When considering any attempt to reform our tax code, the first question I ask myself is, “Will it help the middle class?” After carefully looking over the Republican tax bills proposed in the House and Senate, the only answer I can come to is, “No, these bills won’t help the middle class.” In fact, they will do just the opposite.
Over a year ago I used this space to talk about the killing of 49 innocents in Orlando. As we grieved for the victims, we also pushed for a debate in Congress and action to prevent gun violence.
When thinking of higher education, most people’s minds go straight to a four-year degree. There is no doubt we need to expand opportunities and increase the affordability of two-year and four-year degrees.
In the current political climate, bipartisanship can be a rare thing. But it is not extinct. Proof of that was on display this month when Congress passed legislation to expand education opportunities for our veterans.
When I put an LGBTQ rainbow Pride flag outside my Washington office in March 2015, it was to little fanfare. I also display one outside my office in San Diego.
If asked, most people could probably explain what the First Amendment or the Second Amendment does. Very few could probably explain the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The recent debate about emoluments may have had a number of people running for their dictionaries.
Nothing defines our values more as a nation than the budget and the investments we make for the future of American families.
These investments signal what’s important and what direction we want to take our nation.
Investments in education indicate the value we put on the future we want for our children. They say we want our kids to be better off than we are now.
Earth Day, April 22, takes on added significance this year as we are seeing environmental protections established by President Barack Obama being rolled back.
A nation’s potential is aligned closely with the strength of its education system. America’s success is a result of the quality and abundant opportunities in the area of higher education.