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  • Clean Water Act should work every day for Floridians
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Energy Independence

    Our Florida economy is still at risk because of the policies of President Trump and his Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who more often side with polluters and special interests over clean water, clean air and the businesses and families whose health relies on them. Read more

  • Florida should join gun violence database
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence Prevention

    Now we must do the same to address the firearm violence epidemic. We have very little data with which to begin, so that must change. Read more

  • The need to address the growing caregiving crisis with a coordinated national strategy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    America’s caregivers are finally getting the recognition they deserve, but their support and wages warrant a boost as well. Nationwide, we have more unpaid family caregivers than the population of California; the value of family caregiver hours is more than six times Medicaid expenditures for home and community-based services; and on average, family caregivers spend 20 percent of their total income on caregiving expenses. Read more

  • Republicans should abandon AHCA, work with Dems to improve ACA
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    The U.S. Senate should scrap the outrageous American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill passed by the House and work with Democrats and anyone who cares about keeping their neighbors' healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and expanding that coverage. I urge my colleagues to start by promoting competition in exchanges in areas of the country that need it and tackling the skyrocketing costs of drugs. These actions and cooperation could strengthen the ACA and expand healthcare coverage and the economic well-being of American families, instead of the drastic cuts in coverage under the AHCA that will turn back the clock and leave millions of our neighbors to fend for themselves and their families. Read more

  • Remember the women who fought for America
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military

    This Memorial Day we salute — to paraphrase President Lincoln — all who hath borne the battle. This includes America's female service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Read more

  • Here's what Obama did for Tampa Bay
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    In addition to his dignity in office, scandal-free years and economic progress for America, President Barack Obama leaves a tangible legacy for our Tampa Bay families and businesses. Read more

  • Working Families Need Access to Resources in an Emergency
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Where do working families go when faced with an emergency? When the family car breaks down or needs a set of tires? When the AC needs servicing during a hot Florida summer? Or when your child needs that prom dress for the big dance? Read more

  • Save our soldiers from suicide surge
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans' Affairs, Military

    Memorial Day is a day to remember Americans who lost their lives on the battlefield in service to our great nation. Read more

  • Investing in our inventors
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy, Jobs, Education

    Scientific discoveries and inventions in America’s college campus labs are accelerating modern technological progress at an astounding rate. Look at the advancements in 3-D printing, environmentally-friendly manufacturing, genomics and more. Universities and non-profit research institutions are the bedrock for our nation’s innovative work and progress. In 2014 alone, nearly 6,500 U.S. Utility Patents were granted to academic inventors around the world, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Read more

  • Clean energy will drive Florida's economy and create jobs
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Energy Independence

    Now that scientists have determined that 2015 was the hottest year on record, let's get serious about our clean energy future — and create jobs doing it. Read more