Sep 18, 2014 Op-Eds
Americans are seeing an uptick in the number of extreme weather events damaging our communities. We are also seeing an increase in their price tag. Globally, the amount of disaster-related assistance has quadrupled in the past three decades. With climate change, we know these disasters will grow in impact and in cost.
Sep 15, 2014 Op-Eds
To get our economy back on track we should be figuring out more ways to help businesses as effectively as this Bank does instead of contemplating getting rid of an agency that creates jobs, grows businesses, contributes to deficit reduction, and supports our global competitiveness. It is imperative that Congress reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
Sep 10, 2014 Op-Eds
Since taking office in January 2013, I’ve toured over 100 companies, research labs, and universities and have heard directly from business leaders and their employees about what Congress can do to grow the economy and create jobs.
Jul 29, 2014 Op-Eds
Our region has three main economic drivers: innovation and scientific research; the military, defense, and our veterans; and our world-renowned tourism industry. As we find ways to expand economic opportunities for the middle class and plan for a prosperous future, we must focus in on areas where San Diego is already leading the way and can set an example for the rest of the country.
Jul 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Access to an affordable college education for lower and middle income families has long been an essential part of the American story, including my own. I would not have been able to afford a college education had I not taken out loans and done work-study programs. As our economy continues to rebound from the worst recession since the great depression, we need to make higher education more affordable, not less.
Jul 15, 2014 Op-Eds
When each state is a laboratory, we are most likely to find the best practices.
Jun 19, 2014 Op-Eds
Diversifying our military’s energy supply isn’t some pipe dream touted solely by the environmental community or ideological politicians; it is a top priority for military leaders who view it as a national security imperative that will improve mission readiness and save American lives. That alone is enough reason to earn the support of the American people and their government. But we know that this strategy will also bring significant economic benefits.
Jun 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Over the last two years the federal government spent more than $136 billion on relief for weather related incidents (like wildfires). My bill, the 'Strengthening the Resiliency of our Nation on the Ground (STRONG) Act,' will make communities more resilient to disasters through the creation of an information clearinghouse for state and local use, saving taxpayer money and lives.
May 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Locally, the San Diego Foundation, UC San Diego's Environment and Sustainability Initiative and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography teamed up to look at how a changing climate would impact our region. This collaborative effort to identifying the problem and crafting innovative solutions is the hallmark of our region and will be necessary to preparing our communities for the future impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
Apr 10, 2014 Op-Eds
It isn’t hard to remember the days when solar was relegated to school science fairs — a source of energy that sounded nice but would only be practical in the far-out, distant future. But today, solar companies are providing consumers with cheap, clean and renewable energy while creating new middle-class jobs. In fact, America added 20,000 solar jobs last year alone.