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Veterans Benefit From Land and Water Conservation Fund | Commentary

A few months ago, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail to bring attention to the needs of fellow veterans re-entering civilian life. Having served seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Chris Davis told a reporter that getting outdoors resonates with veterans. “We walk a lot in the military and a veteran sitting at home can identify with someone throwing a backpack on and walking for 2,000 miles.”

Combat vs. Climate | Commentary

There’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding President Barack Obama’s plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State: How limited or open-ended is it? How will Congress respond? What will it cost?

Congress Must Ensure FDA Does Not Undermine the Affordable Care Act | Commentary

Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Hatch-Waxman Act with bipartisan support. This legislation greatly expanded access to prescription drugs in America by accelerating the review process for generic drugs, thereby significantly lowering the cost to consumers, many of whom who are seniors and low- to moderate-income families. Since its passage, generic drugs now constitute approximately 84 percent of prescriptions in the United States.

Millennials to the FCC: 'Don't Break the Internet' | Commentary

Bureaucrats in Washington are trying to use a law passed in 1934 to take over the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission wants to unlawfully use a provision known as “Title II” to regulate the Internet as a public utility.

Why Expanded Trade Will Support an Economic Recovery | Commentary

The U.S. economy is enjoying a slow but steady rebound, with better than 4 percent growth over the second quarter of 2014. Consumers’ spending is healthy, their expectations are at their peak for the year and the private sector has created more jobs over the last several months. But the government can further strengthen job creation and bolster the recovery by improving U.S. trade, especially by increasing exports.

Science Funding -- Do We Know What We Get for Our Money? | Commentary

With the exception of one-time stimulus funding, our national investment in fundamental research has flat-lined since the Bush years. But there’s more to the story than research spending.

The Urgent Need for New Antibiotics | Commentary

This week in a hearing titled “Examining Ways to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Foster New Drug Development,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee will take a deep dive into the number one public health threat facing the U.S.

The U.S. Must Do More to Help Ukraine — and Do It Quickly | Commentary

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most dangerous dictator Europe has seen since the death of Stalin in 1953. The United States and our NATO allies must not shrink from the challenge he presents. Dangerous events in the Middle East must not distract us.

The House Must Act to End Employment Discrimination | Commentary

From coast to coast, courts are taking action to extend equal rights to LGBT Americans. Unfortunately, back in Washington, the Republican-controlled House has extended its historic streak of inaction by continuing to allow employees to be fired simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

It's Time for the FCC to Call Off Its Convoluted Power Grab | Commentary

A potential heavy-handed federal power grab is threatening the fabric of constitutional federalism, and Congress is divided on whether to interfere.

Why a Global Anti-Poverty Group Is Suing the SEC | Commentary

On Thursday, we at Oxfam America filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yes, it is unusual for a global anti-poverty organization to sue the SEC, but we had felt it was necessary given the SEC’s feet-dragging in finishing a landmark transparency rule for the oil, gas and mining industry.

The Low Bar | Commentary

Imagine you are in a cab, screaming at the driver to stop speeding toward the edge of a cliff. The driver ignores you. You plead with him to slow down, to steer away from calamity. He ignores you. At the last possible minute, the driver slams on the brakes and stops the car just short of a fatal plunge. To your shock, the driver turns around, smiling, and asks you to thank him with a big tip. That’s exactly how Speaker John A. Boehner is driving this congress.

Confronting the Kochs | Commentary

We’re fewer than 60 days away from a critical Election Day. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance. And two billionaire brothers are spending big to make sure the election goes their way.

Keep the Internet Free of Taxes | Commentary

Congress has fewer than 50 days to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act and prevent an unnecessary and detrimental tax from being inflicted on the American people.

A Repair Plan for the Social Security Disability Insurance Program | Commentary

If our combined 40 years in Congress has taught us anything, it is that policymakers rarely deal with problems until the last possible minute.

Congress Should Call for Seafood Traceability | Commentary

Tilapia disguised as red snapper. Escolar sold as white tuna. Farmed salmon labeled as wild, caught from Alaska. These are all real cases of seafood mislabeling that have been found in the United States, and this type of fraud may be more common than you think.

Keeping the Internet Open and Free | Commentary

From Eastern Europe to the South China Sea, to Northern Iraq and Syria, the West’s post-war world order faces challenges today that were unimaginable two decades ago.

Why We Need FOIA Reform Now | Commentary

Congress has returned from a month-long recess with a full plate and few legislative days left. Although it faces many competing priorities, Congress must pass the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill that enjoys bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. If enacted, this legislation truly will be a game changer, restoring the Freedom of Information Act to its original intended purpose of offering a “check against corruption” and “hold[ing] the governors accountable to the governed,” in the words of the Supreme Court.

Keeping the Internet Bountiful | Commentary

Three months after the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rule making” for new rules to regulate the Internet, more commonly known as “net neutrality,” a decade-old debate is reaching a fever pitch. This week alone, the FCC will hold multiple roundtable discussions and Congress will discuss the matter in three separate hearings — including a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday where I will testify.

To Improve Decision-Making, Lighten Up on Lobbyists | Commentary

As Congress prepares to leave town and disillusioned voters get ready to trudge toward the midterm elections, party leaders on both sides of the aisle are making the usual promises that if elected, they will do things better. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has promised to re-empower committees, noting that a “sense of mutual respect is necessary for constructive dialogue.” Following President Barack Obama’s election in 2008, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a return to a bottom-up, subcommittee- and committee-driven process. But no matter who triumphs in November, our leaders will once again get a chance to establish the rules and tenor that will guide the next two years.

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