Local Residents Join Congresswoman Waters at Town Hall Meeting Highlighting First 100 Hours of Legislation
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), held the first in a series of Town Hall meetings this past Saturday, with residents of her district, to discuss the first 100 hours of legislation in accordance with the 110th Congressional Democratic agenda.
Gathering during the day at both Los Angeles Southwest College in South LA and First Church of God in Inglewood, constituents had the opportunity to hear and respond to major issues regarding the war in Iraq as well as discussion of the democratic caucus agenda and legislation recently introduced by Congresswoman Waters such as: H.R. 647, The Mark-to-Market Extension Act, which will provide the opportunity for project owners across the country to restructure their loans consistent with market conditions and H.R. 822, The Routine HIV/AIDS Screening Coverage Act, which will require health insurance plans to cover routine HIV tests under the same terms and conditions as other routine health screenings.
"These Town Hall meetings are a wonderful way for us to interact with our constituents in a forum, to share the legislative issues in which we are involved in Washington, D.C. as well as the work we are doing in the community," said Congresswoman Waters.
Recently elected to serve as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, Congresswoman Waters expressed her passion and accountability for developing a housing agenda related to the affordable housing and community development needs of low and moderate income, the elderly and disabled communities in America.
"I will also serve on the Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology; and Oversight and Investigations of the Financial Services Committee," explained Congresswoman Waters. "Each of these Subcommittees are involved in issues of major importance to the citizens of this District."
In addition, she will also continue her service on the Judiciary Committee and will sit on the Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security; and Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. Congresswoman Waters was also appointed to serve as Chief Deputy Whip by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Future Town Hall Meetings for the 35th Congressional District are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, March 3, 2007
10:00 am Barry White (South Park) Recreation Center, Los Angeles, CA
2:00 pm Loyola Marymount University (Ahmanson Auditorium)
Saturday, March 10, 2007
10:00 am Ken Nakaoka Community Center, Gardena, CA
2:00 pm Del Air Assembly of God, Hawthorne, CA
Legislation Passed in the First 100 Hours
H.R. 1 - Implementing 9/11 Commission's Recommendations
In 2004, the 9/11 Commission submitted 41 recommendations to the Administration and Congress on improving homeland security, preventing terrorists from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction, and developing strategies for preventing the spread of Islamic terrorism. The bill's provisions include requiring major improvements in aviation security, border security, and infrastructure security; providing first responders the equipment and training they need; beefing up efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction; and significantly expanding diplomatic, economic, educational, and other strategies designed to counter Islamic terrorism.
H.R. 2 - Raising the Minimum Wage
This bill increases the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. Increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour would bring a pay raise for up to 13 million Americans.
H.R. 3 - Promoting Life-Saving Stem Cell Research
This bill increases the number of lines of stem cells that are eligible to be used in federally-funded research. It authorizes Health and Human Services (HHS) to support research involving embryonic stem cells, which have the potential to unlock the doors to treatments and cures to numerous diseases, including diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
H.R. 4 - Requiring Medicare to Negotiate Lower Prescription Drug Prices
This bill repeals the current provision that prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices for those enrolled in Medicare prescription drug plans and instead requires the Secretary to conduct such negotiations.
H.R. 5 - Cutting Interest Rates on Student Loans
This bill makes college more accessible and affordable by cutting the interest rates on subsidized student loans in half – from the current 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. This significantly cuts the student debt burden of about 5 million students.
H.R. 6 - Repealing Big Oil Subsidies/Investing in Renewable Fuels
This bill invests in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency by repealing billions in subsidies given to big oil companies that are raking in record profits. It also closes loopholes and ends giveaways in the tax code for Big Oil. Finally, the bill creates a Strategic Renewable Energy Reserve to invest in clean, renewable energy resources, promoting new emerging technologies, developing greater efficiency and improving energy conservation.