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Who put the anti-small business language in 2017 NDAA?

I would like to know specifically who put the three provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would essentially dismantle federal small business programs. Who thought it was a good idea to make the Comprehensive...

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Congress must help the MillionsMissing

We need Congress' help to end the decades of government neglect of millions of disabled Americans with the serious neuro-immune disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -- a belittling name eschewed by...

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Some congressional failures are successes in disguise

Tis the season to bemoan what Congress failed to accomplish (again) this year. The list of casualties includes the usual suspects (like a budget) and the one thing both parties did seem to agree on: reforming America’s draconian mandatory minimum...

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House's September agenda a red flag for November

The September before a big election is when elected officials in Washington can demonstrate that they have what it takes to lead and are deserving of another term. House conservatives have chosen a curious...

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President Obama, designate Castner Range a National Monument

President Obama was just 11 years old when I was first elected to the Texas legislature in the fall of 1972. Now, 44 years later, our 44th President has the ability to do something that I have been trying to do ever since – preserving...

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Trump and Crimea: from Russia with Love

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin

I do not particularly care that Donald Trump personally admires Vladimir Putin. Everyone needs a role model. However, Mr. Trump's stunning naiveté of the crisis in Ukraine has allowed him to adopt policies that are so foreign they are almost...

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