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  • Wasserman Schultz, Appropriations Democrats Introduce Zika Supplemental
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    As a Floridian, it is unconscionable to me that House Republicans have failed to act on the Zika virus. Florida has the most confirmed cases of Zika virus in the continental United States, and further south, Puerto Rico has more than 500 confirmed cases of Zika. This bill helps protect pregnant women, travelers and the general public as we get into mosquito and travel season, and it's time for House Republicans to stop making excuses and work with Democrats to short circuit this rapidly evolving crisis immediately. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Florida 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    People have the right to make their own health care decisions. The Florida's Supreme Court's decision to halt the demeaning state law to force women in our state to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion restores the rights of women to make important health care decisions and is an important step towards women's health care equality. The injunction puts a hold on Governor Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers' insulting presumption that women don't think long and hard before making a decision to terminate a pregnancy. Florida's women should not have to rely on the legal system to ensure their right to have access to a safe and legal medical procedure. Governor Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers supporting this intrusive law should get the message: these so-called "women's health care" laws are unnecessary, intrusive, and unconstitutional. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Earth Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    I am glad to be spending this Earth Day in the Everglades with U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and a group of dedicated public officials who are actively working together to restore our Everglades for every Floridian and their children. I have worked since my earliest days in the Florida Legislature to restore and support our "River of Grass" and I have been honored to be a congressional partner of President Obama's bold environmental and climate agenda. We must use this important day to rededicate ourselves to the most urgent of causes – the call to save our planet for all those yet to come. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Passover
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    Sundown marks the beginning of Passover, a holiday of reflection, storytelling, and a recommitment to the values of freedom and liberty. We retell the story of Jews who were held as slaves in Egypt and the miraculous story that led to our redemption. As we go through the traditional Seder, each food we eat and word we say holding significant meaning, we also look to the future. We remind ourselves that many among us in our own communities and throughout the world still yearn for redemption and freedom. There are those among us who are still not free from the shackles of human slavery, nor from the realities of hunger. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on DOJ 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction
    Posted in Press Releases on April 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    Every child deserves to grow up safe from exploitation and I will continue to be a voice and a vote for our nation's children. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on House Republicans' Failure to Help Puerto Rico
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    While the people of Puerto Rico face both a financial and public health crisis, House Republicans have decided the best course of action is to sit on their hands. Let me be very clear – doing nothing to help Puerto Rico is not an option. Read more

  • Appropriations Democrats Offer Amendment to Provide $1.9 Billion Emergency Funding for Zika Response
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    As Congress returns from the spring recess, I am proud to cosponsor an amendment with my colleagues, Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey and Labor-HHS Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro, in support of the President's request for supplemental funding. Although the Republican leadership has refused to consider the Administration's request, I'm committed to ensuring women and children have access to the resources they need at home and abroad to combat this disease, including research into a vaccine, education campaigns and comprehensive family planning resources. It is time for Congress to join together in solving public health crises like this one and time for Republicans to stop sticking their heads in the sand. Read more

  • Prepared Remarks on Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    For those who do not know, Equal Pay Day marks how far into 2016 the average woman has to work to earn the same wages the average man earned in 2015 We are four weeks into spring. The Marlins have started their regular season and many South Florida high school seniors are picking out their prom attire. It is a national embarrassment that it takes this far into the year for women to earn what men made in the previous year. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    In spite of the overwhelming evidence to support closing the gap, my House Republican colleagues have voted nine times since 2013 to block the Paycheck Fairness Act from being considered on the floor, which I'm a proud cosponsor of. Instead of helping working women and their families, they've employed their trademark obstructionism and condoned women making less than their male counterparts for the same work. Shame on House Republicans for allowing this national embarrassment to continue under their leadership. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz, Bipartisan Group of Former Senators & House Members File Amicus Brief in Support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is proud to join 44 current and former Senators and 164 current and former House Members from 38 states on an amicus brief supporting President Obama's Clean Power Plan. Read more