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  • GOP tax bills short-change middle class
    Posted in Editorials on November 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    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. The most glaring aspect of both of these proposals is how differently corporations and people are treated. Most notably is the fact that tax cuts for corporations are f... Read more

  • Time to turn moments of silence into moments of action on gun violence
    Posted in Editorials on October 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    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. As is typical with such a tragedy, there was a moment of silence on the House floor for the victims of Orlando. There is a growing sense that the only thing Congress can do on gun violence is “moments of silence.” Democrats demanded more. We urged a vote on common sense gun safety measures to keep guns o... Read more

  • Expanding higher education opportunities should include apprenticeships
    Posted in Editorials on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    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. However, higher education is essentially all the formal learning we do after high school. Higher education is the bridge between high school to many careers. A neglected component of higher education and our economy is apprenticeships. They are key to building a highly skilled workforce and cl... Read more

  • Education opportunities for veterans just got better
    Posted in Editorials on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    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. The Forever GI Bill as it is commonly known, which I am proud to have cosponsored, will ensure that this critical education benefit will always be there for future generations of veterans. It also just became the law of the land. The GI Bill began in 1944 for veterans to invest in ... Read more

  • Why I'm Proud to Display the Pride Flag
    Posted in Editorials on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil Rights

    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. San Diego has a large and vibrant LGBTQ population, and the rainbow flag outside my office is a source of pride for my constituents and me. It only made sense to display it. It is a symbol of our commitment to full equality. One can understand my dismay and disappointment when I was slapped with a lawsuit last week for flying the Pride fl... Read more

  • President Trump must put American people before his business dealings
    Posted in Editorials on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    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. In essence, the emoluments clause is designed to prevent corruption, and President Donald J. Trump is violating it. The clause simply states: “No person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, wit... Read more

  • Voice of the people fueled policy successes in the budget
    Posted in Editorials on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    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. Investments in the environment say we want clean air and clean water to protect the health of current and future generations. Prioritiz... Read more

  • Earth Day allows us to renew our commitment to the environment
    Posted in Editorials on April 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Earth Day, April 22, takes on added significance this year as we are seeing environmental protections established by President Barack Obama being rolled back. Using an obscure and seldom-used law, the Congressional Review Act (CRA), congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have been overturning a number of environmental protections. These protections relate to clean air and clean water, protection of wildlife, and reducing pollution. Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to over... Read more

  • Women in politics: Offering different insights
    Posted in Editorials on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues

    Before Donald Trump became president, I was lucky to have 50 people attend a town-hall meeting. Now when I announce a public event, thousands of people RSVP within hours. My constituents are enraged and engaged in a way I’ve never seen before. As the first big meeting approached, I was curious who was behind all those RSVPs … who would be there? As I scanned the enormous crowd for the first time, I noticed one common thread — they were by and large (but not entirely) female. We estimate that abo... Read more

  • Why we need Congress to help more military families qualify for food aid
    Posted in Editorials on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    Why we need Congress to help more military families qualify for food aid Imagine serving your country, but needing help to feed your family — and because of a quirk in the law, you don’t qualify for food stamps. This is the harsh, underreported reality for thousands of currently serving members of our armed forces. That’s why the Military Hunger Prevention Act, introduced in the House of Representatives last week, must be passed by Congress. The bill’s sponsors are Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego,... Read more

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