DNC Reacts to GOP Obstruction on Gun Violence Measures

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For Immediate Release
June 23, 2016

Contact: DNC Press - dncpress@dnc.org

DNC Chair Statement on GOP Unwillingness to Address Gun Violence

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on House Republicans' unwillingness to address gun violence:

“Yesterday, surrounded by Democrats staging an unprecedented sit-in on the House floor, I was touched by the many stories we heard that the American people have become all too familiar with, about the victims of gun violence and their families. I read one of those stories aloud from a letter written by my dear friend and former colleague Gabby Giffords. Gabby’s life changed instantly five years ago when a deranged gunman opened fire as she spoke to a crowd of her constituents, killing six innocent people and injuring thirteen, including Gabby. She wrote, ‘speaking is difficult for me. But I haven’t been silenced. And neither should the American people. Their Representatives must vote to prevent gun violence.’ 

“But Speaker Paul Ryan, and the Republicans he leads want nothing more than to silence the debate on reforming our gun laws. And because they currently hold the majority, they have been able to block even a simple vote on the commonsense laws that Democrats and a majority of Americans want to see passed. Enough is enough. That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues to sit in and stand strong for the American people. But we cannot stop here. Elections have consequences, and we cannot achieve true progress if our elected leaders stand with the gun lobby instead of the people. Democrats believe our nation is stronger when we work together. We must elect more Democrats to the House and Senate, and a Democrat as our next president to end the obstruction, end the silence and stand up for 90% of Americans who agree that someone who isn’t allowed to fly because they’re on a terror watch list should not be able to buy guns, assault weapons and explosives.”


Democratic Engagement Black Caucus on SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2016
Contact: DNC Press – dncpress@dnc.org

DNC Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON - Despite an attempt by conservatives to challenge Affirmative Action protections, the Supreme Court today reaffirmed that diversity is a crucial factor that can be considered in the college admissions process with a 4-3 decision. In response to the Supreme Court decision, the Chairs of the DNC’s Hispanic, AAPI, and African-American Caucus released the following statement: 

“The Supreme Court made the right decision today. As a nation, our diversity is our strength. We are at our best when we are opening doors, not when we’re building walls. Today’s ruling will ensure that our colleges and universities can continue to take proactive steps to level the playing field and give everyone a fair shot, regardless of their race. When people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed, America succeeds. 

“But today’s Supreme Court decision also highlights the fact that there remains a vacancy on our highest court. Republican leaders refuse to do their jobs and hold hearings and a vote to fill that seat for one reason: they want to elect Donald Trump and give him the power to pick the next justice and fill any other vacancies over the next four years. As the most divisive, reckless, and erratic presidential nominee in modern history, Trump simply lacks the judgment and temperament needed for a job as important and consequential as choosing a Supreme Court justice. 

“Democrats will continue to fight for a full and functioning Supreme Court that will uphold the principle of equal opportunity for all. We must elect a president who has the experience and temperament to carefully, thoughtfully and competently choose our next Supreme Court nominees.” 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, DNC Secretary-Treasurer

Donna Brazile, DNC Vice-Chair

Maria Elena Durazo, DNC Vice-Chair

Lottie Shackelford, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

Virgie Rollins, DNC Black Caucus Chair

State Senator Iris Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair

Bel Leong-Hong, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair

Earl Fowlkes, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair


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