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One Year After Escalation, Afghanistan War Still Faltering

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

We cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. We need a responsible end to the war so we can focus on getting our economy back on track. Let's bring our troops home -- because it's time.

Immigration Memo to Republicans: Don't Mess With the Constitution

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

The serious and necessary debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been clouded by a debate over birthright citizenship. Some Republican legislators want to redefine how we understand the 14th Amendment.

Republican Cuts: Disingenous, Indiscriminate and Indefensible

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

When Republicans made the federal deficit the centerpiece of their 2010 campaigns, it was a rare convergence of smart policy meeting smart politics. However, they have quickly ditched the smart policy in favor of smart politics.

Sarah Palin Plays With Fire

Lesleyann Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lesleyann Coker

Sarah Palin is a master of self-immolation. In the month since the horrific shooting in Tucson, Palin squandered an opportunity to help mend the coun...

(Re)calculating the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

No one argues that legalization alone can fully solve the problems of our broken immigration system, because it won't. Nor will enacting an enforcement-only immigration bill.

Cents and Sensibility: The Economic Case Behind Immigration Reform

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

Immigration brings formidable fiscal implications. Keeping immigrants here or sending them home can save or cost taxpayers dearly.

Pushing the Private Sector to Prioritize American Jobs

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Policies that favor scaling up domestically, as opposed to overseas, are essential to ensuring that American ingenuity generates U.S. jobs -- not just a high Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Asian American Caucus in Congress Gets New Chair

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

Today, over 16.2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 45 distinct ethnic groups make up one of the fastest growing and most diverse populations in the United States.

Stopping the Republican Repeal in the House

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

I urge my colleagues to stand against this reckless repeal of critical health care reform and vote against the Patients' Rights Repeal Act.

What Would Dr. King Do? Remembering Arizona on MLK Day

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

Admiring Dr. King's life is not enough; we must live his legacy as well. Let us honor his life by working together to continue to build an America where every child can safely and securely enjoy the privileges of equal opportunity and freedom.

White House Visit to Silicon Valley Focuses on Minority Business

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of business ownership among all minorities, and their businesses account for fully half of all minority business employment in the United States.

House Republicans Wrestling Democratic Representation From Districts and Territories

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

Under new House rules, residents living in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas, will no longer have a vote on the House Floor in the Committee of the Whole.

Equity at the Core of International Score

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rep. Mike Honda

One of the greatest lessons to be learned from the Program for International Student Assessment report released this month is that equity matters.

Pentagon's Afghan Review to Reveal Rampant Waste, Fraud, and Corruption?

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

A Pentagon report due out this week will probably try to convince us that the war in Afghanistan is on the right track. And yet a poll released this month surveying Afghan public opinion says otherwise.

Poor PISA Performance Requires Radical Curriculum Rethink

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rep. Mike Honda

America continues to be outcompeted on the international Program for International Student Assessment. In the most recent study, the US scored 17th in reading, 23rd in science, and 31st in math.

Senate DADT Obstructionists Joined the Wrong Side of America's Civil Rights History

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

Senate Republicans continue to hide behind disingenuous national security claims. In the long run, those who are keen to turn this into a political charade can't stop reform.

House DREAM Passage Puts Pressure on Senate

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

As Chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I, along with CAPAC executive board members, issued the following statements a...

Congress Must Repeal the Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

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

A repeal of DADT should be accomplished legislatively, instead of through judicial decree. As an elected body, Congress has a great responsibility to move on a legislative repeal, without conditions.

The $3.6 Trillion Education Question

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rep. Mike Honda

If you knew that passing legislation to allow 2.1 million American students to pursue higher education or military service, our government could collect $3.6 trillion over the next 40 years, would you do it?

Thanksgiving Apart: LGBT Families Face Separation and Exile

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Lesbian and gay Americans do not have the right to sponsor their foreign national partners for residency. They are forced to rip their families apart, or leave their own country to be with the person they love.

Lame-Duck Session: A Time to DREAM

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

Without the DREAM Act, about 65,000 students a year graduate high school and then hit a roadblock. Instead of entering college or the military, they are forced to live in the shadows and work low-paying jobs.

Recognizing Eid al-Adha and Muslim-American Contributions

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rep. Mike Honda

As award-winning scientists, doctors, engineers, athletes, artists, ambassadors, and an estimated 10,000 Armed Service men and women, Muslim Americans continue to serve the greater good of our county.

House Turnover Must Not Overturn Immigration Hopes

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

With Republicans now in the majority in the House of Representatives, many policies will probably change radically. What must not change, however, is work on immigration reform.

The Asian American Agenda Post-Election Day

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

It is becoming a common occurrence for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to make congressional history with each cycle; this year, Hansen Clarke will be sworn in as the first Bangladeshi American to serve in the Congress.

Why Asian Americans Will Vote Democratic This November

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

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are a community to be reckoned with in American politics, John Feehery correctly posited in The Hill's Pu...