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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Continues to Rise in Congress After DNC Flop

February 7, 2017 - 8:00am
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

While she’s no longer in charge of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., continues to move up her party’s ranks in Congress. 

Wasserman Schultz took over the DNC in 2011 and helped then President Barack Obama win a second term in 2012. But Democrats suffered some major losses in 2014 and, after Wikileaks released emails indicating Wasserman Schultz and the DNC helped ensure former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton would defeat U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the party’s presidential nomination, she resigned that post back in July. Sanders backed law professor Tim Canova against Wasserman Schultz in a congressional primary at the end of August but she took 57 percent to win renomination and went on to beat Republican Joe Kauffman in November. 

Even with those setbacks, Wasserman Schultz, already part of the Democratic congressional leadership as chief deputy whip, continues to move up the ladder on her side of the aisle. 

Wasserman Schultz announced on Monday that she had been named to the U.S. House Budget Committee. She said she intended to use her new assignment to defend Obama’s health-care law. 

“With a seat on the House Committee on the Budget, I will use my voice and my vote to confront Republicans and the new administration on their vengeful quest to take health care away from millions of newly insured Americans,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacement will result in higher health care premiums and massive medical industry job losses. Our nation’s budget isn’t just a spending blueprint; it’s a detailed statement of our nation’s values, and protecting America’s working families is a value I will vigorously defend.”

That’s not Wasserman Schultz’s only new assignment. From her perch on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Wasserman Schultz will lead Democrats on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. She is also joining the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. 

“The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee is the only committee in the Congress that serves those who serve our country in both service and retirement,” Wasserman Schultz said. “This new Military Construction and Veterans Affairs assignment will provide an excellent opportunity for me to do even more to improve the lives of veterans and their families throughout Florida and across the country. I look forward to helping shape the Military Construction-VA bill, which is an absolutely critical piece of legislation in Congress to improve our veterans’ lives as well as steering the construction of our nation's military infrastructure around the world.  

“As a member of the Appropriations’ Energy and Water Subcommittee, I will be able to aggressively confront the funding challenges we face in our effort to restore the Everglades,” she continued. “Previously, on both veterans and Everglades’ issues, I have often been fortunate to find common ground with my Republican colleagues. My goal in this Congress will be to build on that bipartisan success. “

Now 50, Wasserman Schultz is a veteran of Florida politics. She started as an aide to then state Rep. Peter Deutch in 1988 and won his seat in the Florida House in 1992 when he was elected to Congress. After facing term limits in 2000 after eight years in the House, Wasserman Schultz was elected to the Florida Senate where she served four years before replace Deutch in Congress. 


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The corruption in the Democratic Party is so deep and so entrenched, I think they need to flush the whole thing and start anew. Find some people that are interested in real issues, not the identity politics nonsense that these idiots blather on about constantly.

DWS is in a long line of pathetic "democrats" that have created a cesspool of the Party. There is no way I will ever vote for another democrat again, period.

you trumpers are the sick ones. you talk out your butt just like trump. what you cant stand is the truth. we americans do not make bed buddies with dictators. even your own republicans are turning against him. you want to really know about corruption, read the corrupition in the red state of ALABAMA starting with the governor. look it up big mouth----and see if you can handle the truth. by the way we dont want your pathetic vote , we only want american democrat votes like the three million that voted for hillary.

You are in denial and instead of giving any reader information about your concerns in Alabama you have a meltdown.... ok?! Way to help further classical liberal causes, now please have a seat and leave this to the dems capable of having informed discussion, theres a few that still exist, Im one.

And Debbie and the Democratic party's behavior the past few years is why this blue state liberal, is a former democrat. How stupid of them to raise her up in the ranks. She should have sank and stayed down.

The democratic party's had the wool pulled off them. They've been exposed for who they really are. Why the good democrats support them is beyond me. Notwithstanding, the American people having sent the democrats a clear and concise message. The likes of DWS, Schumer, Pelosi and especially that lunatic Elizabeth Warren, appears to be citing a coup. in their disbelief or attempt to paralyze the process due to their own selfish agenda. The same applies to these nut jobs as us with regards to attempting to overthrow a government. More importantly, they have taken an oath to uphold the US Constitution which they are not doing.

Lil' Debby. A big Zero in a party of Zeros! Who really cares about the B#tch? Pity her husband,,,, Mr. Schultz!

"Poop floats" (a little factual science for you disbelievers)... and since there are INUMERABLE vacancies occurring all the way up the "Democrat chain" (and many more to come), "Debbie-do-ya-wanna" could "rise swiftly right up to the top" (just like Hillary, as well as the "Head Poop" Barak Hussein ) and maybe EVEN "seize the reins of power"!!!... Hmm, Hmm, Ha, Ha, HA, HA, HA... {OH "SSN", thanks for the impossible Liberal possibilities!!!}

Gah. You would think after a historic defeat where they lost control of all branches of government, the Democrats would get a clue and dump their worst offenders, but not. How do they expect ever to win again if they refuse to learn the slightest lesson from even their most dramatic defeats?

@Tom Human, that's a good point. Though, right or wrong, Democrats in recent history have shown they can be really skilled at circling the wagons. They look out for their own when things get ugly, which is at least consistent with their platform. Republicans prefer circular firing squads. Dems seem to be at their best after defeat when they regroup, and clean up and retarget their messaging.

Spot on. Perplexing and very aggravating and frustrating. I left the party after many years and so far have no desire to return, Hoping for a third progressive party to form,

With the dems.The more corrupt you are the more they like you and they actually will promote you for a better positions

Just like the republicans!

"Named" by who? I guess if you're crooked and everybody knows it, you might as well flaunt it! Too late to pretend to be ashamed now.

All the more reason to never support the Democrat Party again. I guess I'll have to vote Socialist.

Not only is it okay to rig an election as long as you have a Clinton pulling your stings, you are rewarded. Any other country, Clinton would have been forced to step down. Instead, she carries on as nothing happened and rewards Wasserman with a job on her campaign and a guaranteed paid political position for life. Now she's out there playing hero, organizing rallies; as we don't see the big money behind it. I have left your party for good; some of us aren't as stupid as you think, Deb.

DWS is just a younger Pelosi - Galore!

While Democrats nationally lack spine, DWS is among the few in DC who have balls. She's gutsy, tough and determined. DWS didn't defeat Bernie. The voters did. With their Wikileaks mantra and brocialist agenda, the so-called progressives who tried to defeat her were simply doing the bidding of the Russians. Everything they tried to hang on her came directly from the FSB in the Kremlin. DWS won. Suck it!

Still sticking to the Russians did it?

She shills for payday loansharks. She intentionally scheduled the Democratic debates for THE WORST POSSIBLE TIMES so that no one would get to hear Bernie's message. She and Hillary wanted to remain Republican-lite, which would have been more difficult if Hillary was exposed as a fake Progressive.

Just another crooked Democrat. Is this the best they have?

DISGUSTING! She and Hillary are the main reasons I gave up on the democratic party, after 46 loyal years of voting blue. Keep it up, Democrats! You'll continue to lose because you're just as corrupt as the damned republicans!

"after Wikileaks released emails indicating Wasserman Schultz and the DNC helped ensure former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton would defeat U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the party’s presidential nomination" Should read, "after Wikileaks released emails indicating Wasserman Schultz and former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton would cheated"

Ho Hum!...Ain't much left in the "Democrat section" of Congress for "Debbie-do-you-wanna" to "rise above". This article is indicative of just how "destroyed" Democrat politicians have left their Party over the last eight years of a feckless, presidential poseur !

This is why the Democratic Party will continue its demise!! Same corrupt people over and over again!!!

I agree.

Until the democrats shake the crazy identity politics wing of the party and get back to being for the working folks, the will continue to lose because like or not, you will not win any election in this country with only 37% of white voters which is all Hillary got. The regressive left may want to bring things back to segregation with whites as the only enemy, but you will not win nationally, despite all the demographic shifts, without whites. Still the largest voting block and will be for some time. You want to alienate white people, good luck and enjoy all those years of republican rule. Maybe that will wake the regressive left up to the fact that, hey, they might actually need white people...

She was reelected by her Florida district because she has been good to them. All politics is local. Enough said.

As with Pelosi here in San Francisco, as happens in most Democrat dominated urban areas, the patronage machine ensures that there will be no challenge tolerated to the queen bee or they will CUT you. Thus, we see Democrats who are pro-business locally get painted as liberals when they operate nationally. The only thing that matters is their record, the Democrat Party collapsed electorally on the watch of both DWS and Pelosi. Promoting and retaining these operators will only ensure more and deeper losses. Progressive inclusive populism and participatory democracy is what the Democrats need as an antidote to this neoliberal crap.

She is jewish in a predominately jewish district. Of course the gentile white guy wasn't going to win, despite all the support from true liberals.

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