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  • Let’s Put an End Summer Hunger
    Posted in Editorials on July 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Summer vacation invokes images of going to the beach or trips with the family. However, for too many children in San Diego and across America, it can mean going without food. During the academic year, millions of children from low-income families rely on free or reduced-price meals when they attend school so they can get the nutrition they need. We know that well-fed children engage and learn better in the classroom. However, when school lets out in the summer months, many of these same students... Read more

  • Congress Must Codify Roe v. Wade into Law
    Posted in Editorials on June 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues

    Women’s health care is under assault like we’ve never seen before. States around the country are racing to enact bans on abortion, which will do nothing more than put women’s lives at risk. So far, eight states have enacted bans. Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio have been described as passing bills that fall short of an outright ban. These so-called heartbeat bills prohibit abortions after six to eight weeks. Since most women don’t realize they are pregnant until around 15 or 1... Read more

  • The Mueller Report provides a path and Congress should follow it
    Posted in Editorials on May 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Good Government

    Probably one of the most shocking aspects - and there are many to choose from - about the attack on our democracy during the 2016 presidential election is how it has divided our nation. Americans have always come together in a show of unity whenever we are attacked. It happened after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The same unity was on display after September 11. On one side, this attack on our sovereignty has sparked serious concern and calls for accountability. On the other side, it seems to have... Read more

  • Health Care is a top priority for the American people and the House is listening
    Posted in Editorials on April 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Since passage of the Affordable Care Act nearly a decade ago, we have seen 20 million Americans gain access to health coverage coupled with slowing the rise of premiums. A majority of Americans support the landmark law and want improvements made to it. The question is will we listen. Instead of Democrats and Republicans working together to build on this landmark law, opponents have worked to bring it down legislatively, administratively, and judicially. The legislative efforts to repeal the law ... Read more

  • We’ve hit the ground running in the new Congress
    Posted in Editorials on March 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Good Government

    The historic new Congress is just barely three months old. In the House of Representatives, we have accomplished a lot already with so much more to come. The For the People Act - to expand voting rights, tackle corruption, and end gerrymandering - passed the House this month. I was proud that three of my signature election reform bills were included. Two would expand and improve on voting by mail by ending restrictions many states have to vote by absentee and allowing voters to track their absen... Read more

  • Let’s Build on the Success of Community Colleges
    Posted in Editorials on February 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    When discussing higher education, many people may think about the traditional four-year university. But in reality, our community colleges have come to satisfy a critical need in higher education as a bridge to further education and the first step towards lucrative careers. They are a vital component of higher education that rightly deserve additional attention. As the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, I will be looking at ways to expand the impact of ... Read more

  • Election Reform Bill Expands Voting Rights
    Posted in Editorials on February 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil Rights, Good Government

    In November, the American people voted for change and rejected the culture of corruption that is permeating Washington. Democrats have promised to change a system that is increasingly drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. We are working to keep that promise. The first piece of legislation Democrats introduced in the House - the For the People Act (H.R. 1) - is a comprehensive reform bill to expand voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and modernize our elections. As ... Read more

  • Time to shut down all the shutdowns
    Posted in Editorials on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Good Government

    “We’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis.” That’s what President Barack Obama said about the last significant government shutdown which lasted 16 days in 2013 over the Republicans’ demand to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And he was right. Obviously, nobody listened. We recently surpassed that shutdown and broke the record of 21 days under President Bill Clinton. That shutdown was over Republicans’ demands to slash Medicare. Until recently, most shutdowns occurred because of po... Read more

  • Let’s Honor Our Veterans with the Benefits and Care they Deserve
    Posted in Editorials on November 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Veterans Day - which is just around the corner - is a day to show appreciation and say “thank you” to the men and women who put on the uniform to protect the American people. Caring for veterans, however, is a year-round endeavor - one in which I am proud to have an opportunity to play a role. I think we can all agree there is very little that is more important than supporting our veterans. The San Diego region has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the country. My office has helpe... Read more

  • 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

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