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Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • The Worst Election You’ve Never Heard of

    As Chair of the Democratic Party, I've been to more GOTV events than I can count. I've visited almost every state and have been involved in everything from the Presidential election to Governorships to ballot initiatives and small town races.

    But never have I seen an election like the one that's happening in Colorado right now.

    After the Colorado legislature passed commonsense gun violence prevention measures, national deep-pocketed gun lobbyists and their allies decided they weren't satisfied. They weren't going to let a small thing like the democratic process get in their way. So instead of waiting until the next election (which is only a little more than a year away), they're bankrolling a wasteful recall effort on two current elected officials — elected officials who have strong track records on job creation, education and strengthening Colorado's middle-class families.
     
    This effort is a blatant attack on our Democratic principles and it's a waste of Colorado taxpayer dollars. A recall will cost Colorado's citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars. It also sets a dangerous precedent for communities across our country. Local elections are supposed to be about the people in their districts, not extreme national groups trying to impose their policies.

    These national gun lobbyists have already tried to buy votes in Congress. Let's not let them buy elections, too.

    To learn more about these elections, visit: http://www.coloradodems.org/

  • Really? Governor Scott’s Renewed Efforts to Purge Florida Voters Not Necessary

    Governor Scott is back at it.  In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Governor Scott announced he is taking another shot at purging Florida’s voter rolls of ‘noncitizens.’

    Just to be clear, we’re talking about Republican purging efforts botched so badly that Governor Scott himself had to vote by provisional ballot in 2006 because the purge had determined he was dead.

    Seriously.

    You’d think that would have been a wake-up call that this sort of purging is deeply flawed and unnecessary.

    Governor Scott and his Republican Administration claim this is simply an effort to suppress voter fraud, but Floridians know better.  This shameful attempt to shrink the electorate was highly controversial in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, when the Department of Justice sued the state of Florida for attempting to disqualify thousands of voters less than 90 days before an election.

    The ability to cast a vote and have one’s vote counted is central to the functioning of our democracy.  But too often, Republicans have systematically turned how ballots are cast into a manufactured issue in swing states across the country.  Too often, these Republican-led so-called anti-voter fraud efforts are nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to disqualify voters that reek of politics.

    Such is the case in Florida.  Of the 180,000 potential noncitizens identified for purging in 2012, less than 0.02% were actually ineligible. Nearly 60 percent of those included in the initial list were Hispanic – meanwhile, Hispanic voters make up only 13 percent of Florida’s electorate.

    Unfortunately for Governor Scott and national Republicans, Florida’s voters won’t be fooled again.   Attempts like what is now happening in Florida, and what is happening in many states across the country, go against the spirit of our democracy and are exactly why Congress must answer President Obama’s call to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full authority.

  • Democrats Standing Up For Medicare and Medicaid: 48 Years and Counting

    Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law well before my time in Congress, but I am honored to play a role in fighting for these vital programs and the people who benefit from their existence. While Republicans have repeatedly tried to end Medicare as it currently exists, Democrats have taken bold steps to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. In 1997, President Clinton signed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program which provided 4.6 million children with health care by 2001, and increased the number of children covered by 70 percent in just two years. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law which gives every American access to quality affordable health care and improves care for many of those on Medicare and Medicaid.

    Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law well before my time in Congress, but I am honored to play a role in fighting for these vital programs and the people who benefit from their existence. While Republicans have repeatedly tried to end Medicare as it currently exists, Democrats have taken bold steps to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. In 1997, President Clinton signed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program which provided 4.6 million children with health care by 2001, and increased the number of children covered by 70 percent in just two years. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law which gives every American access to quality affordable health care and improves care for many of those on Medicare and Medicaid.

    With President Obama’s reauthorization of CHIP in 2009, the program’s coverage expanded benefits to 11 million children. Under the Affordable Care Act, 34.1 million seniors have already received one or more free preventative care services, 3.1 million young adults remain covered by their parents’ health insurance through the age of 26 and insurance companies have returned more than $1.5 billion to consumers to fulfill the ACA’s mandate that premiums be spent on health care, not administrative costs. Most importantly though, these are just the first of the benefits that consumers will see as full coverage begins in January and every American has access to quality affordable health care.

    When Republicans talk about making deep cuts to programs like these, I take it personally. I know how much my constituents rely on these programs and how painful it would be for them to see their benefits reduced. America’s seniors deserve to receive the basic benefits they have earned through a lifetime of work.

    Democrats will continue to fight to defend the important promise we made to those who rely on Medicare and Medicaid for quality health care. Take a look at this video showing how Democrats have helped to expand and protect this fundamental American value, and trust me when I say we, as Democrats, will continue the fight to protect these most vital programs.

  • We Shall not be moved!

    Earlier today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to the 104th NAACP convention in Orlando, Florda where she addressed voting rights and the need to protect those fundamental rights. Watch the video of her speech and check out a few highlights from her remarks.

    Earlier today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to the 104th NAACP convention in Orlando, Florda where she addressed voting rights and the need to protect those fundamental rights. Watch the video of her speech and check out a few highlights from her remarks.

    "Voting is not a privilege, it is a right which must not be infringed."

    "We have recently been reminded that progress is never guaranteed and that the right to vote is only as safe as the political will to protect it."

    "We must all remain vigilant and focused in light of the Supreme Court’s decision and hold the leadership in the House accountable to update the law. Sitting on the sidelines, waiting for something to happen is not an option."

    "Democrats will – as we have for over 50 years – continue to ensure that we protect the franchise. It’s who we are as a party, as a people, and as a nation. And we will never back down; We will never give up; and We shall not be moved!"


    Click here to read the full remarks.

  • The Tide is Rising

    Since day one, President Obama has been a strong leader on environmental issues. Whether it was setting historic fuel economy standards or doubling renewable electricity, President Obama has always fought to give our kids a stronger, more sustainable future. In fact, our carbon pollution has dropped to the lowest level in nearly 20 years.

    I have admired his work on all of these fronts, but his recent call to action on climate change really hits home.

    As a representative of South Florida, climate change threatens the very existence of our communities. Since the 1920s alone, we've experienced 9-inches of sea-level rises. This may sound inconsequential but if trends continue or accelerate as we pump more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, communities like mine in South Florida and coastal communities all across the country face a desperate fight against rising sea levels.

    In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sea level could rise more than six feet by the end of the century. If this happens, there is no doubt that much of South Florida, will be underwater, since half of the region is less than five feet above sea level. Even a three foot rise would result in one third of South Florida being covered by seawater.

    We are Floridians. Our kids get civic lessons on how to prepare for hurricanes. We have processes in place for dealing with these types of natural disasters. We've survived dozens of weather related emergencies. We've recovered and rebuilt. But while we may be prepared for more immediate weather emergencies, we have not come to terms with the slow, gradual rise of the tides that will leave our communities underwater.

    But sea level “could" rise is the important distinction here. It means that we still have an opportunity to reverse course. It means hope for the millions of families in Florida and other communities across our country. And it means that our actions today can affect the outcomes tomorrow.

    President Obama is leading on the issue. He's put forth a bold plan to reduce carbon pollution, accelerate the development of clean energy, reducegreenhouse gas emissions and invest in sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects to prepare for the effects of climate change.  But he can't do it alone. We need to Congress to act before it's too late, and before Miami becomes the next great American attraction for snorkelers and dive enthusiasts alike.

    Join me and sign this petition demanding that Congress follow the President's lead.

    Add your name

  • Los Angeles Celebrates Inauguration of Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Yesterday was an exciting day for the City of Los Angeles, which celebrated the inauguration of Eric Garcetti as mayor.  His commitment to public service and the city of L.A. will serve the city well as he works every single day to improve the lives of the residents of Los Angeles.

    Mayor Garcetti’s proven record as a city council member and President of the Los Angeles City Council led to job growth in his district and around the city, while he pushed his community into the future with innovative programing and technologies. Garcetti’s plans to continue this progress are clear. With plans to create new jobs, invest in clean energy and water, and create partnerships with local businesses, Garcetti is set to lead the city to where it needs to be.

    As we continually work to make our party more inclusive and reflective of our great nation, I hope Mayor Garcetti’s leadership will inspire a new generation of leaders. As the first elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles and only the second modern-day Latino mayor of the city, this is a significant step forward. Best of luck to Mayor Garcetti and congratulations to him and the city of Los Angeles.

  • DOMA is unconstitutional

    Today, following the Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent out the following email to supporters:

    Friend --

    The Supreme Court has just struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, giving tens of thousands of Americans the federal rights and protections that they've been unfairly denied for years.

    It's just the latest step we've made in recent years toward a more equal country where people aren't treated differently because of who they love.

    This progress wouldn't have happened without the hard work of activists and people like you -- and we won't finish the fight for equality unless we all step up and finish it.

    Commit to standing with the Democrats who are fighting for equality today, and let's make sure we have more days like this to celebrate.

    There is no gay agenda or straight agenda. As Democrats, our only agenda is full equality under the law for every American.

    For so many Americans, today's decision was personal -- just as it was when President Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, put in place hospital visitation rights for LGBT couples, and established the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

    Of course there is more to do. But today's decision shows how the tide has turned in our favor. By coming together and supporting Democrats across the country who are fighting for equal rights at the federal and state levels, we can make real progress.

    Please join me and fight for equal rights for every American:

    http://my.democrats.org/DOMA

    Equality is not an aspiration, it's a destination we will reach together.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

  • My wife and the Congressional Women’s Softball Game

    My wife Kate works for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. One of her many responsibilities is planning the Congressional Women’s Softball game, which she's done annually since its creation five years ago. The game raises money for the Young Survival Coalition— an organization that helps young women with breast cancer —and Kate loves every minute of planning it.  (She pretends it's hard – but nothing means more to her than to raise money for an awesome cause.)

    I’ve been to all of the games since the first, usually watching Kate fluttering around the field, making sure the games run smoothly. But last year was different. I had to attend the game alone.

    Last year we received the worst news of our lives: Kate had been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. When game day came around, she was in the hospital, sicker than she'd ever been before.

    It’s hard to put into words how awful those days were. But despite the painful treatments and hospitalization, Kate never forgot about the softball game. From her hospital bed, she was emailing updates to the other game organizers and Rep. Wasserman Schultz — and of course, she made sure that I could attend in her place (I wore a shirt embroidered with the name “Mr. Kate”).

    The outpouring of support from the players was overwhelming. During the game, one Congresswoman from the Congressional team found me, asked me to call Kate, and then passed the phone around to all the players in the dugout so that they could wish her a fast recovery.

    Thankfully, Kate has now been in remission for over a year. She's always loved working for the Democrats, but it never hit home as much as it did when she realized what it meant when President Obama did away with lifetimecaps (her medical costs would have put her halfway to her cap at only 27 years old). As someone who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills in just a few months, Kate knows a thing or two about how important it is to have affordable insurance coverage — how without it our family would have gone into financial ruin. With Obamacare no family ever has to worry about going bankrupt due to an illness.

    Life is still intense — but these days it's mostly because Kate's set a goal to double the amount they raise this year for the Young Survival Coalition (and she’s almost there!).

    The game is just a few days away, now. I’ll be there again. But this year, I’ll be there with Kate

    For more information about the game or to support the cause— or buy tickets if you're in DC— visit http://cwsoftballgame.eventbrite.com/

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