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  • Military Times: Thank vets for their service, but don't stop there
    November 9, 2017 | Op-Eds

    There are two major holidays when we honor the men and women of our armed forces. On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to military personnel who died in the line of duty. And on Veterans Day, we express gratitude to all those who honorably served, both living and departed. Every day — and especially on Veterans Day — we should take time to thank the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who wore our nation’s uniform. We should let the veterans in our life know we appreciate the sacrifices they made... Read more

  • Orlando Weekly: Fact-based gun research can save lives. So why aren't we doing it?
    October 17, 2017 | Op-Eds

    Two years ago, I received a call informing me that my son’s school had been placed on lockdown after an active shooter warning was issued in the area. My son and his pre-school classmates were rushed into a supply closet and told to remain silent for hours. When I was finally able to pick my son up, he was visibly distressed. He struggled to tell me about the confusion he felt as his typical school day was shattered by the sound of police sirens wailing and helicopter rotors whirring overhead. I'll... Read more

  • The Kansas City Star: PACE Act is a bipartisan path to affordable child care
    October 7, 2017 | Op-Eds

    House Republicans have said that “we have a once-in-a- generation opportunity to enact bold, pro-growth tax reform that will create jobs, grow paychecks, and unleash American competitiveness.” House Democrats are committed to a “better deal” and “better wages” for Americans of all stripes. President Donald Trump campaigned on bringing “federal policies in line with the needs of today’s working parents.” If you’re willing to look beyond the cynical politics of our time, you’ll see that these goals... Read more

  • Orlando Sentinel: Obamacare — mend it, don't end it: Stephanie Murphy
    June 7, 2017 | Op-Eds

    Since taking office in January, I’ve made it my top priority to listen to people from every corner of my district. No matter where I go, my constituents tell me that health care is one of their most pressing concerns. I can often see the anxiety etched on their faces. As I can attest from personal experience, we never feel more vulnerable than when we, or someone we love dearly, receives a troubling diagnosis. Everything else in life fades into the background. For too many Central Floridians faced... Read more

  • Orlando Sentinel: My family fled Vietnam. Don't mix politics, national security
    February 10, 2017 | Op-Eds

    The highest priority of government leaders is to protect the American people.  This solemn responsibility was brought into sharp focus when the United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.  The attacks underscored our vulnerability as a nation and the need to strengthen our security policies.  On a personal level, 9-11 led me to leave the private sector and eventually to enter public service, becoming a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.... Read more

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