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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 »»

In defense of school teachers

September 12, 2013 There are a lot of reasons I wouldn’t want to be a public school teacher these day. more »»

We should not go to war in Syria

September 12, 2013 WASHINGTON — Right now, the American people are having a national discussion regarding President Obama’s plan to take military action in Syria. more »»

Revenge against textbook publishers

September 5, 2013 FLINT — I spent more than $400 on books the other day. “Wow,” you’re thinking, “400 bucks, you must really like to read.” I do. But the books weren’t for me. more »»

Bill would end corporate secrecy

September 3, 2013 WASHINGTON — In August, I led a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing a bill to combat terrorism, money laundering, tax evasion, and other wrongdoing aided by use of U.S. more »»

Logging Congress better than ever

September 2, 2013 ESCANABA — The 2013 Logging Congress and Equipment Expo, Sept. more »»

We’ve become accustomed to madness

August 15, 2013 This was fun news in the little town where I live. more »»

MSU research facility hits milestones

August 13, 2013 WASHINGTON — It’s always good news when Congress takes big steps to help boost scientific research. And it’s even better when those steps lean on Michigan’s world-class research universities. more »»

Summer: It’s almost over

August 8, 2013 FLINT — All of a sudden, I’m having a summer anxiety attack. The cause: calendaritis. I looked up and the calendar said Aug.t 1, which simply isn’t possible. Summer can’t almost be over. more »»

Student loan bill a difficult but necessary step

July 31, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Senate recently faced a very difficult choice. When a July 1 deadline passed, the interest rate on federal student loans was set to double. more »»



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