37 Attempts to Take Away Seniors' Health Care Benefits

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Publishes on Roll Call on May 16, 201337 Attempts to Take Away Seniors' Health Care BenefitsBy Reps. Doris Matsui and Jan SchakowskyIn May we celebrate Older Americans Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions seniors make every day in our communities. It is also a time to reflect on what we can do, as policymakers, to ensure their lifetime of hard work is rewarded and their ...

Disaster Prevention is a Federal Responsibility, Improved Flood Protection is Imperative

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on February 27, 2013Disaster Prevention is a Federal Responsibility, Improved Flood Protection is ImperativeBy Congresswoman Doris Matsui Natural disaster will always strike our country, devastating communities and harming our national economy. Facing floods, fires or earthquakes, our nation has never simply sat back and let communities fend for themselves.In a coun...

Leaving behind the age of oil

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Published in The Hill on February 23, 2012Leaving behind the age of oilBy Congresswoman Doris O. MatsuiThose that tell you that we can drill our way to $2-a-gallon gas are selling fool•’s gold. Nationwide, our gas use has consistently gone down over the past couple of years. At the same time, our domestic production is at the highest level it has been in eight years, with the number of rigs in U.S...

Stop latest Delta threat: A political power play

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on November 20, 2011Stop latest Delta threat: A political power playBy Congressman George Miller & Congresswoman Doris MatsuiSome things never change.The vitality of the single most important estuary on the West Coast is once again at risk from an old-fashioned political power play. If it's successful, local water users, the economy and the environment of our region...

Clean Energy Presents Work Opportunities

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Published in Roll Call September 19, 2011Clean Energy Presents Work OpportunitiesBy Rep. Doris MatsuiPerhaps now more than ever, the American people are looking to Congress to put in place policies that will create jobs for the American workforce. In addition to infrastructure investments, these policies must include support for the small- and medium-sized businesses • a growing list of which are ...

On 45th Anniversary, Medicare Under Siege

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Published on The Huffington Post in July 2011On 45th Anniversary, Medicare Under SiegeBy Congresswoman Doris Matsui & Congresswoman Jan SchakowskyForty-five years ago today, Medicare began operation and senior citizens started to use their brand new Medicare cards to obtain medical care. As President Lyndon B. Johnson stated, older Americans began to receive guaranteed access to care "not as an ac...

Strengthen Medicare in a responsible way

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Published in The Sacramento Bee in May 2011Strengthen Medicare in a responsible wayBy Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui & Secretary Kathleen SebeliusToday, nearly 48 million people • our parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends • rely on Medicare for the medical treatments and prescription drugs they need to get healthy and stay healthy. For nearly half a century, the program has freed a generatio...

Region's future will be tied to infrastructure we build today

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Published in The Sacramento Bee in February 2011Region's future will be tied to infrastructure we build todayBy Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui, California's 5th Congressional DistrictIn last month's State of the Union address and in his 2012 budget proposal, President Barack Obama reminded Americans what those of us in Sacramento already know: For our economy to thrive, we must focus our efforts on...

Matsui: Don• t Let the World Pass Us By on Green Technology Programs

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Published in Roll Call in July of 2010Matsui: Don• t Let the World Pass Us By on Green Technology ProgramsBy Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui, California's 5th Congressional DistrictOur nation is running a trade deficit in green technologies ranging in the billions, and the U.S. clean tech industry is lagging behind many of its competitors in exports, including Germany and China. This is simply unacc...

The Importance of Planting Trees

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Published on thinkprogress.org in May of 2010The Importance of Planting Trees By Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui, California's 5th Congressional DistrictDuring the markup of the Waxman-Markey clean energy economy legislation (H.R. 2454) on Wednesday, I offered an amendment to improve energy efficiency by encouraging the planting of shade trees to fight global warming, save electricity, and clean the...