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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

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March 26, 2014 In The News

Family, friends and dignitaries paid their final respects to Ovarie "OV" Smith on March 22nd at Trinity Baptist Church.

 Smith was the greatest advocate and crusader for people who suffered from mental disabilities, and a woman who commanded the attention of elected officials for more than 50 years passed away on March 14. She was 99 years old.

Smith was responsible for founding the building that currently houses Willing Workers Inc. in 1965. The non-profit work, activity, behavioral and educational center cares for individuals who have been hospitalized for 10-15 years.

November 22, 2013 Press Release

Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) reintroduced the Minority Diabetes Initiative Act (H.R. 3591) in honor of National Diabetes Month.  This bill will establish an initiative to provide grants to physicians and community based organizations for diabetes prevention, care, and treatment programs in minority communities.  The bill is cosponsored by 41 of the Congresswoman's congressional colleagues.

"Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and it is having an especially severe impact upon minorities," said Congresswoman Waters.

May 29, 2013 Press Release
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) attended the 5th Annual Pink Pump Affair at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday, May 19. Organized by the Special Needs Network (SNN), a leading autism advocacy organization based in Los Angeles, the Pink Pump Affair honored five "Women of Distinction" who have made outstanding contributions to increasing autism awareness and supporting children and families impacted by the disorder. Guests were encouraged to wear pink high-heeled shoes to demonstrate how "pumped" they are about enhancing autism awareness.
September 24, 2012 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) was honored at a reception hosted by the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI), for her advocacy in support of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment.  AAALI is a partnership among several of the nation's leading civil rights and social justice organizations.  The reception was entitled, "Honoring Black Leadership in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS."  The Congresswoman made the following statement at the reception:
 
September 24, 2012 Press Release
Yesterday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) sent a bipartisan letter to Senator Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, urging him to bring H.R. 2800, the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program Reauthorization Act, to a vote before the full Senate this year.  H.R. 2800 was introduced by Rep. Waters, reported favorably by the Judiciary Committee, and passed by the House of Representatives on September 11, 2012, without opposition by a voice vote.
 
September 12, 2012 Press Release
Today, on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2800, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program.  H.R. 2800 passed the House without opposition on a voice vote and now awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate.
 
August 1, 2012 Press Release

Today, on Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 2800, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program.  H.R. 2800 passed the Committee without opposition on a voice vote and now awaits consideration on the House floor. 

July 30, 2012 Press Release

Last night, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) discussed congressional support for HIV/AIDS policies and programs during a panel entitled, "Achieving the Goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Community Perspective," at the 2012 International AIDS Conference.  The Congresswoman's remarks as prepared for delivery follow:

July 25, 2012 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke at an event marking the display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall and reading the names of individuals who died of HIV/AIDS and who are remembered on the quilt.  The AIDS Memorial Quilt is currently on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the international AIDS 2012 Conference.  Congresswoman Waters, a Congressional leader in the fight to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through increased awareness, testing, treatment, and funding, is scheduled to speak at the conference on Thursday, July 26th.  The Congresswo

June 28, 2012 Press Release

Washington – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

"American families have won a great victory today!"

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