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Majority of Americans Exhibit 'Economic Insecurity' | Commentary

By Amitai Etzioni

The Urgent Need to Bolster Tank Car Safety Standards | Commentary

In 2013, 47 people were killed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded.

From Drought to Air Quality, Climate Change Often Impacts Minorities More | Commentary

Our country has made a lot of environmental progress since the first Earth Day in 1970. We’ve passed bedrock environmental protections — such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act — that continue to protect human and wildlife health. Unfortunately, we haven’t responded to emerging threats such as climate change and the ongoing California drought, and we’re running out of time.

100 Years Later, Time to Recognize the Armenian Genocide | Commentary

By Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Robert J. Dold

The Prosperity Corps: Millions of Americans Selling Products and Services Abroad | Commentary

By John L. Habib

Songwriters Shouldn't Have to Subsidize the Billion-Dollar Streaming Industry | Commentary

The music streaming business has got a lot of attention in the past few weeks with the introduction of new players such as Tidal — a company that puts artists in control of the valuation of their music, and not at the mercy of the streaming giants.

Washington Is Broken: Partisan Legislation to Authorize American Research Is the Wrong Approach | Commentary

We’ve heard it for several years now: Washington is broken. Progress has ground to a halt due to partisan politics. Partisanship dominates the headlines for many of the issues that come before Congress, be it immigration, tax reform, gun control or climate change. Many would expect these particular topics to incite more divisive rhetoric than others. For most of my colleagues, these issues represent sincere disagreements and heartfelt positions on which they campaigned and promised voters that they wouldn’t compromise.

Invest in Our Transportation Network to Drive the Economy Forward | Commentary

By Paul Yarossi

While Drought Compels California to Take Action, Rest of the Country Shouldn't Wait | Commentary

While the rest of the country may only think about climate change during an extreme weather event or as something our children are going to have to deal with, my home state of California is already facing the effects of climate change and is working tirelessly to deal with its effects. From reduced snowpack to a rising sea level, warming temperatures will continue to strain our state’s water supply and threaten millions of acres of farmland.

Fracking: Good Science Vs. Science Fiction | Commentary

The United States is now the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, having recently overtaken both Saudi Arabia and Russia. Two decades ago, no one would have believed it. The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has fueled this energy boom. Fracking has unlocked vast amounts of what used to be considered economically inaccessible oil and gas. Increased domestic energy production has benefited the environment, the economy and hardworking families who now enjoy reduced energy prices.

National Parks Can Guide the Way on Climate Change | Commentary

Each day I walk into my district office, I am guided by the iconic arrowhead symbol of the National Park Service.

Why China Votes 'No' on TPA | Commentary

By Jay Chittooran

Congress Should Launch Bipartisan Investigation of 'Short-Sale' Market | Commentary

During his Oscar-nominated cameo in “A History of Violence,” William Hurt declares ominously to the brother he is about to have murdered, “You cost me ... you cost me a helluva lot!” In a much broader sense, and in the real world, the rise of the Regulatory State has cost us a lot; a helluva lot, if you will — in excess of $2 trillion annually, as estimated by Forbes.

Rush to Judgment | Commentary

By Barry M. Blechman

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Focus on Restoration — Not Misinformation | Commentary

By Douglas J. Meffert, David Muth and Steve Cochran

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

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