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,"
In the wake of the terror perpetrated against our nation on September 11, we have seen the very best of America on display.
In January of 2001, the first month of the George W. Bush presidency, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced that the federal government would have a budget surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next ten years. One year later, in January of 2002, that surplus number had shrunk an astounding $4 trillion, to $1.6 trillion.
If this were just the soap opera it often resembles, those of us watching could all rest easy. Tomorrow brings a new episode, we'd tell ourselves, a chance for those who have lost so much to come out on top in the end.
Prior to the tragic events of September 11, our nation's firefighters very often came in first when Americans were asked to rank the most respected profession. They were always enthusiastically cheered as they rode by at holiday parades, and supported at the local bake sale.
There is widespread bipartisan agreement in Washington that our economy is in need of a jumpstart. That is where the consensus ends.
They've changed the name, but don't be fooled. The arguments for giving the President unfettered trading authority haven't gotten any better.
Victoria Leone could hardly believe the improvement her husband Robert was making in his battle with cancer. Thanks to regular physical therapy sessions following his radiation treatments, he was back to going up and down stairs on his own, and feeling much better. Then Victoria's HMO informed her that their insurance would no longer pay for his therapy treatments. They said they had become
The old game show, "To Tell The Truth," in which the contestants all claimed to be the same person in an attempt to stump the celebrity panelists, ended with the query, "Would the real so-and-so please stand up?" But when it comes to the interlocking environmental and energy policies in George W. Bush's young presidency, we must ask, "Would the real President Bush please stand up?"
Throughout our nation's history, millions of men and women have served in our armed forces -- during times of peace and war -- defending the freedoms and way of life that we all treasure so dearly. Our country has a duty to honor this sacrifice by providing veterans and their families with a wide variety of benefits.