South Dade Newsleader: “Good News for South Florida Funding”

Over the past few weeks, the House has been busy debating how each part of the federal government – including our national defense – will be funded. I’m pleased that in these bills there is good news for South Florida!

We approved funding that invests in South Florida and ensures our priorities – including investments in clean energy, the fight against climate change, critical resources for Everglades Restoration, and water infrastructure – are national priorities. I’m proud we’re funding local health and education programs I fought for, because our economy and wellbeing depend on healthy Everglades and healthy communities. We stood up against President Trump’s proposed extreme cuts to our environment and ensured Florida’s ecosystems are protected. This funding made essential investments in our infrastructure, economy, environment, and communities, so we can all thrive.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a top concern for the Miami area, which has the highest rate of new diagnoses in the country, with racial and ethnic minorities making up three of four new cases. During this process, I led a provision that is critical for Miami-Dade County: an increase in the allocation of funding for the Minority AIDS Initiative Fund by $5 million, bringing the total for the Fund up to $65 million. We can end HIV/AIDS in our lifetimes, but only if we make meaningful investments in research and outreach.=

But there were plenty more wins.

We approved funding for critical community development and housing assistance for South Florida, including our request for $170 million for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, known as NeighborWorks America. NeighborWorks America provides financial support, technical

assistance, leadership development and training for community-based development in the United States. Affordable housing is not easily accessible to many families, so I will keep fighting so everyone in South Florida can have reliable quality housing.

Of all the funding we approved, I am most proud to be supporting our veterans. They have sacrificed immensely for our country, and we must fulfill our promise to take care of them and their families after their service is over. The House approved $222 million for veteran suicide prevention and outreach and included a provision to ensure the veteran crisis line provides an immediate response. The House also stressed the importance of hurricane-resistant buildings that serve our veterans. We cannot allow a hurricane to keep veterans from accessing life-saving services.

We also passed this year’s National Defense Authorization Act – funding that we need to build a strong, smart national defense strategy that prioritizes the fight against one of our biggest threats:

climate change. We cut down on wasteful spending while advocating for our men and women in uniform. I’m proud to have fought and voted for a 3.1 percent raise for men and women serving our great country.

We included important measures to help servicemembers and their

families transition back to civilian life when they choose to do so. If you serve your country, you should feel confident your government will have your back.

Our focus is working for the people – but that also means, especially in South Florida, fighting the devastating attacks of climate change. 97% of climate scientists, NASA, and the Department of Defense agree that climate change is real and a threat, yet some big corporations and the politicians they’ve bought in Washington deny the problem exists and risk leaving the real threat of climate change unaddressed.

We need to keep pushing forward legislation to reach our carbon emissions

reduction goals. We need to be ambitious, and we need to think big, but we need to do so thoughtfully. If we act now, we can protect our kids’ health while spurring innovation, making our economy stronger, and eventually saving Americans thousands of dollars a year in energy and health care costs.

The cost of inaction is becoming too great – we see it in South Florida every day. We can’t delay investments in environmentally-friendly infrastructure, so we can create the good-paying jobs of the future that South Florida needs.

Despite what you may see in the news, there is significant bipartisan

support for a lot of the measures I mentioned above. I have been working with Republicans to fully fund Everglades Restoration for the first time in years; protecting our coral reefs has been a priority for Congressman Francis Rooney and me; and the increased funding for the Minority AIDS Initiative Fund was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support.

My colleagues and I will continue to put pressure on the Senate to move these important initiatives forward, and we need you to make your voice heard, too.

I always want to hear from you, so I best advocate for you in Congress. So please contact me via my website and I promise to keep working so our government works for you.

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Florida Politics: “Debbie Mucarsel-Powell crosses $1 million raised for the year”

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell says she’s added another $600,000 in fundraising in the second quarter of 2019. Combined with her first quarter numbers, the freshman congresswoman has now raised more than $1 million this year.

“We’re seeing incredible support and energy across South Florida for Debbie’s reelection campaign,” said spokesperson Blake Davis.

“We hear it in every corner of the district; South Floridians are energized by her fight to expand health care, lower prescription drug prices, make our schools safer, and protect the Everglades and coral reefs. She’s delivering on her election promises to deliver results for working families, and it’s reflected in this overwhelming grassroots support.”

Mucarsel-Powell earned more than $450,000 in the first quarter of 2019. With another $600,000 added in the second quarter, Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign said she has nearly $950,000 on hand, after expenses.

The campaign said 90 percent of individuals contributions were small donations, at $50 or less. Zooming in even more, 76 percent of donations were at $10 or below.

Muracsel-Powell defeated incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in 2018 by fewer than 2 percentage points. That gave her the seat in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

Because of that margin, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has identified Mucarsel-Powell as a potentially vulnerable 2020 incumbent. The group added her to its Frontline Program, which aims to funnel resources to those tightly-contested seats.

But fundraising numbers like these will go a long way to securing Mucarsel-Powell’s position representing the Miami-Dade County district.

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Florida Politics: “As ACA court challenge resumes, Florida Dems blast Donald Trump health care stance”

Florida Democrats are hammering away at President Donald Trump as a federal appeals court readies to consider a lawsuit that could invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Trump administration has declined to defend the ACA in court. Several Republican attorneys general filed the suit in 2018, arguing that the law is invalid after the Republican Congress eliminated the ACA’s tax penalty.

A lower court agreed. Now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is readying to weigh in. Regardless of the outcome, the case will almost surely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and for prescription drugs,” U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.

“That would be devastating for our senior population in Florida.”

Schultz was joined by fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo in a conference call to reporters Tuesday. The trio discussed the impact of the lawsuit, should the ACA be invalidated, as well as Trump’s decision to decline to defend the law.

“This President is one of the cruelest politicians I’ve ever come across,” Wasserman Schultz added.

“President Trump is a con man and his health care plan is his cruelest scam yet.”

“The health care of millions of Floridians is on the line,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

“Trump and the Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress, which is to repeal our entire health care law.”

Those seeking to invalidate the ACA argue that the law cannot stand without the penalty. In 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as a proper exercise of Congress’ taxing authority. That “tax” is levied on Americans who refuse to purchase health care, under the law as originally passed.

But the GOP tax bill passed at the end of 2017 removed the penalty for individuals who decline to purchase health care. No tax, Republicans argue, means the entire law should be struck down.

This method of eliminating the ACA comes after Congress failed to approve a replacementdespite a push from President Trump.

“When Donald Trump campaigned for President, he promised the American people that we’re going to have great health care and it would be for a fraction of the price,” Rizzo said.

“But he certainly has not lived up to that promise.”

Wasserman Schultz agreed.

“The President promised better health coverage and he’s clearly, repeatedly lied to us all,” she said.

Mucarsel-Powell, who ran on protecting Americans coverage under the ACA, called Trump’s move “completely unacceptable.” And Rizzo argued the case could have repercussions for the 2020 election.

“This is another example of why Trump isn’t going to win in Florida,” Rizzo said.

“Because when voters ask themselves the question, ‘What has Donald Trump done for me?’ the answer is clear: nothing.

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The Wall Street Journal: “After Debates, Democrats Reunite at Florida Detention Facility Holding Migrant Children”

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — A half-dozen Democratic presidential candidates traveled to a detention center for unaccompanied minors Friday, highlighting party unity as they pledged to reverse the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

“You see here a lot of people who may have been competing for the last couple of days, but are absolutely on the same side” on the treatment of young asylum seekers, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg told reporters.

Joining Mr. Buttigieg were Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. The group — accompanied by Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, whose district includes Homestead — attempted to use Mses. Harris, Gillibrand and Mucarsel-Powell’s positions in Congress to be allowed into the facility. As expected, they were denied. Self-help guru Marianne Williamson later joined the huddle outside.

The Department of Health and Human Services said the site wasn’t closed to visits, but that they needed to be pre-scheduled. The agency, which oversees the care of unaccompanied children while they await immigration proceedings, has contracted with a non-government company to run the Homestead facility. HHS denied accusations of mistreatment of minors at the facility and said children received health care, education and daily recreation.

The Trump administration has been scrambling to deal with a surge in Central American families and children seeking asylum at the southern border, and says resources have been stretched to the breaking point. But Democrats have criticized current migrant policy as overly harsh and inhumane, and a graphic photograph published this week of a Salvadoran father and toddler daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande ignited public outrage.

On Thursday, Congress sent a $4.6 billion bill funding humanitarian aid for migrants at the southern border to President Trump, of which nearly $2.9 billion will go towards care of unaccompanied children.

The visit to Homestead came the day after the second of two Democratic presidential debates in Miami, in which candidates attacked President Trump’s handling of the humanitarian crisis at the border but also took shots at others on stage.

Mr. Castro spoke emotionally about the drowned father and child, and attacked former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke at Wednesday night’s debate for not supporting the repeal of a provision in U.S. law making it a crime to enter the country without authorization. On Thursday night, all 10 candidates on stage said their health care proposals would cover undocumented immigrants, and instead clashed on other issues.

But the candidates’ anger over the Trump administration’s handling of undocumented immigrant children has banded the candidates together.

“Let’s be clear about what’s going on here, there are people who are literally profiting off the incarceration of children, reflect on that for a moment,” said Ms. Harris on Friday. She vowed that if she were elected president, one of her first actions would be to shut down for-profit detention facilities.

Marleine Bastien, the executive director of the pro-immigrant Family Action Network Movement, applauded the presidential candidates’s visit, butsaid she wanted action immediately. “They need to pressure Trump,” Ms. Bastien said as she stood atop a ladder looking over the fence at the children walking between buildings.

Ms. Bastien and other activists held up heart-shaped signs and shouted and waved at the children in the yard.

At various points Friday, most of the candidates walked down the road to the cluster of ladders to look over the fence.

Mr. Castro was visibly emotional as he waved a heart-shaped sign and described the children he was seeing on the other side, some of them in orange hats “the color of prison uniforms.” After being urged by the activists to say something to the children, Mr. Castro said — in Spanish — “We’re here for you. You’re not alone.”

— Chad Day Contributed to this article.

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CNN: “Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is an immigrant who lost her father to gun violence. Now she’s in Congress”

On a cold afternoon in January, newly elected Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida made her way to a demonstration in support of stricter gun control on the grounds of the US Capitol.

“Oh my god. This is powerful,” she said in a quiet voice as she approached and saw a crowd gathering. “I’m going to cry.”
At the center of the crowd was a life-sized sculpture of Joaquin Oliver, a teenager killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, nearly a year ago..

For Mucarsel-Powell, gun violence is a personal issue.

More than two decades ago, her father, Guido, was shot and killed outside of his home in Ecuador, the country where she was born and grew up before immigrating to the United States as a teenager.
Mucarsel-Powell was 24 years old when one of her sisters called to tell her what had happened.

“It was a very traumatic experience. It changed all of us,” she said, reflecting on the loss of her father. “You never forget. You learn to live with it, but you don’t forget.”

When she won her election in the 2018 midterms, Mucarsel-Powell made history as the first Ecuadorian-American and the first South American immigrant elected to Congress.

Her life story and the district she represents in South Florida — a community on the front lines of rising sea levels — give her a unique set of first-hand experiences with a set of issues the new House Democratic majority is on track to spotlight: gun violence, immigration and climate change.

Mucarsel-Powell hopes that adding her voice to the contentious debate over those issues — and talking about policy through a lens of personal experience — she may be able to chip away at or help break the gridlock and partisan battle lines drawn around them.

The congresswoman was recently appointed to the powerful House Judiciary Committee and has said that she plans to use her post to work on gun violence prevention as well as immigration issues. She will have one of her first opportunities to do that this week when the committee holds a hearing on gun violence in America.

Moving from Ecuador to the United States: ‘If you look at my story … only in this country that happens’

Mucarsel-Powell’s parents divorced when she was very young, and she, her mother and her three sisters left Ecuador to move to the United States when she was 14.

Her mother, Himelda, didn’t speak English when she first arrived, so she worked during the day and took classes at night and on weekends to learn. Mucarsel-Powell lived with her mother and sisters in a one-room apartment. At the age of 15, she started working at a doughnut shop while her sisters worked a variety of jobs to help support the family.

“Even though at the beginning it was very difficult, we were welcomed in a way that I think we didn’t expect — and we called this place our home quickly after that,” she said.

“If you look at my story and the things that I was able to achieve … only in this country that happens,” she said. “Only in the United States of America, does an immigrant like myself get that chance.”

Mucarsel-Powell calls President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants “offensive” and plans to use her platform to counter the anti-immigrant message coming from the White House.

“He loves to talk about us as criminals and people that commit crimes, and it’s just not true,” she said, referring to the President. “Here I am, a member of Congress and an immigrant.”

“It’s highly offensive, to me, to my mom, to my sisters, to my kids because their mother is an immigrant,” she said. “We need to bring a different conversation to the table, and I’m glad that I am now here to talk about that. I am an immigrant and how dare you call us criminals.”

As a member of Congress, Mucarsel-Powell hopes to focus attention on what’s happening in Central and South American countries that prompts people to leave their homes and immigrate to the United States. And she wants to push Congress to come up with ways that the US can address that underlying situation in those countries through channels like diplomacy and humanitarian assistance.

“We can’t tackle immigration issues here if we are not looking at what is causing these problems in our neighboring countries in South America,” she said, adding that she wants to see the US invest “resources, energy and our diplomatic efforts into working closely with governments in Central and South America.”

Mucarsel-Powell has called for increased humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people as the country confronts political and economic crisis and has introduced legislation to deliver direct humanitarian aid.

A focus on preventing gun violence: ‘Congress talks and then they take no action’

Mucarsel-Powell says that she wasn’t initially planning to make gun violence a centerpiece of her run for Congress. But that changed about a month after she launched her campaign when a gunman killed more than 50 people at a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

“Once again, I was reminded that Congress talks and then they take no action,” she said, recalling the aftermath of the shooting. “That’s when I decided that I had to share with everyone my personal story and to make the commitment that I was going to take action.”

She added, “When you meet others that have lost loved ones, that drives you to take action to do what you can so that no one has to go through what you went through.”

Mucarsel-Powell isn’t the only member of the House Democratic freshman class with a personal story about gun violence. Lucy McBath, who represents Georgia’s sixth congressional district, was a prominent gun control activist before she was elected to Congress. She lost her son Jordan Davis when he was shot and killed in 2012 at the age of 17.

“We’re becoming very close friends,” Mucarsel-Powell said of McBath, adding that “it was an emotional day” for both of them when former congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords joined House Democrats in early January for the introduction of a universal background checks bill.

Mucarsel-Powell believes that the debate over gun violence changed in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, which led to a wave of youth activism in support of stricter gun control.

“I think that really changed the conversation. People started listening. They created a movement,” she said. “These kids, young adults, are holding all of us accountable and they don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

There is no indication that the Republican-controlled Senate will take up a background checks bill or other gun control legislation, but Mucarsel-Powell still believes that the new House Democratic majority — working alongside activists — can be effective in pressuring the Senate to take up legislation like the background checks bill and other measures.

“There are Republicans in the Senate that are paying attention to public sentiment,” she said, pointing out that public opinion polling shows that a majority of Americans support expanded background checks. “That’s the way that we’re going to get something passed in the Senate.”

“I am optimistic that it’s a different time for us as we talk about gun reform,” she added.

Pushing for action on climate change: ‘We have to be aggressive. There is no other way.’

Mucarsel-Powell flipped a congressional seat from red to blue, defeating incumbent Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

But the fact that she represents a swing district hasn’t stopped her from signing on in support of the “Green New Deal,” an ambitious policy proposal to tackle climate change championed by liberal activists and progressive freshman Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Florida’s 26th congressional district is surrounded by water with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other and includes low-lying areas like the Everglades that are on the frontlines of rising sea levels.

When asked if she believes her district is ready to embrace something that critics have described as radical, Mucarsel-Powell answers in a very matter-of-fact way.
“We are ground zero for the effects of climate change in my district,” she said, “We only have about 10 to 12 years to change the direction that we’re taking as it relates to climate change. We have to be bold. We have to be aggressive. There is no other way.”

Adjusting to life in Washington and raising a family while serving in Congress

Now, Mucarsel-Powell has to divide her time between South Florida, where her husband and children live, and Washington, DC.

The congresswoman said she considers herself “very lucky” to have found a furnished apartment that was less expensive than many of the apartments she saw on the market. But added, “It’s a basement. It’s dark and cold, and it’s hard to be here without my family.”

“I think the hardest thing is to be without the kids and my husband,” she said.

Mucarsel-Powell wants to talk about what it’s like to be a newly elected member of Congress with young kids and hopes that speaking openly about it will encourage more women to run for office.

She hopes that mothers who are a part of the new freshman class will “show other women who are mothers that there’s a way that we can do it.”

“We’re figuring it out for ourselves. We don’t know yet. We’re all trying to figure out what’s going to be the best schedule for each of us that works for our kids,” she said. “My kids are in elementary and middle school and they need me.”

Later in the afternoon on the day that she attended the gun control demonstration, Mucarsel-Powell was walking through the hallways of the Capitol and talking to an aide when her phone started to ring.

She stopped walking and stepped to the side to answer a FaceTime call from her 13-year-old son.

When the call ended, she walked back over and resumed an earlier conversation on how she planned to vote later in the day.

Mucarsel-Powell says that she has asked veteran lawmakers like Kathy Castor and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Grace Meng of New York for advice on serving in Congress while also raising kids.

She also says that the diverse class of newly elected women lawmakers are a support network for one another as they all get used to the realities of living in Washington and serving in Congress.

“We share lipstick. We talk about shoes. We share coats. There’s definitely a sense of sisterhood,” she said while sitting in front of a desk in her congressional office with a nameplate on it that spells out in all capital letters, “the future is female.”

“I’m the youngest of four sisters, and I have always had a lot of strong women around me. So this for me is very comforting,” she said, adding, “A lot of us are becoming good friends and helping each other and supporting each other — even when we disagree.”

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorses Mucarsel-Powell

Miami – The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, the Florida Democratic Party’s official representatives to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied community, endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in her race to unseat Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo.

 

“Debbie has shown a tireless commitment to our nation’s core values of equality, opportunity, and respect, regardless of who you are or who you love,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “In Congress, we know that Debbie will continue to fight for LGBTQ Floridians as she stands up to discrimination and opposes any effort to roll back our hard-won progress.”

 

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is a statewide organization with 17 local chapters.  It is committed to educating voters and elected officials, advocating for LGBTQ causes, and supporting candidates dedicated to advancing policies that promote equality and strengthen the LGBTQ community in Florida and across the country.

 

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Community Newspapers Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – Community Newspapers, a regional chain of newspapers that includes the Kendall Gazette and the Cutler Bay News, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in her race to unseat Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo.

“The Community Newspapers gives its endorsement to Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the congressional candidate whose life and career has been all about giving back,” the endorsement reads. “Born in Ecuador, Debbie immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with her mother and sisters seeking the American Dream. Now, she’s running as the Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 26th Congressional District of Florida – to better the lives of those in her community – and to continue to give back.”

The newspaper lists Debbie’s positions on enacting common-sense gun reform, creating an economy that helps all workers, and expanding access to healthcare as some of the reasons to support her in this election.

“Debbie lost her father at the age of 24 to gun violence so she understands firsthand the devastating impact gun violence has on our families and communities,” the editorial reads. “She will fight for common-sense gun safety legislation; work to close the gun show loopholes; and prevent those with a history of domestic violence, terrorism, and mental illness from purchasing guns.”

This month, Mucarsel-Powell was also endorsed by The Miami Herald.

“Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is the realer deal for District 26 and will advocate for its residents’ everyday interests,” the Herald’s editorial board wrote.

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Mucarsel-Powell Edges Curbelo in Latest NYT Poll

MIAMI – With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell holds a one-point edge over incumbent Republican Carlos Curbelo, according to a new poll completed Wednesday night by the New York Times. It’s the latest sign that Debbie’s message is resonating with voters in the 26th Congressional District, and that she’s driving the race in these last few weeks as it tightens in her favor.

In the 499-person live survey, completed on Wednesday night, Mucarsel-Powell led with 45% of the vote compared to Curbelo’s 44%. She led strongly among independent voters, garnering 53% of their support, while Curbelo only obtained 33%. To view the complete poll results, click here.
The poll shows the race moved four points in Mucarsel-Powell’s favor since last month, when a similar poll by the New York Times showed Curbelo up by three points, 47-44.
In both polls, a larger share of voters reported they would prefer Democrats to take control of the U.S. House over Republicans.
“The momentum is firmly in Debbie’s favor, and every vote will be crucial as we head into these last weeks,” said Melvin Félix, a spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “From expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare to supporting responsible, common-sense gun reform, Debbie has worked hard to make sure families in South Florida know they have a clear choice in one of our nation’s most critical and defining elections. From Miami-Dade to Key West, we’ve seen how Debbie’s strong, unifying message is connecting with voters who are eager to send a fresh new voice to Washington.”
The poll was part of a series commissioned by the New York Times to cover the races in some of the most competitive congressional districts across the country. Unlike other similar surveys, poll responses were published and displayed in real time, allowing readers to track results from start to finish.
This most recent New York Times poll in Florida’s 26th Congressional District was conducted between Oct. 19 and Oct. 24. A total of 499 surveys were completed after 26,474 dials were attempted to phones in the district. The margin of error is ±4.9.
Most experts have pointed to Curbelo as one of the most endangered incumbents in the country. And the New York Times survey is only the latest polling boost for Mucarsel-Powell, who surged in several, consecutive recent polls and decisively closed the gap on her opponent as Election Day approaches:
  • A Mason-Dixon poll showed Curbelo up by a single point, 46-45, in early October;
  • Debbie led Curbelo 50-48 in a poll conducted early this month by GBA Strategies, the first poll this cycle in which either candidate got 50% of the vote;
  • She edged Curbelo by one point, 49-48, in a survey of 500 likely voters released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research;
  • And a similar survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo by one point, 45-44.
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The Feminist Majority Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – The Feminist Majority, a national women’s rights organization, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in her race to unseat Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo. The Feminist Majority PAC was founded in 2002 and works to support candidates across the country who are committed to equal representation of women and people of color.

“Debbie is a proven feminist champion who has dedicated her life to serving the people of South Florida,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Debbie knows first-hand the struggles that immigrant families face and the difficulty that young people have tackling rising education costs. It’s these experiences, together with her non-profit experience and passion for government, that will make Debbie such an incredible Representative for Florida’s 26th District.”

“Across the country, women are standing up to protect our rights and make sure our voices are heard in our communities and in Washington,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “I am proud to stand with the dedicated leaders of the Feminist Majority in our shared mission to empower America’s women and fight discrimination in all its forms. In Congress, I will work to combat the unprecedented attacks against women, and especially the attacks against women of color, and will seek to build a future of opportunity and equality for all.”

Mucarsel-Powell has also been endorsed by EMILY’s List, Women’s March Florida, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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Pride Fund to End Gun Violence Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, an LGBTQ organization created after the Pulse shooting to advocate gun policy reform, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for the 2018 election.

“Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has such an amazing opportunity to turn the tide in one of the closest races in the country, while fighting for the safety of Americans and Floridians,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. “After losing her father to gun violence, Debbie has been a fierce advocate for common sense gun regulations in this country.

“She has experienced the effects of lax gun policy and knows how personally devastating gun violence is. Debbie will be an essential voice in Congress in the fight for common sense gun reform,” Lindsay said.

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence (“Pride Fund”) is the only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention.

Pride Fund was founded by Jason Lindsay, a gay Iraq War veteran, in the days following the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. When it occurred, the Pulse nightclub shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Pride Fund supports sensible gun policy reforms while championing LGBTQ safety and equality by advocating for legislation and supporting candidates at the state and federal levels.

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