Kansas members of Congress?
- In New Hampshire: NHPR: Amid renewed calls for reform, N.H. Republicans are seeking to block local enforcement of federal gun laws
- In North Carolina: MyFox8: NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson to speak at NRA convention in Texas days after deadly school shooting
- In Pennsylvania: WHYY: Pa. House votes against taking up gun bill after Texas school shooting
- In South Dakota: South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Noem to speak at NRA convention days after Texas school shooting
- In Virginia: WTVR: Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears scheduled to speak at NRA convention in Texas
Also this week, the first flights from President Biden’s Operation Fly Formula transported formula from Europe to speed up the import of infant formula and start getting more formula to stores as soon as possible.
- In Indiana: Indianapolis Star: Fulfilling ‘critical need,’ military plane delivers infant formula from Europe to Indy
- In Pennsylvania: PhillyVoice: Emergency baby formula shipment to arrive in Pennsylvania amid nationwide shortage
- In Virginia: INSIDE NOVA: First Lady greets shipment of 100,000 pounds of baby formula at Dulles
- In Minnesota: Fox 9: Baby formula shortage: 78,000 pounds of formula arrives in US
- In South Carolina: WMBF: Operation Fly Formula hopes to ease shortage with overseas shipments
- In Ohio: WLWT: White House: Around 12 million ounces of baby formula being shipped from Switzerland to Indiana
- In New Jersey: News12: Formula shortage: Second shipment of baby formula arrives from Europe
And yet again, local headlines continue to show the impact Democrats’ American Rescue Plan is having in communities – from helping to increase internet access, to making housing more affordable, to getting more cops on the beat, and more. And just so you don’t forget, every congressional Republican voted against making all of these local programs possible.
- In Nevada: KTNV: Gov. Steve Sisolak launches ‘High Speed NV’ initiative to ‘close the digital divide’
- In Arizona: Center Square: Maricopa County to purchase homes with ARPA funds, resell to low-income residents
- In Wisconsin: Wisconsin Examiner: $2.2 million will fund contractors, technology needs for Milwaukee police
- In Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Community Food Bank to receive $29 million federal COVID-19 grant
- In Michigan: Fox17: Fewer Michigan child care centers closing down in the last year with help of federal funding
- In North Dakota: KXNET: $8M in ARPA funds to be divvied out among Ward County organizations
- In New York: News10: $1 million in ARPA funds going to mental health
- In West Virginia: WTRF: ARPA funds focused on water and sewer for Brooke County
- In Ohio: Dayton Daily News: County approves $1M of federal money to help residents in public housing pay rent
- In Idaho: KTVB: Boise City Council approves millions in federal funding for COVID-19 recovery
- In Alaska: KTOO: University of Alaska Anchorage receives federal funds to expand state health care workforce
- In Colorado: KDVR: Jeffco to use nearly $3M from grant to defend homes from wildfires