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January 6, 2009 Weekly Columns

Recently I returned from an official trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I was honored to spend time with men and women from our Armed Forces and listen to their experiences serving overseas during wartime.  And after having those conversations, meeting with foreign leaders and visiting our military bases, it is clear to me that sustainable progress has been made in Iraq.  In fact, it has set the st

December 18, 2008 Weekly Columns

On February 17, 2005, Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean noticed a suspicious van attempting to cross the border from Mexico into Texas. The agents took steps to apprehend the van which caused the driver of the van, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, to jump out of the vehicle and flee on foot back towards Mexico.

December 8, 2008 Weekly Columns

As Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week, a divisive issue that was put on hold before Thanksgiving has reemerged.  Three Detroit-headquartered automakers - Chrysler, Ford and General Motors - have asked members of Congress to consider giving them a multi-billion dollar bailout.  Even though the current economic crisis has increased the burden on American automakers, these so called "Big T

November 11, 2008 Weekly Columns

In less than 99 days American television is going to go through a major change.  On February 17, 2009, over-the-air broadcast channels will be distributed exclusively in a digital format.  This means that televisions that are not digital television (DTV) compatible will not receive programming.  This change will affect over 70 million American televisions and with less than 100 days until the t

October 27, 2008 Weekly Columns
There's no time in our lives when we are more acutely aware of our dependence on energy than during a power outage. If and when a blackout occurs, most of us find our everyday lives grinding to a halt.
October 15, 2008 Weekly Columns
Much is being made in the news lately of the uncovering of massive, multi-state, multi-election cycle voter fraud, perpetrated by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also known as ACORN.
October 6, 2008 Weekly Columns
Last week both the House and Senate passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. As you may imagine, this was the most difficult vote I have ever been asked to cast as an elected official.
September 30, 2008 Weekly Columns
During a time of war, keeping tactical communications veiled from enemies is critically important. In World War I a special group of individuals were in charge of keeping the United States' tactical messages a secret from the enemy.
September 23, 2008 Weekly Columns
Time is running out - that is, the amount of time Congress has left to tackle a host of looming issues before the end of its legislative calendar. Last week, House Democrats approved a sham energy bill that locked up more of our American energy resources under the auspices of "real" energy reform.
September 8, 2008 Weekly Columns
Every year Americans travel over three trillion miles on the nation's roads. All of that traveling not only leads to wear and tear on our vehicles it also greatly affects the quality of our highways and bridges.