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  • 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...

  • The Washington Post: Why is the Russian meddling in 2016 such a big secret? I’m not allowed to say.
    September 3, 2019 | Op-Eds

    In May, other members of Florida’s congressional delegation and I were briefed for 90 minutes in the U.S. Capitol by officials from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. I sought the briefing after then-special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report showed Russia had probed and even pierced election networks in Florida, among the most closely contested states in U.S. politics. Although our briefers supplied new details, much remained...

  • The Washington Post: I’m a proud Democrat. I’m also a proud capitalist.
    April 28, 2019 | Op-Eds

    I’m a Democrat in the House of Representatives who recently became a minor cause celebre in conservative media circles after I publicly pronounced myself a “proud capitalist” distressed by the increasing use of the term “socialism” in our national discourse. While this term has come to mean different things to different people, it signals disenchantment with — and a desire to discard — the capitalist model that the United States has embraced since its founding. I didn’t expect my comments to be...

  • Orlando Sentinel: Congress missed the point with watered-down resolution on anti-Semitism
    March 11, 2019 | Op-Eds

    In 2017, as a freshman member of Congress, I visited Israel. While one can read about the threats Israel faces from countries like Iran and terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas, there is no substitute for being on the ground, hearing from Israelis themselves, and seeing how close and complex the threats are. You realize this is a place where the past permeates the present — a highly-advanced nation that has not lost its sense of vulnerability, one both focused on the future and gripped...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

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