Yesterday was a sad day for our men and women in uniform and every American whose freedom they fight to protect. Senator John McCain led the Republicans in a game of partisan politics in filibustering the annual defense bill and won – for now.
When the Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down the ban on corporate expenditures to influence federal elections, five Justices radically changed our political system.
Last week, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi became the most recent high-profile Republican to argue that his party needs to avoid social issues and, as he put it in a breakfast with reporters, stop “using up valuable time and resources that could be used to talk to people about what they care about.”
This work period, the Senate will consider the Defense Authorization bill. Along with critical support for our national security forces around the world, this legislation will address two other important issues that are long overdue.
For the past seventeen years since President Bill Clinton’s signature, our armed forces have had their hands tied with a policy that inhibits recruitment, retention and readiness—10 USC Sec. 654, commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Now, it is the Senate that can end the waste of resources that prop up an unfounded and unconstitutional policy.
Controversy surrounding illegal immigration has been topping recent news headlines, as thousands of people continue to pour across our borders unlawfully each year. This is of particular concern to me, as Georgia is home to more illegals – nearly 450,000 – than the state of Arizona. One aspect of the immigration debate on which lawmakers can all agree is that our current system is broken and in dire need of reform. But surprisingly, the latest disconnect centers around what should be a very simple question – does being born in the United States automatically constitute citizenship? For decades, the statue defining citizenship has been a point of contention. It is long past time to clear up the ambiguity.