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Rep. Pete Stark

Entries by Rep. Pete Stark

Momentum for Children's Welfare, Equality

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:13 PM

This week marked an important milestone in the effort to open more good homes to children in the foster care system. The bipartisan Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 1681 / S. 1770) now has 100 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. This legislation, which I introduced...

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Honoring Darwin Day

(34) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 10:49 AM

Co-authored by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.

On Feb. 12 we'll commemorate the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a celebration around the world known as Darwin Day, to appreciate the advancement of human knowledge and the achievements of science and...

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A Decade in Afghanistan: Thousands Dead, Billions of Dollars Wasted

(83) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 1:31 PM

Today, America marks its 10th year of war in Afghanistan. This is a war we never should have started; yet we did so with money we never had. It is imperative that we end this war responsibly and swiftly. Our economy and our service men and women will continue to...

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Celebrating Reason on the National Day of Prayer

(289) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 12:21 PM

While many recognize today, Thursday, May 5, 2011, as the National Day of Prayer, I am writing to recognize it as the 2011 National Day of Reason.

The National Day of Reason, observed by millions of people in this country and around the world since 2003, celebrates the application of...

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Republican Advice to Republicans: Focus on Jobs

(12) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 8:13 AM

Here's a video my office put together, showing Republicans in the minority in 2009 and 2010 giving important advice to Republicans in the majority in 2011: Focus on jobs.

The Republicans' record on job creation...

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Cut Defense Spending, Too

(15) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 8:57 AM

Cross posted from DailyKos:,-Too

Last week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. In that speech, the President proposed a freeze on non-defense discretionary spending. Earlier that day, House Republicans voted in favor of cutting non-defense spending to 2008 levels.

Is Washington really serious about...

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Dangerous to America's Health: The Effects of Republicans' Push to Repeal Health Reform

(26) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Today I am releasing a report: "Dangerous to America's Health, the Republican Plan to Dismantle America's Health Care."

The Affordable Care Act is already providing health coverage to uninsured people with pre-existing conditions and young adults, and lowering drug costs for seniors. In time, it will help millions...

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Why This Tax Compromise Is Wrong for the Middle Class

(40) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 4:38 PM

This week, the president and the GOP announced a $900 billion deficit-financed package that includes, among other measures, an extension of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

After the past decade, we knew that Republicans were never serious about deficit spending. They added trillions to the deficit with two wars...

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Currency Tax -- A Way to Invest in Our Future

(61) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 1:54 PM

Each day, $4 trillion dollars of currency are traded. For international businesses and travelers, trading dollars for other currencies serve a legitimate purpose. However, nearly 80% of these transactions are undertaken by a handful of major banks. Experts agree that most of these transactions are made for purely speculative purposes.

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Protecting Patients' Health

(16) Comments | Posted September 17, 2007 | 6:20 PM

This post responds to Merrill Goozner's comments, which were highly critical of the Epogen payment policy revisions explained below.

In August, the House took an important step to improve our broken health care system. We passed legislation, dubbed the Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, to extend the...

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