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Pennsylvania Infrastructure Tour Underscores Essential Federal Role in Transportation | Commentary

Earlier this month, I was joined by members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which I chair, other members of Congress and five state secretaries of Transportation from around the country as we traveled across my home state of Pennsylvania.

We Can't Afford to Back Down From Infrastructure Investments | Commentary

In Pennsylvania, we have some of the most run-down roads and bridges in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 22 percent of our state’s roads have unacceptable pavement quality and 43 percent of our bridges are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Earlier this month, I visited the Greenfield Bridge, where another bridge had to be built underneath to protect drivers from debris falling from Greenfield’s crumbling infrastructure.

Iran Framework Could Yield Middle East Nuclear Proliferation | Commentary

By Rep. Charlie Dent

You May Not Have Heard of This Dodd-Frank Provision, but It’s Saving Lives | Commentary

By Samir Goswami

This Is No Time for Partisan Politics: Vote on Loretta Lynch Now | Commentary

By Al Sharpton

Changing the Political Landscape, One Race at a Time | Letter to the Editor

By Matt Walter

Time for Congress to Reform Cable TV Laws | Commentary

By Matthew M. Polka

After King v. Burwell, Republicans' Goal Should Be Federalism on Steroids | Commentary

By Paul Howard and Yevgeniy Feyman

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Playing Politics With Our Health | Commentary

By Jeff Volek

The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change | Commentary

Most Americans know, in general, about climate change. Even those who dispute it have read or heard about rising tides, melting ice caps and superstorms.

Congress Must Protect the Wild Silence of the Arctic Refuge | Commentary

Recently, President Barack Obama and his administration signed the Record of Decision for the updated management plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and transmitted a wilderness recommendation to Congress — finalizing the decision to recommend 12.28 million acres of wilderness for the Arctic Refuge and its biologically sensitive coastal plain. Now it’s Congress’ turn.

A Peculiar Identification | Letter to the Editor

Emma Dumain’s April 10 blog post, “House Democrats Forced to Choose Sides in Iran Debate” features both a false assumption and a peculiar identification.

A Deal Is a Deal | Commentary

By Tim Canoll

So-Called Innovation Act Will Squelch Innovation | Commentary

Three years ago, Congress changed American patent law from a “first to discover” to a “first to file” system. Now, without waiting for these changes to be fully absorbed, some members of Congress are proposing additional changes that would impair the culture of innovation that makes America the place where someone is always trying to build a better mousetrap.

Enhance Trust in Congress Through Improved Tele-Town Halls | Commentary

I recently had an irresistible proposition for a member of Congress: “What if I could show you a technology which, in one hour, would make thousands of your constituents consider you accessible and fair, increase their trust in your judgement, and triple your approval rating on one of the toughest issues Congress faces?”

ESEA Reauthorization: A Chance to Right a Wrong | Commentary

By Jitu Brown and Judith Browne Dianis

'Innovation Act' Will Squelch Innovation | Commentary

Three years ago, Congress changed American patent law from a “first to discover” to a “first to file” system. Now, without waiting for these changes to be fully absorbed, some members of Congress are proposing additional changes that would impair the culture of innovation that makes America the place where someone is always trying to build a better mousetrap.

Ted Cruz Wants to Use Religion to Discriminate in Our Nation's Capital | Commentary

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

In an Increasingly Diverse Electorate, GOP Must Offer More | Commentary

By Cecile Richards, Neera Tanden, and Janet Murguía

What Can You Learn From Community Colleges? More Than You Think | Commentary

The emerging national dialogue about making community colleges as free as K-12 education shows how central these institutions have become to our national vision for building a strong economic future. With nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates enrolled in community colleges, we must all agree on this fact: Our nation needs community colleges to be the best they can be. They simply cannot fail.

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