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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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Estate Tax Repeal: Opening Floor Statement by Congressman Jim McDermott
Floor debate on Estate Tax Repeal (H.R. 1105)   Congressman McDermott’s remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker: It appears that the bipartisan good feelings of the last few weeks are gone. After reaching across the aisle to pass important legislation like the doc fix, my Republican colleagues are back to their old tricks of handing out tax breaks to the few at the expense of the many. Today’s vote to repeal the estate tax is just the Republican’s last attempt to tilt the U.S. tax code in favor of their ultra wealthy campaign donors. This week’s target is the estate tax—a tax, I would mention, that was championed by Teddy Roosevelt, same guy that Republicans like to hold up as one of the greatest the party ever produced. Their crusade to help the rich has gone too far. This proposed repeal of the estate tax is nothing more than a massive unfunded tax break for a very small sliver of America’s wealthiest families.
McDermott Calls for Export Import Bank Reauthorization During Committee Markup
McDermott amendment would have reauthorized bank for seven years WASHINGTON, D.C. — During yesterday’s Ways & Means Committee mark up, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) called on Congress to swiftly reauthorize the Export-Import Bank by filing an amendment to the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (H.R. 1892). McDermott’s amendment would have reauthorized the Export-Import Bank for seven years. “The Export-Import Bank opens international markets to U.S. businesses by financing and insuring the sale of U.S. exports when private sector financing is excessively expensive or simply unavailable,” said Congressman McDermott. “The Export-Import Bank supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and levels the playing field so that American businesses large and small can compete successfully in global markets. I strongly urge House Republicans to stop delaying and quickly reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank so job creating businesses around the country can continue to r
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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