I am honored and thankful to have received the endorsement of the Utah AFL-CIO this week.
The Utah AFL-CIO Endorsement Committee is pleased to announce its support of Donna McAleer in her run as the Democratic Candidate in Utah's First Congressional District.
Donna McAleer is running in her second congressional campaign to unseat Representative Rob Bishop. We believe Donna is someone who can work across the aisle and help break the current gridlock in Washington, while promoting a pro-labor agenda.
Donna McAleer is with us on many important issues. These include standing up for veterans, protecting Medicare and Social Security, fighting for more opportunity and equal pay for women, strengthening eduction, developing energy responsibility and growing our economy. Donna has met with our various affilaties in order to better understand their individual issues. She has attended and been a guest speak at our state AFL-CIO convention and stood with us in protest during the recent government shutdown.
In conclusion, Donna McAleer is a friend and ally in our struggle to protect working families and it is our pleasure to give her our endorsement in this important campaign.
The holiday season will soon be here. Holidays physically bring family and friends from near and far together to share stories, renew fellowship, relax, and fill our stomachs with great food--a time when the subject of politics, thanks to the existing rancor in Washington, intrudes like an unwelcome guest.
This year, instead of focusing on what's wrong and arguing about it, I'm inviting you to change the conversation and when the subject of politics comes up, identify common goals we have as people who are proud of our country, and the good our government can do when we all, Democrat, Republican, Independent and Unaffiliated, work together.
When I served as an officer in the Army, I saw the rich diversity of our population and how these people of different backgrounds and creeds worked together to complete their mission. It was an inspiring experience working with such people, one that gives me hope for our future.
Join me in standing up to problem solving this holiday season and helping build a better future for ourselves and our children.
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!
The subject of immigration reform over the past several years has produced much rhetoric--and a shocking symbol of our failure as a nation founded by immigrants to rationally address the issue and modernize our system: the border walls along the U.S./Mexican border. There is an equally important practical reason for immigration reform: our economic health. More than ever, in today’s integrated global economy a nation’s best and strongest asset is its people.
Immigration reform will strengthen the U.S., attracting the best and the brightest to our country and ensuring we have enough workers in all sectors of the economy to remain competitive and sustain our economy now and for the future. Our immigration laws were last overhauled in 1986. Immigration is a federal issue and I support comprehensive reform. If we want to compete in the 21st century global economy, we need to pass 21st century immigration reform.
When Rob Bishop ran for re-election in 2012, one of the reasons used in his campaign was that of seniority — influence for Utah in the House that would be lost were he not re-elected. The voters of the 1st Congressional District took him at his word and placed their faith in him by re-electing him to the 113th Congress. How has Rob Bishop repaid that faith?
Rob Bishop is a member of four influential committees in the House; one of them is the House Committee on Rules. His website contains the following information: "The Committee on Rules is amongst the oldest standing committees in the House, having been first formally constituted on April 2, 1789. The Committee is commonly known as 'The Speaker's Committee' because it is the mechanism that the Speaker uses to maintain control of the House Floor, and was chaired by the Speaker until 1910. Because of the vast power wielded by the Rules Committee, its ratio has traditionally been weighted in favor of the majority party, and has been in its '2 to 1 1' (9 majority and 4 minority members) configuration since the late 1970s. . . . The Committee has the authority to do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a measure, including deeming it passed. The Committee can also include a self- executed amendment which could rewrite just parts of a bill, or the entire measure. In essence, so long as a majority of the House is willing to vote for a special rule, there is little that the Rules Committee cannot do."
Pretty powerful and impressive, and certainly looks like the constituents of Utah's 1st District got their vote's worth. Or did they?
Read the full op-ed in The Park Record, 19 October 2013
What is more important today — governing our nation, or wrecking our government and everything that it represents according to our Constitution?
I’m speaking of the government shutdown. Is it right, fair or just? Or is it brinkmanship politics of the most cynical and brutal sort?
In the last election, the citizens of northern Utah placed their faith in Rob Bishop by voting him back into office. How has Bishop rewarded them?
He rewarded them by placing the Republican Party ahead of the people. No, I’m wrong. He rewarded them by placing the interests of an angry minority within the Republican Party above those of the people in the First Congressional District and our state.
Because of the shutdown 40,000 Utahns employed at Hill Air Force Base, the Internal Revenue Service Processing Center at Ogden, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Agriculture and in our "Mighty 5" national parks and nine service locations and national forests were furloughed.
Read my full op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday Oct 13, 2013.