Feb 27, 2014 Op-Eds
Given that U.S. ports see more than 2 billion tons of cargo annually, and that the American trade volume is expected to double by 2021, now is the time to be investing in infrastructure in and around our ports
Jan 17, 2014 Op-Eds
Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled a spending bill that included $226 million for an ongoing improvement project at San Ysidro’s Port of Entry. This project will create jobs, grow our economy and reduce inefficiency — which is why it has been at the top of our personal priority lists, and was rated by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and SANDAG as the most important project for our region.
Jan 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Since coming to Congress, we’ve fought for a budget that invests in infrastructure necessary to support our economic recovery. Funding for the San Ysidro Port of Entry has been at the top of our list. The hours-long wait times at our broken border cost the region an estimated $7.2 billion in economic output and 62,000 jobs annually.
Dec 30, 2013 Op-Eds
During my time on the San Diego City Council and as a Commissioner for the Port of San Diego, I was proud to work with members of both parties to address difficult problems facing the region. We worked with the mentality that while we wouldn’t always agree on every issue, we would put the interests of constituents above all else to reform our local government.
Dec 24, 2013 Op-Eds
It is no secret that I have been frustrated with the gridlock and lack of bipartisan progress in Washington. The D.C. weather is not why I fly cross-country twice a week. San Diego is poised to lead in science, technology, and innovation, and our businesses and community could teach a lot to Washington about collaboration and cooperation.
Dec 11, 2013 Op-Eds
Despite clear warnings of a new climate normal, we still have not made significant progress in Congress to address the root causes. Global climate change has resulted in devastating consequences, but Congress and the president remain gridlocked. Examples of extreme weather occurrences are constantly in the news; think of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines or the wildfire and flood-ravaged American West.
Dec 10, 2013 Op-Eds
With gridlock gripping Washington, D.C., and preventing action on even simple fronts, it’s hard to see how Congress and the president will agree on good climate action policy. But the need is clear. Examples of extreme weather occurrences seem to be constant. Between the devastating typhoon in the Philippines and the wildfire- and flood-ravaged American West, it is clear that we are continuing to experience the devastating consequences of global climate change. The timing of international inaction could not be worse, as the need for specific reduction targets remains great.
Nov 19, 2013 Op-Eds
Over the past century, the United States has maintained its position as the global leader in innovation. This is due, mostly, to the optimistic and adventurous spirit of American entrepreneurs. But it also due in part to the investments in science and technology our nation has historically made, which support the research and creativity needed to pursue new ventures.
Nov 7, 2013 Op-Eds
What do four U.S. representatives from three states and two coasts — not to mention two political parties — have in common? We represent the districts that are home to nine of the Navy’s 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers: five in Virginia, two in California and two in Washington. We also support the law requiring a minimum of 11 carriers in the fleet.
Oct 22, 2013 Op-Eds
The cost of higher education has skyrocketed over the past decade. Congress must now address college affordability. We must find a way to reduce the rising costs of tuition at public universities so that college remains accessible to every kid that qualifies and is committed to investing in their own future.