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Monday, October 16, 2006
A State of Denial on the Deficit

Only in Washington could a $248 billion budget deficit be touted as good news. But that is exactly what President Bush and Republicans did last week. The Grand Old Party is clearly in a state of denial on the deficit...

Thursday, September 28, 2006
A Victory for Firefighters

The 5th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks reminded us that our volunteer and career firefighters sacrifice a great deal to protect our communities and it is our duty to provide them with the equipment and training that they need to keep their departments running safely and efficiently...

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Celebrating Women in Business

This week, Americans celebrated the 23rd anniversary of American Business Women’s Day. In the 1940’s, working women were making new inroads to the business world by changing the face of industry and providing positive economic impact...

Monday, September 11, 2006
Remembering September 11

On this fifth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, our nation pauses again to remember the innocent men, women and children who perished that dark day due to the evil acts of men consumed by a murderous ideology...

Sunday, September 03, 2006
Reward Work-Raise the Minimum Wage

In 1882, the first Labor Day festivities celebrated the creation of the labor movement and the social and economic achievements of the American worker.

Sunday, August 27, 2006
Remembering the Victims and Heroes of Hurricane Katrina

Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the most devastating natural disaster in American history. This week, I will travel to New Orleans to join Gulf Coast citizens in prayer and reflection, but also to offer a plan to help rebuild the region.

Sunday, August 20, 2006
Strengthen Social Security, Don’t Sabotage It

Monday marked the 71st anniversary of the Social Security program’s inception. For the last 71 years, Social Security has provided dignity, safety, and security to millions of retiring Americans, as well as to disabled Americans and children whose families experience devastating tragedies. This program has been one of the most popular and successful in American history. Preventing the privatization of Social Security that President Bush and Congressional Republicans have been advocating is one of the key elements of Democrats’ plan to lead America in a new direction.

Sunday, July 30, 2006
It is Time to Achieve Real Energy Independence

In Maryland, the price of a regular gallon of gas has risen 67 cents in the last year. The cost of a barrel of oil has increased from $30 when President Bush took office to near $80 today. Many Southern Marylanders that commute to Washington DC are spending hundreds of dollars a month on gasoline alone. Meanwhile, we continue to rely on foreign nations for the majority of our oil supply, many in the increasingly unstable Middle East region. It is past due time for Congress to address this crisis with energy independence legislation.

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Medicare Drug Law Needs to be Improved for Seniors

Nearly two months after Maryland seniors were forced to enroll in Medicare Part D or face a lifetime penalty, news about the failures of this confusing law continues to pour in.

Sunday, June 25, 2006
Congress Must Quickly Enact The Extension of The Landmark Voting Rights Act

Last week, the House of Representatives was set to enact H.R. 9, the bipartisan, bicameral Voting Rights Act Reauthorization, which strengthens and renews the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years and reaffirms an enduring principle of our democracy: that every citizen is guaranteed the right to vote. Then, in an unexpected and disappointing development, House Republicans pulled the bill from consideration.

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