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  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House Republicans Latest Vote to Dismantle the ACA

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following House Republicans latest vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act:

    “Today, Republicans voted on a health care measure that manages to both increase the deficit and decrease the number of insured. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, making this move would cost one million people their health insurance through their employer and could even lead businesses to cut hours for workers.

    “This legislation is antithetical to the goal of expanding access to affordable insurance, and undermines the progress already achieved under the Affordable Care Act. The benefits of health care reform have reached from young adults permitted to stay on their parents’ insurance, to seniors for whom the prescription drug donut hole is closing and the solvency of Medicare has been extended. Recently, we have seen the level of uninsured Americans at or near historic lows, while overall health care costs are rising at historically low rates.

    “We are just days into the 114th Congress, and already Republicans have shown us everything we need to know about what to expect over the next two years. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell tried to credit 57 straight months of job growth to an election that occurred just nine weeks ago. Now, Republicans have prioritized legislation that would hurt working families and our nation’s fiscal strength for the sake of winning a talking point.

    “Republicans have been given an opportunity to prove they can work with President Obama. For the sake of the American people, they need to stop squandering it.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the House Democratic Caucus Agenda

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in support of the House Democratic caucus legislative agenda announced today:

    “The Democratic caucus will fight to advance our country’s infrastructure, work to make sure corporations pay their fair share of taxes and are not rewarded for shipping American jobs overseas. We will introduce legislation to grow paychecks for hard working American families. We will work to ensure workers receive their fair share of compensation and stop CEOs from claiming additional tax deductions until their employees receive a much deserved raise. And we will continue to ensure that millions of Americans receive quality affordable health care.

    “And what has the House GOP leadership promised the American people in the next few months? They have committed to looking out for big oil, gas, and coal companies, eliminating reforms that hold Wall Street’s big banks accountable, and repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would take away health care from millions of Americans.

    “It is clear which party is behind the American people, committed to growing opportunity from the middle class, and fighting for those who are willing to work hard. And, it is crystal-clear which party is watching out for special interests. I am proud of our Democratic agenda, and look forward to the work we will do in the 114th Congress.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Steve Scalise

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on House Republicans’ decision to stand by Steve Scalise:

    “As the new Congress begins, nothing discredits Republican claims of ‘outreach’ and bringing people together more than their decision to keep Steve Scalise at the top tier of the elected leadership of their caucus. The continued defense of Scalise by Speaker Boehner and other members of the House GOP shows they are as divisive as ever.

    “Anyone living in this century should have known better than to attend and speak at a white supremacist event, particularly one founded and led by David Duke, and Scalise’s explanation that he wasn’t aware isn’t credible by a long shot.  But when House Republicans stand by him years later, and GOP White House hopefuls defend or refuse to speak out, they legitimize his actions.  Republicans throughout the GOP, from members of Congress and state leaders to Reince Priebus and the burgeoning field of presidential candidates, should publicly condemn Scalise. Those who haven’t spoken out should be ashamed of their silence.

    “So long as Republicans pander to those who peddle hate instead of unity, and tolerate bigotry instead of promoting tolerance - they will continue to perpetuate the divisiveness that we’ve all come to sadly expect.”

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Statement on Passing of Edward Brooke

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of former Massachusetts senator Edward Brooke:

    "I would like to express my condolences on the passing of former Massachusetts senator Edward Brooke. Senator Brooke was a trailblazer who earned the respect of those who served beside him. He was a statesman in the truest sense, possessing a commitment to public service which is all too rare to find in this day and age.

    "His constituents were fortunate to have been served by him and our legislative branch of government was better for his service."

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Mario Cuomo

    Washington, DC - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo:

    "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Few matched Governor Cuomo's eloquence when encouraging the American people to strive for a society that seeks equality of opportunity for all. Having been born and raised in New York myself, I benefited from the legacy he left and I appreciated that throughout his life, he embraced progressive policies that would move our nation forward without leaving any American behind.

    "Today, his son Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term as Governor of New York. In this time of loss, there is a measure of comfort in knowing that Mario Cuomo's legacy and his vision for America lives on in his son and throughout the Democratic Party. I wish to extend my condolences to Andrew and the entire Cuomo family."

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Michael Grimm

    Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Michael Grimm:

    “Michael Grimm's guilty plea to a felony and admission that he violated the public trust disqualifies him from serving one more minute in office. He should step down immediately. The fact that John Boehner and Reince Priebus haven't joined in the calls for his resignation is baffling. Their silence speaks volumes.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement Celebrating the Beginning of Chanukah

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

    “Tonight, my family will join Jewish families across the country and around the world in beginning the celebration of Chanukah. As we gather with family and loved ones, we remember the great miracle that occurred more than two thousand years ago, and appreciate the little miracles that occur in our lives every day. Each candle we light reminds us that acts of justice and righteousness can prevail even in the darkest times of trouble and adversity.

    “This is a time of year in which Americans come together with those closest to them to celebrate in their respective faiths and traditions. We take time to count our blessings from the previous year, express our gratitude for those we love, and embark on new beginnings in the year ahead. We are mindful of those less fortunate, and rededicate ourselves to building an America in which all families can enjoy our nation’s opportunities and successes.

    “From my family to yours, I wish you a blessed holiday season and a happy new year.”

  • DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Two Year Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy

    “Today marks two years since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, an act of violence in which we needlessly lost 26 lives, 20 of them children.

    “For those of us who still vividly recall the profound sadness which accompanied news of this horrific tragedy, it is unfathomable that Congress has yet to enact commonsense measures that can reduce the scourge of gun violence. With each successive incident, the toll of Congress’ inaction mounts. The hope that another parent may avoid having to bury their child as a victim of gun violence should not be viewed as partisan gamesmanship, but one of our fundamental responsibilities as elected officials.

    “The victims of Sandy Hook have not been forgotten, nor have the far too many others we’ve lost in the last 24 months. Their loss touches us all, and tears at the fabric of who we are as Americans. On this anniversary, we must use the sadness which fills our hearts to once again find the sense of urgency needed to put an end to gun violence for good.”

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