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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in recognition of the 49th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid:

    “Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation creating the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These programs continued the Democratic Party’s commitment to ensuring that after working hard for decades, older American could live in dignity instead of being resigned to destitution or squalor.

    “Under President Obama, Democrats have strengthened the Medicare program. The Affordable Care Act has helped add years of solvency to the Medicare program, closes the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, saving seniors thousands of dollars, ends lifetime caps on benefits that hurt patients with chronic illnesses, and guarantees free preventive care. Additionally, cost-saving measures and programs to better coordinate care and eliminate waste from Medicare continue to address the program’s long-term costs and place it on more secure financial footing.

    “But while Democrats have worked hard to bolster initiatives that ensure a secure economic future, Republicans are more interested in slashing the safety net. Medicare represents a promise made by our nation to its citizens that they would not be abandoned after a lifetime of contributing to programs like Medicare and Social Security. Democrats fully intend to keep that promise, and we will fight every Republican attempt to turn this American success story into a voucher program or end Medicare as we know it.”

  • Remarks by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the 105th NAACP Annual Convention

    As a card-carrying member of the NAACP West Hollywood chapter, I was proud to join all of you last summer in Orlando as we Stood Our Ground and reaffirmed our collective commitment to justice and equality. So, I'm pleased that this year's conference theme is All in For Justice and Equality. That's a helpful frame to look at the contrasts between the Democratic and Republican parties, particularly with the upcoming November election.

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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on President Obama’s LGBT Executive Order

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to President Obama signing an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:

    “The Executive Order signed by President Obama today is an important victory for the LGBT community, and adds to their list of accomplishments under the Obama administration. As the President has said, ‘in the United States, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.’

    “The Democratic Party remains committed to extending these protections to all Americans, without exceptions. This will require Congressional action, and the time is long past due for our Republican colleagues to join us.”

  • DNC, DSCC, and the Colorado Democratic Party Announce Voter Expansion Director in Colorado

    Washington - Today the DNC, DSCC and the Colorado Democratic Party announced the hiring of Mike Weissman as Colorado Voter Expansion Project State Director.

    Weissman joins a growing roster of Voter Expansion Project staff in key states as part of the DNC's ongoing commitment to increasing access to electoral participation.
    “As Colorado Republicans try to limit our access to the polls, Democrats are fighting to expand the vote and increase access,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Our team is building a professional and permanent, in-house operation that will remain in place from cycle to cycle for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. We are happy to welcome Mike to the operation.”

    "Last year, the Colorado General Assembly approved the broadest modernization of our election laws in many years," said Rick Palacio, chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. "A bipartisan group of county clerks - Colorado's election administrators - supported these changes.  In 2014 it will be easier for Coloradans to register to vote and to cast a ballot than ever before."
    Weissman is a graduate of the University of Colorado law school and a member of the Colorado bar.  He has worked and volunteered in Colorado Democratic politics since 2004 including six years as Technology Director and Political Director for the Colorado Democratic Party.
    "Colorado has some of the most pro-voter election laws in the country, and I look forward to helping make sure that Coloradans can exercise their rights under these laws this November," said Weissman.

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Not My Boss’ Business Act

    Washington, DC – After Senate Republicans rejected the Not My Boss’ Business Act, a bill to combat the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “It is shameful that Senate Republicans have blocked the Not My Boss’ Business Act that would have combatted the Supreme Court’s misguided decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. This bill would have prevented companies from discriminating against their women employees by forcing them to pay out of pocket for contraception, a basic preventive health care service.

    “Today’s vote is another example of the clear contrast between the priorities of Republicans and Democrats. Republicans voted today to take money out of the pockets of women workers, hurting their ability to provide for their family and to access essential health services. The Democratic Party is committed to expanding economic opportunity for all, and ensuring that a woman’s health decisions are made by her and her doctor, not her boss.”

  • DNC announces Florida hire for Voter Expansion Project

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Democratic National Committee’s Voter Expansion Project, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today announced the hiring of Zach Learner as Florida State Director to be based in Tallahassee.

    “My home state has had our share of intentional and unintentional challenges in past election cycles, but the DNC is ready to help all Floridians have a hassle-free voting experience this year and beyond,” said Wasserman Schultz. “With our state party partners, we have a national infrastructure and team of experts like Zach that no other organization can bring to bear. Our innovative Voter Expansion Project enables the DNC to help more eligible voters register to vote and will make casting a ballot easier for all Floridians.”

    As the DNC and Democrats around the country – including Vice President Joe Biden– seek to expand access to voting, Republicans continue their cynical attempt to make it more difficult for people to vote. In Florida, attempts to purge voters from the rolls too close to the 2012 election was found to violate federal law.

    “As Republicans continue to impede our right to vote, limit our access to the polls, making it more difficult to cast our ballot, Democrats are fighting to expand the vote and increase access,” said Pratt Wiley, National Director of Voter Expansion at the DNC. “Our team is building a professional and permanent, in-house operation that will remain in place from cycle to cycle for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. We are happy to welcome Zach to the operation.”

    Learner is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and a member of the Florida Bar. He worked on the Voter Protection team for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns in Florida, and most recently served as Chief of Staff to Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. Learner previously worked for State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida while in law school.

    “I am proud to join the Democratic National Committee's Voter Expansion Project,” said Learner. “Voting is where our democracy begins and it is our fundamental right. We will work to ensure that all eligible Floridians are able to register to vote, cast a ballot and have their voices heard.”

    The Voter Expansion Project was announced in a video by former President Bill Clinton to DNC supporters earlier this year. This project helps ensure the Democratic Party not only protects the right to vote, but also works proactively with states across the country to expand access to the ballot box.

  • DNC Response to Boehner’s Comments Blaming the President for the Border Crisis

    Washington, D.C. – The following is a reaction from DNC Director of Hispanic Media, Pili Tobar to Speaker Boehner’s comments blaming the President for the border crisis:

    “It’s laughable that Speaker Boehner is trying to blame the President for this crisis, when in the 3 ½ years that Boehner has been Speaker, Republicans haven’t passed one serious piece of legislation to address immigration, leaving President Obama no option but to deal with these important issues on his own. The President asked Congress for $3.7 billion dollars in supplemental funding to deal with this crisis, and rather than point fingers, Speaker Boehner should immediately hold a vote to approve necessary resources for border enforcement and to provide essential services to these unaccompanied kids. The truth is, if Republicans would have done their job and passed a bill, we’d be better equipped to deal with this crisis.”

  • DNC Chair Statement on Confirmation of Castro as Secretary of Dept. of Housing & Urban Development

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on the confirmation of Julian Castro as Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

    “I would like to congratulate Julian Castro on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As the mayor of San Antonio, Julian demonstrated his leadership and commitment to ensuring expanded opportunities for all. Castro helped revitalize San Antonio by attracting new businesses and investing in education to prepare the next generation of workers for the jobs of tomorrow. His experience will help him forward HUD’s mission of strengthening our communities and bringing the dream of home ownership within the reach of more Americans.

    “With the Senate’s confirmation of Secretary Castro, the Obama administration adds another cabinet member who will be a powerful advocate for the Latino community and all Americans and demonstrates the President’s commitment to building an administration that reflects the value of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

    “On behalf of Democrats, I would also like to thank outgoing Secretary Shaun Donovan for more than five years of dedicated service. Under Secretary Donovan, HUD has helped stabilize the housing market in the wake of the economic crisis and prioritized keeping working families in their homes.”

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