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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Stop Governing by Crisis”

    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote an email condemning the Tea Party strategy of governing by crisis and urged supporters to fight back. Here's what she had to say:

    Friend --

    I thought that once the government shutdown was over, we could move on and get down to business. But some Republicans in Congress have other ideas.

    Ted Cruz and his Tea Party allies have said they are looking forward to the next chance to shut down the government again. To them, this was a missed opportunity, and they want a second chance.

    They forced a $24 billion hit to our economy, saw cancer patients turned away from clinical trials, delayed paychecks to hard-working Americans, and embarrassed the entire country.

    I don't view that as the framework of a very good strategy -- but then again, I'm not being pressured by special interest groups to put Tea Party ideology over the American people. I thought that once the government shutdown was over, we could move on and get down to business. But some Republicans in Congress have other ideas.

    These guys are hearing a lot from the extreme right-wing of their party. Let's make sure they're also hearing your voice. Call on Republicans to stop governing by crisis today.

    Shutting down the government isn't what the American people sent their representatives to Washington to do -- and I think we need to remind them of that fact.

    Make it happen. Speak up today:

    http://my.democrats.org/Team-2014

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

  • “Top Ten Political Leaders We Need Right Now”

    Today on Morning Joe, there was a discussion of the "top ten political leaders we need right now."

    Here are their lists-- they reflect some great leaders but it left out some great women who have made America what it is today.



    Here is my list with some others that should be added:

    This list represents only a few of the countless female leaders who deserve our respect and admiration, and who have shown time after time that women can also help to get the job done.

  • 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:

    http://my.democrats.org/Time-To-Vote

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

  • Tell Republicans: Stop Playing Political Games with Food Stamps

    Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent the following email to supporters encouraging them to stand up against Republicans and defend SNAP funding.

    Friend --

    House Republicans are voting today to cut food stamps by $40 billion, which would kick up to 6 million people off the program.

    I can throw a lot of stats and numbers at you about how terrible that would be, but I think an article from the New York Times a couple weeks ago sums it up best. Here's the part that really got me:
    As a self-described "true Southern man" -- and reluctant recipient of food stamps -- Dustin Rigsby, a struggling mechanic, hunts deer, doves and squirrels to help feed his family. He shops for grocery bargains, cooks budget-stretching stews and limits himself to one meal a day.
    ...
    For the Rigsbys, both 20, the priority is three meals a day for their son, Drake, who is 1. Some months they run out of milk. Mr. Rigsby, who is out of work with a knee injury, recently sold his truck for cash; his wife, Christina, works part time as a clerk at J.C. Penney. On the refrigerator in their sparsely furnished apartment is a calendar marked with the date -- the 6th -- that their card is refreshed. "FOOD!" it declares.

    "When we got married, we told each other that we want to be able to sit down at the table and eat as a family," Mrs. Rigsby said. "But we don't really get to do that."

    In Washington, House Republicans propose cutting $40 billion more in food stamps over the next 10 years by imposing work requirements and eliminating waivers for some able-bodied adults. The cuts would push four million to six million low-income people, including millions of "very low-income unemployed parents" who want to work but cannot find jobs, off the rolls, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
    Those proposed cuts are being voted on today. And we need to stop them.

    Add your name, and call on Republicans to stop playing games with food stamps:

    http://my.democrats.org/Protect-SNAP

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

  • Despite the tremendous impact of the Violence Against Women Act, the truth is that far too many women in this country still face the violent reality of domestic abuse and rape, and far too many die every day because of violence in their communities and their own homes. We can and must do more. As Democrats, we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent violence against all Americans. – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Celebrating 50 Years Since The March on Washington

    Today, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed his dream for an equal America, we recognize the courage and strength that the leaders of the civil rights movement endured. Following the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Democrats fought for the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights act, taking the biggest steps for equal rights in generations. Today, Democrats reflect on the past and promise to continue to fight every day for equality and opportunity for all, to make sure that we do not forget the legacy of Dr. King and his fellow civil rights leaders.

    Today, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed his dream for an equal America, we recognize the courage and strength that the leaders of the civil rights movement endured. Following the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Democrats fought for the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights act, taking the biggest steps for equal rights in generations. Today, Democrats reflect on the past and promise to continue to fight every day for equality and opportunity for all, to make sure that we do not forget the legacy of Dr. King and his fellow civil rights 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:

    https://my.democrats.org/Our-Strategy

    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.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    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.

  • SOCIAL SECURITY: 78 Years Later, a Promise to Seniors and the Vulnerable that Endures

    Seventy-eight years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, making a promise to America’s seniors to help them retire with the dignity and security they earned through a lifetime of hard work. Social Security has provided millions of Americans a level of stability for not only retirees, but also for individuals with disabilities and those receiving survivor benefits.

    Today, I am proud to stand with President Obama as we continue to fulfill the promise made so many years ago. Democrats remain committed to preserving and protecting Social Security for millions of seniors across the country and for future generations of Americans. We believe that a sustainable retirement does not just have to be a benefit for the privileged few, but for all hard-working Americans.  This assistance helps make sure seniors can pay their bills, buy groceries, and purchase life-saving medications.

    Seventy-eight years later, Social Security continues to ensure Americans can live with the dignity they deserve—part of the vision that if you work hard and put in your time, you have earned the basic benefits of a secure future. I stand by the President as we work to continue that vision, and live up to the promises made to our nation’s seniors by fighting to strengthen and protect their hard-earned benefits.

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