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  • "You Can't Be What You Can't See"
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    My daughter, and young girls across the country, will grow up knowing that they can be anything they want to be because they see the examples of women who are police officers, soldiers, doctors, businesswomen, or educators. And so, to the women who serve as role models and encourage girls to pursue all of their goals and to know that success is possible, thank you. Read more

  • Tax Reform Means Choices
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    In recent weeks, I have seen countless articles and polls highlighting tax reform: according to a CNBC poll, confidence in small businesses is at an all-time high; 4 million workers and counting have received more than $3 billion in bonuses; 90 percent of Americans saw more money in their paychecks this month as the new withholding tables took effect. But I did not need polls and articles to know why the majority of Americans are supportive of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law... Read more

  • Issues with Federal Agencies? My Office Can Help
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    It is an honor to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the most important roles of my office is providing critical assistance to the constituents of Ohio’s 15th District. Specifically, my office has caseworkers that can help constituents navigate the issues they face with federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While I am not able to override decisions, my office can cut red tape to help answer questions, check on claims, and find solutions to a variety of issues you may be having. Read more

  • Next Steps Needed to Address Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drug Abuse and Treatment

    The opioid epidemic is taking its toll in communities across the country. In Ohio alone, drugs overdoses killed over 4,300 in 2016, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics. This is unacceptable. Read more

  • Tax Reform Bringing Raises, Benefits, and Bonuses
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    For decades, our businesses have been crushed by the highest corporate tax rate in the world, hurting their ability to compete on the global stage, driving jobs overseas, and stifling economic growth. Since tax reform was passed in December, that has started to change. Read more

  • A Place of Remembrance
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    It’s not always about passing a law, but it is always about getting something done. In 2011, I came across an appalling story in the Washington Post. The Dover Air Force Base mortuary had sent fragmented remains of 274 of our nation’s heroes – military men and women – to the Prince George Landfill in Maryland. As a veteran, I was horrified. These men and women had bravely fought and paid tremendous sacrifices for our freedom, and they should never be treated like garbage. I knew that something ... Read more

  • A Tax Overhaul Three Decades in the Making
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Christmas came a few days early for the American people this week. It’s not the “Jelly of the Month Club,” but it is a gift that will keep on giving the whole year. Read more

  • Supporting an Open Internet
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Free and open internet should never be a partisan issue. Everyone uses the internet, regardless of their political affiliation, and therefore it is difficult to find someone who is opposed to maintaining access for all consumers on an equal basis. However, where we do not have consensus is on how best to preserve the ideas embodied by “net neutrality.” Read more

  • Support Local Business, #ShopSmall
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Across the country, consumers make a conscious effort to Shop Small, and in doing so, stimulate their local economies and show their appreciation for the work of their neighbors. Read more

  • Supporting Our Students
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    Recently, I had the opportunity to return to my alma mater, The Ohio State University, to participate in the Congressional Conversations series, presented by the Moritz College of Law and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. It was a beneficial afternoon spent discussing the legislative process and the need for bipartisanship, and a great opportunity to engage with students. Whenever I visit any of the colleges or universities in the 15th District - Hocking College, Ohio Christian Universi... Read more

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