WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 29, 2007, Center for American Progress will host a discussion on SCHIP with Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell and Senator Gordon Smith of the Finance Committee. The conversation moderated by Senator Tom Daschle is being held to accompany the ongoing discussion regarding SCHIP funding.
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Chairman John Dingell (D-MI)
Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)
Senator Tom Daschle, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Program: 9:30am to 10:30am
Admission is free.
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Chairman John Dingell, over the last five decades, has developed a sound reputation as a champion for working families who keep America’s economy strong; a crusader for our nation’s natural heritage; and the leading voice in Congress for making health care affordable and accessible to all families. Because of his work for constituents in Monroe County and parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties, and as the Chairman of the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce, Chairman Dingell is known throughout Michigan and the nation for his effectiveness and foresight.
Chairman Dingell has written some of the best known laws protecting our health and our environment, as well as the rights of workers and consumers. One notable example is the 1990 Clean Air Act which is credited with cleaning up the air we breathe while preserving American competitiveness. He fought for the passage of revolutionary legislation such as the Endangered Species Act, as well as laws that address
Chairman Dingell also took a leading role in creating the “Do Not Call” list in 2003 to help families stop unwanted telemarketing and remains vigilant in his pursuit of a “Patients Bill of Rights” which will ensure patients’ care is in the hands of doctors, not HMO’s and insurance companies. At the beginning of every session of Congress, Chairman Dingell introduces the national health insurance bill his father sponsored when he was a Member. December 13, 2005 marked Chairman Dingell’s 50th anniversary in the US House. Only one other House Member has served as long?Jamie Whitten (MS).
Senator Gordon Smith has focused on issues crucial to
As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Smith has initiated discussions on ways to strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and public/private retirement programs, and to expose companies that prey on seniors with marketing scams. During his tenure as Chairman in the 109th Congress, Smith also worked to spotlight issues such as long-term care, retirement security, disaster preparedness,
Smith’s foray into politics began in 1992, when he was elected to the Oregon State Senate. His colleagues recognized his leadership abilities by electing him minority leader, and then president of the State Senate during his first term in office. Upon his election to the United States Senate, Smith became the first U.S. Senator from eastern
Tom Daschle is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Senator Daschle’s work for the Center focuses on health care policy and global economic, security, and health issues. Senator Daschle is also a member of the Global Alliances’ steering committee, an international coalition of progressive leaders dedicated to the development and exchange of progressive policy ideas.
In addition to his work at the Center, Senator Daschle is also a visiting professor at the
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, Tom Daschle served there until 1986 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate from
Senator Daschle attended