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  • Making Flexible Spending Accounts, Actually Flexible
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    As a father, I know firsthand that families need flexibility in many aspects of life. Read more

  • Hire a Vet
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Brave, selfless, intelligent, hardworking: that’s how I would describe the men and women who make the decision to serve in our nation’s military. That’s also how I would describe an ideal employee. Today, approximately 550 American servicemembers will transition to civilian life, a change that will be more difficult for some than others. That is why we recognize July 25 as Hire a Vet Day – to remind employers that there are hundreds of brave, selfless, intelligent and hardworking individuals rea... Read more

  • Continuing the Fight Against the Drug Epidemic
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drug Abuse and Treatment

    Every day, we see new headlines in community papers across the country about the drug abuse crisis. They are stories of derailed careers, broken friendships, separated families, and lost lives due to the opioid epidemic. Read more

  • Land of the Free, Because of the Brave
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    Fireworks, barbeques, time spent with family and friends – the fourth of July highlights the very best American values as people from coast to coast come together to celebrate community, freedom, and independence. But as we proudly wave our flags at neighborhood parades, I hope we all can take a moment to pause and remember those who made it possible to wave those flags. Our brave men and women in uniform are, at this moment, dutifully serving our nation to ensure that we have liberties to celeb... Read more

  • The Historical Case for Civility
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    The year is 1804. The long standing rivalry between Vice President Aaron Burr and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton had reached a boiling point. Hamilton was responsible for a scathing piece on Burr in the Albany Register as Burr was seeking the governorship. Burr, either in an attempt to reclaim his honor or out of maliciousness, challenged Hamilton to a duel. Accounts of what happened next are conflicting, but Hamilton was left dead and Burr was charged with murder. Clearly, vitriol... Read more

  • Looking for a Job? Good News…
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    If you are one of the 6 million Americans looking for a job, I have good news for you: there are over 6 million open positions in this country, a record high. Compare that number to 2009 statistics, when there were barely 2 million jobs available, and it’s clear that our economy is growing rapidly. Thanks in part to regulatory relief and the historic tax reform passed at the end of last year, companies are expanding their operations and creating more jobs and opportunities right here in the 15t... Read more

  • Every Week is Small Business Week
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    There’s a reason that small businesses are referred to as the backbone of our economy. Across the United States, 30 million of these companies employ nearly 70 percent of people who work in the private sector. This week is recognized as “Small Business Week,” but for those millions of entrepreneurs, their employees and their families, every week is Small Business Week. That’s why one of my top priorities as your Representative in Congress is to support small businesses. Following the historic t... Read more

  • Building a Foundation of Financial Literacy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Financial Literacy

    From deciding whether to spend an allowance, to choosing a university and putting a down payment on a house, no matter what stage of life we are in, we are required to make financial decisions. As a co-Chair of the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), it is one of my top priorities to work across the aisle to improve the financial literacy and economic education of all individuals across the United States. Read more

  • Protecting American Ingenuity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    We are all familiar with the story of David and Goliath. The underdog fearlessly takes on the giant when no one else dared to, and with his faith and trusty slingshot, young David defeats Goliath. But how might that story have ended if Goliath had reached down and plucked the slingshot from David’s hands? In recent years, the United States’ patent system has been crippled. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has downgraded our system from first in the world to 12th, and our small businesses are being ... Read more

  • "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

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