James T. Walsh – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for Rep. In Congress District 25, New York

New York Republican State Committee
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400 Broadview DriveSyracuse, NY 13215
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Congressman Jim Walsh has risen in the ranks to become one of Congress' most influential members. He is currently one of ten chairmen of the House Appropriations Subcommittees, commonly referred to as "the College of Cardinals" because of their influence on national spending policies.

In the current 109th Congress, Mr. Walsh is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. As Chair of MilQual, the third largest of the 10 appropriations budgets at approximately $115 billion, Mr. Walsh has spending oversight for all Department of Defense installation construction/improvement and military family housing accounts, Defense health programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Walsh is also a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Of particular interest to many in New York State, Mr. Walsh proudly serves as Chairman of the Friends of Ireland, having been first named to that post by the Speaker of the House in 1995. He also serves as co-chair of the U.S.-Irish Interparliamentary Group.

Mr. Walsh chaired an historic Congressional Delegation in 1995, accompanying President Clinton to Northern Ireland for the first such visit by a sitting U.S. President. Subsequently, Mr. Walsh has led other delegations and was a member of the Distinguished Delegation to accompany President Clinton to Ireland in 1998 following ratification of the Good Friday Agreement. For his work in promoting the Irish Peace Process, Walsh was presented with a 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.

During his tenure as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Affairs, Mr. Walsh led Congress' restoration of the U.S. Botanic Garden. Established by Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Since 1849 the Garden has been located at the eastern end of th [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

A Central New York native, Congressman Jim Walsh was born in Syracuse to the former Mary Dorsey and William F. Walsh in 1947. An avid sportsman who hunts, fishes and skis on a regular basis, Mr. Walsh and his wife have three grown children. They live in the Town of Onondaga and are parishioners at Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Following graduation from St. Bonaventure University, Jim Walsh joined the Peace Corps where he was stationed in Nepal and worked as an agriculture extension agent introducing improved varieties of wheat, corn, and rice.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Jim worked as a Social Services case worker for Onondaga County and as a telephone company executive. He is the former Director of the Telecommunication Institute at SUNY Institute of Technology located just north of Utica.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

None

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Mr. Walsh is active in civic and charitable organizations. To name a few, he is a board member of the Erie Canal Museum, Vera House, the Everson Museum of Art, and the Syracuse Children's Chorus.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

In 1977, Jim ran for Third District Common Councilor in the City of Syracuse, a position he served in until his election to President of the Syracuse Common Council in 1985.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Roman Catholic.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Congressman Walsh has risen in the ranks to become one of Congress' most influential members. He is currently one of ten chairmen of the House Appropriations Subcommittees, commonly referred to as "the College of Cardinals" because of their influence on national spending policies.

In the current 109th Congress, Mr. Walsh is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. As Chair of MilQual, the third largest of the 10 appropriations budgets at approximately $115 billion, Mr. Walsh has spending oversight for all Department of Defense installation construction/improvement and military family housing accounts, Defense health programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Walsh is nationally recognized as a leader in child nutrition through his support of the WIC Program (Women with Infants and Children) and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) and as sponsor of the "Hunger Has a Cure" bill in the House of Representatives.

In 1999, Walsh was the author and primary sponsor of the "Newborn and Infant Screening and Intervention Program Act."

Education
Federal Funding of Private Schools

Under Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives (beginning in 1994), overall federal funds for education have increased by more than 140%.

Never before has the federal government invested so much in America's public schools with a focus on accountability, expanded parental options, and increased local control and flexibility. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Walsh is proud to be at the forefront of this effort.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Head Start

Head Start funding has increased by 91%.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Improving Education

Jim Walsh has been a consistent advocate for education concerns as a member of the United States Congress. During his tenure, Congressman Walsh has fought for more teacher training, smaller class sizes, improved school safety initiatives, increased opportunities for parental involvement, and the restoration of flexibility and accountability in the public education system.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Local Control Over Education

Mr. Walsh supported President Bush's landmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform legislation passed by the 107th Congress. As a result, unprecedented levels of new federal resources have flowed to New York school districts along with unprecedented local control over these funds.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Special Education

Special education grants to states (IDEA) have increased by 330%.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

No Child Left Behind Act Federal Funding Level

Mr. Walsh supported President Bush's landmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform legislation passed by the 107th Congress. As a result, unprecedented levels of new federal resources have flowed to New York school districts along with unprecedented local control over these funds. In fact, under Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives (beginning in 1994), overall federal funds for education have increased by more than 140%.

Never before has the federal government invested so much in America's public schools with a focus on accountability, expanded parental options, and increased local control and flexibility. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Walsh is proud to be at the forefront of this effort.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Student Loans, Scholarships and Pell Grants

The maximum Pell Grant award has increased by 64%.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Education, a General Statement

Jim Walsh has been a consistent advocate for education concerns as a member of the United States Congress. During his tenure, Congressman Walsh has fought for more teacher training, smaller class sizes, improved school safety initiatives, increased opportunities for parental involvement, and the restoration of flexibility and accountability in the public education system.

Mr. Walsh supported President Bush's landmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform legislation passed by the 107th Congress. As a result, unprecedented levels of new federal resources have flowed to New York school districts along with unprecedented local control over these funds. In fact, under Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives (beginning in 1994):

* Overall federal funds for education have increased by more than 140%;

* Title I aid to the nation's public school systems for the special education needs has increased by 84%;

* Special education grants to states (IDEA) have increased by 330%;

* The maximum Pell Grant award has increased by 64%; and

* Head Start funding has increased by 91%.

Never before has the federal government invested so much in America's public schools with a focus on accountability, expanded parental options, and increased local control and flexibility. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Walsh is proud to be at the forefront of this effort.

The father of three children educated in New York's public schools and the husband of a life-long teacher, Jim Walsh will continue to advocate in Washington to improve education for all New Yorkers regardless of income.

Through the Congressman's leadership, important linkages have been established in our region between NASA and the Syracuse City School District's Fowler High School, Syracuse University, Cornell University, RIT, and the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community College in Auburn. In addition, Mr. [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

No Child Left Behind Act, a General Statement

Mr. Walsh supported President Bush's landmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform legislation passed by the 107th Congress. As a result, unprecedented levels of new federal resources have flowed to New York school districts along with unprecedented local control over these funds. In fact, under Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives (beginning in 1994):

* Overall federal funds for education have increased by more than 140%;

* Title I aid to the nation's public school systems for the special education needs has increased by 84%;

* Special education grants to states (IDEA) have increased by 330%;

* The maximum Pell Grant award has increased by 64%; and

* Head Start funding has increased by 91%.

Never before has the federal government invested so much in America's public schools with a focus on accountability, expanded parental options, and increased local control and flexibility. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Walsh is proud to be at the forefront of this effort.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Environment
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative

Congressman Walsh has worked to secure a permanent ban on drilling in the Finger Lakes National Forest, introducing legislation he authored in the House that will permanently ban all oil and gas drilling in the 16,000 acre preserve located in Hector between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Until this permanent ban can take effect, Walsh has regularly attached one-year drilling bans to annual House appropriations bills to protect the unique environment of New York's only national forest.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Clean Water Act and Water Quality

Onondaga Lake

Congressman Walsh has led the charge to clean up Onondaga Lake. Through his work, the U.S. Congress has allocated close to $129 million (well over one-third of its overall cost) to be spent on the cleanup of the lake, and the Congressman brought in experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to oversee the entire project and begin efforts to implement a protection plan and runoff strategy for the entire Onondaga Lake watershed.

Mr. Walsh's very first bill in Congress nearly 14 years ago asked for federal assistance in turning this polluted body of water into an environmental treasure. As its shores are virtually 100% publicly owned, Mr. Walsh's vision includes the addition of a full network of nature trails looping the lake and a bustling Inner Harbor/Lakefront area. The potential for Onondaga Lake is limitless, and Jim Walsh is providing leadership to make this rehabilitation a reality.

Watershed Protection

We are blessed in Central New York with plenty of fresh water. Congressman Walsh has worked with local soil and conservation services in several counties to establish complete, proactive water quality management plans to keep our water supplies clean. In the Skaneateles, Otisco, and Owasco Lake watersheds for instance, farmers are practicing rotational grazing which keeps farm runoff from polluting lake water. Lakeside property owners, too, are included in educational efforts to ensure their septic systems are upgraded and do not pose a danger to the lakes. Similar plans have begun at the Congressman's direction in both the Onondaga and Oneida Lake watersheds.

To protect shorelines from irregular erosion, Congressman Walsh has secured funding to rebuild community seawalls in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake and in Fair Haven on Lake Ontario's Little Sodus Bay. And recently, Mr. Walsh secured sizable federal grants to construct a new regional public sewage system in the Fair Haven / Red Creek area. Not only do these projects provide [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act

Congressman Walsh has worked to secure a permanent ban on drilling in the Finger Lakes National Forest, introducing legislation he authored in the House that will permanently ban all oil and gas drilling in the 16,000 acre preserve located in Hector between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Until this permanent ban can take effect, Walsh has regularly attached one-year drilling bans to annual House appropriations bills to protect the unique environment of New York's only national forest.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Environment, a General Statement

Conservation

An avid outdoorsman, Jim Walsh believes in strong land stewardship and is working to assist New York farmers in their efforts to preserve our environment. In Congress, Jim Walsh supports the Farmland Protection Program, an effort aimed at countering uncontrolled growth in rural areas that threatens to eat away valuable pieces of farmland. In addition, Congressman Walsh has worked to expand the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) -- which idles sensitive, highly erodible land from production -- and helped increase the size of the Environmental Qualities Incentive Program (EQUIP) -- which helps livestock farms, dairy farms and feedlots comply with necessary environmental regulations.

Onondaga Lake

Congressman Walsh has led the charge to clean up Onondaga Lake. Through his work, the U.S. Congress has allocated close to $129 million (well over one-third of its overall cost) to be spent on the cleanup of the lake, and the Congressman brought in experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to oversee the entire project and begin efforts to implement a protection plan and runoff strategy for the entire Onondaga Lake watershed.

Mr. Walsh's very first bill in Congress nearly 14 years ago asked for federal assistance in turning this polluted body of water into an environmental treasure. As its shores are virtually 100% publicly owned, Mr. Walsh's vision includes the addition of a full network of nature trails looping the lake and a bustling Inner Harbor/Lakefront area. The potential for Onondaga Lake is limitless, and Jim Walsh is providing leadership to make this rehabilitation a reality.

Watershed Protection

We are blessed in Central New York with plenty of fresh water. Congressman Walsh has worked with local soil and conservation services in several counties to establish complete, proactive water quality management plans to keep our water supplies clean. In the Skaneateles, Otisco, and Owasco Lake watersheds for instance, farmers are practi [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Food & Agriculture
Agriculture, a General Statement

Agriculture remains New York State's largest industry. Over 20% of the state's land area is used by farmers. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and recognized leader for Northeastern U.S. agriculture in Congress, Jim Walsh has been successful in spearheading a number of agriculture programs that significantly impact New York farmers and the Upstate economy.

Although there are a number of important agricultural issues affecting New York farmers, there are a myriad of additional agricultural issues -- such as conservation funding, agricultural research, and rural development -- that are critical components of a comprehensive farm policy. Jim Walsh stands ready to work for the 25th District to solve whatever problems arise for New York farmers so their livelihoods and well being are protected for generations to come.

Dairy

Milk is New York's leading agriculture product with approximately 8,000 dairy farms, ranking third nationally in production behind California and Wisconsin. In 1998-99, Jim Walsh worked successfully with a strong regional Northeast-Southeast coalition to support the so-called "Option 1-A" which kept Class I price differentials stable. In addition, he has been a strong supporter of the Northeast Dairy Compact and has worked tirelessly with his colleagues in the House and Senate in the fight to reform and improve the payments farmers receive for their milk under the federal pricing system.

Jim Walsh believes in the need for dairy market loss payments to help small dairy farmers adapt to low milk prices and high price volatility in the marketplace. In his role on the Agriculture Subcommittee, Congressman Walsh worked to get over $200 million in supplemental market loss payments in FY 1999 as well as $125 million for direct payments in FY 2000 to dairy farmers nationwide.

As a current co-sponsor of H.R. 1160, Mr. Walsh supports a proposal to place an import duty on foreign milk protein concentrate [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement

IRELAND

In 1995, the Speaker of the House appointed Jim Walsh Chairman of the Friends of Ireland, a bipartisan, bicameral group of representatives and senators who closely follow events in Ireland. He also serves as Co-Chair of the U.S.-Irish Interparliamentary Group, a delegation of members also appointed by the Speaker which communicates with the Republic of Ireland's parliament on issues of mutual concern. In both capacities, Walsh represented the United States by chairing a historic Congressional Delegation on its 1995 trip accompanying President Clinton to Northern Ireland, the first such visit by a sitting American president. Subsequently, Mr. Walsh has led other delegations and was a member of the Distinguished Delegation to accompany the President to Ireland in 1998 following ratification of the Good Friday Agreement. Since then, he has worked tirelessly with the President and his colleagues in the U.S., Ireland, and England legislative bodies to secure the Agreement.

Mr. Walsh is responsible for the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program, passed by Congress in 1998, which as part of the peace process will allow citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 from Northern Ireland and the border counties to live and work in the United States for three years. Commonly referred to as the "Walsh Visa" program, the initiative's goal is for participants to learn a trade and to experience life in a multi-cultural society, eventually taking those experiences home to build a better Ireland. The program boasts of hubs in Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

For his work on the peace process, Mr. Walsh has been honored in his hometown by the local Ancient Order of Hibernians, receiving the Bobby Sands Award in 1998. Additionally, he received the Flax Trust Award in 1997 for his leadership in supporting the peace process and has been recognized for his work with the International Fund for Ireland. In 1988, Walsh and his father, former Congressman [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Promotion of Democracy Around World

Mr. Walsh is responsible for the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program, passed by Congress in 1998, which as part of the peace process will allow citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 from Northern Ireland and the border counties to live and work in the United States for three years. Commonly referred to as the "Walsh Visa" program, the initiative's goal is for participants to learn a trade and to experience life in a multi-cultural society, eventually taking those experiences home to build a better Ireland. The program boasts of hubs in Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

For his work on the peace process, Mr. Walsh has been honored in his hometown by the local Ancient Order of Hibernians, receiving the Bobby Sands Award in 1998. Additionally, he received the Flax Trust Award in 1997 for his leadership in supporting the peace process and has been recognized for his work with the International Fund for Ireland. In 1988, Walsh and his father, former Congressman and Syracuse Mayor William F. Walsh, were Grand Marshals of the Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Health & Medical
Reducing Health Care Costs

Prescription Drug Coverage - Medicare Reform

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an affordable and voluntary prescription drug benefit, strengthens the Medicare+Choice program, and lowers overall health care costs.

During the legislation's debate, Congressman Walsh led a contingent of fellow members in successfully advocating for multiple concerns in the bill important to New York State. Among them were protection of New York's successful and popular EPIC program, preservation of all important funding to the state's teaching hospitals, and adequate adjustment of Medicare reimbursement rates for New York health care providers to account for advances in modern equipment and facilities to promote better diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Jim Walsh will continue to advocate for Medicare reforms that emphasizes and covers preventative and alternative care methods, appropriately adjusts reimbursement rates, institutes acceptable practitioner paperwork requirements, and concentrates on quality elder health care delivery.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Improving Health & Medical Care

Securing Veterans' Healthcare Needs

Congressman Jim Walsh has been an ardent advocate for our nation's veterans. As chair of the VA/HUD Subcommittee on Appropriations, he oversees the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' $64 billion annual budget. Under his leadership, the subcommittee has ushered in the largest increases in VA healthcare spending in the agency's history -- by over $10.6 billion in the last five years -- and he has worked to decrease Veterans Administration claims processing delays.

Locally, to supplement the services provided by the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, Congressman Walsh worked to establish an Outpatient VA Health Clinic at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn and at a Cortlandville clinic of Cayuga Medical Center. He's hopeful additional clinics can be added in additional 25th District communities.

Jim Walsh has also been at the forefront in the fight to preserve veterans healthcare services at the Canandaigua VA. The Congressman believes that the needs of America's veterans and their families must be met in recognition of their selfless dedication and sacrifice to our nation.

Prescription Drug Coverage - Medicare Reform

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an afforda [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

Securing Veterans' Healthcare Needs

Congressman Jim Walsh has been an ardent advocate for our nation's veterans. As chair of the VA/HUD Subcommittee on Appropriations, he oversees the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' $64 billion annual budget. Under his leadership, the subcommittee has ushered in the largest increases in VA healthcare spending in the agency's history -- by over $10.6 billion in the last five years -- and he has worked to decrease Veterans Administration claims processing delays.

Locally, to supplement the services provided by the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, Congressman Walsh worked to establish an Outpatient VA Health Clinic at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn and at a Cortlandville clinic of Cayuga Medical Center. He's hopeful additional clinics can be added in additional 25th District communities.

Jim Walsh has also been at the forefront in the fight to preserve veterans healthcare services at the Canandaigua VA. The Congressman believes that the needs of America's veterans and their families must be met in recognition of their selfless dedication and sacrifice to our nation.

Prescription Drug Coverage - Medicare Reform

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an afforda [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Homes
Housing, a General Statement

Quality of Life

The Congressman has been involved in the development and funding of multiple quality of life initiatives throughout the 25th District including construction projects like the Skaneateles Recreation Center, Sea Breeze Parkway redesign project in Irondequoit, the Marshall Street/University Hill Streetscape project in Syracuse, improvements to WXXI public broadcasting studios in Rochester, the introduction of sewers in the Village of Fair Haven, and additions to public libraries in the Villages of Fayetteville and Solvay, cultural entities like the Everson Museum, the Onondaga Historical Association, the Wolcott Historical Society, the Wayne County Fair, the Landmark Theatre, and the MOST, and community organizations like the Dunbar Association, Huntington Family Center, Spanish Action League, and Boys and Girls Club.

Upstate's Erie Canal Historic Corridor

The Erie Canal played an integral part in the settlement of New York State and the development of Central New York after its opening in 1825. Congressman Jim Walsh believes it can have a great impact again.

In 2000, Jim Walsh sponsored legislation in the United States Congress to create the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor along the canal's entire 524 miles. The legislation created a twenty-seven member Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission with a goal of increasing tourism, spurring economic development, and expanding recreational opportunities within communities all along the corridor while promoting the canal's historical relevance to the nation. The effort is linked to the resources and marketing support of the National Park Service.

Seventy-five percent of New York's population resides along the Erie Canal-Hudson River corridor. Not only will this effort improve the local economies along the canal system through increased tourism and soon-to-be-funded business development programs, but thanks this legislation, it will enhance the quality of life for millions of [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Medical Insurance
Medicare

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an affordable and voluntary prescription drug benefit, strengthens the Medicare+Choice program, and lowers overall health care costs.

During the legislation's debate, Congressman Walsh led a contingent of fellow members in successfully advocating for multiple concerns in the bill important to New York State. Among them were protection of New York's successful and popular EPIC program, preservation of all important funding to the state's teaching hospitals, and adequate adjustment of Medicare reimbursement rates for New York health care providers to account for advances in modern equipment and facilities to promote better diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Jim Walsh will continue to advocate for Medicare reforms that emphasizes and covers preventative and alternative care methods, appropriately adjusts reimbursement rates, institutes acceptable practitioner paperwork requirements, and concentrates on quality elder health care delivery.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an affordable and voluntary prescription drug benefit, strengthens the Medicare+Choice program, and lowers overall health care costs.

During the legislation's debate, Congressman Walsh led a contingent of fellow members in successfully advocating for multiple concerns in the bill important to New York State. Among them were protection of New York's successful and popular EPIC program, preservation of all important funding to the state's teaching hospitals, and adequate adjustment of Medicare reimbursement rates for New York health care providers to account for advances in modern equipment and facilities to promote better diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Jim Walsh will continue to advocate for Medicare reforms that emphasizes and covers preventative and alternative care methods, appropriately adjusts reimbursement rates, institutes acceptable practitioner paperwork requirements, and concentrates on quality elder health care delivery.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Medically Uninsured or Underinsured

During the legislation's debate, Congressman Walsh led a contingent of fellow members in successfully advocating for multiple concerns in the bill important to New York State. Among them were protection of New York's successful and popular EPIC program, preservation of all important funding to the state's teaching hospitals, and adequate adjustment of Medicare reimbursement rates for New York health care providers to account for advances in modern equipment and facilities to promote better diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Prescription Drugs
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program for Seniors

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an affordable and voluntary prescription drug benefit, strengthens the Medicare+Choice program, and lowers overall health care costs.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Prescription Drugs, a General Statement

Jim Walsh voted last year for the landmark Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The bill provides Medicare beneficiaries with increased choices in healthcare coverage and expanded health care benefits, including prescription drug coverage for the very first time.

Starting in May 2004, Medicare-approved drug discount cards will become available, offering an immediate 10-25% savings on prescription drugs. In 2006, a new permanent prescription drug benefit plan will be added to Medicare. Jim Walsh believes fair and responsible Medicare gives senior citizens more power to choose what's best for them. Under this plan, involvement is voluntary; if you like the private coverage you have, you can keep it. As important, the plan promotes preventive medicine, includes an affordable and voluntary prescription drug benefit, strengthens the Medicare+Choice program, and lowers overall health care costs.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement

Congressman Jim Walsh has been an ardent advocate for our nation's veterans. As chair of the VA/HUD Subcommittee on Appropriations, he oversees the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' $64 billion annual budget. Under his leadership, the subcommittee has ushered in the largest increases in VA healthcare spending in the agency's history -- by over $10.6 billion in the last five years -- and he has worked to decrease Veterans Administration claims processing delays.

Locally, to supplement the services provided by the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, Congressman Walsh worked to establish an Outpatient VA Health Clinic at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn and at a Cortlandville clinic of Cayuga Medical Center. He's hopeful additional clinics can be added in additional 25th District communities.

Jim Walsh has also been at the forefront in the fight to preserve veterans healthcare services at the Canandaigua VA. The Congressman believes that the needs of America's veterans and their families must be met in recognition of their selfless dedication and sacrifice to our nation.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Veterans Funding

Congressman Jim Walsh has been an ardent advocate for our nation's veterans. As chair of the VA/HUD Subcommittee on Appropriations, he oversees the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' $64 billion annual budget. Under his leadership, the subcommittee has ushered in the largest increases in VA healthcare spending in the agency's history -- by over $10.6 billion in the last five years -- and he has worked to decrease Veterans Administration claims processing delays.

Locally, to supplement the services provided by the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, Congressman Walsh worked to establish an Outpatient VA Health Clinic at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn and at a Cortlandville clinic of Cayuga Medical Center. He's hopeful additional clinics can be added in additional 25th District communities.

Jim Walsh has also been at the forefront in the fight to preserve veterans healthcare services at the Canandaigua VA. The Congressman believes that the needs of America's veterans and their families must be met in recognition of their selfless dedication and sacrifice to our nation.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

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