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Earl Blumenauer

The Crumbling State of the Union

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The bonds that keep us together as a country -- the roads, tunnels, bridges, pipes, sewers -- are degrading at an incredible pace. If we do not act now to maintain and repair our infrastructure, we will face much higher costs in the future.

Michael McAuliff

Congressman Urges Obama To Drop Pot From Very Dangerous Drug List

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With federal law enforcement officials moving to make it easier for marijuana businesses to operate in states where they are legal, one ...

Overcoming Willful Blindness to the Successes of the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Only a few days ago they shut down the government in an attempt to prevent anyone from signing up. And yet, today, they are outraged that not enough people are signing up?

The Best Investment You Ever Sat On

John Kluge | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

The Water for the World Act currently before Congress puts the power of the U.S. government behind those efforts. It supports effective, localized sanitation improvement programs with transparent monitoring systems, all without adding a dime to the deficit. It deserves your attention, and your support.

The Forgotten Victims of September 30th

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Iraq is a country that is on the verge of collapse. Violence is on the upswing, and these people who bravely served America have been left twisting in the wind. Many have been forced into hiding. Others and their families have not just been threatened; they've been killed.

This Isn't Sarah Palin's Death Panel

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Chuck Currie

Those that use this legislation to scare people about Obamacare actually end up hurting those facing the end of their lives. That is a sick form of politics certainly in need of a cure.

5 Reasons Why the Water for the World Act Is Worth Its Weight in Gold

David Winder | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Imagine a world where giving birth on the side of the road with two cans of dirty water is not an uncommon occurrence: a world where the water you d...

End of Life Is Just the Beginning

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The cringe-inducing headlines of scandal and hyper partisan behavior greets us almost daily. Yet amid the conflict I'm encouraged about our work, designed to bring people together to solve problems, and the awareness and appreciation that surrounds it.

The Great Costs of Breaking Our Promises

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

No matter what your opinion is of these wars, no one can dispute the U.S. has a very real moral and practical obligation to the people who were truck drivers, interpreters, and guides for our servicemen and woman.

The Path Forward: Immigration and Beyond

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Emotionally powerful moments are few and far between here on Capitol Hill but, for the second time in as many days, I found myself very moved.

The Moral and Economic Case for Climate Action

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

President Obama is right that we have a moral obligation to act, yet the Republicans' plan remains the same tired "drill, baby, drill," which the American people know is a slogan, not a solution

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

William S. Becker | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how the U.S. tax code inf...

The Farm Bill Deserved to Fail

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Over the years, Farm Bill reauthorizations have systematically taken much of the risk out of farming, with large agribusiness not so much farming the land as farming the federal taxpayer.

Ryan Grim

Hemp 1, DEA 0

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday overcame last-minute lobbying from the Drug Enforcement Administration to pass a farm bill amen...

The Shadowy Empire

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The surrounding media attention, and the admission by a private security contractor that he had leaked the private information, has obscured another disturbing story about information disclosure that would have been headline news in Washington under different circumstances.

Let's Stop This Charade

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

I wholeheartedly agree that no group or individual should be persecuted by the IRS for their beliefs. But there is a much larger issue here and we should take a step back to see why this might have occurred.

End of Life Care Planning Matters for Everyone

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

My long connection with end-of-life care, its costs and consequences, took on a whole new dimension for me with a recent personal experience. Several...

Friday Talking Points -- Ding Dong

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Speaking of Ding Dongs and the New York City mayor's office, Anthony Weiner is now exploring his own... um.... chances of winning the mayor's race, apparently. Late-night comics everywhere are rejoicing, one assumes.

You Have Cancer; Go to Congress -- The Battle for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.

Lucia Graves

Father Of String Theory Talks Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

A medical marijuana conference planned for next week will feature not just activists and politicians, but John Schwarz, a theoretical physics professo...

Congressional Dems Rolling Out Sweeping Marijuana Reform Measures

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

* Bills would regulate marijuana, impose federal tax -lawmakers * Effort follows legalization in Washington state, Colorado ...

Lucia Graves

Marijuana Advocates Find Champions In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

After Washington and Colorado passed measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, members of Congress are asking that the federal government...

15 Members of Congress Speak Out: End the War in Afghanistan

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Today, 14 of my colleagues joined me in speaking out against the war in Afghanistan. Congress is deeply complicit in maintaining and continuing the war, but if enough members join our voices, maybe an end to this travesty can be in sight.

How Sarah Palin's Irresponsible Rhetoric Prevented Medicare Savings

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act might have been able to curtail Medicare spending further if it hadn't been for Palin, who charged that a provision of the law allowing Medicare to pay for end-of-life discussions would lead to government-run "death panels."

The Lacey Act and the Law

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 07.11.2012 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Two days ago, I pointed out Senator Rand Paul mislead the public regarding the arrest of two men for violating the Lacey Act by illegally harvesting lobsters. Senator Paul responded and implied that it was I, in fact, who was misleading the public.