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    OPINION: America’s ‘Blue Water’ Vietnam Veterans Served in Good Faith, and Now Need our Help

    Over 2.5 million Americans served overseas during the Vietnam War. Many were barely 20 years old when they left behind their families, friends and way of life to defend democracy and freedom. These brave soldiers not only experienced gunfire, bombing and the terrors of war; they were also exposed to an extremely harmful chemical that our own forces were commanded to spray over Vietnam forests during their service. This chemical, known as Agent Orange, was used to kill plants and deprive the Viet...

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    OPINION: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is Real Relief for Families

    The sprawling landscape of California’s Central Valley is home to some of the hardest workers in the nation; immigrants who came to America looking for a better life, farmers who have cultivated the land for generations, and parents who wished to raise their children in our small towns. However, rural communities face difficult challenges. This is especially evident in the Central Valley where unemployment levels are double the national average and far too many families live paycheck to paycheck...

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    OPINION: Preserving DACA Must be a Priority for Congress

    Across the nation, from California to New York, "Dreamers" and their families are woven into our society. They attend school with our children, shop at the corner grocery store, invest in our communities, and wave to us at church on Sundays. Many of their friends and neighbors are likely unaware these outstanding young people had once been undocumented immigrants. They are American in every way you can imagine, but their futures are in jeopardy because Washington has failed to fix our broken imm...

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    OPINION: Why I voted for the American Health Care Act

    Our nation’s health care system was struggling before Obamacare, but passage of the health-care reform bill in 2010, made it worse. Every day, I hear from my constituents about the ways in which our health-care system is failing Central Valley families. Our depleted health-care system has restricted health-care professionals’ ability to provide care, increased premiums for families and individuals across the country, eliminated patient choice, and severely reduced access to health care in our re...

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    OPINION: Closing the Gap

    The future success of a nation is dependent upon the educational achievements of its children. Despite Washington’s changing approach to education policy, the United States continually falls behind in the global race for educational excellence. Moreover, our education system has been failing minority students the most, especially when it comes to early childhood and primary education. As the father of three children, I know how critical the early years of a child’s life are to their future pers...

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    David G. Valadao: Bridging Partisan Lines

    It’s no surprise that Washington, D.C., is largely known for being incredibly unproductive. And with elected officials entrenched in partisan gridlock there’s no reason to expect that to change. However, in 2015, something did change. When I was elected to Congress, I promised my constituents I would do everything in my power to represent their best interest in Washington and that I would work with everyone, regardless of which political party they belonged to. While there is still much work to ...

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    OPINION: Why I Oppose Iran Nuclear Pact

    Since negotiations regarding the Iranian nuclear agreement began, President Obama and his administration have repeatedly stated, “No deal is better than a bad deal.” I strongly agree with this statement and believe Congress must carefully consider the proposal to ensure it protects Americans, and the entire world, from the danger of a nuclear-powered Iran. Most importantly, any deal must prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. An agreement that falls short of this fails to serve its inhere...

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    OPINION: There is Momentum for Reform

    Congress faces an important task in the coming months, and the pressure is mounting. We must achieve comprehensive immigration reform that provides a reliable work force for the appropriate industries, addresses the millions without proper documents living and working in the United States, and protects our borders. I find myself in a unique situation. I am a Republican, son of immigrants, representing an agricultural and resource-based congressional district with a 72% Hispanic population. Needl...

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    OPINION: Sikh American Caucus

    The American identity is made up of the diversity of our people. We are a nation of immigrants, united by our commitment to freedom, tolerance, and opportunity. We respect our neighbors and our differences. It is those differences in culture, religion, and ethnicity that contribute to the national identity we share. Despite our best intentions, instances of discrimination still arise. American Sikhs are often singled out because of their religion. American Sikhs have served in our armed forces w...

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    OPINION: Let the Valley Flourish

    The Central Valley has been home to agriculture and energy development for generations. This way of life is less about what we do, and more about who we are. Over time the state and federal governments have imposed policies and regulations that discourage growth in the very industries we rely on. This has led to high unemployment and an unhealthy dependence on public assistance. On May 4th, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) indefinitely cancelled all oil and natural gas lease sal...

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