Debbie in the News

CBS4: Wasserman Schultz Touts Success Story With ACA

October 31, 2013

By Gaby FleischmanMIAMI (CBSMiami) – Stories of problems with the Affordable Care Act have dominated much of the headlines in recent days, though many of those stories are summarily debunked. But Thursday, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz highlighted something different with...

THE HILL: Congress should heed forecast on global warming

October 2, 2013

By Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) As a mother of three children who engage in numerous outdoor activities, I often find myself checking the weather forecast to see if it might rain. In all the time that I’ve done that,...

CBS4 (WFOR MIAMI): Wasserman Shultz Hosts Feeding South Florida Event With Mobile Pantry

September 3, 2013

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) - Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Shultz fed South Florida Tuesday morning in support of Hunger Action Month which lasts all through September.Wasserman Shultz and Miami Beach Mayor Mattie Herrera Bower along with other elected officials, and in conjunction with...

Sun Sentinel: Wasserman Schultz touts Obamacare

August 1, 2013

By Anthony ManU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday as Republicans who control the House plan another vote to repeal what’s widely known as Obamacare.The Weston Democrat appeared in Fort Lauderdale at...

CNN: Bipartisan bill aims to protect rape victims from custody battles with their attackers

July 26, 2013

A federal bipartisan bill aims to protect rape victims from custody battles with their attacker.The "Rape Survivor Child Custody Act" would allow victims to terminate the parental rights of their rapists.Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the bill's sponsor."This bipartisan...

Miami Herald: Hollywood to get $4.6 million from FEMA for Hurricane Wilma clean-up

July 9, 2013

Hollywood to get $4.6 million from FEMA for Hurricane Wilma clean-upBy Carli Teproff, The Miami HeraldNearly eight years after Hurricane Wilma ripped through Florida, Hollywood will receive $4.6 million to cover the costs of clean-up and removal of dangerous stumps and...

Sun-Sentinel: Feds unveil health-insurance web chats, help line to aid consumers

June 25, 2013

By William E. Gibson, Washington BureauWASHINGTON -- Starting this week, Florida consumers can "chat" with government agents over the Internet, make inquiries 24 hours a day by telephone or tap into an updated federal website to prepare for a massive...

Sun-Sentinel: BRCA gene decision hailed

June 14, 2013

By David A. Schwartz, Staff Writer, 4:35 PM EDT, June 14, 2013Jewish breast cancer survivors were among the people celebrating a recent United States Supreme Court decision. The high court ruled unanimously that patents cannot be held on naturally occurring...

ROLL CALL: Dedication Honors Staffer's Ultimate Sacrifice

April 17, 2013

By Emma DumainWho was Gabe Zimmerman?At an emotional event Tuesday dedicating a Capitol Visitor Center meeting room to the slain staffer, the most powerful people in Congress struggled to find just the right words.He was the “constituent whisperer” who could...

SUN SENTINEL: New laws urged to cut 'epidemic' of ID theft

April 16, 2013

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun SentinelAs South Floridians rushed to file their taxes on Monday, congressional lawmakers said they would push for tougher laws to help cut down on what law enforcement officials continue to call an "epidemic" of tax-related theft...

CBS4: South Florida Reps File Bills To Crackdown On Identity Theft

April 15, 2013

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s no secret that South Florida is a hot bed for identity theft, but many people don’t realize that the state also leads the nation when it comes to federal tax return identity theft.So on Tax Day,...

SUN SENTINEL: Wasserman Schultz cites husband as good role model for boys

April 15, 2013

By Anthony ManU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston says her husband is a model of a man who is comfortable with a high-profile spouse and society would be better off if boys were raised with similar attitudes.She made her...

SUN SENTINEL: Obama's visit to Mideast inspires hope in Israelis

April 8, 2013

By Debbie Wasserman SchultzIsrael's national anthem, "Hatikvah" (The Hope), portrays an ancient dream for a modern land: "as long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart… then our hope – the two-thousand year old hope – will...

Roll Call: DOMA Defense Spending Dominates House Hearing

March 22, 2013

By Emily Cahn, Roll Call Staff, March 19, 2013, 3:37 p.m.It didn’t take long for a hearing on legislative branch funding to get tense Tuesday morning, with House Democrats blasting Republican leadership for authorizing $3 million in taxpayer dollars to...

GIRL SCOUTS.ORG:Girl Scouts Leadership Breakfast Launches 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA

March 1, 2013

Centennial Silver Dollar, Celebrates AccomplishmentsCalifornia's ABC 7 reports that a Bay Area Girl Scout made a special trip to the nation's capital, not to sell Thin Mints, but to pitch silver dollars. Pleasanton Girl Scout Sricharana and Marina Park, CEO...

BALTIMORE JEWISH TIMES: BBYO: A Weekend With The Next Generation of Jewish Leaders

March 1, 2013

By Meredith JacobsCertain themes echoed throughout BBYO’s International Convention. “I am a global teen,” they repeated — regardless of whether they had traveled to the convention center from Arlington, Va., or Albania. “We are a youth movement, not a youth...

LOCAL 10: South Florida lawmakers warn of sequester

February 22, 2013

By Michael PutneySUNNY ISLES, Fla. - South Florida lawmakers are awaiting mandated spending cuts that could go into effect March 1.President Barack Obama and leaders of both parties warn the pending spending cuts bode ill for the nation, but the...

CBS MIAMI :Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Tours Air, Sea Ports To Improve Customs

February 21, 2013

By Ted ScoutenMIAMI (CBS4) – Miami International Airport now has the most international passengers in the country and traffic is growing each year.That can mean backups when passengers check in at customs.“How long did it take for you to get...

SUN SENTINEL: Secretary Janet Napolitano tours customs and security operations at Port Everglades, MIA

February 21, 2013

Industry stakeholders ask for help to keep ports growingBy Arlene Satchell, Sun SentinelOfficials at South Florida airports and seaports are seeking federal government assistance to ensure pertinent infrastructure is in place to keep growing and serving travelers to the region.On...

NEWS 4 – JACKSONVILLE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz holds gun control forum

February 20, 2013

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz held a roundtable discussion Tuesday with gun control advocates and medical professionals in Pembroke Pines.Last month, Wasserman Schultz met with South Florida police chiefs, mayors, and others to discuss ways to...

SUN-SENTINEL: Town halls to educate about ID theft in South Florida

February 19, 2013

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun SentinelBy day, Salita St. Simon worked as a senior clerk at the Palm Beach County Health Department.But federal prosecutors said last week she put in a second shift of stealing patients' names and Social Security numbers...

HUFFINGTON POST: SOTU: The Emotion Of The Night

February 13, 2013

By Howard FinemanI was playing the role of hard-boiled -- not to say cynical -- reporter on the Hill when I got into a conversation with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night."So,"...

SUN SENTINEL: Wasserman Schultz seeks common ground with local gun rights advocates

January 31, 2013

By Ihosvani RodriguezOAKLAND PARK - A group of South Florida gun rights advocates said they are in favor of universal background checks for all gun buyers and agreed there is enough common ground between all sides of the gun control...

Sun-Sentinel: Behind the scenes: Heat visit White House, Obama

January 28, 2013

By Ira WindermanWASHINGTON, D.C. - The East Room commemoration of their 2012 NBA championship was heartfelt, yet brief, according to the White House lasting from 1:44 p.m. to 1:52 p.m. Monday. But there also were private moments that left the...

WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue hosts inaugural Shabbat

January 23, 2013

by Eric Hal SchwartzWashington, D.C., was very busy last weekend. The inauguration alone brought in half a million visitors and filled the city with bustling crowds. Then, there were the people who did not have work because of Martin Luther...

SUN SENTINEL: Investigation finds 741 tax returns filed from single Belle Glade home

August 7, 2012

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun SentinelA small South Florida city has attracted the attention of federal investigators looking into tax refund fraud and identity theft, according to an independent watchdog agency that oversees the Internal Revenue Service.In Belle Glade, nestled along...

SUN SENTINEL: South Floridians in Congress push bills on Iran, porn, tax fraud

August 2, 2012

By William E. Gibson, Washington BureauWASHINGTON - Alarmed by Iran's nuclear ambitions, the spread of child pornography and a rising tide of tax fraud, South Florida representatives are pushing legislation through the U.S. House this week to confront these challenges...

SMITH & SCHULTZ: Protecting children from online predators

July 21, 2012

Requiring Internet providers to retain user data is key to prosecutionBy Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz-The Washington TimesJust a few years ago, parents could rely on the four walls of their homes to keep their children safe....

CBS4: Wasserman Schultz Touts Health Care Reform

July 2, 2012

HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined several South Floridians who will now benefit directly from its passage.At the Broward Community and Family...

SUN SENTINEL: Fort Lauderdale streetcar plans get federal boost

June 20, 2012

By William GibsonFort Lauderdale’s plan to build a visitor-friendly streetcar system to link its shops and downtown buildings will get a major boost this week when U.S. transportation officials dispense an $18-million grant for the first segment of the long-awaited...

SUN SENTINEL: Seniors: Beware of con artists targeting you

June 18, 2012

By Donna Gehrke-WhiteSouth Florida seniors: Take extra precautions because you are prime targets for scams, identity theft and other schemes, according to a Monday fraud prevention seminar."You are your own best protection," said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, who...

WSVN 7: Residents urged to prep for hurricanes

May 29, 2012

PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- Government officials are warning South Florida residents to get ready to survive a storm this season. Next Friday will mark the official start of the 2012 hurricane season. "A week from today the official 2012 hurricane...

Sun Sentinel: Foundation backs swimming lessons for Broward kids

May 14, 2012

Red Cross receives $500,000 grant to pay for instruction. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks to a group of 6-year-olds who just received a water safety lesson Monday, May 14, 2012 as part of the Red Cross' new "Big Splash 1-2-3"...

Sun-Sentinel: Politicians battle over student loan interest rates

May 1, 2012

By Anthony Man, Sun SentinelDAVIE – The latest issue to get stuck in the swamp of Washington politics: student loan interest rates.It has a big impact in Florida. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said Monday as many as 500,000...

Sun-Sentinel: Wasserman Schultz pitches ID-theft tax-refund bill

April 17, 2012

By William GibsonSouth Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz teamed up with a Republican colleague on Tuesday to introduce a bill designed to stop the growing problem of tax-reform identity theft.She cited IRS estimates that 850,000 tax returns last year were...

Sun-Sentinel: U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz to introduce new tax-ID theft bill

April 13, 2012

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun SentinelThe Broward Sheriff's Office has been swamped with an "escalating epidemic" of identities being stolen and used to file bogus tax returns before taxpayers could file legitimate returns.BSO Sgt. Jay Leiner said his economic crimes unit...

SUN SENTINEL: Business event: Free Small Business workshop

April 11, 2012

By Cindy Kent, Sun SentinelA free workshop for small businesses will provide marketing, management and financial guidance to small business owners or those interested in starting a small business.Presentation and breakout sessions will be hosted by by U.S. Rep. Debbie...

The Hill: Paving the way for a new generation of women

March 22, 2012

 By Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) This March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, we recognize all of the women who have come before us to make this world a better place. We take...

Miami Herald: Wasserman Schultz tells LGBT youth that It Gets Better

March 15, 2012

 MIAMI HERALD GAY SOUTH FLORIDA BLOGU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells LGBT youth that 'bullying sucks' and It Gets BetterSouth Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has recorded an It Gets Better video aimed at "anyone who is going through a...

Sun-Sentinel: Vice President Biden to deliver commencement address at Weston high school

March 14, 2012

By Anthony Man You might be able to say U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, is bringing home the Biden to her district.The White House announced Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden would deliver the commencement address at Cypress Bay High...

Sun Sentinel: 5 tips to avoid becoming victim of ID theft

February 29, 2012

By Donna Gehrke-WhiteWith South Florida once again leading the nation in identity theft, residents have to be more careful, a Broward Sheriff's Office representative said.Bands of thieves are now looking to steal identities for quick cash, said BSO Sgt. Jay...

Contraceptives debate all about women's health

February 22, 2012

By Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzLast week a debate on contraception gripped the nation in a way we have not seen in decades. This debate on whether contraception should be part of a woman's health insurance plan is alarming, because 99...

Central Florida Political Pulse: Environmentalists Grade Florida Congressional Delegation

February 10, 2012

The Florida Conservation Alliance and the national League of Conservation Voters have released their 2011 National Environmental Scorecard for Congress. And it’s probably not surprising that the Central Florida delegation — which includes some of the most liberal and most...

Sun-Sentinel: ID theft up nearly 50% now during tax filing season

February 10, 2012

By Donna Gehrke-White Reports of identification  theft have recently jumped nearly 50 percent nationwide as the federal tax season gets underway, a Federal Trade Commission representative reported Friday after meeting with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and local law enforcement...

CBS4: Wasserman Schultz Brings In Local Lt. To Watch State Of The Union

January 27, 2012

Wasserman Schultz Brings In Local Lt. To Watch State Of The UnionWASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – The State of the Union will be President Barack Obama’s chance to shine, but Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will have a special guest of her own...

CBS4: Wasserman Schultz Leads Tearful Farewell To Gabby Giffords

January 25, 2012

(CBSMiami) – Flanked by her best friend, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Representative Gabrielle Giffords left Congress Wednesday morning just more than a year after she was shot in the head during a campaign rally in her home state...

Sun-Sentinel: Ground broken for $791 million FLL runway

January 24, 2012

By Brittany Wallman Decades after it was first envisioned, ground was broken Monday on a new $791 million runway atFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.It was a day some thought would never come, and some hoped wouldn't."There's probably no project that's been talked...

NBC6: Women Are Urged to Get Screened for Cervical Cancer

January 6, 2012

 By Diana GonzalezMarjorie Evans is the CEO of Broward Children’s Center, which provides care for kids with special needs. They were a source of motivation when Marjorie was diagnosed with cervical cancer three years ago.“It came to light through a...

New York Times: Florida Looks for Curbs on Some Legless Invaders

December 27, 2011

 By LIZETTE ALVAREZMIAMI — To live in South Florida is to make peace with flying cockroach behemoths, brigades of lizards that dart across walls (bedroom and otherwise) and frogs the size of cannonballs that loiter on driveways.But even in a...

Miami Herald: Holocaust survivors share their stories at luncheon

December 22, 2011

 By GIDEON GRUDOSally Tuchklaper was crying so hard, she couldn't catch her breath."I saved her," she said, pointing at Sarah Schwiezen. "I saved her and her four children." She was talking about Auschwitz, where she had hid Schwiezen and her...

Miami Herald: Welcoming Home America’s Heroes

December 22, 2011

EditorialBy DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZAfter almost nine years of incredible service and sacrifice, America’s war in Iraq has finally come to an end. We have more troops returning home each day, and as they do, we must pay tribute to the...

Sun-Sentinel: Veterans job fair Saturday

December 2, 2011

Tax credits available for employersBy Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel A job fair for veterans will be held Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Armory, 400 SW 24th St., in Fort Lauderdale. Sponsored by local Congressional representatives Ted Deutch and Debbie...

Washington Post: House to vote on dedicating room to slain Giffords aide

November 30, 2011

By Felicia SonmezThe lasting, hopeful legacy of that awful January day in Tucson is that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lived. Walking and talking again, however haltingly, she has become an inspiration to people far and wide.But the tragic aftermath of the...

Sun-Sentinel: Employers hail bill providing tax breaks for hiring veterans

November 17, 2011

By William E. Gibson, Washington BureauWASHINGTON – Brock Andrews, a Vietnam War veteran who runs a remodeling business, is a South Florida employer looking to hire soldiers who are trooping home from Iraq and Afghanistan."I know what they go through...

CNN: Jewish chaplains honored at Arlington National Cemetery

October 25, 2011

By Dan Merica, CNN Washington (CNN) – Standing atop the USAT Dorchester after it had been hit with a German torpedo, four "immortal chaplains" handed out life jackets as the ship sank into the dark Atlantic Ocean on February 3,...

Miami Herald: In South Florida, thousands race for breast cancer cure

October 17, 2011

By Cammy ClarkSaturday was about remembering those who have died, celebrating those who have survived and raising money to “kick breast cancer’s butt.”Nearly 25,000 people, including 1,200 survivors wearing pink t-shirts, descended on Bayfront Park for the 16th Susan G....

Good Housekeeping: In Friendship We Trust

October 13, 2011

When Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head nearly a year ago, few thought she would survive. But with the help of two unwavering friends who never stopped believing in her, she did. Here, an inspiring story of three...

Ha'aretz: Obama's other first lady

October 12, 2011

Jewish, liberal and Floridian, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz has all the traits needed to drum up support for the president ahead of the 2012 elections. His poll numbers may be sagging, but the new Democratic leader isn't worried.By Natasha Mozgovaya U.S....

Knowledge is Best Defense in Fight Against Breast Cancer

October 11, 2011

By Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman SchultzOctober, 2011As we celebrate 25 years of breast cancer awareness, education and empowerment by proudly displaying pink ribbons everywhere from the work place to NFL football games, it’s important that we remember the importance of the...

USA Today: Consumer Product Safety panel reverses itself on pool safety

September 29, 2011

By Gregory Korte, USA TODAYBETHESDA, Md. – A bitterly divided Consumer Product Safety Commission reversed itself on a pool safety law Wednesday, voting 3-2 to approve a tougher rule that could require operators of thousands of public pools to install...

Sun-Sentinel: Wasserman Schultz salutes end to `don’t ask, don’t tell’

September 20, 2011

By William GibsonSept. 20, 2011"Today my heart rejoices not only for the gay and lesbian Americans already serving in our armed forces, but also for every young man and woman who dreams about becoming a service member dedicated to keeping...

Washington Jewish Week - New bill would help Shoah survivors age in place

August 12, 2011

By Adam KredoAug. 12, 2011Local Jewish agencies could receive an influx of federal dollars to help ensure that Holocaust survivors age in their homes, rather than in an nursing facility or other institution, according to new legislation being considered by...

St Petersburg Times: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz uses her resolve to fight cancer

July 17, 2011

By Alex Leary, Times Staff Writer“Tenacity is a word that is more appropriate for her than anyone I’ve served with,” said Tom Feeney, former Republican counterpart of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.WASHINGTON — Nine days after undergoing a double mastectomy, U.S. Rep....

Miami Herald: Three Florida Democrats oppose offshore drilling

April 7, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Florida Democrats have sent letters to President Barack Obama, protesting his plans to expand oil and gas drilling as close as 125 miles off Florida's coast.U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings and Corrine Brown wrote to Obama...

House bill would fund Everglades restoration - Sun-Sentinel.com

February 24, 2009

The Everglades would get $183.4 million for restoration work this year under a spending bill unveiled today by House Democrats.Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said the funds would ``go a long way toward fulfilling...

OpEd: Drilling does nothing for our oil addiction

July 17, 2008

I was driving with my daughter when I saw the gas gauge on my minivan getting close to E. I dreaded pulling into the gas station with gas prices over $4 a gallon. Like all Floridians, I find it...

Our Space: Protecting Children in the Internet Age - Journal of Technology & Law Policy

February 1, 2008

As proud as I am to represent South Florida in the House of Representatives, the job closest to my heart is being a mother to my nine-year-old twins and my five-year-old daughter. As one of only a handful of...

Video: Hardball: Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Dan Burton Debate Scooter Libby's Commutation and the Iraq War

July 6, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) debated Rep. Dan Burton (IN-5) over President Bush's commutation of the sentence of Scooter Libby and the implications of growing Republican sentiment against the Iraq War on MSNBC's Hardball. # #...

VIDEO: CBS4: Legislation Allows Feds To Go After Gas Gougers

June 4, 2007

(CBS4) FT. LAUDERDALE - As we head into another summer, we can pretty much expect three things. It will be really, really hot and muggy. It will be really, really hot and muggy. And we'll be paying a 'pretty...

VIDEO: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Discusses the Need for a New Direction in Iraq

May 16, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) debated the need for a new direction in Iraq with Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-1) on MSNBC's Hardball....

Working Moms In Congress Could Play Major Role In Policy

March 29, 2007

By Valerie Young   Athens Banner-Herald Washington, DC -- Debbie Wasserman-Schultz carries crayons in her purse. She also coordinates the pick-ups and drop-offs of her children's after-school activities. Nothing remarkable in this; certainly, millions of mothers do this every...

Democrats Predict Passage of Iraq Bill: House Democrats Confidently Predict They Can Pass Bill to End Iraq War Before September 2008

March 15, 2007

By ANNE FLAHERTYThe Associated Press WASHINGTON - House Democrats confidently predicted they can pass a bill to end the Iraq war before September 2008, even as their counterparts in the Senate struggle just to get their war debate off...

Scouts Learn Meaning of Girl Power: Congresswoman joins in day aimed at inspiring youth

March 4, 2007

By Elizabeth Baier South Florida Sun-Sentinel Inspired by a congresswoman she had never met before and her own love of animals, Hannah Gifford made a resolution Saturday afternoon. "I'm going to start a petition to raise awareness in my...

VIDEO: Hardball: Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Christopher Shays Debate the War in Iraq

February 27, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --  Rep. Wasserman Schultz debates the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Hardball vs. Rep. Christopher Shays (CT-4)....

More Than Role Models

January 30, 2007

Wasington, DC -- The celebratory pins read: "A woman's place is in the House." And the new House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has been blunt: It takes a woman to clean it up. But will her broom sweep the way...

3 S. Fla. Democrats say they will press for change in Washington

January 22, 2007

By Anthony Man sun-sentinel.com Political Writer FORT LAUDERDALE -- Still basking in the glow of last fall's election, the Democratic takeover of Congress early this month, and last week's ahead-of-schedule completion of their 100 hours agenda, three South Florida...

House passes student loan bill The House approved a bill that aims to cut interest rates on student loans. The Bush administration opposes the bill.

January 18, 2007

By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to cut interest rates on need-based student loans Wednesday, steadily whittling its list of early legislative priorities. The legislation, passed 356-71, would slice rates on the subsidized...

CBS4 Investigates Hurricane Insurance Crisis Part4

January 11, 2007

(CBS4) MIAMI When it comes to natural disasters, you can’t escape mother nature. Whether it’s hurricanes pounding the east coast, floods and tornadoes sweeping through the Midwest, or earthquakes and brushfires wreaking havoc out west, natural disasters affect consumers...

Broward Democrat Leads Key Subcommittee

January 11, 2007

Washington, DC -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been tapped to lead a House appropriations subcommittee -- making her one of 12 influential House ``cardinals.'' The Broward Democrat will chair the House appropriations subcommittee that determines the funding level...

South Florida Retains Clout in U.S. House

January 4, 2007

Congress returns to Washington today with Democrats in control and several South Florida members in promising positions. BY LESLEY CLARK Miami Herald WASHINGTON - Ensconced in safe seats, Reps. Kendrick Meek and Debbie Wasserman Schultz campaigned hard last fall...

State delegation split on drilling

June 22, 2006

By William E. GibsonWashington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON · Legislation to ease a federal ban on offshore drilling has fractured the Florida congressional delegation, opening a schism far greater than on any issue directly affecting the state in recent history.Democratic...

Offshore drilling proposal has GOP support

June 20, 2006

BY LESLEY CLARK The Miami Herald WASHINGTON - Drilling for oil and gas could occur 100 miles from much of the U.S. shoreline -- or at least 50 miles closer if states don't move to block it -- under...

Drilling talks split Florida's D.C. delegation

June 10, 2006

BY LESLEY CLARKThe Miami Herald WASHINGTON - A rift is emerging in Florida's once-united congressional delegation over a contentious election-year offshore drilling debate, with Democrats grousing about being left out of ''backroom negotiations'' that are occurring among Republicans. In...

Program promotes safety to prevent drain entrapment in pools

June 2, 2006

By Nick Sortal South Florida Sun-Sentinel Water-safety promotions usually encourage swimming lessons, pool fences and parental supervision. But a recent campaign accentuates a less-publicized risk: drain entrapment. Long hair, a string on a swimsuit or even an arm or...

REFLECTIONS ON WAR, SACRIFICE

May 29, 2006

By ASHLEY FANTZThe Miami Herald Roger Figueroa remembers being terrified to tell his mother that he had joined. He remembers college friends asking him why he wanted to be a ''baby killer,'' and his ROTC instructor ordering that no...

Life Insurers Face Backlash Over Policy on Foreign Travel New Laws Curb Practice of Denying Coverage to People Who Visit Certain Countries

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006 Thursday Wall Street Journal By RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN   As more Americans travel to remote parts of the world for both business and pleasure, controversy is growing over a little-known insurance-industry practice: denying customers life insurance...

Personal Loss Spurs Support of Bill on Pool and Spa Safety Baker Backs Incentives for States

May 3, 2006

By Susan LevineWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, May 3, 2006; B04 The man who once directed the White House, ran the country's Treasury and negotiated with heads of state, stood on a dais yesterday, the Capitol as his backdrop, and...

Little-Known Hazard On Pool Floors

May 2, 2006

May 2, 2006 Tuesday CBS News (CBS) Former Secretary of State James Baker will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to push legislation designed to cut down on the number of drowning deaths of children in swimming pools and...

Incentives offered for spa drain safety

May 1, 2006

Posted 5/1/2006 9:48 PM ET By Vicky Markovitz, USA TODAY   Nancy Baker, 49, says nothing eases the pain of losing her 7-year-old daughter, who died on June 15, 2002, after a hot tub drain held her underwater. But...

Jewish heritage due to get May spotlight - With a presidential proclamation, U.S. teachers will be encouraged to incorporate lessons about Jewish Americans.

April 20, 2006

April 20, 2006 Thursday Miami Herald BY BETH REINHARD   In a history-making moment, President Bush is expected next week to proclaim May of every year as Jewish American Heritage Month.     The proclamation will be the culmination...

Young Dems won’t emulate early ’90s ‘Gang of Seven’

March 8, 2006

By Josephine Hearn The Hill newspaper March 8, 2006   House Democrats see more than a few parallels between themselves and the Republicans of the early '90s - a minority party hoping to capitalize on ethics scandals and voter...

Lawmakers push storm savings bill

March 3, 2006

St. Petersburg TimesAs the state's crisis over home insurance looms, Florida's congressional delegation Wednesday sought to help homeowners put cash aside before disaster strikes.At a meeting on Capitol Hill with Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty to discuss potential federal...

Florida delegation wants backup insurance

March 2, 2006

By LESLIE CLARKThe Miami Herald WASHINGTON - Florida lawmakers renewed talk Wednesday of pushing for efforts to create a national catastrophic insurance fund, though they acknowledged an uphill struggle to attract support from states not as prone to natural...

Flurry of bills would restrict port control

March 2, 2006

By William E. Gibson Washington Bureau Chief   March 2, 2006   WASHINGTON · Alarmed about Arab control of seaport operations in Miami and five other cities, South Florida members of Congress proposed legislation on Wednesday that would ban...

S. Floridian urges Alito rejection Wasserman Schultz launches pointed attack on nominee

January 14, 2006

Sun-Sentinel By William E. Gibson Washington Bureau Chief   January 14, 2006   WASHINGTON · Citing the Terri Schiavo case and concerns about preserving privacy rights, South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged the Senate Judiciary Committee on...

Foes ponder next move in fight to defeat Alito

January 12, 2006

By Tom Curry National affairs writer MSNBC Updated: 6:01 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2006   WASHINGTON - As the interrogation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito ended Thursday he was not just four days closer to confirmation than he'd...

Defede Report: 109th Congress Adjourns

January 11, 2006

Jim Defede Is A CBS4 News Commentator (CBS4) MIAMI - The 109th Congress adjourned Saturday morning.Outgoing Speaker Denis Hastert brought the gavel down about 3:15 in the morning, ending what will likely be remembered as one of the most...

In New Congress, Seniority Takes Back Seat to Spirit - Young Democrats Reap Benefits of Work

January 11, 2006

By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 11, 2006; 4:14 PM They call themselves the "30-Something Working Group," a loose collection of House Democrats in their 30s and 40s who have begun making waves. During the campaign season, the...

Florida's congressional delegation weighs in as Alito hearings begin

January 10, 2006

By William E. Gibson Washington Bureau Chief Sun Sentinel   WASHINGTON U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito plunged into a polarized Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, backed by conservatives while stoically facing a weeklong confrontation with critics, including South...

The Forward: Florida Democrat’s Star Rising

January 1, 2006

The Forward Jennifer Siegel | Fri. Dec 01, 2006 Newly re-elected to a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, a Jewish lawmaker from Florida is vying for a seat on one of the most powerful committees in...

Life Insurers Can Hold Travel Against You

November 20, 2005

November 20 2005 Sunday Washington Post By Albert B. Crenshaw   Early this year then-newly elected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), mother of three small children, decided it would be a good idea to boost her life-insurance coverage. So...

Young congresswoman making her mark in Washington, D.C

October 18, 2005

October 18 2005 Tuesday Miami Herald BY BETH REINHARD   One Capitol Hill newspaper gushed over the new South Florida lawmaker taking her son to a basketball game and the Library of Congress. A think tank recently named her...

Youth is no longer an impasse for Wasserman Schultz

August 10, 2005

August 10 2005 Wednesday The Hill newspaper by: Jeff Dufour   It's a sweltering July day on Capitol Hill, and although Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has a permanent shadow, it's not a very big one. He's Jake, her...

House recommends national Jewish history month

January 16, 2005

By Larry Lipman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer   Friday, December 16, 2005   WASHINGTON - Next month will be the first annual American Jewish History Month if President Bush accepts a resolution the U.S. House passed late Thursday....

Jewish History Month proposal up to president

January 16, 2005

December 16, 2005 Friday Miami Herald BY BETH REINHARD   Quick, who was Judith Resnik?   If President Bush heeds Thursday's congressional resolution urging him to designate January as Jewish History Month, schoolchildren across the nation may learn that...

Unusual allies fight insurance denials for high-risk travel

January 15, 2005

December 15, 2005 Thursday Miami Herald By Frank Davies   WASHINGTON - When Jacob Solomon applied for extra life insurance, he was rejected. The reason: As executive vice president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, he takes trips to...

List of Rising Political Stars Is Always Growing

January 14, 2005

December 14, 2005 Wednesday Roll Call By Bree Hocking   Roll Call Staff   WA scan of the long-term horizon presents some intriguing possibilities among up-and- coming Jewish politicians - although many of these are largely unknown outside of...

What Would You Like to DO?








visit my mobile web youtube facebook twitter rss latest news feeds
visit my mobile web Subscribe to my E-Newsletter Write to Debbie Early Act New Direction for America Veterans and Troops Appropriation Requests Prepare for Hurricane Season Pool Safety Health Care.gov