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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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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.” 
McDermott Calls for Immediate Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank
Bank Charter Expired 113 days ago WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), a senior member of the Ways & Means and Budget Committees, today called on Congress to move swiftly to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank following the successful discharge petition filed in the House of Representatives. “Two weeks ago, the House set the wheels in motion to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank when I, along with the majority of House members, forced John Boehner and the House leadership to bring a reauthorization bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote,” Congressman McDermott said Wednesday. “Once the House acts to reauthorize the Bank, I strongly urge the Senate to follow suit so new loans and other assistance can begin flowing to businesses that depend on the Export-Import Bank to conduct their daily business. It’s frustrating and shameful that House leadership let the charter for this important institution expire in the first place, but I’m pl
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.  
Health Care Reform Benefits: Truth vs. Pure Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott Seventh District of Washington State Posted: September 23, 2010 09:49 AM Six months ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, one of the most important pieces of health care legislation in more than a generation. Six months later and the sky is still there, grandma hasn't been euthanized, and the dreaded death panels have ceased to materialize. Six months later and insurance companies have begun to be held accountable, small businesses have begun to receive important tax breaks to provide health benefits, and premiums for seniors on Medicare Advantage plans are lower and enrollment is higher. And today, just six months after becoming law, even more benefits of reform take effect. Not long ago, I explained how in this short span of time, the health care reform law has begun to tackle the very serious problem of rising health care costs for small businesses. Before reform, the stifling effect of double digit premium increases left small businesses

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