DNC Vice Chair Statement on Governor Mike Pence Signing SB 101 Washington, DC – In response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing SB 101, a bill that could allow Indiana businesses to deny services to customers based on sexual orientation, DNC Vice Chair, President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, and Member of the DNC’s LGBT Caucus Ray Buckley released the following statement:
“In the face of opposition from Indiana’s LGBT community, Indiana’s business community, and the majority of Americans who believe a business should not be able to refuse services to individuals because they are gay or lesbian, Governor Mike Pence and the Republican Party decided to move forward with a damaging bill that turns back the clock on the progress we have made for LGBT equality.
“By signing this blatantly discriminatory bill that will only drive business out of his state, Pence reminds every Hoosier and every American that the Republican Party is more focused on its ideolog
DNC Chair Statement on the House Budget Passage Washington, DC – After House Republicans passed their budget last night, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Budgets show the values of the people who propose them, and the latest House Republican budget shows exactly what congressional Republicans and the Republican presidential hopefuls stand for - continuing backwards policies that benefit the wealthiest few at the expense of the middle class, at the expense of our seniors, and at the expense of young people. While Democrats continue to pursue policies that help the middle class and move the country forward, Republicans campaigning for President will have to explain to voters why their party is voucherizing Medicare, freezing Pell Grants, and hurting hardworking Americans instead of building a middle class economy. These are going to be the central questions of the 2016 election, and Republicans better start attempting to explain themselves now.”
Women’s History Month
I have been thinking about Women’s History Month and how to mark its passing for a while. This month has always been a time of reflection, a chance to look back on all that women have accomplished for themselves and the contributions they have made to American history.
Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to sit down with four inspiring women DNC Caucus and Council Chairs at the DNC’s Winter Meeting and discuss what Women’s History Month means to them. Bel Leong-Hong, Iris Martinez, Betty Richie, and Virgie Rollins have been working for American women from all backgrounds and walks of life for decades, and they are happy to share their war stories, with much humor, with the next generation.
There’s no doubt that “we haven’t come as far as we think,” DNC Rural Council Chair Betty Richie explained to me. Whether in boardrooms or at the ballot box, the barriers that women still face are on her mind.
DNC Chair Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Retirement of Senator Harry Reid Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Harry Reid’s announcement that he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2016:
"Senator Harry Reid is a committed fighter for the people of Nevada, and he embodies the true definition of a thoughtful public servant and a pragmatic politician. As the leader of Senate Democrats for the past decade, he shepherded some of our greatest legislative achievements on behalf of the American people, including the Affordable Care Act and Wall Street reform.
"On a personal note, Harry Reid has stepped up to help me pass critical legislation through the Senate, from swimming pool safety to save children's lives, to my EARLY Act breast cancer legislation, which he added to the Affordable Care Act, helping young breast cancer patients and survivors. It has been an honor to get to know him and fight by his side.
"From Searchlight to the Senate, he has been a tireless advocate for impro
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