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Two Hours From Now, We Vote

(56) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 9:55 AM

So, following up on what I wrote here yesterday, today's the vote that will decide the Disabilities Treaty. We're just a few short hours away.

I was up late last night getting ready for the final floor debate, and I searched Twitter to see what folks were saying.

There's obviously...

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24 Hours to Decide

(133) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Watching cable television you might not know it, but the Senate is on the eve of a major decision that -- regardless of outcome -- will ripple around the globe. It's time for action in the Senate on the Disabilities Treaty, and it's time for grassroots action to help push...

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Keeping the Special Relationship Strong

(358) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 6:05 PM

For decades, the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom has been the cornerstone of leadership in the world.

President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill joined together to lead our two nations through the dark days of World War II. Our troops stood shoulder to shoulder...

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Our To Do List After Today's SCOTUS Decision

(111) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:26 PM

By now, I don't need to tell you that today is an important day. Really, it's almost a surreal day, made particularly so when my Blackberry started going berserk in my Foreign Relations Committee hearing with conflicting reports of what the Supreme Court's decision actually meant.

But as the...

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Law of the Sea: A National Security Issue That Unites

(37) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 10:54 AM

Conventional wisdom tells us that with the presidential campaign season upon us, the United States Senate is closed for business.

On the Foreign Relations Committee, we're working now to prove conventional wisdom wrong, because conventional wisdom may be convenient, but national security imperatives are too inconvenient to ignore.

That's why...

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Solving a Problem Like Joseph Kony

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 10:38 AM

This isn't going to be a short post, because the truth is we can't solve this problem in 140 characters or less.

Let's start here with the thing everyone's talking about. If you haven't by now seen or heard of the Kony 2012 video then it's almost safe to...

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Solving a Problem Like Joseph Kony

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 4:55 PM

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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

(65) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 10:51 AM

It's something many people focus on almost in isolation when a tragic story shows up on the morning shows, but it's almost too easy to miss the fuller, devastating, horrifying picture: each year, more than three million children in the United States are reported as victims of child abuse and...

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Healthcare Is Better and More Affordable Because of Health Reform

(257) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:43 PM

Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law our landmark universal health care reform.

The 24/7 news cycle left little time to provide historical context, but it was a milestone a century in the making. Presidents as disparate as Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton had...

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America Must Not Back Down on Sustainable Energy

(442) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 12:06 PM

If you read just the headlines these days, you might think renewable energy in America is going the way of Solyndra. Don't take our word for it: a recent headline from Fox News declared "ENTIRE Solar Industry on Brink of Collapse."

We cannot allow long-time opponents of...

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Your Airwaves, Your Voice

(45) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 1:30 PM

Our Congress is broken. And this week, the House Republicans will again show you how and why.

They will bring to the Floor for a vote, legislation that takes the American people's need to extend a middle class tax cut and turns it into a vehicle to hinder the...

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Stopping America's Silent Killer: Viral Hepatitis

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 2:35 PM

By Congressman Michael Honda (D-Calif.) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)

There's a silent killer loose in America. It is viral hepatitis, and it contributes to the death of 15,000 Americans every year. Most people don't even know they have it until years later when it's too late for any treatment...

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Remembering John Adler

(7) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 12:46 PM

A busy week with the work we're engaged in on the special committee on the economy and the deficit, and obviously right now all of us up and down the east coast are buttoning up and getting ready for Irene's arrival this weekend. Still, I wanted to take a few...

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Climate Change Threatens to Undermine Progress on Development

(320) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 11:55 AM

Ten years ago, 189 nations united behind eight ambitious development goals for 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals. Despite financial crises and natural disasters, we have made dramatic advances toward targets such as halving global poverty and achieving universal primary education.

Even as we race to achieve these targets...

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Clearing the Air on Swirling Mistruths About Kagan's Military Stance

(225) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 5:09 PM

On Monday, I will have the chance to introduce Elena Kagan to the Senate Judiciary Committee as our confirmation process begins in earnest. Before I do, I wanted to clear the air about a mistruth that some are determined to keep recycling and recirculating -- I guess not surprising, but...

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Exchanging People and Ideas to Bridge the World's Divides

(163) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:25 PM

One year ago in Cairo, President Obama promised America and the world's Muslims a new beginning "based on mutual interest and mutual respect." Translating this message into better relationships will take action from all of us.

In the coming weeks, I will introduce a bill in Congress to create...

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President Obama Says "Let's Go," Special Interests Conjure Up New Distortions to Say No

(147) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 4:47 PM

So, on the biggest issue we can deal with in this Congress, President Obama just weighed in big-time: "There's been some good work done by John Kerry and Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham. Let's go. Let's not wait. Let's show the American people that in the midst of this crisis,...

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Transforming Our Power

(855) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM

I don't think there are many people left who really question that we need a major transformation in the way we produce power, the disaster in the Gulf being the latest wakeup call for anyone who was still sleeping. It was the most recent reminder that 40 years after Richard...

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The Power of Earth Day in America

(77) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 8:34 AM

I'm strategizing and planning with the environmental community this morning, but wanted to emphasize something -- and I thought of it this morning listening to my morning radio:

If you've ever gotten caught up in the conventional wisdom of Washington that says no big change can happen, and politicians will...

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Net Neutrality Needs Your Help Today

(342) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 9:19 AM

It would be at best sophomoric and at worst patronizing to stop by here and "tell you" you how important the Internet is to our economy and political culture now.

But when you're talking about almost 200 billion emails sent each day and more than $3 trillion in e-commerce a...

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