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DNC - Wasserman Schultz responds to Rand Paul 

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz today issued the following in response to Senator Rand Paul’s challenge that she answer some questions on women’s health.


“Here’s an answer.  I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story.  Now your turn, Senator Paul.  We know you want to allow government officials like yourself to make this decision for women — but do you stand by your opposition to any exceptions, even when it comes to rape, incest, or life of the mother?  Or do we just have different definitions of ‘personal liberty’?  And I’d appreciate it if you could respond without ’shushing’ me.”


NHDP - GOP Sen Supports Lynch’s AG Nomination, Kelly Ayotte Continues to Play Politics with Trafficking Victims

As Another GOP Senator Supports Loretta Lynch’s AG Nomination, Kelly Ayotte Continues to Play Politics with Trafficking Victims, Nation's Top Law Enforcement Officer
Concord Monitor, Boston Globe Editorials Also Slam Efforts to Hold AG's Nomination Hostage
Concord, N.H. – As another GOP Senator, Mark Kirk, pledged his support for Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte still refuses to say whether she will support Lynch, as Ayotte continues to play politics with trafficking victims and the nation’s top law enforcement officer. 
Mitch McConnell has made clear that he will block a vote on Lynch’s nomination until the Senate passes an anti-trafficking bill, which is currently being held up because Republicans, including Ayotte, refuse to remove measures restricting women’s access to health care.
“In the last two months alone, Kelly Ayotte has held homeland security funding hostage, signed a reckless letter to the leaders of Iran undermining U.S. foreign policy, and played politics with human trafficking victims and our nation’s top law enforcement officer,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “As Kelly Ayotte repeatedly puts partisan politics before our national security and public safety, it’s clear that Ayotte’s national political ambitions are coming at a steep price for the people of New Hampshire.”
Mark Kirk, who said Lynch would be a “valuable partner” for keeping communities safe as Attorney General, became the fifth Republican Senator, including Maine’s Susan Collins, to call for the GOP Senate to put politics aside and confirm Lynch.
GOP Senator Lindsey Graham also said, "This, to me, is a sign of the dysfunction of this place… She's qualified.”
The Concord Monitor editorial board wrote, “The delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as U.S. attorney general is yet another disappointment from the GOP-controlled Senate. … Lynch was nominated in November. She was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote last month, with senators of both parties praising her experience. The delay between her nomination and confirmation is now as long as any attorney general since Edwin Meese was nominated by President Ronald Reagan exactly 30 years ago. That’s an unconscionable delay, especially when it comes to our nation’s top law enforcement officer.”
Boston Globe editorial added, “the stalled anti-human-trafficking bill provides yet another sorry example of congressional dysfunction. But the fact that it’s also holding up the confirmation of the next attorney general of the United States is unacceptable.” … the refusal to vote on the Lynch nomination is inexcusable. With a two-week recess scheduled to begin on Saturday, the Senate should vote for Lynch’s confirmation immediately, rather than holding her hostage to the trafficking bill.”
Buckley concluded, “Ayotte needs to put her Vice Presidential ambitions aside, listen to the calls from members of her own party, and stop playing political games with our national security and public safety."

NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Sides with GOP Leadership Against Human Trafficking 





Ayotte Needs to Stop Playing Politics with Trafficking Victims, Strip Measures Restricting Women's Access to Health Care from Bill

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte today continued her disturbing pattern of playing politics with critical national security and public safety issues, this time siding with Republican leadership against human trafficking victims. 
“From holding funding for homeland security hostage, to signing a reckless letter to the leaders of Iran undermining U.S. foreign policy, to playing politics with a human trafficking bill, Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly put partisan politics before our national security and public safety,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “There is no place for measures restricting women’s access to health care in a human trafficking bill. Kelly Ayotte needs to listen to the House Republican sponsor of the bill and call for the removal of the measures restricting women’s access to health care.”
The House Republican sponsor of the bill, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “There is no reason it should be included in these bills. This issue is far too important to tie it up with an unrelated fight with politics as usual… To me, this is about saving lives.”
It’s hardly the first time that Ayotte has sided with Republican leadership against the interests of the people of New Hampshire.
On the issue of why Kelly Ayotte signed the discredited Iran letter while other Republicans like Maine’s Susan Collins refused, NHPR’s Josh Rogers said, “This was something that leadership in the Republican Senate, they went for this and [Ayotte] tends to go along with them.”

NHDP - GOP Senator Mark Kirk Slams Republican Colleagues for Playing Politics with Trafficking Bill






Kirk Said, “My Wish is That We Hadn’t Junked That [Trafficking] Bill Up”

Concord, N.H. – As Kelly Ayotte continues to play politics with women’s health at the expense of human trafficking victims, Republican Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) slammed Ayotte and Senate Republicans for including extraneous provisions in an anti-trafficking bill that restrict women’s access to health care.
Kirk told Roll Call, “My wish is that we hadn’t junked that bill up with abortion politics… Let’s just stand for the principle that we are all against slavery and keep the bill clean of extraneous provisions, and that applies to [Department of Homeland Security] appropriations, too.”
As Kirk alluded to, Ayotte also held homeland security funding hostage for weeks in order to appease her Tea Party base with extraneous policy riders.  


Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote to block a bipartisan anti-human trafficking bill. Today, four Democrat Senators joined with their Republican colleagues in an unsuccessful attempt to advance the legislation:


"Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, Senator Shaheen is putting politics ahead of supporting important legislation to help victims of human trafficking. This should be a topic on which there is bipartisan consensus, and it is shameful that extreme partisans like Senator Shaheen are blocking this bill. This is disgusting political theater at its worst, and Senator Shaheen should be embarrassed by her disgraceful behavior."

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