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  • COLUMN: Breaking our dependence on foreign oil
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    This editorial that follows is about the U.S addiction to foreign oil and how it imperils our economic and national security. We must and can end that addiction through a renewed emphasis upon various forms of energy development here within North America where we have reliable partners in Canada and Mexico, our own abundant energy resources, and, if unleashed, the entrepreneurial, spirit to use energy more efficiently. Iranian-American relations collapsed when radical Islamic followers of the A... Read more

  • COLUMN: Limited U.S. options in Iraq
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 22, 2014 | Preview rr

    What I remember most about serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq was realizing the extraordinary level of hatred that the Sunnis and Shia Arabs had for each other. To understand Iraq today, one must understand the deep religious divisions within the country. The Islamic faith fractured into two very separate sects following a leadership struggle after the death of the Prophet Mohamed in 632 AD. Muslims who believed that the leader should be a descendant of the Prophet Mohamed himself becam... Read more

  • Reforming the Veterans Health Administration
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The revelation of systemic mismanagement and corruption within the Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) has been a shock to the entire country. As a former Army soldier and a Marine Corps combat veteran, my proudest moment serving as a member of Congress was when Republicans and Democrats, on the House Veterans Committee, stood shoulder-to-shoulder on behalf of our nation’s veterans, and unanimously voted for a subpoena for the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Retired Army... Read more

  • A broken VA health care system
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    It has become increasingly clear that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is mired in a culture of corruption that permeates much of its senior leadership. The latest scandal shows that appointment wait times were dramatically longer than the VA reported and that bonuses for VA managers fueled a fraudulent scheduling scheme that rewarded those who knowingly compromised the patient safety of our veterans for financial gain. The actions taken by VA managers are not simply the result of bureau... Read more

  • VA Sec. Shinseki isn’t leading and must get out of the way
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    My late father was a WWII and a Korean War combat veteran who retired as an Army master sergeant. I would often hear him say that the best officers were the ones who “took care of their troops.” The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to “take care of the troops” by providing them with the benefits that the men and women who served our nation in uniform, and who were often required to make tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom, have earned. Since January of 2013, I’ve... Read more

  • Time for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to get out of the way
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    My late father was a World War II and Korean War combat veteran who retired as an Army master sergeant. I would often hear him say that the best officers were the ones who “took care of their troops.” The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to “take care of the troops” by providing them with the benefits earned by the men and women who served our nation in uniform, and who were often required to make tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom. Since January 2013, I’ve served as... Read more

  • Bill would battle sex trafficking
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Transportation

    It is not a well-known fact that the fastest-growing segment of organized crime, as well as the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, is sex trafficking. And while many believe this is only an international problem that pervades Third World countries, the unfortunate reality is that sex trafficking also occurs here in the United States. The United Nations estimates that there is $9 billion in revenue generated from sex trafficking in the U.S. alone. Moreover, according to the Departmen... Read more

  • Combating sexual assaults in the military
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    We must end the scourge of sexual assaults in our military. When young women decide to serve their nation in the armed services, they should never be forced to live under a cloud of intimidation or sexual harassment. This is a challenge the military must confront and overcome. During my own military career, I have witnessed quite a number of challenges that the military has had to confront. Each time, it overcame the obstacles, and always emerged as a more effective fighting force. For example, ... Read more

  • Pressure building on VA hospital projects
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    It is time for the federal government to fulfill its promise to our nation’s veterans and get our VA hospitals built, on time and without excessive and avoidable cost overruns. That’s why we are pushing bipartisan legislation to reform a broken bureaucratic system that has been harming our nation’s veterans and wasting precious taxpayer resources. As a Republican from Colorado and a Democrat from Arizona, respectively, we stand united in our desire to see the Aurora VA hospital in Colorado and o... Read more

  • Higher cost for many under Obamacare
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Obamacare was supposed to “bend the cost curve” when it comes to our nation’s spending on health care but the concerns from my constituents I’ve received in the last few months pertain to increases in health care insurance premiums and reduced benefits through much higher deductibles. One constituent from Aurora wrote: “I was notified by Kaiser Permanente that the current plan in which I am enrolled in will be cancelled beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and I would need to enroll in another program. I hav... Read more

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