02 Oct

Perez on Las Vegas Shooting

Tom Perez on Las Vegas Shooting

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement in response to last night’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada:

“This morning, America woke to news of the worst mass shooting in our history. Our hearts are with the people of Las Vegas and all those affected by this despicable act of terror. In the coming days, we will surely learn of the heroism of ordinary Americans and selfless first responders who risked their lives to save others. We will be reminded that the courage of the American people will always outlast the cruelty of cowards. As Americans, we cannot give in to fear or hatred. We must be united against all those who perpetrate such terror, and do everything we can to ensure that vicious attacks like this become a thing of the past.”


28 Sep

Perez on Supreme Court Case Attacking Unions

Tom Perez on Supreme Court Case Attacking Unions

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s granting of certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that threatens the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share fees for their services:

“Once again, wealthy corporations and their Republican allies are using the Supreme Court to take away the fundamental rights of American workers. Attacking unions is one of the most powerful tools in the Republican playbook to rig the economy against working people. In fact, Republicans are so determined to gut worker protections that they held a Supreme Court seat hostage for nearly 14 months so they could nominate an anti-union judge.

“Democrats believe that when unions succeed, America succeeds – and the evidence is on our side. Study after study has shown that the right to organize and bargain collectively are critical to raising wages, strengthening the middle class, and securing the economic fairness every worker deserves. That’s why Democrats will keep fighting to make sure that workers have a seat at the table and a voice in decision-making – because these fights aren’t just about dollars, they’re about dignity.”


26 Sep

No Vote On Health Care Bill

Tom Perez on Delay of Republicans’ Attempt to Repeal Health Care

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Senator McConnell announced he would not hold a vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill:

“Health care is a right. This bill was wrong. But instead of listening to the people they represent, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and congressional Republicans tried yet again to take health care away from millions of families. This bill should have never been proposed, let alone come close to a vote.

“Thanks to millions of calls, emails, and letters from ordinary Americans, Republicans have been unable to accomplish their disastrous agenda. Now it’s time for Trump and Republicans in Congress to stop playing games with people’s lives and start working with Democrats to ensure that health care is a right for all.”


20 Sep

DNC Statement on Jewish High Holy Days

DNC Statement on Jewish High Holy Days

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“As Jewish communities in America, Israel, and around the world prepare to observe the High Holy Days, the Democratic Party wishes them a sweet and happy new year.

“From the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the final sealing on Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe are a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal. Over the past year, we’ve seen how fear and hatred can divide our country. But while each new year brings new challenges, the DNC will always be a steadfast partner to Jewish communities as we combat anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, and as we continue the work of tikkun olam. We look forward to strengthening the historic bond between Jewish Americans and the Democratic Party and working together to put the values we share into action. Shana Tova.”

19 Sep

This Is Not Regular Order

DNC Chair: This Is Not Regular Order

In response to Senate Republicans trying to force a vote on a secretive health care repeal bill, without regular order or a CBO score, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Senate Republicans are once again trying to force a last-minute vote on a health care repeal bill. While Senate Democrats held countless hearings, accepted more than 180 Republican amendments, and debated the Affordable Care Act for over 160 hours on the floor, Republicans will vote on a bill with little if any debate and without a CBO score or basic knowledge of how many millions of Americans will be hurt.

“If doctors made healthcare decisions for patients without knowing the consequences, they would be sued. But that’s exactly what Republicans are doing right now. This is not regular order – it’s malpractice. And any member of Congress who supports this sham deserves to be voted out of office.”

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson is being forced through the Senate in secret, without regular order:

  • 1 sham partisan hearing
  • No full CBO score. We won’t know:
    • The number of people who will lose coverage
    • The amount premiums would increase
    • The bill’s impact on the deficit

The Affordable Care Act in 2009 was debated in an open and transparent process in the Senate, allowing for many hours of debate and amendments:

  • Debated for 25 consecutive days, 160 hours, on the Senate Floor
  • Held 57 Bipartisan HELP Committee hearings, meetings, roundtables, and walkthroughs
  • Included 300 HELP Committee amendments, 160 of which were from Republicans
  • Held 53 Finance Committee hearings, meetings, negotiations, and walkthroughs
  • Held a 7 day Finance Committee markup