Recent Op-Eds

Mar 01, 2018
Congress has ignored its duty to protect the American people for too long, yet the survivors of Parkland, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Charleston, and more are calling on us to speak bravely and act boldly. As a member of Congress, I am ready to act along with my colleagues to protect the American people. Common-sense public safety legislation that closes loopholes, provides universal background checks, bans assault weapons and extended clips, and lifts the ban on public health research is necessary to accomplishing this task.
Jan 18, 2018
The president's latest racist rant, offensive even in the context of his intentionally offensive tenure, has set a new low bar and made it impossible to take his apologists seriously. Those apologists need to make a choice. The time for politely avoiding the necessary conversation is over.
Nov 22, 2017
As Thanksgiving rolls around this year marking the beginning of the holiday season, we are able to pause and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. But for far too many of us, this time of the year is no different than any other, with many Americans facing daily struggles and financial hardships. This certainly includes older Americans, too many of whom, despite Social Security, either live in poverty or live one financial shock away from poverty.
Nov 17, 2017
Donald Trump claims to have an "America First" energy plan. His administration's actions over the past 10 months have made it clear that what he truly puts first are the interests of oil, gas and coal executives. Everyday Americans and our iconic American landscapes come last, if he considers them at all.
Nov 08, 2017
As one of the most unproductive years in congress begins to wind down, it is important that Democrats and Republicans come back together to vote on the DREAM Act that already has bipartisan support. The DREAM Act could be a unifying force between Republicans and Democrats in what has otherwise proven to be a polarizing political environment.
Oct 04, 2017
The Trump administration, urged on by well-funded ideologues and fossil fuel interests, is engaged in an unprecedented effort to destroy our country's system of public lands. This effort is not about our shared national interest, and if left unchecked it will eventually reach your back yard.
Aug 29, 2017
Last year, before winning the presidency, Donald Trump retweeted a Benito Mussolini quote about preferring to live a day as a lion rather than a century as a sheep. It was exactly the kind of sentiment a mediocre man such as Trump admires and considers profound.
Aug 24, 2017
I represent many of the Americans Arpaio illegally targeted for decades with his immigration "crackdowns," and feel the urgent need to point out that he is unqualified to receive clemency of any kind. Granting it would buy Trump a few positive headlines in friendly media outlets at the high cost of another long-term stain on the presidency, Trump's own reputation and our status as a nation ruled by laws rather than men.
Aug 22, 2017
People come to the Arizona desert for a myriad of reasons. President Donald Trump is coming to Arizona this week to bring his circus of hate after doubling down on his defense of the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists that wreaked havoc in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend. He'll be holding a rally for his ever-dwindling number of supporters, and as part of these theatrics, will likely issue a presidential pardon for convicted criminal and disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Jul 21, 2017
Arizonans of all political stripes know that our state's economy depends on outdoor tourism.More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, to say nothing of the many other national parks, forests and monuments our state is fortunate to include. Maintaining our federally protected public lands is critical – not just to our economy, but to our environment and our way of life.