We have a hope of succeeding if we learn from our past mistakes and pull together to make the hard choices.
It is of the utmost importance that our service members are adequately compensated for their duties, and that we offer them a quality of life that will enable them to continue to serve and to live comfortably.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th and the courageous actions of our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq remind us that friends of tyranny and enemies of freedom still exist.
We cannot overstate the sacrifice our military personnel - all volunteers - are making to ensure the security of their fellow Americans.
While it is clear that we need to make some adjustments to protect Social Security for the long term, it is disingenuous to say that the trust fund is facing a crisis.
Sadly, the President`s budget proposal for the upcoming year once again puts cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans over addressing our country`s severe fiscal problems.
Even top caliber hospitals cannot escape medical mistakes that sometimes result in irreparable damage to patients.
The intelligence failures with respect to Iraq were massive and have damaged our credibility around the world.
Safe storage and child access prevention laws are critical steps as we seek to reduce the occurrence of accidental shootings and suicides involving guns.
If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, it will mean learning from our mistakes, not denying them and not ignoring them.
Common sense should tell us that there is no reason for civilians to have access to easily concealable handguns with the capability to shoot through body armor.
When a decision is made to go to war based on intelligence, it is a fateful decision. It has ramifications and impacts way beyond the current months and years.
Dr. Rice`s record on Iraq gives me great concern. In her public statements she clearly overstated and exaggerated the intelligence concerning Iraq before the war in order to support the President`s decision to initiate military action against Iraq.
The Constitution is a document that should only be amended with great caution.
Firefighters are essential to the safety and security of our local communities. We owe it to these men and women to provide them with better training and equipment so they can do their jobs more effectively and safely.
The American people deserve a budget that invests in the future, protects the most vulnerable among us and helps to create jobs and economic security.
We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.
The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror.
Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.