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  • 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.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Independence Day

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today celebrating Independence Day:

    “On July 4th, we celebrate our country’s founding, the brave men and women on whose backs this nation was built, and the fundamental principles which have guided our history. In declaring independence, our Founding Fathers asserted that government exists to secure our unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For 238 years, Americans have struggled to define these principles, expand their application, and live up to their potential.

    “The United States of America has made extraordinary progress expanding our rights and privileges to more members of society. Our nation has been strengthened by the fight for inclusion of women, minorities, immigrants, the LGBT community, and others. But our work is unfinished; from paycheck fairness, to marriage equality, to access to quality, affordable health care, to ensuring that all Americans can exercise their right to vote, we continue to be driven by the idea that as Americans, we can do better.

    “As we gather with family and friends to celebrate today, we remember that America exists because of those who are willing to defend our freedoms, and because of those who have had the courage to speak up for our ideals. On this great American holiday, I wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.”

  • 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."

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