Affordable Health Care
As a breast cancer survivor, Debbie understands the importance of access to affordable, quality care. And she was proud to fight to pass the Affordable Care Act, which prevents insurance companies from dropping people’s coverage when they get sick or denying coverage altogether to kids with pre-existing conditions.
The law is already taking effect — but some in Washington are trying to repeal it. That’s why Debbie’s still standing strong, making sure our families don’t lose the benefits and protections of this important law.
Wasserman Schultz Fought To Protect The Affordable Care Act. According to CBS Miami, Wasserman Schultz touted benefits of the Affordable Care Act and, “also took aim [at] Republicans who say the Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a tax and have vowed to have it repealed.” [CBS Miami, 7/2/12]
Medicare & Social Security
It’s this simple: As long as Debbie’s representing us in Congress, she’ll always stand up for Medicare and Social Security. South Florida seniors rely on these programs to maintain their health and economic security — and future generations of seniors need to be able to rely on these guarantees, as well.
Right now, those guarantees are under attack. Some in Washington want to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and turn Social Security over to Wall Street. But it won’t happen on Debbie’s watch.
Wasserman Schultz “Trumpeted Democrats' support for Social Security and Medicare.” According to the Sun Sentinel, in an August 2011 meeting with constituents, Wasserman Schultz, “trumpeted Democrats' support for Social Security and Medicare. She choked back tears when answering one woman's question about the future of the two programs.” [Sun Sentinel, 8/29/11]
Wasserman Schultz Vowed To Protect Medicare From GOP Plans To Turn It Into A Voucher System. According to the Examiner, in a July 2012 speech referring to Republican plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program, “Wasserman Schultz... told the crowd of roughly 100 people that Romney ‘and his Tea Party extremist allies’ want to ‘rip that safety net out from under our seniors, and we are not going to allow that to happen.’” [Examiner, 7/30/12]
In Floor Speech, Wasserman Schultz Called For Preservation Of Social Security, Rejection Of Plans To Privatize It. In a floor speech on the 75th anniversary of Social Security, Wasserman Schultz said, “Let us rededicate ourselves to Roosevelt’s vision and to the economic security of all of our citizens, and not throw our seniors out in the cold.” [Wasserman Schultz floor speech, 7/20/10]
As a mom, Debbie’s number one job is to protect her kids. And as our Congresswoman, she works hard to protect all of our kids. She’s taken on sex offenders online — and won, passing legislation to crack down on internet predators. She’s also made a South Florida tradition safer by protecting kids from drowning and from pool drain entrapment.
Protecting our kids isn’t a partisan issue — it’s just the right thing to do. And Debbie is proud to lead the charge to make sure South Florida kids stay safe.
H.R. 6063 – Child Protection Act of 2012 (With Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas)
Introduced on June 29, 2012 (40 cosponsors). Passed by voice vote on August 2, 2012. Pending in the Senate.
H.AMDT.538 to H.R.3132 – The Jimmy Ryce Civil Confinement of Sexual Predators Act
Section 301 of the bill included the “Jimmy Ryce Civil Commitment Program,” which Rep. Wasserman Schultz secured through a floor amendment to the House version of the bill in 2005.
On July 27, 2006, President Bush signed H.R. 4472, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
H.R. 3845 – PROTECT Our Children Act of 2007
On October 16, 2007, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced H.R. 3845, a bill that establishes a Special Counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. The bill improves the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, increases resources for regional computer forensic labs, and makes other improvements to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child predators.
Latest Major Action: Passed the House 415-2. November 14, 2007; Senate bill S.1738, became Public Law 110-401 on 10/13/2008.
H.R.1721 – Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007
On March 27, 2007, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced H.R.1721 with 32 cosponsors. This bill, and the Senate companion, S. 1771, became Title XIV of H.R.6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. On December 19, 2007, it became Public Law No: 110-140.