DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Special Election in Florida’s 13th District
For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2014
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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Special Election in Florida’s 13th District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After tonight’s special election to represent Florida’s 13th District in Congress, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years. Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus - that a majority of voters oppose - repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.
“While tonight Democrats didn’t win, we are proud of Alex and the race she ran based on a vision of opportunity for all and an agenda that would grow the middle class and protect Florida’s families.”
8:32 pm • 11 March 2014 • 2 notes
The Facts on Rubio’s Econ Speech
This afternoon, Senator Marco Rubio delivered a speech laying out his economic plan. The plan consists of a host of failed and recycled GOP ideas including a tax proposal Mitt Romney ran on that could allow corporations investing overseas to avoid paying US taxes.
One of Senator Rubio’s new ideas is a policy straight from Mitt Romney – incentivize companies to create jobs overseas while avoiding US taxes. We had that debate in 2012 and Americans agreed with Democrats that we need to invest in jobs here at home, not create incentives for corporations to create jobs elsewhere.
In 2014 voters have a clear choice between Republicans who want to expand opportunity for a few and Democrats who are committed to expanding opportunity for all. Senator Rubio couldn’t have made that choice clearer.”
Here are the facts on Rubio’s plan:
ROMNEY PLAN: SWITCH TO A TERRITORIAL TAX SYSTEM
Romney’s Plan Called For Switching The United States To A “Territorial” Tax System. “The United States currently operates under what is known as a ‘worldwide’ tax system, meaning that business income is taxed at the U.S. rate regardless of whether the income is earned within American borders or overseas… It needs to be changed. Other nations have noted the competitive disadvantage inherent in a worldwide tax system, resulting in a gradual movement of countries converting from a worldwide to a ‘territorial’ system, in which income is taxed only in the country where it is earned… Romney supports the recommendation of the Bowles-Simpson Commission to make the switch to a territorial system.” [Romney’s “Believe In America” Jobs Plan, Page 45-46, released 9/6/11]
A TERRITORIAL TAX SYSTEM WOULD GIVE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS THAT MOVE THEIR PROFITS AND INVESTMENTS OFFSHORE
A Territorial Tax System Would Give Tax Cuts To Corporations That Move Their Profits And Investments Offshore. “A territorial tax system would provide tax cuts to large U.S.-based multinational corporations, particularly those that can most aggressively move their profits and investments offshore.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
- A Territorial System Would Create An Incentive For U.S.-Based Multinationals To Invest More Of Their Capital Offshore. “Separate and apart from such profit-shifting, a territorial system also would create an incentive for U.S.-based multinationals to invest more of their capital offshore. That’s because the profits would face little or no U.S. taxes and, in many places, a relatively low tax rate in a foreign country — reducing the after-tax cost of a corporation’s offshore production.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
- A Territorial System Would Give U.S.-Based Multinationals More Incentive To Book Their Profits In Tax Havens And Low-Tax Countries. “A very low or zero U.S. tax rate on foreign profits — as a territorial system would provide (see Table 1) — would give U.S.-based multinationals more incentive to book their profits in tax havens and low-tax countries.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
A TERRITORIAL TAX SYSTEM COULD ENTICE COMPANIES TO CREATE AN ESTIMATED 800,000 JOBS OVERSEAS AND COULD DISPLACE AMERICAN JOBS
Economist Kim Clausing: Under A Territorial Tax System “The Tax Incentive To Locate Jobs In Low-Tax Countries Would Increase Significantly” Which “Would Increase Employment In Low-Tax Countries By About 800,000 Jobs.” “What would the effects be if the United States shifted to a pure territorial system? … it would encourage job creation abroad instead of at home. Based on my research and that of other experts in international taxation, it is possible to estimate how many jobs are at stake in this debate. In 2008 U.S. multinational firms employed 10 million workers in affiliated firms abroad. Under a pure territorial tax system, the tax incentive to locate jobs in low-tax countries would increase significantly, which I calculate would increase employment in low-tax countries by about 800,000 jobs.” [Kimberly A. Clausing, A Challenging Time for International Tax Policy, Tax Notes, 7/16/12]
- Economist Kim Clausing: Under A Territorial Tax System, The 800,000 Jobs Created Overseas “Could Displace Jobs At Home.” “Under a pure territorial tax system, the tax incentive to locate jobs in low-tax countries would increase significantly, which I calculate would increase employment in low-tax countries by about 800,000 jobs… If U.S. unemployment rates are low, jobs abroad need not displace jobs at home, although the composition of jobs may change (and multinational corporate jobs are often good, high-wage jobs). In this economy, however, those new, low-tax-country jobs could displace jobs at home.” [Kimberly A. Clausing, A Challenging Time for International Tax Policy, Tax Notes, 7/16/12]
A TERRITORIAL TAX SYSTEM COULD WEAKEN THE ECONOMY AND CAUSE WAGES TO FALL
CBPP On A Territorial Tax System: “Among The Risks, Real U.S. Wages Could Fall, Federal Budget Deficits Could Rise, And Tax Burdens On Domestic Companies Could Increase.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
- CBPP: A Territorial Tax System Would Be “Ill Advised” Creating “Serious Economic And Fiscal Risks” And “Would Risk Hurting Domestic Businesses, Boosting Deficits Over The Long Run, And Weakening The Economy.” “Unfortunately, one proposal that has received significant attention would take the tax code in an ill-advised direction, creating serious economic and fiscal risks. The proposal — to create a so-called ‘territorial’ tax system — would create greater tax incentives for multinational corporations to invest and move profits overseas rather than in the United States, which would risk hurting domestic businesses, boosting deficits over the long run, and weakening the economy.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
- A Territorial System Would Risk Reducing Wages For U.S. Workers. “Second, by encouraging capital to flow overseas, a territorial system would risk reducing wages at home.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
Reuters: “A Territorial System Would Prompt U.S. Companies To Shift Offshore Even More Income Than They Already Do And Jobs Would Follow, Worsening Unemployment And The Economy, Critics Say.” [Reuters, 9/14/11]
A TERRITORIAL TAX SYSTEM COULD ENABLE CORPORATIONS TO AVOID PAYING TAXES AND INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY ROUGHLY $130 BILLION
A Territorial Tax System Could Enable Corporations To Avoid Paying Taxes Altogether. “A territorial regime would magnify the incentive to shift profits overseas to low-tax jurisdictions because doing so would not just delay U.S. corporate taxpaying but enable corporations to largely avoid it altogether.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
A Territorial Tax System Could Increase The Deficit And Cost Roughly $130 Billion In Revenues Over Ten Years. “A territorial tax system would likely increase the budget deficit in two ways: U.S.-based multinationals would pay little or no tax on their foreign profits. A territorial tax system would encourage such firms to shift profits overseas that they would otherwise report in the United States and pay U.S. tax on, either by actually moving investments offshore or by changing on paper where they report the profits. As noted above, the Treasury Department estimates that a simplified territorial system — one that doesn’t include strong rules to mitigate these revenue losses — could cost roughly $130 billion in lost revenues over ten years.” [CBPP, 1/31/13]
2:59 pm • 10 March 2014
D&R lawmakers join the chorus of Jindal critics
In an hour, Bobby Jindal will open the legislative session in Louisiana, but he shouldn’t expect a very warm welcome.
Lawmakers, on both sides of the aisle, aren’t exactly thrilled with his record. They are frustrated with Jindal’s failed policies and recognize that his rigid partisanship is not in the best interest of Louisianans.
According to a recent AP report, Democrats AND Republicans are looking to use constitutional amendments to bypass the Governor’s veto power and move forward on a range of issues including education and healthcare and block Jindal’s misuse of state funds for budget maneuvers.
These lawmakers from both sides of the aisle recognize that Jindal’s opposition to commonsense programs that would help Louisiana’s families is not the way to govern. From his refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act to his opposition to raising the minimum wage — it’s not hard to see why Jindal is one of the least popular governors in America.
1:20 pm • 10 March 2014
Fmr. Secretary of Defense Gates on GOP Criticism of Admin on Ukraine
This morning, Dick Cheney, Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan appeared on Sunday shows where they recited similar GOP talking points attacking President Obama’s handling of the situation in Ukraine.
Here’s what former Secretary of Defense for Presidents Bush and Obama, Robert Gates, had to say on Fox News Sunday about the criticism of the Obama Administration:
Transcript of Bob Gates on Fox News Sunday:
"Well all I would say is what I was saying earlier in the week was simply that I thought that in the middle of a major international crisis that some of the criticism - domestic criticism of the President ought to be toned down while he’s trying to handle this crisis. My own view is, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force."
Watch Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3pzmwQqQxA&feature=youtu.be
11:52 am • 9 March 2014
Top GOP Pollster’s Cynical CPAC Presentation
On a CPAC panel on polling on Saturday, leading GOP pollster Whit Ayres discussed the ‘problem’ for Republicans of white turnout declining over time but went on to assure the audience that 2014 would be ‘great’ because white turnout is higher in midterms. Please visit Mr. Ayres’ firm’s website for a list of clients that includes, the RNC, NRSC, NRCC, RGA, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and many more.
Watch Ayres’ presentation here: http://youtu.be/yVcWdkz7NdQ
Please see the below statement from DNC Director of Voter Expansion, Pratt Wiley in response to Ayres:
"It says a lot that top Republicans believe that lower minority participation in the electoral process is something to celebrate. They know that when the electorate represents more Americans and more voices, they lose. Their efforts around the country to make voting harder don’t just affect certain age groups, demographics or people living in one part of the country – they impact every voter in the states where they exist.
"This presentation confirms what we already know - Republicans believe less participation is better for their party. Democrats believe more participation is better for our country."
Below please find screen shots from Mr. Ayres’ prepared presentation:
7:12 pm • 8 March 2014
Priebus’ Traveling Circus
On a CPAC panel this morning, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus yet again said that Republicans have to end the GOP’s presidential primary ‘traveling circus.’
To repeat — he said that at CPAC.
A conference where nearly every major GOP 2016 Presidential candidate — and Chairman Preibus — shared a stage with fringe conservative leaders like Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, and Sarah Palin. (That doesn’t even include prominent GOP felons like Oliver North and Bernie Kerik who spoke or Scooter Libby who was also slated to attend.)
A conference where they shared the stage with people who said things like:
- “There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage… That is a liberal lie.” [LINK]
- “Abortion has been worse on the African-American community than the slave trade, than Jim Crow.” [LINK]
- "The only time that Vladimir Putin shivers is when he takes his shirt off in the cold Russian winter." [LINK]
Looks like when it comes to the GOP traveling circus, the show must go on.
11:48 am • 8 March 2014
Rand Paul: No Defender of Women
Today, Rand Paul is once again asserting that he’s a defender of the issues most important to women – but the facts are not on his side. If Senator Paul is really concerned about women’s equality in the workplace maybe he should rethink his opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act not to mention the Violence Against Women’s Act, and the right of a woman to make the health care decisions that are right for her and her family.
BACKGROUND ON PAUL’S RECORD
RAND PAUL OPPOSES GIVING WOMEN THE TOOLS TO FIGHT AGAINST PAY DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act Saying It Was Harmful. “Kentucky’s two Republican senators yesterday helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce. Kentucky women make just seventy seven cents to every dollar a man makes. The same holds true nationally… But Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says the legislation would do more harm than good.” [WKMS, 6/6/12]
HEADLINE: “Rand Paul Compares Paycheck Fairness To Soviet Politburo” [Huffington Post, 6/5/12]
RAND PAUL VOTED AGAINST THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
Rand Paul Voted Against Reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act. 22 Senate Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. [S. 47, Passage, Vote #113, 2/12/13]
Rand Paul Said He Opposed The Violence Against Women Act Because It Required “Borrowing Money From China.” “Paul was asked why he was one of 22 GOP male senators to vote against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act last week. According to Paul, his opposition to the bill was rooted in VAWA requiring ‘borrowing money from China,’ adding that he thinks such domestic violence efforts should be handled and funded completely at the state level and by private charities, not the federal government. Paul dodged LEO’s question on whether he thought the bill was unconstitutional.” [LEO Weekly, 2/21/13]
PAUL SUPPORTED AND SPONSORED THE BLUNT AMENDMENT
Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Blunt Amendment. On 9/14/11 Rand Paul co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011. [S.1467, 112th Congress, 9/14/11]
RAND PAUL WOULD BAN ABORTION
Rand Paul Wants To Ban Abortion. “I will always vote for any and all legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion.” [Issues: Sanctity Of Life, Office of Senator Paul, accessed 7/19/13]
Rand Paul: “I Would Take All Approaches, State, Local, And Federal, To Try To Prohibit Abortion.” MR. O’REILLY: “All right, a lot of people don’t know exactly what that is. Would you make abortion illegal? Would there be any abortions allowed in the United States?” DR. PAUL: “I would take all approaches, state, local and federal to try to prohibit abortion, yes.” [FOX News, The O’Reilly Factor, 5/19/10]
4:58 pm • 7 March 2014
Iowa and New Hampshire Launch ‘2016 Early State GOP Bingo’
Today, the Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic Parties launched a joint project to keep tabs on which GOP 2016ers come to their states. Their “2016 Early State GOP Bingo” card will let you notch squares for each time the Republican hopefuls tout their out-of-touch agenda or make an offensive remark about a chunk of the population ahead of the 2016 primaries and caucuses.
The two Democratic Parties are teaming up to highlight that more than 15 months after the 2012 elections, Republican candidates are still blocking progress. They’re defending their government shutdown, restricting women’s health care choices and pushing tax cuts for the wealthiest – the same out of touch rhetoric and policies voters already rejected.
You can track the bingo progress at iowademocrats.org/BINGO and at nhdp.org/bingo.
11:06 am • 7 March 2014
Rick Perry’s Economy – Not a Pretty Picture
Rick Perry spent a lot of his speech at CPAC discussing the so called success of conservative economic principles in red states.
Well let’s take a look under the hood at Rick Perry’s economic record in Texas:
- Under Perry, the unemployment rate in Texas has increased.
- Texas has the highest number of minimum-wage workers in the country.
- Perry opposes making health insurance more affordable and accessible to over one million of his own constituents.
In contrast, President Obama just led the nation to its 48th straight month of private sector job growth.
Republicans like Perry say that their Governors are the real innovators in their party, that they’re not like the dysfunctional Congressional Republicans who can’t get anything done. Not only are Republicans like Perry failing to innovate, they’re failing to deliver for their states.
10:00 am • 7 March 2014
The only thing worse than Donald Trump’s speech
While Donald Trump’s speech that insulted immigrants, butchered foreign policy, attacked the President and praised Putin, was the perfect cherry on the CPAC sundae, the scary part is the he still has the ear of all the 2016 GOP hopefuls. Like clockwork, potential Republican Presidential hopefuls have already gone to meet with Trump or ask for his support.
Here are the folks thinking about a Presidential run who have already gone to kiss the Trump ring.
The only thing worse than Trump’s speech today is that the future leaders of the GOP are tripping over themselves to court him.
5:40 pm • 6 March 2014