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  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Marco Rubio’s Tax Proposal Plan

    Washington, DC – Today Marco Rubio released his tax proposal.  Instead of offering anything new, the Rubio plan calls for more of the same failed, trickle-down fiscal policies of which the American people have grown tired and deserve better. In response to Rubio’s plan, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

    “At every opportunity, Marco Rubio jumps at the chance to pander to the extreme base of the Republican Party.  Rubio’s tax plan shifts the burden onto working Americans and those hurting the most while propping up the very rich and offering tax breaks for corporations.  To top it off, Rubio’s plan would increase the annual deficit.  Rather than propose a serious fiscal plan that aims to grow the middle class and expand opportunity for all Americans, Marco Rubio has assembled what amounts to a GOP donor wish list.  Marco Rubio isn’t fooling anyone.  If he seriously intends to be a fresh face for the Republican Party, then Rubio needs to go back to the drawing board and try again.”

    Here are a few examples of how the Rubio tax plan would prop up corporations and the very rich at the expense of working Americans and those hurting the most:

    • Cuts taxes for those at the very top while raising them for people at the bottom
    • Calls for tax breaks for corporations
    • Eliminates taxes on capital gains
    • Previewing his plan in front of Club for Growth, Rubio stated “If I got to start our country over from scratch, I would either have a flat tax or a consumption tax.”
  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Sen. Mikulski’s Announcement

    Washington, DC— DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced this morning that she will not run for re-election:

    “I can honestly say that I wonder if I would be where I am today without Barbara Mikulski.

    “She paved the way as a trailblazer for a young woman like me to run and win my first election at 26 years old. For the last four decades, there have been few stronger advocates of women’s equality than Barbara Mikulski. A few years ago, Sen. Mikulski introduced the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. But as a woman in Congress, I appreciate that her fight to bring equality to the workplace has been fought far longer and earned the hard way.

    “Millions of breast cancer patients and survivors like me cannot express how thankful we are for her leadership to ensure that health care reform included free mammograms and preventive services for women.

    “In her announcement this morning, Sen. Mikulski promised that she would not run for re-election so that she could focus on ‘raising hell.’ I have no doubt that is true, and know that as women, as Democrats, and as Americans, we are better off for having Barbara Mikulski fighting on our side.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Larry Scanlon

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of labor leader Larry Scanlon:

    “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Larry Scanlon. As the longtime political director of AFSCME, Larry was a dedicated advocate for America's working families. He truly believed that everyone deserved a fair shot, and devoted his life's work to ensuring that our neighbors who are often overlooked would have a voice to represent them. On behalf of Democrats across the country, I extend our thoughts and prayers to the Scanlon family and the entire labor community on their loss.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement Celebrating Women’s History Month

    Washington, D.C. – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in honor of Women’s History Month:

    “March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.’ This theme provides us an important opportunity to ensure that we, as a nation, are including the stories, struggles, and successes of women into the American narrative.

    “Women have been deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation’s history from the very beginning. From Abigail Adams’ role as unofficial adviser to the president, to Sandra Day O’Connor serving as the first female member of the United States Supreme Court, to Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, we have come a long way.  Celebrating the women who have come before us is essential to continuing our march toward total equality for women.  We stand on these women’s shoulders, and without knowing and understanding the stories of our foremothers, we have nothing to stand on.

    “The theme of this March also encourages us to recommit to always elevating women’s perspectives in the work we do building this nation, now and in the future.  This is something that I am proud to say our President and Democrats have made a priority.

    “In President Obama, women have had a strong ally in the fight for economic opportunity,  affordable health care, and a fair work, life balance. The first bill our President signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helps equip women with the legal tools they need to fight wage discrimination; with the Affordable Care Act, millions more American women now have access to quality, affordable health care without being discriminated against by insurance companies for being a woman; and a dedication to allowing parents the economic freedom to stay home with sick children so that working mothers can both take care of and afford to feed their families – Democrats have fought for policies that reflect the priorities of women and will continue to do so.

    “It is no secret why Republicans continue to struggle with women voters.  They continuously either ignore the voices of women or simply stand on the wrong side of these issues and so many more that are important to women and families. They still brush them aside as ‘just women’s issues’ – forgetting that women are not a small special interest group, but in fact make up half of our nation and ‘their’ issues are family issues and economic issues. In prioritizing the wealthy and special interests, Republicans have disregarded the needs of American woman and lost sight of the cornerstones of middle class economics.

    “This Women’s History Month, we recommit to never ignoring the perspectives and lives of women.  And we celebrate our progress, as well as the work still to be done, by drawing strength from the women whose stories are woven into our nation’s history.  May the women of the past be forever in our minds as we continue to break barriers and fight for full equality.  From our DNC family to yours, Happy Women’s History Month.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Senate DHS Vote

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Senate Republicans again refused to offer a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, instead offering one that’s already failed:

    “I am extremely disappointed that Republicans are willing to jeopardize America’s safety by refusing to pass a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security. Republicans are again threatening a partial government shutdown and the American people will hold them responsible.

    “Our nation’s security should not be subjected to partisan maneuvering. With the deadline rapidly approaching, Congressional Republicans must drop the gamesmanship and work with Democrats on a solution that puts the American people first instead of wasting time on a bill that’s already failed three times. Surely there must be at least one potential leader in the Republican Party who is willing to step forward and tell their party to do what is right.

    “Under President Obama’s leadership we have strengthened our nation’s security. That security is too critical for Republicans to put at risk just to make a point.”

  • DNC Committee Members Pass Resolution Calling for Guaranteeing an Individual’s Right to Vote

    Today, the Democratic National Committee unanimously passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Amendment explicitly guaranteeing an individual’s right to vote. After its passage, DNC Vice Chair of Voter Expansion and Protection Donna Brazile released the following statement:

    “Last year at the DNC Winter Meeting, we announced the Voter Expansion program to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is counted. Today we built on this critical mission by unanimously passing a resolution to amend the United States Constitution to explicitly guarantee Americans’ right to vote.  The Democratic Party stands for inclusion, and we know that we are all better when everyone has a voice in the democratic process. The right to vote is a moral imperative, and I am proud to support this resolution.”

  • Democratic National Committee Releases Victory Task Force Preliminary Report

    Washington, DC – Today at the Democratic National Committee’s annual winter meeting, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the preliminary findings of the DNC’s Democratic Victory Task Force, an initiative that Wasserman Schultz announced in the days after the 2014 Midterm Election.

    The Democratic Victory Task Force’s aim is to conduct a thorough review and assessment of key components of the Democratic Party’s – and related organizations’ – role in recent elections and identify places where the Party can strengthen and improve operations to better serve candidates and constituents in future elections.

    Today’s preliminary report recommends specific steps both the national and state Democratic parties can take to improve their performance in future elections, including:

    • the creation of a National Narrative Project to work with party leaders, activists, and messaging and narrative experts to create a strong values-based national narrative that will engage, inspire and motivate voters to identify with and support Democrats;
    • working with State Parties to build partnership agreements that include training, evaluation, metrics, and incentives and that are focused on ensuring that every State Party is on a pathway to self-sustainability;
    • the development of an aggressive, multi-faceted legislative and legal strategy to ensure every eligible American is registered to vote, has access to the polls and has their ballot counted;
    • the creation and resourcing of a three-cycle plan, in conjunction with our allies, that targets and wins back legislative chambers in order to prepare for redistricting efforts; and
    • the DNC building on its success and playing a proactive role in helping identify, train and foster the next generation of Democratic leaders, especially at the state level.


    “The Democratic Victory Task Force plays an important role, consulting people from around the country from all backgrounds, in an effort to continue to strengthen the Democratic Party,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “We are Democrats because we believe in an economy where hard work is rewarded, and because we are focused on building a stronger and more secure middle class.  We have a lot of work ahead, but we know that when Democrats win elections, the middle class wins.”

    Appointed members of the Democratic Victory Task Force – Naomi Aberly, Governor Steve Beshear (KY), Donna Brazile, Maria Cardona, Marc Elias, Teddy Goff, Maneesh Goyal, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio, Lee Saunders and Eric Schmidt – solicited input from a wide array of stakeholders, from activists to outside experts to Party Leadership, who helped guide the findings.

    The Task Force will produce its final recommendations by mid-2015.

  • DNC Chair Announces Philadelphia to Host the 2016 Democratic National Convention

    Washington, DC— Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC signed the final contract with Philadelphia this morning.

    “I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”

    The DNC’s Technical Advisory Group evaluated cities across the country, looking at factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics.

    “The City of Philadelphia is excited and honored to be selected as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said. “We believe that it was our proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City’s tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance, which made Philadelphia the ideal choice for the 2016 DNC.  I want to thank our great team at PHL DNC 2016, Governor Rendell and Governor Wolf, Senator Casey, Congressman Brady, Congressman Fattah, and former Congresswoman Schwartz.  I especially want to acknowledge our great partners in the Labor unions, business and political communities, clergy and our citizens, who are eager to see Philadelphia on the national stage as the host city.  We’re all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”

    Additional details on the convention structure, host committee, and staff, will be made available in the coming weeks.

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