Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, has not wasted any time getting to work on behalf of her constituents as the newly elected representative for the 32nd Congressional District.
Immediately after being sworn in last Thursday, Congresswoman Chu voted on a number of important environmental bills and then proceeded to a marathon hearing that lasted until 6 a.m. The hearing was part of the Congresswoman's new assignment on the Education and Labor Committee, and involved debate on amendments to the health care reform act currently being debated by Congress.
"In my district, approximately one in three residents lack healthcare coverage," said Rep. Chu, a strong supporter of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, during a press conference with the Democratic Caucus at the Capitol on Tuesday. "I am gravely concerned about this statistic, and it is certainly something we need to change.
"That is why this comprehensive healthcare reform is needed," Rep. Chu added, joining other legislators and health care professionals at the event Tuesday in urging passage of the bill. "It guarantees quality, affordable care for all Americans. The last thing we need as our nation emerges from the current recession is parents fearing bankruptcy if one of their children gets sick, or people having to choose between paying for their next prescription or putting food on their table. The status quo is unacceptable."
Congresswoman Chu also helped pass a landmark college affordability bill out of the Education and Labor Committee on Tuesday.
The legislation, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, will generate almost $100 billion in savings over the next ten years that will be used to boost Pell Grant scholarships, keep interest rates on federal loans affordable, create a more reliable and effective financial aid system for families, and enact President Obama's key education priorities.
The bill now goes to the full House for approval.