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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 Comments on Obergefell v. Hodges Decision
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges: “As a long time supporter of marriage equality, I commend today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in Obergfell v. Hodges. With today’s decision we are now closer to ensuring that same-sex couples share the same equality, rights and protections afforded all Americans. Today’s decisions strongly affirmed the belief that all American’s should have the freedom to marry who they love. We should all be proud to stand on the right side of history in this historic fight for equality under the law,” said Congressman McDermott.        
McDermott Files Legislation to Reform Medicare’s Reliance on the RUC
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Responding to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) today reintroduced legislation to reform how Medicare pays for physician services. The report, required by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, found numerous deficiencies in the processes utilized by the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), a specialist-dominated panel responsible for recommending Medicare physician payment rates. “For too long, Medicare has relied upon a flawed process to set payment rates for services on the physician fee schedule,” said Congressman McDermott. “Through our overreliance on the RUC, a secretive committee controlled by the American Medical Association, we have exacerbated income disparities that have driven too many young physicians away from primary care and into lucrative specialties. The GAO’s recent findings add further evidence to the need to reform this system to ensure that physician
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
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.  



 
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