Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • A New Tool In The War On Poverty

    I’m going to echo Maria Shriver and state the obvious: while I have not lived on the brink of poverty, I am deeply concerned by the growing income gap in America. I work every day to expand opportunities for the millions of people -- one in three Americans, seventy percent of whom are women and children -- who struggle every day to make ends meet.

    Earlier this week, Maria introduced a report that illustrates how urgent that work is.  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink is filled with thoughtful essays from academics and activists -- everyone from Hillary Clinton to Barbara Ehrenreich to Beyoncé. And it includes new research on how deeply entrenched poverty has become in our social fabric, and how we can change it.

    I encourage you to read Maria's introduction to the report, and to explore A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink in full.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Curb Gun Violence for Gabby

    "Three years ago today, a man approached a crowd in the parking lot of a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket and began shooting. Six people were killed, including one child, and 13 were wounded, including his main target, my dear friend, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    I'll never forget where I was when I first heard the news. I was driving my daughter to her soccer game when I got an email that Gabby had been shot. On that day, the all too familiar tragedy unfolding on TV was personal, one of my closest friends was a victim of intentional violence."

    Read the Op-Ed in its entirety here.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “2014 Strategy Update”

    Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent an email to supporters updating them on the Democrats strategy to win elections in 2014 and urged them to donate to put the plan into place. Here's what she had to say:

    Friend --

    One of the things you learn right away in Democratic politics is that there's no magic to winning elections -- and that's actually good news.

    What you really need is good strategy, smart people, and ideas you're proud to stand behind -- all of which we have. But it also takes a lot of hard work to tell our story to voters.

    The first thing we're going to decide in 2014 will be how much we're able to do -- and our decision will be based heavily on the resources we have at the end of the year. So if you're willing to back up our plan to win next year, please donate $10 or more right now.

    Here's what we're doing with your support:

    1. Recruiting and training organizing talent across the country.
    2. Maintaining and building our digital edge.
    3. Expanding access to the ballot box.
    4. Holding Republicans accountable and promoting the Democratic agenda.

    If we continue doing these four things with all our resources, all our party's talent, and all the energy and passion of supporters like you and me, I guarantee you we'll see more Democrats elected in 2014.

    Chip in before our last deadline of 2013 to make sure we can execute our full plan to win in 2014:

    We can't just leave this to chance -- in the next few days, we have to be absolutely certain that we'll have the resources now to start executing our strategy.

    Thanks for doing your part,


    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- My first meeting of 2014 will be to review how much we raised between now and the end of the year, and to decide whether we can do all of the things we need to do to win in 2014. Pitch in to make sure we can.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Invest To Win In 2014 Now”

    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged supporters in an email to invest in Democrats now to win back the House in 2014. Here's what she had to say:


    Friend --

    One month ago, many people laughed at the idea that Democrats could take back the House in 2014.

    But today, because of what you've done to hold Republicans accountable, polls show that 37 Congressional swing seats are in play -- and we only need to win back 17 of them.

    Republicans are beginning to feel the aftershocks of their reckless behavior, but if we want to follow through on it, we have to dig in and keep investing our resources for the long haul.

    Help make that happen. Chip in $3 or more before the midnight fundraising deadline.

    We outraised our Republican counterparts in September. That's great -- but if Democrats are going to take back the majority in the House, we need to make it a habit.

    Chip in $3 or more before midnight tonight to show Republicans that you're committed to outraising them from now until 2014:



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- Democrats won't be able to win without you. Donate today to let them know you're in their corner.

  • 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:



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    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:



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    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:



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Democratic National Committee

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