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The U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th congressional district, serving since 1989.
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ENG: James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott (born December 28, 1936) is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th congressional district, serving since 1989. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The 7th District includes most of Seattle and Vashon Island, and portions of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and is a member of the House Progressive Caucus. He was formerly the committee chairman, then in 1995, ranking minority member on the House Ethics Committee. Early life, education, and early career McDermott was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was the first member of his family to attend college; he graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, and then went to medical school, getting an M.D. from the University of ...
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McDermott Statement Recognizing Women’s History Month

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) released the following statement today in recognition of Women's History Month: "As we begin Women’s History Month, we recognize the tremendous progress that our country has made in advancing women’s rights as well as highlight the work still to be done. Investing in access to quality education, healthcare, and economic empowerment of women and girls are critical to our national security. Yet discrimination against women’s basic rights have come under acute attack in recent years -- particularly the right to access contraception -- as ...

McDermott:Shoreline Will Be An Import. Part Of His District

Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott says that Shoreline will be an important part of his district. Washington’s 7thCongressional District, which McDermott has represented since 1988, will include Shoreline and all of Lake Forest Park. Redistricting took southeast Seattle and some of the southeast suburbs out of the 7thDistrict and brought Shoreline, Edmonds and Woodway into the District. Most of Lake Forest Park already was in the District. McDermott said as he toured Edmonds late last week that he had helped Shoreline get federal money for the Aurora project. McDermott said that he ...

McDermott defends timing of stock trades

A new book that was the basis of a recent "60 Minutes" investigation into congressional insider trading alleges Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, made almost $40,000 in 2005 by flipping shares in a Canadian biotech firm that stood to benefit from a massive bioterrorism-defense bill he voted for. The book, by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, said McDermott "bet big" by buying 2,000 shares in ID Biomedical of Quebec for $10 apiece in June 2004. That was six weeks before the House of Representatives passed the $5.6 billion bill dubbed Project ...

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McDermott Statement on Attacks on Medical Facilities, Personnel in the Gaza Strip
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, made the following statement after reports of numerous attacks by Israeli Defense Forces on Palestinian hospitals and emergency medical personnel in its on-going military offensive in the Gaza Strip: “As a physician, I am distressed by reports that Israel has attacked hospitals, ambulances and medical personnel in its on-going military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Physicians for Human Rights, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the International Committee on the Red Cross/Red Crescent have reported that at least 11 medical facilities in Gaza have come under attack, some of them repeatedly. Palestinian health and emergency workers are unable to reach the dead and wounded in many parts of Gaza due to the danger of being attacked themselves. Strict and long-established international laws should protect the neutrality of medical facilities and workers in conflict zones.
Rep. McDermott Statement on Draft Medicare Program Integrity Bill
The Affordable Care Act has helped transform how we combat fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare. The law has made it easier for federal regulators to focus on preventing violations on the front end, and it has provided additional enforcement authority to punish violators after the fact. The Administration has shown that it is serious about using these tools, and we have achieved measurable savings as a result. The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team has recovered more than $4 billion every single year since 2011, including a record-breaking $4.3 billion in 2013. In the last five years, the team has recovered over $19 billion. Although we have made progress, there is still more work to do. I intend to carefully review the majority’s discussion draft to determine whether it can provide a workable framework for continuing the efforts that we began as part of the Affordable Care Act. Although I have concerns regarding some provisions in this proposal,
Will a Republican Tsunami Drown the Unemployed?
REP. JIM MCDERMOTT Seventh District of Washington State Posted: November 16, 2010 12:11 PM While the pundits and politicians continue pontificating on the meaning of last Tuesday's election, one message is already clear: Americans are extremely worried about jobs and unemployment. According to CNN polling, voters said that unemployment is roughly twice as important as all other top issues combined. And the Wall Street Journal noted that about one-third of voters said that they or someone they knew have suffered from unemployment in the past two years. So now that Republicans have taken control of the House of Representatives and gained several seats in the Senate, what will this mean for the millions of Americans affected by unemployment?  Despite the fact that unemployment remains above nine percent, the incoming House majority has made it clear that jobs and unemployment are not at the top of their to-do list. Prominent Republicans have spent the last week trumpeting the need to
Rep. McDermott’s Statement on Republican Provisions in Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Washington DC – Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement in advance of the floor vote on amendments to H.R. 4800 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: “As a physician, I have seen firsthand the positive effects that fresh, nutritious food can have on brain development and academic achievement in children.  That’s why I voted for the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, child nutrition experts agree that the nutrition standards established by this legislation are playing a significant role in reversing an obesity epidemic that affects 1 in 3 American children.  Obesity has even become a national security issue as 450 retired generals and admirals have informed Congress that ‘Obesity poses a major threat to our future military readiness, with excess body fat now being the leading medical dis

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