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  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 6th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 6th anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law:

    “Six years ago today, President Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first piece of legislation he signed into law. By doing so, President Obama set a course for his administration to defend equality of opportunity for all Americans and prioritize middle class economic policies that help families make ends meet.

    “With more women serving as their family’s primary breadwinner, equal pay is more than a women’s issue; equal pay is a family issue and an economic issue. Yet Congressional Republicans continue to oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act - common sense legislation necessary to provide women the legal tools they need to fight pay discrimination when it occurs - and the GOP’s potential 2016 contenders dismiss the importance of equal pay as an economic issue for middle class families.

    “Six years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law, Democrats are still fighting for economic policies that benefit middle class women and their families, including steps that continue to move us closer to the promise of equal pay.”

  • DNC Announces 2016 Convention Date

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz today announced the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The committee is still in final contract negotiations to choose a host city for the convention and will announce the decision in the coming weeks.

    “This is the next step to finalize where and when we will nominate the 45th President of the United States, highlight the Democratic Party’s agenda of fighting  for expanded opportunity and contrast it with the Republican Party’s commitment to the fortunate few,” said Wasserman Schultz. “We are still in discussions with three excellent cities and are looking forward to a diverse and inclusive convention that displays our party’s values.”

    The cities in final contract negotiations with the DNC are Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia.

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

    “Today is the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, solidifying a woman's autonomy to make her own decisions regarding her health and family.

    “It is with a perverse sense of cruelty that Republicans would choose today for an attempt to chip away at these protections with a bill that would undermine women’s access to safe and affordable healthcare and shows what the GOP’s true priorities are. Time and again, the American people have soundly rejected extreme Republican efforts to insert themselves into health care decisions best left to women, their family, and their doctors.

    “Congressional Republicans continue to waste taxpayer time and money by focusing on their outdated, ideological agenda instead of economic policies that will help the middle class. So long as Republicans insist on refighting these battles, Democrats will continue to stand up for women and defend access to health care.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the State of the Union

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union address:

    “Tonight, President Obama used his State of the Union address to offer an assessment of where we are as a nation, remind us of the obstacles we’ve overcome in recent years, and provide a vision of where our nation is headed.

    “It was exactly six years ago that President Obama was sworn into office. He inherited an economy that had been losing 750,000 jobs per month, the housing market’s bubble had burst, and the auto industry was in danger of collapsing.

    “Under President Obama’s leadership, we put an end to the trickle down policies that failed and restored an emphasis on middle class economics. We experienced our 58th straight month of private sector job growth. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008. The auto industry is thriving once again and millions more Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

    “Now, it is our responsibility to ensure that all Americans can share in our success. We need to ensure that middle class families have their shot at the American dream; where every American has the peace of mind to know that when they get sick, they have health insurance, can afford to send their child to college and to retire with dignity.

    “Republicans need to stop stacking the deck in favor of corporations and the wealthiest among us and against working families looking to get ahead. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and the GOP’s 2016 hopefuls have shown little desire to work toward this goal. Instead of doubling down on failed, trickle-down economics that would reverse the progress we’ve seen, they should work with President Obama and Democrats in Congress to enact policies that put middle class families first.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the State of the Union

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union address:

    “Tonight, President Obama used his State of the Union address to offer an assessment of where we are as a nation, remind us of the obstacles we’ve overcome in recent years, and provide a vision of where our nation is headed.

    “It was exactly six years ago that President Obama was sworn into office. He inherited an economy that had been losing 750,000 jobs per month, the housing market’s bubble had burst, and the auto industry was in danger of collapsing.

    “Under President Obama’s leadership, we put an end to the trickle down policies that failed and restored an emphasis on middle class economics. We experienced our 58th straight month of private sector job growth. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008. The auto industry is thriving once again and millions more Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

    “Now, it is our responsibility to ensure that all Americans can share in our success. We need to ensure that middle class families have their shot at the American dream; where every American has the peace of mind to know that when they get sick, they have health insurance, can afford to send their child to college and to retire with dignity.

    “Republicans need to stop stacking the deck in favor of corporations and the wealthiest among us and against working families looking to get ahead. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and the GOP’s 2016 hopefuls have shown little desire to work toward this goal. Instead of doubling down on failed, trickle-down economics that would reverse the progress we’ve seen, they should work with President Obama and Democrats in Congress to enact policies that put middle class families first.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

    “Today we remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even today, on movie screens, his message still resonates and on the streets of our communities his example still leads us. I am proud that the Democratic Party carries on Dr. King's fights: to encourage equality of opportunity for all Americans, to guarantee that each voice is heard at the ballot box and to fight threats to the franchise, to combat poverty by supporting a living wage, and to ensure equal treatment under the law. This holiday is an opportunity to keep marching forward, committing ourselves to a Day of Service, and bringing us closer to realizing Dr. King's dream.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Today’s Jobs Report

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on today’s jobs report:

    “Today's jobs report confirms that 2014 was the strongest year of job growth since 1999. Contrary to Mitch McConnell's best effort, this is not the result of magical economic time travel, but the product of policies resulting in steady progress that has seen private sector jobs increase for the last fifty-eight consecutive months. While this news is encouraging and shows that President Obama has our country on the right path, we cannot allow the misplaced priorities of the Republican Congress to return us to the failed policies that contributed to the crisis in the first place.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Retirement of Senator Barbara Boxer

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Barbara Boxer’s announcement that she will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2016:

    “Senator Barbara Boxer’s announcement today that she will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2016 represents a tremendous loss for the people of California and the Democratic Party. On issues including the environment, gun safety, women’s health, and education, Senator Boxer has fought tirelessly for the issues that shape the lives of the people she represents, and she will certainly be missed in the halls of Congress. As Chair of the DNC, it has been part of my mission to encourage more young women to get involved in electoral politics, and I know that I would not be in the position to do so today without women like Barbara Boxer opening the doors through which we have followed.

    “Though she’ll be leaving the Senate after this term, I know that Barbara Boxer is not yet done fighting for a progressive future that ensures opportunity for all Americans.”

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