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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 Floor Speech on Permanent SGR Fix
“Compromise is the essence of what we have here,” McDermott says WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) delivered remarks yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. Below is a full transcript of Congressman McDermott’s remarks: “Mr. Speaker: Today is, in a sense a historic event. We’re finally putting to rest a problem that has festered on for as long as I’ve been here. Every year, as the deadline approached, and providers faced draconian cuts, Congress passed an eleventh hour patch that delayed the SGR implementation. Congress, doctors, patients—nobody liked it. Nevertheless, 17 times we have made temporary fixes. We have spent a $174 billion in inadequate ways dealing with the real problem that SGR was all about: which is cost control. “Now, this is a first step today. We can celebrate, but we have to go on because cost control is s
Opening Statement by Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott
Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates of the Affordable Care Act   Congressman McDermott’s remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Chairman, we're meeting here today to discuss the shared responsibility requirements of the Affordable Care Act. These two provisions of the law mandate that large businesses and individuals all do their part to improve the health security of the American people. If this hearing were an honest discussion, my Republican colleagues would tell you how the individual mandate has balanced risk pools and reduced adverse selection in the health insurance market. Or they would tell you how the employer mandate has forced big corporations to pull their weight and cover every employee who puts in a full work week. Or they might mention how both requirements have taken this country closer than ever to universal coverage. But my Republican colleagues aren't going to talk about these things today. And there's
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. Jim McDermott meets with Tony Batt of Gambling Compliance
  Click here to watch this speech “Rep. Jim McDermott meets with Tony Batt of Gambling Compliance to discuss the progress of legislation in the Financial Services and Ways & Means Committee regarding the legalization and taxation of online gambling. The legislation would bring over $40 billion in new revenue to the federal government over the next ten years and help pay for programs positively impacting the lives of foster children.” 



 
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