This week I was in the district meeting with constituents and talking with them about issues of importance to their communities.
On Tuesday, I invited USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a visit with the students and staff at George Washington Carver Elementary School in St. Mary's County to discuss how the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will help schools like Carver Elementary. Following the tour, we joined Pre-K students for lunch. Access to nutritious meals is critical to a child's ability to learn and live a healthy life, which is why I am so pleased that Maryland schools will benefit so greatly from this legislation. It will help schools like Carver provide healthier meals to their students, and I am pleased that recently proposed school meal nutrition changes will help our children get more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less saturated fat and sodium. I want to thank Deputy Secretary Merrigan for joining me for the tour.
I also met with residents and staff of the Garvey Senior Activity Center in Lexington Park to discuss the many ways the Affordable Care Act benefits older Americans and strengthens Medicare. Benefits that have recently been rolled out include a 50% discount on brand name drugs for seniors in the prescription drug "donut hole" and free preventive care for seniors, including no-cost annual check-ups, annual mammograms, and cancer screenings. In addition, we talked about how the Affordable Care Act will increase Medicare payments to primary care doctors, encouraging them to treat more seniors. I understand the importance of taking care of the health needs of America's seniors, and I look forward to continuing to talk about health care with the seniors of the Fifth District.
Finally, I stopped by Stone Industrial in College Park – a Maryland manufacturer since 1888 – to discuss the Democrats’ “Make It In America” agenda. The Make It In America agenda aims to create jobs and restore the competitiveness of our domestic manufacturing industry by encouraging companies to invest in job creation and innovation here in the U.S. Meeting with representatives and employees of Stone Industrial, I saw firsthand their desire to compete in the global economy--and I am committed to helping them get the resources and support they need to win. When more products are made in America, more middle-class families will be able to Make It In America.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you, and please continue to share your concerns and insights with me by contacting my office.