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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Foreign Affairs

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August 13, 2010 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) sent a letter to President Obama today, urging him to include debt cancellation for the world's poorest countries as part of his plan to achieve the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The Congresswoman's letter was signed by 48 Members of Congress, including Rep. Barney Frank, the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Michael Castle, a senior Republican member of the Financial Services Committee.  Many of those who signed the letter are also cosponsors of the Jubilee Act (H.R.

January 12, 2010 Press Release
Haiti earthquake
December 28, 2009 In The News

By EVENS SANON and JONATHAN M. KATZ Associated Press writers

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is criticizing a decision by Haiti's electoral council to exclude more than a dozen political parties from next year's legislative elections.
In a letter sent Wednesday to President Rene Preval, she urged the president to ensure the provisional electoral council provides a complete, public explanation for the disqualifications and to reinstate unlawfully banned parties before parliamentary elections Feb. 28.

December 17, 2009 In The News

Imagine that your family has barely enough money to scrape by. A school sits down the street, but fees make it too expensive for you and your siblings to attend—so you've never been able to go to school.

But then imagine that one day the government announces that it has cancelled those school fees. You can go to school. You finally have the chance to learn everything you wanted to know.

December 15, 2009 In The News

By Christina Wilkie

Actor and activist Danny Glover is heaping praise on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Oakland Mayor and former House member Ron Dellums (D) for helping pressure South Africa in the 1980s to end apartheid.

Dellums used to serve in the House in the 1980s, when Waters served in the California Legislature.

December 1, 2009 Press Release
Response to Obama Afghanistan decision
October 29, 2009 Floor Statement