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Sunday
Mar102013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Says Gabby Giffords Is ‘Doing So Well’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) DNC Chair and close friend of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, said “Gabby is doing so well.” Wasserman Schultz joined ABC News in a web exclusive after her appearance on the This Week roundtable Sunday. She discussed her political career and shared news about Giffords.

“Gabby is doing so well. She’s made tremendous progress. She continues to make progress,” Wasserman Schultz said. ”She’s given a couple of short speeches. We saw how incredible she was during her testimony in front of the United States Senate. She’s started an organization with her husband, Mark Kelly, Americans for Responsible Solutions.  And they’re advocating all over the country for a responsible approach to dealing with gun violence and gun safety.”

 

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Sunday
Apr082012

DNC Chair Slams Wis. Gov. Walker for Equal Pay Repeal

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Democratic National Committee chairwoman called out Republican Gov. Scott Walker today for repealing Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a law intended to lower the cost for plaintiffs suing employers for pay discrimination.

“He tried to quietly repeal the Equal Pay Act. Women aren’t going to stand for that,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The law allowed for victims to sue employers in state court which is often less expensive than filing in federal court.

The Republican controlled state Senate passed the measure in November, followed by passage in the state Legislature in February. Walker then repealed it Thursday.

“The focus of the Republican Party on turning back the clock for women really is something that’s unacceptable and shows how callus and insensitive they are towards women’s priorities,” the Florida congresswoman said.

National Republicans have yet to comment on the Wisconsin repeal but the Obama campaign has seized the opportunity to tie Walker’s law to Mitt Romney, who has argued that women voters in 2012 only care about pocketbook issues.

“Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?” Obama campaign representative Lis Smith said Friday.

Republicans have been accused of waging a war on women since speaking out against President Obama’s health care law that requires insurance companies to pay for female contraceptives.

Many religious employers objected to the rule so the administration carved out an exception for religious institutions. But Republicans, in turn, have characterized the battle as a fight for religious freedom.

But not all Democrats are convinced that the GOP is intentionally attacking women. Rep Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, defended Republicans while on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying that it would be “wrong” to accuse Republicans of waging a war on women.

“We have got to quit exaggerating our political differences,” said Cleaver, who is also a Methodist pastor.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been dismissive of attacks by Democrats, comparing their concerns to a “war on caterpillars.”

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Be New DNC Chair

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With the announcement Tuesday that current DNC Chair Tim Kaine is running for the Senate in Virginia comes news that Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will replace him.

Wasserman Schultz, 44, brings some significant assets to the table. Besides the obvious fact that she’s a woman, she’s also a proven fundraiser and a skilled on-air surrogate. A breast cancer survivor, she is also a close friend of Rep. Gabby Giffords.

The official announcement came in the form of an email from Vice President Biden to DNC members.

"In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity. President Obama expressed great admiration for her as a leader, and he was honored that she accepted this important challenge on behalf of the Democratic Party," writes Biden.

Now that she has been nominated to the DNC job, the full committee will vote on her nomination. This is really a formality since DNC members aren't going to buck the president.

If she wins the election, she will become the first woman elected by the full membership to serve as chair. There have been two other women who have served as chair of the DNC but one was on an interim basis and one was appointed but never stood for election.

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Wednesday
Feb162011

Giffords' Friends In Congress Hosting Re-Election Fundraiser

Photo Courtesy - Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ., continues her recovery from last month’s shooting in Tucson, some of her closest friends in Congress are hosting a March 15 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for her re-election committee.

The fundraiser is being organized by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL.

“We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery,” the lawmakers said in the invitation. “We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress and resume her role as a leading advocate for solar energy, increased border security, job creation through innovation, and protecting the needs of military families and veterans.”

“But first Gabby must focus on the important work of her recovery. With that in mind, we have joined together to support Gabby, and we hope that we can count on you to join us!”

Text of the invitation is below. 

From the desks of Kirsten Gillibrand, Adam Smith & Debbie Wasserman Schultz

February 14, 2011

Dear Friend,

We have joined together with our colleagues to support our good friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

As we all know, Gabby suffered serious injuries in the January 8th shooting in Tucson, AZ. We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery. We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress and resume her role as a leading advocate for solar energy, increased border security, job creation through innovation, and protecting the needs of military families and veterans.

But first Gabby must focus on the important work of her recovery. With that in mind, we have joined together to support Gabby, and we hope that we can count on you to join us!

Thank you for your friendship and support.

Sincerely,

Kirsten Gillibrand

Adam Smith

Debbie Wasserman Schultz 

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