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Rep. Mike Honda

Entries by Rep. Mike Honda

INVEST in Our Veterans and Our Energy Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Each Veterans Day, our nation pauses to salute the service of our brave servicemen and women who fought for our nation, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 1.8 million veterans call California home. Nearly 50,000 veterans live in the Congressional...

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We All Have a Role to Play in Stopping Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:53 PM

When I was only an infant, my family and I were sent to Camp Amache -- a WWII internment camp in Colorado that illegally incarcerated people of Japanese ancestry during a time of racism and war hysteria. While my memories of internment camp are limited, I vividly remember the discrimination...

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California's Drought Requires Individual and Government Responses

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:25 PM

In February, I wrote about the dire situation in California due to the ongoing drought. Sadly, conditions haven't improved. California continues to experience record drought conditions, with 2014 likely to become the third-driest year on record. This comes on the heels of two dry years. Most reservoirs in...

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Climate Change Education Works for Students

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 8:26 PM

While some members of Congress debate the scientific facts of climate change, students are weighing the evidence and deciding for themselves. One student in my district, Brandon Truong, a youth leader with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), questions why there is still so much public debate when the scientific...

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Income Inequality Hurts All of Us

(6) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Martha Mendoza's heartbreaking article, Survival and Defeat in Silicon Valley Slum illustrates the struggle that our homeless brothers and sisters face. She rightly points out that in San Jose, CA, amongst some of the wealthiest people in the world, too many are living on the streets, in shelters,...

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Violence Against Women Must Be Recognized and Stopped Around the World

(3) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:23 PM

The wages of war, and of natural disasters, are obvious. We see pictures, and hear stories, of battlefield injuries, people swept away by floods, and the loss of property, homes, and lives.

However, time and time again, in periods of conflict and disaster, the most unspeakable cruelties...

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Equal Pay Means Exactly That

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:37 PM

Picture yourself in an office. The person next to you started the same day you did. You have the same job. You are equally qualified. You work just as hard. Your output is equal. Yet, you earn 23% less than he does.

Welcome to life as the "average woman" in...

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California's Drought Foreshadows Lasting Change in Climate System

(5) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:18 PM

You don't have to search far to find evidence of the drought.

Californians are looking out their windows and seeing dry lakes, dead grass, and empty reservoirs. Towns are restricting water use. Some have less than 100 days of water left. The environmental and personal effects of our current drought...

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The Time for Immigration Reform Is Now

(7) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Earlier this month on the National Mall, five courageous individuals were huddled in a tent fasting from food and drink to call attention to the urgent need for immigration reform. These advocates joined together to push forward their effort "Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship," which...

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Drawing the Line on Government Surveillance

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 6:31 PM

Earlier today, eight of the country's leading technology firms unveiled a website and released five principles for regulating online surveillance by governments worldwide. I applaud AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo for presenting their case on this very important topic.

The revelations that...

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Increasing Innovation by Removing Patent Threats

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Yesterday I was proud to support H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, which will help to rein in patent trolls, which have seriously damaged American businesses and consumers.

Patent trolls are companies or individuals who obtain overbroad patents, and then send letters to actual innovators alleging infringement -- often without clearly...

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Ending the Next Debt Ceiling Crisis

(30) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 6:18 PM

It's time to eliminate the legal authority of a single House of Congress to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States. The recent crisis shows that Tea Party Republicans continue to view the debt limit as a negotiating lever to extract political concessions each time our bills...

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Preventing Bullying Is a Community Effort

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Every year in America, 13 million students experience bullying, be it mental, physical, or emotional. It can be done online, over the phone, or in person. Bullying often occurs because the bully's basic human needs for meaning, connectedness, recognition and autonomy go unmet.

Bullying is, unfortunately, not a foreign...

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Immigration Reform for a More Perfect Union

(27) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:45 PM

From Angel Island to Ellis Island; from our northern to southern borders; from the fertile earth of Steinbeck Country to innovation's epicenter of Silicon Valley -- immigration issues affect each of us, and in every corner and facet of our nation. Immigration is about families. Immigration is about building a...

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What America Can Learn From El Salvador in Ending Gang Violence

(113) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 10:01 AM

In October, the U.S. Treasury named the notorious MS-13 gang a transnational criminal organization. This unprecedented action aims to sanction the violent American-born street gang and seize its estimated millions in assets -- profits gained through drug and human trafficking.

But the Obama administration should take...

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D.C. Public Schools Help Launch 'One Million Kids' Anti-Bullying Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 2:53 PM

Newly elected Members of Congress came this week to Washington D.C. for orientation, with a majority of the incoming Democratic members identifying as women, people of color, or a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Many of these individuals come with histories of disenfranchisement and difficulty. Their...

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Congress Gets Some Color: How Tuesday Made Minority History

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:44 AM

This week, we broke all the records. We now have the first Asian American and Pacific Islander majority district in the continental United States, which I've been elected to serve in Congress as the representative of California's 17th District. As of voting day, my campaign utilized over 20...

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Darwin and Democrats vs. Privatized Profiteers: Tomorrow's Values Fight

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 1:45 PM

In America, we take care of each other, we support one another, and we look out for our neighbors. When times get tough, we lend a helping hand, we lift up those around us, and we stand by those in need. In America, the dreamers, the disabled and the disadvantaged...

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How Democrats Do Diversity: Using Voters' Language to Get Out the Vote

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 11:11 AM

This election, more than ever before, is comprised of many voices: Many communities, many ethnicities, and many languages, all coming together to form a more-perfect union. As a democracy, America's electoral system depends on myriad voices being heard; it must be a priority to connect with those different voices in...

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Why Nevada's Asian Vote Will Swing the Election

(16) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 10:18 AM

The Nevadan Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) vote is, and will be, the margin of victory in this year's presidential election and the critical vote to re-elect President Obama and move this country forward.

AAPIs of the Silver State are a microcosm of the colors and energy of this...

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