Today’s Congressional odds and ends

Eshoo recovering from surgery: Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, underwent a successful laparoscopic appendectomy at Stanford Hospital yesterday and is making a full recovery, her office reported this morning. There were no complications from the surgery, performed by Dr. Karen Whang. Eshoo, 68, will be working from home for the rest of the week, her office said.

Barbara Lee (Dec-2010)Lee praises flights to Cuba: Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced that Oakland International Airport has received authorization by the United States Customs and Border Protection to become the first Bay Area airport offering direct charter passenger flights to Cuba. The decision to allow scheduled flights to Cuba is part of a broader effort by President Barack Obama to reach out to the Cuban people for academic, religious, humanitarian and news-gathering purposes. “This new charter is another important step in moving beyond the outdated Cold War era policies of the past and turning to a new, productive page in U.S.-Cuba relations and hopefully will lead to more travel and exchange with Cuba,” Lee said in a news release. “I have always believed that people-to-people diplomacy is the one of the most effective ways for strengthening ties between two nations. I am hopeful that today’s announcement will lead to many more Bay Area residents taking advantage of the opportunity to directly engage with the Cuban people.”

Miller strikes back on health care: Republicans from the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee held a field hearing yesterday in Evansville, Ind., on “The Recent Health Care Law: Consequences for Indiana Families and Workers,” and Rep. George Miller – the committee’s ranking Democrat – fired back with a column published today in the local paper. “Unfortunately, the hearing was more of the same and ignored the positive impacts the Affordable Care Act will have on Hoosiers,” Miller, D-Martinez, wrote in Evansville’s Courier & Press. “This is unfortunate. The new law has begun to deliver real benefits for Hoosier businesses, families and seniors. You deserve the truth on what the law does. Despite all of the heated rhetoric, health reform succeeded and the sky has not fallen.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Publius

    Now the Hoosiers know what the hell we deal with on a daily basis. Papa George knows whats best for all. King George has spoken Indiana! Now shut up and take your government medicine!

    I wonder if Rep. Eshoo had a co-pay or a deductable?

    Barbara should be the first person on the flight to Cuba.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Dr Lee, great believer in people-to-people diplomacy, neglected to mention that in our history of exchanges with Cuba we have gained Little Havana, artists and athletes and numerous worthy citizens. Cuba has gained airplane hijackers, fugitive criminals and a few deranged radicals.

  • Elwood

    “odds and ends”

    What a great description of the Bay Area congressional delegation!

    You should win a Pulitzer for that one Josh!

  • lars54

    The Republican leadership in the House has no health care “plan ” to deal with the problem of lack of affordable health care in the US, they are all hot air. Thier plan is to do nothing – that’s what they did durring the Bush years -, and to try and reverse progress that was made by Democrats on this critical issue. Republicans are in bed these profit-mad insurance companies – and thier 40 million dollar a year CEO’s; they want to continue this trend toward bloated insurance premiums only the well heeled can afford, while middle and low income people suffer, often doing without any health care at all. Thanks Congressman Miller for sticking up middle and low income people.

  • Elwood

    “Thanks Congressman Miller for sticking up middle and low income people.”

    Yes, that’s pretty much what Georgie Porgie and his fellow odds and ends of the Bay Area congressional delegation have been doing for way too many years.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Yes, Lars, there is a Santa Claus. In fact, there’s a whole bunch of ’em in the House. All they ask is your vote and loyalty. In exchange, as you struggle to make ends meet, the Santa caucus dreams up new ways of taxing greedy, profit-crazed Corporate Amerikkka, our country’s REAL ENEMY. The dull-minded, moss-covered GOP lamely suggests filling the gaps in medical coverage by assisting workers in finding aid in the private insurance sector. You know, stuff like pre-existing conditions, small businesses combining to provide healthcare for their staff; dull, unimaginative measures. These conservatives only know one thing—how to make money. They’re dumb when it comes to anything else.

  • Art

    At 68 years old Anna Eshoo is a still a knockout, geez what bone structure.