20-term Dem Waxman, House force on health care, clean air, to retire; Sandra Fluke may run

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 30, 2014 - 8:07 PM

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.

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dogmanJan. 30, 1410:26 AM

Looks like the teapubs have found a way, other than voter suppression and getting support from billionaires spending their inheritance, to drive democrats from office - be so insufferable and childish that responsible adults get fed up to the point of giving up

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fjbarrowsJan. 30, 1412:17 PM

20 terms? This is the problem with Congress; they are there to serve theirinter own interests, not represent their district. Term limits are way overdue.

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avejoeconJan. 30, 1412:18 PM

Looks like Waxman sees the writing on the wall and wants to go out on top, rather than losing an election. I don't blame her.

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dogmanJan. 30, 1412:26 PM

"Looks like Waxman sees the writing on the wall and wants to go out on top, rather than losing an election. I don't blame her." -- you're confused again, Joe.. Rep Henry Waxman is a man.. not a woman.

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wileyrulesJan. 30, 1412:35 PM

Avejoe: Waxman is a guy. Twenty terms is way too many, however.

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potter201Jan. 30, 1412:57 PM

Dogman---you're close, but I suspect his departure is more due to having to defend Ocare rather than anything the republicans have done. If he has no more backbone than to wilt under disagreement or when he fails to get his way, one wonders how he managed to survive 20 terms. Oh, that's right, Hollywood is in his district. He comes from the land of make believe.

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morbthrmsnowJan. 30, 14 1:07 PM

I'm sure he could do another 20 terms if he wanted. But 40 years is clearly enough, I don't care who you are. Waxman has been an outstanding representative and he will be missed. It's got nothing to do with TeaCons, they are going away. If they formed their own party, they would get as may votes as the Freedom Party, but instead they will drag the Republican Party down with them. Only the moderates will survive and they will unintentionally elect a lot of Democrats. You know one of the side effects of all of the right's gerrymandering is to create more swing districts. That will actually backfire and cost them seats in the next election.

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cmo55Jan. 30, 14 1:08 PM

Just think - Waxman was in office while the Govt accumulated 15 of it's 17 Trillion debt. Perhaps he should give up his pension and benefits in repayment.

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dogmanJan. 30, 14 1:54 PM

"Dogman---you're close" -- Waxman's statement.. 'There are elements of Congress today that I do not like. I abhor the extremism of the Tea Party Republicans. I am embarrassed that the greatest legislative body in the world too often operates in a partisan intellectual vacuum, denying science, refusing to listen to experts, and ignoring facts.'

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avejoeconJan. 30, 14 2:56 PM

I am embarrassed that the greatest legislative body in the world too often operates in a partisan intellectual vacuum, denying science, refusing to listen to experts, and ignoring facts.'=======So, like all the others on the left and in the Democratic party, if you don't totally agree with you, she will attack rather than try to work with you.

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