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Local advocate there to help victims of crime

April 10, 2014 ESCANABA — Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights or assistance. The criminal justice system often seemed indifferent to their needs. more »»

Michigan athletes thrill at Winter Games

April 8, 2014 WASHINGTON — Every four years, elite athletes from across the globe gather together to share their prodigious talent and skill with a world audience through friendly competitio. more »»

Need for compromise greater than ever

March 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — Not long ago, Northern Michigan University invited me to address students there as part of a series of addresses on public policy. more »»

Washington regulations don’t create jobs

March 5, 2014 WASHINGTON — My fight against unnecessary regulations is often construed by those that support big government programs as a fight to allow private companies to run wild without any oversight and any... more »»

Tough action against tax evaders is only fair

March 4, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, has spent several years examining the ways offshore banks have aided and encouraged U.S. more »»

Passion for protecting our Great Lakes

February 4, 2014 WASHINGTON — In January, I was one of many Michiganians who spoke at public meetings on a recently released federal study that examined ways to protect our Great Lakes from Asian carp and other... more »»

A year of focused commitment

January 14, 2014 WASHINGTON — When I announced last March that I would not seek reelection in 2014, I said that I wanted to spend my time working on a number of serious challenges that Michigan and the nation face,... more »»

ENDA’s passage honors our founding ideals

December 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — This nation began not as merely a plot of land or as a group of people united by language or ethnicity. It began with an idea: “That all men are created equal. more »»

Let’s always be there for our neighbors

December 20, 2013 WASHINGTON — All year long, there are people around us who work in quiet anonymity through local groups and causes or directly with people in need. more »»

Improving the safety of prescription drugs

December 10, 2013 WASHINGTON — In November, the Senate passed the Drug Quality and Security Act, legislation aimed at strengthening the safety of compounded prescription drugs in Michigan and around the country in th... more »»

We need reforms that put patients first

December 5, 2013 WASHINGTON — Imagine one day having a lifelong friendship end abruptly. No specific reason, it’s just ove. more »»

Godspeed, USS Gerald R. Ford

November 19, 2013 WASHINGTON — Over Veterans Day weekend, I had the honor of giving the keynote speech at the christening ceremony of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. more »»

Troops deserve a sense of accomplishment

November 6, 2013 WASHINGTON — In late October, I traveled to Afghanistan on my 12th trip since the start of the conflict there. more »»

How Obamacare will hurt Delta County

November 5, 2013 WASHINGTON — The relationship doctors develop with their patients can last a lifetime, extend to entire families, and last for generations. more »»

District making progress toward goals

November 4, 2013 ESCANABA — The Escanaba Area Public School District, like many school systems across the State of Michigan have experienced financial challenges over the last years. more »»

Television commercials go too far

October 17, 2013 FLINT — So I’m watching TV when a chipper blond woman with an English accent comes on and says, “Let’s talk about your bum. more »»

There was life before cell phones

October 10, 2013 FLINT — The problem with technology is that what was once overwhelming soon becomes underwhelming. A new product will take society by storm and change how we live. We like that. We want mor. more »»

More speculation than journalism

September 26, 2013 FLINT — I made the mistake of listening to CNN after the horrific Navy Yard shootings last week because, silly me, I wanted to know what was going on and CNN is the only 24 hour broadcast news... more »»

Take a trip to Escanaba’s past

September 25, 2013 ESCANABA — On Sep. more »»

End loopholes to bring down deficit

September 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — Back in March when Congress failed to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we triggered budget sequestration — the unprioritized, across-the-board cuts that have hurt families, national... more »»



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