Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards Shares Her Legislative Priorities With Riderwood Residents

Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards Shares Her Legislative Priorities with Riderwood Residents SILVER SPRING, MD (June 13, 2012) - Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D - 4th District)  today visited Riderwood to share herlegislative priorities with residents  and to respond to their questions. She spoke for an hour to nearly 100 residents in the Encore Theater at the invitation of the resident-run Democratic Club of Riderwood. Because of redistricting, Congresswoman Edwards, if re-elected,  will in 2013 represent the residents who live in the Prince George's County part of Riderwood.  She has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since June 2008, representing part of Montgomery County. Half of Riderwood's 120 acre campus is situated in Prince George's County and half is Montgomery County, making it unique and having two separate voting precincts on election days. Congresswoman Edwards said she has secured $38 million to bring federal and defense jobs to the district while improving metro safety for commuters. In addition, she said she taken on the big banks and credit companies in order to cap outrageous fees, end predatory lending and prevent home foreclosures. She said she has fought to increase pay for veterans, to improve health and mental health care services, to keep active duty members from facing home foreclosures , and to expand opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses. Moreover, the Congresswoman said she has worked to protect Social Security from privatization and benefit cuts. She said has also worked for reforms that will help keep Medicare solvent, make prescription drugs and treatment more affordable and expand coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. Congresswoman Edwards has been a nonprofit public interest advocate.  She was the Executive Director of the Arca Foundation in Washington D.C.  She was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, where she led the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Congresswoman Edwards earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.