• Renewing the Call for Action on Climate Change

    During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis stood before a joint meeting of Congress — the first Pope in history to do so — and renewed his call for action against climate change. He said: “In Laudato Si’, I call for a courageous and responsible effort to ‘redirect our steps,’ and to […] More »

  • A Message to the NRA

    No other developed nation is forced to deal with mass shootings as often as America. And that is not because other nations do not have guns, or because other nations do not have people who struggle with mental illness. When it comes to the horror of mass shootings, there is one thing America has that […] More »

  • Republicans Have “No Clear Plan”

    “Congressional Republican leaders returned to Washington this week with no clear plan for extending government funding later this month that risks shutting down federal agencies” –Washington Post, 9/9/15 In 12 days, the Tea Party is on track to once again shut down the government. And Republican leaders have no plan to stop them. At issue […] More »

  • Not Just Today, But Every Day

    This country was built by hardworking Americans. Every generation of American workers has fought for better conditions, collective bargaining rights, and fair wages. Many of the standards that protect workers today were won through decades of struggle. And to me, Labor Day is a reminder that we have an obligation to protect those standards and […] More »

  • National Institutes of HOPE

    Robust research is medicine’s field of dreams — from which we will one day be able to harness the cures for now-chronic and deadly diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease and cancer. It’s the kind of research they do at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But right now, that field is starting to wither […] More »

  • We must lead the way

    Last week, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical on climate change, calling for urgent action from nations across the globe to address the effects of our warming climate. In anticipation of this historic event, I wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe calling on the United States to be the global leader in this effort. […] More »

  • Demand insurance companies follow the law

    The Affordable Care Act was a huge victory in the fight to expand reproductive health services for women. Health insurance companies are now required by law to provide reproductive health care — like birth control — at little to no out-of-pocket cost. But according to recent studies, some insurance companies are ignoring that requirement. We […] More »

  • It’s time to stem the tide of climate change

    Climate deniers in Congress want to muddy the political debate in Washington, but the science is crystal clear: Our planet is getting warmer. And humans are to blame. Yet Republicans in Congress continue to enable the biggest polluters out there — Big Oil and Dirty Coal — through massive tax subsidies and corporate loopholes. Climate […] More »

  • Confirm Loretta Lynch

    President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General on November 8, 2014. For more than 150 days, Ms. Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote — a vote that Republican Senate Leader McConnell seems eager to avoid. Senator McConnell needs to schedule a vote on Loretta Lynch without further delay — […] More »

  • What does Social Security mean to you?

    When my grandmother passed away, all the responsibility of caring for her family fell to my mother. And that added responsibility meant she had to give up on her dream of going to college. There was no social safety net when my grandmother passed away. Because of that, and because of the sacrifices she made […] More »