Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two Statements from Schwartz

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz issued two statements today.

One is on the new health care legislation:

Earlier today, House Democrats unveiled The Affordable Health Care for America Act. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s statement concerning the bill follows.

“Finding a uniquely American solution to ensuring that all Americans have access to meaningful, affordable health coverage has been a national goal for decades. Action is both a moral and economic imperative for our nation.

“Today new health reform legislation, The Affordable Health Care for America Act, was introduced in the House. It builds on the hard work done by the three health care Committees over many months and responds to feedback from the American people.

“It builds on America’s private-public system, and it is paid for.
It also meets the goals of health reform:

• Enhanced protection for those with health coverage
• New, affordable choices for individuals and small business
• Strengthened Medicare for seniors
• Improved delivery of care with better health outcomes for all Americans, and
• Containment of the rapidly rising cost of health care.

“The status quo is unaffordable. Passing health reform benefits all of us — families, seniors, businesses, and the nation.

“Today we get one step closer.”

The second is a more local matter:

Today, October 29, 2009 the House of Representatives passed a resolution authored by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and Senator Arlen Specter encouraging the Government of Iran to allow detained American hikers Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd to reunite with their families in the United States as soon as possible. The resolution was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) in the House, and in the Senate by Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.)

The full resolution is available on Schwartz's website.

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