Rep. Lynn Woolsey released the following statement following the announcement of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
“I am grateful that the Supreme Court put partisanship aside and affirmed the will of the people, as expressed through their elected representatives in Congress and the White House.
“Of course, our struggle isn’t over. Republicans in Congress will still try to dismantle the Affordable Act piece by piece. They still don’t get it. They are still nostalgic for the old, broken health care system that left millions without coverage; bankrupted families and small businesses; and put the middle class at the mercy of the insurance industry.
“What we need now is to build on health care reform. More than ever, we need bold, ambitious health care reform that truly fixes the problem. We tried a compromise solution with the Affordable Care Act and even that did not satisfy the extreme right wing. For nearly a half century, Medicare has provided health security to older Americans and those with disabilities in a fair and cost-efficient way. It’s time to give every American those same benefits. Let’s move now to pass Medicare Part ‘E’ – ‘Medicare for Everyone.’”
This weekend, families and communities around the country will join together in celebration of Earth Day. Every year, this day is a reminder that we need to spend the other 364 days of the year being even more environmentally conscientious and making an even greater effort to preserve our natural treasures. To mark this occasion, I have released a video explaining my legislation, the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and Protection Act (H.R. 192).
My bill would permanently protect the entire Sonoma and southern Mendocino County coasts by expanding the existing sanctuaries and shielding the area from offshore oil and gas drilling. The video includes details about the bill, highlighting the widespread community support from local governments, environmental advocates, business groups, and fishing organizations.
The coast is essential to the natural beauty and economic vitality of California’s North Bay. During my remaining time in Congress, I have no greater priority than to pass this legislation and safeguard our rich and abundant waters.
Until April 1971, Americans were largely on their own when it came to workplace safety, dependent on their employers to voluntarily provide the necessary safeguards. But since it opened its doors 40 years ago today, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has provided the vital federal regulations to protect workers from injury, illness or even death on the job.
Because of this 40th anniversary, today we recognize Workers Memorial Day, to honor those who were unnecessarily killed while earning a paycheck to support their families.
One of my sons, a husband, and wonderful father of two, came home last week to Petaluma from 6 1/2 weeks in the hospital. He has many, many, more weeks of recovery ahead of him, but I can tell you that this family that still has a huge challenge ahead of them would not have a chance without health care--the health care coverage that they have.
The 111th Congress has been an astounding success. But throughout the last two years, when we have failed to pass good laws, it’s unusually been our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol who have stood in the way of progress and practiced stubborn obstructionism. The Senate is where good legislation goes to die.
So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that it remains so right down to the final days of our session. It appears now that there aren’t enough Republican votes to ratify the New START treaty, which would make huge strides toward reducing the threat of nuclear destruction.
In the weeks ahead, Congress will take up one of the most pressing and glaring problems facing our nation – our broken and dysfunctional health care system. As most of you already know, while American taxpayers spend more per capita on health care than anyone in the world, we have a health care system which leaves nearly 50 million people without access to a doctor. Even those with coverage are never more than one accident away from bankruptcy, or one job loss away from losing the coverage that they and their family rely on. The current situation is disgraceful, and at a time of economic turmoil, it’s a threat to our nation’s livelihood. That’s why our nation must move towards a system of universal coverage which ensures that every American can see a doctor when they’re sick, or get the prescriptions drugs that will save their life.
Congresswoman Woolsey asked that we post her comments regarding the Iraq supplemental debate from a press conference that was held this morning. A copy of the amendment that is being proposed by the Progressive Caucus can be found here.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote, regarding the House vote against the escalation, that to "oppose the escalation is an important first step, but it must be the beginning of our debate, not the end." Today, I wanted to take a moment to follow up on that post, and make my position clear -
the only money I will support for Iraq is funding that is used for the withdrawal of every last US soldier and military contractor from Iraq.
Starting this morning the House will begin to debate the moral issue of our times – our continued military occupation of Iraq. My colleagues and I will have the opportunity to vote on President Bush’s escalation – a failed policy from the start, which will only deepen our engagement in the Iraq, and increase the cost to our country in lives, limb and treasury. The American public has already overwhelmingly voiced their opposition to the President’s plan, and now it is our turn, and our responsibility to have our voices heard.
I will support this week’s effort, and will cast my vote against the President’s proposed escalation, but you all know that I will not stop there, and neither should my colleagues.