Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid:
“Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. For half a century, these programs have existed as a sacred promise between America and its people: that if you work hard and play by the rules, they will be there for you when you need it. Prior to their creations, too many seniors had no reliable health care and medical costs bankrupted too many hard-working families.
“In recent years, the Affordable Care Act has helped us to better fulfill the goals of Medicare and Medicaid. The cost-saving measures introduced have extended the life of the Medicare trust fund. More than sixteen million Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health care, and it would be millions more if more Republican governors would finally accept the law’s Medicaid expansion.
“Despite the undeniable success of Medicare and Medicaid, their continued existence is in jeopardy. Just recently, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush expressed his desire to “phase out” the Medicare program. Marco Rubio’s so-called “New American Century” would undo the progress of the last, by turning Medicare into a voucher system. And Republicans running for President in 2016 have endorsed a plan to end Medicare as we know it.
“Medicare and Medicaid are promises that America must keep. Democrats are committed to fulfilling these promises, and strengthening them for generations to come.”
Washington, DC— Democratic presidential candidates Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb will address the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, the DNC announced today.
Democratic National Committee members will be meeting to discuss party business August 27– 29 at the Hilton Minneapolis (1001 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403). All of the candidates are scheduled to speak on August 28, 2015.
“The Summer Meeting is a great opportunity for our members to hear directly from each of our presidential candidates,” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. “Their policies and ideas to grow the economy, create jobs and make sure everyone has a chance to get ahead stand in stark contrast to the sixteen Republican candidates who want to take America backwards. I know our members will leave Minneapolis inspired to redouble their efforts to ensure that come November 2016, a Democrat is elected the 45th president of the United States.”
Additional details about the program will be announced soon.
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to a Trump spokesperson’s comments that “you can’t rape your spouse”:
“This is a new low. Rape is rape. Full stop. End of story. There is no difference or division between 'forcible', 'legitimate', 'marital' or any other label Republicans slap on before the word 'rape'. All rape is a disgusting violation, and Americans have fought too long and hard for that to be acknowledged to still have it questioned in 2015.
“It's a pattern of outrageous comments that must stop, and Republicans should call it what it is - despicable."
Washington, D.C. – Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on Mike Huckabee’s comments:
“From questioning President Obama’s religion to questioning whether or not President Obama loves America to asserting President Obama isn’t an American, we thought we had seen everything from the Republican Party and its presidential candidates.
“But now, the most liked Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee said that President Obama is marching Israelis to ‘the door of the oven’.
“This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics. Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”
Washington, D.C. – With John Kasich’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“We don’t need even one day of John Kasich out on the campaign trail to tell us what kind of president he would be. Kasich’s time as a congressman, governor, and at a Wall Street firm have shown us that he will continue his divisive record of putting his own best interests ahead of the people of Ohio and the middle class.
“From championing the original government shutdown in the mid-1990s that cost taxpayers as much as $800 million to serving as a managing director for one of the investment banks that was integral to the 2008 crash and subsequent economic crisis that put nearly 9 million Americans out of work, John Kasich’s callous actions are only matched by his notoriously dismissive attitude toward hardworking Americans. As governor of Ohio, Kasich has cut taxes for the wealthy while placing stress on local governments to clean up his messes. He’s cut almost $2 billion in education funding and signed some of the most restrictive women’s health laws in the country.
“We’ve seen John Kasich’s pro-John Kasich policies in action, and we deserve better. John Kasich is simply out of touch with today’s middle class and working Americans. Adding insult to injury, he brings more of the same divisive rhetoric and policies that are already prevalent among his fifteen fellow contenders, which is the last thing America needs.”
Washington, D.C. – With Scott Walker’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“With today’s announcement, Scott Walker has indicated that he intends to bring his Wisconsin brand of politics to Washington, but the reality is that he’s already brought the worst of Washington to Wisconsin.
“To promote adherence to his rigid partisan views and to please the special interests that have backed his campaigns, Walker has pit the people of Wisconsin against each other in contentious ideological fights. He’s gutted education, refused investments in infrastructure and health care, and shuttered women’s health clinics, while pushing tax policies that have overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthiest few.
“Walker promised to eliminate the deficit but his state was $2.2 billion in the red, and Walker’s Wisconsin sits at the bottom in his region for job growth, while his job-creation agency is mired in mismanagement and questions about tax credits that went to his political donors.
“It’s that type of divisive, ineffective politics, and mismanagement that middle class Americans don’t need any more of in Washington. Walker simply has the wrong priorities for America.”
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to House Republicans’ tone-deaf stance on the Confederate Flag:
“The last 24 hours in the House of Representatives are some of the darkest I have witnessed as a Member of Congress.
“The American people need to know that their GOP-controlled Congress deceitfully pursued an effort to defend the Confederate Flag.
“This is an example of the GOP’s abhorrent tone-deafness to what is happening across the nation in the wake of the Charleston tragedy, as South Carolina is set to remove this symbol of hatred from their capitol tomorrow and the American people engage in a dialogue to move past our history of racial prejudice and towards a more tolerant future.
“The leaders of the Republican Party should be ashamed. Their party’s insistence on clinging to a symbol of a shameful, racist period in American history is hurting our nation and places them in league with an ugly legacy.”
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today celebrating Independence Day:
“As Thomas Jefferson wrote 239 years ago, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'"
“During times like last week, we are reminded of the extraordinary capacity for good that can come from the constant struggle to fulfill that ideal. On consecutive days, we saw necessary protections put in place to help ensure more Americans are healthy and able to fulfill their constitutional right to marry who they love no matter where they live. These victories help ensure that the rights many of us already enjoy do indeed extend to all Americans.
“Our founding fathers had the courage not just to declare their independence, but to challenge future generations to lift our nation to the heights to which they aspired. We continue their struggle by fighting for a living wage for workers, a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, unfettered access to voting, comprehensive immigration reform, and creating opportunities to pursue the American dream for all.
“I wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.”
Washington, D.C. – In response to Jim Webb’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“I welcome Jim Webb’s bid to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Senator Webb has a long and distinguished record of service to his country, both in the Marines and in public office. His leadership on the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a sterling example of the Democratic commitment to ensuring the opportunities available for our veterans when they return home.
“As the field of 2016 candidates rounds into shape, a stark contrast is developing between the Democratic and Republican parties. Democrats are fighting for middle class families, and those still struggling to get there. Republicans are concerned only with those already at the very top. Over the coming months, the difference between the Democratic plan to move our nation forward and Republican efforts to bring back the failed policies of the past will only grow more clear.”
With Immigrant Heritage Month coming to an end, Caucus and Council Chairs of the Democratic National Committee issued the following statements to reaffirm the Democratic Party’s strong support of immigrants and to celebrate the many positive contributions immigrants and their children have made to our country. Recently, the chairs encouraged Democratic Members of Congress to co-sponsor S.Res. 216 and H.Res. 325 that both recognize June as “Immigrant Heritage Month” and thanked President Obama for his support of this important celebration too:
DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong: “The very fabric of our country is bound by the diverse ethnicities that make up each and every community. From small businesses to the sciences and technologies, from social engagement to national defense, and music to the arts, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to every part of the vibrant immigrant community and to our nation as a whole. During Immigrant Heritage Month, we recognize the sacrifices that our country’s immigrants have made in shaping this nation into what it is today as well as the role that they have in moving America forward.”
DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Martinez: “We applaud President Obama for his support of Immigrant Heritage Month and Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Linda Sanchez for their leadership on Resolutions in the Senate and House to officially declare June Immigrant Heritage Month, and commend all the Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who have co-sponsored those Resolutions and encourage others to sign-on. The positive contributions of Hispanic immigrants and their families to our economy, culture, technology innovations and homeland security are immeasurable. Their devotion to our country can be seen in every community across our nation.”
DNC Ethnic Council Chair Dr. James Zogby: "My mom was a Democrat because, as she would always remind us, when her family came to America over a century ago, it was the Democratic party that welcomed them and helped them to settle in this New World. That is what our party did then and that is what we still do. Immigration is central to America's story, just as supporting immigrants is central to our party's story. It defines who we are and what we have represented to the millions who have traveled to our shore seeking freedom and opportunity. I am, therefore, so pleased that our party is honoring Immigrant Heritage Month and I encourage all Democratic Members of Congress to co-sponsor S.Res. 216 and H.Res. 325 declaring June Immigrant Heritage Month and celebrating the many contributions of immigrants and their families.”
In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, please enjoy these stories about why immigrants and the children of immigrants celebrate the values of the Democratic Party:
A Second Chance at Life
By Elvir Klempic (Bosnian-American)
Serving Our Nation
Conrad Nowak (Polish-American)
The Democratic Party, Home for All Americans
Amy Dacey (Irish and Polish-American)
My Mother, My Values, My Vote
James Zogby (Arab-American)
Remembering My Immigrant Grandparents’ Vision and Sacrifice
Danica Opranica (Serbian-American)
Our Shared Immigrant History
Maureen Pikarski (Polish-American)
Washington, D.C. – With Chris Christie’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
"Now that Chris Christie is a candidate for President, he should be prepared to handle some blunt, straight-talk he may not like: his failed leadership has driven New Jersey’s economy off a cliff, leaving the middle class even further behind.
"As governor, Christie has led New Jersey to a record-setting nine credit downgrades, the third lowest private sector job growth in the country, and an unemployment rate among the highest in the region. The state has experienced significant budget shortfalls as Christie gave massive tax breaks to corporations and protected those at the very top while failing to meet his obligations to the middle class.
"Chris Christie spent 2014 and most of 2015 so far ignoring the problems he created at home while the state’s economic and fiscal crises worsened.
"His bullying style created a culture that led to the infamous Bridgegate scandal, and he's done nothing to solve New Jersey’s fiscal problems.
"Allow me to tell it like it is: Governor Christie doesn’t have solutions for America’s middle class, and he’d be a nightmare as President."
Washington, DC – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage:
“I enthusiastically applaud the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Obergefell v.Hodges. This decision, and what it means for the LGBT community, has been a long-time coming and is the result of decades of struggle and perseverance.
“Now, same-sex couples throughout the country will be guaranteed the recognition and legal protections they so fully deserve. No longer will their families be viewed as lesser in the eyes of the law.
“Last week I had the privilege of officiating a same-sex wedding right across the street from the Supreme Court building. It was clear that the love between Alex and Robert is no different than the love I share with my husband Steve. Love is love, and love is now the law.
“Today is a day of celebration, and as we move forward from this important victory, Democrats will continue fighting to ensure that nobody in this country faces discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.”
Washington, DC – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act in King. v. Burwell:
“The Affordable Care Act has now withstood two Supreme Court cases, about sixty votes to repeal or undermine it in the House of Representatives, and a presidential election. The debate is settled – the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.
“More than sixteen million Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health care and the uninsured rate is at or near historic lows. The growth of health care spending is slowing and lifetime caps on health insurance benefits are gone. Never again will someone be discriminated against by their insurance company because of a pre-existing condition.
“But Republicans keep fighting to take that away from the American people. Their favorite word seems to be ‘repeal.’ Americans don’t want to see their family, friends, and neighbors lose their health insurance.
“Today’s decision is a victory for the American people, and Democrats will keep fighting to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care.”
Washington, DC – In response to some Republicans' comments today regarding the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House, please see below a statement from Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
“For decades community leaders in South Carolina – and across the country – have been calling to get rid of this symbol of hatred, and action has been long overdue.
"But this is just the beginning of a conversation we as a society need to have about race, bigotry and violence in this country – not the end of one.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on last night’s tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina:
"Today, the nation mourns as we learn more about the harrowing shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As law enforcement continues its work and as the victims' families and community begin to heal, we are heartbroken and painfully reminded that our work is far from done. No one should ever have a reason to be afraid to go to their place of worship. We must recommit to ensuring our communities are safe from senseless and hateful acts of violence."
Washington, D.C. – With Jeb Bush’s upcoming announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Jeb Bush’s announcement later today that he’ll seek the Republican 2016 nomination is good news if you happen to be Jeb Bush or someone like him. Throughout his career, Jeb Bush has consistently put what is best for himself and those at the top above the priorities of working Americans.
“As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush slashed taxes by billions, largely benefitting the wealthy and corporations. Since leaving public office more than eight years ago, Bush has leveraged his family name to reap profits for himself, immersing himself in problematic corporate business deals and cashing in on Wall Street while Americans were hit by the financial crisis.
“We already know what to expect from a Bush Presidency, because we’ve seen it before. Jeb Bush supported his brother’s disastrous economic and foreign policies that made us weaker at home and abroad. He supported his brother’s plan to privatize Social Security and endorsed a budget that would end Medicare as we know it.
“But what makes the specter of a Jeb Bush presidency even more unpalatable is his belief in his own superiority and infallibility – in my 22 years in elected office I have never worked with someone who is as inflexible, uncompromising, and willing to do whatever it takes to get their way as Jeb Bush. These are not the qualities Americans need in their president if we are going to work together to get things done.
“On issue after issue, Jeb Bush’s indifference toward the concerns of the middle class, women, students, immigrants, seniors and the LGBT community shows he is as out of step with the American people as every other candidate in the Republican field.”
Washington, D.C. – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, presidenta del DNC, emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre el anuncio de Jeb Bush:
“El anuncio que Jeb Bush hará hoy presentando su candidatura al nombramiento republicano para 2016 son buenas noticias si resulta que eres Jeb Bush o alguien como él. A lo largo de su carrera, Jeb Bush ha puesto lo que es mejor para él y los de arriba muy por encima de las prioridades de los trabajadores americanos.
“Como gobernador de Florida, Jeb Bush cercenó impuestos por miles de millones, beneficiando sobremanera a los ricos y a las corporaciones. Desde que abandonó los puestos públicos hace ocho años, Bush ha aprovechado su apellido para cosechar beneficios para si mismo, sumergiéndose en problemáticos negocios corporativos y haciendo caja en Wall Street mientras los americanos y americanas eran golpeados por la crisis financiera.
“Ya sabemos lo que esperar de una presidencia Bush, porque la hemos visto antes. Jeb Bush apoyó las desastrosas políticas exterior y económica de su hermano que nos debilitaron en casa y fuera. Apoyó el plan de su hermano para privatizar el Seguro Social y respaldó un presupuesto que acabaría con el Medicare tal y como lo conocemos.
“Pero lo que resulta todavía más desagradable del espectro de una presidencia de Jeb Bush es su creencia en su propia superioridad e infalibilidad – en mis 22 años en puestos público nunca he trabajado con alguien tan inflexible, intransigente y convencido de hacer lo que haga falta para salirse con la suya como Jeb Bush. Estas no son las cualidades que los americanos y americanas necesitan en su presidente si vamos a trabajar juntos para que las cosas funcionen.
“En un tema tras otro, la indiferencia de Jeb Bush hacia las preocupaciones de la clase media, las mujeres, los estudiantes, los inmigrantes, las personas mayores y la comunidad LGBT muestra lo desfasado que está respecto al pueblo americano, como también lo están el resto de candidatos en el campo republicano.”
WASHINGTON – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the senior leadership team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC). The strong team assembled brings decades of both Convention and professional political experience, ensuring that the Convention in Philadelphia will be the best to date.
“Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy, rich in history and tradition, and we could not be more thrilled to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to that great city to nominate the next President of the United States” said Wasserman Schultz.
“The team we have put together showcases the diversity and talent of the Democratic Party, and they will work closely with our partners in Philadelphia to create an impactful event for the American people. This Convention is our opportunity to highlight what Democrats have accomplished through President Obama’s leadership and to share our vision for the future by nominating the 45th President of the United States.”
In addition to previously announced Convention Chief Executive Officer, the Reverend Leah Daughtry, the DNC announced the following appointments:
Matthew Butler, former CEO for Media Matters for America, will be the DNCC’s Chief of Staff. Butler brings two decades of non-profit, campaign, and consulting experience to the Convention team.
Zoe Garmendia will join as the Deputy CEO for Logistics, with a vast background in the operations of Presidential Nominating Conventions and Presidential Inaugural Committees, serving in numerous capacities during the last five election cycles. From 2009 to 2011, Zoe also served as Chief of Operations for the Office of Administration in the Executive Office of the President.
Travis Dredd has been selected as Deputy CEO for Convention Complex Management. Dredd, a Marine Corps veteran, served in leadership positions on behalf of the Executive Office of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the last four Democratic Conventions, including his role as Convention chief of staff in 2012.
April Mellody will be Deputy CEO for Communications. She comes to the DNCC from the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). She brings extensive political, campaign and communications experience to the role, including work on several prior Democratic Conventions, in the private sector, for the 2010 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race and as a spokesperson in the Clinton White House.
Brian Bond, Deputy CEO for Public Engagement, will join the DNCC team in September. Bond served as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement from 2009-2011. He has also served in numerous leadership roles at the DNC.
Andrew Binns will serve as Chief Innovation Officer. He brings over 12 years of innovative technology management and leadership to the DNCC. This is Binns' fourth Convention after having served as Chief Information Officer for the Charlotte 2012 Convention.
Washington, D.C. – With Rick Perry’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Under Rick Perry’s tenure as governor, two Texases emerged. In one, his allies and special interests did well, benefiting from billions in tax breaks for big business and the wealthiest Texans. But in the other, it was working families and the poor who bore the burden of Perry’s policies. Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, but Perry refused to expand Medicaid. Texas is the state with the most minimum wage workers, but Perry opposed raising the minimum wage. Perry also vetoed equal pay legislation and slashed billions from education funding.
“Rick Perry’s failed tenure as governor of Texas tells us everything we need to know about why he should never and won’t ever be President of the United States.”
Washington, D.C. – In response to Lincoln Chafee’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“With Lincoln Chafee making it official that he will seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, his entrance is a welcome addition to the race. His commitment to public service has led him to answer the call at every level of government – at the local, state, and national levels. Throughout his career, he has consistently demonstrated the conviction to do what he felt was best for the people he represents.
“As a former Republican, Lincoln Chafee can help make the case that his old party no longer represents the best interests of the American people. The Democratic Party is the natural home for those of us who share the values and priorities of middle class families. I look forward to Governor Chafee sharing the stage with Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders, Governor O’Malley and each of the candidates who will help Democrats make that argument for the American people.”
Washington, DC – With Lindsey Graham’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“The most telling piece of information from Lindsey Graham’s announcement is just how worried Republicans are about their current crop of disastrous presidential candidates. Instead of scaring people out or the race, the current field is scaring people in.
“Unfortunately for the Republican Party, Graham’s policies are most reminiscent of another GOP leader, George W. Bush. Graham has long been a champion of Bush’s failed economic policies, his disastrous foreign policy and his divisive social agenda. As president, he would embrace them again.
“It is no surprise that Lindsey Graham, as everyone in the field is trying to claim, thinks he offers something unique. But when it comes down to it, he is the same as the rest of the GOP presidential field whose policies would take America backwards.”
Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of Beau Biden:
"It is difficult to find the words to adequately express my sincerest condolences to the Biden family on learning of the untimely passing of Beau Biden.
"Tonight, our country lost a committed public servant, someone who devoted his own life to making the lives of others better. Beau was steadfast in his defense of our principles, whether as a member of the Delaware National Guard or as the state's Attorney General.
"But for all his professional accomplishments and his work on behalf of the people of Delaware, it is the personal loss for the Biden family that most saddens me at this time. Cancer has stolen from them a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. A loss like this always feels too soon, but especially so in this case. I had the privilege of knowing Beau personally. He was a "mensch" in the truest sense of the word and I am heartbroken for his family.
"The loss of Beau Biden is a loss for our nation. My thoughts and prayers are with Hallie, Natalie, Hunter, Joe, Jill, and the entire Biden family at this difficult time."
Washington, D.C. – In response to Martin O’Malley’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
"I welcome Martin O’Malley to the field of candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. As Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley demonstrated his solid commitment to social justice and economic opportunity.
"Governor O’Malley has been a leader on fighting for equal pay for women, increasing access to quality health care and expanding voting rights. On issues from college affordability to increasing the state’s minimum wage, Governor O’Malley exemplifies the Democratic Party’s middle-class economics, highlighting the significant differences between the priorities of the Democratic and Republican parties, regardless of who emerges as each party’s nominee.
"I look forward to Governor O’Malley joining Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders on the campaign trail as they make the case to the American people that the Democratic Party is on their side."
Washington, DC – With George Pataki’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“Another day, another Republican running for President who opposes raising the minimum wage and whose agenda is wrong for the middle class.”
Washington, DC – With Rick Santorum’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“Rick Santorum’s backwards views fit right in with the rest of the Republican presidential hopefuls: policies that would shift the burden to the middle class while making it easier for the wealthiest and corporations, an inexcusable denial of the realities of climate change, attacks on LGBT Americans, and much more. This is today’s Republican Party and the field is pretty crowded with his views already.”
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of Memorial Day:
“On Memorial Day, we honor those who, as President Lincoln observed, gave the ‘last full measure of devotion.’ Our words can never repay the debt we owe the men and women who gave their lives in service of our country. We can only hope to live up to the values and ideals they embodied.
“We also extend our support and gratitude to the loved ones and communities they left behind. Each of the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans exists because of their ultimate sacrifice. Today is our day to show them they are not, and never will be, forgotten.”
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement to congratulate Jim Kenney on winning the 2015 mayoral primary in Philadelphia:
“I congratulate Jim Kenney on winning the Democratic mayoral primary in Philadelphia today. Philadelphia is one of our nation’s most vibrant cities with an unparalleled commitment to economic equality. I know that Jim will maintain that commitment as Mayor, and will continue the extraordinary progress Mayor Nutter has made for countless communities across the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The Democratic Party is thrilled to hold the 2016 convention in this historic city, and I look forward to working with Jim in the year to come on this momentous convention.”
Following the news that Bobby Jindal has launched his Presidential Exploratory Committee, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
Washington, DC – With Mike Huckabee’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:
“Mike Huckabee’s decision to throw his hat into the GOP ring tells us all we need to know about who the Republican Party is and what they believe. This Republican candidate for president said that being gay is a lifestyle choice akin to using profanity. He opposes a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and return control to the insurance companies.
“It’s one thing to spout off nonsense on his TV show, but for Mike Huckabee to present his ideas as legitimate policies for a presidential campaign is insulting to the American people, though I can't say I am particularly surprised. I mean, have you heard the rest of the Republican hopefuls?
“Mike Huckabee’s vision for America is out of touch, in many cases completely out of line and would take the country backwards.”
Washington, DC – The Democratic National Committee announced today that it will sanction six debates between candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, beginning in the fall of 2015.
“We’ve always believed that we would have a competitive primary process, and that debates would be an important part of that process,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters multiple opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, but will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress – no matter whom our nominee may be.”
Each of the six DNC-sanctioned debates will be sponsored by a combination of state Democratic Parties, national broadcast media, digital platforms, local media, and civic organizations. The four early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will each host a sanctioned debate.
Wasserman Schultz said that there are several key principles guiding the process of putting together a debate schedule:
While a six sanctioned debate schedule is consistent with the precedent set by the DNC during the 2004 and 2008 cycles, this year the DNC will further manage the process by implementing an exclusivity requirement. Any candidate or debate sponsor wishing to participate in DNC debates, must agree to participate exclusively in the DNC-sanctioned process. Any violation would result in forfeiture of the ability to participate in the remainder of the debate process.
Wasserman Schultz said that the DNC has already received a number of proposals and inquiries from potential debate sponsors. Senior DNC officials will now begin working directly with those groups to facilitate partnerships and discuss next steps. Additional details regarding debate partners, cities, dates, logistics, additional host states, and criteria for participation will be released at a later date.
Washington, DC – In recognition of Older Americans Month beginning on May 1, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Our seniors are such a vital part of the fabric of our country, and we have so much to celebrate with them in the month of May. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of both Medicare and Medicaid and the passage of the Older Americans Act of 1965, crucial pieces of legislation that gave our seniors the protections and retirement security they deserve, and we should do everything we can to stop any weakening of these safeguards that our seniors have earned. In my capacity as a Member of Congress I am proud to represent many South Florida retired and older Americans and to fight for their health and economic security. The Democratic Party continues to be a champion for older Americans, and we should all take time every month to appreciate our nation’s seniors.”
Washington, DC – DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. As a Congresswoman, Chair Wasserman Schultz was instrumental in establishing May as JAHM. President George W. Bush first proclaimed JAHM almost 10 years ago and it has been celebrated ever since:
"As a member of the American Jewish community, it is with tremendous pride that I celebrate May as Jewish American Heritage Month.
"From our nation's earliest days, America has held promise and hope for the Jewish people. Ours is a nation founded on justice and equality, assuring freedom of religious opportunity and freedom from religious tyranny. In the centuries since George Washington famously wrote to the Hebrew congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, our community has become an integral part of this nation's past, present and future. Escaping violence, hatred and prejudice, our forefathers and mothers arrived on these shores seeking a better life and brighter future. We are compelled to continue that legacy by making this nation a light for all those seeking the same.
"American Jews have invented vaccines, created businesses, and fought and died for the United States on the battlefield. We have made Nobel-winning discoveries, explored outer space, inspired countless Americans through athletics, and run for office to help fulfil the promise of extending the American Dream to everyone.
"Our history is proof of that promise fulfilled. As the party of inclusion, empowerment, and opportunity, the Democratic Party is committed to extending those values for the American Jewish community and all Americans."
Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
“May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures that make up this vibrant community. For generations, AAPI Americans have faced and overcome adversity, and we appreciate the integral role they have played in shaping America into what it is today.
“The AAPI community is strengthened by the success of middle class economics. AAPI small business owners continue to thrive in an economy that has experienced 61 straight months of private sector job growth. AAPI families have benefitted from increased access to quality affordable health insurance, investments in education, and tax cuts for the middle class.
“The Democratic Party remains committed to fighting for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we will continue to fight for commonsense policies that put the middle class first and give all AAPI families their shot at achieving the American dream.”
Washington, DC – In response to Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Democrats welcome Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the second candidate to officially seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. Senator Sanders is well-recognized for his principled leadership and has consistently stood up for middle class families. Throughout his service in the U.S. House and Senate, Bernie Sanders has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the values we all share as members of the Democratic Party.
“The Democratic Party appreciates the contributions that Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton, and other candidates will make to a healthy dialogue about the future of our party and our nation. There is a distinct contrast between Democrats who are on the side of middle and working class families and Republicans who are concerned with the very rich and wealthy corporations. Over the next year, the discussions we have during our respective nominating processes will help make that choice clear.”
Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Supreme Court begins to hear arguments in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, the result of which will determine whether marriage equality can be extended to all Americans. Currently, approximately 70 percent of Americans live in a state where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Like millions of other Americans, I have anxiously awaited the beginning of these oral arguments because I know that in my heart of hearts the Supreme Court will ultimately come down on the side of equality, love, fairness and families. I’ve watched thousands of couples in my home state of Florida express their love for one another in marriage vows since the law was overturned in January, and they’re no different than people in North Dakota or Georgia or Texas. We’ve come too far to stall or reverse the incredible progress states have made in the past few years. Yet as Democrats stand with families and fight for fairness, Republicans like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and the rest of the presidential hopefuls want to take us backwards. This is an important issue and we now need the Supreme Court to end discrimination under the law once and for all because love is love and it’s the right thing to do.”
“It’s about time Senate Republicans finally came to the table and allowed a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as our next attorney general. Instead of working to ensure that our justice system serves its citizens to the best of its ability by swiftly confirming Lynch, Republicans chose to delay her confirmation for longer than any attorney general nominee in over three decades for purely political purposes. As the president noted, this was embarrassing and it is a clear demonstration of what Republican leadership looks like. Moving forward, Americans deserve leaders who will get things done for the American people, leaders like Loretta Lynch – not more of this obstructionist nonsense that we've seen from the likes of Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz; all of whom voted against her confirmation. And to be clear, it was bad enough that they held up her nomination and voted against this extraordinarily qualified first female African American attorney general, but to add insult to injury, the things that Republican presidential hopefuls said about her throughout this process were horrible, and completely uncalled for.” – Michael Tyler, DNC spokesperson
A quick reminder of some of the lowlights:
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on National Equal Pay Day:
"As the party that puts the middle class first, Democrats are proud to fight for equal pay every single day. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the very first bill signed into law by President Obama, setting the tone for an administration that would recognize the contributions women make to our nation’s economy. But we know that our work isn't finished.
"The Paycheck Fairness Act would help level the playing field for women, but unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and Republican candidates for president have opposed it at every turn.
"Not content to merely vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate, Marco Rubio said it was “wasting time,” Rand Paul compared it to the Soviet Union’s Politburo and Ted Cruz derided it as a “show vote.” Chris Christie and Rick Perry vetoed equal pay legislation in their states, and Scott Walker repealed equal pay enforcement in Wisconsin. But the most out-of-touch GOP hopeful may be Jeb Bush, who didn’t even know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was.
"Unlike members of the Republican party, Democrats are proud to support policies that open the door to more opportunities for the middle class and help working families’ paychecks go farther. Democrats and the American people understand that equal pay is a necessity to ensure that hardworking Americans can get ahead in a 21st century economy. We won't stop fighting for women and the middle class and we have one question for the GOP, 'Whose side are they on?'"
Washington, DC – In response to Marco Rubio’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“As Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign gets underway, expect him to try and portray himself as a bold, new leader with fresh ideas. But the truth is – as those of us in Florida know all too well – he’s simply peddling the same stale, harmful wares that the rest of the Republican Party is selling.
“At every opportunity, Rubio has revealed his true colors - taking outdated positions that match up with the Republican base instead of doing what’s best for his constituents and the country. Rather than propose a serious tax plan that aims to grow the middle class and expand opportunity for all Americans, his plan is a GOP wish list - slashing taxes for those at the top and shifting the burden onto working Americans. He even went so far as to run away from his own immigration plan when the most extreme wing of his party put pressure on him, and he supported shutting the government down to deny people quality health care, costing our economy $24 billion.
“Rubio says he’s a new type of Republican, but the only things he’s ever championed are the same failed policies the public has already rejected, and the only cause he’s ever advanced is his own.”
Washington, DC – In response to Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“I would like to welcome Hillary Clinton as the first official candidate for President of the United States to seek the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016. As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been a forceful advocate for women, children, and families, and an effective ambassador on the global stage.
“While we expect a competitive primary for the Democratic nomination, one thing is for certain — next November, voters will face a choice between Democrats who will continue to build on the middle class economic success of President Obama, and Republican candidates who want to bring back the failed, trickle-down economics of the past. I look forward to the contributions that Secretary Clinton, and all of our eventual candidates, will bring to this debate between two very different visions for the country.”
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on tonight’s mayoral election in Chicago, IL:
"I would like to congratulate Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his reelection. Mayor Emanuel has made critical investments in the city’s infrastructure and public transportation, implemented universal full-day kindergarten, and helped foster a growing economy that is creating jobs. With today’s election result, it is clear that the people of Chicago support his focus on middle class economics and the direction he is taking the city. I look forward to seeing Mayor Emanuel's and the city of Chicago's continued success in the years ahead.”
Washington, DC – In response to Senator Rand Paul’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
"Rand Paul says he wants to unleash the American Dream but the only thing a Paul presidential candidacy unleashes is a massive lurch backwards to failed policies and narrow-minded extremism. He says he’s something different, but when you take a look, he’s the same as any other Republican presidential hopeful: good for the wealthiest few and bad for the middle class, and taking positions that are way outside the mainstream on issue after issue.
This is a classic example of a GOP presidential candidate thinking he can talk his way into our communities while turning his back on us when it comes to his policy prescriptions. Not only is Rand Paul not going to make the GOP’s tent any bigger, the tent actually collapses under the weight of his harmful policies. How can Rand Paul seek to broaden Republicans’ appeal when he has voiced opposition to the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, opposed comprehensive immigration reform, written a budget slashing Pell Grants, belittled LGBT rights, and introduced bills to take women’s health care decisions out of their hands?
“On issue after issue his policies are the same as the rest of the GOP, but even more extreme, and will turn back the clock on the progress we have made. That sounds like the same old Republican Party to me and it will to voters as well, who want a president who will fight to help them climb the ladder of opportunity."