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Grijalva: 'Dark & misguided' to deploy Park Police on border

The Trump administration and many Republicans in Washington claim that our border with Mexico is swarming with dangerous immigrants. According to this tired narrative, we have no choice but to send Park Police to help carry out a crackdown that won’t stop until President Trump believes “the homeland” is safe.... Read more»0

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Grijalva: 'Trump willing to endanger public for feckless wall'

"Trump's contempt for immigrants is pathetic, and his lack of compassion for fellow human beings is unbecoming of the office he holds. Cruelty aside, his willingness to siphon funds away from the Coast Guard, FEMA and the TSA to pay for his border wall is reckless enough that it should be criminal."... Read more»0

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Grijalva: Stand up, enviros — More to fight for now than ever

Most of us who worry about environmental issues did not support Donald Trump for president. So now what? What should committed environmentalists, in Congress and in communities around the country, be preparing for?... Read more»0

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Grijalva: Congress must rebuild trust with Native American tribes

Ask any Native American tribe for a story about working with Congress and you'll probably hear a story of frustration. There are too many examples to count of Washington not taking tribal sovereignty seriously, ignoring trust and treaty responsibilities, and failing to protect Native American historical treasures.... Read more»0

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Why are Republicans so obsessed with their Keystone pipe dream? For 35 jobs?

The 114th Congress is underway, and in a move that speaks volumes about the Republican leadership’s agenda, the first order of business is rubber-stamping the Keystone XL pipeline. The GOP is doing a big favor for Canadian oil interests by trampling the long-established process for making important environmental decisions. In return, Americans get sharply increased risks to our climate and water quality. ... Read more»3

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Grijalva: Public hungry for budget changes

We need to take a hard look at how we spend our money. For years, education funding has stagnated while military spending sits on its comfortable Cold War pedestal. We need a budget and a national jobs program that put American families back to work, not 30-year-old spending priorities.... Read more»0

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Grijalva: 'End shutdown charade'

As the federal government closes down today, let's remember the 800,000 federal employees unnecessarily out of a job. Let's remember the $300 million per day this is costing our country in lost economic output. We are governing by catastrophe because a few people didn't get their way. ... Read more»2

Grijalva: Hasty strike on Syria will only make things worse

I want to see justice done and war criminals prosecuted. I am not an isolationist. I believe the United States can help shape a positive future for the global community. But the idea that firing a few missiles will help the good guys win the war and end things happily is a dangerous, unrealistic basis for our role in world affairs.... Read more»1

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Grijalva: Attack on Syria wuold inflame violence

The Americans don't want it. The Germans don't want it. And the Brits don't want it. The overwhelming consensus of public opinion in the Western world is that a war with Syria would be a bad idea. This now gives President Barack Obama some flexibility to back down off his red line, save political face, and do what's necessary to prevent further violence in Syria.... Read more»0

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Grijalva: Military price tag continues to grow needlessly; wise cuts must be made

We always hear about how polarized the country is, but on most of the big issues there’s a clear public mandate to go in a certain direction. Congress just needs to listen. The budget is a good example. A Jan. 30 Reason-Rupe poll asked respondents what the country spends too much money on, and the most popular response — at 21 percent, the winner by several points — was “defense/military/wars.”... Read more»1

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Grijalva: Cancel sequester, close tax loopholes with Balancing Act

The massive federal budget cuts that will start Friday as part of the "sequester" will damage our economic recovery and mean fewer services here in Southern Arizona. Strip away the conservative economic theories and party-line rhetoric and that's the reality we're facing. ... Read more»0

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Grijalva: GOP driven by ideology on immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform could go down as one of the most overlooked, overdue priorities Washington has ever let slide. But whatever Republicans might want to tell themselves, it’s not just immigrants who care about it. “Sorry about your childhood, but don’t come back until we lose a few more elections” is not a serious policy.... Read more»2

Newtown shootings

Grijalva: 'Grief cannot be the end of our response'

When a man kills twenty children and seven others for no reason other than his own demons, the immediate human response is the same anywhere: deep pain, grief, anger and frustration. In the United States, unfortunately, such a tragedy carries an added weight because it is not unique.... Read more»2

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Grijalva: What we need is a New Deal

Fiscal negotiations are the talk of Washington, but they’re not the talk around the dinner tables of millions of hard-working Americans. As usual, the conventional wisdom — and a lot of the media — is missing the real story. The real story is that we have a jobs shortage crisis in this country, and Republicans haven’t lifted a finger to help.... Read more»2

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Grijalva: Health care ruling a significant victory for American people

Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison: "This ruling is a significant victory for the American people. The health care reform act provides that children will not be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition, young adults will be able to stay on their family health plan, and that Americans can keep their health care insurance if they get a major illness." (with video)... Read more»0

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Grijalva: Bring 'dark money' donors into the light

Money has taken over our political process. Big corporations and high-rolling political schemers tell us everything is still mom and apple pie, and there's nothing to worry about. There's no reason we have to accept the choices the very wealthy few in this country are making for the rest of us. (with video)... Read more»3

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