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  • Keeping Your Hard-earned Money
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Since coming to Congress, one of my highest priorities has been to bring relief to our nation’s hardworking taxpayers. This country was built on their backs, and how have we thanked these individuals? By allowing the status quo to completely fail their families and leave them struggling to make ends meet every month. Read more

  • September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care, Veterans

    September is Suicide Prevention Month, a month that provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness about an issue that is plaguing so many of our neighbors, friends, and family members. This is an issue that Congress is continuing to address on a bipartisan basis; after all, it does not discriminate based on age, gender, and definitely not political party. Read more

  • New Challenges for Local Businesses
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Infrastructure

    Local businesses are the backbone of our economy. They provide critical goods and services, create jobs, and attract more people to our communities. That’s why, since I came to Congress, one of my top priorities has been advancing policies to support our local businesses to create jobs in Ohio and across the country. Read more

  • Continuing to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drug Abuse and Treatment

    It has been said time and time again: our nation is fighting an opioid epidemic. This epidemic is plaguing communities across the country, and it is not discriminating against any gender, economic class or race. It is relentless, claiming a life every ten minutes in the United States, and we all must come together to combat it. Recently, I have had the opportunity to meet with many individuals and organizations who are doing just that; they are actively engaged in recovery and treatment, as well as education and prevention. Read more

  • Approaching $20 Trillion in Debt, Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Cutting Wasteful Spending, Debt Ceiling, Balanced Budget Amendment

    We are quickly approaching a national debt of $20 trillion in our country, and unfortunately, the federal government has managed to balance the budget only five times in my lifetime. Read more

  • Defense Issues Impacting Central Ohio
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    Across Ohio, there are military bases that support our national security, and simultaneously create thousands of jobs and infuse our local economies. Recently, I had the opportunity to convene elected officials from the federal, state, and local levels, military personnel, and other crucial stakeholders to discuss the defense issues that are impacting these entities and the Central Ohio region. Read more

  • Ohio Project Benefits the Entire Nation
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Veterans

    What our nation lacks is one memorial that can educate the public about our collective military history. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus will fill that void. Read more

  • Investing in Research is a Bipartisan Goal
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    As the House of Representatives continues to debate the budget, I know that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will agree: doing our part to find a cure for cancer does not require hours of debate. Read more

  • Considering Attending a Service Academy?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    The Congressional authority to nominate outstanding high school students from Ohio’s 15th District to service academies is a special source of pride for me. These young men and women are among the best and brightest and I am continuously impressed by the accomplished applicants each year. Read more

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

    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

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