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Rep Mike Honda

One Week After Colorado Shooting, US Government Still Failing to Safeguard America

Michael Shank | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

while President Barack Obama has mentioned that assault weapons belong in the hands of US soldiers and not on the streets of America, he has left it to Congress to move forward on an assault weapons ban. That's too bad because Congress isn't remotely close to doing anything.

Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Gather in Washington, D.C.

Erwin de Leon | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots organizations, held its second national conference in Washington, D.C. last weekend.

Patrick Svitek

Radio Hosts' Racially Charged Remarks Stir National Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

A congressional race in upstate New York is drawing some national attention after conservative talk show hosts made racially tinged remarks about an A...

Lila Shapiro

For 40 Years, PFLAG Has Helped Pave The Way For Acceptance

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.29.2012 | Gay Voices

Before the president of the United States declared that he personally supported the rights of same-sex couples to marry, there was Jeanne Manford. ...

Erin Mershon

Congressman Launches Anti-Bullying Caucus

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics

For Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), creating an Anti-Bullying Caucus in Congress was more personal than political. "As a Japanese American born at the ...

The Anti-Bullying Movement: What's Next

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
Rep. Mike Honda

The American Dream is first ignited in the classroom, and bullying is a clear and present danger to our nation's safety, spirit and competitiveness. Each educator and campus leader has a key role to play in the national mission to create a safe environment for each child.

A Million Student Mission

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.05.2012 | Education
Rep. Mike Honda

As a science teacher, principal and educator of more than 30 years, I know that American greatness is born in our schools. STEM education in our classrooms put a man on the moon and created the Internet, and it is the key to America's future.

Creating a False "Enemy Within": The Lessons of Internment, 70 Years Later

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot stand idly by as an entire American community is demonized as a "religious enemy within." The demonization of Muslim Americans ignores the rich, diverse background of the community.

House Punt on Payroll Deal Highlights Need for Radical Reform

Michael Shank | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

America's tendency is to pursue policies that react primarily to violence, not aim to prevent it. As a result, not only is America less economically prosperous, it is less peaceful. The way forward, then, is to learn from what the index is telling us.

Rep. Peter King's Spurious Religious 'Enemy Within'

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Two weeks ago, on the 70th Anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Rep. Peter King once again sought the spotlight with a congressional hearing claiming to explore 'homegrown terrorism's threat to military communities inside the United States.'

The Fight for the 99 Percent

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Republicans' refusal to act on anything other than tax cuts for the rich is an economic and moral failure of leadership -- it flies in the face of the fact that countless American families, a great cross-section of the 99 percent, are in utter crisis.

Rep. Peter King's "Homegrown Terrorism" Hearing Risks Repeating History

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The anniversary of Pearl Harbor must not be used to suggest that 2011 America faces a religious "enemy within." Instead, the anniversary serves as a powerful rationale for an informed, precise and moral approach to combating homegrown terrorism, not hyped-up discrimination.

From Camp to Congress: My Father's Dream

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 01.15.2012 | Impact
Rep. Mike Honda

In a brutal irony, my father wore the uniform of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service (MIS), while his family lived behind barbed wire in a Colorado internment camp.

Vita Act 2011: The Win-win for Taxpayers and Government

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

VITA actually saves the government money by helping reduce error rates and processing costs, thereby saving the IRS $1.8 billion a year.

Protecting the Land and Water Conservation Fund: A Win for the Environment, a Win for the Economy

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.28.2011 | Green
Rep. Mike Honda

Protecting the great outdoors is good for our economy, helps create jobs, and ensures that the scenic landscapes that millions of people enjoy in California each year will be here for generations to come.

Washington Must Walk the Talk: "Make It in America" Must Move From Slogan to Solutions

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We might not be able to match the incentives offered by our trading partners dollar-for-dollar, but we can make the choice competitive enough that we can leverage the inherent advantages that our country still offers.

US Approach to Punishing Pakistan Is Ineffective: Why Bridges, Books & Butter Approach Will Win Hearts and Minds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,

End of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Signals Crucial Milestone in American History

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

I rise today in support of the historic official repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

White House Cleans Up Republican-Caused Casualties to Women's Health Programs

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.20.2011 | Women
Rep. Mike Honda

President Barack Obama's increasing access for millions of women to birth control, breast pumps, HIV tests and five categories of preventive services ...

Obama and Homeland Security Moving Nation in Right Direction on Immigration

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The Obama administration recently announced that immigration enforcement programs will no longer target DREAM Act-eligible youth and other low-priority immigration offenders.

Amanda Terkel

Key Afghanistan Reconstruction Watchdog Spot Still Vacant

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration begins to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the war effort undergoes significant transition, the of...

Country's Cost-Cutting Culture Must Begin at Home -- With Electronics

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Rep. Mike Honda

How many electronic devices do you have in your home? How many televisions, computers, iPods, video games, and telephones do you use on a daily basis? Today I am reintroducing the Smart Electronics Act.

New York's LGBTQ Marriages, "Don't Ask" Repeal, and California's LGBTQ History Bill Herald Tipping Point

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Now more than never, it is imperative to remind each other, and our elected officials, that until we all have equal rights -- be it the right to marry or earn equal wages -- liberty and justice has not yet been granted.

Republicans Throw Conservation to Curb, Eviscerate EPA, and Pump Pollutants Into America's Air, Water and Land

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The House Interior Appropriations Bill undermines clean water protections, undermines standards on toxic coal ash disposal, pushes aside Clean Air Act permitting processes for drilling off of Alaska's coast, and blocks the listing of endangered species.

Republican Bill in Congress Increasing Nation's Dependency on Coal, Oil and Gas Interests

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need to aggressively pursue clean energy while we still have control of the game, before it is too late and our climate has changed forever, we are running out of oil, and we are running out of time. Silicon Valley is ready to lead.