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By Elizabeth Brotherton and Emily YehleRoll Call Staff Of all the changes that transformed daily life on Capitol Hill in 2007, perhaps no Member played a bigger role than a second-term Congresswoman from Florida. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), a Chief Deputy Whip with a reputation as a prolific fundraiser, added subcommittee chairwoman to her […]

By Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Washington, DC)  —  Reading the newspaper or watching the news on T.V. has been a bit harrowing lately. There is no question that the economic news is bleak and the threats from abroad are growing. In my job, I talk with many people throughout South Florida. Whether it’s in the […]

  By WILLIAM E. GIBSON South Florida Sun Sentinel WASHINGTON – Using Florida as a model, Congress approved the first national pool-safety legislation on Tuesday to educate the public and encourage states to require enclosure fences, modern drains and other safety devices to prevent drowning and injury. “We know there will be children who won’t […]

By Jose de WitSouth Florida Sun Sentinel If you thought college students don’t care about politics anymore, an hour in a crowded conference room at Florida Atlantic University’s Davie campus Thursday might have changed your mind. A roomful of students grilled U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, when she came to campus to speak about […]

(Washington, DC)  —  Today, the PROTECT Our Children Act, authored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) passed the U.S. House of Representatives. PROTECT (H.R. 3845) was introduced in October in the House of Representatives to build a strong nationwide network of highly trained law enforcement experts to track down these offenders and put them away. […]

By William E. GibsonSun-Sentinel WASHINGTON – Alarmed by child exploitation via the Internet, the House is expected to overwhelmingly pass a billion-dollar bill today to dramatically expand investigations of computer-generated pornography. South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the bill’s sponsor and the mother of three young children, said more than half a million people […]

(Washington, DC)  —  Today, President Bush vetoed the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 1495), bipartisan legislation which was approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate by an overwhelming majority. The legislation authorizes approximately $23 billion for more than 800 projects in communities throughout the country, including Everglades restoration, repairing hurricane damage, restoring wetlands […]

(Washington, DC)  —  Citing a failure to recognize the severity of the crisis facing American consumers, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) a member of the Subcommittee on Financial Services of the Committee on Appropriations joined Speaker Pelosi and other members of Congress in calling for the resignation of Nancy Nord, the Acting Director of the […]

  By William E. GibsonSun-Sentinel Anxious to protect young children from drowning, the House passed a bill by voice vote on Tuesday to require anti-entrapment drain covers on new swimming pools and spas. The pool-safety bill, modeled on a Florida law enacted in 2000, also encourages states to require enclosure fences and safety locks to […]

(Washington, DC)  —  Legislation that seeks to end hundreds of preventable childhood deaths each year passed the House of Representatives today by a voice vote. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, H.R. 1721, will provide incentive grants to states that pass legislation implementing layers of protection to help prevent childhood drowning, the […]