Feb 2, 2017 Editorials
In the fast-paced, evolving media coverage of the new administration, it's hard to remember what outrageous claim or attack President Donald Trump made and when. Unfortunately, despite the onslaught of offenses and barrage of new policies coming from the Oval Office, we must continue to hold the president accountable for each and every action intended to roll back progress, safety or opportunity for American families—from sweeping executive orders to 140-character tweets.
Jan 13, 2017 Editorials
This past Tuesday, in Washington D.C., a 21 year old man named Jay Franzone donated blood. On the surface, this act seems common, almost routine, especially as we observe National Blood Donor Month. Americans donate blood every day—on high school and college campuses during blood drives, in workplaces after a coworker falls ill, and in hospitals as loved ones prepare for surgery. What makes this scenario unique is the fact that Jay is gay, or as a blood bank would classify him, MSM—a man who has sex with men. And because of this, he is required to abstain from sex for 12 months in order to qualify as a healthy blood donor.
Jan 6, 2017 Editorials
An individual cannot be an effective leader without trust. Less than two months ago, Americans across the country exercised their most fundamental right in our democracy – the right to vote. They made their voices heard at the ballot box; casting their choice for the men and women they trust to represent and serve them in Congress. In order to honor this trust, Members must be held to the highest ethical standards.
Dec 21, 2016 Editorials
O’Hare International Airport is a critical economic engine of the Chicago region, a hub of international commerce, and our city’s gateway to the world.
Nov 17, 2016 Editorials
November 14 marked Congress’s first day back in session following an extended recess period and the end of a divisive campaign season, culminating in an election night that many of my constituents and colleagues — myself included — found surprising.
Sep 29, 2016 Editorials
Currently, the VA provides many services for transgender veterans, including hormone therapy, mental health care, preoperative evaluation, and long-term care following gender-confirmation surgery, but gender-confirmation surgery itself is noticeably missing from the list.
Aug 26, 2016 Editorials
Today, August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day - a day to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. As the father of two daughters, the ongoing struggle for women’s equality is very personal for me. That’s why it has been an honor during my time in Congress to support women’s rights by advocating for reproductive rights, equal pay, access to paid maternity leave and quality child care.
Jul 28, 2016 Editorials
When I was sworn in to Congress in April of 2009, we were at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment shot up to 10 percent, median household wealth plummeted by almost 40 percent and nearly five million homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since 2009.
Jul 13, 2016 Editorials
"Gun to the right. No gun to the left" was the greeting heard by attendees entering the cavernous hall in Crown Point, Ind., that hosted the Central Indiana Gun and Knife Show. The Industrial Arts Building on the Lake County Fairgrounds has played host to garden shows and home improvement and craft vendors. But on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, the rambling, 90-year-old brick building played host to products that were of an altogether different nature.
Jul 12, 2016 Editorials
Our current blood donation policy for gay and bisexual men reinforces tired stereotypes about gay men. Is this really the message we want to send to many healthy young men who go to donate blood for the first time, maybe at their high school blood drive or to help a friend or family member in need -- that their blood is worth less because of whom they love?