Posted by WassermanSchultzd@dnc.org on April 25, 2013
As a working mom, I’ve always been a big fan of “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and I couldn’t wait to meet everyone’s families at the DNC headquarters this year!
I have twins, Rebecca and Jake, who are about to head into high school and my baby girl, Shelby, is nine years old. With them in mind, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and advocating for policies that will help provide families the opportunity to succeed both at work and at home.
This is personal for me.
I’ve missed birthdays for votes and votes for birthdays. I’ve reviewed homework by fax and now thankfully, on my iPad. I’ve come up with ideas for legislation while grocery shopping and on the soccer fields. And I’ve had some pretty surreal conversations with the leaders of our country while cheering on my kids from the sidelines of many, many games.
That’s why I was thrilled to be asked to join President Obama’s team as DNC Chair and why I’m so proud to work with President Obama to make America’s children and working families a priority. Since taking office, President Obama and his administration has:
Cut taxes for 95% of working families, who received up to $800 for a couple in 2009 and 2010.
Cut payroll taxes for 160 million workers, saving a typical family earning $50,000 a year $1,000 in 2011 and 2012.
Provided as much as $10,000 over four years to help working families put a child through college.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, starting in 2014, about 18 million individuals and families will get tax credits for health insurance coverage. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' health care plan until age 26 and over the next ten years, working families will receive nearly $700 billion in tax credits to help them pay for health insurance.
And much more. In fact, federal income taxes on middle-income families are now at nearly their lowest level as a share of income since the Eisenhower Administration.
President Obama has invested in America’s working families from day one.
But he can’t do it alone. We need to elect more good people at all levels of government who share common values and can both understand and empathize with the needs of working families.
Working families want the American Dream. They want an America that works for everyone and they have the right to expect nothing less.
Posted by email@example.com on April 17, 2012
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement celebrating Equal Pay Day and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“Today is National Equal Pay Day, a day when women across this country can reflect on the progress that’s been made toward equal pay for equal work and continue to shine a light on the pay inequities that still exist and the politicians who deny, ignore or exacerbate the problem.
“President Obama and Democrats understand that equal pay is so important for women and their families that one of the first pieces of legislation Democrats passed in 2009 and the first bill the President signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensures that women can fight for equal pay for equal work, and on National Equal Pay Day we celebrate our continued fight for economic equality, regardless of gender.
“The President’s commitment to women is in stark contrast to Mitt Romney and the GOP’s attitude toward equal pay for women. While Democrats and the President were making equal pay for equal work a priority, nearly every Republican in the House and Senate voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who Mitt Romney has called a ‘hero,’ recently repealed that state’s fair pay law; and Mitt Romney refuses to say if he would have signed Lilly Ledbetter had he been president at the time. His campaign on a conference call last week couldn’t even articulate a response when asked his position on the law.
“It is shocking and disappointing that in this day and age Mitt Romney and Republicans aren’t willing to stand up for working women across America who on average earn just 77 cents on the dollar. But, given Mitt Romney’s approach to women’s issues perhaps we should not be at all surprised. After all, Mitt Romney has pledged to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood, repeal the Affordable Care Act which will end gender discrimination in health insurance coverage and ensure women have affordable access to contraception and preventive health care, ban a woman’s right to choose even in the case of rape or incest and allow women's bosses to decide if insurance policies cover contraception and other health services for women.
“On Equal Pay Day women can rest assured that Democrats and President Obama will continue the fight for equal pay for equal work and will fight for their right to make health care choices for themselves and their families. It’s a shame that Mitt Romney and Republicans can’t say the same thing.”