Welcome to The Americano’s live blog with all the latest election news from Latino lawmakers and advocates. This blog will be updated daily as we approach Election Day.
Latino Lawmakers: Amy Coney Barrett’s Rise To The Court Could Devastate Affordable Care Act
Monday, Oct. 26, 11:21 a.m. EST
As the Senate moves forward with confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court, Latino Congress members made their plea to save the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida) tweeted a story that discusses how Latinos’ healthcare became vulnerable as soon as President Donald Trump became president. “Four million Latino adults and 600,000 Latino children got coverage under Obamacare, but gains began reversing when Trump took office and are exacerbated by coronavirus job losses,” according to NBC News.
“The president has already started dismantling our health care. And if his lawsuit is successful, he will dismantle it completely, leaving millions uninsured. His actions are dangerous,” Rep. Mucarsel-Powell said.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) tweeted about the Nov. 10 Affordable Care Act arguments that the Supreme Court will hear and said implementing Barrett to the highest court will end the healthcare-for-all system.
“Senator McConnell & President Trump want a justice who shares their views on the ACA seated on the Court by that date,” Sen. Cortez Masto tweeted. “#WhatsAtStake if Trump & McConnell get their way & the ACA is dismantled? Over 20M Americans would lose their health coverage & more than 135M people would lose protections for their preexisting conditions—including 95K Nevadans who’ve had #COVID & 1.2M Nevadans w/other preexisting conditions.”
Florida and Texas Latina Congresswomen Aren’t Messing Around When It Comes to Better COVID Testing
Friday, Oct. 23, 3:53 p.m. EST
COVID-19 testing varies from state to state. Some states have a surplus of rapid COVID testing, others do not. Two Latina congresswomen are pushing for better health services for their constituents.
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) successfully raised millions for improved health services including COVID testing. Since her appointment to Congress, she’s helped secure $50 million of federal funds for community health centers.
“I am so proud to have brought these funds to our district’s community health centers to provide essential care during this crisis,” said Mucarsel-Powell in a statement on Oct. 22. “These centers play a critical role in our community, providing quality care regardless of a patient’s insurance status or ability to pay. The funds have helped our community by not only bringing the first drive-thru testing to South Florida, but also by implementing virtual telehealth and mental health and substance abuse services. I will continue to fight to make sure that my constituents receive top-notch services from these community health centers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Rep. Verónica Escobar (D-Texas) said she knows people in El Paso are suffering, need better health care, and efficient COVID testing. Unfortunately, she’s not getting the help she’s urging for.
“I had hoped to hear a stronger approach by the City at their press conference today, to include more testing, quicker and more thorough contact tracing, stronger enforcement, and a push to reclaim local public health authority from the State, but that was not the case,” Rep. Escobar said in a statement on Oct. 21. “As the weather cools and the spike continues to rise, local governments must take a much more aggressive approach to prevent more spread and deaths, or we will suffer from the same misery that we witnessed in the Rio Grande Valley.”
435,000 People Watched AOC Do Voter Outreach by Playing ‘Among Us’ on Twitch
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5:22 p.m. EST
Last night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) urged young people to get out and vote! So how did she reach out to this vital demographic? Via Twitch, a popular gaming platform.
The Bronx congresswoman live-streamed herself playing Among Us, a space-themed game, which garnered 435,000 live viewers, according to Twitch.
Twitch—a video live streaming service operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon— is where people can interact with each other through games, music, and much more.
“Thank you all so much for joining my first ever Twitch stream, I guess I hope it’s not the last, I’m still kind of getting my bearings out here so we’ll see,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitch.
545 Undocumented Children Are Orphans Because of Trump
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3:15 p.m. EST
Latino lawmakers sounded off on a new lawsuit that shows 545 undocumented children have yet to be reunited with their parents. The case stems from a 2019 investigation in which a federal judge ordered an immigration advocacy group to locate parents that were separated from their children at the border in 2017.
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) tweeted, “545 CHILDREN are still missing their parents because of Trump administration’s inhumane actions- this negligence is emotional violence, inflicted upon countless children and families. There can never be justification for this cruelty.”
Read our full story here.
AOC, Rep. Grijalva, and More Tell Biden to Say No To Corporate Hires
Monday, Oct. 19, 12:45 p.m. EST
As Election Day nears, Democrats are already looking at what the White House would look if Joe Biden should win. In a letter signed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and other progressive Democrats, they informed Biden that he should learn from the mistakes of President Donald Trump and not hire corporate executives or special interest lobbyist to his cabinet.
“We therefore write to you today to urge you to oppose Senate confirmation of any nominee to an executive branch position who is currently or has been a lobbyist for any corporate client or c-suite officer for a private corporation, in this or any future administration.”
Click here to read the entire letter.
JLo Endorses Joe Biden for President
Friday, Oct. 16, 12:45 p.m. EST
Just a few weeks before Election Day, Jennifer Lopez and her fiance Alex Rodriguez have officially endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States.
“My kind of hope and quest for the Latino community is that they start understanding their power. They understand what they mean to this country, that their vote counts,” Lopez said. “For me, it’s unifying the nation again. Getting rid of this hate, thinking about my kids walking around in a world where you know it’s OK to be racist or prejudiced because our administration says it’s OK. That to me is really sad because it’s not the country I grew up in.”
Watch the discussion below.
Rep. Linda Sánchez wants the DHS to have a flu plan for detained migrants.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. EST
Medical officials nationwide say this flu season will be one of the worst in recent history. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone to get their flu shot, but does that apply to detained people? Latino lawmakers say yes.
Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) task force on immigration, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking them what their plan is regarding getting flu shots for undocumented people inside detention centers. “More can and should be done to mitigate the health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic and influenza season,” the letter stated.
The letter to DHS was signed by 56 congress members, including Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Sylvia García (D-Texas), and Raúl Grijalva (D-Texas).
The CDC estimates that the flu has resulted in between 9 million and 45 million illnesses, from 140,000 to 810,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.
Early voting surges in Florida, Texas, and Georgia
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1:15 p.m. EST
People are eager to vote! Proof of this excitement is early-voting turnout. The US Elections Project reports that 14,208,670 ballots have been submitted, including almost 2 million ballots in Florida, almost 800,000 in Georgia and over 900,000 in Texas. So who is showing up to vote early? The Democrats.
Almost 4 million Democratic voters have already submitted their ballots, and 1.5 million Republicans have done the same, according to the US Elections Project.