Our Constitution enshrines the core American value that all people should be treated equally. Since coming to Congress, I have worked to extend equal rights to every citizen.
While the economy continues to recover from the worst recession in a generation, rebuilding our economy is my top priority. We’ve come a long way in the last several years, but not far enough.
The future belongs to the nation that best educates its children, and right now that nation is not the United States. Education is one of the most critical long-term economic challenges we face, and we must take bold and immediate action to reverse the decline in our country’s education system.
America’s national security and economic prosperity demand that we take charge of our energy future. The recent release of the National Climate Assessment is further proof of what we already know to be true – that our continued reliance on fossil fuels and inefficient use of our energy resources is affecting virtually every aspect of our economy and way of life.
As a member of the Financial Services Committee that has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges, my responsibility is to work to improve the regulatory apparatus, provide strong consumer protections, and increase access to capital for business
Last year, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen called the nation’s debt “our biggest national security threat.” The national debt has surpassed $16 trillion, and under current law, will continue to grow in the coming years. One rating agency has already downgraded our credit rating, and two others have issued warnings that they might do the same.
The most important function of government is to ensure the safety of its citizens. We must continue to make critical investments in our national security and strengthen our partnerships abroad. However, I also believe that the choice between our values and our safety is a false one.
It is a core American value that we look after our own, including offering our citizens a basic level of healthcare. I was proud to support the first comprehensive legislation in decades to help change our health care system for the better. While this was an enormous step in the right direction, there is still much more to be done to address the challenge of rising health care costs.
The benefits of immigration reform are many. Immigration reform will encourage the world’s best and brightest to build their businesses here by providing “startup” visas for foreign entrepreneurs and increasing the number of H-1B visas for STEM graduates. In doing so, immigration reform will increase the earnings of all Americans by $470 billion and generate 1.2 million new jobs.
As a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I conduct oversight of the 17 separate federal agencies that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the CIA and National Security Agency.
Government has few more sacred obligations than caring for the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. When you hear the stories of our veterans, you know that we owe them a debt we cannot ever repay. But we can try harder.
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