I want to welcome you to my blog, which I update often with discussions of policy issues and the news of the day. I hope that this will serve as a less formal way for me to interact with my constituents, and I encourage you to check in regularly. As always, please don’t hesitate to let my staff know if you have any questions or feedback.
Over the past few weeks, many of you have written in with concerns about the reauthorization of portions of the Patriot Act and how it pertains to surveillance by the NSA.
You can watch my video addressing these concerns below.
Ever since the first Earth Day in 1970, people have gathered annually to renew their commitment to making our planet greener and healthier and to encourage their leaders to take action on critical environmental policy issues.
With their extreme budget proposal, my Republican colleagues have once again turned their backs on seniors, working families, veterans, immigrants, students, federal workers, and the 16 million Americans who have gotten health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, selling all of these folks out in order to protect tax breaks for the very wealthy and for corporations. In fact, nearly two-thi
We are just a few hours away from a Department of Homeland Security shutdown, which will undermine many of the agency's critical missions and force its essential employees to go without pay until the politics are worked out.
The budget submitted by the President on February 2 reflects the progress we’ve made as a country – emerging from a difficult recession with cautious optimism and a growing economy – but it also underscores the considerable work left to do to prepare for a brighter future.
With all of the GOP Presidential gossip at last weekend’s Freedom Partners political retreat, it would have been easy to overlook the real news: the Koch brothers made a remarkable pledge to spend $889 million supporting Republican candidates in 2016.
That is a staggering, unprecedented sum that requires some context.
The State of the Union address is as old as our Constitution, and it is still an important means of interaction between the President and Congress, especially in times of divided leadership.
I am very pleased that President Obama has reconfirmed his commitment to college affordability and completion by announcing the America’s College Promise Proposal. This plan would help waive tuition at community colleges, offering up to $3,800 toward tuition for hard-working students and allowing as many as 9 million Americans to graduate debt-free.