Thursday, June 28, 2012

Statement by Senate Democratic Leader Schapira on ACA ruling

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader David Schapira released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Schapira
“The goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are to make healthcare more accessible and affordable. This ruling is a win for millions of Americans for whom healthcare coverage would be out of reach without this legislation. 
“Due to recent decisions made by the Arizona Legislature and Governor, more than a million Arizonans, including many children, are without health insurance. This Supreme Court decision and the implementation of ACA will ensure that many of our fellow Arizonans have access to healthcare once again. 
“This ruling also guarantees that seniors will pay less for drug costs, and many Americans with pre-existing conditions, including myself, can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. 
“There is still work to be done. The belief that everyone has a right to healthcare should not be a partisan issue. We need leaders who are interested in finding ways to provide access to affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans.”

Monday, June 25, 2012

Statements on SB1070 ruling


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – SB1070, a contentious bill designed and fueled by out-of-state interests like ALEC, has been a divisive tool used by Tea Party Republicans and even used by the governor to make money on her book tour.

More importantly, it has hurt Arizona's reputation around the nation and world, bitterly divided our state and damaged our economy.

Today, even the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that SB1070, at least in part, went too far.

Senate Democratic Leader David Schapira:
“The Supreme Court has sent two messages today: that states cannot pass policies that undermine federal law and that Congress must act on comprehensive reform in order to address this issue and avoid these kinds of legal conflicts. We cannot begin to honestly solve the issue of illegal immigration until those in Congress are willing to have meaningful discussions on comprehensive reform.

“Recently, the President took action because of the failure of Congress to act. Predictably, the knee-jerk reaction of extremists like Jan Brewer and her Tea Party Republicans was to trash good policy in favor of their worn-out politics of the past. This is exactly the type of politics that is taking Arizona backwards.

“It's time for Arizona to turn to a new chapter, to leave behind the extreme and divisive politics that have dominated this state. It's time to work together to create jobs and improve education, things that Governor Brewer and her Tea Party Republicans in the Legislature have failed to do.”

Senator Steve Gallardo:
“After President Obama’s bold move on immigration, people who for all intents and purposes are living as Americans and contributing to our society are able to step out of the shadows, live without fear of deportation and keep working and going to school here.

“SB1070 has created a hostile environment for Latinos in Arizona and has done nothing but pander to the extreme political right while damaging Arizona’s reputation and economy at a time we can least afford. The people of Arizona are tired of these partisan Republican games.

“Americans favor President Obama’s policy change by a two-to-one margin. Even the Arizona GOP spokesman admitted that it might be time for that party to reconsider its Russell Pearce approach to immigration.

“The truth is, it’s long past time and today’s ruling doesn’t change the fact that Arizona’s Republican-led legislature has done nothing to create jobs or restore the devastating cuts they have made to our kids’ schools.”

Friday, June 15, 2012

Obama decision is positive step forward


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senate Democratic Leader David Schapira released the following statement today in response to the announcement by President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano that the U.S. will stop deporting younger, law-abiding undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children

Sen. Schapira
"Spurred by the failure of Congress to enact the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform, this directive reaffirms our country’s core belief of being the land of opportunity,” said Sen. Schapira. 
“Those who are affected by this directive represent some of the best and brightest children in our schools and young men and women who have served our country in uniform. Comprehensive immigration reform is still needed; however, this is a positive step forward while Congress continues to ignore the problem.”

Statement on Obama's DREAM decision


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senator Steve Gallardo released the following statement in response to the announcement by President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano that the U.S. will stop deporting younger, law-abiding undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children.

Sen. Gallardo
"Today's announcement by the Obama administration sends the important message to responsible undocumented Latino youth that, since you were brought to America as a child you have become a productive and valued member of our society," said Sen. Gallardo. 
"This is an important step in the crucial journey toward achieving the DREAM Act's goals, but we aren't there yet. Undocumented youth who graduate at the top of their high school class - some of our best and brightest - are still denied a college education. Congress must rise above the partisan divide and work together to pass the DREAM Act. It is critical we ensure these promising community members have the opportunities to achieve their full potential. It's an investment guaranteed to benefit America."