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On Ebola Funding, Don't Forget Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic | Commentary

A well-founded sense of urgency gripped the recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing about the proposed $6.2 billion emergency funding bill to combat the Ebola epidemic. Lives are being lost as Congress deliberates.

Republicans Have the Senate, Now What Happens to the Filibuster? | Commentary

Now that the GOP has swept into control of the Congress, it is immediately confronted with familiar realities. Because of the Senate rules, under most circumstances it is necessary to get 60 votes to get anything major done.

Congress Must Block These Attacks on Independent Science | Commentary

House leaders have decided that one of the most important things they can do during the lame duck session is to vote on two bills that would cripple good, science-based policy.

The Midterm Elections: What Do They Mean for Accreditation? | Commentary

The midterm elections are over and the question for higher education and accreditation is: What will the change to Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate mean going forward? Will we have a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act any time in the next few years? If so, what will it look like? If not, what will this mean for the academic community?

Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators: A Challenge With a Bipartisan Solution | Commentary

Families all over America rely on after-school programs, summer camps and other youth-serving institutions to get their children involved in activities that enrich their lives and help them grow up to be healthy, productive adults. Sadly, these programs can also be a vulnerable target for child predators who hope to gain access to their next victims under the guise of seeking employment or volunteer opportunities. To keep our kids safe from predators, child-serving organizations must be equipped with access to the most robust criminal background checks available — the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Congress Must Rein in the NLRB | Commentary

Since the 2010 midterm elections, a split Congress effectively froze the most controversial elements of the president’s political agenda. As a result, implementation of Barack Obama’s labor agenda, like other priorities, quietly moved from Capitol Hill to federal agencies unleashing an avalanche of administrative law. On the labor policy front, the president can also rely on the quasi-judicial body the National Labor Relations Board to implement his agenda, and after a period of prolonged battles over appointments to the board, for the first time in a decade, a fully seated NLRB is frantically making up for lost time.

Our Election Mandate: Bring No-Nonsense Governing, Regularity to the Federal Funding Process | Commentary

“Elections have consequences” is an oft-used phrase following a watershed election, and given the large Republican gains in the Senate, House and in states across the country, this year has clearly been no exception. I believe a major “consequence” of this election is a loud and clear mandate from the American people for Washington to stop the gridlock, work together across ideological lines and start producing real accomplishments on their behalf.

Credit Card Security Must be Strengthened | Commentary

Congress is back in session and we’re entering what will hopefully be a booming period for America’s small businesses during the holiday shopping season. However, a subtle but persistent threat remains to our long-term economic security posed by cyber-criminals and lax credit card security measures that allow financial and identity fraud to occur. While these cyber-crimes are certainly menacing, they more pose serious implications for business growth by diminishing consumer confidence. And while there are plenty of issues for Congress to debate in the lame-duck session, the importance of preserving consumer trust in financial transactions and protecting consumer information are issues everyone can agree on.

White House Renewable Fuels Policy Raises Questions | Commentary

Last May, Reuters ran two articles about the White House’s pending decision on the renewable-fuel standard, which federally mandates how much biofuel must be blended into the transportation fuel supply in the United States.

Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators -- A Challenge With a Bipartisan Solution

Families all over America rely on after-school programs, summer camps and other youth-serving institutions to get their children involved in activities that enrich their lives and help them grow up to be healthy, productive adults. Sadly, these programs can also be a vulnerable target for child predators who hope to gain access to their next victims under the guise of seeking employment or volunteer opportunities. To keep our kids safe from predators, child-serving organizations must be equipped with access to the most robust criminal background checks available — the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

For the 114th Congress, It's Economic Growth or Nothing | Commentary

Tuesday marked another historic change election. Now comes the hard part: The Republican Party’s new majority must make 2015 the year in which Congress gets serious about economic growth and putting America back to work. If it doesn’t, the 114th Congress will be seen as a squandered opportunity for the GOP to rebrand itself as the party of prosperity for every American.

Congressional Action on Food Labeling Needed | Commentary

Voters in Colorado and Oregon have spoken with a firm voice in opposition to mandatory labeling of foods that contain ingredients produced via agricultural biotechnology. After closely examining the facts, voters decided they wanted no part of a system that would have provided them incomplete, inaccurate information and led to higher grocery prices for families. They join voters in Washington and California who rejected similar proposals in recent years.

'Tis the Season to Right a Shopping Wrong | Commentary

The start of the holiday shopping season has evolved from a single day, Black Friday, to a five-day stretch of promotions and discounts, and is now on the verge of consuming almost all of November. Technology that enables easy, at-home shopping has benefited both retailers and consumers, but it often exploits a major tax loophole that gives online retailers an unfair advantage and leaves consumers vulnerable to tax penalties. It’s time for Congress address the online sales tax disparity head on, in a way that takes the burden off consumers and makes the relationship between brick-and-mortar stores and their online counterparts more equitable.

Putin's Arctic Plans Spring Ahead While America Lags Behind | Commentary

While Vladimir Putin’s Russia makes huge moves in the Arctic, America — an Arctic nation itself — is way behind in its own Arctic ambitions for new energy, territory and shipping routes.

A Review of the Defense Department's 1033 Program | Commentary

On Thursday on Capitol Hill, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is holding a hearing on the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program. Also known as the “1033 program,” it was originally created to allow for the office to transfer excess Department of Defense property to law enforcement agencies across the United States. This program has been under intense scrutiny since this summer’s situation in Ferguson, Mo., when millions of Americans witnessed pictures and videos of police officers there wearing military style fatigues, carrying weapons and operating large armored vehicles.

Taylor Swift Can, We Can't: Songwriters Call on Congress to Take Action | Commentary

Recently, recording artist Taylor Swift made a business decision. She chose not to allow the music-streaming service Spotify to use songs from her new album, “1989.” Taylor has that right, as do other American recording artists and their record labels. Songwriters don’t.

Veterans' Access Law Stresses Transparency | Commentary

It takes a crisis to raise an issue.

New Management in Congress Means a Return to Regular Order | Commentary

After the political analysts complete their commentary on the meaning of the 2014 election, the serious work will begin to get this country back on the right track. There is much to do, big issues that have been ignored too long, our national security, and leadership not least of all.

Muslim Azerbaijan: Bucking the Anti-Semitic Trend in Europe | Commentary

For many years, we have defended Jews in what are now the 15 independent states of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

On Iran, No One Can Afford to Be Wilfully Blind | Commentary

It is more than simply unfortunate that Western policymakers look at Iran and appear to see only what they want to see. They heap praise on progress in the nuclear negotiations without looking at the actual content. They tune into televised smiles and reasonable-sounding public statements from the Rouhani administration and tune out the bombastic threats, insults and anti-Western rhetoric that invariably accompanies them. They push for large-scale rapprochement with Iran on the apparent assumption that its crimes will disappear if we somehow pretend they don’t exist.

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