Rep. John Lewis on Retirement of Rep. Jim McDermott
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wa) is my seat mate on the Ways and Means Committee. I have sat next to him for many years. We have worked closely together, traveled to other states and foreign lands in congressional delegations together, and I will miss his presence here on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Jim McDermott is one of the most capable members of Congress. There is no one, but no one in our ranks today who understands the issue of health care better than Rep. McDermott. I regret that he is planning to retire. It is a great loss for the state of Washington, but an even greater loss for the people of this nation. I wish him well.