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  • Wasserman Schultz on VA Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    I am thrilled that the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will shift from the controversial United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines for breast cancer screening and mammography to the American Cancer Society's breast cancer screening guidelines. For years, I have fought the USPSTF guidelines, along with other cancer experts and advocacy organizations. In the 114th Congress, I sponsored legislation that became law, which placed a moratorium on the USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines, to allow breast cancer experts and organizations to review and reach consensus on when screening should begin. The law requires coverage for mammography beginning at age 40.

    Washington, DC ­– U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement on the announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that it is adopting the American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines:

    “I am thrilled that the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will shift from the controversial United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines for breast cancer screening and mammography to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer screening guidelines. For years, I have fought the USPSTF guidelines, along with other cancer experts and advocacy organizations. In the 114th Congress, I sponsored legislation that became law, which placed a moratorium on the USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines, to allow breast cancer experts and organizations to review and reach consensus on when screening should begin. The law requires coverage for mammography beginning at age 40.

    Having recently learned that the VA previously adopted the USPSTF guidelines, I filed legislation last week after speaking with VA Secretary David Shulkin that would ensure that the widely accepted guidelines – which call for women to begin breast cancer screening at 40 – are required to be used by the VA for veterans and all women. I will continue to aggressively pursue this legislation. 

    Nonetheless, the announcement this week by Secretary Shulkin is a tremendous victory for women veterans who now formally have the choice to begin screenings at the age of 40, and be eligible for yearly exams at age 45. I will closely monitor how this policy is implemented, but it would be a major step in allowing our women veterans to take control of their own breast health. And now they can also take comfort in knowing that they will not be treated any differently than women in the private sector. As a breast cancer survivor myself, who was diagnosed at the young age of 41, I know how vital this life-saving policy can be for millions of our veterans.”

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    Contact: David.Damron@mail.house.gov or 202-906-0542

    2017-05-10 08:23:00 2017-05-10 09:24:00 2017-05-10 07:59:00 False False 1422 1437 49 Latest News SSN: VA Agrees With Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Call to Change Mammogram Guidelines SSN: VA Agrees With Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Call to Change Mammogram Guidelines The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it will adhere to American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines, a decision which won the applause of a South Florida congresswoman who had been urging the department adopt them." Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz on FBI Director Comey's Firing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    This is a dark day for justice in America. The conduct of FBI Director James Comey before the 2016 Election was certainly disturbing, and undoubtedly deserved criticism and scrutiny. But the reasoning and timing behind this firing is absolutely preposterous and unbelievable. It smacks of a Nixon-esque cover up of President Trump's Kremlin ties. And with this egregious political power play, there is now no question that a special prosecutor is needed, because Americans absolutely deserve an open, independent investigation into Trump's Russian connections. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz and Brooks Introduce Legislation to Protect Women's Access to Mammograms
    Posted in Press Releases on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05) introduced H.R. 2307, the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (PALS Act). The PALS Act would postpone recent United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations that could severely limit women's access to mammograms. The Congresswomen released the following statements Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Condemns Republican Passage of Trumpcare 2.0
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Trumpcare 2.0 bill that Republicans passed today is one of the most deceptive and destructive pieces of legislation to ever emerge from my time in the U.S. House of Representatives. Trumpcare 2.0 would provide less care with much higher costs. It would make tens of millions of Americans sicker and poorer, and unravel much of the progress Democrats made in creating a more affordable, equitable and compassionate health system. And, shamefully, Republicans did it with demonstrably false claims about who this bill would hurt, and without any hearings or an official nonpartisan estimate of its fiscal impact. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz on Bipartisan Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I was proud to work with my colleagues to achieve a bipartisan compromise that funds many key Democratic priorities, as well as preventing major cuts in vital programs which will make our country safer, stronger and healthier. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz on Israel's Independence Day
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    I am proud and absolutely inspired to celebrate the 69th Israel Independence Day. Since its birth, Israel has grown to be an ever-closer friend and reliable partner of the United States, a relationship built on shared values, mutual priorities, and common ideals. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz on Israel's Independence Day
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    I am proud and absolutely inspired to celebrate the 69th Israel Independence Day. Since its birth, Israel has grown to be an ever-closer friend and reliable partner of the United States, a relationship built on shared values, mutual priorities, and common ideals. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Jewish American Heritage Month
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    This May, I am delighted to celebrate the 12th annual Jewish American Heritage Month as we honor the profound impact American Jews have made on our country's history and culture. The American Jewish experience is central to the story of the immigrant, the workers' movement, and the battle for civil rights. Jews in America have taken prominent places in government, on our baseball diamonds, in our symphony halls, and throughout our nation's history book. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz Statement on Ros-Lehtinen Retirement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is an incredible public servant and a dear friend. She has served South Florida for 38 years with honor and distinction, and unfailingly defended the unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States; she is easily one of Israel's strongest allies in Congress. The irony is that Washington today is castigated for being too partisan, and a place where no one can get along. But Ileana's warmth and love for life is infectious, and friendship and finding common ground were her calling cards. Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz on Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah, we honor the memory of the six million Jews and other political, religious, and social minorities who were murdered in the worst genocide in human history. We take this moment to not only pledge to never let their memory fade, but solemnly rededicate ourselves to never allowing something so evil and heinous to occur again.On this day, we also honor the survivors and those who fought against this unspeakable, malevolent mass crime. As a Jew, policymaker and elected representative of one of the largest survivor populations in the United States, I have strived to dedicate myself to providing Holocaust survivors with the financial and social services that they need to live in dignity. Read more