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  • Building Up the 15th District
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Whether you’re sitting in your car, bumper-to-bumper on the highway, or sitting at your desk breezing through the information highway that is the Internet, infrastructure is impacting your daily life. Roads and bridges, buildings and dams, broadband access – all across the 15th District, people are seeing the results of strategic investments in infrastructure, and that is why it remains a top priority for the 115th Congress. Read more

  • Creating Jobs for Ohio’s 15th District
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    When someone says, “tell me about yourself,” what are some of the first things that come to mind? For many of us, we would talk about our spouses, children, and hobbies. Another topic that would almost certainly come up is our job. A job is where we spend most of our day. A job puts food on the table, provides for children, and prepares you for retirement. A job can give you a sense of pride. Read more

  • Police Week: Honoring the Service and Sacrifice of Law Enforcement Officers
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law a measure to officially designate May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. During this week, people across the United States take time to remember and honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty protecting our communities. Read more

  • The CHOICE Act: Opportunities, Growth, and Accountability
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Financial Services

    Today, the Financial Services Committee started the mark-up process for the Financial CHOICE Act, an important step in the effort to bring choices and opportunity to the American people. The regulations that resulted from the Dodd-Frank Act in the wake of the financial crisis have caused more harm than good for consumers, sometimes even preventing some from getting loans for cars or homes, while failing to guard against future crisis. Read more

  • 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

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