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  • Repaying Loans, Relieving Student Stress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Financial Services, Financial Literacy

    $1,407,200,000,000. That is the current total of student loan debt in this nation. Trillions of dollars are weighing down on over 70 percent of college students and graduates. Over 15 percent of those have either defaulted or have been delinquent in repaying their loans. Seven out of 10 college students admit that their personal finances cause stress or worry. Read more

  • An Oasis in Vinton County’s Food Desert
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    For one in six Ohioans, hunger and food insecurity is a constant threat to their wellbeing and livelihood. This is higher than every surrounding state, as well as the national average. Often, these situations are exasperated by the inability to access nutritionally adequate food; when this inability becomes a chronic problem faced by a community, the area is defined as a food desert. Read more

  • Celebrating the Women in Congress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    In 1916, Jeannette Rankin made history. Hailing from the state of Montana, she was the first woman ever elected to the United States Congress. Since then, women have taken large steps; today, nearly 20 percent of the seats in Congress are held by women, the most at any point in history. While this is still a disproportionately low representation, my female colleagues are trailblazers. I am certain that their careers will encourage young girls everywhere to pursue their goals, including elected office. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to recognize the women in the 115th Congress for their commitment to public service and policy, their examples of leadership, and their mark on history. Read more

  • Bridging the Digital Divide in Our Communities
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    For many people, connecting to the internet can be as simple as reaching in their pocket and taking out a smartphone. With today’s technology, we have the ability to access search engines, answer emails, and use social media instantly in the palm of our hand. Read more

  • My Office Can Help with Federal Agencies
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Fixing Health Care, Veterans, Medicare

    As we continue to make our way through the first few months of the new Congress, I want to make sure you know about the services my office can provide to the constituents of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. With an office in Washington, D.C. and offices across the district in Lancaster, Wilmington, and Hilliard, Ohio, my staff and I are here to assist you and ensure you receive the highest quality of constituent service. Read more

  • Fixing Regulation to Bring Jobs Back to Our Communities
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Under the Obama Administration, businesses in the United States have faced unprecedented regulations that have stifled job growth in our communities. In fact, during the first seven years of the Administration, 556 new major regulations were placed on the shoulders of individuals and businesses. Even worse, these regulations were often brought down by unelected agency officials without approval or accountability from Congress. This pattern of regulation must be changed to promote job creation and get our economy back on track. Read more

  • A #BetterWay to Provide Health Care
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    For far too many Americans, the simple mention of “health care” causes stress. Daunting medical bills and complex bureaucratic systems that are all but impossible to navigate adds unnecessary anxiety. If you or your loved one is ill, your sole focus should be on treatment and recovery, not on the maze that is health insurance or the calculations for how you will pay a premium. Read more

  • Progress in Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Our Country
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    The mental health crisis affects a devastating number of individuals and their families across the country. In fact, roughly 43.8 million Americans experience mental illness each year, and nearly 10 million suffer from a serious condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. With only 41 percent of adults with a mental health condition receiving care in the last year, our broken health care system has clearly failed to help those who need it most. Read more

  • In The Face of Adversity, We Remain #BuckeyeStrong
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    At 9:56 a.m. on Monday, November 28, The Ohio State University (OSU) Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Twitter Account sent an alert they hoped they would never need to use: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Read more

  • 21st Century Cures Act Will Unleash American Ingenuity & Save Lives
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    Frequently, I get letters from my constituents who either are struggling with or have a loved one fighting a disease or illness for which we do not yet have a cure. The diseases are wide ranging -- Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, among many others -- but their pleas are the same – they are asking for more support so that we can develop life-saving or life-changing treatments. Read more

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