Communications Update for October 2nd, 2015

This week, First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted a new campaign to raise awareness about the millions of girls who are locked out of brighter futures because they aren’t able to get the education they deserve. The White House and Girl Rising are asking others to share a photo of themselves on Twitter or Instagram using #62MillionGirls. Learn more about the campaign here.
Yesterday marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, issued a commemorative statement. “Under President Obama and Democrats, millions of women have gained access to quality, affordable health care. We will continue to defend organizations like Planned Parenthood, who have been a vital resource for countless women in the fight against breast cancer,” wrote Wasserman Schultz. Read the Chair’s full remarks here
Earlier in the week, House Republicans held a hearing at which they asserted a recurring false narrative against Planned Parenthood and its President, Cecile Richards. “The condescending tone and constant interruptions of Ms. Richards from Republicans on the panel were simply inappropriate and unacceptable for anyone testifying before Congress,” Chair Wasserman Schultz responded in a statement. Read our Chair’s complete remarks on GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood here.
On Tuesday night, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush rolled out a proposed energy policy focused squarely on serving the interests of the oil and gas industry. Despite his belief in climate change, Bush’s plan would weaken safeguards on polluters, let Big Oil run free again, and cut measures important to renewable energy development. Check out the DNC’s response to Bush’s energy proposal here.
Furthermore, Senator Rand Paul this week proposed slashing tax rates for wealthy hedge fund managers from 23% to 14.5%. He also voted againstthe measure that prevented another major government shutdown. Our Factivists have more on Paul’s flailing positions here.
For more on these stories and to find out what’s going on in the states, please see the attached Weekly Communications Update.
Finally, our first Democratic debate will take place in just under two weeks, on October 13th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. We look forward to a robust discussion about our party’s values.
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