DAGA Download – March 20

March 20, 2020

First and foremost, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. Democratic AGs are doing everything they can to protect the people in their respective states and continuing to work together to keep us all safe.

MULTI-STATE MOMENTS!

DEM AG WIN: SNAP BENEFITS
Over the weekend, Democratic AGs led by District of Columbia AG Karl Racine and New York AG Tish James won a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s attempt to kick more than 700,000 Americans off of the SNAP program. “This is a major victory for our country’s most vulnerable residents who rely on SNAP to eat,” said AG Racine. Read more about this critical victory in NPR here!

JOINT COVID-19 ACTION
Democratic AGs, led by California AG Xavier Becerra, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and New York AG Tish James, sent a letter to President Trump demanding his administration take immediate action on the manufacturing of additional safety materials (masks, eye protection, gowns, gloves etc.). The letter urged the federal government to take a larger leadership role by mobilizing the business community to rapidly produce more protective equipment for health care workers during the COVID—19 outbreak. On Wednesday, President Trump announced he was using his authority to invoke the Defense Production Act allowing the federal government to sign contracts and fulfill orders deemed necessary for national defense.

For more on the Dem AG response to Covid-19, check out this memo linked here.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

President Trump continues to use alarming and xenophobic language to describe Covid-19. Connecticut AG William Tong, the first Chinese-American elected to state AG in American history, took to Twitter to push back on this dangerous rhetoric.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Monday marks 10 years since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. California AG Xavier Becerra, who is leading the Dem AG coalition’s fight to save the ACA in court, highlighted a different aspect of the landmark health care law each day this week. Check out this powerful thread…