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  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on House Democrats Sit-In on Gun Violence
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, House Democrats stood up and said enough is enough. America is crying out for action on gun violence, and Speaker Ryan and House Republicans have met those cries with cowardly and deafening silence. From the House Floor, where my courageous colleague Rep. John Lewis staged a sit-in with more than three dozen House Democrats; to the Appropriations Committee, where my colleagues and I offered and fought for an amendment that would prevent people suspected of terrorist ties from purchasing a gun and told the stories of the victims in Orlando, we are taking action to force a vote on commonsense gun legislation. How many innocent people have to die before the House of Representatives takes up and passes meaningful legislation to keep us safe? How many families and communities will be torn apart by our epidemic of gun violence before Republicans summon the courage to act? How many more times will they block the "No Fly, No Buy" legislation that would help keep us safe? Their inaction is a national disgrace and House Democrats will not stand for it any longer. And so, we sit! Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Death of British MP Jo Cox
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today we mourn the shocking death of British MP Jo Cox and I send my thoughts and deepest condolences to her husband Brendan and their two young children. Her death came as she performed one of the most essential and important acts in public service – meeting with the constituents who elected her to represent them, much as my dear friend Gabby Giffords was five years ago outside a Tucson supermarket. I commend the law enforcement who courageously responded to this attack, as they do every single day around the world. While the authorities are continuing their investigative work into the attack and a possible motive, we must be mindful that incendiary political rhetoric has consequences that we must guard against. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Floor Speech Honoring the Orlando Victims
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    I rise today in memory of those whose lives were lost in my home state at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Floridians, Americans and people around the world are in mourning today, grieving for those young lives lost and for their families. But when will this body finally say enough? Gun violence is a public health crisis and we must do better. No one needs an AR-15 assault rifle. This is a weapon of war that was used in Newtown, Aurora, and San Bernardino. We need to reinstate the assault weapon ban to reduce the chances that we have more tragedies. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Floor Speech Honoring the Orlando Victims
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Watch the Congresswoman's remarks on the House floor here at this link. Rep. Wasserman SchultzFloor Statement – Orlando TragedyJune 14, 2016Mr. Speaker,I rise today in memory of those whose lives were lost in my home state at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Floridians, Americans and people around the world are in mourning today, grieving for those young lives lost and for their families.But when will this body finally say enough?Gun violence is a public health crisis and we must do better.No one nee... Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Orlando Nightclub Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    This horrific, senseless and heart-wrenching tragedy is an act of evil that defies words. At least fifty people were killed as they went out to enjoy their Saturday night, and instead their families and friends are now mourning their loss. I am sending my thoughts and deepest condolences to their families and friends, and the entire Orlando community. I am deeply grateful for our law enforcement, first responders and health care professionals who were on the scene and are continuing their important investigative and lifesaving work. This tragedy is now the single deadliest mass shooting in American history and in this time of need, I encourage anyone in the Orlando area who is interested in donating blood to visit oneblood.org/donate-now/." Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on GOP Politicizing Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today House Republicans injected divisive partisan politics into one of Congress' most non-partisan bills – the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The bill funds, among other things, the operations of the United States Capitol, which is a shining beacon of democracy and freedom across the world. Unfortunately, House Republicans have decided this bill was the perfect vehicle to force the Library of Congress to continue using the subject heading "Illegal Aliens" – even though it had decided to stop doing so. It is truly shameful that House Republicans forced the Library of Congress to use a term that millions across America find outdated and offensive, but it is no great surprise. I voted against this bill – and I stand against this kind of appalling politicization that House Republicans have forced on us time and time again. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Puerto Rico Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr

    While I applaud the efforts of those who tirelessly worked to create a path for Puerto Rico out of its dire humanitarian and financial crisis, I could not support the bill as written. It is extraordinarily disappointing that Speaker Ryan allowed Puerto Rico to wither for months before finally following through on his promise to deliver a bill. We have for too long treated Puerto Rico and her residents as second class citizens with laws and policies that disadvantage Puerto Ricans. While this bill takes some meaningful steps, ultimately I found certain parts of the bill weighed it down with provisions that were harmful to working people. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Comments during CFPB Amendment Debate
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2016 | Preview rr

    During the Appropriations Committee debate on the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services Appropriations bill, Rep. Wasserman Schultz made the following comments in opposition to the Palazzo CFPB amendment. Rep. Wasserman Schultz voted against the amendment. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on House GOP's Plan to Cripple Dodd-Frank
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Speaker Paul Ryan's so-called "new" proposal is a dangerous policy that would decimate the Dodd-Frank Act and send us back to the policies that caused the 2008 financial crisis. Thanks to President Bush and House Republicans' policies, hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their jobs, homes and savings. House Republicans' "new" proposal would lead to the same Wall Street recklessness that hurt working families across this nation. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Passage of Holocaust Survivor Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    I am proud to be a cosponsor of this important resolution, and even prouder that it passed the House of Representatives this evening. Through this resolution, my House colleagues and I have reaffirmed our unyielding commitment to protecting the dignity and honor of our Holocaust survivors, who lived through such a horrific and shameful episode of human history. This resolution also makes clear that those responsible for these horrendous crimes must be held accountable. We must continue to make Holocaust survivors and their legacies a priority in Congress. Read more