WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Senate passed a motion to proceed on the Republican health care bill. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the largest organization for women in politics, released the following statement:
“What a dark day on Capitol Hill. Shame on the 50 Republicans who voted 'yes' today – but especially Dean Heller, who waffled for weeks over supporting this bill and, in the end, chose siding with a president who bullied him into submission over hundreds of thousands of Nevada women and families. His was the deciding vote to rip away protections from individuals with pre-existing conditions, seniors, mothers, and those struggling to make ends meet. Buckle up for 2018 – because voters will never, ever forget the cowardice and the cruelty on display today from the Republican Party.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.