Rep. Waxman, key ObamaCare architect, to retire after 20 terms in office

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“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#1 Jan 30, 2014
Published January 30, 2014
FoxNews.com

Longtime Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman announced Thursday he will not seek reelection in the fall, becoming the latest architect of the Affordable Care Act to announce his retirement.

"After 40 years in Congress, it's time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark," the California congressman said in a statement.

Waxman will have served 20 terms in Congress by the time of his retirement. As prior chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he was instrumental in the drafting of ObamaCare in 2009.

Two other Democrats involved in that process -- Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.-- have also announced their retirement from Congress (though Baucus is awaiting confirmation to be the next ambassador to China).

Republicans swiftly characterized Waxman's decision as a sign of Democratic vulnerability.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said "it's a clear indication that House Democrats think they won't be wielding the gavel" after the midterm elections in the fall.

"With the way ObamaCare is playing out they have a tough battle to hold ... onto what they've got," he said.

In a lengthy statement announcing his decision, Waxman said he takes pride in his legislative accomplishments, listing among them the Affordable Care Act. He called its passage the fulfillment of "one of my lifelong dreams."

President Obama, in his State of the Union address, defended the health law against ongoing efforts by Republicans to undermine it. Technical problems with the launch of insurance exchanges last year raised questions about the law's viability, but his administration has tried to address those issues and says enrollment is improving. Still, the rocky launch could cause problems for incumbent Democrats who voted for it.

Waxman leaves Congress after a career spanning four decades. He also co-authored a controversial cap-and-trade bill which would have effectively charged businesses for greenhouse gas emissions. In 2012, he ran into controversy after he accused Republicans of acting "like terrorists" by trying to force the administration to approve the Keystone oil pipeline.

"When I was first elected to the House - in 1974 - I hoped to be able to serve 20 years and leave a mark on some important issues," he said. "I never imagined I would be in the House for 40 years and be able to advance every issue I care deeply about. But in what feels like a blink of an eye, it has been 40 years and I've devoted most of my life to the House of Representatives."

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#2 Jan 30, 2014
Waxman and Duke could be twins!

http://youtu.be/vV1IeBlnLrY

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#3 Jan 30, 2014
They've already given up on the House:

With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/democra...
They cannot kill a Spook

Detroit, MI

#4 Jan 30, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
Waxman and Duke could be twins!
http://youtu.be/vV1IeBlnLrY
I bet they swap body fluids
Duke for Mayor

Uniontown, OH

#5 Jan 30, 2014
Rodeo Clown

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 30, 2014
He trotted out the old yarn that he wants to spend more time with his nostrils.
Henry Nostilititus

Arlington Heights, IL

#7 Jan 31, 2014
That's a shame he is retiring. His big nose and overgrown crop of nose hair helped filter the air in the House Chamber of harmful pollutants and particles.

Now, the EPA will have to step in and spend millions to get the job done.
Duke for Mayor

Richfield, OH

#8 Feb 1, 2014
I thought he was rather attractive.

woof
Reality Speaks

Columbus, OH

#9 Feb 2, 2014
Waxman is retiring because there is no chance of re-election.

This guy has been in Washington for 40 years, and IS the problem in Washington.

Others like Waxman who have been in Washington 20, 30, 40 years are also the problem.

All of the career politicians have caused our current situation and blame someone else.

end the blame game, and define them all guilty.

In November vote in a Freshman.
Enzyte Bob

United States

#10 Feb 3, 2014
Good riddance Christ killer J3w.
Duke for Mayor

Massillon, OH

#11 Feb 3, 2014
Enzyte Bob wrote:
Good riddance Christ killer J3w.
Wow Bob, he must be a lot older than he looks!!!

woof

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#12 Feb 3, 2014
Enzyte Bob wrote:
Good riddance Christ killer J3w.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/20-t...

Eek
They cannot kill a Spook

Detroit, MI

#13 Feb 3, 2014
Too bad he didn't have the decency to commit suicide.
Enzyte Bob

United States

#14 Feb 3, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
Too bad he didn't have the decency to commit suicide.
or turn himself into a lampshade ...
Duke for Mayor

Massillon, OH

#15 Feb 3, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
Too bad he didn't have the decency to commit suicide.
You first.

woof

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#17 Feb 3, 2014
RU_Kiddingme wrote:
<quoted text>
Nah. It just means we're confident that we'll hold the seat with a new candidate.
Sorry to burst your bubble. Continue drinking the kool-aid.
I have no doubt about that. The point you miss is that Waxman doesn't want another term in the minority.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#18 Feb 3, 2014
RU_Kiddingme wrote:
<quoted text>
Nah. It just means we're confident that we'll hold the seat with a new candidate.
Sorry to burst your bubble. Continue drinking the kool-aid.
Waxman got only 54% against a de-facto R last time. Same guy runs again, against Sandra Fluke, and "we" win.
Duke for Mayor

Massillon, OH

#19 Feb 3, 2014
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>I have no doubt about that. The point you miss is that Waxman doesn't want another term in the minority.
I'm sure he called you and told you why he's retiring.

First call he made, huh Paco?

woof

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#20 Feb 3, 2014
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure he called you and told you why he's retiring.
First call he made, huh Paco?
woof
Did you read what Waxman said?

It was whining about the "Tea Party", he wouldn't be whining about the eeevil TP if they were soon to be relegated to (permanent) minority status.
Duke for Mayor

Massillon, OH

#21 Feb 3, 2014
-The-Artist- wrote:
<quoted text>
Did you read what Waxman said?
It was whining about the "Tea Party", he wouldn't be whining about the eeevil TP if they were soon to be relegated to (permanent) minority status.
Sounds to me as if he's aging, getting fed up with the idiocy, and wants to enjoy life for a while before the inevitable sets in.

What's so bad about that?

woof

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