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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act:

    “Freedom from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – it is a concept that seems inherent to a nation founded by declaring that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

    “But it wasn’t until fifty years ago, with President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that this thoroughly American ideal came closer to reality when it was codified into law.

    “Today’s anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is a reminder that equal protection under the law has not been self-evident, but instead a struggle for which each generation has had to fight. The civil rights leaders of the 1950s and 60s, including those who participated in Freedom Summer fifty years ago, endured unthinkable adversity for having the courage to seek the rights with which each of us is endowed. Each subsequent victory over the last five decades is a byproduct of their hardships, and for that we are eternally grateful.

    “It is because of their success that today’s anniversary is less a celebration than a call to action.  The Democratic Party is committed to ensuring the creation of a more perfect union by extending rights to those who are still excluded.

    “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 followed in the spirit of the Civil Rights Act, but Congressional action is required to restore the protections negated by last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder. And despite President Obama’s recent executive action announcement, many American workers still lack protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.

    “President Johnson made the case for passage of the Civil Rights Act by invoking his predecessor, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long." Today, the Democratic Party believes there is no more fitting way to honor those who helped pass the Civil Rights Act than by extending its promise to all Americans.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Harris v Quinn

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v Quinn:

    “I disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris v. Quinn. Many of the basic workplace standards and protections that we take for granted as Americans are thanks to the efforts of organized labor. These benefits have been sought and achieved on behalf of all workers, regardless of whether or not they’ve paid union dues. I fear that this decision will seriously diminish the capacity of labor unions to represent the best interests of American workers who have fought for and won significant progress on wages, benefits and working conditions, and jeopardize the progress that has been made over the last century.”

  • DNC Chair’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:
      
    “I am disappointed and deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have gained access to preventive services without out-of-pocket costs, including birth control. However, this decision takes money out of the pockets of women and their families and allows for-profit employers to deny access to certain health care benefits based on their personal beliefs. Nearly sixty percent of women who use birth control do so for more than just family planning.

    “It is no surprise that Republicans have sided against women on this issue as they have consistently opposed a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Republicans have also blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would bring us closer to the promise of equal pay for women. In the wake of this dangerous precedent set by the Supreme Court, Democrats in Congress will continue to fight on the issues of importance to women and their families.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Tonight’s Primary Results

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the results of tonight’s primaries:

    “Another primary Election Day, another confirmation that while Democrats continue to expand our party, the GOP is thwarting their attempts to reach out to new voters.

    “Democrats are ready to unite behind the historic candidacy of Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who is poised to become the state’s first African American governor, and would be just the fifth in our nation‘s history.

    “Across the country, Democratic candidates are fighting to secure economic opportunity for working families, from Tim Bishop in New York’s first Congressional District to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Come November, voters will cast their ballots for Democratic candidates who are on their side, instead of candidates like Lee Zeldin and Bob Beauprez who are beholden to radical, right wing ideology.

    “Meanwhile in Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran barely survived a challenge from Chris McDaniel with the help of a huge cash advantage. McDaniel’s campaign was plagued by scandal and controversy, but Cochran still required a runoff just to win his party’s nomination. Like in Mitch McConnell's primary, even the 'establishment' candidates who win Republican primaries are out of touch and out of the mainstream."

  • DNC Statement on RNC’s North Carolina “Black Advisory Board”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Republican National Committee’s announcement of a North Carolina Black Advisory Board, DNC National Director of African American Media Kiara Pesante issued the following statement: “Republicans are desperately trying to clean up Thom Tillis’ mess. By separating African American North Carolinians from what he deemed the ‘traditional’ population in the state, Tillis makes it clear that he isn’t interested in uniting North Carolina, but dividing it. This is not the first time Thom Tillis has made comments that are deeply offensive, and the reality of his divisive record is clear. From saying he wants to ‘divide and conquer’ people on public assistance to his dangerous record on jobs and health care that hurts middle class families across North Carolina, Thom Tillis has repeatedly shown that he is too out of touch to work for all North Carolinians in the Senate. The failed RNC ‘African American Outreach’ office in Charlotte couldn’t fix that, nor can this Advisory Board.”

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  • DNC Statement on Wisconsin John Doe Investigation

    Washington, DC — In response to newly released documents that show prosecutors alleging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary, Michael Czin released the below statement:

    “The documents released today raise more questions than answers about Scott Walker’s misconduct during his first term. Walker’s coordination with Karl Rove and a Koch backed group, among others, is not only troubling and potentially illegal – it is a clear violation of the public’s trust.

    “For years, Walker has refused to answer questions about his conduct. Now that prosecutors have alleged criminal conduct by Walker, it’s time for him to come clean to the people of Wisconsin and face the consequences, whatever they may be.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Statement in Recognition of Juneteenth

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day:

    “On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and relayed General Order Number 3, informing the state’s slaves that they had been freed.

    “Juneteenth is an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices of those who suffered from the stain of slavery in our nation’s early history, and the courage of those who struggled to secure a more perfect union. We commemorate those who were born or sold into slavery, and those who died in the process of bringing about its end.

    “Juneteenth is also an opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions made by the African American community, and our nation’s rich history of those willing to fight for equality and freedom for all.

    “To this day, the fight continues. Voter expansion, immigration reform, marriage equality, education reform, employment non-discrimination, health care reform – each of these are part of the effort to extend the full set of rights and privileges to which we’re entitled as Americans.

    “News of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston 901 days after it was issued by President Lincoln. Today, information can cross the globe instantaneously, but the spread of civil rights still takes time. I’m proud that the American people and the Democratic Party remain committed to the fight for progress.”

  • DNC Chair’s Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Sign Non Discrimination Executive Order

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on President Obama’s decision to sign an executive order to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or identity for federal contractors:

    “President Obama’s decision to sign an executive order to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or identity for federal contractors marks another significant step in our nation’s progress on civil rights. As the President has said, ‘in the United States, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.’

    “The executive order comes almost exactly one year after the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act following President Obama’s refusal to defend DOMA’s constitutionality. President Obama has also overseen the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and strengthened protections against hate crimes by signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

    “This executive order adds to the list of the LGBT community’s accomplishments during the Obama administration and is cause for celebration as we recognize June as LGBT Pride Month.  However, Democrats in Congress remain steadfast in our commitment to passing the Employee Non-Discrimination Act into law that will permanently extend these protections to all Americans. It’s time for Republicans to join us.”

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