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  • Putting our Nation on a Path to Success
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 17, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Balanced Budget Amendment

    Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, and communities across the country, still need help to rebound from the pandemic. I am determined to find common ground with my colleagues to pass policies that help all Americans. But as we consider additional COVID-19 relief, we cannot stray away from narrow, targeted relief. We need to be mindful of the burden of debt for future generations, who will be forced to foot the bill for this borrowed money. Thankfully, there is room for bipartisanship in that goa... Read more

  • Turning the Page
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 20, 2021 | Preview rr

    But I know that it is the will and moral courage of free men and women that has made America the envy of all nations, and I am confident that it is what will allow us all to turn the page to our brightest days yet. Read more

  • Support Our Small Businesses
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 16, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Support Our Small Businesses In March, our nation faced an invisible enemy, and Congress came together to pass three relief bills: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the CARES Act, and the Health Care and Paycheck Protection Program Enhancement Act. Legislators from both sides of the aisle set aside their differences to deal with the health and economic consequences brought by an unprecedented situation. It is that spirit of bipartisanship that we need to get things done for the Americ... Read more

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 30, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    Breast cancer does not discriminate — not based on age, not based on gender, and certainly not based on political affiliation. From both my personal connections to cancer and the stories I hear from constituents who I meet with, it is clear that we must do more. For those individuals gracious enough to share their breast cancer experiences with me, our conversations only solidified the importance of finding a cure. For example, a member of my staff beat cancer at age 23 in part because she was a... Read more

  • Removing Barriers to Success
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    Every child deserves a safe and stable place to call home. Yet, too many young people are living day-to-day in motels or doubled-up in the homes of family, friends, or strangers. This lack of stable housing for our kids cannot be overlooked, even as millions are “invisibly homeless.” While they may not be living on the streets, homelessness in any form hinders their ability to succeed in school, to build a strong future, and to live healthy lives. To combat this problem, it’s going to take a res... Read more

  • Getting Off to the Right Start
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 26, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    There are many things that make me proud to be an Ohioan, but our infant mortality rate is not one of them. The Buckeye State has the unfortunate distinction of ranking eighth for highest number of infant deaths. We can, and we must, do more to implement comprehensive policies that will ensure safe deliveries for mothers and a strong start for babies. Unfortunately, the United States is the only developed country whose maternal mortality rates continue to rise; globally, maternal mortality conti... Read more

  • 2020 State of the Union: Empowering America's Heroes
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    “I’m living now, I’m really living.” That’s how Walter Parker describes life since he was paired with his service dog, Jackson, six years ago. In 1967, Walter deployed to Vietnam and returned home with physical and invisible wounds, including post-traumatic stress (PTS), that took a toll on not only him, but his family and loved ones. For over 40 years, Walter was essentially homebound, unable to speak with people, and struggling with suicidal thoughts. Now, thanks to Jackson, he’s not only able... Read more

  • Innovation Over Interest Rates
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 31, 2020 | Preview rr

    Ohio’s 15th Congressional District has more than its fair share of colleges, universities, and career and technical training centers. From four-year universities like Ohio University and The Ohio State University, to community colleges and technical career centers like Hocking College and the Tri-County Career Center, students in Central and Southeast Ohio have plenty of options to pursue education and chase their American Dream. I’ve recently had the opportunity to meet with students, and acros... Read more

  • Keeping America’s Promise
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I had the honor to serve alongside incredible soldiers who were prepared to make huge sacrifices for the United States and our freedoms. Men and women alike were willing to take on enormous risks for our cause, some of whom were not even U.S. citizens. Nonetheless, they stood, shoulder to shoulder, alongside one another to defend our liberties. Now, as a Member of Congress, one of my top priorities is to make sure that the promises made to my fellow veterans in ex... Read more

  • Recognizing National Obesity Care Week
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    This week, we recognize National Obesity Care Week. This is an epidemic that impacts more than 90 million Americans. It’s not a subject that’s discussed often, but we should support those who are striving to overcome obesity. Much like mental illness, obesity often carries a stigma that prevents people from seeking help. We can break down those barriers if we confront this nationwide challenge. It is an issue that is not going away. In fact, the obesity rate in 2016 was at an all-time high, acco... Read more

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