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  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality Cases

    Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to take up appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay marriages. In response, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “Today’s action by the Supreme Court continues the steady march of progress towards equality. In recent years, we have seen the end of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and last year the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. This decision brings marriage equality to couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. It clears the way for same sex couples in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming as well.

    “While this is a significant step forward for the LGBT community, there is considerable work that remains to be done. Unfortunately, marriage equality is still denied to same sex couples in several states, and some LGBT workers can still face discrimination in the workplace based on who they are or who they love. The Democratic Party is committed to ensuring that our nation continues to move in the right direction on LGBT equality.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Eid al-Adha

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement marking the celebration of Eid al-Adha:

    “As Muslim Americans gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, we extend our best wishes.

    “This year, Eid al-Adha coincides with the recognition of Yom Kippur, serving as a reminder of our shared roots at the deepest levels. The values that we share, such as the importance of charity, are what bring us together.

    “I would also like to offer my prayers to those making the Hajj this year for a peaceful and safe journey.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Yom Kippur

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing Yom Kippur, which begins tonight at sundown:

    “Tonight, families across America and around the world will gather for Kol Nidre, the most solemn and holy night in the Jewish calendar. On this Day of Atonement, we reflect on our words and deeds of the past year, and ask forgiveness from those we have wronged.

    “During the Days of Awe, we return to our core values – teshuvah, tzedakah and tefillah – repentance, prayer and acts of loving kindness. As we look forward to the year ahead, we recommit ourselves to serving our community and to repairing the world.  These are ideals that compel us to make the world a better place for each other, and bind us together as humanity, regardless of our individual faiths.

    “From my family to yours, I wish all those observing Yom Kippur an easy fast – and may you and your loved ones may be inscribed for another year in the Book of Life.”

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

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to today’s jobs report showing 248,000 jobs were added in the month of September and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9% :

    “Today’s jobs report is just further proof of what we already know – Democrats have led our nation to unprecedented job growth and the lowest unemployment rate in six years, yielding expanded opportunity for American families. We still have much more work to be done to increase wages, ensure equal pay, and create good jobs which is why we need more Democrats in state capitols and in Congress who are committed to getting things done.

    “The only thing standing between our country and more economic opportunity is Republican obstructionism. Over the next 32 days, Democrats across the country will draw the contrast between the results we’ve seen for the last 55 months of private sector job growth and the Republican record of costing our economy $24 billion by shutting down the government, blocking legislation that would extend the ladder to the middle class for more Americans, and wasting time and taxpayer resources to play political games by suing the President.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Washington, DC – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “Today we celebrate the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a survivor,  this month holds a special significance for me, as it does for millions of women and families affected by this disease.

    “When, months after a clean mammogram and at just 41 I heard those terrible words: you have breast cancer, I thought there was some mistake. I was not aware I was at risk, particularly as a young woman. When I was declared cancer-free six years ago, I knew I had to fully engage in the national breast cancer awareness movement and share my own personal story in the hopes that it would help other young women.  Knowledge is  power, and the best tool we have to fighting this disease.

    “Thanks to President Obama and Democrats in Congress, breast cancer patients and survivors like me can no longer be discriminated against by health insurance companies for having pre-existing conditions. Preventive screenings, including mammograms, which can detect diseases early and ultimately save lives are now covered. It is crucial that women have access to quality, affordable health care, and I am proud that the Affordable Care Act opens those doors for millions of American women. We will keep fighting to make sure that every breast cancer survivor has the resources they need.

    “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a renewal of our commitment to educating our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and ensuring that every woman is armed with the information and knowledge they need to give them the best chance of winning this fight.”

  • Democratic National Committee Promotes VoyAVotar2014.com at CHCI

    Washington, DC – This year the Democratic National Committee will have an unprecedented presence at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Conference. During CHCI, the DNC will promote the website VoyAVotar2014.com which is part of our Voter Expansion Project and commitment to increase access to the ballot box for all Americans.

    Commenting on the effort, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “Our presence at CHCI promoting VoyAVotar2014.com is incredibly important in achieving our goal of increasing participation and ensuring language isn’t a barrier to voting. The DNC is committed to expanding access to voting - it’s easier and more convenient for people to participate in the electoral process when they understand when to vote, where to vote, what to bring with them to vote and what to expect on Election Day in order to vote.

    “The DNC is committed to providing the information and resources for Hispanics to actively participate in our democracy and elect leaders that share their community’s priorities. The Spanish language campaign ads that we released last week and our presence at CHCI are just one part of our outreach to Hispanics across the country to ensure that this November, the Hispanic community comes out to vote and makes their voices heard.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Early Vote Decision in Ohio

    Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court agreed with Ohio Republicans’ move to delay the start of early voting in Ohio, which was set to begin Tuesday. In response, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “Less than sixteen hours before polling stations were scheduled to open in Ohio, early voting in the state has been blocked by the Supreme Court at the request of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

    “This week was supposed to be the “Golden Week” during which voters could both register to vote and vote on the same day. In 2012, 59,000 Ohioans cast their ballots during this period. However, this late change is likely to confuse voters, the media, and even election administrators and has happened because Republicans like John Kasich, Jon Husted and Mike DeWine have fought against Golden Week every step of the way.

    “This fight is an example of the GOP’s hypocrisy on voting rights, made even worse by the fact that the decision came down as Ohio Governor John Kasich held a rally claiming to encourage his supporters to vote early – alongside Chris Christie, who vetoed early vote legislation in New Jersey.

    “Despite Republican opposition, Democrats will continue to work to make voting easier and more convenient for all Americans, protecting and promoting the vote through the DNC’s Voter Expansion Project. We will continue to fight for more opportunities for people to exercise their right to vote while Republicans continue to stand in their way.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder

    Washington, DC –Today, President Obama accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “On behalf of the Democratic Party, I would like to thank and congratulate Eric Holder for his service as our 82nd Attorney General. General Holder will leave office as one of the longest-serving Attorneys General in our nation’s history, and his contributions have been invaluable to President Obama’s administration and the country.

    “Attorney General Holder has fought fiercely to protect the human and civil constitutional rights of all Americans. Among his accomplishments at the Department of Justice, of particular note, is his emphasis on ensuring that all Americans can exercise their right to vote. Despite opposition from the Supreme Court and Congressional Republicans, Attorney General Holder and DOJ have been stalwart defenders of voting rights threatened by state legislative action.

    “I have full confidence President Obama’s choice for our nation’s next Attorney General will continue the important and immeasurable civil rights work being done at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder and that Senate Republicans will be responsible and not recklessly obstruct the process of confirming a replacement.”

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