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  • Orlando Sentinel: We need infrastructure funding now
    August 23, 2021 | Op-Eds

    Those of us who call Central Florida home know — and the census just  confirmed —  — that our region is growing rapidly. It makes me proud that so many people want to live here. But the dramatic population increase is outpacing efforts to expand and enhance our infrastructure. As anyone who has spent hours sitting in I-4 traffic can attest, we’ve become victims of our own success. That’s why we need to make a major federal investment in Central Florida’s — and our nation’s — infrastructure....

  • Orlando Sentinel: Take A Stand: Speak Out Against Antisemitism
    June 13, 2021 | Op-Eds

    “We’re all human.”   That’s a line from the song that opened the recent rally outside the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, where Floridians of every color and creed, and from every walk of life, joined forces to denounce the anti-Jewish graffiti that had been scrawled on the museum’s outer wall. The gathering reflected one of Florida’s core strengths — diversity in race, gender, religion, and political philosophy. Public officials and private citizens alike should emulate this example...

  • USA Today: Amid Anti-Asian Hate, I Know My Country Has My Back
    May 20, 2021 | Op-Eds

    As an Asian American member of Congress, I’ve watched physical and verbal assaults on individuals of Asian heritage  increase over the past year — . Some victims are U.S. citizens, others aren’t. Some were born in Asian countries; others were born in America and may never have been to Asia. Some are Chinese or Chinese American; just as often they have been of Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese descent. In many cases, the assailant’s apparent motive was anger about COVID-19. ...

  • The Hill: Don’t Cut or Condition U.S. Military Aid to Israel
    March 19, 2021 | Op-Eds

    One of us is a member of Congress from Florida who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and used to work as a national security specialist at the Department of Defense. The other is also a former Pentagon official who now leads an organization that promotes strong U.S. defense policies, including close cooperation between the United States and Israel. One of us is a refugee from Vietnam whose family fled a communist regime that seized power after the Vietnam War. The other is an American...

  • Florida Politics: Florida’s National Guard — Our Understaffed Heroes
    February 24, 2021 | Op-Eds

    We are grateful to every American who volunteers to serve our country at home or abroad. Service can take many different forms. For thousands of Floridians, membership in the Florida National Guard is their patriotic contribution to their communities and to our country. As Members of Congress from Florida — of both political parties — who sit on the House Armed Services Committee, it is our duty to ensure these brave citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen have the resources they need to complete their...

  • Tampa Bay Times: Climate change is a national security threat and economic opportunity for Florida
    December 12, 2020 | Op-Eds

    As a member of Congress from Florida who used to work at the Pentagon, there is no shortage of national security threats that keep me up at night. China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, the failed state of Venezuela, nuclear weapons, and terrorism all disturb peaceful slumber.   But the most pressing global challenges I see are pandemic disease and climate change. While they may not be considered “national security threats” in the narrowest sense of the term, they pose a clear and present danger...

  • Orlando Sentinel: Senate Inaction Makes Florida’s Jobless Suffer
    July 28, 2020 | Op-Eds
    Tags: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

    In the last four months,  over three million  Florida workers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment, victims of the economic crisis created by COVID-19. Most struggled — and many still struggle — to obtain the benefits they are owed, victims of an unemployment system that successive leaders in Tallahassee allowed to atrophy through a combination of indifference, incompetence, and ideology.  Nevertheless, when benefits are finally paid, they are a lifeline for unemployed...

  • USA Today: Create Coronavirus Commission now to review pandemic response: Schiff, Thompson & Murphy
    April 19, 2020 | Op-Eds
    Tags: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

    The fight against coronavirus is unlike any our nation has waged in modern history. But this is not the first time we have been tested in such a sudden and devastating fashion — and Congress should draw lessons from our past experience. On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,000 Americans, crippling the Navy’s Pacific Fleet and drawing us into World War II. On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners,...

  • CNN: Congress is facing the ultimate test of leadership
    April 10, 2020 | Op-Eds
    Tags: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

    As Covid-19 sweeps across the United States like wildfire, my fellow members of Congress and I are working to douse the flames. We need to use far more water -- a fact some of my colleagues haven't come to terms with yet. When the virus first emerged, it caused me to reflect on my experience at the Pentagon during the administration of President George W. Bush. In 2005, I was part of an interagency team that prepared for the potential arrival of another virus, H5N1, commonly known as the bird flu,...

  • Orlando Sentinel: I vote to impeach, with reluctance, but resolve
    December 18, 2019 | Op-Eds

    Like other immigrants and refugees to this country, I know how fortunate I am to call America home. When I was a baby, my family fled Vietnam because our lives were threatened by a communist government that exercised ruthless power unchecked by the rule of law. We were rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy after our boat ran out of fuel and then offered safe haven in the United States. My parents instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for America. They taught me this is an exceptional country. It’s...

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