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  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Shooting of Baton Rouge Police Officers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    The loss of three Baton Rouge police officers is another deeply saddening and troubling moment for our nation. Every single day our men and women in law enforcement put on their uniforms knowing they could be in harm's way – a solemn duty that we are deeply grateful for and forever indebted. I send my deepest thoughts and condolences to the families of the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty today. As we grieve and heal from this series of tragedies, we must reaffirm our commitment to peacefully ending this senseless violence that has left too many communities in unspeakable pain. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Nice Bombing
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    This kind of cowardly bloodshed has no place in our world and the United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our oldest ally. We will not be intimidated by acts like these, and our nations remain as committed to Libert_, Egalit_ et Fraternit_ as we ever have. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrats Demand Speaker Ryan Act on Zika
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    Florida Democrats stood united in demanding Speaker Paul Ryan act on the Zika virus before the Congressional recess. This is a serious public health crisis, which House Republicans have shamefully responded to with endless delays and refusals to provide the funding our public health experts have said we need to properly tackle Zika. The number of Floridians with Zika is growing by the day. It is unconscionable for House Republicans to send Members home for seven weeks without passing legislation that would meaningfully address this deadly disease. This crisis falls squarely at their feet, and the House of Representatives should not recess until we do the job we were elected to do and help keep the American people healthy and safe Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Confirmation of Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    I congratulate Carla Hayden on her confirmation as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Carla is eminently qualified for this post, having served our nation's public libraries in a wide variety of roles, and she will bring an important perspective as both the first woman and first African-American to become Librarian of Congress. I am confident that she will continue the Library's modernization, work that began under previous Librarians of Congress, including Dr. James H. Billington and Acting Librarian David Mao, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on House GOP's Continuing Failure on Guns
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans' failure to act on commonsense gun safety legislation is a deeply disappointing decision during a week, summer and year in which Americans have grieved for far too many gun violence victims. Today marks both the one month anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting as well as at least the eleventh time that President Obama has had to address the nation after a mass shooting. It is unacceptable for the House of Representatives to recess for seven weeks without addressing our national gun violence epidemic. Our constituents sent us here to work together to solve America's most difficult problems, and these reports show that House Republicans have once again failed this critical test of leadership. We need action – not excuses, not more moments of silence, and not NRA-backed policies that do nothing to keep us safe. House Democrats have been clear – we need a vote on these rational, commonsense policies that overwhelming majorities of Americans support. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Dallas Police Shootings and Violence in America
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Our nation is in mourning over the murder of five law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas last night. Every day our law enforcement officers perform the valiant and courageous act of leaving their homes knowing they may be in harm's way and yesterday too many of them did not return home. I send my deepest condolences to the families of the fallen officers and the community of Dallas. As we grieve the loss of those law enforcement officers, we also grieve the loss of two African-American men taken far too soon from their families and communities. The loss of even one life is too many, and we must have the courage to unite as a nation and have serious conversations about the bonds of trust between our communities and law enforcement. We owe it to ourselves, our children and one another to have those conversations. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on House GOP Failure to Act on Gun Violence
    Posted in Press Releases on July 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    Once again, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans have completely surrendered to the National Rifle Association. Instead of moving commonsense legislation to address the gun violence crisis in the wake of the worst mass shooting in our nation's history, they have chosen to do absolutely nothing to keep us safe. Read more

  • House Judiciary Committee Passes Legislation to Empower Survivors of Sexual Assault
    Posted in Press Releases on July 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    For too long, sexual assault survivors have had to navigate a confusing patchwork of laws and regulations that have not done enough to help them access justice. Our sexual assault survivors deserve a strong law to protect their most basic rights and I am pleased that this bill has taken a significant step towards becoming the law of the land. I thank Senator Shaheen for her leadership on this bill in the Senate, and look forward to continuing to work with my House colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure survivors are guaranteed a set of basic rights under Federal law. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Whole Woman's Health Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    It can't be said enough: laws like H.B. 2 and similar laws violate the Constitution. Period. Until Republican lawmakers at every level of government get the message, I will continue to shout it from the rooftops, and will not rest until every woman is able to fully realize her constitutional right to access legal abortion. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on First Anniversary of Obergefell
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    As Florida and our nation continue healing from the tragic events in Orlando, we say unequivocally: we stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, and we will rededicate ourselves to ensuring their safety and equal rights in every community across our nation. We will defeat hate, and love will win. Read more