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  • Internet access already being limited with the end of net neutrality
    Posted in Editorials on September 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    It certainly did not take long for internet service providers (ISP) to take advantage of the end of net neutrality. New research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, shows that telecom companies are slowing internet access to and from popular apps. Apps for YouTube, Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video have all experienced slowdowns in data speeds. Unless we restore net neutrality, this could mean even more changes that could restrict consumers’ access to the int... Read more

  • The Federal Government Must Do Better at Protecting Voting Rights
    Posted in Editorials on August 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil Rights, Good Government

    Election Day is a little over two months away when millions of Americans will engage in our sacred civic duty of voting. Depending on what state you live in, it could be a positive experience or a frustrating one and you may have confidence in the results or you may not. Many people do not realize that Article I section IV of our Constitution gives both states and Congress a role in election administration. Local control can be important and most state and local election officials do the best jo... Read more

  • Senate should not act on a Supreme Court nominee until Mueller investigation ends
    Posted in Editorials on July 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Good Government

    Filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court is one of the most consequential decisions of our time. The balance of the court is at stake — as is the health of our democracy. Our courts are a check on power and abuse. Supreme Court justices have final say on such matters. They must be independent and free from any hint of compromise. That’s why a president who is the subject of a criminal investigation should not be allowed to choose a Supreme Court justice. Special counsel Robert Mueller is in the ... Read more

  • Trump Administration Must Immediately Reunite Migrant Children with their Parents
    Posted in Editorials on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The United States is in the midst of a crisis created by the President’s unrealistic and heartless anti-immigrant policies. Because of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy more than 2,300 children were taken from their parents. Images and sounds of crying children have been seen throughout America—rightly sparking outrage. Many of us have viewed concerning photos of children held in facilities that in many cases resemble detention centers. The parents of these children are left to wonder... Read more

  • San Diego Priorities in the National Defense Bill
    Posted in Editorials on May 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    The annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a rare area of consistent bipartisanship in Congress. No matter where Democrats and Republicans stand on other issues, we all want and need to provide for our national defense and our servicemembers and their families. On May 9, the House Armed Services Committee considered this year's NDAA in a 14 ½ hour marathon session. We considered hundreds of amendments from the more than 60 members on the Committee. In prep... Read more

  • Winners for San Diego in the omnibus spending bill
    Posted in Editorials on April 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    The success of our nation’s economy is based in part on the investments the federal government makes. These investments spur economic activity and create jobs. They can help young people afford college, save lives, protect and provide the care our veterans deserve or keep our nation safe. Congress recently passed an omnibus spending bill that provides meaningful investments in America and the American people. While it was great to see this bipartisan agreement come together, it followed a shutdo... Read more

  • We must lead the way on gun violence prevention
    Posted in Editorials on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congress can prevent gun violence if we listen to our kids and put safety ahead of politics. Aurora, Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, and now Parkland. A growing list of cities and towns in America that have witnessed firsthand the unspeakable tragedy associated with gun violence. After experiencing the death of seventeen of their classmates and teachers, the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School said enough is enough. In the month since the Parkland shooting, young agents of change have... Read more

  • We need a budget that respects America’s values
    Posted in Editorials on February 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Good Government

    February means budget season. The President is required by law to submit a budget request to the Congress. President Trump sent his budget to Congress on February 12 and it was full of disappointment and broken promises. It is ironic that President Trump’s budget was called An American Budget because it would actually hurt the American people. This budget would dramatically reduce our investment in our people and simply does not reflect the values of our country. His budget includes dramatic cut... Read more

  • Will 2018 be the Year of the Woman?
    Posted in Editorials on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues

    Women have been fighting for their rights throughout this nation’s history. As a woman who has been active in women’s empowerment as a leader with the League of Women Voters in the 1970’s, I’m moved to see that women are more motivated and inspired than they have been in many years. We are not going anywhere—we are only stronger now. We are fighting back against pervasive harassment and repression, we are winning elections, and we are demanding respect. What an inspiration it was to take part in... Read more

  • The Year in Review in Congress
    Posted in Editorials on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    The first session of the 115th Congress is coming to a close. While it is unacceptable that so many things were left to do, there were a few legislative achievements. First on that Must-Do list is passing a measure to protect the Dreamers. It is unconscionable that young people and their families live in fear of deportation when they have demonstrated their commitment to be model citizens. While we were able to protect the Affordable Care Act from repeal, we could have reassured millions of Amer... Read more

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