Washington Review, August 2, 2013
Last week, President Obama attended the House Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss many issues including expanding the middle class and creating jobs. He spoke about investing in education and infrastructure as well as comprehensive immigration reform as a means to economic growth. As Congress heads into a district work period, it is important for us to stay focused on the issues ahead of us.
As the jobs numbers continue to improve, it is still important that Congress focuses on legislation that boosts the economy and jobs. Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues decided to bring up, for the 40th time, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has already benefited millions of Americans through discounted drug prices for seniors, rebates to consumers from their insurance companies, and children with pre-existing conditions who are now able to receive coverage. The bill passed by the House of Representatives this week (H.R. 2009), would irresponsibly prevent the Department of Treasury from having any role in the implementation of the ACA. I voted against this legislation because, without involvement by the Department of Treasury, millions of Americans would not be able to receive subsidies to buy health care insurance. It is time for my colleagues across the aisle to turn their attention to creating jobs and bolstering our economy.
I was pleased this past week by the bipartisan effort to assist students. I proudly voted with my colleagues to pass the bipartisan Senate-passed Student Loan bill to help keep college affordable for millions of American families. Making college education more affordable is the right thing to do for the nation’s long-term prosperity. This bipartisan bill allows students to lock in today’s low interest payments so they will know what they owe before signing on the dotted line. This allows students and families most battered by the Great Recession to benefit from low interest rates now.
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