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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 79th Anniversary of the Social Security Act

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 79th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law:

    “Seventy-nine years ago, our nation made a promise to its citizens that in recognition of a lifetime of hard work, older Americans would be guaranteed the opportunity to retire with dignity.

    “President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935 as the nation recovered from the depths of the Great Depression. While Republicans have seized on recent economic crises as an excuse to renege on our promises, Democrats believe they are evidence of the renewed significance of upholding the sacred trust between seniors and our country. Just last week, a leading GOP presidential contender, Sen. Rand Paul, advocated raising the Social Security retirement age by 5 years.

    “Democrats will continue to oppose Republican efforts that jeopardize the retirement security of seniors, including safety net privatization that would subject their fortunes to the whims of the stock market. We remain committed to preserving and protecting Social Security for today's seniors and for future generations.”

  • DNC Chair’s Statement on the 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the 49th anniversary of President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law:

    “Forty-nine years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Building on our nation’s long history of progress on voting rights – including the Fifteenth Amendment, Nineteenth Amendment, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the Voting Rights Act put in place important protections so that every American could exercise their right to vote.

    “Unfortunately, these protections are under assault. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key component of the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby County v. Holder that enabled prior federal review to ensure non-discrimination before any new voting law went into effect. Since then, Republicans in numerous states have enacted voting law changes that could suppress the vote through discriminatory, burdensome voter ID requirements or restricting early voting periods.

    “Democrats are committed to the legacy of the Voting Rights Act by fighting to ensure that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. It is time for Congress to honor those who struggled for the civil rights movement by passing the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act and restoring the promise of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

  • Joint Statement from DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz and NJDC ED Moline on Rand Paul’s Israel Comments

    Washington, DC – Today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and National Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director, Rabbi Jack Moline released the followed joint statement in response to Rand Paul’s claim in Iowa that he never proposed ending foreign aid to Israel:


    Rand Paul can’t pretend that he never proposed ending the United States’ financial support for Israel. In 2011, Paul introduced a budget that would have eliminated all foreign aid for Israel; he even bragged about his position in multiple interviews and called such aid “welfare” to a wealthy nation. He has also expressed a belief that a nuclear Iran would not pose a real threat to Israel or the United States. Sen. Paul can claim that he wants to be a friend of Israel, but the consequences of his actions would threaten the security of Israel and its ability to defend itself.

    This is part of a troubling pattern with Senator Paul – from Civil Rights to foreign policy, Paul has said one disturbing thing after another for years and now that he’s running for President, he’s trying to rewrite history. Voters are smarter than that and can see right through his deceit.

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House Republicans’ Failure to Govern

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the House GOP’s continued inability to govern:

    “As has been par for the course for the House of Representatives under Republican control, Speaker Boehner and Republican leadership have wasted taxpayer time and money on legislation that does nothing to address the critical issues facing our nation.

    “With Congress preparing to depart for the August recess, the Republican House used that time to vote to sue the President and on Republican infighting. Congress had an opportunity to take action that would help American families, by focusing on things like creating more good paying jobs, passing the paycheck fairness act or reforming student loans. We could have passed comprehensive immigration reform, or at least fulfilled President Obama’s request for additional funding to address the border crisis and take care of the unaccompanied children fleeing to our borders. Instead, Republicans scrambled to get the votes for any bill to address this crisis– no matter how far-right they made it – and in the end passed a piece of legislation that has no chance of becoming law and doesn’t adequately address the crisis at the border. In fact, their bill could make the situation worse by setting arbitrary deadlines for deportation hearings and weakening due process for children. They also voted to gut the Deferred Action program that is currently giving DREAMers relief from deportation.

    “As members return home to their districts, House Republicans’ display of incompetence and misplaced priorities will be fresh in the minds of their constituents, only helping Democrats make the case this November that it is the Democratic Party who is on the side of middle class families.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House GOP

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the House GOP:

    “Republicans can’t sue the President one day, accusing him of executive overreach, and then the next day cynically request he take action where they’ve failed to do so. There should be no doubt that Republicans are concerned only with scoring political points and shifting blame for their failed do-nothing Republican Congress.

    “By ceding control of the House agenda to “Speaker” Ted Cruz, the far-right Republicans have shown their true colors. If they truly cared about finding solutions to our broken immigration system, they could pass the bipartisan Senate bill or fund President Obama’s border request. Instead, their priority is to round up and deport kids, hurt the immigrant community at all costs, and stand in the way of any progress on actual reform.”

  • DNC and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Announce Voter Expansion Director in Wisconsin

    Washington, DC—Today the DNC and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced the hiring of Lillian Cheesman as the Wisconsin Voter Expansion Project State Director.  Cheesman 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.

    “While Governor Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin continue to place unnecessary barriers between voters and the ballot box, Democrats are committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “As our voter expansion operation continues to grow, so does our ability to involve more Americans in the election process and help Democrats up and down the ballot win in November. We are happy to welcome Lillian to our team.”

    "We know there are more Democrats than Republicans in Wisconsin, and the difference between four more years of Scott Walker's failed policies or a new direction with Mary Burke comes down to turning out as many of those votes as we can on Election Day,” said Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “We're excited to have Lillian on our team to lead our voter expansion efforts and to protect access to the ballot in the face of Scott Walker's unprincipled attacks on the voting rights of veterans, seniors, and students."

    Cheesman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and a member of the Wisconsin Bar.  She currently serves as a Milwaukee County Election Commissioner. She is also a Statutory Committee Chair for the Milwaukee County Democratic Party and was a Voter Protection Team Volunteer for Organizing for America.

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House GOP Lawsuit Vote

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Republicans in the House voted to spend taxpayer dollars to sue President Obama:

    “Today's vote in the House of Representatives was a shameful display of political pandering and misplaced priorities. Rather than focus on economic policies that will create opportunity and ensure economic security for middle-class Americans, Republicans have chosen to sue the President for doing his job.

    “There are pressing issues we should be acting on - including comprehensive immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, and renewing emergency unemployment insurance - which would be a far better use of taxpayers' time and money.

    “Speaker Boehner is gravely mistaken if he thinks this will placate the swell of impeachment talk in his ranks. The far right of the Republican Party has not been swayed by rejection at the ballot box, scared by their fool's errand in shutting down the government, or chastened by jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the nation. This lawsuit will only serve to embolden Republicans' impeachment caucus, and emphasize the clear contrast in priorities between Democrats and Republicans for voters in November.”

  • 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.”

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