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As the threats facing our country have evolved over the years, so too has our ability to respond to them. Our national security personnel are the most dynamic and well-trained in the world, and we must never forget the solemn duty that they fulfill for our nation. Democrats are committed to ensuring that our troops have the training, equipment, and support that they need when they are deployed and the care that they and their families need and deserve when they return home.

Democrats and President Obama are focused on preventing terrorism across the globe. This means continuing to invest heavily in intelligence and information sharing and promoting those networks among our allies. We will continue to strengthen our ability to keep nuclear and biological weapons out of the hands of terrorists, address efforts to better ensure border security, and augment defense of our national infrastructure.

President Obama has made significant steps to restore America’s image around the world by rebuilding strategic alliances with countries that share our values and face common threats.

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  • “Time for them to do their damn jobs”

    Our communications director, Brad Woodhouse, fired off this email to supporters today about how Republicans in Congress need to stop playing political games and do their jobs:

    Friend --

    Getting in President Obama's way has been the top priority for Republicans in Congress since day one. But now they've gone too far.

    They've been caught red-handed making up so-called 'scandals' out of thin air to stir up false rumors of vast 'cover-ups' happening in the White House.

    Did they find a single shred of evidence to back up their outrageous claims? No.

    But rather than let the truth stand in their way, Republicans actually doctored emails between administration officials about Benghazi. Then, they released them to the press, trying to pass them off as real in order to create their scandal. Fortunately, they got caught in the act when the White House released all of the actual emails.

    Tell President Obama you've got his back right now, no matter what Republicans come up with next.

    While Republican leaders were focused on stirring up controversy, Michele Bachmann was talking about impeaching President Obama for absolutely no reason, and Republicans in the House voted to repeal Obamacare -- for the 37th time.

    That's how they think they should be spending their time and your money.

    Make sure the President knows that you stand behind him and his agenda right now -- and that you won't let Republican games distract you from advocating for real change that will benefit all Americans.

    Stand with President Obama today -- and send the message to Republicans that it's time to stop playing political games and get back to work for the American people:

    http://my.democrats.org/Stand-With-The-President

    Its time for them to do their damn jobs.

    Thanks,

    Brad

    Brad Woodhouse
    Communications Director
    Democratic National Committee

     

  • The GOP sequester: Defenseless

    Republicans continue to refuse to work with President Obama and Democrats to reach a balanced approach to reducing the deficit and averting the sequester. Their insistence on putting politics first has put our nation's military preparedness on the line and jeopardized the livelihood of the 800,000 Defense Department employees who now face furloughs—the consequences of which are already being felt across the country. Here's a snapshot.

    Republicans continue to refuse to work with President Obama and Democrats to reach a balanced approach to reducing the deficit and averting the sequester. Their insistence on putting politics first has put our nation's military preparedness on the line and jeopardized the livelihood of the 800,000 Defense Department employees who now face furloughs—the consequences of which are already being felt across the country. Here's a snapshot:

    As many as 27,000 civilian military employees will be furloughed in Alabama, which will cause an estimated loss of more than $1.9 billion to the state.

    The Air Force faces furloughs for 180,000 civilian workers, resulting in the loss of 31.5 million man hours of productivity.

    Major General James McConville said in a speech at Kentucky's Fort Campbell: "I wondered if people really understood what the effects of sequestration and a pending furlough would do to our civilian workforce and the families of this division as we went off to war. I wondered if they knew that our great mission support element…will be limited to a 32-hour work week and incur a 20 percent pay cut. I wondered if they were aware that our teachers are government service employees and that the kids of our deployed soldiers will only be able to go to school four days a week."

    At El Paso's Fort Bliss, most of the 11,000 civilian employees on base will be hit with a 20 percent pay cut starting April 21 until the end of September.

    A $30 million construction project intended to fix South Bend's National Guard Armory has been put on hold because of the GOP sequester.

    Navy frigates will stop conducting drug patrols in the Caribbean and end their participation in a joint operation that stopped 160 tons of cocaine rom reaching U.S. streets—all because of the GOP sequester.

    Tell Republicans to put our country first. Add your name now.

  • See how the GOP sequester is hurting communities nationwide

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

  • "Valor knows no gender"

    Yesterday President Obama and Defense Secretary Panetta made history when they announced that at long last, more military positions, including ground combat units, will be opened to women. This is a major recognition, not only of all the women who are currently serving overseas, but of all the women who have ever worn our country's uniform. For me, that's personal.

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Ending the war in Iraq
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Reducing the threat of nuclear weapons
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