Dec 14, 2018 Fort Report
This week the House and Senate passed a new Farm Bill with a very strong bipartisan vote.  For a lot of Americans, it’s easy to overlook this accomplishment.  Our grocery bills are the lowest in the world, food is readily available, and our safety net is well considered.  It...
Dec 7, 2018 Fort Report
At President George H.W. Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine, there is a sign with four letters: C-A-V-U.  Aviators know what this means.  Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.
Nov 30, 2018 Fort Report
This longer-than-usual Fort Report gives you some highlights of a wide-ranging radio interview I did this past week about the many issues facing this upcoming Congress.  We covered issues such as the dynamics of a lame duck session, leadership change, the budget, the border, and...
Nov 21, 2018 Fort Report
I wish you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving with your family.  As I was thinking about this Fort Report, I thought it would be nice to just list some of the good things, good trends happening in our world: 
Nov 16, 2018 Fort Report
Last week, Americans elected a record 88 new members to the U.S. House of Representatives – the constitutionally mandated body charged with representing Americans across all walks of life.  There are also a record number of women representing millions of constituents, comprising...
Nov 9, 2018 Fort Report
This past August, at a town hall in Norfolk, an older gentleman raised his hand.  After he rose from his seat with difficulty, I asked him whether he was a veteran and of what war.  He said he served in World War II and Korea.  Although I do not remember his question, I cannot...
Nov 2, 2018 Fort Report
To understand the power, beauty, and dignity of what America means, one only has to look at the picture of the ordered white crosses nestled along the cliffside of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.  It is solemn.  It is noble.  And it reflects the idea that one has no greater...
Oct 26, 2018 Fort Report
In the 1980s, I traveled with a Jesuit priest to a Guatemalan refugee camp in Southern Mexico.  The people there had fled from the horrific political violence raging all around Central America.  On the heels of many innocent people getting killed, including four American nuns in...
Oct 19, 2018 Fort Report
I know it is a bit old-fashioned, but I like stepping into the voting booth and using a pencil to fill in an oval on paper.  There is no Russian hacking or fancy Facebook algorithm interfering with my vote.  It’s my conscience, my pencil, on paper.
Oct 12, 2018 Fort Report
From the interstate highway system to the Erie Canal, the transcontinental railroad to the Hoover Dam, infrastructure projects have transformed our nation, lifted our spirits, and caused the world to marvel at the incredible ingenuity of America.  As your representative, it is...