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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 Statement on the 2014 FARM Bill
January 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) voted against the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2014, or FARM bill, and made the following statement: “For years now, this Congress has pursued destructive austerity measures that have left Americans struggling and our economy faltering. House leadership has made compromise so difficult, that we are now expected to thank them for only chopping off one arm instead of two. “And we can see those policies in to today’s FARM bill. I applaud my colleagues’ efforts to find compromise, but the final result is still a cruel hit: SNAP benefits will be cut by $8 billion and 850,000 families, seniors, veterans and those with disabilities will lose an average of $90 a month to meet their basic hunger needs. This, after those same individuals lost food assistance money in November, again because this Congress failed to protect them. “SNAP benefi
McDermott introduces legislation to help American ports thrive in the 21st Century economy.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century (H.R. 4105).  The legislation would replace the outdated Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports, but currently incentivizes shippers to bypass American ports and move goods bound for the United States through Canada and Mexico.  This amounts to $30 million in losses to maritime infrastructure, with losses expected to increase if current trends continue.  This status quo imperils American jobs and industry.  (For example, approximately 10,000 jobs, currently supported by activities at the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, are at risk.) “The global competitiveness of our ports is on the line.  We must reform the way we fund the operation and maintenance of ports in Washington State and across the nation,” said Congressman McDermott. “This legislation nearly doubles
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 says, “Give Americans a Raise”
February 27, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McDermott is taking action to force an up-or-down vote on key legislation that would give at least 25 million Americans a pay raise.  Congressman McDermott joined his colleagues in signing a discharge petition, led by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), to bring up the Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010).  The bill increases the minimum wage over three years from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, indexes future annual increases to inflation thereafter, and gradually increases the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the minimum wage. “An honest, living wage for a day’s hard work is a foundation of the American Dream and we cannot let that foundation crumble,” said Congressman McDermott.  “That is why I am fighting to raise the minimum wage, which would give 400,000 hardworking Washingtonians a pay raise, totaling $94,963,000 in additional income here in Washington.” The current min



 
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