November 28, 2012

For Immediate Release

SHOCKING: GOP Allows Zero Women To Chair House Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C - After a day of secret meetings, Republicans announced that every major House committee in the 113th Congress would be chaired by a man.

EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:

"This election showed plainly that Americans value the leadership of women. But as today starts, it's clear Republicans have once again ignored the voters. The Republican Party has utterly failed to learn the lesson of this election - they're stuck in a morning in America that ended decades ago and they refuse to catch up to the people they're supposed to represent. American women and families want actual progress, but Republicans keep giving them re-runs. The divide between the parties when it comes to understanding and including women just keeps getting wider - and voters are already watching."

When Democrats first took the House following the 2006 elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Steering Committee selected four women to chair committees. In the 113th Congress, Democrats are likely to have five ranking committee members who are women.

For the full story of the Republicans' exclusion of women from all announced committee chairmanships, see POLITICO's "House Committee Chairs All Men" http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84293.html?hp=f3

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List endorsed an impressive number of candidates, worked to elect three pro-choice Democratic women to the House in special elections, and helped 11 House candidates, one Senate candidate, and one gubernatorial candidate make it through competitive primaries. With a community that has more than quintupled since 2010 – now more than 2,000,000 members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred of women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history, and raised an impressive $51.2 million dollars.

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