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.
Jul 24, 2013 Op-Eds
We can all agree that Congress is broken. It will take bipartisanship, cooperation, and compromise if we are going to get the place moving again.
Jul 12, 2013 Op-Eds
In October 2003, the Cedar Fire, the second largest wildfire in California history, devastated the northern communities of the cities of San Diego and Poway. Our community faced similar damage again in October 2007, during the Witch Creek Fire.
Jun 24, 2013 Op-Eds
For the price of a single F-22 fighter jet, Congress could do more to strengthen national security and our economy than an entire combat squadron. When invested in military-led biofuel development, that cost could secure a safe, renewable domestic fuel supply and spur job growth in communities across the country.
Jun 21, 2013 Op-Eds
In Washington, D.C., some Members of Congress are described as “having a race,” as opposed to others, who are considered “safe.” You know what that means. Democrats who represent an overwhelmingly Democratic congressional district, and Republicans from districts that always elect Republicans, are “safe.” People like me, who represent districts that are evenly split, “have a race.”
Jun 21, 2013 Op-Eds
The Supreme Court is expected to make a historic ruling on the marriage rights of same-sex couples any day now. As a longtime advocate for marriage equality, I hope the Court will do the right thing and rule same-sex marriage a constitutionally protected fundamental right because all Americans deserve to be treated equally under the law.
Jun 13, 2013 Op-Eds
Last year, the House Republican leadership made a point to criticize the Senate, controlled by Democrats, for not having passed a budget in four years. I agreed with them. They were right.
Jun 10, 2013 Op-Eds
After more than two decades in San Diego, I had some thoughts about Kelly Bennett’s June 3 question, “What could stymie the kind of invention and innovation that San Diego strives to be known for?” Here are six possible stymies