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Now Is Not the Time for New Iran Sanctions | Commentary

Some Senate Republicans are promising that one of their first orders of business this month as the chamber’s leaders will be a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill while the U.S. and the other nations continue to make progress in negotiations to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Republican Party Has a Mandate to Lead

Republicans returned to Washington this week to open the 114th Congress with their largest majorities in nearly a century. This is great news.

Better Options Exist for Postal Reform in 2015 | Commentary

Once again, Congress adjourned last year without passing much needed reform for the United States Postal Service. Reform is critically needed since the agency continues to flirt with financial insolvency caused by a crippling obligation to prefund decades of retiree health care costs.

Congress: Good Things Can Happen, and That Inspires Hope | Commentary

When Congress chooses to act with a bipartisan focus on doing the right thing, barriers are broken and good things can happen. Good things such as saving and improving millions of children’s lives.

Keystone XL Supporters Make Misleading Claims About Support Along the Proposed Pipeline Route | Commentary

TransCanada is so intent on winning approval for their proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada, they are spending millions on media ads and making donations to communities along the route. In recent articles, TransCanada has stated that it has obtained 100 percent of the easements in Montana and South Dakota from willing landowners. The operative word here is “willing” — and that word misrepresents what really happened.

Progressives Are Ready for Hillary | Commentary

The progressive values and policies that Hillary Rodham Clinton represents have Democrats and Americans across the country more excited than ever. But lately, pundits and some in the media have attempted to drive a narrative that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is not unified behind Hillary. As a progressive myself, and one who proudly hails from the ultimate battleground state of Ohio, this could not be further from the truth. Clinton’s record speaks for itself.

One Year After 'Traffic Problems,' Idea of 'President Christie' As Scary as Ever | Commentary

They were the eight words that turned New Jersey politics — and the 2016 Republican presidential primary — upside down.

A Prescription That No Pharmacist Ever Sees | Commentary

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently said the administration wants to address difficulties faced by consumers following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A good starting point is a provision that’s costing consumers and needlessly burdening doctors, which has received bipartisan support for change.

A Congressional Commission to Bolster the Prosperity in Asia-Pacific | Commentary

As many analysts have pointed out, cross-straits issues concern not only the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, but also the Asian-Pacific region, because it may be the only issue that could provoke a conflict between the United States and China. At a deeper level, China still presents a distinct challenge to the United States. The 114th Congress leaders in the House and the Senate must focus on how the nation will deal with it’s rebalancing in the Asia-Pacific, their associated security concerns, and regional evolving security realities.

Invest in the Land and Water Conservation Fund | Commentary

The passage of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act provided funding for American military operations — and included a suite of parks and wilderness bills. While it is perhaps an unlikely pairing in Washington, there is in fact a strong relationship between American military history and our national public lands. In fact, these two integral parts of America’s identity — the service of military veterans and the natural wonders of our public lands — have been connected for more than a century, and it is appropriate that we invest in both.

Congress' Missile Defense Opportunity | Commentary

One of the first tasks the new Congress will need to consider is how to strengthen the U.S. National Missile Defense program. No congressional responsibility is more important than protecting the American people against nuclear threats from North Korea and other U.S. adversaries.

A Science and Technology Challenge for Congress | Commentary

When the 114th Congress convenes, it will find it has lost something of significance: much of its institutional memory about science and technology. And with the rest of the world making a strong play to topple America from its perch atop the innovation pyramid, that’s very troubling.

From Aid to Impact: Supporting U.S. Foreign Assistance | Commentary

What impact is U.S. investment in foreign aid having in far off, foreign countries? In D.C., we receive statistics about the impact of aid, but never get a face or a name of those affected by our help. Traveling to Cambodia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid in maternal and neonatal health, changed that. That’s where we met Navy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her 6-year-old daughter, Davin in Phnom Penh.

The Patent Landscape Has Changed, but Targeted Reforms Still Needed | Commentary

The 114th Congress will soon begin and the newest members of Congress will take their seats. While the 113th Congress was hampered by partisan gridlock, there’s optimism among many that the 114th could be defined by tangible compromise on critical issues facing our nation.

Religious Tolerance: Finding a Model that Works in Dangerous Times | Commentary

Four years after the start of the Arab Spring, the wider Middle East finds itself in complete chaos with the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, turmoil and growing insurgency in North Africa, and the danger of a new escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In response, the U.S. administration and congressional leaders have called for greater action to curb extremism. In fact, following the news from the region can make one extremely pessimistic about the future of interfaith relations, and inevitably create the perception that Muslims, Christians and Jews will never live peacefully together.

Protecting America's Clean Drinking Water | Commentary

The causes and consequences of the hottest year on record, which is now shaping up to be 2014 according to the World Meteorological Organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are likely to have a lasting impact on New York State and New York City’s pristine water supply if we’re not careful. And while we’re glad that the Water for the World Act of 2014 cleared Congress recently, which improves access to water worldwide, the problem of water scarcity remains a serious issue in America.

The Case for Protected Status for Central American Migrants | Commentary

In recent years, the United States has experienced a steady rise in unauthorized migration from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the “northern triangle” countries of Central America. A crippling set of adverse conditions — including staggeringly high crime rates, weak government institutions and scarce employment opportunities — is fueling this trend. Transnational gangs are now a formidable political force in the region, generating protracted violence that has caused thousands to flee.

Civil Rights and Racial Justice Groups Support Real Net Neutrality, Reclassification | Commentary

Known Verizon hired gun Marty Chavez recently purported to speak not just for the Hispanic Technology and Telecom Partnership, but also the “vast majority” of civil rights organizations on the issue of net neutrality and reclassification (“Why Minorities Oppose Utility Regulations on the Internet,” Roll Call, Dec. 16).

A Simple Way to Boost Homeownership - End Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac | Commentary

For generations, affordable homeownership has been a pillar of the American dream and the primary driver of wealth creation and social mobility. While Congress has not yet come to a consensus on how to proceed with housing reform, studies have shown the host of positive externalities that stem from homeownership — ranging from better health and education to safer streets and more vibrant communities.

It's Time for the Affordable Care Act to Make Care Affordable | Commentary

The Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage to millions. But a recent Gallup survey found that 1 in 3 Americans still put off needed health care this year because it cost too much.

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