|President Barack Obama and |
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz
'It is an honor to be in Israel with President Obama for the first foreign trip of his second term as he visits Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan,' said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. 'This trip is an important opportunity for President Obama to meet with the new Israeli government on a broad range of issues on which the United States and Israel cooperate.'She was one of only two top Democrats (Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee was the other) selected to accompany Obama on his international trip.
'As an American Jew and Member of Congress, I am proud that our President has prioritized the region and the U.S.-Israel relationship, continuing to strengthen our diplomatic and security ties. With so much going on in the region, this trip is significant for many reasons, as the President will spend time with the people of Israel, discuss our shared concerns, and reaffirm the deep bond that exists between our two countries.'
On her return to the homeland, Representative Wasserman Schulz wasted nary a second focusing a spotlight on pressing domestic issues, carping about burdensome lunch price increases on Capitol Hill prompted by the sequester,
Restaurants on the House side of Congress are increasing in cost so much that aides are being “priced out” of a good meal, she said, as Fox News reported. The comments came by way of a discussion about the impacts of the sequester on lawmakers’ office budgets. Rep. Jim Moran said he may be forced to lay off a staffer — and then Ms. Wasserman Schultz weighed in with her tale of hard times.
|Subsidized Dining in the|
Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria
'At the carry-out cafe in the Cannon Office Building, where Wasserman Schultz has her office, you can get an 8-oz. bowl of Ham and Bean soup for $2. You can buy gourmet sandwiches and wraps for around $5. Both of these are cheaper than I can get at delis down the street from my house.'
'Her aides could walk across the street to the Longworth Building, which has a large sit-down cafeteria. Today, it is featuring a roasted stuffed chicken, with asparagus and mashed potatoes, for around $7. Or, one could opt for a heaping 12-oz bowl of Chicken Chili for $3.'
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