Maxine Waters (born Maxine Moore Carr on August 15, 1938) has served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing California’s 35th congressional district (map). She resides in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, which is approximately six miles west of downtown. Her husband, Sidney Williams, is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas … (full text).
She is member of the United States House of Representatives (last modified on 26 November 2008).
She says: “I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry” … in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World, 1989.
Her official House website. She writes there: Following the historic election of Barack Obama as our nation’s next President, many Americans have expressed an interest in attending the Inauguration Ceremony in Washington on January 20, 2009. Tickets to the ceremony are free and will be distributed through the offices of Members of Congress and U.S. Senators. If you live in the 35th Congressional District and are interested in attending the Inauguration, please send an e-mail to *house.gov and include the following information: … If you do not live in Congresswoman Waters’ district, you should contact your Representative. More information is available at this Senate’s webpage … (full text).
Maxine Waters – USA
Watch the videos:
- Maxine Waters at CA Democratic Convention, 10.12 min, May 28, 2007;
- Maxine Waters threatens to nationalize U.S. oil industries, 1.44 min, May 23, 2008;
- Democrat Maxine Waters Wants To Nationalize Big Oil, 1.21 min, May 23, 2008;
- Feminist Majority Equali-TEA , 06.46 min, Sept 2, 2008.
Her press release on October 2, 2008: Homeless Emergency Assistance & Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2008.
Some of her Floor Statements:
- H.R. 1424, The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, October 3, 2008;
- Homeless Emergency Assistance & Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2008;
- Noise Reduction at California Schools, September 17, 2008;
- Haiti, September 15, 2008.
… Harman said she planned to reserve some tickets for local elected officials, as well as 14 for her staffers. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, found herself even more besieged by requests from eager constituents. Last week she had gotten more than 2,000 requests, with many more coming in every day. Waters was trying to increase her allotment of tickets by appealing to Republicans in very conservative districts to give up some of their share … (full text, Nov. 23, 2008).
And she says: … “I have known Rodney Hubbard for many years. His heart is with the people of St. Louis. He is a fighter and I am proud to call him my friend,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a St. Louis native. While in town for a Congressional hearing on urban development, Waters took the opportunity to endorse her longtime friend, State Representative Rodney Hubbard, in his campaign for state senate” … (full text).
… Hurricane Katrina recovery has been a high priority for Rep. Waters, who has made repeated visits to New Orleans and recently criticized the slow pace of housing recovery efforts during a hearing by the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. Waters heads that committee’s housing subcommittee. Waters will head to New Orleans the day after the convocation to lead a February 22-23 subcommittee field hearing. The congresswoman’s heavy schedule leading up to the hearing forced cancellation of early plans for an on-campus forum, but Waters will attend a luncheon with student leaders the day of her speech … (full text).
Positions and Views: Prior to the election of “superstar” Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois), Waters was considered the United States’ most prominent African-American legislator. She is considered by some to be an outspoken champion for the underprivileged and underrepresented. Her no-nonsense left-wing rhetoric makes her a favorite quote for reporters, as well as a frequent target for the wrath of right-wing pundits. As a first-term representative, she gained fame by walking into the Oval Office and telling then-President George H.W. Bush that “[his] time was up.” Waters co-chaired the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton … (full text).
… As a Member of Congress, Waters belongs to the radical Progressive Caucus and to the Black Caucus, which she has headed. For every primary and final election she publishes her own Progressive Connection mailer to constituents, and Democratic politicians eager for votes from her district pay Waters from $10,000 to $35,000 to be included in the slates of candidates her mailer endorses. Her own voting record, according to the leftwing Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), is consistently 95 percent on the left side of legislation. Her rhetoric is often superheated and demagogic. Waters, for example, described retiring moderate Republican Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan as a “plantation owner” and once said that she never sees Los Angeles police officers abuse “little white boys”. “I don’t have time to be polite,” said Waters, who describes herself (in British statesman Lord Henry Palmerston’s phrase) as having “no permanent friends; only permanent interests.” She was one of six members of Congress who voted against the Gulf War after it began, and in March 2003 she was one of 11 who voted against the resolution to support our troops after the Iraq War commenced … (full text).
Bailout, Bankruptcy or Both for Big Three, Nov. 25, 2008;
- Great African-American Women, By Darryl Lyman, 2005, 360 pages;
- The reluctant metropolis, By William B. Fulton, 2001;
- Banana Wars, By Gordon Myers, 2004, 191;
- Whiteout, By Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, 1998, 408 pages;
- Dark Alliance, By Gary Webb, 1999, 608 pages.