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President Obama inherited an economy in free fall, with huge deficits, skyrocketing health care costs, dwindling employment, and banking and housing markets on the brink of collapse. Working with the President, Democrats stabilized the financial system and helped to prevent a second Great Depression. An economy that was losing 700,000 jobs a month is now gaining jobs. We still have a long way to go, but we are now moving forward on the road to recovery.

President Obama and Democrats are fighting to strengthen our economy further and create jobs for American workers by ending tax loopholes for corporations, providing tax cuts to small businesses, investing in a clean-energy economy, and putting Americans to work rebuilding our infrastructure.

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  • Take back the house

    If Election Day were tomorrow, John Boehner and Eric Cantor might be getting demoted. If Republicans lose 17 seats in the House of Representatives, they lose their majority -- and new polls released this weekend show that sitting Republicans are losing to Democrats in at least 17 districts. We've got the momentum -- but this is a critical week. Check out this graphic, then donate so Democrats hold onto our lead.

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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “John Boehner is Afraid”

    As the reckless GOP Shutdown continues, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent the following email to supporters encouraging them to get involved and tell Speaker Boehner to get the government up and running again.

    Friend --

    John Boehner can end the shutdown any time he wants. He could have a bill on President Obama's desk in the course of an afternoon.

    But right now he won't step up. And it's because he's afraid of challenging the most extreme voices in his caucus (and I don't need to tell you how extreme some of them can be).

    We need to make sure that those aren't the only voices the Speaker is hearing.

    Tell Speaker Boehner to get the government up and running today.

    If Speaker Boehner brought a clean bill to fund the federal government to the floor -- without any of the nonsense about defunding Obamacare -- it would pass in a bipartisan vote. Period.

    And every day that goes by, more Republicans, even some in Congress, are starting to say exactly the same thing.

    It's time for John Boehner to do his job and listen to the American people.

    Tell him to end the government shutdown:



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Democratic National Committee

  • Welcome to Michigan: Mackinac 2013

    This weekend Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Karl Rove and Rand Paul will attend the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan. As they head to Michigan it’s important to remember what they thought of President Obama's decision to help Michigan when it was in trouble. Just 4 years ago, America’s auto industry was on the verge of collapse but President Obama refused to let them go bust despite staunch opposition from many of the same Republicans who will descend on Michigan for the Michigan Republican Party’s annual retreat this weekend. While they are there hoping no one will remember how they turned their backs on the American people, President Obama will be in Claycomo, Missouri, visiting a Ford plant to highlight the auto recovery and how it has helped our broader economic recovery. Today, the American auto industry is once again thriving—thanks to President Obama's leadership, and certainly no thanks to these extreme Republican leaders.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Four things you need to know”

    In an email, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz shared the Democrats' four-point strategy for winning elections in 2013, 2014 and beyond and encouraged supporters to get involved.

    Friend --

    I just got back from the DNC summer meeting in Arizona, so I thought I'd let you in on our strategy for the upcoming year and beyond (because I'm really excited about it).

    We have a four-pronged plan for the coming year:

    Recruiting and training top talent. Our party is only as strong as the people in it. So we're going to focus on identifying great candidates for state and local offices, training organizers across the country, and helping talented young people from all backgrounds break into politics through our Hope Institute program.

    Maintaining and building our digital edge. A big part of the reason we won last year is because our online program and tools were light years ahead of the Republicans. But that's the thing about cutting-edge technology -- it stops being cutting-edge pretty quickly. We're not going to rest on our laurels. We're going to work hard to maintain our edge while developing the next generation of tools.

    Expanding access to the ballot box. Every single thing we do as a party centers on our most fundamental right as Americans -- the right to vote. You've seen Republicans across the country restrict that right by taking advantage of the recent Supreme Court decision to gut the Voting Rights Act. And we're going to be fighting back by launching a national voter protection program.

    Holding Republicans accountable and promoting the Democratic agenda. You've heard Republicans talk a lot about how they're "rebranding" their party and agenda to be more inclusive after last year's election. But if you've been paying attention to the policies they're supporting, you've noticed that they've only gotten more extreme. We're going to make sure they don't get away with that bait-and-switch.

    Many people are going to work very hard to make sure this plan succeeds, but I have to be straight with you: a main factor in its success or failure will be whether we have the resources to pull it off.

    Chip in $10 or more today and make sure we can put our plan into motion:

    This is a winning plan -- and I can't wait to get to work on it with you, because we saw last year what we're capable of.



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- You've seen what we can do when we get this organization operating at its peak -- let's do it again.

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President Obama announced his Startup America Legislative Agenda
January 31, 2012
President Obama outlined his Startup America Legislative Agenda, which includes provisions that cut taxes for small businesses, gets capital to growing companies, and relieves the backlog of employment-based immigrant visas
Elevates Small Business Administrator
January 13, 2012
President Obama elevated the position of Small Business Administrator to Cabinet-level rank
Helping small businesses
Democrats passed the Small Business Jobs Act, spurring job creation by providing small businesses with tax breaks and better access to credit.