The Sept. 11 Commission issued a "report card" grading action on proposed security reforms. The grades were atrocious. MOST AMERICANS take for granted that airline security issues have been fixed, and that terrorists no longer plan to target our aviation system.
Both assumptions are horribly wrong.
There can be no doubt that New York City and Washington, D.C., are among the leading contenders for a future terrorist attack. Likewise, it is evident to most experts that al Qaeda maintains a fervent determination to carry out colossal assaults - the kind that are possible only in a small number of major U.S. cities.
On Sept. 11, 2001, America was caught unguarded against the machinations of a ruthless terrorist organization. Only four years later, the Gulf Coast was devastated by nature's wrath when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita crashed our shores.
The year 2005 exposed America's dangerous dependence on fossil fuel. No sooner had the American public been shaken by the human devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita than they were forced to face the financial devastation of sudden and steep hikes in gas prices at the pump. Fossil fuel prices climbed at record speeds in the summer of 2005, and they are climbing again this winter. Consum
Hurricane Katrina was more than a natural catastrophe. The painful images of Americans suffering, dying and calling desperately for help will forever be seared into our collective conscience.
"If it were left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter" –Thomas Jefferson
Some 5.3 million Americans live with disabilities caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults. At least 1.4 million Americans suffer a TBI each year, which costs more than $56 billion. Falls, motor-vehicle crashes, sports injuries and violence are the major causes.
By Kate Ackley - Roll Call Staff
The federal budget may be as tight as ever, but a collection of advocates is lobbying to squeeze extra money to help U.S. soldiers who have suffered brain injuries.
As I travel throughout the twenty-one towns in the Eighth Congressional District, families of all shapes and sizes talk to me about our health care system. Whether the topic is ensuring that managed care companies cover core services and are accountable for their decisions, or advancing cutting-edge research to confront our most dreaded diseases, there is much we must do.
Secret documents. Back room deals. Intimidation. Misinformation. Threats. Exclusion. Bribery. Propaganda. Lying. Am I referring to the KGB? The Chinese authorities? Napoleon's France? A medieval court? Imperial Rome? No.
Elements of a government scandal? Maybe.
In the movie "Thelma and Louise," Louise turns to Thelma and says, "You get what you settle for." How right she was.
It is fair to say that there is no greater task now facing our government than to protect and defend our cities and towns from those who would seek to do us harm. If you have watched C-Span at all over the last two years, you will have noted a regular procession of Democrats and Republicans on both the House and Senate floors touting the urgency to further secure our nation. After all, keepi
Our troops had of course heard all about what was happening back home. They had heard the news accounts coming over “Stars and Stripes” radio broadcasts, and naturally had questions for this group of Congressmen coming to visit them. This was the scene at every military base. As they were continuing to bravely conduct the war on terrorism in Central Asia, and as they prepared in the Middle E
At kitchen tables from Clifton, New Jersey to Clifton Colorado, some harsh economic realities are carrying the day. Concerns range from job loss and rising debt to exploding health care costs and tax bills that keeps getting bigger. Despite this, many in the nation's capitol, chief among them our President, seem totally oblivious.
Millions of Medicare beneficiaries woke up this morning with no prescription drug coverage. Millions more are at imminent risk of losing the coverage they have. These are not just statistics.
In announcing that the month of June would be the first ever National Homeownership Month, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez said, "A healthy economy depends on a vigorous, growing housing sector, and ...housing continues to fuel the nation's economy,"