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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s statement on National Equal Pay Day

    On National Equal Pay Day, we are reminded of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate women equally. Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than $430,000 in lost compensation for her, her family, and our economy. For Hispanic and African American women, the gap is shamefully even greater.

    Women now constitute nearly half of the nation’s work force. More women are acting as their family’s primary breadwinner, and many families rely on the paycheck of a wife or mother just to make ends meet. Pay equality is not just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue, and an economic issue.

    As the party of inclusion, empowerment, and opportunity, these issues are priorities for Democrats. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed into law by President Obama, and Democrats in Congress continue to fight for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. In addition, Democrats support increasing the minimum wage, because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. We also recognize that real economic equality includes enabling women to decide for themselves when to start a family.

    The contrast with Republicans is clear. Republicans stood steadfast against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, oppose increasing the minimum wage, and have repeatedly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. They continue to double down on their obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and with it the provision that bars insurance companies from treating being a woman as a pre-existing condition increasing the cost of health care for women and their families. The net effect is that while Republicans are fighting against bigger paychecks for women, they would also subject them to higher health care costs. That is an unsustainable proposition for America’s families.

    Equal pay is about more than just women’s rights. It’s about the economic security of our families. It’s about ensuring that our daughters enter a work environment that treats them with fairness and respect. And it’s about growing our economy, because we know that when women succeed, America succeeds. It’s high time Republicans get on board.

  • $24 billion

    The GOP Shutdown cost our economy $24 billion and accomplished nothing. Yet, GOP Leader Ted Cruz still thinks it was a good idea. If we want to prevent future manufactured crises, we need to vote Ted Cruz and the rest of the Tea Party out of office. Help Democrats today so we have the resources we need to fight back in 2014.

    The GOP Shutdown cost our economy $24 billion and accomplished nothing. Yet, GOP Leader Ted Cruz still thinks it was a good idea. If we want to prevent future manufactured crises, we need to vote Ted Cruz and the rest of the Tea Party out of office. Help Democrats today so we have the resources we need to fight back in 2014.

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  • Donna Brazile: An email from me won’t do the trick

    DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile sent the following email to supporters encouraging them to tell John Boehner to end the GOP Shutdown.

    Friend --

    Let me tell you what Speaker Boehner won't: He could end the shutdown any time he wants.

    Right now, today, there are enough votes in the House of Representatives to pass a bill that gets the government up and running without any of this nonsense about repealing Obamacare.

    So why are we here? Because House Republicans were determined to pick another fight over Obamacare, and the Speaker won't tell them that their fun is over and that they need to grow up.

    So join the Democrats, and tell John Boehner that it's time to end the government shutdown.

    Absurd doesn't begin to describe this situation. Hundreds of thousands of government employees are stuck at home and the national parks are closed. The FDA's not checking meat for contamination, the CDC has halted monitoring the flow of infectious diseases, and children aren't getting cancer treatments from the NIH. Soon our veterans won't be getting benefits. And yet, a majority of our lawmakers are ready to vote for a budget resolution that the President will sign.

    I know how crazy this is, and so do you. But it looks like Speaker Boehner will need a little help to reach that conclusion. And I don't think an email from me is going to do the trick.

    Which is exactly why we need Americans from all across the country to help bring this madness to an end.

    Stand with the Democrats today:

    http://my.democrats.org/Just-Vote

    Thanks for all you do,

    Donna Brazile

  • Take back the house

    If Election Day were tomorrow, John Boehner and Eric Cantor might be getting demoted. If Republicans lose 17 seats in the House of Representatives, they lose their majority -- and new polls released this weekend show that sitting Republicans are losing to Democrats in at least 17 districts. We've got the momentum -- but this is a critical week. Check out this graphic, then donate so Democrats hold onto our lead.

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