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  • 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

  • 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

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