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  • Let’s put an end to Summer Hunger in San Diego
    Posted in Editorials on February 12, 2016 | Preview rr

    For many children, the arrival of summer can mean summer camp or a family vacation. For millions of low-income children, however, summer can mean wondering where they’ll get their next meal. For years, many children eligible for free and reduced priced meals have been unable to access meals during their summer break, making hunger an unnecessary part of their summer months. Our country has a long history of providing support for children in need. At the end of World War II General Lewis Hershey,... Read more

  • Why I support the Iran nuclear deal
    Posted in Editorials on August 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    By Rep. Susan A. Davis The pending vote on the Iran nuclear deal, for me, is like the 2002 vote to invade Iraq, which is still changing the course of history and countless people’s lives. Our discussions then and today marshaled a full analysis of the pros and cons of our actions. I opposed invading Iraq because I was convinced we had not exhausted all diplomatic options and questioned our lack of planning for the aftermath. As another difficult decision approaches, I am convinced that after an... Read more

  • Massive Student Loan Debt and a Fading American Dream
    Posted in Editorials on August 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    By Rep. Susan Davis Obtaining a college degree is supposed to be a major step toward realizing the American Dream. Unfortunately, because of enormous student debt graduates are finding the dream farther out of reach. Student loan debt has reached $1.2 trillion. That’s more than credit card debt and auto loan debt. It works out to an average of $28,000 per borrower with an average of 13.4 years to pay off a student loan debt. Parents are also feeling the pinch. Over 3 million parents owe almost ... Read more

  • 50 years later the struggle for the right to vote continues
    Posted in Editorials on August 6, 2015 | Preview rr

    In 2006, the Democrats were the minority party in Congress and there was a Republican in the White House. Provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were set to expire in 2007, particularly the part of the law requiring states with a history of discrimination to clear changes to their voting laws with the federal government, known as “preclearance.” In an inspiring bipartisan and bicameral effort, Congress passed the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Reauthorizat... Read more

  • End the student loan tax
    Posted in Editorials on October 20, 2014 | Preview rr

    There is a growing and warranted concern over student loan debt in this country. On a daily basis we are reminded about record levels of student debt, stories of struggling borrowers, and general anxiety among Americans about the cost of college. Add to this a little known fact that students and parents are actually being taxed on their federal student loans. It has to stop. The federal government assesses on each student loan borrower an “origination fee.” The fee is a pre-determined percentage... Read more

  • San Diego’s Greatest Generation in Normandy for 70th anniversary of D-Day
    Posted in Editorials on June 20, 2014 | Preview rr

    On June 6, I had the honor of attending the 70th anniversary of the D-day invasion in France. What a humbling experience it was to be there. Countless graves marked the landscape where over 155,000 Allied soldiers fought and more than 6,000 died at the site of one of the most significant military operations in modern history. In commemorating this longest day of war on June 6, 1944, we observed a day full of gratitude to those who sacrificed and those who bear witness that day, to say “thank you... Read more

  • Youngsters need a strong start to finish ahead
    Posted in Editorials on February 7, 2014 | Preview rr

    There’s a growing recognition today that early education should be a national priority. As a parent and grandparent, I’d say it’s about time. The president first made the call for a national pre-K initiative in his State of the Union address last year. Since then, several proposals have been introduced in Congress, with countless parents, think-tanks and advocacy groups joining in a wave of support. Despite such enthusiasm, however, the vision of pre-Kindergarten for all remains just that — a vi... Read more

  • Take Action to Promote Animal Welfare
    Posted in Editorials on May 14, 2013 | Preview rr

    Americans love animals. Over half of all American families own pets, and we overwhelmingly believe in protecting animals from cruelty and suffering. Yet too many of the businesses that provide Americans with their beloved companions perpetuate inhumane practices against dogs and cats, and I’m certain that even those who enjoy meat and animal products would be horrified by the conditions to which many livestock animals are subjected. When it comes to protecting animals under the law, we still hav... Read more

  • A third approach to reducing debt: a growing, thriving economy
    Posted in Editorials on April 12, 2013 | Preview rr

    Springtime in Washington usually means budget time, and Congress recently engaged in a debate on fiscal policy for the nation. It is an arcane process that doesn’t get the attention it probably deserves and can cause the average person’s eyes to glaze over when discussed in the detail. San Diegans may not follow every step of the budget process but they should see the impact on their lives. Especially with the mindless across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, starting to kick in. ... Read more

  • Demonstration Speech
    Posted in Editorials on January 3, 2013 | Preview rr

    When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.How House Members are allotted time to speak, or sometimes observe silence, are adapted from rules of order originally written by Thomas Jefferson. The speeches and other proceedings of the House are published daily in the Congressional Record.In the Speeches listed on this webs... Read more

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