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  • Higher education is the issue of our time
    Posted in Editorials on February 24, 2017 | Preview rr A nation’s potential is aligned closely with the strength of its education system. America’s success is a result of the quality and abundant opportunities in the area of higher education. Education has always been a passion of mine. I got my start in public service because of education. In 1983, I ran for a seat on the San Diego Board of Education. Serving for nine years, including as vice president and president, I saw firsth... Read more

  • Putting a face on what repeal of health care law looks like
    Posted in Editorials on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Opponents of the Affordable Care Act took a major step closer toward repealing the law this month. Republicans, with Democrats unified in opposition, passed a budget resolution that will allow the repeal of the health care law with just 51 votes in the Senate. Within hours of assuming office, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to look for ways to begin dismantling the health care law. We cannot allow ourselves to get so caught up in the politics of the moment th... Read more

  • Veterans and those they fought for find common ground at town hall
    Posted in Editorials on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    “I woke up inspired to listen today.” “Thank you so much for this event. My heart is larger from listening to our brave and dedicated veterans.” These are quotes from two members of the community who had not served in combat and recently attended a special Veterans Town Hall in Balboa Park, sharing their forum experience. Military veterans who served in combat from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and a spouse whose husband was killed in Vietnam each had the opportunity to free... Read more

  • Let’s not blame Social Security and Medicare for the national debt
    Posted in Editorials on November 4, 2016 | Preview rr

    Recent reports about the national debt have mistakenly conflated benefits from Social Security and Medicare with the national debt. Let’s be clear, Social Security and Medicare are not drivers of the national debt. Much of this argument comes from opponents to Social Security and Medicare. They blame these programs and imply that our national-debt issue will be solved by “entitlement reform.” Keep in mind, to opponents of Social Security and Medicare, reform means cutting benefits, privatizing o... Read more

  • Congress tackled two health crises but it didn’t have to be this hard
    Posted in Editorials on October 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    It only took seven months but Republicans in Congress finally fulfilled President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funding to fight the Zika virus. The president asked Congress for $1.8 billion back in February. On Sept. 28, Congress sent the president a spending bill, which included $1.1 billion for Zika. Why did it take so long? Because of the same political game playing that we’ve seen in past attempts to fund the government. In May, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill on an overwhelming ... Read more

  • Stronger voter protections mean a stronger democracy
    Posted in Editorials on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation — the Voting Rights Act (VRA) — into law. It knocked down barriers many states had put in place that disenfranchised minority voters. The impact of the new law was immediate. Nearly a million African-Americans registered to vote in the first four years after the VRA was signed into law. It was a watershed moment in the history of our nation that meant millions of Americans who were previously denied the right to have a say ... Read more

  • If you can read this, thank a teacher
    Posted in Editorials on July 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    Ask any teacher and they will tell you it takes strength and perseverance to lead a classroom. Grading papers, inspiring students, calling parents, and moving from one subject or class to another, are some of the tireless activities we think of that teachers toil away at throughout their long working days. This is the image many of us have of our best teachers — individuals whose persistence would stop at nothing to deliver us an excellent education. Yet, the required attributes of a great teach... Read more

  • Let’s Not Have Another Tragedy Pass By Without Action
    Posted in Editorials on June 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Pride Month is a time to celebrate our progress and to recommit toward total equality today. With the shooting deaths of 49 people at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, this year’s Pride activities will take a somber tone. This deadliest mass shooting in the history of our country brought senseless sorrow and loss to the victims and their loved ones. The world expressed its grief and support for the LGBT community and the community of Orlando. In a familiar refrain: We are all Orlando. The shoo... Read more

  • The health of the Earth Impacts Our Health
    Posted in Editorials on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    Nothing brought home the future effects that climate change will have on us more acutely than the massive methane gas leak that struck Porter Ranch in California. The health impacts were startling. Resident’s reported instances of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or nosebleeds. Children, who can be particularly vulnerable, were among those reporting illnesses. It was a rare opportunity to look into the future of what climate change, if ignored, has in store for humanity. Rising temperatur... Read more

  • What’s in the Mailbag for the 53rd Congressional District?
    Posted in Editorials on March 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    Hearing from my constituents is an important and rewarding part of my job as a Member of Congress. Since my job is to represent my constituents, I can only do it well if I know what’s on their minds. I am so lucky to represent a district with such engaged citizens who take the time to call, write and email me with their comments, concerns and questions about the federal issues affecting them. Whether it’s a group of letters from a local Girl Scout troop telling me how much they love their librar... Read more

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