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December 8, 2019

DNC Member: The House Intelligence Committee Report

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DNC on the House Intelligence Committee Report

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With the release of this report, Congress is nearing the conclusion of a major phase of the impeachment inquiry. The report itself contains overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump used the office of the presidency to pressure a foreign government to help him win his next election. Congress has no choice but to move forward. We must protect our national security and the integrity of our democracy. No one is above the law, not even the president.

DNC on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day provides us the opportunity to support those living with HIV, unite in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and mourn those we’ve lost. This week, we’re thinking about all the progress we’ve made, and the work still before us.

This president is no ally of people living with HIV, who are disproportionately LGBTQ and people of color. His administration has proposed cutting global HIV-prevention programs and attacked health care services that people living with HIV rely on, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood. Just last month, we saw firsthand just how uninformed and callous the Trump orbit can be through Donald Trump Jr.’s despicable attack on people living with HIV.

Democrats are committed to ending the stigma and the epidemic. This year, House Democrats passed bills to lower prescription drug costs and protect access to the health care that those living with HIV deserve. And Democrats fought to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act and to ensure it protects against discrimination based on HIV/AIDS status or perceived status, and of caregivers of people living with this disease. We stand in solidarity with those living with HIV and AIDS in America and around the world.

Trump’s Attack on SNAP Benefits

Trump and his Republican allies in Congress never waste an opportunity to attack farmers and Americans living in poverty. This rule is a disgrace.


Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


October 8, 2019

DNC Member: On the Road


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On the Road


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I had a great time on the road this week talking to Nevada Democrats about the work we’re doing to beat Donald Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

I also joined Montana Democrats to talk about our commitment to engaging rural voters, organizing in every ZIP code, and implementing a robust 50 state strategy. In fact, just this week, we announced that the DNC will be funding a rural organizer in Montana as part of our 2020 efforts. You can read more about my visit to Montana here.


(Photo by Gary Marshall, Independent Record)

I'm back on the road this weekend speaking to Texas Democrats in Austin about our work to turn Texas blue and build on the progress we made in 2018.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to remind us that Americans with disabilities help fuel our economy. Every day, Americans with disabilities help fuel our economy. They bring diverse experiences, critical skills, and new perspectives to the workforce, and they deserve equal opportunity and dignity in the workplace.

Our nation has made great strides toward building a more inclusive economy for Americans with disabilities. But we still have work to do. Across the country, people with disabilities still face barriers in the workplace and high unemployment rates. Democrats believe no one should be denied the dignity of work because of a disability. We believe people with disabilities deserve fair wages and employment protections. That’s why our party has banned sub-minimum wage contracts at our convention, and opposes them in our party platform. And we will keep fighting for the disability community every day.

Rosh Hashanah

Earlier this week, Jewish families around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah. A new year is a new opportunity to reflect on the past and recommit ourselves to building a brighter future for all. It’s a time to come together in our work to repair the world and strengthen the bonds that unite Jewish Americans and the Democratic Party. Shanah Tovah to all those celebrating, and may the new year bring you joy and peace.

DNC, CNN, And The New York Times Announce Candidates Participating In Fourth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

This week, the DNC, CNN, and The New York Times announced that 12 candidates have been invited to participate in the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate. Each candidate was invited based on qualification criteria agreed to by the DNC, CNN, and The New York Times that were announced in May 2019.

The DNC, CNN, and The New York Times previously announced that the fourth debate will take place on October 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Based on the qualification criteria agreed to by the DNC, CNN, and The New York Times and announced in May 2019, the following candidates have been invited to participate in the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate:
 

Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Cory Booker

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Sec. Julian Castro

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Sen. Kamala Harris

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Mr. Tom Steyer

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Mr. Andrew Yang
 

I'm excited to head to Otterbein University in a couple of weeks for the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate. We’ll see you soon.
 

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


September 28, 2019

DNC Member: National Voter Registration Day

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National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, and I celebrated by heading out to Virginia to talk to and register voters. We’re approaching the most important election of our lifetime, and we all need to make sure our friends, families, and members of our communities are ready to vote.

 

DNC Announces Qualification Criteria For Fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

This week, the DNC announced the qualification criteria for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate, which will take place in November. Like the September/October debate qualification criteria, the November criteria requires candidates to demonstrate broad-based support by meeting both a grassroots fundraising requirement and a polling requirement. The qualification criteria apply only to the November debate.

There are now two pathways to reach the polling requirement. The new polling pathway provides candidates with the opportunity to qualify for the debate by demonstrating a higher level of early state support through fewer qualifying polls. 

DNC on Trump Watering Down Overtime Rule

Millions of American workers are underpaid and overworked, and the Trump administration apparently wants to keep it that way. By watering down President Obama’s proposed overtime rule, President Trump has made his disdain for workers crystal clear. 

When I was labor secretary under President Obama, we actually fought for working families. We made sure more workers benefited from overtime pay, not fewer. Now Trump and Republicans in Congress are betraying working people so they can give more tax breaks to their wealthy friends.

Democrats will keep fighting for the wages, benefits, and job security workers deserve. And voters will remember Trump’s betrayal on Election Day.

The Electables Podcast

It was great to be on an episode of The Electables podcast. You can listen to our conversation here: http://theelectables.com

DNC on Announcement of Impeachment Inquiry

I stand with Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats as they move forward with this impeachment inquiry. The summary of the transcript and the whistleblower’s report are incredibly damning. And based on the president’s own admission, he has committed a gross abuse of power. 

Congress has an obligation to thoroughly investigate this matter and other wrongdoing; anything less would be an abdication of its constitutional responsibility to serve as a check on the executive branch.

Donald Trump has made countless promises to the American people, but he’s proven that he’s only capable of serving himself — and that there is no line he won’t cross to do so. Americans are tired of it, and they deserve better.

Democrats are fighting day in and day out to expand access to health care, raise wages, help the American worker, and uphold the rule of law. That is our promise to America – and unlike this president, we keep our promises.

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


September 13, 2019

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Third Democratic Primary Debate


Last night I was in Houston to celebrate our amazing field of presidential candidates as ten of them took the stage for the third debate in our party’s presidential primary. Once again, we saw our candidates engage on the issues that matter to American families. No matter who voters choose as our eventual nominee, one thing is clear: all of our candidates would make a far better president than Donald Trump.

You can watch my opening remarks from last night’s debate here.

From Pennsylvania to Nevada, millions of Americans tuned in to see our terrific candidates and hear their visions for the future. Check out some of the watch parties below:

 

It was also great to have a chance to meet with local Latinx leaders here in Houston as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month this Sunday.


 

CEO Seema Nanda Speaking to Texas AAPI Community

While we were in Houston, DNC CEO Seema Nanda spoke with AAPI community leaders about how we’re working together to organize AAPI voters and build a brighter future for all.

Details for the Fourth Presidential Primary Debate

We had a great time in Houston, and we’re ready for another great debate next month in Ohio! Today, the DNC announced that CNN and the New York Times will co-host the fourth debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, and potentially October 16. CNN and the New York Times also announced today that the debate will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, and by Marc Lacey of the New York Times. The format will be announced at a future date. 

Remembering Marca Bristo

We lost a true champion earlier this week. Every time Marca Bristo was told something couldn’t be done, she went ahead and did it. From founding Access Living in Chicago to helping pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, Marca spent her life championing the rights, dignity, and opportunities of people with disabilities. As the first disabled person to chair the National Council on Disability and one of the architects of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, she was a trailblazer who was never afraid to call out inequality and discrimination.

Our hearts go out to Marca’s family and all who had the fortune of knowing her. At the DNC, we will continue to carry on Marca’s legacy by fighting to expand opportunities for people with disabilities and advocating for the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. treaty she helped craft.

When she became paralyzed at the age of 23, Marca lost nearly everything: her job, her home, her health insurance. But, she said, she never lost her fighting spirit. Instead, she used that spirit to fight for others and change the world. And we’re all better for it.

Commemorating the 18th Anniversary of 9/11

18 years ago this week, our nation was attacked and nearly 3,000 people were murdered. The horrific images of 9/11 are ingrained in our national memory: falling towers, rising smoke, grieving faces desperately searching for their loved ones amid the rubble. But just as indelible as these horrors are the images of hope and heroism: first responders carrying the injured; Good Samaritans, like the man in the red bandana, risking their safety and even giving their lives to help others; valiant passengers on Flight 93 fighting to protect their fellow Americans; three firefighters raising our nation’s flag above Ground Zero and sending a message to the world that terrorism will never triumph. 

This week, we affirm that message once more. We recognize the courage of the first responders who saved so many, and all of the heroes who have followed in their footsteps by answering our country’s call to serve. We recommit ourselves to the values that were attacked that day – life, liberty, equality, and justice for all. We honor the survivors and families whose strength reminds our nation every day that out of many we are one. And we pay tribute to the lives we lost – in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania – by holding them forever in our hearts.

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


September 6, 2019


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Celebrating Labor Day

I hope you all had a safe and restful Labor Day weekend. American workers built this country brick by brick, from the ground up. They’re the ones who rise before the sun – or tuck their children into bed before going to work. They’ve made our country what it is today and will continue to shape it for generations to come.

As Democrats, we know the middle class is the backbone of our economy and our country. And while Republicans continue taking aim at the labor movement, Democrats will keep standing shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters. Because we know these fights aren’t just about dollars; they’re about dignity.

Our Next Debate

The next official Democratic presidential primary debate is just around the corner. We’re headed to Houston next Thursday to give the American people another chance to hear from our candidates about their vision for the future of the country. We’re also encouraging Democrats everywhere to host debate watch parties for the big event. You can sign up to host your own event here.

Another Troubling Jobs Report

The Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report came out today, and it’s clear that President Trump’s erratic behavior and reckless economic policies are causing more uncertainty and angst for the American worker. Wage growth is flat. Manufacturing is in decline. And job growth continues to slow.

Trump has utterly failed to fight for working families. He gave a massive tax break to his wealthy friends. And instead of building an economy that works for everyone, he spends all day on Twitter spewing obvious lies and petty insults. The American people have had enough of this ineffective president and his Republican enablers, and that’s why they’re going to vote for Democratic leadership up and down the ballot next November.

Denver Visit

I had the chance to visit and hear from Democratic leaders in Denver, Colorado this week, including the grandson of Democratic giant Frank LaMere at a youth roundtable. It’s always great to talk about the incredible progress our friends are making to create a better, fairer, and brighter future for all Coloradans.

Remembering the life of Baxter Leach

Last week, we lost Baxter Leach, a labor leader, civil rights activist, and prominent member of the Memphis sanitation workers’ union. He spent his life on the frontlines of the fight for better wages, working conditions, and brighter future for his union brothers and sisters. You can read more about his extraordinary life here. May he rest in peace.

Yours, 

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


July 12, 2019

DNC Member: Trump’s Latest Health Care Attack


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Trump’s Latest Health Care Attack

Once again, President Trump and Republican lawmakers are threatening to rip health care away from families and punish people with preexisting conditions. I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona this week to join Democrats for a “Protect Our Care Rally.” You can read about the event here.

These relentless attacks on hardworking Americans are cold, cruel, and absolutely reprehensible. But this is what we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump’s Republican Party. They’ve tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering a replacement; they’ve schemed to sabotage the insurance market; and now they’re trying to use our legal system to eliminate the law entirely.

Democrats believe health care is a right for all. That’s the message our candidates campaigned on in 2018, and that’s why voters elected Democrats up and down the ballot across the country. With the 2020 election on the horizon, Democrats are going to keep fighting tooth and nail to expand access to quality health care, drive down the cost of prescription drugs, and ensure that people with preexisting conditions are never left out in the cold.

Meeting with AZ Democrats

While I was in Arizona, I also had the chance to meet with over 35 Latinx leaders from the Phoenix region to talk about their priority issues, organizing experiences, and how we can work together to turn AZ blue. 

I also had the opportunity met with Chairman Robert Miguel of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, who gave me a tour and shared his community’s concerns regarding land sovereignty, water, and climate change.

Third Democratic Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Houston

We announced this week that the third presidential primary debate, hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision, will be held in Houston, Texas.  The debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on September 12 and the potential second night on September 13.

The debate will air on the ABC television network, on Univision with Spanish translation, and on ABC News Live, the network’s streaming channel. It will be available on the ABCNews.com website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch, among other outlets. 

Additional details on the venue, moderators, communication accessibility, and timing will be announced at a later date.

ESPN Visit

I also stopped by ESPN radio in Los Angeles today for the Mornings w/Keyshawn, LZ & Travis show, where I had the chance to discuss a new bill in California that would allow college athletes to get paid.

Defeat of Trump’s Census Citizenship Question

This week, Trump backed down from his pursuit of putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census. This is a victory for the American people. We need an accurate census to ensure that Americans everywhere receive their fair share of resources and representation. And that’s why Democratic attorneys general from multiple states fought to prevent Trump from distorting the results with a discriminatory citizenship question.

As soon as the Supreme Court rejected the administration’s rationale for including the question, Trump’s utter disrespect for the rule of law was on full display. And despite his defeat in our courts, he’s still trying to use the power of the federal government to demonize and discriminate against immigrant communities. So our fight is far from finished. Democrats will never back down, and we will hold Trump accountable on Election Day.

Remembering Héctor Figueroa

I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of our members today, Héctor Figueroa. My heart goes out to his wife, Deidre, his children, Eric and Elena, and all his friends and family in this difficult time.

Héctor represented the very best of the Democratic Party and the American Dream. He was a tireless champion for workers, he never stopped fighting for the rights of immigrants, he believed in the dignity of work, and demanded that every worker be treated with the respect they deserve. Thanks to his leadership, thousands of workers have higher wages, better hours, stronger workplace protections, and a brighter future.

I know that he’ll be sorely missed by his brothers and sisters of 32BJ, his extended SEIU family across the country, and Democrats everywhere. In his honor, we will carry on fighting for the cause that he cared about so deeply.

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


June 28, 2019

DNC Member: The First Democratic Primary Debate



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    The First Democratic Primary Debate


    On Wednesday and Thursday night, 20 Democratic presidential primary candidates had the opportunity to debate the issues Americans care most about. We were excited to hear the candidates’ visions on health care, climate change, immigration, and so much more. With a large field, voters will be able to fall in love with a number of our candidates as we work towards a better America.

    Democrats Across America Hosted Debate Watch Parties #PartyWithTheDems

    The Seat at the Table Tour Held a Roundtable to Discuss the Impact of  Gun Violence in the Black Community

    On Wednesday, we held a roundtable discussion with DNC CEO Seema Nanda, DNC Senior Advisor to the Chair Waikinya Clayton, and Sybrina Fulton, president of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, to discuss the impact gun violence has had on Black communities in Florida and throughout the country.

    The Seat at the Table Tour connects Black women organizers across the country with training opportunities, organizing grants, and conversations about the core issues that directly affect Black women, their families, and their communities. 

    Meeting with Latinx Leaders in Florida 

    On Thursday, DNC Hispanic Caucus Finance Chair Leopoldo Martinez and Latino Victory Fund’s Interim President Melissa Mark-Viverito joined me in Florida to meet with Latinx community leaders and voters at La Social Coffee & Bistro. We discussed the upcoming 2020 election and the issues that affect Latinx communities, including health care, immigration, and how to best mobilize and organize voters to turn Florida blue.

    The Supreme Court Ruled That A Citizenship Question Will Not Be Added to the Census 

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    Yesterday’s ruling is a victory for our democracy, but the fight to ensure a fair and accurate census is not over. No one is fooled by Trump’s efforts to intimidate and undercount immigrant communities. No one is fooled by this administration’s determination to disempower Latino voters, silence communities of color, and strip states of their fair share of resources and representation. It’s long past time for Donald Trump and Republican leaders to stop using the census as a tool for political gain. But as long as they continue, Democrats will stand in their way.

    The Supreme Court Just Opened the Door for More Partisan Gerrymandering

    Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. But yesterday, the conservative justices on the Supreme Court just empowered lawmakers to silence the voice of the people, especially in communities of color. This decision is an insult to ourdemocracy and yet another reason Democrats need to win in 2020 – not just the White House, but seats up and down the ballot across the country. That’s why Democrats are organizing everywhere and fighting every day to protect voting rights. The foundation of our democracy is at stake. We have to stop this.


    Sincerely,

    Tom
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    Tom Perez
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee


June 21, 2019

DNC Member: Promoting Our Values


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    Promoting Our Values

    I had a great time this week talking about the Democrats' message in New York. I stopped by The Breakfast Club and The Daily Show to talk about our plans going forward and our upcoming debates, which will be live-streaming on Twitter in both English and Spanish via NBC News and Telemundo. Every American should be able to have access to our debates, and that’s why I’m committed to making our debate process more inclusive than ever before.

    (Photographs by Sean Gallagher and the Daily Show)

    Our 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala

    On Monday night, the DNC hosted its 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala in New York City. I was thrilled to join my fellow DNC officers and some amazing elected officials and community leaders as we laid out our plans to protect LGBTQ rights and defeat Donald Trump in 2020.


    (Photo of Jason Rae and Bill Derrough)

    Also, in honor of Pride Month, activist and actor George Takei took over our@TheDemocrats account to talk about how this is the most important election of ourlifetime. Read his message to our supporters here.



    Remembering Frank LaMere

    The Democratic Party lost a true leader in Frank LaMere last Sunday. Frank was a trailblazer, a tireless advocate for Native American communities, and a lifelong champion of justice and opportunity for Nebraskans and all Americans. Whether he was standing up for people with mental illness against police brutality or fighting for the welfare of Native American children, Frank devoted his life to bettering the lives of the most vulnerable among us. My thoughts are with his loved ones and the Winnebago Tribe at this difficult time.

    Seat at the Table Tour

    Senior Advisor to the Chair Waikinya Clanton worked tirelessly last summer on our Seat at the Table Tour, and we're excited that she's expanding it this summer. Last year, we traveled to cities across the country to hear from Black women about the issues that matter most to them, their families, and their communities. This year, we are proud to be investing in the critical work that Black women are doing across the country. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and their leadership is vital to moving our nation forward and electing Democrats up and down the ballot. Find out more about our Seat at the Table program here: https://bit.ly/2WWyM3T

    Celebrating Juneteenth

    On Wednesday, we celebrated Juneteenth, the day slaves throughout the Confederacy received the long-awaited news of their freedom. But while we recognize the progress ournation has made, we also know that the scars of slavery and segregation have not fully healed. African Americans still face injustices every day, in all areas of our society – from voter suppression and racial gerrymandering, to pay gaps and predatory lending, to police brutality and sentencing disparities. As we commemorate the day freedom’s call reached Galveston, let us continue to be vigilant against discrimination and bigotry, and let us recommit ourselves to the cause of justice and equality for all Americans – no matter the color of their skin.

    Commemorating World Refugee Day

    On Thursday, we commemorated World Refugee Day. Let us remember to treat every human being with dignity – no matter where they come from. It's our duty to ensure that every person feels safe in this world.

    The 20th Anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C.

    20 years ago tomorrow, Americans with disabilities secured a historic victory when the Supreme Court affirmed their right to live in their communities free from discrimination and isolation. Two decades later, that right and so many others are under attack by Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. This administration doesn’t care about people with disabilities, and they are working to undermine the ADA and turn back the clock on our nation’s progress.

    Democrats are fighting to protect the promise of Olmstead. We’re fighting to make ournation more inclusive and expand opportunity for Americans with disabilities. And we’re working to ensure that every American, no matter their disability status, is afforded the dignity and equality they deserve.

    Yours,
    Tom
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    Tom Perez
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee


June 15, 2019

DNC Member: Lineup Announced for the First Democratic Debate!



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We were excited this week to announce the lineup of our first 2020 presidential primary debate, which will air live over two nights on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on June 26 and 27.



We Launched Organizing Corps 2020


This week, I traveled to Atlanta for a welcome barbecue to kick off our Organizing Corps 2020 program. With this unprecedented investment, we’re training 1,000 college juniors as organizers in key swing states across the country.

There are 300 students in the first group of organizers in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—all states Democrats lost in 2016, but where we know we can win in 2020. After a week long training session in Atlanta, which starts Monday, the students will embed with their respective state parties for another seven weeks.

On the Road

It was great meeting with Democrats and community leaders in Kansas and New Mexico this week. When we organize, mobilize, and vote, we can elect Democrats everywhere.

3rd Anniversary of the Pulse Shooting: Remembering the Lives We Lost

Three years ago this week, in the middle of Pride Month, America witnessed a horrific attack on the LGBTQ community, the Latinx community, and LGBTQ people of color everywhere. 49 Americans were brutally murdered, dozens more were injured, and our nation was forever shaken.

It's long past time to honor the victims of this tragedy with action. We must combat the hatred that turned a night of celebration into a nightmare of bloodshed. And we must change the dangerous and irresponsible gun laws that enable evil people to take so many innocent lives in our country every single day.

The Democratic Party is leading the way by passing common sense legislation to reduce gun violence and give LGBTQ Americans the full equality they deserve. Democrats believe diversity is our nation’s greatest strength, and we will never stop fighting to ensure that everyone is safe from violence and discrimination – no matter what they look like, where they come from, who they love, or how they pray.

The First All-LGBTQ City Council

This week we celebrated Palm Springs City Government's City Council, the nation’s first all-LGBTQ city council and its members: Mayor Robert Moon, Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors, J.R. Roberts, Lisa Middleton, and Christy Holstege. ️‍

20th Annual DNC LGBTQ Gala

I'm headed to New York City next Tuesday for our 20th Annual DNC LGBTQ Gala. We’ll be celebrating ourvictories in the 2018 midterm elections and discussing how to build on our progress ahead of 2020. Some of ourDemocratic presidential candidates will be speaking at the event, including South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar. It’s going to be a great event, I hope to see some of you there!

 

Yours,
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

May 31, 2019


DNC Member: Announcing Our Third Presidential Debate

Praying for all the people across the Midwest who are recovering in the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes this week. The images from these storms are heartbreaking and scary, and my thoughts are with everyone affected.


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This week, the DNC announced that ABC News, in partnership with Univision, will host the third debate. The debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on September 12 and the potential second night on September 13.

To qualify for the September and October debates, candidates will need to reach at least 2% support in at least four polls between June 28, 2019 and August 28, 2019, as well as receive donations from at least 130,000 donors spread across at least 20 different states.

This new threshold is both fair and competitive, and it puts us on a path to nominating a candidate with the grassroots support and momentum to beat Donald Trump.

We also announced this week that the DNC will require a female moderator at every presidential debate. We’re committed to making sure this is the most inclusive primary process in our history, and that means all of our debates will feature a group of moderators who reflect the diversity of our country.  You can read more about our plans here.

Election Security Must Be a Priority

Trump and Republican leaders have shown that protecting our elections is not a priority for them. This is about our national security, the future of our country, and the integrity of our democracy. You can listen to my conversation about these issues on Boston Public Radio here.

Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH News

An All-Out Assault on Reproductive Rights

This has been a dark month for our nation as women’s reproductive rights are under an all-out assault. This is the frightening future Republicans want to impose in every city and town across the country. For decades, Roe v. Wade has protected women’s reproductive rights, but conservative lawmakers have fought relentlessly to chip away at this progress in hopes of overturning it.

The Trump administration has only fueled their efforts, encouraging lawmakers to stand between women and their doctors. This year alone, states have already passed more than a dozen abortion bans -- and more are pending throughout the country. These restrictive laws are dragging us backward and preventing women from getting the critical care they need.

We will not allow Republicans to keep trampling on women’s reproductive rights. Democrats will always stand with women, and we will fight tooth and nail to protect their fundamental right to make decisions about their own bodies with their doctors.

Kicking Off Pride Month

As we begin LGBTQ Pride Month tomorrow and prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the end of June, Democrats across the country are celebrating our nation’s progress and rededicating ourselves to the fight for equality. No one should face violence, bullying, or discrimination because of who they love or who they are. And every American should enjoy the same rights and protections under ourConstitution.

But we cannot take anything for granted. The legal protections that so many LGBTQ Americans and their allies have fought for are under threat. For two and a half years, President Trump has used the power of his office to drag our nation backwards, emboldening bigots and breaking his promise to support the LGBTQ community. From banning transgender troops from serving in our nation’s armed forces to undermining workplace discrimination protections, to allowing discrimination in health care for transgender Americans, his administration has rolled back our progress time and time again.

Democrats will never back down. In the last election cycle, LGBTQ Democrats ran for office and won in record numbers, tearing down old barriers and transforming our democracy. As we head toward Election Day in 2019 and 2020, we’re going to continue to stand with the LGBTQ community and carry on this fight with the courage and pride of the countless activists and organizers who came before us.

Yours,
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

April 19, 2019

DNC Member: On the Release of the Redacted Mueller Report


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On the Release of the Redacted Mueller Report

Now that we have seen some of this report, it’s obvious Congress needs to see all of it.  Rather than act as the American people’s lawyer, the attorney general has become the president’s lawyer. The redacted report paints a stunning picture of bottomless corruption. When a foreign adversary attacked our democracy, Donald Trump and his team were thrilled to reap the benefits. When the investigation into Russian interference began, Trump launched a two-year interference campaign to conceal the truth from the American people. Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power. No one is above the law.

Even with an incomplete report, it's obvious that Trump used every resource he had to evade the rule of law. That's a big deal. Don't take it from us, take it from Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Chuck Grassley in our latest DNC War Room videos here:

 

DNC Appoints First Woman Chief Technology Officer

I was thrilled today to announce the appointment of Nellwyn Thomas as our new Chief Technology Officer and Kat Atwater as Deputy CTO. For the first time in history, the DNC tech team's senior leadership is made up entirely of women, and it's diverse.

It's not enough to have the best candidates in the race, we must also hire the best talent in order to support these candidates and win. That's why I'm so thrilled to have Nell and Kat lead our team.

Nell is well-known in the tech industry and has worked both within political campaigns and in tech, including at Etsy, for over a decade. Kat, who previously served as our Technology and Political Engagement Director, is also a veteran of political campaigns and the labor movement, with stints at Hillary for America, SEIU, and BlueLabs. With their expertise and extensive experience in data and analytics, they will help ensure that Democrats have the technological edge we need to win up and down the ballot across the country.

With these recent hires and promotions, the DNC tech team isn't just led by women -- the majority of the entire team is women. This is unheard of in the industry and has never been done before at the DNC. 52% of our entire tech team is now women.

You can read more about it here.

 

DLCC Podcast

It was so much fun to talk with Jessica Post this week for the season premiere of The DLCC’s podcast, 'Stated'. You can listen to our conversation here.

 

Holiday Weekend

As Americans across the country celebrate both Passover and Easter, I wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday weekend.

 

Yours,

Tom
 

March 29, 2019


DNC Member: First DNC Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Miami


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First DNC Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Miami

The DNC was excited to announce yesterday that the first presidential primary debate – broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo – will be held in Miami, Florida. The debate will take place in prime time on back-to-back nights on June 26 and 27.

Miami is a vibrant and dynamic city that reflects the diversity of the Democratic Party. I couldn’t imagine a better setting for our first debate. Throughout every step of this process, we’ve focused on empowering the grassroots and ensuring that we hold the most transparent, inclusive, and fair primary in our party’s history. I’m thrilled that we’ll get the chance to showcase our terrific candidates to voters in Florida and across the nation.

Trump’s Attacks on People with Disabilities

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have launched an all-out assault on people with disabilities and their families. Trump’s efforts to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act could take away health care from 20 million Americans who need it most. His budget would slash Medicaid, Social Security, and SNAP benefits that millions of people with disabilities rely on in order to live independently in their communities. And this administration even tried to eliminate funding for programs like the Special Olympics that have long enjoyed bipartisan support for promoting inclusion and celebrating people with disabilities around the world.

The disability community has fought tirelessly for their rights for decades and they won’t back down now. While Republicans try to roll back our progress, Democrats have the disability community’s back. We will continue to defend the rights of Americans with disabilities and work together to advance an agenda that expands opportunity for all.

Announcing Our Convention CEO

I was also thrilled to announce this week that Joe Solmonese will serve as the CEO for our 2020 Democratic National Convention. Joe is a huge asset to our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role and will be instrumental in ensuring we have a successful event. We chose Milwaukee because the city embodies who we are as a party, and under Joe’s leadership, I’m confident that will be at the forefront as we celebrate our nominee and prepare for the general election. I am thrilled to have him as a part of the team and look forward to a unifying convention that will put our nominee in the best possible position for victory in November 2020.

Organizing Corps 2020

While the priority deadline has passed, April 8th is the final deadline to apply for our new Organizing Corps 2020 program. If you know a college junior who wants to help defeat Trump in 2020, they should apply here: http://organizingcorps2020.com

Washington Democrats

Thank you for hosting me this week, Washington Democrats and Tina Podlodowski!

Opening Day

Ever since I was a kid, Opening Day has been one of my favorite days of the year. There's nothing better than a clean slate for every team. Hope everyone had fun at the ballpark yesterday! Looking forward to a great season!

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

March 23, 2019


DNC Member: The Mueller Report Must Be Made Public


My thoughts are with all those affected by the catastrophic flooding across the Midwest.

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The Mueller Report Must Be Made Public

The American people deserve to see the Mueller report in its entirety. Anything less would be a disservice to our democracy and a dereliction of duty by the attorney general.

What we have learned over the past two years is that Trump’s campaign and his inner circle had repeated contact with Russian agents and Wikileaks. What’s more, they have lied consistently about those contacts to the American people.

Truth and transparency go hand in hand, and no one is above the law. Our nation deserves to know what Mueller uncovered in his investigation.

9th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

It is an undeniable fact that the Affordable Care Act has saved lives and made our country stronger. Thanks to Democratic leadership, millions of Americans have access to quality, affordable health care; insurance companies can no longer discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions; and more than 55 million women have gained access to no co-pay contraception.

But President Trump and Republicans in Congress haven’t let go of their obsession with destroying the law and ripping health care away from Americans. All we have seen from this administration is two years of senseless sabotage.

Democrats believe healthcare is a right for all. And we will keep fighting tooth and nail to protect the ACA and expand coverage for more Americans.

New Zealand Is Leading By Example

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this week that her government will ban all military-style weapons after last week’s horrific terror attack by a far-right white surpremacist claimed the lives of 50 people. Muslims— and people of any faith —shouldn't have to worry about such violence in their places of worship. We must continue to fight hatred & bigotry, both at home and abroad.

But while Prime Minister Arden is leading by example, Trump and Republicans in Congress continue to block progress on the issue. It’s long past time to take action. Democrats want the same thing that 90 percent of Americans want: universal background checks on gun sales. This isn’t about partisanship, it’s about common sense. It’s about listening to the American people, not NRA lobbyists.

How We’re Preparing to Beat Trump in 2020

Every one of our supporters has made the Democratic Party a stronger and more viable organization for our Democratic nominee. I published a Medium post this week explaining to oursupporters the ways they’ve made our party stronger, and what actions we’re taking to make sure we beat Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020. Read more here.

March Madness Bracket Challenge

It’s that time of year again. Like millions of Americans, I filled out my brackets this week. And like millions of Americans, I’m bracing for them to get busted. But that’s ok; besides, I prefer my madness in March, not in the White House.

Check out my picks for the men’s and women’s tournaments below. (I have my hometown Buffalo Bulls going to the Elite Eight. I couldn’t help myself…)

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

March 16, 2019


DNC Member: Milwaukee to Host 2020 Democratic National Convention


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Milwaukee to Host 2020 Democratic National Convention

If we’re going to take back the White House, restore the guardrails of our democracy, and make government work for American families, we need to earn it. We need to fight alongside our brothers and sisters in labor to build a brighter future together, and empower the diversity of our party and country. This choice is a statement of our values, and I'm thrilled Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Democratic Party is the party of working people, and Milwaukee is a city of working people. We saw this last election what we can accomplish when we come together, invest, and fight for working people, and that was proven right here in Wisconsin.

I’m also grateful to the leaders in Houston and Miami, the two other finalist cities, for all their hard work throughout this process. Both cities offered competitive proposals that I’m sure will lead them to hosting future conventions.

Congress Votes to Block Trump’s National Emergency

Let’s be clear: There is no national emergency on the border, and the American people don’t want a wall. Now the United States Congress, including the Republican-controlled Senate, has deemed Donald Trump’s emergency declaration an unconstitutional power grab. This vote is yet another humiliating defeat for a spiraling presidency. The time has come for Trump to admit defeat, permanently shelve his vanity project, and start working with Democrats to reform our  immigration system.

On The Passing of Birch Bayh

We lost a true statesman this week. Few legislators have had such a profound and lasting impact on ourdemocracy as Birch Bayh. His leadership paved the way for so much of what we accomplished when I was Labor Secretary and throughout my time at the Justice Department.

 

 

Departure of Raffi Krikorian

After two years of extraordinary service to the Democratic Party, our Chief Technology Officer Raffi Krikorian is departing. When Raffi joined the DNC, we needed someone with a bold vision to bring ourtechnological infrastructure into the modern age and a brilliant mind to solve the complex challenges of data security. Raffi rose to the occasion and because of his leadership, the DNC is stronger and more secure than ever before.

There is no doubt that Raffi’s work helped us take back the House and elect Democrats up and down the ballot across the country. He built a team of all-stars, including Lindsey Schuh Cortés, who will take over as interim CTO. And he leaves the DNC better equipped than ever to take on Donald Trump in 2020.

I’m grateful to Raffi for his service and thrilled that he will be staying on as an advisor. We will continue to rely on his expertise as we fight for Democratic values.

Democrats Introduce The Equality Act

The Trump administration is preparing to implement the president’s transgender military ban next month, but Democrats are fighting back. This week, House and Senate Democrats took a stand against hate and bigotry and reintroduced the Equality Act.

Discrimination is not a national security strategy. The brave folks who defend our right to live freely should be able to serve freely. That’s why Democrats will keep fighting for everyone’s right to be who they are.

Organizing Corps

March 18 is the priority deadline to apply for our new Organizing Corps 2020 program. If you know a college junior who wants to help defeat Trump in 2020, they should apply here: http://organizingcorps2020.com

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

March 9, 2019

DNC Member: Restoring Our Democracy


Thinking of the families who lost loved ones, the courageous first responders who’ve saved lives, and everyone else affected by last weekend’s tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Please continue to take care of one another — for additional help, call (334) 749-8161.

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Restoring Our Democracy

No president in modern history has done more to undermine the rule of law and destroy public trust in our institutions than Donald Trump. No political party has done more to disenfranchise voters and reward wealthy special interests at the expense of the middle class than the Republican Party.

With the passage of H.R. 1 in the House, Democrats are following through on our campaign promise to hold Trump accountable and make government work for the people. This bill expands access to the ballot box, raises ethical standards in Washington, and restores integrity to ourfederal government. And that’s exactly why Trump and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell are doing everything they can to prevent it from becoming law. The American people are watching, and they will remember which party is actually fighting for them come Election Day.

The Consequences of Trump’s Recklessness

This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, which showed that the U.S. economy added 20,000 jobs in February – far below the 180,000 that economists predicted.

This jobs report is yet another example of how Donald Trump’s recklessness hurts our economy. Hiring has slowed significantly since Trump’s disastrous government shutdown, while companies like General Motors have shuttered plants and laid off workers after receiving major tax breaks. This isn’t leadership; it’s chaos.

The Republican Party has made it their top priority to reward their wealthy friends at any cost, even when it means hurting America’s middle class and working families. After two years of Trump, the damage to our economy and to future generations is mounting. But Democrats are fighting back. We’re committed to building an economy that works for everyone – an economy with good-paying jobs, decent benefits, health care for all, and the chance to retire with dignity and security. Americans know that the Democratic Party has their backs. We are the party of working people, and we will keep fighting for the brighter future they deserve.

Building the Best Team for 2020

I’m thrilled to announce that Muthoni Wambu Kraal will join our team as National Political and Organizing Director, Patrick Stevenson will be promoted to Chief Mobilization Officer, and Brandon Gassaway has come on board as National Press Secretary. Muthoni has spent her career training, recruiting and helping elect candidates up and down the ballot. In addition to her wealth of experience, Muthoni brings a 50-state network with her to the DNC. Patrick has been an integral member of our team, and his leadership helped to revitalize our party’s grassroots fundraising. Brandon has already contributed significantly to our team, and we’re excited to have him on board. Democrats nationwide will benefit from their talents as we continue to strengthen our party and work to elect Democrats in 2019, 2020, and beyond. You can read more about ourrecent hires here.

Another Judicial Disaster from Donald Trump

This week, Republicans voted to confirm Judge Chad Readler, a Trump nominee who is committed to taking away protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Republicans have shown their true colors: They’ve confirmed a judge who has a long and disturbing record of attacking people’s health care, voting rights, and civil rights. He’ll drag us backwards on every issue – from criminal justice and consumer protection to LGBTQ rights and the treatment of immigrants. Voters will not forget this betrayal next November. They know that Democrats are the only party that has their back and will fight for the health care they deserve.

Happy International Women’s Day

I'm grateful for all of the women in this photo who work tirelessly to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Today, I'm celebrating all of the accomplishments of women across the country, and I'm proud to continue standing beside them in the fight for equality.

Yours, 
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


March 1, 2019


DNC Member: Celebrating Women's History Month


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Celebrating Women’s History Month

With a record number of women serving in Congress and the speaker’s gavel back in Nancy Pelosi’s hands, we have plenty to celebrate this Women’s History Month. After the 2016 election, millions of women across the country marched and organized. They ran for office, knocked on doors, made phone calls, and told the Trump administration ‘enough is enough.’

Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress, and their conservative allies have continued to attack women’s rights at every turn. Earlier this month, Justice Brett Kavanaugh launched his war against Roe v. Wade. And just last week, the Trump administration finalized its Title X domestic gag rule, which could have devastating consequences for millions of low-income women and their families who rely on the program for affordable birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care services.

Despite the constant attacks, Democrats are still fighting to protect reproductive rights because we believe that women have a constitutional right to make their own decisions about their bodies. We’re fighting to elect more women to public office because we believe our leaders should represent the diversity of our people. We’re fighting for equal pay and better wages because we believe that when women succeed, America succeeds. And we’re fighting to make sure that every time we observe Women’s History Month, we’ll be able to celebrate even more victories for justice and equality.

#FlashbackFriday

On my way to an event with the Colorado Democrats this week, I passed by my old apartment from back in the day. I had to stop and send a photo to my wife of our first place together. We have great memories from those days, and now Democrats have put Colorado in much better hands. But, we have unfinished business for 2020.

Fighting for Commonsense Gun Laws

Democrats want the same thing that 90 percent of Americans want: Universal background checks on gun sales. This isn’t about partisanship, it’s about commonsense. It’s about listening to the American people, not NRA lobbyists. That’s why I was so proud this week to see Democrats in the House pass the first piece of gun safety legislation in more than two decades. As we remember the tragic loss of Trayvon Martin this week, Democrats will keep fighting every day to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.

A Spotlight on Trump’s Crimes

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, testified under oath this week about his boss's crimes. We cannot accept this as normal.

Trump’s Disturbing Obsession with Authoritarian Leaders

While in office, Donald Trump has repeatedly sided with authoritarian leaders, defending their human rights abuses, and rejecting U.S. intelligence. And he did it again this week in Hanoi. Trump’s praise of these leaders is a disgrace to our democracy and an insult to all who value liberty.

Another Trump Disaster at the EPA

This week, Senate Republicans confirmed Trump’s new EPA Chief, Andrew Wheeler. Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist who devoted his career to rolling back climate protections and destroying ourenvironment. Putting him in charge of the EPA is like putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department. But this is what we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump and a Republican Party hell-bent on selling out future generations. Trump’s last EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, resigned in disgrace after a series of scandals that exposed his corruption. With Wheeler’s appointment, this administration is continuing to put corporate profits over the safety of our people and our planet.

Democrats understand the fact that climate change is a pressing threat to our prosperity and national security. We believe every community has the right to clean air and clean water. And we will keep fighting to protect our environment for future generations.

Yours,

Tom

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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee



February 8, 2019


DNC Member: Help Us Amplify Our Message

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Remembering Congressman Dingell

Life is a little dimmer without John Dingell. Over six decades of public service, John did it all. Whether it was fighting for civil rights or expanding access to health care for millions, he fought tirelessly to improve the lives of the American people and move our country closer to fulfilling its founding promise of justice and equality for all. Even after John left office, our nation relied on his grace, courage, and sharp wit to get usthrough. No matter the subject of the day, John always seemed to know the right thing to say. America has lost a giant, and our hearts go out to Debbie and the entire Dingell family.

Remembering Babs Siperstein

We were also deeply saddened this week by the passing of Babs Siperstein. Babs was a lifelong activist and a trailblazer for transgender people and the entire LGBTQ community. At last year’s signing of the bill that bears her name, Babs said she first got involved in politics because she saw LGBTQ people being treated as second and third-class citizens, and she resolved to do something about it. Today, thanks to her tireless courage, transgender New Jerseyans can now update the gender identity on their birth certificate without proof of surgery. The Babs Siperstein Law also makes New Jersey the fourth state in the country to add a non-binary birth certificate option.

Babs devoted her life to fighting for equality, and the DNC will carry on her legacy by continuing that fight every day. Just last year, the DNC passed historic new rules expanding the definition of gender in delegate selection and caucus participation rules to be more inclusive of gender non-binary and non-conforming Democrats. Our party and our country are stronger because of Babs’s leadership. And our hearts go out to her family, her friends, and all those who had the fortune of fighting alongside her.

Trump’s Calls for Unity Ring Hollow

Donald Trump’s words at Tuesday’s State of the Union address were hollow. His calls for unity were undermined by the most divisive agenda in modern history. His vague platitudes were punctured by lies, fearmongering, and broken promises.

Separating families does not unify our nation. Taking away people’s health care does not unify us. Blocking access to the ballot box does not unify us. Shutting down the government does not unify us. Building walls does not unify us.

Unlike Trump, Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra laid out a vision for progress and prosperity for all people, not just those at the top. They spoke to our shared values of inclusion and opportunity. And they made clear which party truly has the backs of the American people: The Democrats.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, I discussed what Trump did not mention in his State of the Union address, including critical issues like climate change, his 35-day government shutdown, gun violence, student debt, or equal pay, and he only said one sentence on pre-existing conditions.

WATCH HERE

Happy Lunar New Year

I also want to wish a Happy Lunar New Year to everyone celebrating the Year of the Pig in America and around the world. Democrats believe that our diversity is our strength, and we fight every day for our values of inclusion and opportunity. As the new year begins, let us recommit to that fight and to building a brighter future for all. From the Democratic family, we wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous Year of the Pig.

See You Next Week

I look forward to seeing you at our Winter Meeting in DC next week. We have important work ahead of us, and each of you will be critical to making sure we put our 2020 nominee in the strongest position to defeat Donald Trump.

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


Happy New Year!  

The speaker’s gavel is finally back where it belongs.

  

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t just hold the title of first female speaker of the House, she’s also one of the most effective legislators and leaders in our nation’s history. In the depths of the Great Recession, her leadership helped steer our nation back to economic prosperity. And because of her tenacity, millions of Americans have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and its protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Under Speaker Ryan, Republicans tried to take affordable health care away from the American people. They handed out massive tax breaks to their wealthy friends while leaving working families behind. And they marched in lockstep with Donald Trump’s regressive agenda that has now resulted in a disastrous government shutdown. In November, voters spoke loud and clear: enough is enough. It’s time to hold this administration accountable for its attacks on working families, civil rights, human rights, and the rule of law. The Democratic Party is back and we’re fighting for the brighter future every American deserves – from affordable health care to an economy that works for all. Under Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leadership in the House, we will restore the guardrails of our democracy and get our country back on track.

It’s Time to End the Trump Shutdown

This shutdown should’ve never happened. Democrats offered multiple proposals to avoid it, but Donald Trump decided to throw a tantrum that would be embarrassing even for a toddler.

And now hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been left without a paycheck, federal agencies have lost their resources, and millions of American families have lost access to critical benefits and services.

House Democrats voted last night to reopen the government. The Senate GOP and President Trump should end their reckless shutdown and pass this bipartisan legislation, which includes measures they’ve already supported. The American people have made their voices clear: They want to fund and reopen the government. The time for games is over.

Medicaid Expansion in Maine

This week, Maine’s new Democratic governor, Janet Mills, signed an executive order directing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to honor the will of voters and expand Medicaid during her first day in office.

This is the difference between Democratic and Republican leadership. After eight disastrous years of Paul LePage, Maine families finally have a governor who will fight for them. At least 70,000 more Mainers will now have access to affordable care thanks to Governor. Mills and Maine voters. This is exactly the kind of change the American people voted for across the country, and it’s a victory for all those who believe healthcare is a right for everyone, not just a privilege for a wealthy few.

Civil Rights Are Under Attack

This week, it was reported that the Trump administration is considering a far-reaching rollback of anti-discrimination rules. This would be a disgrace to the Justice Department’s mission and our nation’s values. Under President Obama, we actually fought for the civil rights of all Americans. Now Donald Trump wants to take a hatchet to the rules that protect millions of Americans from discrimination in education, housing, employment, and other areas. It is an undeniable fact that systemic racism exists and will persist and grow if we fail to fight it. We cannot allow this administration to turn our federal government into an agent of discrimination, and we must uphold the rule of law and our values of equality and justice for all.

Let’s Get to Work

I hope all of you got to rest and spend some time with your families and friends during the holiday season. We’ve got critical work ahead of us, and we need every one of you. We need your ideas, your energy, and your leadership. We need your passion for helping people and your steadfast commitment to our party’s values of inclusion and opportunity for everyone. Together, we’re unstoppable. Let’s get to work.

Yours,
Tom

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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

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