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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 Receives Prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold & Silver Star Honor
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) last night was presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold & Silver Star award at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. for his contribution to “promoting Japan-U.S. legislative exchange, and maintaining and deepening the Japan-U.S. alliance through the promotion of enhanced understanding of Japan in the U.S. Congress.” The Order of the Rising Sun is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Japanese Government. Below are two photos of Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, and Congressman McDermott last night at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Below is the full text of Congressman McDermott’s remarks in acceptance of his award: I am deeply honored tonight by the awarding of this high honor. As I accept it, I cannot do so without thinking of the dozens of people on whose shoulders I stand. I accept on their behalf, as well as my own. David Sakura was my c
McDermott Introduces the Medicaid Physician Self-Referral Act of 2015
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, introduced the Medicaid Physician Self-Referral Act of 2015, which will strengthen the integrity of the Medicaid program by clarifying how the Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the “Stark Law,” applies to claims for Medicaid designated health services.   “This bill resolves confusion regarding how the Physician Self-Referral Law applies to Medicaid,” said Congressman McDermott. “Presently, the ability of law enforcement to penalize providers who engage in prohibited self-referrals has been subject to ambiguity when Medicaid is the payer. As a result, this important tool for combating waste, fraud and abuse has been underutilized in the Medicaid context. Congress has long intended the requirements of the Self-Referral Law to apply with force to Medicaid, and this bill makes it unambiguously clear that this is the
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.  
McDermott Comments on Netanyahu Speech to Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), senior member of the House Budget and Ways and Means committees, released the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress:   “I have listened thoughtfully and respectfully to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s opposition to on-going nuclear negotiations with Iran on countless occasions. I chose not to attend today’s speech because as expected, he once again mischaracterized both the intent and the goals of what could be an historic nuclear deal. I appreciate that the Prime Minister is concerned for the security of his country. As a long-time friend of Israel, I too worry about its safety in an increasingly violent region. That is why I am so supportive of the Administration’s tireless efforts to pursue a nuclear settlement with Iran, which would do much to diffuse tension across the Middle East. These negotiations ha

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