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  • 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.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House Republicans Latest Vote to Dismantle the ACA

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following House Republicans latest vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act:

    “Today, Republicans voted on a health care measure that manages to both increase the deficit and decrease the number of insured. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, making this move would cost one million people their health insurance through their employer and could even lead businesses to cut hours for workers.

    “This legislation is antithetical to the goal of expanding access to affordable insurance, and undermines the progress already achieved under the Affordable Care Act. The benefits of health care reform have reached from young adults permitted to stay on their parents’ insurance, to seniors for whom the prescription drug donut hole is closing and the solvency of Medicare has been extended. Recently, we have seen the level of uninsured Americans at or near historic lows, while overall health care costs are rising at historically low rates.

    “We are just days into the 114th Congress, and already Republicans have shown us everything we need to know about what to expect over the next two years. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell tried to credit 57 straight months of job growth to an election that occurred just nine weeks ago. Now, Republicans have prioritized legislation that would hurt working families and our nation’s fiscal strength for the sake of winning a talking point.

    “Republicans have been given an opportunity to prove they can work with President Obama. For the sake of the American people, they need to stop squandering it.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the House Democratic Caucus Agenda

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in support of the House Democratic caucus legislative agenda announced today:

    “The Democratic caucus will fight to advance our country’s infrastructure, work to make sure corporations pay their fair share of taxes and are not rewarded for shipping American jobs overseas. We will introduce legislation to grow paychecks for hard working American families. We will work to ensure workers receive their fair share of compensation and stop CEOs from claiming additional tax deductions until their employees receive a much deserved raise. And we will continue to ensure that millions of Americans receive quality affordable health care.

    “And what has the House GOP leadership promised the American people in the next few months? They have committed to looking out for big oil, gas, and coal companies, eliminating reforms that hold Wall Street’s big banks accountable, and repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would take away health care from millions of Americans.

    “It is clear which party is behind the American people, committed to growing opportunity from the middle class, and fighting for those who are willing to work hard. And, it is crystal-clear which party is watching out for special interests. I am proud of our Democratic agenda, and look forward to the work we will do in the 114th Congress.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Steve Scalise

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on House Republicans’ decision to stand by Steve Scalise:

    “As the new Congress begins, nothing discredits Republican claims of ‘outreach’ and bringing people together more than their decision to keep Steve Scalise at the top tier of the elected leadership of their caucus. The continued defense of Scalise by Speaker Boehner and other members of the House GOP shows they are as divisive as ever.

    “Anyone living in this century should have known better than to attend and speak at a white supremacist event, particularly one founded and led by David Duke, and Scalise’s explanation that he wasn’t aware isn’t credible by a long shot.  But when House Republicans stand by him years later, and GOP White House hopefuls defend or refuse to speak out, they legitimize his actions.  Republicans throughout the GOP, from members of Congress and state leaders to Reince Priebus and the burgeoning field of presidential candidates, should publicly condemn Scalise. Those who haven’t spoken out should be ashamed of their silence.

    “So long as Republicans pander to those who peddle hate instead of unity, and tolerate bigotry instead of promoting tolerance - they will continue to perpetuate the divisiveness that we’ve all come to sadly expect.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Statement on Passing of Edward Brooke

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of former Massachusetts senator Edward Brooke:

    "I would like to express my condolences on the passing of former Massachusetts senator Edward Brooke. Senator Brooke was a trailblazer who earned the respect of those who served beside him. He was a statesman in the truest sense, possessing a commitment to public service which is all too rare to find in this day and age.

    "His constituents were fortunate to have been served by him and our legislative branch of government was better for his service."

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Mario Cuomo

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo:

    "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Few matched Governor Cuomo's eloquence when encouraging the American people to strive for a society that seeks equality of opportunity for all. Having been born and raised in New York myself, I benefited from the legacy he left and I appreciated that throughout his life, he embraced progressive policies that would move our nation forward without leaving any American behind.

    "Today, his son Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term as Governor of New York. In this time of loss, there is a measure of comfort in knowing that Mario Cuomo's legacy and his vision for America lives on in his son and throughout the Democratic Party. I wish to extend my condolences to Andrew and the entire Cuomo family."

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