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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.

Drug Courts Are Crucial to Criminal Justice Reform

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

While there are no quick fixes, there are proven programs that we must expand as part of a criminal justice reform effort. One highly successful program is the drug courts.

U.S.-Pakistan Ties: More Guns and Drones Won't End Extremism

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

Since 9/11, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship has always been a prickly one, but the level of current distrust has risen to an all-time high. If we want to prevent extremism, the fix will not be found in more drone strikes.

Progressives in Congress: Immediately End Our War in Libya

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce call on Congress and the President to immediately end our war in Libya.

Leading Progressives in Congress Call for Sizable and Significant Afghan Drawdown

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

A significant redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan beginning next month would send a clear message that the United States does not seek a permanent presence in Afghanistan.

War Power Lessons From the 93rd Congress and Why Libya and Afghan Wars Must Be Unwaged

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

As we continue to debate Libya's legality and draw down from Afghanistan, we should not so easily forget rationality. On Afghanistan, there is no longer a case for a continued and costly war. On Libya, the case has yet to be made in Congress.

Preventing Predatory Lending by For-Profit Colleges

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Today, many for-profit colleges have picked up where the subprime lenders left off. They are using the same promise of the American dream as bait to trap vulnerable students into underperforming schools and saddling them with a lifetime of debt.

Killing Us Softly: What Americans Don't Know & Why It Will Kill Them

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Rep. Mike Honda

For too long, viral hepatitis, an epidemic that doesn't necessarily make headlines, has steadily and silently affected the lives of millions of Americans.

Republicans Keen to Kill America's Only Peace Agency -- Forever

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need vital institutions in this country that have no political agenda and no partisan bias. USIP convenes the left and the right, the civilian and the military, the national and the international players.

"Gang of Five" Elite Deficit Talks Doing Disservice to Democracy

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need an open budget process that keeps the interests of the broad majority of Americans front and center.The Congressional Progressive Caucus' budget proposal is the only plan in Washington that truly reflects the will of the people.

Amanda Terkel

Did John Boehner Break The Law?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives has signed a contract to pay a law firm up to $500,000 (and possibly more) to defend the Defense of Marriag...

Immigration Memo to President: Outline Legislative Vision for Congress

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Immigration reform would yield $1.5 trillion to the US GDP over a ten-year period. Every day we wait, our economy loses hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue and consumer spending.

Why Dick Lugar Wants Drawdown; Why Defense Industries Don't

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Now, given Osama bin Laden's death, we must seize this moment to heal from the past harm done to our homeland and ensure that no further harm is done to our troops, by bringing them home.

Stopping the Republican Attack on Our Country's Clean Air Protections: Lessons from California

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.18.2011 | Home
Rep. Mike Honda

In California's 15th District, we know that technological innovation and environmental stewardship go hand in hand to enhance our quality of life. Tha...

Why Progressive Budgets Are Really Centrist Budgets: Responding to Reverse Robin Hood Plans to Distribute Wealth to the Rich

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The Ryan budget would undermine economic growth and job creation for years and exacerbate ever-widening income inequality. Instead of these reckless cuts, job creation and strengthening the economic recovery must be our priority.

The Republican Attack on Women

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Title X saves the U.S. taxpayer at least $3.4 billion in health care costs annually. If Republicans plan to defund one of the largest providers of these services, they need to suggest an alternative.

US Peace Ranking Shows Billions in State Budget Savings

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Despite the devastating financial implications of violent crime in a society, the unfortunate tendency in America is to pursue policies that primarily react to violence, not aim to prevent it.

Republican Budget Exacerbates U.S. Inequality: Why a Progressive Alternative Is Essential

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We can defend the American dream, put America back to work, ensure fairness for working-class families and cut the debt and deficit, but Ryan's proposal fails on all counts.

President's Libya Speech Does Little to Allay Concerns in Congress

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

If the U.S. wants to lead and inspire the world in setting the standard for good governance, getting the executive-legislative relationship right on matters of war is critical.

Petraeus' Propaganda War on Congress: The Truth Behind His Testimony

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Twenty million dollars was spent on the war in Afghanistan just during Gen. David Petraeus's testimony to Congress this morning. This month, we are on track to spend more than $10 billion in Afghanistan. And for what?

Our House of Reps Resolution in Response to Japan Earthquake

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

On March 15, 2011, as a Japanese-American Member of Congress and Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I introduced the following House resolution.

War Internment Lessons: Peter King's Muslim Hearings Will Not Make America Safer

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The King hearings do little to keep our country secure and do plenty to increase prejudice, discrimination and hate. I thought we learned a lesson or two from my internment camp experience in Colorado. I hope I am not proven wrong.

Republican Education Cuts Killing America's Economic Competitiveness

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We must make every school as good as the schools in our wealthiest communities. That is exactly why the Department of Education recently launched the Equity and Excellence Commission.

Amidst Congressional Cuts, the Bipartisan Case for the Peace Corps

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Through war and conflict, Peace Corps volunteers have delivered to the world an inspiring, uplifting side of humanity that reflects Americans' better nature -- service to others in the common cause of global peace and development.