Rep. Wasserman Schultz hosted a Town Hall in Sunrise on the need for A New Direction for America. (Left to Right: Rep. Hastings FL-23, Rep. Wasserman Schultz FL-20, Rep. Meek FL-17, and Speaker Pelosi.)
A New Direction For America
As Congress enters the August recess, I wanted to take just a few minutes to update you on the activity of the 110th New Direction Congress led by a Democratic majority. During the past seven months, as promised, my colleagues and I have been making progress for the American people on the toughest challenges we face.
A few accomplishments of which I am particularly proud include:
The first minimum wage increase in ten years.
Oversight and accountability for the first time for the War in Iraq.
Protection and expansion of children's health coverage.
Hurricane relief to rebuild the Gulf Coast.
Implementation the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
Expansion of college aid.
Increases for veterans' health care.
Funding for new border patrol agents.
Authorizing prosecution of gas price gouging and OPEC price fixing.
Restoring Congressional oversight on all levels.
Saving billions of taxpayer dollars and responsible spending.
Exposing corruption and incompetence.
I personally introduced several amendments that were passed by the House of Representatives including:
Funding of $1.9 million for a national windstorm program, saving lives and protecting property by studying and preparing for wind storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes (For a full report, CLICK HERE)
But we are not stopping there. In the coming months, I will be working hard to pass legislation that protects children from online predators, prevents childhood drowning, and expands access to insurance coverage. Also, I will continue to ensure that your tax dollars are returned to our community by securing funding for South Florida projects.
If I sound excited about our progress it is because I am! These are just a few of the many items that we have accomplished and these are just the first of many steps in our New Direction for a stronger and more secure America!
(This is a summary of my August monthly column, "A New Direction For America." To read this month's column in full, CLICK HERE)