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Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • 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/

  • People’s rights, not politics

    As Democrats, our agenda is full equality under the law for every American.

    Last night, I attended the DNC's annual LGBT Leadership Gala — and wow was it a great night!

    Not only did we have our fabulous First Lady, Jason Collins, Sara Bareilles, and Andy Cohen in attendance, we had hundreds of Democrats fired up and ready to fight for equality.

    There is no gay agenda or straight agenda. As Democrats, our only agenda is full equality under the law for every American. Because this issue isn't about politics, it’s about people's rights.

    For so many Americans, when the President signed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it was personal. When he put in place hospital visitation rights for LGBT couples, it meant the world to some couples. When his administration established and developed the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, it was life-changing. And when his administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging them to strike down Proposition 8, he sent the message that we as Americans will not tolerate inequality.

    Of course there is more to do. But by coming together at events like last night's and supporting the President and Democrats in Congress, we can do it.

    It is an undeniable fact that after years of dogged determination by LGBT leaders, activists and grassroots supporters, the tide is turning in our favor. But we can’t turn back for a second.

    We need to support candidates who are working toward real equality.

    Please join us and fight for equal rights for every American.

    Fight for equality

  • #ThankATeacher

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked members of the DNC leadership team to share stories about their favorite teachers. Here's what a few of them had to say.

  • Sign Michelle Obama’s Mother’s Day Card

    In honor of Mother's Day, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent the following email to supporters asking them to sign a special Mother's Day card for Michelle Obama.

    Friend --

    When I first came to Washington in 2005, there weren't a lot of people who understood why I carried around crayons in my purse.

    You see, there weren't all that many moms with young kids working in Congress -- not many people who understood what it was like balancing taking care of my constituents with taking care of my three kids, Jake, Rebecca, and Shelby.

    So I was excited when Michelle Obama became the first mother in years to have young children in the White House. In the time since, I've been incredibly inspired by how she's managed to balance her duties as First Lady with what she says is her most important job -- being Sasha and Malia's mom.

    This Mother's Day, I want to let the First Lady know how much she's admired and appreciated.

    Join me, and add your name to my card wishing the First Lady a happy Mother's Day.

    Over the past few years, the First Lady has done so much to help kids, veterans, and military families -- and she's raising two strong and smart daughters while doing it.

    We're lucky to have Michelle Obama as our First Lady, and Sasha and Malia are lucky to have her as a mom.

    Wish her a happy Mother's Day today.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- If you haven't yet, make sure to pick up a card for your own mom!

  • Thanks, Ms. Botton

    It's Teacher Appreciation Week. As Democrats, we know that our most important investments are the ones we make in our kids. That's why, for years, we've been on the cutting edge of education reform. From FDR signing the G.I. Bill to President Obama overhauling student loans, Democrats have consistently invested to provide our kids with a first-rate education and the tools necessary to drive our economy forward with more job creation and opportunity. We also recognize that funding and programs alone won't solve all of our problems. Democrats understand that in order to create world-class institutions of learning, we have to reward, retain, and attract world-class teachers — teachers like my favorite teach growing up, Francine Botton. Ms. Botton was my fifth and sixth grade teacher at Magnolia Open Elementary School in Long Beach, New York, and like so many teachers across our country, she inspired me and all of my classmates to study hard and dream big. She was part mom, part educator, helping her students realize that anything was possible for us. She picked us up when we were down and pushed us when she knew we could do better.

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