Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California
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Jul 7, 2014 Op-Ed
I believe the disturbing revelations of dysfunction in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system can be an opportunity to transform that system into one that truly serves veterans, if we follow some simple recommendations...
Jun 18, 2013 Op-Ed
Years ago, I graduated from a state university with no student debt and very little financial help from my parents. But times have changed. It is only now — more than 10 years after my youngest child graduated from college — that I will finish paying off my portion of our kids’ college loans. This illustrates the stark contrast between the cost of college education now and from a generation ago. Steadily increasing college tuition costs have outpaced inflation, making a university education out of reach for a large portion of the population.
Apr 18, 2013 Op-Ed

We welcome spring after a year of extreme and record-setting climate events in the United States and worldwide. The trends today are clear. We are now seeing unprecedented changes in climate such as Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the East Coast, causing immense human suffering and a massive federal bill.

Feb 1, 2013 Op-Ed

Now that 2012 is behind us and the new Congress has begun, it is time to think about our priorities and challenges in the coming year. It is an honor to again have the privilege of serving our area in Congress, and I’ve been meeting with local leaders and citizens to hear about shared goals for our community.

Nov 19, 2011 Op-Ed

Some things never change.

The vitality of the single most important estuary on the West Coast is once again at risk from an old-fashioned political power play. If it's successful, local water users, the economy and the environment of our region and state will pay a huge price.

Nov 3, 2011 Op-Ed

The war in Iraq is coming to a close. The men and women who fought so bravely will be home for the holidays, and we must plan for their return. These returning heroes must not only be honored, but granted the services they need to face the challenges they will encounter.

Aug 21, 2011 Op-Ed

America suffers from a substance abuse problem. Maintaining our national industries and our jobs requires us to consume millions of tons of fossil fuels each and every day. Unfortunately, our addiction to fossil fuels comes with a high price, perhaps even higher than what we pay at the pump or for our monthly utility bills.

Feb 17, 2008 Op-Ed

Tomorrow we will recognize an important milestone.  It’s been one year since the revelation of substandard facilities and excessive bureaucratic red tape faced by recovering soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Sep 28, 2007 Op-Ed

The rising cost of health care is a painful topic of discussion for many families these days.

Those rising costs and reductions in employer-provided health coverage mean working American families can’t see doctors when they should and can’t get medicines when they need them.

Sep 10, 2007 Op-Ed

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet here in Danville with a group of women small business owners from the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area. The types of businesses varied widely from engineering and communications consulting to eco-conscious private air charters. Yet what united all of them was determination, a commitment to innovation and excellence, and an entrepreneurial spirit.