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  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Defeat of Florida Senate Campus Carry Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    As a mother of two children who will be college freshmen soon and who represents thousands of families with children, I am elated that S.B. 68 will not be moving through the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee. This morning I stood with Senator Chris Smith, Senator Maria Sachs, Rep. Lori Berman and a coalition of concerned advocates and students to denounce this bill and its companion, H.B. 4001. We have a national epidemic of gun violence, and we know that college kids are still navigating life outside their home for the first time. We need more funding for security personnel and universal background checks on college campuses – not carry permits. This was the right decision and I'm glad Senator Diaz de la Portilla recognized that this was a dangerous step in the wrong direction. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today Americans come together and pay tribute to one of our nation's most important leaders in the quest for social justice and equality, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His teachings of nonviolence, peace and love have resonated with countless millions of Americans as we seek to bend the arc of history and expand freedom here at home and around the world. The arc has not bent easily; our nation is accustomed to setbacks and obstacles. But we have worked tirelessly to overcome them and move our nation forward. Dr. King believed that the government had a fundamental responsibility to meet the needs of its people. During President Obama's administration, we have advanced many of those pressing priorities, from making our nation a more inclusive and free place for people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and genders; to expanding quality, affordable health care to those who need it most; and acting decisively on climate change to leave our planet a better place for the generations who will follow us. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Latest Developments with Iran
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, the United States, our P5+1 negotiating partners and Iran officially announced the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After years of negotiations and hard-hitting sanctions culminated in a diplomatic agreement last summer, Iran's nuclear weapons' development operations have finally been shuttered. On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran fulfilled its commitments under the JCPOA, including dismantling more than half its centrifuges, disabling the Arak nuclear reactor, and eliminating almost all of its highly enriched uranium stockpile. I commend the tireless work of Secretaries John Kerry, Ernest Moniz, Jack Lew, and Undersecretary Wendy Sherman and their entire team. In accordance with the agreement, the United States and our negotiating partners will lift certain sanctions against Iran that relate to individuals and entities involved in its nuclear program. Going forward, the international community will have the most intrusive inspection regime on the ground in Iran to verify its compliance. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Response to President Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    President Obama delivered a strong, inspirational address to the nation this evening. I was thrilled to hear the President reiterate his longstanding calls for comprehensive immigration reform, paid family leave, a higher national minimum wage, and protected and strengthened Medicare and Social Security programs. The American people should be proud of President Obama's accomplishments on their behalf, and know that because of his leadership, our best days indeed lie ahead. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on USPSTF Recommendations
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    As a breast cancer survivor, I know how critical early detection and prevention is to fighting and beating this deadly disease, and I know we are all dedicated to that life-saving mission. This two-year moratorium will enable all stakeholders to clarify and address the confusion that multiple, disparate recommendations risks causing young women. I urge these groups and agencies to prioritize ensuring that their recommendations do not inadvertently prevent coverage and access to screenings for all young women who need them. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on President Obama's Veto of Republican Reconciliation Bill that Guts the Affordable Care Act and Defunds Planned Parenthood
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    I commend President Obama for his veto of this House Republican messaging bill that attempted to strip millions of American women of their health care by defunding the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood. This shameful attempt to score points with the most extreme elements of their party is dangerous, but not at all surprising. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Fifth Anniversary of Tucson Shooting Rampage
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Five years ago today, a deranged gunman murdered six innocent people and injured more than a dozen more, including one of my closest friends and my former colleague Gabrielle Giffords, at a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. Since that horrifying day, America has grappled with too many mass shootings to enumerate here: Charleston. San Bernardino. Newtown. Chattanooga. Roseburg. Tens of thousands of our family, friends and neighbors have lost their lives because guns fell into the wrong hands. Even more, like Gabby, have had their lives immeasurably altered by gun violence injuries. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Floor Statement on President Obama's Executive Actions
    Posted in Press Releases on January 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    President Obama's executive actions are a critical step to reducing this national epidemic. They are well within his legal authority and will help keep guns out of dangerous hands. They are so critical because of Republican in-action on closing loopholes and their failure to rise above the NRA's fearmongering. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Floor Statement on President Obama's Executive Actions
    Posted in Press Releases on January 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    President Obama's executive actions are a critical step to reducing this national epidemic. They are well within his legal authority and will help keep guns out of dangerous hands. They are so critical because of Republican in-action on closing loopholes and their failure to rise above the NRA's fearmongering. Read more

  • Reps. Lowey, Wasserman Schultz, Engel, Sires, Connolly, Davis, and Nadler Urge Administration to SanctionIran for Missile Testing
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    We condemn Iran's blatant violation of international law, and urge the Administration to act immediately with punitive measures. Iran's destabilizing behavior in the region and continued support for terrorism represent an unacceptable threat to our closest allies as well as our own national security. As the international community prepares for implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran must understand that violating international laws, treaties, and agreements will have serious consequences. We call on the Administration to immediately announce new, U.S. sanctions against individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program to ensure Iran is held accountable for its actions Read more