Our U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman spoke today to a large audience of community members at the National Council of Jewish Women building on Fairfax Avenue. More than 100 people listened to Waxman speak for approximately one hour, in a presentation that was billed as “An Inside Report… What’s Happening on the Hill.”
Waxman has served in Congress since 1975 and is considered one of the senior statesmen of the Democratic Party. At today’s event, he spoke about the need to tone down rhetoric in light of the tragic events in Tucson. He decried the use of slogans and code words by the “Republican echo chamber.”
Waxman praised the accomplishments of the Congressional session that ended in December, pointing out that Congress passed historic health care legislation, financial reform, the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” food safety reforms, and many other significant bills. He defended President Obama’s record, even while mentioning areas where he wished Congress and the President had been able to achieve more, such as a public option in health care.
After his remarks, Waxman answered about 20 questions that had been submitted by audience members. The questions ranged from concerns about prescription drug costs, to the importance of renewing an assault weapons ban, to the need for Democrats to get their messages across better with the American people.
The next NCJW forum will be held Thursday, January 27, and is titled, “Roe v. Wade: The Imminent Threat.”