Rep. Deutch, Sen. Hirono Re-introduce Bill to Protect, Strengthen Social Security



Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) re-introduced the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, a bill that would protect and extend the solvency of Social Security and ensure that today’s seniors and future generations will continue to fully benefit from this program. 

The bill would remove the current cap on annual contributions, set at $127,200 in 2017, which allows high-income earners to stop paying into Social Security once they hit the limit. It would also tie cost-of-living adjustments to the Consumer Price Index for the elderly (CPI-E), a more accurate metric for seniors’ costs of living than the Consumer Price Index for workers (CPI-W) metric currently used. 

The Office of the Chief Actuary estimates that this bill will successfully extend the solvency of Social Security to 2059, 25 years beyond its current ability to cover full benefits. The bill would allow Social Security to pay 85 percent of benefits indefinitely, compared to 77 percent under current law.

I’m proud to once again join with my friend Senator Hirono to re-introduce this bill,” Congressman Deutch said. “Social Security is a fundamental program that protects millions of American workers’ economic security. It protects retirees, people with disabilities, and families who have lost a breadwinner. Yet, with President Trump willing to break his promise of protecting Social Security from cuts, and with ongoing threats to the program from Congressional Republicans, it’s more important than ever to fight for Social Security. We are standing with the American people who want Social Security protected and strengthened, not weakened. For many of my constituents, Social Security is the only thing keeping them from having to choose between medicine and a meal. Our bill bolsters Social Security to continue its success as the most efficient, effective, and popular promise we make to our fellow Americans.” 

Social Security is the cornerstone for retirement and a safety net for millions of families around the country, including thousands in Hawaii who rely on its benefits every day to survive,” said Senator Hirono. “However, for many seniors on fixed incomes Social Security doesn’t go as far as it should to help make ends meet. I am proud to join Congressman Deutch in our fight to strengthen and expand Social Security to ensure that seniors and others who rely on this critical program receive the hard-earned benefits they deserve.” 

"Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) deserve every single American's appreciation for sponsoring the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act," said Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and Chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition. "By proposing a more accurate cost of living adjustment, this important legislation ensures that Social Security's vital but modest benefits do not erode over time. Moreover, the legislation restores Social Security to long-range actuarial balance by requiring that higher-paid workers contribute the same percentage of their total earnings that average- and minimum-wage workers do. This legislation is both common sense and extremely wise."

The reason this legislation is important is that the economic benefits are far-reaching,” Max Richtman, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare said. “Shifting to a CPI-E will provide a financial boost to beneficiaries who will likely increase their consumption of goods and services which helps fuel our nation’s economic engine. This is a positive step that people of all political stripes should appreciate. In addition, another 25 years are added to the long-term financial outlook for the program – a significant reassurance to current and future generations of workers, retirees, the disabled and their families who depend on Social Security. This is how we make our nation stronger. We applaud Representative Deutch and Senator Hirono for their tireless pursuit of progress on behalf of all Americans.” 

"The CPI-E is a much more accurate formula for determining COLAs. It reflects what retirees actually spend their money on, like housing and health care," said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. "Sen. Hirono and Rep. Deutch's bill would help widows, widowers, children, and people with disabilities make ends meet."

You can read the legislation here.

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Russian Sanctions Bill


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement after it was announced that the House and Senate have reached a deal on a Russian sanctions bill:

"Russian interference in our elections and Iran's continued violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 warrant tough sanctions, and it is Congress' job to make sure those sanctions are implemented. I am pleased that House and Senate negotiators have finally reached an agreement that will allow us to pass this critical legislation and move forward with strong sanctions immediately, because time is of the essence. Waiting for President Trump to respond to this historic attack on our democracy is simply not a realistic option, and the ability of any Member of Congress to force a vote if the President tries to waive the sanctions is a strong and important safeguard.

Additionally, as a proud cosponsor of the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, I firmly believe that implementing these sanctions against Iran are a critical step in holding the regime accountable for its unacceptable violations of international law. This bill will strengthen sanctions targeting Tehran's ballistic missile activities, and punish Iran for its various violations of human rights, its illicit arms transfers, and for its de-stabilizing support for terrorists, including Hezbollah, which has killed more Americans than any terrorist group other than Al Qaeda, and borders our greatest ally in the region, Israel. Congress should act swiftly to deliver this bill to the President's desk before we recess for August."

Civil Rights’ House Bill Would Target Protections For Transgender People

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While some activists say the bill has little chance of passing, others are fearful that it could impact civil rights laws on a wider scale.

A bill is moving through Congress that would prevent the interpretation of anti-sex discrimination laws to apply to transgender people unless they specifically mention gender identity or “transgender status.” House Resolution 2796 was referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on 12 July 2017.
Introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) and three other GOP lawmakers in June 2017, the bill states:
No Federal civil rights law shall be interpreted to treat gender identity or transgender status as a protected class, unless such law expressly designates “gender identity” or “transgender status” as a protected class.
The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017, as it is formally called, would require that any anti-discrimination laws that mention “sex” or “gender” not be interpreted to include protections for transgender people and that wherever the law uses the words “man” and “woman,” that those refer to one’s gender assignment at birth and not gender identity. 
Activist and blogger Victoria Darling, who has already criticized the bill on Twitter, told us that the wording could have a “devastating” effect on civil protections:
In reading the synopsis of what the bill would do, I was appalled because the wide range of implications, not only to trans people, but the way the wording could then be adopted to affect every minority in the future.
It has the potential to give congress the power to override any court ruling – all they have to do is write a new bill.
The measure is partly a response to regulations implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services in May 2016 banning discrimination and denial of care on the basis of a person’s gender identity as part of the Affordable Care Act. 
According to a statement released by Olson’s office:
This could leave healthcare providers vulnerable to extensive liability should they refuse to participate in or pay for “gender transition” treatments or “sex change” operations based on medical opinion, moral, ethical, or religious reasons.
The bill’s text also criticizes Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General under Barack Obama, for announcing in 2014 that the Department of Justice would begin interpreting laws about “sex discrimination” to include discrimination against transgender people. The bill says:
The Obama administration’s actions are an affront to the rule of law, the separation of powers, the will of the people, language, history, safety, privacy, and biological realities.
The American Civil Liberties Union signaled its opposition to the resolution on Twitter:
Should #HB2796 move forward, the ACLU will vigorously oppose this discriminatory effort to strip civil rights protections from trans people.
Another advocacy group, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), tweeted account that while it remained “vigilant” concerning the bill, they did not recommend any community action on the matter, as the bill wasn’t likely to make it past committee. NCTE executive director Mara Keisling told us in a statement:
There are always mean-spirited anti-LGBT bills out there with a handful of cosponsors that, thankfully, never move.
Keisling also noted that overall, 86 percent of bills introduced in Congress between January 2015 and December 2016 did not make it to a vote. She added that she hoped the community would focus on “other, far more imminent threats,” including Texas Senate Bill 6, which would bar trans residents from using restrooms according to their gender identity “as well as attempts by the Trump administration to weaken nondiscrimination protections in health care and other areas.” 
Darling told us that while she supported the NCTE’s efforts, just because bills similar to Olsen’s resolution have failed does not mean that his would:
I fathom the NCTE’s concern over what’s happening in Texas, but even if they are successful in keeping SB6 [Texas Senate Bill 6] from becoming law, HB2796 will nullify ALL their efforts.
Another activist, attorney Andy Izenson, said that there is already a large-scale effort underway to render render civil rights legislation “basically toothless” citing legislation like the versions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in several states, as well as the reasoning laid out in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling in June 2014. 
While Izenson said he was comfortable following NCTE’s advice concerning HR 2976 because of the group’s expertise regarding constitutional law, he was alarmed by the resolution as “an exertion of power and as an expression of imperviousness to accountability” regardless of whether it succeeds:
As evidence of a larger wave of increasingly clear anti-trans policy, it is alarming as part of that. But like the rest of that wave of policy, it is being met with increasingly fearless resistance.
We contacted Olson’s office seeking comment, but have yet to get a response.




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The Deutch Dispatch

Rep. Deutch Presses Speaker to Call Vote on Bipartisan Russia Sanctions Bill


Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, took to the House floor today to demand that Speaker Ryan bring up a vote on the bipartisan Russia sanctions bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate 98-2.

Congressman Deutch reminded his colleagues that the American people are watching the inaction, saying that the Speaker "and the rest of this majority in the House will carry the weight of our failure to stand up to Russia back to your districts in August, and no one will understand how it is that you show weakness when it is strength that is required in the face of Russian aggression."

Congressman Deutch's speech is transcribed below and can be viewed by clicking the image.



Mr. Speaker,

Inaction from this House leaves us open to Russian cyberattacks against our democracy, and the numbers tell the story.

Sixteen months since Russians attacked, this House stands mute.

Eleven months since all four major U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed Putin’s direct involvement, and we’ve done nothing.

Eight Russians and Trump advisers met to discuss illegal Russian government assistance to the Trump campaign.

Three hours of face to face meetings between President Trump and Putin; one of those hours with absolutely no accountability to the American people.

And 98 out of 100 United States Senators voted in favor of new Russian sanctions 34 days ago.

And finally, zero.

Zero action from this House to fight back.

Zero show of bipartisanship that mirrors our Senate counterparts.

Zero votes on the House floor to send the sanctions bill to the president.

Mr. Speaker, if you allow us to vote on this bill, it will pass with overwhelming bipartisan support.

And if you do not allow us to get Russia sanctions to the President’s desk and put the pressure on him to sign it, you and the rest of this majority in the House will carry the weight of our failure to stand up to Russia back to your districts in August, and no one will understand how it is that you show weakness when it is strength that is required in the face of Russian aggression.

That’s what America expects and deserves.

I yield back.

Wasserman Schultz on Latest Senate Trumpcare Failure

 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement regarding the latest Trumpcare failure in the Senate:

“The resistance and compassion won out. It is now more clear than ever that the American people do not want less health care coverage at a higher cost, all so millionaires and billionaires can get huge tax breaks.  President Trump now says he will ‘allow Obamacare to fail', rather than work with Democrats to update and improve it. I will continue to stand with the millions of caring, conscientious and responsible Americans who bravely banded together to beat back this political savagery.

We must make health care reform about improving Americans' health, not hurting millions of people with mean-spirited legislation that will leave millions without health care coverage. It is now time for Democrats and Republicans to come together to address the problems with the Affordable Care Act. The American people have made it clear that they believe access to quality, affordable health care should remain a right and not return to a time when it was a privilege only for those who could afford it."

Rep. Deutch Praises Climate Solutions Caucus Members for Pivotal Role in Defeating Anti-Climate Amendment


The anti-climate amendment failed 185-234.

Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, issued the below statement after the members of the Caucus helped defeat an anti-climate amendment. The amendment would have eliminated a requirement for the Defense Department to report on military base vulnerability to climate change impacts and possible resiliency plans.

“This is a victory for all those who believe Congress should be doing more to address climate change. This vote is proof that there is now a bipartisan majority in Congress of Members who understand that climate change is a real threat to our communities, our economy, and our military readiness. I hope my House colleagues were watching closely; denying climate change is no longer a winning strategy. This will only be the beginning, and I look forward to passing more climate-friendly legislation with my fellow Caucus members in the future.”


The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 includes a provision introduced by Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) requiring the Defense Department to produce a report describing the “vulnerabilities to military installations” to climate change over the next 20 years. Today, during floor debate of the NDAA, Congressman Scott Perry (PA-04) called for a recorded vote on his amendment (#390) to strike this reporting language from the NDAA.

The House of Representatives rejected this bill 185 to 234. With 48 members of the Climate Solutions Caucus, including 24 Republicans, their vote played an integral role in defeating this climate change denial amendment.

VIDEO: Rep. Deutch on CNN New Day Discussed Trump Jr. Emails, Need for House to Pass Russia Sanctions


 
 On Thursday morning, July 13, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined CNN's New Day to discuss with John Berman the inappropriateness of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a lawyer connected to the Russian government and the urgent need for Speaker Ryan to allow the House to vote on the Senate-passed Russia sanctions legislation.

You can watch the full interview here, or you can watch clips by clicking on each image.


Deutch: 
Here’s what Congress can do, John. Congress can send and the Speaker can take action this week to send the Russia sanctions bill that the Senate passed to the President and see if the President will sign it. That's a policy matter that will put the President to the test of whether or not he's willing, as he says, to be tough with Russia or whether he's really the President that we saw during the campaign as the candidate who kept talking about wanting to be friends with Russia. This is a serious matter. Russia interfered with our election. Congress is trying to toughen sanctions. That’s what the American people want and expect. That’s what the Speaker ought to allow us to vote on so the President has a chance to sign it.


Deutch: We ought to start holding hearings in the Judiciary Committee, where we bring in all the relevant parties to have a discussion about and have hearings about these revelations, to start talking about, for example, what constitutes obstruction of justice, whether the firing of the FBI Director because of an investigation like this might constitute obstruction of justice.

Deutch: We heard about the President’s meeting with Putin where the President sat down and, instead of looking Putin in the eye and saying, look, the American Intelligence Community has told me that you've interfered with our election and America will not stand for it, instead, he looked at Putin and asked him, as the President told Reuters yesterday, asked him once, did you do it? Then he asked him again, did you do it? And then, when Putin denied it, he decided that it was appropriate to enter into some sort of cybersecurity compact with Russia. It’s outrageous. It’s a sign of weakness. That’s why it's so important for us to ratchet up the sanctions on Russia, and the President is the person that's going to need to sign that to make that happen.


House LGBT Caucus Denounces Rep. Hartzler’s Anti-Transgender Amendment to Defense Bill

 


Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus denounced Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 banning transgender service members from receiving medically necessary medical care relating to their transition.  Earlier tonight, the House Rules Committee voted to allow a floor vote on Rep. Hartzler’s amendment.

“Rep. Hartzler’s misguided amendment effectively bans patriotic transgender Americans from serving their country in uniform,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02).  “The defense bill is supposed to be about how to best keep our country safe.  Decisions about medical care should be made by doctors based on contemporary medical standards of care—not Congress.  If any service member isn’t able to access the health care doctors determine is needed, that harms readiness.  I trust our colleagues will reject this hateful attack on the transgender community.”

On June 30, 2016, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban on transgender persons serving openly in the military.  The policy change was implemented in stages, with the final stage—removing the ban on transgender people acceding into the services—scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2018.  Transgender people already serving are currently able to serve openly.

“Bigotry is the last thing this country should offer any brave man or woman who volunteers to defend us,” said Rep. Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.  “By inserting Congress into the personal medical decisions of certain service members, this amendment tells thousands of Americans willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice that they are not entitled to the same rights as the soldier they stand next to. Transgender Americans, in uniform or not, deserve better than this hateful amendment from those elected to represent them.”

In 2015, the Department of Defense commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct a study on the impact of lifting the ban on transgender service.  RAND’s year-long, wide-ranging and comprehensive study found that open service has “little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness.”  RAND’s study also found that the cost of transition-related health care would only be a 0.04% increase in active-component health care expenditures for coverage of transgender service members.

“Transgender service members are not asking for any ‘special’ rights, they simply want to serve their country,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Executive Director Roddy Flynn.  “Rep. Hartzler’s amendment specifically targets transgender people for exclusion from certain kinds of medical care available to cisgender service members.  For example, under the Hartzler amendment, hormone treatment is banned only if the patient is transgender.  Cisgender service members could take hormones for birth control, to treat a gynecological condition, or other conditions requiring hormone replacement therapy; but it is uniquely banned for transgender people.”

Current estimates from the Palm Center indicate there are over 15,000 transgender servicemembers currently serving in the U.S. armed forces, including 8,800 in the active component and 6,650 in the National Guard and reserve components.


Florida GOP in disarray after the worst Fundraising in a generation

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Florida GOP raises less than  $339K in the second quarter of 2017; figure marks one of lowest totals in a generation ” via Florida Politics — State records show the Republican Party of Floridaraised $338,942 between April 1 and June 30. The fundraising period covered a portion of the 2017 Legislative Session and a three-day special session, during which state lawmakers are prohibited from raising money. … The three-month fundraising period pales in comparison to previous fundraising periods by the Republican Party of Florida. The Florida GOP raised more than $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2016; one year earlier it raised more than $1.9 million in the same three-month fundraising period. State campaign finance records dating back to 1996 show this year’s quarterly numbers are the lowest in more than two decades. Records show the next lowest fundraising period was Nov. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1996, when the party reported raising $572,531. There were three fundraising periods, state records show, where the state party reported raising no money.

Rep. Deutch Demands Vote on Russia Sanctions Bill Following Trump Jr. Email Disclosure



 In light of the disclosure of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails detailing the illegal purpose of his meeting with a lawyer connected to the Russian government, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued this statement urging House Republican Leadership to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Russia sanctions bill:

When the Senate votes 98-2 on anything, it’s a safe bet that it’s a widely bipartisan and broadly accepted bill. This is not controversial; Russian officials involved in interfering in our elections last year must not be allowed to get away with it. Especially in light of today’s revelations that the Trump campaign met with Russian officials intent on swaying the election, Congress needs to show unity and impose sanctions for these very acts. Speaker Ryan needs to find his backbone to stand up to President Trump and let the House vote on this sanctions bill this week. It’s no surprise that the White House has voiced its opposition to this bill and tougher sanctions on Russia. Failure to act on this sanctions bill makes the Speaker complicit in the White House’s apparent efforts to repay Russia’s political favors.

Rep. Deutch Urges President Trump to Keep Up Efforts to Bring Bob Levinson Home


Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) joined with a bipartisan group of nearly twenty U.S. lawmakers to urge President Trump to prioritize the return of Bob Levinson, a Florida resident and retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran over 10 years ago.


In a letter led with Florida Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R), the lawmakers urged the president to “maintain pressure on Iran to see that [bob] is returned as soon as possible.”

“Bob is still not home, and despite repeated promises, Iran has yet to cooperate in any meaningful way,” the lawmakers wrote. “Iran is responsible – if Iranian officials don’t have Bob, they know where to find him.”

The lawmakers requested that the president “re-engage with Iran and make clear that continued delay in returning Bob … is another obstacle Iran must overcome if it wants to improve relations with the United States.”

They also urged the president to meet with the Levinson family and designate a senior White House official to provide them regular updates on the administration’s efforts to bring Levinson home.

In addition to Deutch, Nelson, and Rubio, the letter was signed by Sens. Corey Booker (D-NJ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Ed Royce (CA-39) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).

Below is the full text of the lawmakers’ letter and a PDF can be found here.


Dear Mr. President:

We write regarding former FBI agent Robert Levinson. Bob, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, was detained in Iran more than ten years ago, making him the longest held civilian in our Nation’s history. He deserves to be reunited with his family immediately.

We appreciate your commitment to Bob and his family. We urge you to meet with Bob’s wife, Christine, and their seven children to hear first-hand their struggle and tireless efforts on Bob’s behalf.

As you know, our Government has long pressed Iran to return Bob. After ten years, Bob is still not home, and despite repeated promises, Iran has yet to cooperate in any meaningful way. Iran is responsible—if Iranian officials don’t have Bob, they know where to find him.

Bob’s return is an urgent humanitarian issue. It is critical that the United States maintain pressure on Iran to see that he is returned as soon as possible. To that end, we request that you re-engage with Iran and make clear that continued delay in returning Bob—in addition to the very serious disagreements the United States has with Iran about its missile program, sponsorship of terrorism, and human rights abuses—is another obstacle Iran must overcome if it wants to improve relations with the United States. We also request that you designate a senior White House official to regularly inform Bob’s family of your Administration’s efforts.

Bob has suffered long enough. We must never rest until he is returned to his family. We owe them nothing less.

Sincerely,

So who is more corrupt Republican or Democratic Administrations- Let's Take A Look

When comparing criminal indictments of those serving in the executive branch of presidential administrations, it's so lopsided as to be ridiculous. Yet all I ever hear about is how supposedly "corrupt" the Democrats are. So why don't we break it down by the president and the numbers?
Obama (D) - 8 yrs in office. Zero criminal indictments, zero convictions, and zero prison sentences. So the next time somebody describes the Obama administration as "scandal free" they aren't speaking wishfully, they're simply telling the truth.


Bush, George W. (R) - 8 yrs in office. 16 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 9 prison sentences.


Clinton (D) - 8 yrs in office. 2 criminal indictments. One conviction. One prison sentence. That's right nearly 8 yrs of investigations. Tens of millions spent and 30 yrs of claiming them the most corrupt ever and there was exactly one person convicted of a crime.


Bush, George H. W. (R) - 4 yrs in office. One indictment. One conviction. One prison sentence.


Reagan (R) - 8 yrs in office. 26 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 8 prison sentences.


Carter (D) - 4 yrs in office. One indictment. Zero convictions and zero prison sentences.


Ford (R) - 4 yrs in office. One indictment and one conviction. One prison sentence.


Nixon (R) - 6 yrs in office. 76 criminal indictments. 55 convictions. 15 prison sentences.


Johnson (D) - 5 yrs in office. Zero indictments. Zero convictions. Zero prison sentences.


So, let’s see where that leaves us. In the last 53 years, Democrats have been in the Oval Office for 25 of those years, while Republicans held it for 28. In their 25 yrs in office Democrats had a total of three executive branch officials indicted with one conviction and one prison sentence. That's one whole executive branch official convicted of a crime in two and a half decades of Democrat leadership.
In the 28 yrs that Republicans have held office over the last 53 yrs they have had a total of (a drum roll would be more than appropriate), 120 criminal indictments of executive branch officials. 89 criminal convictions and 34 prison sentences handed down. That's more prison sentences than years in office since 1968 for Republicans. If you want to count articles of impeachment as indictments (they aren't really but we can count them as an action), both sides get one more. However, Clinton wasn't found guilty while Nixon resigned and was pardoned by Ford (and a pardon carries with it a legal admission of guilt on the part of the pardoned). So those only serve to make Republicans look even worse.
With everything going on with Trump and his people right now, it's a safe bet Republicans are gonna be padding their numbers a bit real soon.


So let's just go over the numbers one more time, shall we? 120 indictments for Republicans. 89 convictions, and 34 prison sentences. Those aren't "feelings" or "alternate facts." Those are simply the stats by the numbers. Republicans are, and have been for my entire lifetime, the most criminally corrupt party to hold the office of the presidency.
So those are the actual numbers. Feel free to copy and paste!"




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Wasserman Schultz on Reports of Leopoldo Lopez Release



Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement after reports that Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez had been released from a military prison and would be held under house arrest:
"I am extremely heartened by news that the courageous Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been released. I know his return home will bring much comfort and relief to his children and wife, Lilian Tintori. However, at a minimum, this must serve as a first step toward a series of essential political reforms that must be made by the Maduro regime. We cannot forget those who still remain unjustly detained as political prisoners in Venezuela, or lose sight of the dangerous daily struggle and sacrifices of the Venezuelan community, who fight not only for democratic reforms, but for the basic survival of their families. I stand with the Venezuelan people and Venezuelan-Americans who continue their quest for free and fair elections and human rights for all Venezuelans."

"Me siento extremadamente alentada con la noticia de que el valiente líder de la oposición venezolana, Leopoldo López, ha sido liberado. Sé que su retorno a casa le dará gran alivio y consuelo a sus hijos y a su esposa, Lilian Tintori. Sin embargo, como mínimo, esto debe servir como un primer paso hacia una serie de reformas políticas esenciales que deben ser realizadas por el régimen de Maduro. No podemos olvidar a aquellos que permanecen injustamente detenidos como presos políticos en Venezuela, ni perder de vista la peligrosa lucha y sacrificios diarios de la comunidad venezolana, que lucha no sólo por  reformas democráticas, pero por la supervivencia básica de sus familias. Estoy con el pueblo venezolano y los venezolanos-americanos que continúan luchando por elecciones libres y justas y por los derechos humanos para todo venezolano."

Wasserman Schultz on Hollywood Street Sign Changes




Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement in response to the Hollywood City Commission taking the first step toward agreeing to rename streets honoring Civil War-era generals, one of whom was a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan:  

“I stand in solidarity with community and elected leaders in the City of Hollywood who are making clear that our community should not glorify historic figures who embody our nation’s painful past. For too long, these street signs have honored individuals who fall far short of embodying the type of American values that make our community and this country such a great place to live – an abiding pursuit of equality, justice and freedom. Fortunately, it is never too late to do the right thing. 

I applaud Mayor Josh Levy, along with the majority of the Hollywood City Commission for demonstrating that true leaders empathize with those they serve. As most Hollywood city leaders understand, no parent should have to explain to a child that the street they live on is named after someone who fought for a philosophy built on inequality or hatred. Additionally, I’m grateful for all the hard work by activists, as well as State Representative Shevrin Jones, who fought so passionately the past two years to raise awareness about this issue. By changing the name of these streets to better reflect the ideals of this welcoming community, the City of Hollywood is setting an example the rest of the nation should follow.”