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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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A Memorial Day Message from Congressman McDermott
Just two months before the first ever Memorial Day was observed in 1865, President Lincoln concluded his celebrated Second Inaugural Address with a call for national reconciliation and healing: “Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” It was a sentiment a traumatized nation needed to hear after a long war, and what those who had seen and fought it so deserved. These days it seems hard to tell whether it’s peace time or war time. The so-called “War on Terror,” the post-9/11 wars taken together, is not only the longest war in American history, but also the one that has seemingly morphed into a perpetual war. Not five years after the last American troops left Iraq, we are again hearing calls to send them back. It is an admirable
75th Anniversary of Social Security
M. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 75th anniversary of Social Security, which we are able to celebrate because Republicans have thankfully been unsuccessful in privatizing the program.   Five years ago, President Bush and Republicans in Congress were clamoring to let Wall Street work its magic on Social Security. Can you imagine if Republicans had succeeded and millions of seniors depended on Wall Street for their Social Security checks? Their payments would have been cut by about one-third.   Yet even as we’ve watched the collapse of the global economy, in no small part because of Wall Street, Republicans continue to pledge their undying faith in privatization.   I cannot think of a dumber idea. I urge my colleagues to join me in reaffirming our commitment to protecting the integrity of the Social Security program.  
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.” 
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



 
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