Communications Update for October 30th, 2015

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This week, the Republican-held House of Representatives made Rep. Paul Ryan (WI ) Speaker of the House. Ryan agreed to accept the position only on the condition that he maintain adequate “family time.” Ryan and the House Republican leadership have consistently opposed bills and proposals to ensure paid family leave for American families, as has every Republican presidential candidate. Rep. Diana DeGette wrote an op-ed for the Denver Post calling on Ryan and his Republican colleagues to do the right thing and support ensuring paid family leave. Check it out here.

Furthermore, Wisconsin State Party and community activists gathered in Ryan’s congressional district on Mondayto call on the Congressman to prioritize family leave.  "Congressman Ryan, you deserve quality time with your family," DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz remarked at the event, "but every mother and father in America deserves that time, too, and we Democrats will be loud and clear in calling on you to make paid family leave a priority at the outset of your speakership." Our Factivists have more on the Democratic Party’s call for paid family leave here.
 
On Wednesday night, CNBC hosted the third Republican primary debate. The GOP field continued to focus on outdated polices, while Democrats continue addressing policies that matter to middle class families, like immigration reform, paid family leave and affordable higher education. Check out more on how Democrats are fighting for middle class issues from our Factivists here.
 
Moreover, Florida Senator Marco Rubio repeated his claim that he would never change Medicare on Wednesdaynight, proclaiming, “I’m against anything that’s bad for my mother." In fact, Rubio has been a vocal proponent of Paul Ryan’s extreme proposals to cut benefits and raise costs for nearly 75% of current Medicare beneficiaries. Our Factivists are back with more on Rubio’s support for cuts to Medicare here.
 
Finally, the Weekly Update will be expanded next week to include more messaging points from the DNC. We consider you some of the most important voices in our Party, so we’re going to begin including key talking points on the week’s events. As we get closer to the election, your voices will help show the country that the Democratic Party works to strengthen the middle class and keep America moving forward.

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