For many, this time of year reminds us of what is truly important in our lives – the health of our friends, the well-being of our neighbors and the love of all those we hold dear. It is also a time to reflect on the year gone by and think about the future that lies in the year ahead – for us individually, as a community, and as a nation.
This week, we began the 112th Congress. I am so honored to represent Maryland in the new Congress, both as the Representative of the State’s Fifth District but also as the House Democratic Whip. In this new Congress, I will remain focused on delivering real results for the people of Maryland and continuing to fight for the middle class and local economy. Voters here in Maryland and throughout the country made it clear in November that their priorities are job creation, growing the economy, and restoring fiscal responsibility, and Democrats will work with Republicans where we can to solve problems and protect the priorities of the American people.
One area where I hope we can work together is advancing the Make It In America agenda – an initiative I spearheaded in the last Congress that aims to keep the economy growing and creating jobs by encouraging our Nation to keep innovating and producing things. We must continue efforts to build on manufacturing here in Maryland so companies such as JEM Engineering in Laurel; A.D.J. Sheet Metal in White Plains; Capital Plastics Company, Techno Sciences, and Stromberg Sheet Metal Works in Beltsville; and many others, can continue to grow and prosper in the world economy.
Let me take a moment to update you on actions the new House majority will be taking that I believe will have a negative impact on the lives of many families, children, and seniors in Maryland and across the country. Next week, the House will vote on whether or not to put insurance companies back in charge of your health care by repealing important patients’ rights. By repealing the health reform law, children with pre-existing conditions would be denied coverage, young people would no longer stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, pregnant women and breast and prostate cancer patients would continue to be denied insurance, and seniors would face higher prescription drug costs. In addition, despite promising to be fiscally responsible, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that repeal would cost taxpayers $230 billion (CBO Report). Maryland cannot afford to lose the freedom provided by health reform, and our children cannot afford the debt Republican repeal would cause.
This past year has been filled with challenges, opportunities and successes. I thank you again for your continued trust and support, and as we move into this New Year, I look forward to working with you on issues of importance to you and our communities.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you and please continue to share your concerns and insights with us by contacting my office.
Looking forward to hearing from you and with warmest regards, I am