Press Releases

Reps. Courtney & Wasserman Schultz Place Friendly Wager on Florida-UConn Men’s NCAA Final Four Matchup

April 4, 2014

WASHINGTON - Representatives Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) announced a friendly wager on Saturday’s NCAA Final Four Semifinal contest between the UConn Huskies and the University of Florida Gators men’s basketball teams.Congressman Joe Courtney, a UConn Law...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Ryan Budget

April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), a former member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement today after Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY 2015 budget proposal:“A budget proposal of this magnitude should reflect...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on NHTSA Vehicle Rear Visibility Rule

March 31, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) made the following statement today after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018:“Today’s welcome announcement...

Wasserman Schultz: Four Years Later, Millions of Americans Are Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act

March 22, 2014

WASHINGTON – This Sunday marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), who authored the portion of the law that created the EARLY Act, a breast cancer early...

Wasserman Schultz Lauds Medal of Honor Award for Two South FL Veterans

March 18, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) applauded President Obama's posthumous decoration of two South Florida Veterans today with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award. In all, 24 service members were honored at the White House...

Wasserman Schultz: GOP ‘Doc Fix’ Attempt Nothing More than ‘Doc Tricks’

March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after House Republicans tied the urgent need to reform the Medicare physician reimbursement process, otherwise known as the ‘doc fix’, to their 51st attempt to legislatively undermine...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Passing of Former FL Governor Reubin Askew

March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement this morning after the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew:“Today is a sad day for Floridians, particularly for the generation of policymakers and leaders who came of...

Wasserman Schultz Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM

March 6, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced bipartisan legislation today with U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) that will increase the participation of underrepresented students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. H.R. 4161, the 21st Century...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on GOP 50th Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

March 5, 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement into the House Record today after the GOP voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 50th time:"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 50th time...

Wasserman Schultz Votes for Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

March 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) voted today in favor of H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which passed the House by a vote of 306-91. The bipartisan legislation will bring relief to tens of thousands...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on President Obama’s FY2015 Budget

March 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Obama today released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a former member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement:“The President’s budget calls...

Senate Version of Wasserman Schultz Tax Return Theft Legislation Advances

February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed a companion version of legislation written by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) that would make the prosecution of tax return identify theft a greater priority and strengthen penalties against identify thieves....

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling

February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after voting to raise the debt ceiling of the United States. The measure passed the House 221 to 201: “Today’s vote to raise the debt ceiling was a...

Lawmakers want Gov. Scott to be guided by conscience on Medicaid

February 5, 2014

 WASHINGTON – A group of lawmakers want Gov. Rick Scott to let conscience be his guide over whether 1.2 million poor people in Florida should get health insurance under an expansion of Medicaid. “Governor, last year you said your conscience wouldn't...

Wasserman Schultz Joins ‘Characters United’ Campaign to Combat Hate and Discrimination

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) announced today that that she is partnering with USA Network in its efforts to promote Characters Unite Month this February, continuing the Network’s award-winning, five-year public service campaign to combat hate and...

Wasserman Schultz Votes for Flood Insurance Reform, Affordability

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) voted today to advance bipartisan legislation that would bring relief to tens of thousands of homeowners in Florida and around the nation trying to afford and maintain flood insurance coverage. The procedural motion,...

Wasserman Schultz Hires New Congressional Communications Director

January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) has hired Sean Bartlett to serve as the new Communications Director in her Congressional office. Most recently, Bartlett worked as a senior officer on the United Nations Foundation’s public affairs team, where he...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement in Response to State of the Union Address

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress this evening, in which he detailed his vision and recommendations for how we can strengthen our economy and create jobs and educational opportunities for all Americans....

Recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) made the following statement today recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in honor of Holocaust survivors:“Today, along with Israel and communities across the world, we pause to solemnly commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day...

Small Business Owner Benefiting from Obamacare to Join Wasserman Schultz for State of the Union Address

January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) has invited South Florida constituent Martin West to be her guest to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 28. West and his wife Melinda are small business owners...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Aviva Sufian to head Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services

January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON - Today the Obama Administration announced that Aviva Sufian will serve as the first Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement: “I welcome the announcement of Aviva Sufian as...

House Approves Bipartisan Spending Bill

January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON – Earlier today the House approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2014 and allows Congress to avoid the risk of a shutdown until the end of September.“This legislation...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Passing of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

January 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the people of Israel and the family of former Prime...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Anniversary of Tucson, Arizona Shooting

January 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today marks three years since the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:“On Jan. 8, 2011, six people were killed, including one child, and 13 were wounded when a man...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on House Vote to Pass Budget Agreement

December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget deal. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:“I cast my vote in support of this budget deal today as an important step forward for bipartisan...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Administration’s New Initiatives for Holocaust Survivors

December 10, 2013

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement: “I applaud Vice President Biden’s statement today at the American Jewish...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement after the passing of Nelson Mandela:“Today we lost an inspirational leader who taught all of us the power of the tenacity of hope while fighting for civil rights,...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

November 25, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of an interim deal with Iran: “I commend President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Under Secretary Sherman and their team for the tremendous amount of work...

Wasserman Schultz Introduces the Bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act

November 21, 2013

Washington, DC – Today Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Eliot Engel (NY-16) and Republicans Reps. Richard Hanna (NY-22) and Chris Gibson (NY-19) introduced H.R. 3571 International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).“We know that...

Wasserman Schultz Supports Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Rate Increases

October 30, 2013

WASHINGTON – On the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, a bipartisan coalition of 82 Members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation that would delay most flood insurance rate increases for four years and requires the Federal...

Everglades Restoration & Port Everglades Get Boost in House Water Resources Bill

October 24, 2013

Video of Rep. Wasserman Schultz speaking on the House floor about the House Water Resources bill is available here: http://youtu.be/S7DG4Wa3qrAWASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) praised the House passage Wednesday night of the Water Resources Reform and Development...

Wasserman Schultz on the Passing of Rep. Bill Young

October 18, 2013

WESTON, Fla. - Tonight, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Rep. Bill Young:"I am saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, colleague, and fellow Floridian, Rep. Bill Young....

Wasserman Schultz on Agreement to Reopen Government and Raise the Debt Ceiling

October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON – Tonight the Senate and House passed bipartisan legislation to end the federal government shutdown and avoid default by raising the debt ceiling. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:“I’m relieved that the U.S. Senate worked...

Wasserman Schultz on Rep. Bill Young Retiring

October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young (FL-13) announced he will retire and will not seek re-election in 2014. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement: “I’m grateful to my friend and colleague Rep. Bill Young for...

Wasserman Schultz Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement: “Starting today, all Americans now have access to quality, affordable health care and health insurance coverage with the opening of the...

Starting Oct. 1, Floridians Will Have Access to Affordable Health Insurance Premiums

September 25, 2013

Competition and Choice Driving Down Rates For Florida FamiliesWASHINGTON – New health insurance rates in Florida will be lower than expected in the Health Insurance Marketplace that will open Oct. 1, according to a new report published by the U.S....

Wasserman Schultz on Passage of the Partisan House Republican Continuing Resolution

September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement today after the House voted 230 to 189 to pass the House Republicans' partisan continuing resolution. “This damaging legislation significantly increases the risk of a government shutdown, continues...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Joins Four South Florida Members of Congress for Major Grant Announcement

September 13, 2013

$13.75 Million TIGER Grant to Make Travel in South Florida Seamless, Create JobsFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Imagine being able to leave your home in Boca Raton and go to a Miami Heat game by train. Imagine leaving work in downtown...

FL Democrats Denounce Roadblocks to Implementing Obamacare

September 13, 2013

WASHINGTON – On Monday, the Florida Department of Health announced that health care outreach workers known as Navigators will not be allowed on county health center properties to help educate uninsured people about their health care insurance options available in...

The 12th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement in honor of the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001:“Today Americans everywhere honor and remember all those we tragically lost during the September 11 terrorist attacks on our...

Federal grant to boost UniversityCity: a transportation hub at FIU

September 6, 2013

A public-private partnership led by FIU has won an $11. 4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve connectivity between the university’s west Miami-Dade campus, the neighboring city of Sweetwater and other parts of Greater Miami.The Transportation...

Statement from Rep. Wasserman Schultz on use of military force in Syria

September 3, 2013

WASHINGTON - Following a classified briefing on Sunday for Members of Congress on the actions of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:"After receiving this classified briefing and being briefed by...

Wasserman Schultz on Syria

August 31, 2013

Statement from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23):"I welcome President Obama's announcement today that he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force against the Assad regime in Syria. The President's announcement follows multiple consultations and briefings with Members...

End in Sight for MIA’s Long Customs Lines

August 2, 2013

Following visit in February, DHS announces Miami-Dade County as one of five pilot programsMIAMI— The Department of Homeland Security announced today that Miami-Dade County is one of only five recipients in the country to be approved to participate in the...

Wasserman Schultz Helps Lead Bipartisan Kids’ Safety Caucus

August 1, 2013

For the first time in Congressional history, a bipartisan coalition has been formed in the House of Representatives to work on issues related to child safety. The bipartisan chairs of the new Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus are U.S. Reps. Debbie...

Rapists Shouldn’t Have Custody Rights

July 25, 2013

 Federal Legislation Would Protect Rape Survivors’ Custody RightsWASHINGTON – Each year, thousands of women become pregnant as a result of sexual assault. Shockingly, too often these rape survivors must endure further trauma when the rapist seeks custody or visitation with...

Metastatic Cancer Research Panel included in Defense Appropriations bill

July 24, 2013

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) made the following statement on the creation of a medical research panel to study metastatic cancer, a provision she proposed to the Defense Appropriations bill that would bring new focus to...

BIPARTISAN LATINO - JEWISH CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS INTRODUCES PRINCIPLES FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

July 22, 2013

BIPARTISAN LATINO - JEWISH CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS INTRODUCES PRINCIPLES FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORMWASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Latino - Jewish Congressional (LJC) Caucus, a bipartisan group of Latino and Jewish members in the U.S. House of Representatives who work together on...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Urges Congress to Replace Cuts and End National Guard Furloughs

July 16, 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Furloughs for Florida’s National Guard started July 8, and will keep 1,000 full-time service members home for the next 11 Mondays through September. These cuts come right as Florida is in the middle of Hurricane season,...

Wasserman Schultz Offers Renewable Energy Amendment

June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced an amendment today to the House Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to restore full funding to the President’s FY14 budget request of $2.8 billion for energy efficiency, renewable...

Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Gay Rights

June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which banned federal benefits for same-sex married couples, on a 5-4 vote. It also made same-sex marriages legal again in the...

Pro-Choice Caucus Stands United Against House GOP’s Extreme Abortion Measure

June 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Reps. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, joined several other Members, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in speaking out against the extreme legislation advancing today in...

Republicans File Bill to Restrict Women’s Right to Choose

June 17, 2013

MIAMI, Fla. – Last week, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) filed legislation that would restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill (HR 1797), which would ban abortions after 20...

Private Health Insurers to Take Over Medicaid in Florida

June 14, 2013

Announcement does nothing to help 1 million denied care by Florida LegislatureWASHINGTON - Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has approved a waiver for the state of Florida to expand a pilot program statewide...

Wasserman Schultz Offers Balanced Solution to Replace Sequestration Cuts

June 13, 2013

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced an amendment to replace the indiscriminate sequester cuts with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. She offered her amendment during the full committee markup in the Agriculture, Rural Development,...

Gene Patenting Ruling a Victory for Common Sense

June 13, 2013

Wasserman Schultz tested BRCA2 positive, a gene at the heart of the caseWASHINGTON – Today the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Association of Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics that patents cannot be held on naturally occurring...

Protecting Workers Across Florida

June 11, 2013

Wasserman Schultz urges Gov. Scott to veto bill that thwarts paid sick leave for workers U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz joined local workers in South Florida to call on Gov. Scott to veto HB655PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Earlier today, U.S. Rep. Debbie...

Protecting Our Children From Exploitation

June 6, 2013

Wasserman Schultz adds language committing resources to stop child predatorsWatch Rep. Wasserman Schultz floor statement here: http://youtu.be/w_xoXedamnEWASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass the Homeland Security Appropriations bill for funding in fiscal year 2014. The legislation...

Sexual Assault is an Act of Violence

June 5, 2013

You can watch the full MSNBC interview here - http://youtu.be/eEcJSkDuRrgWASHINGTON – Earlier today on MSNBC's Jansing and Co., U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) talked about the continuing problem of sexual assault in the military, saying:"Sexual assault, whether it is...

Wasserman Schultz Joins Ask, Listen, Learn at Nautilus Middle School

May 31, 2013

Program encourages kids to say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinkingMIAMI BEACH, Fla. - By the time young teens reach eighth grade, 36 percent of them will have already tried alcohol, according to a Monitoring the...

Florida Prepares for Hurricane Season

May 31, 2013

Federal Officials Discuss Region’s PreparednessMIAMI, Fla. – National weather forecasters are predicting an above-average storm season, with 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms predicted, and 7 to 11 that could strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that could become...

Save a child’s life at the pool

May 28, 2013

Plantation, Fla. – Every year in Florida, too many children die as a result of unintentional drowning. Statistics show Florida leads the nation in the drowning rate of children younger than 4 years old.In an effort to educate children and...

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes This Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Congresswoman spoke at ceremony in Pembroke Pines PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – In honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) spoke during a Memorial Day Ceremony in Pembroke Pines. On this...

Helping Holocaust Survivors

May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — An estimated 120,000 Holocaust survivors live in the United States today, at an average age of 80; 3 in 5 survivors are women; and approximately two thirds of Holocaust survivors live alone.Many rely on local agencies to help...

Wasserman Schultz on Angelina Jolie Sharing Her Health Care Story

May 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement regarding Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA-1 gene mutation: “Today, we learned that actress and human rights advocate...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Working Families Flexibility Act

May 7, 2013

WASHINGTON – On Monday, more than 150 leading women’s, worker, and civil rights organizations from across the country sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives stating their opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as the...

Statement on Jewish American Heritage Month 2013

May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON – In honor of the eighth annual Jewish American Heritage Month this May, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:“I am delighted to join President Obama and communities across the country in celebrating May as Jewish...

Sequestration Means Fewer Meals for South Florida Seniors

April 30, 2013

MIAMI – Since March 1, the effects of the indiscriminate cuts of sequestration are starting to take effect, and Americans are taking notice. In South Florida, it means $1 million less in the Older Americans Act to help fund meals...

Local High School Student’s Art to Hang in U.S. Capitol

April 29, 2013

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz will announce winners of her 2013 Congressional Art Competition, First place winner will travel to Washington, D.C. Davie, Fla. – On Monday, April 29, 2013, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) will hold her annual Congressional High School...

Congress Votes to End FAA Furloughs

April 26, 2013

Representatives Call For Balanced Approach To Replace SequestrationWASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Joe Garcia (FL-26) released the following statement about the vote to allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prevent staffing shortages that have caused...

Earth Day 2013 We’re All The Face of Climate Change

April 22, 2013

Wasserman Schultz encourages Americans to “Pick Five for the Environment”WASHINGTON - Today marks the 43rd annual Earth Day, a day when people around the world focus on the environmental challenges facing the planet and what we can do to help...

Statement on Israel’s Independence Day – Yom Ha’atzmaut

April 16, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement marking Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut:“I am delighted to wish Israelis and Jews around the world a hearty ‘Mazel tov’ on Israel’s 65th anniversary of independence. For six...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Explosions in Boston

April 15, 2013

Washington – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement today on the explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon:“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston on this Patriots’ Day. Boston is a significant,...

Wasserman Schultz: We Must End Identity Theft

April 15, 2013

On Tax Day, Congresswoman pushes bill that would protect against tax return identity theftFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Monday is Tax Day, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) is working to make sure tax payers know what to do if...

Obama Budget Would Help Ease Long Customs Lines at Airports

April 12, 2013

 A key component of the budget would allow for hiring more officersWASHINGTON – On Wednesday, President Barack Obama released his 2014 budget proposal. Included in the President's budget is increased funding for more than 3,400 new Customs and Border Protection...

U.S. Reps Host Equal Pay Day Roundtable

April 9, 2013

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – This year marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and yet today in 2013, women still earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.Tuesday, April 9...

Wasserman Schultz on Equal Pay Day

April 9, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – In honor of National Equal Pay Day, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:“This year marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and yet women still earn...

Recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 8, 2013

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) made the following statement today recognizing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in honor of Holocaust survivors:“Today we stand with communities around the world in honor of the six million Jews and countless other...

Congresswoman Holds Meeting To Discuss Coastal Issues

April 4, 2013

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Beach erosion continues to be a major issue in South Florida. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and other significant storms, the erosion problem has only intensified. This remains one of the top priorities for communities...

Keeping Our Children Safe Online

April 3, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – The South Florida community was unsettled this past February when reports surfaced that numerous nude photos of high school students had been posted online. Unfortunately this was not an isolated incident, and in fact this has become...

Wasserman Schultz: We Must End Identity Theft

April 3, 2013

Congresswoman held seminar about protecting against ID theft and tax fraudPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – South Florida residents are starting to file this year’s tax returns. Before they do, they’ll want to learn more about the growing rate of tax return...

Educating Students: Crimes that lead to Court

April 2, 2013

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Many high school students feel invincible to laws, or think that because they’re under 18 years old, they won’t be in any real danger of getting in trouble with the law if caught doing something they...

Congresswoman Tours Runway Under Construction

April 1, 2013

Rep. Wasserman Schultz got a behind-the-scenes look at the South Runway at FLL FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Since ground was broken in January 2012, construction has been ongoing for 20 hours a day at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to complete...

1.7 Million Floridians Will Be Eligible for Tax Credits in 2014

March 26, 2013

 New Report Provides County-Specific Breakdown of Tax Credit Eligibility by Income, Age, Race and Ethnicity, Employment StatusReport States 30 Percent of Floridians Eligible to Receive the Tax Credits Are HispanicWashington, D.C.— A report released today says that in 2014 more...

International Women's Rights and passing I-VAWA

March 25, 2013

Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Ruth Messinger of AJWS held press callAfter weeks of heated debate, the U.S. Congress passed a reauthorization of the domestic Violence Against Women Act in February. But women around the world continue to suffer an epidemic...

Wasserman Schultz on the Third Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

March 22, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – March 23 will mark the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement: “As we celebrate this milestone of the third anniversary of the...

Wasserman Schultz Statement Against the Ryan-Republican Budget

March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement after the Senate rejected the Ryan-Republican budget by a vote of 40 to 59:“Rep. Ryan likes to say that we should budget like American families do. If that’s...

President Obama to Israelis: You Are Not Alone

March 21, 2013

JERUSALEM – Earlier today, President Barack Obama gave a speech to the Israeli people at the Jerusalem Convention Center. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), who is traveling with the President in Israel, released the following statement:“As the President stated...

Wasserman Schultz Travels to Israel with President Obama

March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) traveled with President Obama to Israel Tuesday night.“It is an honor to be in Israel with President Obama for the first foreign trip of his second term as he visits Israel, the...

Tamiami Trail Bridge Opens in Everglades

March 19, 2013

Rep. Wasserman Schultz helped secure funding for the major milestone in EvergladesEVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. – Earlier today, officials in South Florida celebrated the grand opening of the one-mile Tamiami Trail bridge. This milestone Everglades restoration effort is the largest...

Beating Breast Cancer EARLY: Where do we go from here?

March 19, 2013

Rep. Wasserman Schultz hosts panel discussion on breast cancer report WASHINGTON – Breast cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries. It strikes women from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities, the rich and the poor, the old and the young. A...

Beating Breast Cancer EARLY: Where do we go from here?

March 18, 2013

 Rep. Wasserman Schultz to host panel discussion on breast cancer reportWASHINGTON – Breast cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries. It strikes women from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities, the rich and the poor, the old and the young....

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Commemorates 101 years of Girl Scouts of the USA

March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today marks the 101st birthday for the Girl Scouts of America. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) made the following statement:“Today, across the country and around the world, we celebrate the Girl Scouts’ birthday in honor of the...

Statement on International Women's Day

March 8, 2013

WESTON, Fla. - In recognition of International Women's Day, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) made the following statement:“Today, on International Women's Day, we recommit ourselves to the rights of women and girls in the U.S. and around the world....

Wasserman Schultz Statement on February Jobs Report

March 8, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – Earlier today, the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 236,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest level in four years. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the...

Sequester Cuts Hurt Us All

March 1, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – The beginning of March marks the beginning of federal sequestration cuts. The sequester is a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The cuts would be split 50-50 between defense...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

February 28, 2013

Watch Rep. Wasserman Schultz speak on the House Floor about the Violence Against Women Act - http://youtu.be/3wO4C98L2EIWASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a vote of 286-138,...

Statement on Florida Medicaid Expansion

February 20, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – Earlier today, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he will support expanding Medicaid coverage in Florida. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:“I’m pleased that the Governor has decided to support implementing the Medicaid expansion...

DHS Secretary Napolitano Visits South Florida

February 20, 2013

MIAMI— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Fla. to see customs and security operations at Port Everglades and Miami International Airport, and discuss the Department’s on-going efforts...

Wasserman Schultz: We Must End Identity Theft

February 20, 2013

Congresswoman to hold seminars about protecting against ID theft and tax fraud PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - Imagine going to file your tax return, only to discover someone else has already filed it and received your tax refund check.You can learn more about...

Wasserman Schultz Holds Roundtable with Gun Control Advocates and Medical Professionals

February 19, 2013

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Last month, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) held two roundtable discussions, one with local officials and law enforcement agencies, the other with gun owners, to discuss gun safety issues facing our great nation. Discussions included...

Bipartisan Bill Helps Fight Tax Return Identity Theft

February 15, 2013

Representatives introduce bill that would protect tax payersWASHINGTON – As tax season is quickly approaching, some tax fraud criminals are getting ready to start stealing identities and filing fraudulent tax returns. Imagine going to file your tax return, only to...

Shooting Victim to Attend State of the Union

February 12, 2013

Rep. Wasserman Schultz invites 17-year-old Megan Hobson to join her in Washington D.CRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Megan Hobson, and her momPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Last April, Megan Hobson was the victim of a drive-by shooting. She was hit by a...

Join Me in Going Red For Women

February 1, 2013

 Rep. Wasserman Schultz on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease.WESTON, Fla. - February is American Heart Month, and today is the 10th annual National Wear Red Day. American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung...

Wasserman Schultz Holds Roundtable with Gun Rights Advocates

January 30, 2013

WESTON, Fla. – Earlier this month, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) held a roundtable discussion with local officials and law enforcement agencies to discuss gun safety issues facing our great nation. Discussions included proposals for universal background checks, a ban...

Wasserman Schultz on Defense Department Removing Ban on Women in Combat

January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey announced that the military would lift its longtime ban on women serving in combat roles, opening tens of thousands of jobs to female troops. U.S....

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced in 113th Congress

January 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today the Violence Against Women Act was reintroduced in the 113th Congress. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), who is an original co-sponsor, released the following statement: “I’m proud to stand with my fellow House Democrats as we...

Wasserman Schultz Secures Coveted Subcommittee Seats

January 23, 2013

Wasserman Schultz to serve as Ranking Member of Appropriations SubcommitteeWASHINGTON - For the 113th Congress, the House Committee on Appropriations recommended U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) to serve as a ranking member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee (ranking member...

Local Seniors to Learn About Direct Deposit for Benefits

January 9, 2013

 Rep. Wasserman Schultz to help seniors sign up for direct deposit for social security and veterans benefitsMiami Beach, Fla. – Starting in March, anyone who receives federal benefit checks will have to switch to direct deposit. These changes apply to...

Wasserman Schultz Looks Ahead to 113th Congress

January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) was sworn in today to the 113th Congress. She released the following statement:“It is an honor and a privilege to continue representing South Florida. Throughout my twenty years in public office, I...

Wasserman Schultz Statement in Support of Fiscal Cliff Deal

January 2, 2013

Just hours before the vote, Rep. Wasserman Schultz appeared on CNN’s Situation Room to discuss the merits of the legislation and why the House of Representatives should approve the legislation. Watch here - http://youtu.be/DmCckKmfzg0.WASHINGTON – Last night the U.S. House...

House Passes Bill To Rename VA Clinic After Veterans’ Advocate Bill Kling

December 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – Earlier today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs health clinic located at 9800 West Commercial Boulevard, in the city of Sunrise, Florida, as the “William ‘Bill’ Kling” VA Clinic.” The...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement today after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.: “My heart breaks for the countless parents, families, friends, and everyone affected by today's tragedy in...

Miami-Dade Public Schools Racing to the Top

December 11, 2012

WASHINGTON – Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education announced that the School Board of Miami-Dade County will be awarded $30 million as part of the Race to the Top competition. Miami-Dade was the biggest district of the 16 applicants...

President Obama Signs Child Protection Act into Law

December 7, 2012

 Wasserman Schultz-Smith Bipartisan Bill Protects Children from Sexual ExploitationPresident Barack Obama signs H.R. 6063, the Child Protection Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Sen Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn; Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas; Rep....

Wasserman Schultz Statement Recognizing World AIDS Day

December 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – In honor of World AIDS Day, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“On World AIDS Day, we come together to show our support in the international fight against HIV/AIDS. We stand united in raising awareness...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Statement on U.N. Palestinian Resolution

November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a Palestinian bid for “non-member observer state” status. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) released the following statement:“With U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s vote against...

Senate Approves Smith-Wasserman Schultz Bill to Protect Children

November 27, 2012

 Bill Goes to President’s Desk for SignatureWASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has approved legislation authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to better protect children from sexual predators. The Child Protection Act...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Cease Fire Agreement

November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON -  Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement about the cease fire agreement between Israel and Gaza:"Throughout these difficult and troubling days, I am proud that the United States, at every level, has stood by...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Stands with Israel Against Hamas's Rocket Attacks

November 14, 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement condemning the recent Hamas missile attacks on Israel and standing up for Israel’s right to self-defense:“With our deepest concern and strongest support, the United States stands firm...

Statement on Miami-Dade County Public Schools Winning the Broad Prize

October 24, 2012

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in recognition of Miami-Dade County Public Schools receiving the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education: “I am delighted to congratulate Miami-Dade County Public Schools on being named the winner of...

Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Arlen Specter

October 14, 2012

“I am saddened by the death of former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. America has lost a public servant who stood up for what he believed in, regardless of party ideology, always standing up for the people of Pennsylvania. I was...

Recovery Act Creates Jobs in South Florida

September 27, 2012

Hollywood, Fla. – Earlier today U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Vice President Al Gore spoke at the grand opening of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) $50 million Coral Reef Research Center.Rep. Wasserman Schultz helped NSU secure a $15 million...

Hire A Hero

September 25, 2012

U.S. Reps. promoted upcoming job fair for veteransFort Lauderdale, Fla – Employment remains a huge concern for our veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving our country honorably and courageously, the last thing our veterans should have...

A Tribute Fit for a Kling

September 19, 2012

Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Deutch introduce bill to rename VA clinic after veterans’ advocate Bill KlingSUNRISE, Fla. – William ‘Bill’ Kling was a tireless advocate for veterans. He noticed that too often veterans in Broward County had to travel too...

Congresswoman Recognizes Angels in Adoption Winners from South Florida

September 12, 2012

 Maria del Mar Velasco & Vladimir Diaz will be honored in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) recognized Maria del Mar Velasco and Vladimir Diaz, from Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., for receiving the 2012 Angels in...

The 11th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in honor of the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001:“On a day when time seemed to stand still, it’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since the...

Judge To Lift Restrictions On Florida Voter Registration

August 29, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement after it was reported that U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle has announced he will issue a permanent injunction to prohibit Florida from enforcing parts of the voting law...

Young Immigrants Seeking Deferred Action: Beware of Scams

August 22, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz highlights new rule affecting young immigrantsHOLLYWOOD, Fla. – In June, the Obama Administration turned part of the DREAM Act into a reality. The Department of Homeland Security ordered an end to deporting young people who pose no...

Back to School: Washington Gridlock Could Cost Florida’s Middle Class $2,200 More

August 16, 2012

Just as families are having to buy school supplies, Congressional Republicans hold middle class tax cut hostage to tax cut for wealthiest 2% of the country PEMBROKE PINES, FL – Earlier this month, Democrats voted to extend tax cuts for...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Bill Kling

August 6, 2012

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz presented Bill Kling with the Civilian Marksmanship Program's Patriot Award on April 5, 2010 at the Fort Lauderdale City Commission chambers   PLANTATION, Fla. – World War II veteran William "Bill" Kling passed away today....

Statement on the Shooting in Wisconsin

August 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin:“This is a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and...

House Passes Two Wasserman Schultz-Sponsored Bills

August 2, 2012

 The bills help prevent tax ID theft and protect children from sex predatorsWASHINGTON – Two of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s bills moved significantly closer to becoming law when they were passed by the House late last night.The Stopping Tax...

Wasserman Schultz on Passage of Iran Sanctions Bill

August 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement on the passage of the House-Senate Agreement on Iran Sanctions:“The U.S. Congress has once again made it clear to the world: we are resolute in using all...

No Co-Pay Day Boosts Women’s Health Care

August 1, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement about an important benefit for women’s health care in the Affordable Care Act law that starts today.“No Co-Pay Day marks a victory for women’s health care. Some 47...

Health Care Rebate Checks Are In The Mail

July 30, 2012

 Rep. Wasserman Schultz held a press conference in Hollywood to talk about the health care rebates South Floridians are getting soon. HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Twenty health insurance companies are reimbursing Floridians more than $123 million because they didn’t spend enough money...

Local Seniors Learn How to Avoid Fraud

July 30, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz held Fraud Prevention Seminar for South Florida SeniorsAventura, Fla. – South Florida has been a hotbed for fraud for years, whether it’s Medicare fraud or identity theft. On Monday, July 30, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)...

Statement on Signing of U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012

July 27, 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement on President Obama’s signing of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012:“This morning, President Barack Obama once again demonstrated his unwavering dedication to protecting and enhancing...

$10 Million Awarded to Miami-Dade for Hybrid Buses

July 25, 2012

MIAMI – New diesel-electric hybrid buses are on the way to Miami-Dade, according to an announcement this morning by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.LaHood was joined in Miami Wednesday morning by Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Miami-Dade County...

Grants to Help AIDS Patients in South Florida

July 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $80 million in grants to increase access to HIV/AIDS care across the United States. Florida is slated to receive more than $10 million of the funding to...

Statement on the Shooting in Colorado

July 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to the shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado: “This is a heartbreaking, terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims...

President Announces PortMiami Dredging

July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today President Obama laid out specific priorities to boost Florida’s economy now, including federal permits for deepening PortMiami and expediting a feasibility study for dredging Jacksonville’s port.“This is wonderful news for the entire state of Florida,” said U.S....

Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Deadly Attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement following an attack in Bulgaria, killing at least six people, and injuring dozens of others:"I am saddened and outraged by this horrific and brutal attack against Israeli...

Everglades Restoration Report Shows Progress

July 13, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today the Obama Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality published a progress report about Everglades restoration projects. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“President Obama’s administration has been committed to Everglades restoration from day one, and...

Two Wasserman Schultz Sponsored Bills Passed by House Judiciary Committee

July 10, 2012

 The bills help prevent tax ID theft and protect children from sex predatorsWASHINGTON –Two of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s bills moved significantly closer to becoming law when they were passed by the House Judiciary Committee today.The Stopping Tax Offenders...

How Has the Affordable Care Act Helped South Florida?

July 2, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz highlighted benefits of Affordable Care Act for South Floridians Rep. Wasserman Schultz talks with South Floridians in Hollywood about what the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act means for them. HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Last Thursday,...

Bipartisan Bill Protects Children from Sexual Exploitation

June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) today introduced legislation to protect children from sexual exploitation. The Child Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 6063) increases penalties for the possession of child pornography,...

Identity Theft Problem Addressed in House Hearing

June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON – Identity theft has become an epidemic that has affected thousands of Americans across the country. One piece of legislation aimed at addressing the problem of tax return identity theft is the Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Walkout in Protest of Holder Vote

June 28, 2012

WASHINGTON – In response to the GOP contempt vote, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement: “Today I opposed the latest act of overt political theater staged by House Republican lawmakers who have made it clear that...

Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Reform

June 28, 2012

WASHINGTON – In response to the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“As a breast cancer survivor and one of 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, I...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Arizona Immigration Law

June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON – In response to today’s Supreme Court ruling Arizona v. the United States, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:“I supported the Obama Administration’s decision to question the constitutionality of this law, and I’m pleased that the...

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces Funding for Wave Streetcar Project

June 22, 2012

Sec. Ray LaHood visited Fort Lauderdale Friday to discuss new project and creating jobs in Fort LauderdaleFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The landscape of the city of Fort Lauderdale will be getting an upgrade in the coming years. The U.S. Department...

Fort Lauderdale Wave Streetcar Gets Green Light

June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood informed U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) that an $18 million transportation TIGER grant she has championed for seven years, the Fort Lauderdale Wave Streetcar Project, would be funded.The money will...

Local Seniors Learn How to Avoid Fraud

June 18, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz to hold Fraud Prevention Seminar for South Florida SeniorsPembroke Pines, Fla. – South Florida has been a hotbed for fraud for years, whether it’s Medicare fraud or Identity theft. On Monday, June 18, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement On Obama Administration Ending Deportation Of Young Immigrants

June 15, 2012

WESTON, Fla. – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in response to the administration’s announcement today about the deferred action process for young people who are low enforcement priorities:“Today the Obama Administration turned part of the...

$20 Million Secured To Go After Child Predators

June 7, 2012

 Watch Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduce her amendment on the House floor - http://youtu.be/WBnagZMObe4 WASHINGTON – At any moment, there are more than one million images of children being sexually exploited on the Internet, with an additional 200 images being posted every...

Senate Republicans Block Path to Pay Equality

June 5, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today the United States Senate blocked consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“It’s disappointing that Senate Republicans voted today to put up a roadblock on the path to equality. Under...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Paralympian Mallory Weggemann Join Ask, Listen, Learn at Apollo Middle School

June 4, 2012

Program encourages kids to say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinkingHOLLYWOOD, Fla. - By the time young teens reach eighth grade, 36 percent of them will have already tried alcohol, according to a Monitoring the Future...

Voting Rights Affirmed in Florida

June 1, 2012

Dual actions by federal judge and Department of Justice highlight illegal effort by Scott Administration and Florida Legislature to restrict voting in FloridaWASHINGTON – On the heels of the voting rights announcements yesterday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released...

Stay Safe In The Pool This Summer

May 25, 2012

 As summer kicks off, Rep. Wasserman Schultz encourages pool safetyWESTON, Fla. – As the official start of summer begins this weekend, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) is encouraging parents to review pool safety tips before taking the family swimming.“As...

Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 25, 2012

 Federal, State and Local Officials Discuss Region’s PreparednessPLANTATION, FLA. – Hurricane season starts June 1, which means it’s that time of year again to stock up on essential supplies and develop a plan of action in the event a storm...

Private Rocket Launches New Era in Space Exploration

May 22, 2012

WESTON, Fla. – Early Tuesday morning the first private spacecraft headed to dock at the International Space Station launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“This morning we ushered in a new chapter...

Make It In the U.S.A.

May 21, 2012

Reps. Wasserman Schultz, Hoyer, Hastings and Deutch highlight the importance of making and selling products in the U.S.Sunrise, Fla – America’s manufacturing sector has played a major role in supporting our economy and helping to create a strong middle class....

Sun Sentinel: Democratic legislators visit Sunrise company, tout jobs policy

May 21, 2012

By Anthony Man, Sun SentinelSUNRISE — Scores of industrial-size rolls of bubble wrap, miles of packing tape and more than 5 million cardboard boxes fill A&M Tape & Packaging, and on Monday they became the symbol of a potent political...

Wasserman Schultz Applauds Significant Support for Israel’s Security

May 17, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz praises the passage of H.Res 568 and Secretary Panetta's announcement of additional funding for the Iron DomeWASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) praised two great achievements for Israel's security and American foreign policy priorities:"I...

Statement on President Obama’s Support of Marriage Equality

May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement today after President Obama declared his support for marriage equality:“Today, we take a historic step forward in the decades-long march for civil rights. With President Obama’s statements, LGBT Americans...

Representatives Honor Hadassah for 100 years of Service

May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) introduced a resolution in honor of Hadassah’s Centennial and released the following statement:“As the largest Jewish organization in America, and one of the largest women’s volunteer organizations in...

Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month in 2012

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement in honor of May as Jewish American Heritage Month:“I am delighted that this May we celebrate the seventh annual Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to honor the...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Urges Congress to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low

April 30, 2012

Davie, Fla. – The cost of attending college could soon be a lot more expensive for current students and incoming freshman. Interest rates for Stafford student loans are set to double to 6.8 percent on July 1 if Congress doesn’t...

Statement on Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut

April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement marking Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut:“On this 64th anniversary of Israel’s independence, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Israel as your friends around the world celebrate Israel's...

Statement on President Obama’s Speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Increased Sanctions on Iran and Syria

April 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), who represents a district with one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations in the U.S., praised President Obama for his solemn devotion to Holocaust remembrance and his continued, unequivocal dedication to preventing...

Restoring Everglades Top Priority for Administration

April 23, 2012

MIAMI – Today Vice President Joe Biden was in South Florida to tour a portion of Everglades National Park and talk about the Administration’s plans for funding restoration projects. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:“I am pleased Vice...

Earth Day: The Difference Begins with You

April 22, 2012

WESTON, Fla. – In honor of Earth Day today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:“On Earth Day, we take time to reflect on our daily habits and how they effect our environment and those around us. Through small...

Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement today recognizing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in honor of our nation’s Holocaust survivors:“On this solemn day, our country comes together with Israel and communities around the world to...

Bipartisan Bill Helps Fight Tax Return Identity Theft

April 17, 2012

Representatives introduce bill that would protect tax payersWASHINGTON – Imagine going to file your tax return, only to discover someone else has already filed it and received your tax refund check. According to the Internal Revenue Service, last year alone...

Wasserman Schultz: We Must End Identity Theft

April 13, 2012

Congresswoman to introduce bill to protect against tax return identity theftFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Imagine going to file your tax return, only to discover someone else has already filed it and received your tax refund check. With tax day just...

Sign Up For Rep. Wasserman Schultz's Small Business Workshop

April 11, 2012

Please join U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as she hosts area small businesses along with Federal, State and Local agencies for a free Small Business Workshop to provide marketing, management and financial guidance to small business owners or those interested...

Wasserman Schultz Condemns Ryan’s Shameful Accusation Against U.S. Generals

March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - Earlier today, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan (R-WI), made the following statement regarding our nation’s military leaders at a forum held by the National Journal:“We don’t think the Generals are giving us their true...

Affordable Care Act Helping Small Businesses

March 26, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz met Monday with a small business owner to talk about how the Affordable Care Act has benefitted her employeesPembroke Pines, Fla. – The game-changing health care law, the Affordable Health Care Act, passed by Congress and signed...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Death of Trayvon Martin

March 23, 2012

WESTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today about Trayvon Martin, who was killed last month in Sanford, Fla.:“Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragedy and that has rightly spurred a national conversation and calls to action.“This case...

Celebrating Two Years of Affordable Health Care Reform

March 23, 2012

WESTON, Fla. – In honor of the two year anniversary of the Affordable Health Care Act, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:        “This game-changing health care law, the Affordable Health Care Act, passed by...

Wasserman Schultz Amendment Protects Seniors in Nursing Homes

March 21, 2012

WASHINGTON – As the House Budget Committee began debate today on the Republican budget proposal for 2013, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) introduced an amendment to prevent cuts that would be detrimental to seniors across the country.“My amendment would stop...

Women’s Voices in the 21st Century

March 21, 2012

 Congresswomen hosted bipartisan panel  to discuss how to pave the way for a new generation of women.WASHINGTON - At a time when polarization is leading many of the headlines in Washington, it is more important than ever to discuss how...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on the GOP Budget Proposal

March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in response to the latest Republican budget proposal for 2013:“Our nation's budget is a reflection of what we value as a country, what kind of future we want to...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on February Jobs Report

March 9, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 227,000 jobs in February: “Adding over a quarter of a million jobs in February is encouraging news. It...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on International Women's Day

March 8, 2012

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement in recognition of International Women's Day:"Today, we recognize the 101st International Women’s Day. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to the indelible contributions women have made worldwide.  Just over...

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 1, 2012

Each March, we honor and remember all of the women who came before us. The women who worked to make this world a better place – more just, more fair, and more kind.Women have changed the course of our history:...

Paving the Way to Jobs

February 24, 2012

  DANIA BEACH, Fla. – One big area of concern for many South Floridians is traffic congestion.  Many find themselves stuck in traffic every day, looking for ways to make their commute faster.  President Obama’s budget proposal lays out plans for...

VA Expands Suicide Prevention Efforts through Text Messaging Service

February 17, 2012

Veterans Crisis Line Provides Confidential Help to Veterans and FamiliesWASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to prevent suicide through several new initiatives that increase the availability of services for Veterans, Servicemembers and their families.The new...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Passage of Payroll Tax Cut Compromise

February 17, 2012

WASHINGTON – In response to Congress extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“Today’s decision means that millions of American families will be able to continue to keep an additional $40...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Encourages Heart Disease Screenings at Local Cancer Center

February 13, 2012

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – It’s the leading cause of death for women in the United States, affecting one in every four women.  More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) wants...

We Must End Identity Theft

February 10, 2012

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz held a roundtable discussionFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – You go to file your tax return, only to discover someone has already done it under your name. Identity theft has become all too common for South Floridians, and the...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Applauds Administration Announcement on Women's Health Care

February 10, 2012

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.– In response to the President’s announcement about women’s health care, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement: “I applaud and support the President's announcement that will expand access to no-cost contraceptives for all women in...

Florida Granted Flexibility For Education Standards

February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced that Florida will have more flexibility when it comes to the mandates of implementing the No Child Left Behind Act. “This is great news for students, educators and parents in the Sunshine State and I...

Landmark Settlement Will Help Florida Homeowners

February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON- Today the Obama Administration announced an historic $25 billion joint federal-state fraud settlement with five of the nation’s largest banks over their flawed and fraudulent foreclosure practices. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“This settlement will help...

Creating Jobs for Our Veterans

February 6, 2012

Rep. Wasserman Schultz discussed initiatives to help our nation’s veterans MIAMI – The war in Iraq has officially ended and we have more troops returning home each day from Afghanistan. Florida has more than 1.6 million veterans and as our men...

Statement on January Job Creation

February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON – In response to the latest job numbers announced by the Department of Labor today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“Today’s job numbers are proof that the policies Democrats helped President Obama enact early in his...

Statement About Today’s Komen Announcement

February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation announced today that it is reversing its decision regarding grants for Planned Parenthood. In response, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“As a breast cancer survivor and a...

Statement Recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and in honor of our nation’s Holocaust survivors:“Today, people around the world come together to honor the solemn memory of the six million Jews who...

Statement on Rep. Gabby Giffords resigning from Congress

January 25, 2012

WASHINGTON– Earlier today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) read Rep. Gabby Giffords’ (AZ-8) resignation letter on the House floor - you can watch the video here. She also released the following statement:“Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is an incredible public servant, woman,...

Statement on the President’s State of the Union address

January 24, 2012

WASHINGTON– Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night:“The President shared his blueprint for putting our country back on the path toward prosperity,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz....

Miami Soldier to Attend State of the Union Address

January 24, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) is taking one of her constituents, 2nd Lt. Brittany Ramos, to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Ramos graduated last May from the University of Miami, and...

Statement on Rep. Gabby Giffords Public Service

January 22, 2012

Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement regarding the announcement that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will step down from Congress this week:“Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is an incredible public servant, woman, and friend.  No one can really understand what...

39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:“Today we mark an incredible milestone – 39 years since the Supreme Court of the United States guaranteed the women of this...

President’s Travel & Tourism Initiative to Create Florida Jobs

January 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – Earlier today at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, the President announced his executive order that calls for a strategic effort to improve job growth and make the United States the world’s top travel and tourism destination.“This is...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Tucson Shooting

January 8, 2012

Washington – Jan. 8 marks the one-year anniversary of the terrible shooting in Tucson, Arizona that killed six Americans and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement: “On January 8th in...

Wasserman Schultz: We Must End Human Trafficking

January 6, 2012

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Many Americans think human trafficking is something that occurs in third world countries.  But right here in the United States, one person is sold into human trafficking every ten minutes.  In fact it’s estimated that between...

Wasserman Schultz Encourages Cancer Screenings

January 5, 2012

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The American Cancer Society projects that this year alone, more than 11,000 women in America will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Nearly 4,000 of those women will not see another birthday.Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) wants...

Tax Increase Hurts Middle Class Families

December 20, 2011

House leadership, knowing they lack the votes, block up or down vote, dooming payroll tax cut extension for middle class AmericansWASHINGTON – In response to House Republican leaders refusing to even vote on a payroll tax cut for the middle...

Keeping Toys & Children Safe During the Holiday Season

December 20, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz discussed federal regulations that have made toys safer Hollywood, Fla. – Over the next week, children all over South Florida will be opening up their presents.  Thanks to the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2011

WASHINGTON – In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“Today we pause to reflect on the events that took place at the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7,...

Middle Class Families Need Payroll Tax Cut Extended

December 5, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz met with local workers to discuss the payroll taxDania Beach, Fla. – At the end of this month a federal payroll tax cut for all working Americans will expire.  This means more money could be taken out...

Jobs Fair for Veterans

December 3, 2011

Hosted by Reps. Wasserman Schultz and DeutchFt. Lauderdale, Fla. – On Saturday, December 3, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-19) hosted a Veterans Jobs Fair at the Fort Lauderdale Armory. Veterans and military families were invited...

Congressional Staffer Honored with Capitol Room Naming

December 1, 2011

You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech on her YouTube channel here.WASHINGTON – Today, at 6 p.m., the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously with 419 votes to name room HVC 215 in the  U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for slain...

How to Catch a Predator

November 28, 2011

Representatives met with federal & local law enforcement to see how online child predators are caught and discussed how federal legislationcould help. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – You’ve seen the horrific headlines about people arrested for being members of a private, members-only...

Singer Showed Lawmakers How to Make a Hit Record

November 28, 2011

MIAMI – Here in South Florida, Latin music is an important part of the culture and economy, and Miami serves as the hub for Latin music worldwide. Spanish singer-songwriter Shaila Dúrcal is a rising star who showed U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz...

Veterans Jobs Fair on Dec. 3

November 22, 2011

 Join us on Dec. 3 for a Veterans Jobs FairOn Saturday, Dec. 3, U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Ted Deutch (FL-19) will host a Jobs Fair for our Veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Armory...

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Florida Residents

November 14, 2011

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Florida Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding on Oct. 28 - 31 WASHINGTON – Residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding on Oct. 28 – 31 can apply for low-interest disaster loans...

Wasserman Schultz Applauds Action to Curb Drug Shortages

October 31, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on the President’s Executive Order to Reduce Prescription Drug Shortages and Fight Price GougingWASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement after President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the Food and...

Jobs on the Way to Florida’s Space Coast

October 31, 2011

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced that more than 500 high-paying, technology jobs are on the way to Florida’s space coast. Earlier this year, the President directed federal agencies to partner with Space Florida, an aerospace economic development agency, and...

Knowledge is Best Defense in Fight Against Breast Cancer

October 28, 2011

WASHINGTON – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:“As we celebrate 25 years of breast cancer awareness, education and empowerment by proudly displaying pink ribbons everywhere from the work place to NFL...

Help for Homeowners Looking to Refinance

October 25, 2011

 Program helps “underwater” homeowners refinanceWASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) commended the President’s announcement this week to help struggling homeowners across the country.  Through changes in the government's Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), it will be easier for millions of...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Iraq Announcement

October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will be ending the war in Iraq and bringing all remaining troops home by the end of the year:   “Today, President Obama...

Statement on Death of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi

October 20, 2011

Washington – Today Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement regarding the death of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi:"Today’s news of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s death marks the end of an era of terror and oppression in Libya. "Along with a broad...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Tornado Hitting South Florida

October 19, 2011

Sunrise and Plantation, Fla. - A tornado with winds over 100 mph hit South Florida Tuesday night. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:"My sympathies go out to all the residents in Sunrise and Plantation affected by last...

Local Small Businesses Tell Washington: Help Us Create Jobs

October 17, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz stands with local businesses who want Jobs Act passed Hallandale Beach, Fla. – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) met with three local small business owners and Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach on Monday as they called...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on H.R. 358 the Protect Life Act

October 13, 2011

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement about H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. “When I talk with women in my district, they are concerned about finding a job, keeping their home from foreclosure, or putting...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Commends Vote for Pool Safety

September 28, 2011

WASHINGTON - Today the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted a vote to re-examine whether or not the definition of an unblockable drain should more accurately reflect the original intent of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act....

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Condemns Republican Investigation of Planned Parenthood

September 28, 2011

WASHINGTON – Today Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in response to Republicans launching an investigation of Planned Parenthood:"I was deeply disturbed to learn of the burdensome and politically motivated, big-government investigation of Planned Parenthood, a trusted...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on the President’s United Nations Address

September 21, 2011

President Obama spoke earlier today to the United Nations regarding the safety and security of Israel and his commitment to peace   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) praised President Obama’s enduring, unequivocal support for our ally Israel...

Wasserman Schultz's Legislation Ensuring Access to Second Opinions for Patients Signed Into Law

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Obama recently signed into law the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), which included an important provision sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) for a study on patient access to genetic tests. Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s part...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz on the End of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

September 20, 2011

"Today my heart rejoices not only for the gay and lesbian Americans already serving in our armed forces, but also for every young man and woman who dreams about becoming a service member dedicated to keeping America safe from harm,"...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Praises President’s Deficit Reduction Plan

September 19, 2011

WASHINGTON – Earlier today President Obama laid out his deficit reduction plan. The following is a statement from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20): “President Obama’s plan for economic growth and reducing our country’s deficit lays out a blueprint for how...

What the American Jobs Act Means for You

September 15, 2011

Recently the President outlined his bold vision for job creation in America. The American Jobs Act he sent to Congress would immediately improve our economy and create jobs without adding a cent to the deficit.The bill cuts taxes for companies...

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 14, 2011

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - This week Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) met with medical professionals and a prostate cancer survivor at Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami Beach to raise awareness of prostate cancer and raise awareness of the free...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Reflects on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001:“Ten years ago today, America was changed forever. As we think back over the last decade, we must also take...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Averted Crisis For Israelis in Cairo

September 10, 2011

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) expressed relief that the incident at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo has been resolved:"After a tense and worrisome night at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, I am relieved that crisis has been averted...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Applauds President’s Vision for American Job Growth

September 8, 2011

 WASHINGTON - Following President Obama’s speech about creating American jobs this evening, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“Tonight we heard from our President about his vision for moving America forward. He described how the American Jobs Act will...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Republican Party of Florida Chair Dave Bitner

September 8, 2011

 WASHINGTON – Today the Republican Party of Florida Chair Dave Bitner passed away after a months-long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Below is a statement from Rep.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20):   “All of...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Calls for No Drilling in the Everglades

September 7, 2011

FLORIDA - Gov. Rick Scott said yesterday that he would support drilling for oil in the Everglades. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:“We need to be looking for ways to invest in clean energy innovations for the...

Congresswoman Met with Seniors About Health Care

September 2, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz held a town hall with local seniors to discuss the Republican vote to end MedicarePLANTATION, Fla. – Medicare and Social Security are vital programs for South Florida’s seniors. But since January, House Republicans have tried to make...

Local Small Business Brings Jobs to South Florida

August 29, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz highlights local business expansion over the past yearNORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Local job growth and business expansion is happening right here in South Florida and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) took time recently to get a closer...

Congresswoman Met with Seniors to Discuss Health Care

August 29, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz held a town hall with local seniors to discuss the Republican vote to end MedicareSUNRISE, Fla. – Medicare and Social Security are vital programs for South Florida’s seniors.  But since January, House Republicans have tried to make...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Loss of American Forces in Afghanistan

August 6, 2011

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) issued the following statement today on the loss of American forces in Afghanistan:“We lost brave American soldiers today as they fought in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones, and...

New Legislation Provides Improved Services for Holocaust Survivors

August 3, 2011

WASHINGTON — Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced a bill last night that would bolster agencies that work to provide support services to Holocaust survivors in the U.S., from improved home care services to transportation options.  The bipartisan bill introduced...

Wasserman Schultz Praises Institute of Medicine Recommendations for Women

August 2, 2011

  Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement about new preventive women’s health care services as part of the Affordable Care Act: "I am so pleased that the Administration has adopted these historic and wide-ranging services from the...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Rep. Gabby Giffords returning to the House Floor

August 1, 2011

"This is a day for the history books," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20). "We saved our country from going into default and my beloved friend and ever-optimistic colleague Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor to cast her vote...

Statement on the Attacks in Mumbai

July 14, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on the lethal attacks in Mumbai, India:  My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of India following the brutal terrorist attacks today against innocent victims in...

Statement on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Injunction

July 7, 2011

Washington, D.C. - “Today, a federal appeals court issued a historic order blocking the U.S. military from enforcing its discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military. This injunction finally eviscerates the last remnants...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announces formation of Latino-Jewish Caucus

June 14, 2011

Today, Rep. Debbie Wassserman Schultz will participate in the launch of the bi-partisan Latino-Jewish Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.Wasserman Schultz and fellow Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Eliot Engel (NY-17) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) will address members...

Statement on the President’s speeches regarding the safety and security of Israel and the future of Middle East peace

May 22, 2011

Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz praised President Obama for his continued, unequivocal support of Israel as detailed in several speeches in the last week: “Over the past week, both today at the AIPAC Policy Conference, and last Thursday, President Obama has...

Governor Scott: Why Are You Giving A Pass To Sex-Predators?

May 18, 2011

Governor stated in April that cuts would not occur, now they are “Today we learned that four cyber-crimes advocates have been taken off the front lines of fighting child sex-predators because of budget cuts by Governor Scott,” said Rep. Debbie...

Statement Recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month 2011

May 6, 2011

Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement in honor of May as Jewish American Heritage Month:“I am delighted that this year in May we recognize Jewish American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring the achievements and contributions American...

Statement Recognizing Yom Ha'Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 2, 2011

Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement recognizing Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and in honor of our nation’s Holocaust survivors: “Every year, we come together to honor the solemn memory of the six million Jews who perished at the...

Statement on the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

May 1, 2011

 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement tonight that Osama Bin Laden is dead: “Tonight’s news, that Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan, brings to justice a heinous...

Statement Regarding Fatah and Hamas

April 29, 2011

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement in response to the news that Fatah and Hamas have announced plans for a unity government: "I am watching with caution and concern the recent announcement by Fatah and Hamas that they...

Earth Day 2011: Reasons for Optimism and Pessimism

April 22, 2011

Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on Earth Day: "Forty-one years ago, twenty million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.  While much has been done to improve the environment since the first...

Statement on President Obama's Speech on the Federal Budget

April 13, 2011

Today Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on President Obama’s Speech on the Federal Budget:“President Obama outlined a way in which we can cut $4 trillion in spending over the next 12 years in a manner that is...

Statement on Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2011

"Equal pay is not simply a women’s issue – it is an American issue."In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, stating, “It is a first step. It affirms our determination that when women enter...

Statement regarding expanded responsibilities for Rep. Wasserman Schultz

April 6, 2011

“Yesterday I was asked by President Obama to play an expanded role in helping him to move our nation forward and win the future. "I am honored that through this expanded role I will be able to work with the...

Statement Regarding Positive Jobs Report for March

April 1, 2011

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Employment Report today: Today’s jobs report is yet another sign of an improving economy. U.S. businesses added 216,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate...

Statement on the passing of Geraldine Ferraro

March 26, 2011

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement today on the passing of Geraldine Ferraro:Today America lost a great woman and a true trailblazer.Traditional gender roles were shattered when, in 1984, then Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro was picked to be the...

STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

March 23, 2011

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement following a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, killing at least one person and injuring over 50 people:“I am saddened and outraged by the horrific bombing today in Jerusalem and the recent missile attacks...

Statement condemning the terrorist attack in the West Bank

March 12, 2011

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement following a terrorist attack that killed five Israelis in the West Bank:“I am saddened and appalled by the murder of five Israelis in their home in the West Bank. It is an...

Japan Earthquake: Statement and Resources

March 11, 2011

Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement in the wake of the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami:“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and all those affected by the devastating earthquake and catastrophic tsunami that has...

Recognizing the Accomplishments of Women and the Work Still Before Us

March 8, 2011

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement in recognition of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, which falls within Women's History Month:"Today, we recognize the 100th International Women’s Day, which falls during National Women’s History Month. It is...

Statement Supporting Marriage Equality for All Americans

February 23, 2011

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts:“I celebrate today’s decision by President Obama and Attorney General...

Statement on America's Continued Strong Support for Israel

February 19, 2011

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz praised the Obama Administration on today’s Security Council veto and urged the Palestinians to recommit to the peace process:“Today, the Obama Administration once again demonstrated its strong support for Israel and its unwavering commitment to a lasting...

Statement on the Resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak

February 11, 2011

“For the past two weeks the world has heard a truly momentous grassroots call for democracy from the streets and squares of Egypt. Today, with the resignation of President Mubarak, the voices of the people of Egypt were finally heeded.“As...

Statement on Egypt, the Middle East, and Israel

February 4, 2011

“Watching the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries throughout the region, it is clear that the future political landscape of the Middle East will be very different. As events continue to unfold on the streets of Egypt, the...

What Health Care Benefit Will Florida Cut Next?

February 3, 2011

Following Florida’s return of $1 million in health care funds Florida Democrats ask state “What’s Next?” Earlier this week Florida insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty announced that he was returning $1 million in federal grant money awarded to the state to...

Statement on the Attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Others

January 8, 2011

“I am sickened by the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and others today in Arizona. “Gabby is one of my closest friends and my thoughts and prayers are with Mark, Gabby’s parents, and their family as they struggle...

Repealing Health Care Will Harm South Floridians and Millions of Americans

January 7, 2011

House Republicans break commitment of “openness” in their first order of businessWashington, D.C.—Today, following the House of Representatives vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) reiterated her testimony of last evening given...

Pelosi Announces Expanded Role for Rep. Wasserman Schultz

January 4, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today the expanded role of the Vice Chairs of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee for the 112th Congress, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas.  Congresswoman...

Avastin Should Continue to be an Option for Cancer Patients

December 20, 2010

Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz expressed concern over the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to pull the metastatic breast cancer indication from the Avastin (bevacizumab) label. Despite promising early studies and accelerated approval of the drug for women with metastatic...

Wasserman Schultz on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal: "Today We Are a More Perfect Union"

December 18, 2010

Following today's historic, bipartisan 65-31 vote in the United States Senate to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, Rep. Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:...

Wasserman Schultz to Senate: Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Answer History’s Call

December 17, 2010

Following Wednesday’s decisive vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, Rep. Wasserman Schultz called upon the Senate to pass...

Middle and Lower Income Families Benefit From Tax Package

December 17, 2010

Last night, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted in favor of a tax compromise package that provided extensive benefits for middle and lower income families.  The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) passed the...

Statement on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards

December 7, 2010

Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement on the passing of Elizabeth Edwards: "The loss of Elizabeth Edwards to cancer is a loss for the nation. She was a fierce advocate who unselfishly dedicated her remaining years to...

Wasserman Schultz Appointed to House Leadership Positions

December 2, 2010

Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was appointed to two senior positions in the U.S. House Democratic leadership. In the 112th Congress Rep. Wasserman Schultz will serve as a Vice Chair of the Minority’s Steering and Policy Committee, a promotion from...

Wasserman Schultz Applauds Oil Drilling Moratorium for Florida's Eastern Gulf

December 1, 2010

"A smart common sense approach" Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement regarding today's announcement by President Obama that the Eastern Gulf will not be considered for drilling through 2017:  “Today’s announcement that the Obama administration is removing the...

Wasserman Schultz Resolution Supporting Holocaust Survivors Passes House

December 1, 2010

  Seeks to ensure survivors' specific needs are met in their remaining years (Washington, DC) –Today, a resolution introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), passed the House of Representatives unanimously.  The resolution, H. Con Res 323, seeks to ensure that...

Medicare Open Enrollment for Prescription Drugs is Going on NOW

November 17, 2010

Beginning November 15th, seniors have the ability to make changes to their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Medicare recipients have until Dec. 31 to switch to the plan that will best meet their needs for 2011.“It’s important that seniors...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Supports The Seniors Protection Act

October 18, 2010

Washington, DC – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) announced today that House Democrats will move ahead with legislation to provide Social Security recipients with a one-time $250 payment. The Social Security Administration announced on Friday there will be no automatic Cost-of-Living-Adjustment...

Wasserman Schultz Announces Federal Grant for Hiring of Police Officers in South Florida Communities

September 30, 2010

 (Washington, DC) – Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) announced 63 new police officers will be hired to protect and serve South Floridians. The Department of Justice issued grants of more than $16 million to Miami-Dade County ($12 million), Town of Davie...

Wasserman Schultz Introduces Resolution Supporting Holocaust Survivors

September 29, 2010

(Washington, DC) – Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) introduced H. Con Res 323, a resolution to ensure Holocaust survivors live with dignity, comfort and security. More than 120,000 Holocaust survivors are living in the United States. These individuals embraced the American dream,...

Wasserman Schultz Named Congressional Champion of Small Business

September 17, 2010

SCORE Annual Awards Recognizes South Florida Congresswoman as the only member from the House of Representatives  Award comes as Wasserman Schultz prepares to host a free Small Business Workshop on September 25th   (Washington, DC) – SCORE, America’s premier source of...

Wasserman Schultz Resolution to Designate National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week Passes House Unanimously

September 15, 2010

 Washington, DC - Today, in a unanimous show of support, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a House Resolution sponsored by Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) to designate the last week of September as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian...

Reps. Holt, Israel, Wasserman Schultz Meet With Prime Minister Netanyahu and King Abdullah

September 7, 2010

First CODEL to Meet with Netanyahu and Abdullah Following Start of Peace TalksAmman, Jordan — Tuesday, Reps. Rush Holt (NJ-12), Steve Israel (NY-2) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) met with King Abdullah of Jordan.  Earlier this week they met with...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes to Save and Create Teacher and First Responder Jobs—While Reducing Deficit

August 10, 2010

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted to save and create nearly 320,000 jobs, which includes saving the jobs of 160,000 teachers. The vote also prevented the layoffs of tens of thousands of police officers, firefighters, and nurses.  The House returned...

Report: Health reform law extends Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years

August 5, 2010

A report released today by the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees, shows that the Affordable Care Act has improved the strength of both Medicare and Social Security. Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement:“This report provides the irrefutable...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Secures Needed Housing and Transportation Dollars

July 21, 2010

Yesterday, Rep. Wasserman Schultz secured funding for important transportation and housing projects in her district. These funds have been passed out of the Appropriations committee as part of the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.“It is...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Praises Free Preventive Care Benefits From Health Care Reform

July 16, 2010

Washington, DC – Rep. Wasserman Schultz today applauded new regulations issued by the Obama Administration that make prevention affordable by requiring new health plans to cover preventive services without charge to the patient.  The regulations, based off of provisions in...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes To Rein In Wall Street, Protect Consumers

June 30, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) voted to rein in Wall Street, end taxpayer bailouts of big banks, and create a consumer financial protection bureau that finally puts consumers first.  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...

Recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month

June 29, 2010

June is LGBT Pride month, a time dedicated to honoring the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in our country. In June 1969, gay men and women stood up against police discrimination and harassment at New York City’s Stonewall Inn....

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes for Greater Transparency in Campaign Ads and Spending

June 25, 2010

Washington, DC – Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted late yesterday to increase disclosure and strengthen transparency in federal campaigns.  The bipartisan DISCLOSE Act will prevent big corporations from overpowering voices of regular American voters.“Citizens have a right to know what company...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes To Toughen Iran Sanctions

June 24, 2010

(Washington, DC) - Rep. Wasserman Schultz joined the United States Congress in approving stronger, tougher sanctions against Iran today, protecting the security of the United States and sending a strong message that the U.S.  Government will not allow a nuclear-armed...

House-Senate Interchange Fees Compromise Blunts Some Unintended Harms to Consumers

June 24, 2010

Washington, DC – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement regarding the compromise on debit and credit card interchange fees struck between House conferees and Sen. Durbin (IL):“I commend Senator Durbin, Chairman Frank, Congresswoman Maloney, Congressman Meeks and...

Interchange Fee Regulation Doesn’t Belong in Wall Street Reform Bill Say 131 House Members

June 16, 2010

Click here to download the letter to confereesWashington, DC – U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), and Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today released a letter signed by 131 Members of the House of Representatives addressed to the conferees of the pending...

Wasserman Schultz Slams Castro Statements Comparing Israelis to Nazis

June 15, 2010

Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz strongly condemned anti-Israel statements made by former Cuban President Fidel Castro.Castro’s comments, which were distributed by the Cuban government were as follows: “The hatred felt by the state of Israel against the Palestinians is such...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Announces That “Donut Hole” Checks Are Now On Their Way to Tens of Thousands of Seniors

June 10, 2010

Health Reform Law Will Help About 4 Million Seniors to Receive$250 Checks Over Next Several Months [Washington, D.C.] –Rep. Wasserman Schultz announced today that Medicare will begin mailing $250 ‘donut hole’ checks out to tens of thousands of seniors.  These checks...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Israel's Right to Self Defense

June 2, 2010

 The loss of life that occurred off Israel’s coast early Monday morning was tragic and regrettable. At this difficult time, it is vital that the international community not inflame the situation with condemnations and unjust criticism of Israel.We must stand...

Lawmakers warn bigger threat may come from oil lurking beneath the surface - Ask White House for immediate tracking effort

May 21, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the administration grapples with exactly how much oil is flowing into the sea from the downed Deepwater Horizon rig, two other major questions need to be answered quickly, says U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Rep. Debbie Wasserman...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Recognizes Jewish American Heritage Month

May 3, 2010

(Washington, DC) – This May marks the United States’ fifth annual celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions Jewish Americans have made and continue to make in American culture and society.“The foundation...

Statement on Oil Spill and Drilling in the Gulf - "Expanded drilling is a high-risk bet that Florida can't afford"

April 30, 2010

Statement on Oil Spill and Drilling in the Gulf"Expanded drilling is a high-risk bet that Florida can't afford"Washington, DC - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement related to the on-going oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:“This...

America and Israel Must Stand United Against Iran

April 29, 2010

In Remarks to Zionist Organization of America, Rep. Wasserman SchultzDefends Israel, Pledges to Stand Against IranWashington, DC – The relationship between Israel and the United States must remain strong and we must stand united against Iran, Rep. Wasserman Schultz stressed...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Appointed To Select Intelligence Oversight Panel

April 27, 2010

Washington, DC – On Monday, April 26th, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. Born out of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and created within...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Equal Pay Day

April 20, 2010

Equal pay is not simply a women’s issue – it is an American issue. When women earn more, families earn more.Today,on Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:"In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the...

Remembering that "What You Do Matters" on Yom HaShoah

April 12, 2010

Holocaust Remembrance Day Time to RememberThat What We Do Makes a DifferenceToday, on Yom HaShoah, the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, we remember the millions of men, women, and children, who perished at the hands...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Responds to The President's Call for Offshore Drilling

April 2, 2010

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement today regarding proposals to expand drilling off of Florida’s coastline:“While I appreciate President Obama's commitment to developing a comprehensive energy policy, I have a long history of opposing expanded drilling for...

Blockage of National Flood Insurance Program No Joke For Florida Families

April 1, 2010

(Washington, DC) -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) condemned Senate Republicans for blocking a crucial extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This lapse affects thousands of homeowners across Florida who applied for new policies in the past few...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Breast Health Education Bill Becomes Law with Passage of Health Care Reform

March 26, 2010

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) this week celebrated the passage of important breast cancer provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590 – the health reform legislation). The new health care laws...

Small Businesses: What Heath Reform Means for YOU

March 25, 2010

(Washington, DC)  --  Millions of small businesses together power the American economy. During economic crisis, these businesses operate close to the margin, or don't survive at all. But their innovation and entrepreneurship put them in the lead in helping our...

Health Insurance Reform: What It Means For YOU

March 22, 2010

Key Provisions That Take Effect Immediately (Washington, DC)  --  Below are some of the key provisions that will take effect immediately, under the legislative package the House of Representatives passed on Sunday, March 21, 2010 (the Senate health bill...

Passage of Health Care Reform: An Important Step Forward For South Floridians

March 21, 2010

Our current system is broken. It’s un-American. Their nightmare stops tonight. (Washington, DC) -- Prior to casting her vote in favor of health insurance reform, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave the following statement on the floor of the House of...

We Must Remain Focused on Issues Important to Israel, U.S.

March 18, 2010

 (Washington, DC)  --  Vice President Biden went to Israel to underscore the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship, to mark the beginning of the new round of proximity talks, and to make it abundantly clear that preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is...

The Doctor May Be Out For Millions of Florida Seniors on Medicare

March 2, 2010

Move by Republican Senator cut doctors’ Medicare reimbursements by 20% yesterday (Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz blasted Senate Republicans for delaying relief to millions of American families and blocking passage of emergency legislation that extends unemployment insurance,...

Watch the bipartisan health care summit now here live

February 25, 2010

Washington, DC)  --  A bipartisan health care summit is occurring today at the White House, below is a live video stream of the health care summit: The President’s proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their...

Where's Your Money Going?

February 19, 2010

How to search Recovery.gov for Recipient Reported Recovery data by zip code: There are two ways to search for recipient reported data by zip code:1. Recipient Reported Data Maps Step 1: Go to Recovery.gov. Step 2: Roll your mouse over...

One Year After Passage, Recovery Act (Stimulus) is Working

February 17, 2010

 <h4>Tax Cuts For 95% Of American Workers - More than 2 million jobs</h4>  <p>Washington, DC)  --    One year after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment   Act, commonly called the "stimulus," our efforts to create jobs and   rebuild the...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes to Restore Fiscal Discipline (PAYGO)

February 5, 2010

(Washington, DC) - Rep. Wasserman Schultz took a critical step today toward restoring our nation’s fiscal health by voting in favor of pay-as-you-go, or PAYGO, legislation (H J RES 45). This bill ensures that all new spending is deficit-neutral.PAYGO helped...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Leads Congressional Delegation to Middle East

February 4, 2010

Rep. Wasserman Schultz leads a delegation to Yad Vashem, the Israeli holocaust museum. Meets with Israeli Prime Minister, Egyptian, Turkish, and Palestinian Authority officials (Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), is leading a congressional delegation trip to Egypt,...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Commends Progress After One Year of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

January 29, 2010

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Wasserman Schultz today commended the progress achieved in the first year of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The law is an important part of this Congress' pledge to fight for middle-class families and...

Statement Recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2010

(Washington, DC)  --  On November 1, 2005, rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution (A/RES/60/7) condemning "without reserve" all manifestations of...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes to Spur Aid and Relief For Haiti

January 20, 2010

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted today to help earthquake victims in Haiti by offering an immediate benefit to Americans who provide charitable aid to the region. This bipartisan legislation will allow individuals to claim any donations to...

Recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 18, 2010

His pursuit of social justice has particular resonance as we reflect on the situation in Haiti (Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday: "In any year,...

Haiti: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Praises Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals

January 15, 2010

CLICK For More Information on eligibility for TPS: Haitian Relief Measures: Q & A (Washington, DC)  --  I thank President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano for today's announcement granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in the United...

Earthquake in Haiti - Information and How You Can Help

January 13, 2010

(Washington, DC)  --  The recent earthquake in Haiti has only increased the challenges facing the Haitian people.  Many people have been asking where they can receive information about the situation in Haiti and how they might be able to help....

Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Earthquake in Haiti

January 12, 2010

(Washington, DC)  --  "I am deeply saddened by the news that there has been an earthquake in Haiti," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "Having just visited Haiti in June I know only too well how much this earthquake will add...

EARLY Act Included in Senate Health Reform Legislation

December 22, 2009

Wasserman Schultz Commends Senate Majority Leader Reid for including Breast Cancer Provisions (Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for inclusion of breast cancer provisions in sweeping health insurance reform legislation that saves lives, saves...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes To Protect Consumers, Hold Wall Street Accountable

December 11, 2009

Largest reform of financial industry regulations in seventy years (Washington, DC)  --  Washington, DC – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) voted today to help restore common sense to Wall Street with the largest reform of our nation's financial regulations since...

List of Water Resources Development Act Submissions for FY 2010

December 4, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  The following is a list of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)  project submissions for FY 2010: South Florida Water Management District: Clarification of Cost Share for Water Quality Improvement Features of CERP Projects South Florida Water Management...

SENIORS' ACCESS TO DOCTORS PROTECTED

November 19, 2009

Legislation also includes important deficit reduction measures (Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) voted to preserve seniors' access to their doctors by fixing the way Medicare pays physicians. The Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act will permanently reform the...

Statement Regarding New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

November 18, 2009

Guidelines underscore the need for increased education about breast health among providers and women (Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement regarding the new breast cancer screening guidelines released Monday November 16, 2009 by the U.S....

Honoring Our Veterans with Actions, Not Just Words

November 11, 2009

Our nation's veterans have shown unwavering courage and bravery on the battlefield and should not have to fight to get the benefits they deserve here at home. We have a duty to protect and provide for every American who...

HOUSE PASSES HISTORIC HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL - Rep. Wasserman Schultz votes for legislation that Lowers Costs, Reduces the Deficit

November 7, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted for an historic bill that reforms our nation’s health insurance system, brings down the deficit and expands access to affordable, quality health care for nearly every American. The Affordable Health Care...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Health Insurance Reform Will Strengthen Coverage, Lower Costs For Seniors - AARP Endorses House Democrats Health Insurance Reform Bill

November 6, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on health insurance reform, the nearly 40 million-member American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has endorsed the bill. AARP cites benefits for America’s seniors, including strengthening Medicare, lowering...

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ VOTES TO FURTHER PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM UNFAIR, ABUSIVE CREDIT CARD COMPANY ACTIONS

November 4, 2009

(Washington, DC)  – Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted to accelerate critical reforms that will protect consumers from the abusive practices of the credit card industry. By moving up the start date of much of the Credit CARD Act, Congress...

Affordable Health Care For America Act: Text of Legislation

October 29, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  You can read the text of the legislation here: http://docs.house.gov/rules/health/111_ahcaa.pdfKey components of the Affordable Health Care for America Act: Cuts the Deficit...

Remarks at Senior Health Insurance Reform Roundtable featuring Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

October 26, 2009

(Sunrise, FL)  --  On Monday, October 26, 2009, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosted a roundtable discussion with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and leaders from the senior community in South Florida.  The discussion took place at the Sunrise Senior...

U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico should be allowed child tax credit

October 16, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) has joined Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico and Representative John L. Mica (FL-07) as original co-sponsors supporting vital legislation to extend eligibility for the refundable portion of the child...

Congress should support the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009 (H.R. 1327)

October 13, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 1327, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009, which aims to put a stop to Iran's...

Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Klein Call United Nations Report "Unfair Attack against the State of Israel"

September 23, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Ron Klein (FL-22) raised their concern over the official report of the United Nations Goldstone Commission on the recent conflict in Gaza.“The United Nations’ report on the conflict...

Audio From My August 30, 2009 Telephone Town Hall

September 18, 2009

On August 30, 2009 more than 3,500 South Floridians joined me on a Telephone Town Hall to discuss health insurance reform and proposals to bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance today; to make sure there is affordable...

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month/La Congresista Debbie Wasserman Schultz Hace Reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana

September 18, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Los valores hispanos – la fe, la familia, el amor a la patria – son valores Americanos. El sueño hispano – la esperanza de un mejor futuro – es el sueño americano. Durante el mes de...

Largest Investment in College Aid in American History Passes -Without Additional Cost to Taxpayers- Legislation eliminates billions in waste and returns $10 billion to the Treasury

September 17, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted today to make the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history -- and at no cost to taxpayers. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act...

ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: A CALL FOR SERVICE, REMEMBRANCE

September 11, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz joined Americans in commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001, with a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Created by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the National Day of...

President's Speech to Be Witnessed by Local South Floridian - Miramar mother of two and health care worker invited to attend Joint Session of Congress

September 9, 2009

Washington, DC - Miramar resident Rosalyn Frazier will have a once in a lifetime experience tonight, as she sits in the Gallery of the United States House of Representatives to watch President Obama address a joint session of the U.S....

Statement on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy

August 26, 2009

(Weston, FL)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy:"I was deeply saddened this morning when I learned of the death of Senator Edward Kennedy. Americans have lost a giant...

I'm Hosting A Telephone Town Hall Meeting Sunday August 30th - Here's How You Can Participate

August 25, 2009

(Pembroke Pines, FL)  --  You are invited to join me and Nancy-Ann DeParle, counselor to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, for a telephone town hall meeting I'm hosting this Sunday, August 30, 2009...

WHAT'S IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILL FOR YOU? / COMO TE BENEFICIA LA REFORMA DEL SEGURO MEDICO?

August 20, 2009

(Washington, DC)  -- Without reform, the cost of health care for the average family of four is projected to rise $1,800 every year for years to come—and insurance companies will make more health care decisions.America’s middle class deserves better. Here’s...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Secures Needed Resources for South Florida - Programs prioritize child safety, law enforcement, transportation, and health and family programs

July 31, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today that she has secured nearly $40 million in federal funds for South Florida, helping to offset the fact that Floridians regularly pay more in federal taxes then they receive back...

Why Florida Needs Health Reform

June 29, 2009

(Washington, DC)  -- Congress and the President are working to enact health care reform legislation that will keep what works in our health care system and fix what is broken.  Floridians know that inaction is not an option.  Sky-rocketing health...

Supporting A Clean Energy Economy

June 26, 2009

(Washington, DC) — Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted in favor of new clean energy jobs and energy independence today, helping to pass H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.  This legislation will revitalize our nation’s economy by...

Health Care Reform: The Quality We Need, The Choice and Competition We Want: An American Solution for Quality, Affordable Health Care

June 23, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Congress, working in partnership with the White House, announced a draft of health care reform legislation that combines the quality Americans need with the choice and competition that we want. This uniquely American solution to our health...

Is Your TV Not Working? The Digital TV Transition

June 12, 2009

(Washington, DC)  - Today, television stations across the nation will go digital. Everyone will still have access to the same T.V. programs, but analog television sets that are not connected to a converter box, cable, or satellite will stop...

South Florida High School Student's Art To Be Unveiled at U.S. Capitol

June 8, 2009

(Washington, DC)  – Rep. Wasserman Schultz will join Andres Zighelboim, a student from University School of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, to unveil his art work in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2009.  His painting will hang in the United...

ATTN: SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP to be held May 23, 2009 at Broward County Convention Center

May 23, 2009

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  --  Please join Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as she hosts area small businesses along with Federal, State and Local agencies for a Small Business Workshop to discuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can assist your...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Hails Passage of Small Business Entrepreneurship Act

May 22, 2009

(Washington, DC) – This week, in the run up to her Saturday Small Business Workshop, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) praised passage of H.R. 2352, the “Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009, which will drive economic growth by creating...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes to Send Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights to the President's Desk Bill will protect consumers from unfair practices of the credit card industry

May 21, 2009

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted today to bring reform and consumer protections to the credit card industry. The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 70 – 357, and...

Netanyahu Impressed by Obama's Advocacy for Israel

May 20, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Yesterday, Members of Congress held a very productive meeting with the newly elected Prime Minster of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting dealt with a wide variety of issues, primarily focused on the threat of a nuclear Iran...

May Is Jewish American Heritage Month

May 14, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions Jewish people have made to American History. President Obama made an official proclamation recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month on May 12,...

Everglades Restoration Projects to Receive $96 million in Recovery Act Funds “Shovel-ready” projects help Florida’s environment and creates jobs for Floridians

April 28, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) today praised the Obama Administration announcement that $96 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will go toward Everglades restoration projects. “The Everglades are a vital part of Florida’s heritage and a national...

Celebrating Earth Day by Protecting Our Environment

April 22, 2009

Rep. Wasserman Schultz discusses how the House reduced its carbon footprint by 72% in 2 years. (Washington D.C.) – Once a year on April 22nd we come together for Earth Day, a time to celebrate gains we have made...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Completes High-Level Visit to Colombia

April 9, 2009

(Washington, DC)--  Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) has wrapped up a two day visit to Colombia meeting with senior government, military, and labor officials in both Cartagena and Medellin. The Congresswoman was part of an official Congressional delegation consisting of...

Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Requests

April 3, 2009

Name: American Jewish Archives Title: JAHM FundingAmount: $150,000  Purpose: Supporting the development of educational and programmatic activities that illuminate the contributions Jewish American have to life in the American nation. Address: American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH...

Breast Cancer and Younger Women: EARLY is the Key

March 23, 2009

Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Klobuchar introduce the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act - or “the EARLY Act” Washington, DC – At a press conference in the Capitol building, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) was joined by Sen. Amy...

Keep Americans Out of Foreclosure and In Their Homes

March 5, 2009

(Washington, DC)  -- Rep. Wasserman Schultz, who is one of 19 original co-sponsors of key anti-foreclosure legislation, praised the House of Representatives’ passage of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 (H.R. 1106) today.  The Helping Families Save...

Jobs & The Everglades: Omnibus has $183.4 Million for Restoration

March 2, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Last week, Chairman David Obey of the House Appropriations Committee introduced a $410 billion bill to wrap up work on the fiscal year 2009 appropriations bills. Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) is a member of the House Appropriations...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Recognizes Black History Month

February 19, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement recognizing black history month:“Black history is the history of America and a time to pause and pay homage to the courage and ingenuity of the women and men that...

How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Can Help You

February 19, 2009

(Washington, DC) --  New Making Work Pay Tax Credit--The Act establishes a new refundable income tax credit for 2009 and 2010 equal to 6.2% of earned income, up to $400 ($800 in the case of a married couple filing jointly);...

Fixing Our Economy Now: Summary and Full Details of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Package

February 13, 2009

The economy is in a crisis not seen since the Great Depression.Credit is frozen, consumer purchasing power is in decline, in the last four months the country has lost 2 million jobs and we are expected to lose another 3...

How the Stimulus Bill Will Affect Florida

February 13, 2009

(Washington, DC)  -- The economic recovery and reinvestment act will create 207,000 jobs right here in Florida within the next two years through the immediate funding of projects and programs our state needs. Additional support money for state and local governments...

598,000 More Reasons to Pass Recovery Package Now

February 6, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Reacting to the news that last month 598,000 Americans lost their job –the largest one month job loss since 1974, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement:“Let’s not mince words; the failed policies of the Bush...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Applauds Expansion of Health Care for 11 Million Children - An additional 290,000 uninsured children in Florida can obtain health care coverage

February 4, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz today joined a majority in the House of Representatives in support of the final version of bipartisan legislation to provide health care to 11 million children in modest-income families. The State Children’s Health Insurance...

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Cosponsors House Resolution Recognizing Israel's Right to Defend Itself

January 9, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement today on the Resolution on Gaza which she cosponsored in the House of Representatives. The resolution went on to pass by 390-5:“I am proud to be a cosponsor...

Wasserman Schultz to serve as Vice Chair of Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and Chair of Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee

January 7, 2009

(Washington, DC)  --  Following a meeting today of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) will serve as the Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. She will continue to serve as...

BEWARE OF INAUGURAL TICKET SCAMS

November 10, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) has issued the following information regarding the availability of tickets for the 56th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony on January 20, 2009:Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided...

Bill Protecting Children From Online Predators Now Law - Wasserman Schultz/Biden Protect Our Children Act will build the largest law enforcement army ever created for the protection of children

October 15, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Important child protection legislation has been signed into law by the President, just weeks after passage in the Senate and the House. The PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738) drastically increases America’s readiness to combat a multi-billion...

Financial Rescue Package: Why I voted YES for South Florida

October 7, 2008

(Weston, FL)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz's October monthly column discusses the Financial Rescue Package and the economic crisis facing America.To read the column, go to our homepage, click on the News/Press section and click on "Monthly Columns" or,  CLICK HERE...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Secures $9.7 Million for Health and Safety Projects in South Florida - Return of federal funds to South Florida helps balance out Florida’s donor state status

October 6, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she secured $9.7 million in federal funds for South Florida, helping to offset the fact that Floridians regularly pay more into the federal treasury than they receive back in funded...

Failure to Pass Iran Sanctions Act Leaves the World More Dangerous

October 6, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the Senate's failure to pass the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act:“I am extremely disappointed by the partisan politics of Senate Republicans who blocked H.R.7112, the Iran Sanctions, Accountability...

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Applauds Anti-Discrimination Gender Identity Ruling

September 23, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairwoman of the Committee on Appropriations' Legislative Branch Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in response to U.S. District Court Judge James Robinson's Friday decision...

Protecting Florida's Families, Economy and Environment: Speaker Pelosi Works With Florida Democrats to Craft Comprehensive Energy Legislation

September 11, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Representatives Boyd (FL-2), Brown (FL-3), Castor (FL-11), Hastings (FL-23), Klein (FL-22), Mahoney (FL-16), Meek (FL-17), Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), Wexler (FL-19) released the following statement regarding comprehensive energy legislation due to be considered in the House of Representatives...

South Floridians Help Shape National Health Insurance Legislation

August 11, 2008

(Davie, FL)  --  For several months now, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) has been meeting with leaders in the health care arena, including members of state and local health organizations, to address the needs and issues facing people living...

LA CONGRESISTA DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ELOGIA PROYECTO INTEGRAL DE APOYO PARA LOS DUEÑOS DE HOGARES, ENFRENTANDO LA CRISIS DE VIVIENDAS

July 24, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  La Congresista Debbie Wasserman Schultz apoyó hoy un proyecto de ley de vivienda que es la respuesta más integral que hemos visto actualmente para enfrentar la crisis de viviendas americanas. El Proyecto de Rescatar la Vivienda...

REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ BACKS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO SUPPORT HOMEOWNERS, ADDRESS MORTGAGE CRISIS

July 24, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has backed the most comprehensive response yet to the American mortgage crisis. The American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act will help families keep their homes, aid local communities hit hard by...

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Supports Caribbean-American Heritage Month

July 22, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  This week, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) enthusiastically supported a resolution acknowledging Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Caribbean-American Heritage Month is held in June across the United States to celebrate the contributions made to this country by people...

FY 09 Appropriations Requests, alphabetical order (Not necessarily funded)

July 11, 2008

The following are appropriations requests from Rep. Wasserman Schultz for the 2009 fiscal year. These are only requests and do not represent actual program funding or federal funding allotted for the programs. The announcement of funded requests will be...

Health Insurance: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Sponsors Healthy Americans Act, Offering Universal Coverage and Expanded Employer and Employee Choices House

July 9, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Reps. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8) today announced the reintroduction of the Healthy Americans Act with 19 co-sponsors. The Healthy Americans Act guarantees universal, private health insurance for ALL Americans.“Under the current health care...

Legislation Weakening Pool Safety Vetoed by Governor Crist - Rep. Wasserman Schultz Applauds Move to Protect Children from Drowning

July 1, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz applauded Governor Charlie Crist’s veto of HB 679. Had it not been vetoed, the legislation would have dramatically weakened Florida’s pool safety legislation, eliminating Department of Health pool inspections for homeowner’s associations comprised...

FISA: Compromise Fails to Strike Adequate Balance Between Our Security and Our Liberty

June 20, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after voting against the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 6304) which passed the House by a vote of 293-129:"Congress has no greater responsibility than...

Oil Drilling: Millions of Acres Already Leased and Available to Drill - Gulf of Mexico: Less than 8 million of 39 million acres under lease for drilling are being drilled

June 18, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  D.C. – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized the House Republican leadership for misleading the American people on gas prices and the result of additional drilling, saying millions of acres are currently available for oil companies to...

Republicans Tout "China Drilling Off Cuba" Urban Myth to Hide Their Failures on National Energy Policy; Their Desire to Emulate Phony Communist Policy is Absurd

June 12, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz slammed the minority leadership and their promulgation of known false information stating that China is drilling off of Cuban waters, just 60 miles from Florida. These claims have come from the minority’s leadership,...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Applauds Decision by Internet Service Providers to Block Access to Child Pornography

June 10, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz applauded the announcement by New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that Sprint, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will block access to sites offering child pornography. Rep. Wasserman Schultz is the sponsor...

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Serve as Vice-Chair of House LGBT Equality Caucus

June 9, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) joined Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (WI- 02) and Congressman Barney Frank (MA-04) for a press conference announcing the formation of the House of Representatives LGBT Equality Caucus. The mission of the caucus will...

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Takes Action to Prohibit Discrimination in Life Insurance Based on Foreign Travel

June 9, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement this afternoon in response to state law guidelines adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to protect consumers from unfair discrimination in the sale of life insurance:"I...

You Are Invited to Attend my Homeowners' Assistance Workshop: Tuesday, May 27th at 6:30 p.m.

May 27, 2008

(Davie, FL)  --  Lenders, government agencies, and credit counselors will be assisting homeowners with their individual situations at a Homeowners' Assistance Workshop hosted by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with housing counselors...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Welcomes General Dynamics to Broward County; New Jobs Bolster Local Economy

May 22, 2008

Sunrise, FL – U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) today announced that on June 2, 2008, General Dynamics C4 Systems will open a new engineering design center in Sunrise, FL. The 20,000 square-foot design center will be located at 1000...

Statement Regarding President's Speech at Israeli Knesset

May 15, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement today regarding the speech by President Bush before the Israeli Knesset:“The comments by President Bush at the Israeli Knesset are beyond outrageous.“To stand before the government of Israel...

Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of Israel

May 8, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement before the House of Representatives recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the state of Israel:Mr. Speaker, I too rise to recognize the 60th anniversary of the independence of the...

Reps. Wasserman Schultz, Klein, Include Provision in Coast Guard Bill Ensuring Safe Borders and aStrong Economy in South Florida - Legislation increases security at Port Everglades and Port of Miami

April 24, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  U.S. Representatives Ron Klein (FL-22) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) today joined a bipartisan majority of their House colleagues to pass the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 2830). This legislation provides resources and builds...

Earth Day 2008: New Direction Congress Shows We Can Green Our Earth And Grow Economy - Rep. Wasserman Schultz plays key role in making House of Representatives Carbon Neutral

April 22, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Earth Day, Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement regarding the leadership Congress has taken since Democrats gained the majority in the House and Senate. “Our New Direction Congress is taking the lead in reducing carbon...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Hosts Special Order Urging Support for Young Children, Working Familes, and Early Childhood Educators

April 14, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, to mark the start of The Week of the Young Child, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) anchored a Special Order Hour on the floor of the House of Representatives focusing on two important federal programs: the...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Backs Plan To Invest In Renewable Energy, Create New Jobs

February 27, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz today backed landmark legislation that will make significant new investments in renewable energy sources, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, help end our dependence on foreign oil and slash taxpayer funded subsidies to...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro

February 19, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) released the following statement in response to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's announcement that he will not “seek the position of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief.”:“The announcement...

Statement on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by Reps. Hastings, Mahoney, Wasserman Schultz and Wexler

February 15, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  “Each one of us understands that our greatest duty as members of Congress is to protect America and defend the Constitution. For months we have been working on legislation that would replace the Protect America Act,...

Statement Regarding Telecom Immunity

February 13, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement regarding an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):“There should be no mistake, I opposed the existing Protect America Act with my voice and my vote...

Statement on the situation in Israel

January 29, 2008

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement on the developing situation in Israel: "Over the past few days, it has pained me to hear the unfair and unjust criticism of Israel as she strives to...

PROTECT Act Will Combat Child Exploitation Online - Legislation authored by Rep. Wasserman Schultz passes House, will crack down on child pornographers

November 14, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, the PROTECT Our Children Act, authored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) passed the U.S. House of Representatives. PROTECT (H.R. 3845) was introduced in October in the House of Representatives to build a strong nationwide network...

President's Veto of Everglades Restoration Funds is Irresponsible

November 2, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, President Bush vetoed the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 1495), bipartisan legislation which was approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate by an overwhelming majority. The legislation authorizes approximately $23 billion for more than...

Director of Consumer Product Safety Commission Should Resign

October 31, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Citing a failure to recognize the severity of the crisis facing American consumers, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) a member of the Subcommittee on Financial Services of the Committee on Appropriations joined Speaker Pelosi and other members...

Health Insurance For Kids: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Kendrick Meek and Local Health Care Providers Discuss Need to Expand SCHIP

October 29, 2007

(Miami, FL)  --  Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (FL-17) discussed the need to expand health insurance for children with regional health care providers and experts during a meeting at the Trice Economic...

VIDEO: Rep. Wasserman Schultz's PROTECT Our Children Act (H.R. 3845) -Video testimony and news clips about legislation to protect children from internet sex predators

October 17, 2007

(Washington, DC)  -- The PROTECT Act (H.R. 3845), introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, takes a bold step forward in addressing the growing problem of child exploitation.  On October 17, 2007, Rep. Wasserman Schultz was invited to testify before the House...

VIDEO: Wasserman Schultz's PROTECT Act Will Combat Child Exploitation & Pornography Online

October 17, 2007

(Washington, DC)  -- Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) was joined by co-sponsors of the PROTECT Act (Providing Resources Officers and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to our children Act) to talk about the threat that exists to children online from...

Federal Pool Safety Legislation Passes House of Representatives - Wasserman Schultz Bill seeks to end hundreds of children’s accidental drowning

October 9, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Legislation that seeks to end hundreds of preventable childhood deaths each year passed the House of Representatives today by a voice vote. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, H.R. 1721, will provide incentive grants...

Federal Pool Safety Legislation Passes Committee - Wasserman Schultz's legislation praised by Chairman, moves to full vote of the House of Representatives

September 27, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Legislation that seeks to end hundreds of preventable childhood deaths and injuries each year passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, H.R. 1721, would provide...

Statement regarding the situation in Burma

September 26, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  “As an advocate of personal freedoms and human rights around the world, I applaud the determination of the people of Burma to seek democratic change in their country. For more than a month, thousands have marched...

Statement Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

September 25, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  The American Dream - freedom, love of country, prosperity, job security, access to a quality education and affordable healthcare - is also the Hispanic Dream. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the Hispanic community and pay...

Statement Regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad

September 25, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  “What America has heard over the past two days from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deserves ridicule and repudiation in the strongest possible terms,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. “His statements obviously lack credibility, yet America and the...

VIDEO: Provisions Ensuring Fairness in Travel Passes U.S. House as Part of TRIA

September 19, 2007

(Washington, DC)  – Language ensuring Life Insurance Fairness for Travelers (LIFT) reached a major milestone today as key provisions passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Terrorism Insurance Revision and Extension Act of 2007 (TRIREA, -...

Rep Wasserman Schultz statement on report by Gen. Petraeus

September 10, 2007

  (Washington, DC) --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement regarding General Petraeus's report to Congress on the status of U.S. military operations in Iraq:   “There is no question that the surge has failed to accomplish the political...

Wasserman Schultz Secures Over $15.1 Million for Community Projects in South Florida

August 10, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she has secured over $15.1 million in federal funds for South Florida, helping to offset the fact that Floridians regularly pay more in federal taxes then they receive back in...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Supports New Energy Independence Plan

August 4, 2007

(Washington, DC) - Today Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) joined a majority in the House of Representatives in support of landmark energy independence legislation (H.R. 3221 and H.R. 2776) that will help make our nation more secure, create new American jobs,...

Protecting Floridians From Natural Disasters: Wasserman Schultz Amendment Does Just That

August 1, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  A comprehensive program aimed at reducing risks to human life and economic loss caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other windstorms will receive funding as a result of an amendment offered by Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and...

VIDEO: FBI Director Mueller, Why Hasn't the FBI Prioritized Catching Child Pornographers?

July 27, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz asked FBI Director Robert Mueller why the FBI only has 242 personnel devoted to investigating child pornography while they devote 2,342 investigators assigned to white collar crime.  At the end of the...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Praises First Federal Minimum Wage Increase in Ten Years

July 24, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) joined members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate at an event Tuesday in Washington, DC marking the first day that a new federal minimum wage took effect in...

Statement on Voting Against Continuing to Fund the Iraq War

July 19, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted against a bill that will fund the government through the end of September 2008 because it included funding to continue the Iraq War.  Earlier this week Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted for a...

VIDEO: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Amendment Restores $3.2 Million of Ryan White AIDS Funding

July 17, 2007

(Washington, DC)  -- Community-based health centers throughout the country will be able to continue family centered HIV care because of an amendment to the Labor, Health and Education spending bill offered by Rep. Wasserman Schultz, and passed by the U.S. House...

VIDEO: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes To Responsibly Redeploy U.S. Troops From Iraq Beginning in 120 Days

July 13, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted for the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act [H.R. 2956].  The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 201 and, if passed in the Senate and signed by...

Sens. Biden, Boxer and Rep. Wasserman Schultz Introduce Legislation to Combat Child Exploitation

June 28, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and author of the landmark Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (DE), Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)...

House of Representatives to Reduce Energy Consumption by 50 Percent in Just 10 Years

June 21, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today the completion of the final “Green the Capitol” report, which confirms her initial plan to immediately begin reducing the levels of carbon dioxide emitted by House operations and buildings, but also...

2007 Appropriations Requests (not necessarily funded) Alphabetical Order: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)

June 19, 2007

The following are appropriations requests from Rep. Wasserman Schultz for the 2008 fiscal year.  These are only requests and do not represent actual program funding or federal funding allotted for the programs.  The announcement of funded requests will be...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes to Fund Troops, Hold Iraqis Accountable, Will Continue to Fight to End the War

May 24, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz supported House passage of two amendments to H.R. 2206 – the Iraq Supplemental, which would fully fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next four months and provide for essential emergency...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz talks with local high school students about tolerance as part of Jewish American Heritage Month

May 14, 2007

(Davie, FL)  --  U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Weston) addressed students at Piper High School, in Davie, about the history and significance of African American and Jewish relations and the importance of minority rights, through a video presentation of "From...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Recognizes Second Annual Jewish American Heritage Month

May 8, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  May 2007 marks the second annual national recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month, a month devoted to the cultural contributions of American Jews. Jewish American Heritage Month was proclaimed for the first time last year by the President...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Veto of Iraq Accountability Act

May 1, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  "Today, the President decided to veto accountability for the Iraqi government, his own benchmarks for success and a new direction in Iraq," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "The President has signaled that he will continue to demand a blank...

Management of Capitol Visitor Center Project Needs “Significant Help”

April 24, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, at a monthly oversight hearing of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch focusing on the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement following the testimony of the Acting Architect of...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz discusses the historic Greening of the Capitol Reportat a Washington press conference. Speaker Pelosi,Leader Hoyer and Rep. Wasserman SchultzLaunch 100 Percent Carbon Neutral‘Green the Capitol Initiative’

April 19, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Speaker Nancy Pelosi was joined this afternoon by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in accepting a preliminary report by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House Daniel Beard...

Federal Pool Safety Legislation Passes Congress

April 18, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Legislation that seeks to end hundreds of preventable childhood deaths each year passed the House of Representatives today as part of a larger Energy Bill. The legislation had already passed the Senate, so the legislation goes to...

Wasserman Schultz and Feeney Introduce Catastrophe Savings Accounts

March 30, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) and Tom Feeney (R-Oviedo) yesterday introduced legislation to create Catastrophe Savings Accounts (CSA). Catastrophe Savings Accounts will empower homeowners to put money aside to prepare for the financial impact of a...

Statement on the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

February 27, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement today on the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto;"I am deeply saddened to learn of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz to Host Congressional Art Competition for Local High School Students

February 19, 2007

(Pembroke Pines, FL)  --  The 25th Annual Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, provides Members of Congress with the unique opportunity to showcase the talents of their creative, dynamic high school constituents.  As the Congressional Representative of Florida's 20th District,...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Resolution Regarding the Escalation of Iraq War

February 16, 2007

(Washington, DC)  -- Early this morning at roughly 12:30 a.m., Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following remarks regarding House Concurrent Resolution 63 which deals with the escalation of the War in Iraq and is currently being debated in...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on State of the Union Address

January 23, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement in response to President Bush's State of the Union Address: "Tonight President Bush had an opportunity to provide the Congress, the American people and the global community...

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr’s Legacy Through Social Action

January 15, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) made the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday:   "As our nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am reminded...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on President Bush’s Plan to Escalate the Iraq War

January 10, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement after President Bush announced his desire to escalate the Iraq War:   "Tonight President Bush informed us that he will be escalating the Iraq War by sending more than...

Wasserman Schultz to Chair Legislative Branch Subcommittee in House Appropriations Committee - Also to serve as member of Financial Services Subcommittee in House Appropriations

January 4, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  On the first day of the new 110th Congress, the House Committee on Appropriations recommended Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz serve as a "Cardinal," chairing the Legislative Branch Subcommittee and to serve on the Financial Services Subcommittee...

Wasserman Schultz, Palm Cove students serve up holiday G.I.F.T.

November 22, 2006

(Hollywood, FL)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took part in yet another installment of her G.I.F.T. (GET IT FIXED TODAY) Program today at the Jubilee Center of South Broward's soup kitchen in Hollywood.  She served lunch at the Jubilee Center,...

What every parent wants to know: Why did Republican Leadership ignore a child’s plea? - Speaker’s judgment called into question

October 2, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) made the following statement regarding Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert's handling of the Foley House Page scandal:"Sadly, in calling only for a Department of Justice investigation regarding the sexually...

Page Scandal Goes Beyond Rep. Foley, Requires Full Investigation - Child came to Congressional leadership with complaints, and they did nothing

September 30, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following statement regarding the news that Congressional leadership did nothing when a child in the Congressional page program notified officials that they had been solicited by Rep. Foley:  "This goes beyond Rep....

Reps. Cantor, Wasserman Schultz Statement on Capitol Hill Screening of “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West”

September 5, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement today to discuss the Capitol Hill screening and special showing of the documentary "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West".  Congressman Cantor's own cousin, Daniel...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on World AIDS Day: “We must recognize that this killer continues to infect millions each year”

September 1, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on World AIDS DAY:   "Today, World AIDS Day, we recognize the friends and loved ones who have fallen to this harrowing disease and call attention to the...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro

August 2, 2006

(Pembroke Pines, FL)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) released the following statement today regarding the incapacitation of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.   "This marks the first time Fidel Castro has ceded power in the history of his brutal...

President Bush: Why Have You Cut Funds For Port of Miami? - Economy of South Florida jeopardized by under funded security of our ports

July 31, 2006

(Miami, FL)  --  Today President Bush used the backdrop of the Port of Miami for his visit to South Florida, however, his record of failure when it comes to funding port and homeland security is something he should hide from.  ...

Americans Deserve an Increase in the Minimum Wage - If minimum wage equaled the increased cost of gasoline, it would be set at $12.36/hr

July 28, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  For the past two months Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Democrats in Congress have been fighting for an up or down vote on increasing the minimum wage. Now, after months of stalling, the House Republican Leadership has indicated...

National Insurance Crisis Threatens the Economy of South Florida and America - Wasserman Schultz Introduces Legislation to Find Solution That Protects Consumers

July 27, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Floridians need look no further than their own home or business to realize that the American insurance market is in crisis. The increased threat of huge losses from natural disasters has caused insurance companies to withdraw from...

Sexual Predators Will Be Kept Off Our Streets: Wasserman Schultz Amendment Makes Civil Confinement Law

July 26, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Parents across the country can sleep a little better tonight, knowing that violent sexual predators will soon be subject to civil confinement. Rep. Wasserman Schultz's amendment to H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act...

Statement: Aggression Against Israel Must Be Condemned

July 13, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz made the following statement regarding the recent acts of aggression against Israel:"I am following the rapidly changing events in the Middle East with deep concern, and I want you to know that as...

Wasserman Schultz Secures Nearly $3 Million for Community Projects in South Florida - Freshman Congresswoman returns federal funds to South Florida

July 6, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she has secured nearly $3 million in federal funds for South Florida, helping to offset the fact that Floridians regularly pay more into the federal treasury then they receive back...

Wasserman Schultz Secures $1.75 Million in Transportation, Health and Housing projects for South Florida Freshman Congresswoman secures funds in House appropriations bills

June 15, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she secured $1.75 million in transportation, health and housing projects for South Florida. The projects were included in appropriations bills which recently passed the House of Representatives.  Stretching across the...

Pool Safety Must Be a National Priority: Wasserman Schultz to Introduce Federal Pool Safety Legislation based on Florida law

May 2, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Stating that "swimming pool safety must be a national priority," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that next week, she will introduce federal pool safety legislation.  Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the announcement at a Washington, DC press conference...

Jewish American Heritage Month Proclaimed as May: This May marks the first time for national month recognizing the 352 year history of Jews' contributions to American culture Wasserman Schultz resolution resulted from South Florida awareness effort

April 25, 2006

(Miami Beach, FL)  --  A celebratory mood at the Jewish Museum of Florida marked the first public announcement of a national month recognizing the accomplishments of American Jews and the important role that members of the Jewish community have played in...

Wasserman Schultz Statement in Recognition of Earth Day

April 21, 2006

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing April 22 as Earth Day, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement:  "Since 1970, Americans have gathered together each year on April 22 to celebrate our planet's gifts, demand green concerns be taken into...

Questions Remain Despite DPW Announcement of Sale - “The American taxpayer should not pay one dime to subsidize the sale of DPW’s U.S. port operations”

March 15, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  While the announcement by DPW to sell its U.S. port operations within the next six months is a positive step, Rep. Wasserman Schultz is deeply concerned by a report in the Financial Times that losses resulting...

Doubts About Dubai Ports World Divestiture Raise Troubling Questions - "Congressional action blocking this deal is the only true assurance we have that this deal is dead"

March 14, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz responded forcefully to media reports showing internal P&O e-mails written since DPW's divestiture announcement last week, that indicate that DPW had no immediate plans to sell its interests at Port of Miami. "It...

Wasserman Schultz Methylmercury Protection Amendment Passes House - “My amendment protects the consumer’s right to know about mercury contamination in their food”

March 8, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) passed a methylmercury protection amendment to the National Uniformity for Food Act (HR 4167) this evening.  HR 4167 would have preempted and precluded any state laws that are not identical to the...

Wasserman Schultz to Introduce Methylmercury Amendment to Food Act Today

March 8, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) introduced a methylmercury protection amendment to the National Uniformity for Food Act (HR 4167) this afternoon.  The Act would preempt and preclude any state laws that are not identical to the Food...

Representatives Sponsor Bi-Partisan House Version of Senators Menendez/Clinton Port Security Bill - Legislation bans foreign government control of port operations in the U.S., halts UAE P&O deal

March 2, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Reps. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Poe (TX-2) joined by Reps. Clyburn (SC-6), McNulty (NY-21), Nadler (NY-8), and Pallone (NJ-6), announced today that they have introduced legislation identical to that introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert...

Wasserman Schultz to be House Sponsor of Senators Menendez/Clinton Port Security Bill - Legislation bans foreign government control of port operations in the U.S., halts UAE P&O deal

February 28, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz announced late Tuesday night that she will sponsor legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez and Hillary Rodham Clinton and joined by Senators Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer and Bill Nelson.  Original...

Port Deal Jeopardizes our Homeland Security - "This agreement outsources our homeland security"

February 21, 2006

(Miami, FL)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz lashed out at the dangerous precedent being set by the Bush administration's approval of a deal that would put the United Arab Emirates in charge of operations at six of the United State's...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Named to Special Task Force on Hurricane Katrina

February 17, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  House Democratic Caucus Chairman James E. Clyburn today appointed Rep. Wasserman Schultz to a special Task Force on Hurricane Katrina.  The task force will be chaired by Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), a victim of the hurricane,...

Statement in Recognition of Black History Month

February 8, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Recognizing February as Black History Month, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement: "Black History Month began in 1976, fifty years after Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History Week to bring national attention to...

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Supports Move Bringing “Honest Leadership and Open Government” to Washington Democrats unveil aggressive reform package to protect public trust

January 19, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  "Republican-controlled Washington has become infected with a Culture of Corruption, and the American people are the ones footing the bill," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz.  "While Republicans reward millionaires and special interests, the priorities of the American...

Wasserman Schultz Chosen to Serve on Powerful House Committee on Appropriations - Committee sets the specific expenditures of funds by thegovernment of the United States

January 13, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been chosen to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations. The Committee has what is commonly described as "the power of the purse" because it, along with its Senate counterpart, sets the...

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Iraq Study Group Report

January 6, 2006

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement regarding the findings of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group: "Our brave men and women serving in uniform have long deserved a fair and honest assessment of the situation...

Wasserman Schultz, Palm Cove students serve up holiday G.I.F.T.

November 22, 2005

(Hollywood, FL)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took part in the second installment of her G.I.F.T. (GET IT FIXED TODAY) Program today at the Jubilee Center of South Broward's soup kitchen in Hollywood.  She served lunch at the Jubilee Center,...

Wasserman Schultz Secures an Additional $4.1 Million for Transportation Projects in South Florida Resources allocated in the Transportation/HUD appropriation is in addition to $12.8 million secured in the Transportation Equity Act in July of 2005

November 21, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she secured an additional $4.1 million in transportation projects for South Florida.  The projects were included in the Transportation / Housing and Urban Development appropriations package (TT-HUD) which passed the...

LIFT: Americans One Step Closer to Travel Fairness Key provisions of Wasserman Schultz’s “Life Insurance Fairness for Travelers Act” Adopted by the House Financial Services Committee

November 17, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  The Life Insurance Fairness for Travelers Act ("LIFT," H.R. 3639) reached a major milestone yesterday as key provisions of the legislation were included in the Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision Act of 2005 ("TRIA," H.R. 4314), which...

Wasserman Schultz Named One of 50 Most Influential American Jewish Leaders of 2005 The Forward recognizes Rep. Wasserman Schultz as rising star of her party

November 14, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  The Forward, a nationally recognized American Jewish newspaper established in 1897, has named Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the American Jewish community for 2005.  This year's list features such...

Wasserman Schultz Secures Over $1 Million in Health and Safety funding for Miami-Dade Freshman member brings needed funds back to South Florida for Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Beach Drug and Gang prevention programs

November 10, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she secured over $1 million for health and safety programs in South Florida.  The projects were included in both the Energy and Water (E&W) appropriations bill and the Science,...

“We Could Have Used Rosa Parks’ Leadership This Week” Republicans move to reduce minority voter registration the week of Rosa Parks death

October 28, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement today in remembrance of Rosa Parks: "Today our nation mourns the loss of a true American heroine.  Nearly a half century ago, Rosa Louise Parks made a monumental...

Wasserman Schultz Fights For Affordable Housing Funds For Floridians Affected By Hurricane Wilma

October 26, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz flew up from storm damaged Florida today to fight for affordable housing funds that would help many of those whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Wilma. Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following...

Response to Wilma is Uneven - Wasserman Schultz meets with senior emergency response officials and accompanies FEMA on a Preliminary Disaster Assessment, finds gaps in the response

October 25, 2005

(Plantation, FL)  --  One day after Hurricane Wilma whipped through South Florida, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz met with senior emergency management officials and accompanied FEMA, state and local emergency management officials on a preliminary disaster assessment (PDA).  What she...

Record Gas and Energy Prices Squeeze Florida’s Schools & Families

October 18, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, in a press conference with senior Democratic Senators and Representatives, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) shared the impact of high gasoline and energy costs on South Florida families and schools.  "Last week I held an...

The G.I.F.T. of 1,000 Books to Senior Center Helps Bridge Gap Between Elementary School Children and Local Retirees

October 17, 2005

(Pembroke Pines, FL)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosted a luncheon to celebrate the success of Central Park Elementary School's student book drive to benefit seniors, as a part of her G.I.F.T. (GET IT FIXED TODAY) Program.  In August, Wasserman Schultz...

Failed National Energy Policy Hurts Our Children: Broward County Schools will spend $3 million more on gas than last year

October 12, 2005

(Davie, FL)  --  Today, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) was joined by Broward School Board Members Robin Bartleman and Marty Rubenstein to discuss the rising cost of diesel fuel and its impact on Broward county schools. The three officials held...

Wasserman Schultz Rebukes Comments by FEMA’s Acting Director: Denial of Individual Assistance to South Florida’s Hurricane Katrina Victims Unjust

October 7, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement today in response to comments made by FEMA acting director David Paulison:   "While I appreciate and respect Mr. Paulison's position to end waste, the people in South...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Las Políticas Republicanas Ignoran Las Barreras Contra El Crecimiento Económico Latino (English Below)

September 30, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz dio hoy las siguientes declaraciones acerca el crecimiento económico de la comunidad Latina:  "Después de las dramáticas oportunidades y ganancias que sucedieron durante la administración de Clinton, el crecimiento económico de la comunidad Latina...

Endangered Species Act: Hey Big Spenders, Forgetting Something? Like Protection of Endangered Species?

September 29, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to legislation passed by the House of Representatives today revising the Endangered Species Act: "Today the House passed a bill that protects big developers and further threatens...

Oil Drilling on Florida's Coast: "Unacceptable" An environmental Fire-Sale has started in Washington. Legislation in Washington will place gas and oil rigs just miles off of Florida's Coast

September 29, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to legislation passed out of the House Resources Committee yesterday that would open up drilling, within 90 days of passage, as close as three miles off shore: "Not...

Real Life CSI: Wasserman Schultz Chairs Congressional Briefing: Searching for Truth and Justice, Forensic Science in Latin America

September 29, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz today chaired a Congressional Human Rights Caucus briefing about the ongoing forensic investigations in Latin America attempting to recover, identify, and return the remains of thousands of victims of mass killings, and violent...

FEMA Denies State Appeal for Individual Assistance

September 22, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to FEMA's denial of Florida's appeal for individual assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina: "I am disappointed and appalled by FEMA's denial of Florida's appeal to provide...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Colleagues Secure Emergency Tax Relief for Floridians Affected by Hurricane Katrina

September 15, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Residents of Florida who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina are one step closer to getting federal assistance in the form of emergency tax relief for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.  Rep. Wasserman Schultz,...

Sexual Predators Will Be Kept Off Our Streets: Wasserman Schultz Amendment Will Make Civil Confinement Law

September 14, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Parents across the country can sleep a little better tonight, knowing that violent sexual predators will soon be subject to civil confinement.  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced an amendment to the Children's Safety Act of 2005 (H.R....

Wasserman Schultz, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen Announce Legislation Directing FEMA to Provide Assistance to Florida Victims of Hurricane Katrina

September 12, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) held a joint press conference today with local Miami-Dade officials to announce the introduction of bi-partisan legislation in Congress that would direct...

Hurricane Katrina, How Floridians Can Help: Volunteer Florida Hotline - Floridians' One-stop Volunteer-Shop

September 6, 2005

(Hollywood, FL)  --  Flanked by local business, county and community leaders, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the activation of the State's Volunteer Florida Hotline, 1-800-FL-HELP-1 and their Web site, www.volunteerflorida.org,  to coordinate the incredible desire of Floridians to aid...

Hurricane Katrina: Poor Planning, Slow Response Has Killed People

September 2, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement this afternoon regarding the obvious lack of planning for evacuation, rescue and relief in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. "My deepest condolences go to the victims of Hurricane Katrina...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Successfully Urges IRS To Extend Tax Filing Deadline for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties affected by Hurricane Katrina

September 2, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to expand tax relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Florida counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe.   On Tuesday, August 30th, the...

Hurricane Katrina: What you can do to help victims in the Gulf

September 1, 2005

My deepest condolences go to the victims of Hurricane Katrina who lost their lives, their homes and their livelihoods.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been harmed by this terrible storm. Many of you have been...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Special Session of Congress for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

September 1, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement this afternoon regarding consideration of a $10 billion emergency supplemental spending bill for disaster relief in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, which have been crippled by Hurricane Katrina.  The...

Reps.Wasserman Schultz, Meek, Hastings and Wexler Urge President Bush to Grant Individual Assistance to Hurricane Katrina Victims in Broward and Dade Counties

August 31, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, along with Reps. Kendrick B. Meek, Alcee L. Hastings and Robert Wexler, wrote to President Bush asking that he direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to use its authority immediately...

South Florida Students Meet with Wasserman Schultz, Discuss Impact of Youth Violence and Violence Prevention

August 19, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz recently met with two local South Florida students whose essays on the impact youth violence had in their lives has resulted in national recognition.  Nicholas DeLisa of North Miami Beach, now a student at...

Gasoline Prices Strain South Florida Families, Republican Energy Bill Helps Big Oil Companies, Not the Consumer

August 16, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz said today that rising gasoline prices reflect Republican's misplaced priorities when it comes to energy policy.  "The unacceptable rise that we have seen in gasoline prices over the past year can be linked, in...

Wasserman Schultz Secures $12.8 Million in Transportation Projects for South Florida

July 29, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she secured $12.8 million in transportation projects for South Florida.  The projects were included in the Transportation Equity Act Conference Report (TEA-LU) which passed the House of Representatives and Senate...

Legislators, Countries and Organizations Gather to End Denial of Life Insurance Based on Travel Plans

July 28, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Bachus (R-AL), Rep. Wexler (D-FL), Rep. Israel (D-NY), Rep. Crowley (D-NY) joined other members of Congress along with diplomatic officials from Colombia, Israel, The Republic of Kenya, and...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: "CAFTA Sets the Bar Too Low"

July 26, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  At a bi-partisan press conference, Rep. Wasserman Schultz delivered the following remarks announcing her opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA):   "As a freshman Member of Congress, I have a unique opportunity to...

REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: EL IMPACTO DE LA POBLACIÓN CRECIENTE DE VOTANTES LATINOS

July 15, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Representante Wasserman Schultz dio la siguiente declaración ­hoy con respecto al impacto del crecimiento de la población latina con edad de votar:   "Aunque mucho ha sido escrito sobre la creciente población Latina y su impacto...

Genocide in Sudan: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Urges Americans to Participate in National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection

July 15, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  This weekend, millions of Americans across the country will stand united for the National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection for Victims of Genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.  This is an opportunity for all communities,...

South Florida High School Student’s Art Unveiled at U.S. Capitol Building

July 12, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz joined David Dannelly, a student from NOVA High School in Davie, at the unveiling of his art work in Washington, DC which will hang in the United States Capitol building for the next year. ...

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July 8, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  With the hurricane season commencing with a category four hurricane in July, Rep. Wasserman Schultz urged South Floridians to keep up to date with the latest advisories on the hurricane and reiterated her support for public...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Supports New Funding For Education: Republicans Refuse to Keep Promise to Parents and Children

June 24, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  This afternoon, Rep. Wasserman Schultz announced that she was voting against the bill that severely underfunds high-priority education, health care, and job training programs that are crucial to constituents in her district - including education programs,...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Opposes 25 Percent Cut in Corporation for Public Broadcasting Funding

June 21, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz announced her strong opposition to a provision in the FY 2006 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill coming to the House Floor this week that cuts FY 2006 funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting...

Floor Statement Condemning Egregious Abuse of Power By the Majority at the Judiciary Committee Hearing on USA Patriot Act

June 17, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Mr. Speaker, last week it was an honor to begin my new assignment as a member of the Committee on the Judiciary. This Nation was founded on the principles of ensuring that the rights of the...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Terri Schiavo Autopsy Results

June 15, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  "Today's medical report reaffirms that these kinds of heart-wrenching end of life decisions should not be made in an emotionally charged political body like the United States Congress. Politicians are not doctors, we are not bio-ethicists, we...

Floor Statement on Preventing the Justice Department and the FBI Access to Library Records, Book Sale Records or Book Customer Lists in the Patriot Act

June 14, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Mr. Chairman, Pericles, a 5th century B.C. Athenian statesman, once said that ``freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.'' I rise today in support of this amendment and...

Statement on Closing of Plantation Taxpayer Assistance Center

May 27, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  The IRS announced today that they would close the Taxpayer Assistance Center at 7850 SW 6th Court in Plantation Florida, laying off the twenty four employees at this center.  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Decries Middle Class Benefit Cuts

May 9, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz today called for President Bush to tell the truth about his risky and misleading proposal to privatize Social Security and the impact it will have on middle class families.  Rep. Wasserman Schultz released new...

Wasserman Schultz Appoints Washington Chief of Staff

May 3, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today the appointment of Florida native Tracie Pough to the position of Washington Chief of Staff.  Ms. Pough, a fourth generation Floridian, was born and raised in Jacksonville.  She completed her...

Earth Day 2005: Bush Administration Slashes $12 Million From Florida’s Clean Water Funds In Fy 2006 Budget

April 22, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, Earth Day, Rep. Wasserman Schultz railed against cuts in the FY 2006 Budget that will eliminate over $12 million in Clean Water funds from Florida.  "These vitally-needed Clean Water funds are used to help local communities...

Jessica Lunsford Act Will Help Track Sex Offenders And Predators

April 21, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) held a press conference today with Mark Lunsford, Representative Brown-Waite (R-FL), Representative Poe (R-TX), Representative Kuhl (R-NY), Representative Mack (R-FL) and other members of Congress introducing the Jessica Lunsford Act.  ...

Press Conference On Jessica Lunsford Act

April 21, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Brown-Waite, Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Congressional Supporters to Discuss New Federal Sexual Offender Legislation, H.R. 1505, the Jessica Lunsford Act WHEN:          Today, April 21st, 2005 - 2:30 - 3:00 pm WHO:            The Honorable Ginny Brown-Waite...

Wasserman Schultz Appointed to Chair Task Force on Jobs and the Economy

April 20, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  U.S. Representative Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced the appointment of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to chair the Democratic Caucus Taskforce on Jobs and the Economy.  "In a short amount...

Americans Should Have Guaranteed Access To Legal Pharmaceuticals

April 13, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) held a press conference today with Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ), Representative Maloney (D-NY) and other members of Congress introducing the Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act of 2005 (ALPhA).  The legislation states that if...

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls On Delay To Clarify Statement

March 31, 2005

(Weston, FL)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement today in response to comments made by Tom DeLay:  "The Terri Schiavo case has been heartbreaking and tragic. Now is a time for healing, not for more inflammatory rhetoric,...

Statement On The Death Of Terri Schiavo

March 31, 2005

(Weston, FL)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the following statement today on the news of the death of Ms. Terri Schiavo:  "My thoughts are with all of Ms. Schiavo's many friends and family who obviously cared deeply for her....

Response To Accusation From The White House About Rep. Wasserman Schultz's Terri Schiavo Floor Statement

March 21, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Unfortunately, today the White House accused Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) of making an "uninformed assertion" when she stated that the President Bush that supports federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case is in conflict with the...

Reps. Jim Davis And Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Demand Debate On Shiavo Bill

March 19, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Today, the House Republican Leadership advised members of Congress that they plan to bring legislation relating to the Terri Schiavo case to the floor tomorrow.    Should the leadership proceed with this plan, Reps. Jim Davis (D-Tampa)...

Wasserman Schultz Rings Wall Street Opening Bell With Democratic Colleagues

March 9, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz along with other Democratic Colleagues from the House of Representatives rang the opening bell on Wall Street on Tuesday.  Her trip to New York included the opportunity to meet one-on-one with brokers and...

LIFT Provisions Ensuring Fairness in Travel Passes U.S. House as Part of TRIA

March 7, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  The Life Insurance Fairness for Travelers Act ("LIFT," H.R. 3639), sponsored by Rep. Wasserman Schultz reached a major milestone today as key provisions of the legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives as an amendment to...

World AIDS Day: South Floridians Face New Challenges

March 1, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  To commemorate World AIDS Day, Rep. Wasserman Schultz released the following statement: "Communities across the globe are commemorating World AIDS Day, an annual event to bring attention to the spread of HIV/AIDS and the steps that must...

Floor Statement On The 60th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

January 26, 2005

(Washington, DC)  --  Libusa Breder, a Jewish prisoner said, "There was no God in Auschwitz. There were such horrible conditions that God decided not to go there."   With the passage of time, it has become more difficult for...

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