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  • 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.”

  • DNC Launches GOTV Spanish Ad Campaign

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Democratic National Committee today launched national and state Spanish language radio ads, the second round of ads in a seven figure national paid media campaign. The first ad, ‘No pierda la oportunidad de votar’ or ‘Don’t miss the opportunity to vote’ will air on Spanish radio stations nationally and key stations in Colorado, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

    “This Spanish ad buy is just one part of our outreach to Latinos and Hispanics across the country. Democrats are committed to expanding the vote and we want to ensure that this November Latinos come out to vote and make their voices heard,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “There’s a lot at stake in these midterm elections, and these ads highlight many of the issues Democrats are fighting for – affordable higher education, an increase in the minimum wage, and protecting Medicare.

    Additional waves of ads will launch in the coming weeks.

    Listen to the ad, HERE

    Below please find a transcript for, ‘No pierda la oportunidad de votar”

    Republicans think we’re going to stay home.

    They voted against our kids for a budget that could lay off 29,000 teachers and aides.

    They voted against our parents with a plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

    And time and time again they voted to protect their millionaire friends instead of raising the minimum wage to help you and your family.

    What they don’t understand is that our families still believe in the American dream.

    It’s time to rise up — we can’t stay at home.

    The decisions we make this November are too important:

    For schools that prepare our children to compete …

    To create jobs with dignity for the middle class …

    And to assure health care that honors the work and sacrifice of our parents.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to vote.

    Visit VoyAVotar2014.com and make a promise to defend your family … make a promise to vote, Democrat.

    “Paid for by the Democratic National Committee, democrats.org, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Rosh Hashanah

    Washington, DC – Tonight marks the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaching, we take time to reflect on the year that has ended, seek forgiveness, and look forward to the promise of renewal in the year ahead.

    “As our world faces uncertain and challenging times, we strengthen our resolve to come together with family and friends in the spirit of prayer, fellowship, and understanding. The principles of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah can guide us all to take account of our actions and strive to do more for one another.

    “While we've seen important progress over the last year, I am hopeful that 5775 will be a year in which we can work together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges and continue working every day to improve the lives of the people we represent.

    “As I celebrate today with my own family, I hope everyone celebrating has the opportunity to share this holiday in health and happiness with those they love. I wish you and your loved ones L'Shana tovah u’metuka – a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Voter Registration Day

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing National Voter Registration Day:

    “Fifty years ago, hundreds of young volunteers descended on Mississippi for Freedom Summer to register black Mississippians to vote. Despite being met with hatred and violence, the effort was an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement.

    “Half a century after Freedom Summer, voter registration remains among the most effective methods by which to empower a community. Today, on National Voter Registration Day, and all days, we encourage every American to be sure they are able to exercise their right to vote.

    “The Democratic Party believes that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people participate. That is why our Voter Expansion Project is committed to more than just protecting the vote, but to expanding the vote as well. Registering new voters is one of the DNC’s top priorities in 2014 and beyond, and we have used our data and technology advantage to develop tools that allow voter registration efforts to use their finite resources most efficiently.

    “Unfortunately, Republicans have made the cynical calculation that their path to victory is a smaller electorate. Obstacles to registering to vote  – such as elimination of same-day registration and refusal to adopt online registration – disproportionately affect young people, women, and communities of color.  These are the same groups that are fueling the growth of the Democratic Party and the key to victory for Democratic candidates – and also comprise a majority of all Americans.

    “The DNC is fighting to make sure that every eligible voter can register, every registered voter can vote, and every vote cast is counted. This National Voter Registration Day, everyone should take a few minutes to visit IWillVote.com or VoyAVotar2014.com to find out how to register to vote if they haven’t already. And if you are registered to vote, sign the pledge to vote this November at Commit2Vote.com.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the GOP Blocking Bank on Students

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the GOP blocking the Bank on Students bill in the U.S. Senate:

    “Bank on Students is an important piece of legislation for borrowers everywhere. This common sense legislation would have allowed Americans to refinance their student loans. For young people just getting their start in the workforce, this was a measure that could have made a real difference. Instead, Republicans chose to block it for a second time, siding with those who have the most, over America's students.

    “While Republicans scratch their heads, wondering why young people reject them on issue after issue, this is yet another sign that the problem isn't a lack of outreach—it's their core message and principles. While Democrats stand for a fair shot for all Americans, Republicans continue to stand in the way of progress. This isn't over, and Democrats will continue the fight to ensure that every American has access to a quality, affordable education. In the meantime, it continues to be clear which party stands with young Americans.”

  • DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum to Hold its Annual Issues Conference in Washington D.C.

    Washington, DC – On Thursday September 18th and Friday September 19th the DNC will hold its annual Women’s Leadership Forum issues conference presented by the Democratic Women’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. The Women's Leadership Forum, founded in 1993 by Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore, engages women in Democratic politics by bringing together women leaders and supporters from across the country for regional and national events providing them with information, contacts, and support for further involvement in the Democratic Party.

    On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will speak at a welcome reception. The First Lady’s remarks will be pooled for print media.

    On Friday, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and DNC CEO Amy Dacey will address the conference.  Remarks will be open for print press and still photography and pooled for video. Conference panels will be closed press.

    Outlets planning to cover Friday’s speeches must RSVP to lipperm@dnc.org by 6PM on Wednesday, September 17 and show valid press credentials on arrival. RSVP should include name, outlet and which remarks you plan to attend.


    WHO:
    Friday, September 19th:
    President Barack Obama
    Vice President Joe Biden
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    DNC CEO Amy Dacey

    WHERE:
    Marriott Marquis (Independence Hall, meeting level 4), 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

    MEDIA LOGISTICS:

    Media Entrance:
    Main Lobby escalators to Level M3 (DuPont Room for press check in)

    Media Access Time:
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Amy Dacey: 8:00am (media access 7:00am-7:30am)
    Vice President Biden: 9:45am (media access 8:45am- 9:15am)
    Hillary Rodham Clinton: 12:05pm (media access 11:00am-11:30am)
    President Obama: 3:35pm (media access 2:30pm-3:00pm)

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