FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Due to his outspoken efforts to stop a Republican health care bill as well as his push for progressive policies in the Trump era, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is one of six senators to receive an early endorsement from MoveOn.org for the 2018 elections.
The six incumbent senators to receive the endorsement from MoveOn members are: Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Chris Murphy.
Each won more than 99 percent of the votes cast by MoveOn.org members in their states. They were all dubbed "Heath Care Heroes."
The endorsements come days after a Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed by one vote.
In an email to MoveOn.org members nationwide, organizers noted the closeness of the vote and the importance of re-electing progressives candidates to fight President Donald Trump’s agenda.
“We need all six of these Health Care Heroes to keep fighting against the relentless attacks on Americans' health care, and also to push forward a vision that will expand health care to even more Americans,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “And we need these six champions to be in a strong position for their reelection so we can also inspire candidates across the country to embrace a bold, inclusive, populist agenda and expand the playing field to flip other Senate and House seats.”
"These six senators have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of their constituents and to stop Trump's attempts to divide our country, shred our Constitution, and hurt the livelihoods of regular Americans. And they're critical in helping build the progressive agenda we need to see in Washington," MoveOn.org said in a statement.
Here is part of MoveOn’s endorsement of Murphy:
"Chris Murphy of Connecticut was elected to the U.S. House in 2006 on an anti-Iraq War platform and he has been advocating for a more progressive foreign policy in Congress ever since. As a U.S. senator, he championed the diplomatic agreement with Iran and has spoken forcefully about stopping future wars under Trump. And as the senator representing Newtown, he's never been afraid to take on the NRA and call for sensible gun legislation — even holding the Senate floor last summer to raise the alarm about assault weapons after the Orlando shooting."
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