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  • Wasserman Schultz: House Democrats will continue protest today on gun laws
    Posted in In the News on June 28, 2016 | Preview rr

    SUN SENTINELWasserman Schultz: House Democrats will continue protest today on gun lawsDebbie Wasserman SchultzLast Wednesday, House Democrats took to the floor of the House to stand in solidarity with millions of Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. But this time, it was different. We didn't just stand to offer meaningful thoughts and hopeful prayers — we staged a 24-hour sit-in to demand a vote on common-sense gun laws.In the words of voting and civil rights heroine Fanni... Read more

  • Members of Congress Urge FDA To Lift Gay Blood Ban
    Posted in In the News on June 28, 2016 | Preview rr

    SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWSMembers of Congress Urge FDA To Lift Gay Blood BanBy John McDonaldA coalition is building to put pressure on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to lift its ban on sexually active men donating blood.In a letter, obtained by SFGN and addressed to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, 116 current members of the U.S. Congress express their collective disappointment with current FDA deferral policy on blood donation for men who have sex with men (MSM).“In practice, the current FDA... Read more

  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz letter to the FDA
    Posted in In the News on June 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    BROWARD’S BLOGRep. Wasserman Schultz letter to the FDAHouse Democrats are encouraging the Food and Drug Administration to reverse course on a rule that bars many gay men from donating blood and shift toward more rigorous testing for all potential donors.Lawmakers sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf urging him to further roll back the agency’s policy on gay and bisexual men donating blood. Last year, the agency rolled back a lifetime ban to allow men who have sex with men to donate if... Read more

  • 10 Powerful Moments From the Congressional Gun Sit-In
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    ROLLING STONE10 Powerful Moments From the Congressional Gun Sit-InHere's everything House Republicans didn't want you to see from the Democrats' more than 24-hour protestBy Tessa StuartShortly before 11:30 Wednesday morning, Democrats in the House of Representatives staged a revolt. There would be no more business in their chamber of Congress, they declared, until Republican leadership called for votes on two bills: one that would ban individuals on the government's no-fly list from purchasing w... Read more

  • House Democrats End Sit-In, Vow To Fight On
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    THE DAILY BEASTHouse Democrats End Sit-In, Vow To Fight OnAt first glance, the Democrats didn’t have much to show for their 26-hour sit-in to protest the lack of gun control legislation moving through the House floor. But the leaders of the brief movement insisted this was the beginning of something much bigger.By Tim Mak & Alexa CorseTwenty-six hours after occupying the House of Representatives with a sit-in Democrats dismissed themselves with a strange contentment—sure, they didn’t have anythi... Read more

  • Democrats end marathon sit-in as Ryan rejects calls for gun vote
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    BLOOMBERG NEWSDemocrats end marathon sit-in as Ryan rejects calls for gun voteBy Laura Litvan and Billy HouseDemocrats closed out a marathon sit-in on the U.S. House floor Thursday afternoon after 25 hours of emotionally charged speeches demanding action on gun control, but they insisted their protests would continue in other forms."We are going to win the struggle. We're going to win big," Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a leader of the protest, said in closing out the sit-in Thursday afternoon. "W... Read more

  • WATCH: Debbie Wasserman Schultz breaks down while reading letter from Gabby Giffords at House Democrats' sit-in
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    EXAMINERWATCH: Debbie Wasserman Schultz breaks down while reading letter from Gabby Giffords at House Democrats' sit-inMadeleine MorgensternRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave an emotional reading of a letter from former colleague Gabby Giffords during the House Democrats' floor sit-in Wednesday.Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who read Giffords' resignation letter on the House floor after she was gravely injured in the 2011 shooting that killed six, said she was proud to give her friend a voice once m... Read more

  • Democrats Finally Try To Do Something About The Gun Bloodshed
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    THE HUFFINGTON POSTDemocrats Finally Try To Do Something About The Gun BloodshedBy Michael McAuliff John Lewis knows blood. And more than 61 years after he led marchers over the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in the struggle for civil rights, he knows what it means to take a stand.So it was no mistake that his Democratic colleagues turned to the congressman from Georgia on Wednesday, asking him to lead a new stand by taking over the floor of the United States House of Representatives.He d... Read more

  • Giffords writes open letter in support of Dem sit-in
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    THE HILL Giffords writes open letter in support of Dem sit-inBy Rebecca SavranskyFormer Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) encouraged Democrats' sit-in on the House floor to push for action on gun control legislation with an open letter that was read aloud. "There is nowhere I would rather be right now than with you?—?on the floor of the People’s House, representing Southern Arizona, fighting for our country, and working to make our communities safer," Giffords wrote, addressing House members. "But y... Read more

  • Florida lawmakers lead battle over post-Orlando gun controls
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    MIAMI HERALDFlorida lawmakers lead battle over post-Orlando gun controlsBy James RosenRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, fueled a fractious revolt Wednesday as she helped lead a sit-in over gun limits on the House of Representatives floor that threw Congress into chaos and forced Republicans to adjourn the session.Adding to the ferment on Capitol Hill since the Orlando shooting, Rep. David Jolly of Indian Shores, Fla., broke with other Republicans as he pus... Read more