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California Congressman David Dreier Announces Retirement

Dreier [dot] House [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Rep. David Dreier, who represents California’s 26th district in Congress, announced Wednesday morning his plans to retire.

Dreier, who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Rules, explained in a statement that his decision to retire stemmed from his accomplishing a series of objectives that he’d outlined for himself three years ago: cut non-defense discretionary spending, pass free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, enhance national security and ensure that both parties have the opportunity to propose amendments on the House floor.

“My decision has been a deliberative one,” he said.  “Three years ago I contemplated leaving at the end of the previous Congress, but I ultimately chose to seek reelection for the sake of pursuing four key objectives.  Speaker, I have been honored to play a part in the effort to accomplish these four goals.”

Dreier was facing a challenge as a result of redistricting in his state -- the new congressional map in California left him without a district.

The announcement makes Dreier the fourth Republican congressman in California to announce plans to retire at the end of the 112th Congress.  Three longtime congressmen from the nation’s largest congressional delegation announced in January their retirement plans within the span of one week.

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As House GOP Launches Health Care Repeal Push, CBO Warns of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Red Ink

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans Thursday launched their push to repeal the health care reform law in the face of stout opposition from Democrats and a warning of hundreds of billions of dollars in red ink.

“We will not let go unanswered the call of the American people who rejected this massive expansion,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., at a hearing of the House Rules Committee. 

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., denounced the reform law as “job-killing, flawed legislation.” 

That stance, of course, was adamantly refuted by Democrats on the panel.

“I do believe we’re embarking down a path to our detriment,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fl.

Democrats received a boost for their argument when the Congressional Budget Office said the GOP’s repeal plan would increase the deficit by $145 billion through the end of the decade and by $230 billion by 2021.

“I think we need to move forward not backward,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. “This not only has overwhelming public support but it actually saves the government money.”

The House is expected to vote on the repeal next Wednesday. Rep. David Dreier, chairman of the rules panel, Thursday directed various other House committees to start working on replacement legislation the present law that would lower health care premiums, boost jobs growth, and reduce duplicative government programs and wasteful spending.

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