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.
Oct 17, 2013 Op-Eds
As Professor McAdams states, the only way forward for our country is to “give up the ability to conduct last-minute brinkmanship.” The American people expect reasonable solutions, not self-imposed crises.
Oct 16, 2013 Op-Eds
Since its inception in 1950, federal Impact Aid has been a significant source of funding for school districts that serve the children of active duty service members. In communities like Coronado, local school districts include federal installations and educate military children.
Oct 10, 2013 Op-Eds
As we speak, the federal government is shut down for the first time since 1995. It doesn’t have to be this way and Congress could end it tomorrow. Furloughed workers could go back to work, parks would reopen, and new veterans’ benefits claims would be processed. If the House were allowed to vote on the Senate approved clean continuing resolution it would pass with bipartisan support and this irresponsible shutdown would be a thing of the past.
Sep 28, 2013 Op-Eds
Since March 1 of this year our country has been living under “sequestration.” These across-the-board, nonsensical budget cuts are harming our military, hurting our ability to maintain international supremacy in scientific research, and cutting necessary investments in childhood education and nutrition. It is time they ended.
Sep 18, 2013 Op-Eds
It is the top priority of Congress to ensure that the United States is safe and secure. We are acutely aware of this in San Diego, part of which I represent, where the military and defense related industries hold significant economic and cultural importance. San Diego is a military city to its core. The Congressional district I represent is home to seven military installations, including the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.