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  • Continuing the Fight for Women’s Rights with Paycheck Fairness
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce

    When Jeannette Rankin of Montana was elected as the first woman to serve in Congress, she knew that she would not be the last. Since her swearing into office in 1916 — four years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the establishment of women’s suffrage — more than 300 women have been elected to Congress. Today, more women serve in Congress than ever before, and our nation, led by such pioneers as Congresswoman Rankin, has taken great strides to expand opportunities for women throu... Read more

  • Hastings Op-Ed on Third Anniversary of Conflict in Syria
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Refugees

    Today, the below Op-Ed by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), titled Refocusing Humanitarian Aid in Syria,​ was published in the Huffington Post and the Florida Sun Sentinel commemorating the third anniversary of the conflict in Syria and highlighting the need for refocusing American humanitarian aid efforts. “The ongoing conflict in Syria has stretched into its fourth year and the regional humanitarian crisis shows little signs of improvement. The United States must do more to ensure that its... Read more

  • Integrity of State Voting Rolls a Must
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 7, 2012 | Preview rr

    Published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel on October 7, 2012. By Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings When suspicious voter registration forms were recently traced back to a Republican Party vendor, Strategic Allied Consulting, party officials quickly fired the company and touted that a criminal investigation would uncover and prosecute those found responsible. We agree that anyone found criminally responsible should be prosecuted to the law's full extent. However, a criminal prosecution of this firm... Read more

  • Continue Fight Against Voter Suppression
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 10, 2012 | Preview rr

    Published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel on June 10, 2012. On June 1, the U.S. Department of Justice and Florida State Association Supervisors of Elections halted Gov. Rick Scott's partisan purge of eligible voters. This was a concerted collaborative effort led by the governor to suppress and confuse voters. It was not transparent and a clear violation of the law. I, along with many others in Florida, have fought long and hard for the right to vote. To have somebody come along as a 'Scotty Co... Read more

  • Federal trial would protect rights of state voters
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 27, 2012 | Preview rr

    Published in the Palm Beach Post on March 27, 2012. The United States Department of Justice recently announced that it will seek a trial to block implementation of House Bill 1355, which Gov. Scott signed into law on May 19, 2011. Gov. Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature's bill is an underhanded attempt to hinder access to the polls for minorities, seniors and students. Republicans claim that this bill is necessary to reduce voter fraud, but one only has to look at which voters are a... Read more

  • Focusing on Foster Care
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 26, 2012 | Preview rr

    By Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Karen Bass (D-CA), Tom Marino (R-PA), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) Far too often, attention is only given to the failures of the foster care system. As necessary as this may be, only through greater awareness of both the system's failures and accomplishments can we better serve our children in need. On March 30th, a delegation of Members of Congress will be taking part in a Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Field Visit to do just that. Members will ... Read more

  • Voting Law Changes: Your Rights Are Under Attack
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 8, 2012 | Preview rr

    Published in Huffington Post BlackVoices' Power and Politics Blog on March 8, 2012. There is a "War on Voting" in this country and, wherever you live, you need to be paying close attention. The Constitution protects voters from discrimination, but that protection is being challenged in states across the nation, and making it harder for people to vote. In dozens of state legislatures, the new and expanded Republican majorities are pushing and even enacting policies that are proven to lead to the ... Read more

  • The struggle continues for King's dream
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 25, 2011 | Preview rr

    Published in The Hill's Congress Blog on August 25, 2011 Today, when the term "civil rights" appears to be an old-fashioned concept and the ideology of post-racialism penetrates the minds of many Americans, it is only proper to pause and recognize moments in history that remind us not only of how far we have come, but of how the fight for equality still continues. I was born in 1936 and raised in Altamonte Springs, Fla. I remember clearly the day the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Educa... Read more

  • Inequity in Unemployment
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 25, 2011 | Preview rr

    Published in the Congressional Black Caucus Blog on July 25, 2011 The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) continues to focus its efforts on assisting those who are unemployed. Unemployment is of particular concern to me, given that my home state of Florida continues to have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the nation. The economic crisis has left millions of Americans out of work, causing families to struggle to make ends meet. Especially impacted by the recession, however, are minority ... Read more

  • While we work for ESEA Reauthorization, protect low-income, minority children
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 20, 2011 | Preview rr

    Published in The Hill on July 20, 2011 Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the Department of Education would consider waivers if Congress is unable to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Despite the pressing need for reauthorization, such an action not only usurps congressional authority, but may also prove detrimental to countless low-income and minority students. Among the provisions that may be waived is the requirement that school districts ... Read more

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