Recent Press Releases
  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz on the 50th Anniversary of Selma

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March in Selma, Alabama:

    “Fifty years ago, a group of determined Americans gathered in Selma, AL, and our nation would forever change as a result of their courageous actions. They were young people and students from across the South – people like Amelia Boynton Robinson, John Lewis and Hosea Williams - who organized and marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, only to be met with intolerance and violence. They were beaten, charged by officers on horseback, and attacked with tear gas.

    “Fifty years ago, the images of Bloody Sunday in Selma stunned a horrified nation. With television cameras displaying images of Americans beaten and bloodied for seeking to guarantee their right to vote, the harrowing episode created a sense of urgency that for too long only mattered to those whose dignity and access to the polls were not respected. Across the country, people were compelled to take action, and within weeks legislation was introduced in Congress to right these wrongs and chart a new course for liberty and freedom in America. Within five months, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.

    “Today, images from across the country demonstrate that the issues of half a century ago are not as far in the past as we would like to think. We still have work to do. And the critical blow dealt to the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court in 2013 is a sad reminder that the right to vote is one we must be ever vigilant to protect.

    “The Democratic Party is proud to stand for justice, equality, and opportunity; we value and respect the right of every American to vote and to have that vote counted.

    “On this 50th anniversary of Selma, we rededicate ourselves to carrying forward the mission of those who marched and stood up for justice with strength, courage, and unshakable resolve.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz 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 strong jobs report is the latest proof that middle class economics works. Under President Obama, we have now experienced 60 straight months - five full years - of private sector job growth, and 12 straight months with more than 200,000 jobs added.

    “Democrats are committed to ensuring that more Americans have the opportunity to share in our economic success. Access to affordable, quality health care, education, and child care, and the ability to save for retirement, are the cornerstones of a middle class life. Today, that American Dream is within reach for more Americans than when President Obama took office six years ago.

    “Despite our success, Republicans want to bring back the same old trickle-down policies which contributed to the economic crisis in the first place. The GOP's potential 2016 presidential candidates have advocated for a return to the policies that have failed time and time again. Five straight years of private sector job growth suggest that our economy works best when we build it from the middle out, rather than from the top down.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Marco Rubio’s Tax Proposal Plan

    Washington, DC – Today Marco Rubio released his tax proposal.  Instead of offering anything new, the Rubio plan calls for more of the same failed, trickle-down fiscal policies of which the American people have grown tired and deserve better. In response to Rubio’s plan, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

    “At every opportunity, Marco Rubio jumps at the chance to pander to the extreme base of the Republican Party.  Rubio’s tax plan shifts the burden onto working Americans and those hurting the most while propping up the very rich and offering tax breaks for corporations.  To top it off, Rubio’s plan would increase the annual deficit.  Rather than propose a serious fiscal plan that aims to grow the middle class and expand opportunity for all Americans, Marco Rubio has assembled what amounts to a GOP donor wish list.  Marco Rubio isn’t fooling anyone.  If he seriously intends to be a fresh face for the Republican Party, then Rubio needs to go back to the drawing board and try again.”

    Here are a few examples of how the Rubio tax plan would prop up corporations and the very rich at the expense of working Americans and those hurting the most:

    • Cuts taxes for those at the very top while raising them for people at the bottom
    • Calls for tax breaks for corporations
    • Eliminates taxes on capital gains
    • Previewing his plan in front of Club for Growth, Rubio stated “If I got to start our country over from scratch, I would either have a flat tax or a consumption tax.”
  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Sen. Mikulski’s Announcement

    Washington, DC— DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced this morning that she will not run for re-election:

    “I can honestly say that I wonder if I would be where I am today without Barbara Mikulski.

    “She paved the way as a trailblazer for a young woman like me to run and win my first election at 26 years old. For the last four decades, there have been few stronger advocates of women’s equality than Barbara Mikulski. A few years ago, Sen. Mikulski introduced the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. But as a woman in Congress, I appreciate that her fight to bring equality to the workplace has been fought far longer and earned the hard way.

    “Millions of breast cancer patients and survivors like me cannot express how thankful we are for her leadership to ensure that health care reform included free mammograms and preventive services for women.

    “In her announcement this morning, Sen. Mikulski promised that she would not run for re-election so that she could focus on ‘raising hell.’ I have no doubt that is true, and know that as women, as Democrats, and as Americans, we are better off for having Barbara Mikulski fighting on our side.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Larry Scanlon

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of labor leader Larry Scanlon:

    “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Larry Scanlon. As the longtime political director of AFSCME, Larry was a dedicated advocate for America's working families. He truly believed that everyone deserved a fair shot, and devoted his life's work to ensuring that our neighbors who are often overlooked would have a voice to represent them. On behalf of Democrats across the country, I extend our thoughts and prayers to the Scanlon family and the entire labor community on their loss.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement Celebrating Women’s History Month

    Washington, D.C. – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in honor of Women’s History Month:

    “March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.’ This theme provides us an important opportunity to ensure that we, as a nation, are including the stories, struggles, and successes of women into the American narrative.

    “Women have been deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation’s history from the very beginning. From Abigail Adams’ role as unofficial adviser to the president, to Sandra Day O’Connor serving as the first female member of the United States Supreme Court, to Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, we have come a long way.  Celebrating the women who have come before us is essential to continuing our march toward total equality for women.  We stand on these women’s shoulders, and without knowing and understanding the stories of our foremothers, we have nothing to stand on.

    “The theme of this March also encourages us to recommit to always elevating women’s perspectives in the work we do building this nation, now and in the future.  This is something that I am proud to say our President and Democrats have made a priority.

    “In President Obama, women have had a strong ally in the fight for economic opportunity,  affordable health care, and a fair work, life balance. The first bill our President signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helps equip women with the legal tools they need to fight wage discrimination; with the Affordable Care Act, millions more American women now have access to quality, affordable health care without being discriminated against by insurance companies for being a woman; and a dedication to allowing parents the economic freedom to stay home with sick children so that working mothers can both take care of and afford to feed their families – Democrats have fought for policies that reflect the priorities of women and will continue to do so.

    “It is no secret why Republicans continue to struggle with women voters.  They continuously either ignore the voices of women or simply stand on the wrong side of these issues and so many more that are important to women and families. They still brush them aside as ‘just women’s issues’ – forgetting that women are not a small special interest group, but in fact make up half of our nation and ‘their’ issues are family issues and economic issues. In prioritizing the wealthy and special interests, Republicans have disregarded the needs of American woman and lost sight of the cornerstones of middle class economics.

    “This Women’s History Month, we recommit to never ignoring the perspectives and lives of women.  And we celebrate our progress, as well as the work still to be done, by drawing strength from the women whose stories are woven into our nation’s history.  May the women of the past be forever in our minds as we continue to break barriers and fight for full equality.  From our DNC family to yours, Happy Women’s History Month.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Senate DHS Vote

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Senate Republicans again refused to offer a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, instead offering one that’s already failed:

    “I am extremely disappointed that Republicans are willing to jeopardize America’s safety by refusing to pass a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security. Republicans are again threatening a partial government shutdown and the American people will hold them responsible.

    “Our nation’s security should not be subjected to partisan maneuvering. With the deadline rapidly approaching, Congressional Republicans must drop the gamesmanship and work with Democrats on a solution that puts the American people first instead of wasting time on a bill that’s already failed three times. Surely there must be at least one potential leader in the Republican Party who is willing to step forward and tell their party to do what is right.

    “Under President Obama’s leadership we have strengthened our nation’s security. That security is too critical for Republicans to put at risk just to make a point.”

  • DNC Committee Members Pass Resolution Calling for Guaranteeing an Individual’s Right to Vote

    Today, the Democratic National Committee unanimously passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Amendment explicitly guaranteeing an individual’s right to vote. After its passage, DNC Vice Chair of Voter Expansion and Protection Donna Brazile released the following statement:

    “Last year at the DNC Winter Meeting, we announced the Voter Expansion program to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is counted. Today we built on this critical mission by unanimously passing a resolution to amend the United States Constitution to explicitly guarantee Americans’ right to vote.  The Democratic Party stands for inclusion, and we know that we are all better when everyone has a voice in the democratic process. The right to vote is a moral imperative, and I am proud to support this resolution.”