President ends busy day with fundraisers
May 16th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
2 years ago

President ends busy day with fundraisers

Washington (CNN) - After a travel-filled day, President Barack Obama ends his day with some pure politics.

The president will headline two fundraisers in the nation's capitol Monday night. The first is a dinner at the St. Regis hotel in downtown Washington, with the second a reception at the Capitol Hilton, which is located across the street from the St. Regis.
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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC • President Obama
New DNC chair gives her charge
May 4th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
3 years ago

New DNC chair gives her charge

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz received the gavel Wednesday to lead the Democratic National Committee, vowing to the 440 serving members that Democrats will "not be outworked" in the 2012 election.

The newly elected chair asked the DNC members to educate America so that each voter knows "what Democrats have done for them and what Republicans have done against them."
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Filed under: 2012 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC
Wasserman Schultz elected chair of DNC
May 4th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Wasserman Schultz elected chair of DNC

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee by its members in an uncontested election Wednesday after President Barack Obama nominated her in April.

The president called into the gathering to congratulate Schultz.
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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC
Wasserman Schultz: GOP budget proposal, 'death trap for seniors'
April 14th, 2011
04:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Wasserman Schultz: GOP budget proposal, 'death trap for seniors'

Washington (CNN)– Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood by her comments that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal is a "death trap for seniors" in a CNN interview Thursday.

The incoming head of the Democratic National Committee reasoned that dramatic cuts in state funding within the GOP proposal would put seniors living in nursing homes under Medicare at risk.
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Filed under: Budget • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Medicaid • Medicare
Wasserman Schultz to chair Democratic National Committee
April 5th, 2011
05:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Wasserman Schultz to chair Democratic National Committee

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida will be named chair of the Democratic National Committee to succeed Tim Kaine, who is running for the U.S. Senate, according to an e-mail sent Tuesday to Democratic supporters.

Two women have previously chaired the DNC - Jean Westwood in 1972 and Debra DeLee in 1994-95.

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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC • Tim Kaine
Giffords opens her eyes for the first time since the shooting
January 13th, 2011
08:04 AM ET
3 years ago

Giffords opens her eyes for the first time since the shooting

Tuscon, Arizona (CNN) - When President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since being shot on Saturday, an overflow crowd of nearly 30,000 people at a memorial event erupted into cheers that the congresswoman may have heard in her hospital room.

Obama said he learned of the eye-opening from Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
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August 23rd, 2010
06:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats look to the past in 'prebuttal'

(CNN) – Democrats offered a "prebuttal" on Monday to a top Republican's planned economic address, scheduled for Tuesday. But, it seems, they had to look to the past to predict the future.

Related: Dems release Web video ahead of Boehner speech

On a conference call with reporters, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse and Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern pounded home the message that no matter what House Minority Leader John Boehner says on Tuesday, his policies would bring America back to "the last eight years."

The three Democrats joined to present a chorus of dissention.

"More of the same," Wasserman-Schultz said. "Maybe repackaged into something shiny. But not that it's going to look or smell or taste like anything different."

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Filed under: 2010 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • John Boehner • Ohio
June 17th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Members of Congress battle the media on softball diamond

ALT TEXT Female members of Congress and members of the media oiled up their gloves and laced up their spikes to do battle in the second annual Congressional women's softball game Wednesday evening in Washington. (PHOTO CREDITS: Bob Kovach/CNN)

(CNN) - The Washington Nationals may have been on the road Tuesday night but baseball fans were able to get their fix by two teams who were in a league of their own.

On this humid June evening, members of Congress and members of the media oiled up their gloves and laced up their spikes to do battle in the second annual Congressional women's softball game.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Jo Ann Emerson and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski captained the congresspersons team. Leading the members of the Capitol Hill press were CNN's Dana Bash and Shailagh Murray of the Washington Post.

An overflow crowd in excess of three hundred enthusiastic fans, mostly Capitol Hill staffers and interns, cheered on the teams at Guy Mason Field in Northwest Washington.  But there were some DC luminaries in the ballpark, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

Check out more pictures and find out who was victorious, after the jump:
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April 6th, 2010
10:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Wasserman Schultz confirms threat, faces feisty town hall crowd

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN) - A top House Democrat, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, confirmed for the first time that she received threats in the days after health care reform was signed into law.

In an interview with CNN Monday, Wasserman Schultz said information about the threats were turned over to federal law enforcement officials.

The south Florida Democrat held her first town hall since the passage of health care reform.  At Fort Lauderdale's city hall, Wasserman Schultz Monday night defended the new law to hundreds of her constituents. The meeting turned rowdy after many of her supporters packed the auditorium, forcing dozens of raucous tea party activists and opponents of health care reform to stand outside of the venue.

One constituent accused Democrats of engaging in dirty dealing to get the law passed. Wasserman Schultz responded, "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."

November 17th, 2009
07:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Wasserman Schultz: Health panel findings 'disturbing'

(CNN) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized an influential health panel's new guidelines recommending that women get mammograms less frequently, calling some of the findings "disturbing" and "patronizing."

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an independent group of health care experts, issued new guidelines on Tuesday recommending that women in their 40s not get routine mammograms, and refrain from doing regular self exams. Part of the reason, one panel member told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, is to prevent women from worrying too much about having cancer.

"The harms of screening is what we call the false positives," Lucy Marion, the dean of the school of nursing at the Medical College of Georgia said. "In other words, women will have unnecessary worry about cancer. They may have unnecessary biopsy. In some cases they may have more radiation than healthy for them, though in most cases, that's a minor problem. But there are those harms, and we weigh those harms with the benefits of the few women that would benefit from that."

Wasserman Schultz, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41 and said she found it though a self-exam, introduced a bill in March to teach even younger women about early detection. She said on Tuesday that women need to get more information to make educated decisions about their health care.

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