Op-Eds

For the sake of reconciliation and unity, Trump needs to concede

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Originally Published in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star By Rep. Chrissy Houlahan The standard definition of the word “concede” is to acknowledge the truth or existence of something. In the United States, the tradition of public concession has played an essential role in strengthening our democracy. The speech or announcement has a certain cadence and etiquette: a congratulations to the winning team,... Read more »

From Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on down, Americans gave every election winner a mandate

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Originally Published in USA Today By Rep. Chrissy Houlahan President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have made history. Together, they assembled the largest and most diverse coalition in American electoral history — 76 million Americans and counting, diverse in race, gender, sexuality, religion, geography and yes, political persuasion. On Saturday, we watched as Harris, the ... Read more »

COVID-19 is a wake-up call: It’s high time for action on our climate crisis | Opinion

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Published in Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Written by Rep. Houlahan and Flora Cardoni, field director for PennEnvironment. We are facing multiple crises at once. As we grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and a national reckoning with racial injustice, we cannot forget that the climate crisis is reaching a boiling point. We do not have the luxury of solving one crisis at a time — and when it comes t... Read more »

We're exhausted. And now the Trump administration wants to pick a fight with the Census?

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Originally published in USA Today. Is anyone else just simply exhausted by this administration’s consistent efforts to undermine the Constitution and the success of the very citizenry we all serve? This time, with its plan to cut off counting a month early, they’re after the Census. Article 1, Section 2 of our Constitution states: "The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the ... Read more »

Fund the Postal Service

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Many of us in the Philadelphia region are experiencing mail delays. A short-staffed and underfunded post office is unable to process even the relatively normal volume of mail at this time. This is a crisis waiting to happen. We’re a mere three months away from a General Election that, in many ways, will look quite different from prior elections. I, along with many of my colleagues, am encouraging ... Read more »

In Time of Crisis, Service to Others Can Unite a Nation

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Originally published in Time. Written by Chrissy Houlahan (D., PA-06), Don Bacon (R., NE-02), Jimmy Panetta (D., CA-20), and Michael Waltz (R., FL-06) Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat representing California’s 20th Congressional District, and Don Bacon, a Republican representing Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, serve as chairs of the For Country Caucus in the House. Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat rep... Read more »

Listen, Learn, Lead

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Originally Published on Medium By Rep. Chrissy Houlahan It’s hard to breathe and feel safe now. There is a virus in the air, a pandemic. Do you feel it? Do you see it? Maybe you think it is not exactly where you are. But you know that there are hotspots in some areas most assuredly — in Minneapolis, NYC, and Atlanta. But the disease is everywhere really. We know it. But to be clear, we are not tal... Read more »

Local officials are frontline heroes. Washington has to give them the help they need

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Originally published in Penn Live By Rep. Chrissy Houlahan “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us... Read more »

All Of You. Knock It Off. Lead.

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Originally published on Medium By Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Over the last several weeks, my team and I have heard from all corners of our community. Families are concerned about their loved ones, especially older members of our community, contracting the virus and having no means to get tested. Mushroom growers are worried about crops they can’t sell because restaurants are closed. Seniors on a fixed ... Read more »

A call to action: Service to nation can help bridge the rift that divides Americans

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Originally published in USA Today By Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Michael Waltz Turn on your TV and you’ll see headline after headline of how America is divided. Politics appears to be full of bitter vitriol — a reflection of the deep fault lines in our society. Many Americans are seldom placed in situations where they must meet face-to-face with people who look, think or believe differently than th... Read more »