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  • 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

  • A #BetterWay to Provide Health Care
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    For far too many Americans, the simple mention of “health care” causes stress. Daunting medical bills and complex bureaucratic systems that are all but impossible to navigate adds unnecessary anxiety. If you or your loved one is ill, your sole focus should be on treatment and recovery, not on the maze that is health insurance or the calculations for how you will pay a premium. Read more

  • Progress in Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Our Country
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    The mental health crisis affects a devastating number of individuals and their families across the country. In fact, roughly 43.8 million Americans experience mental illness each year, and nearly 10 million suffer from a serious condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. With only 41 percent of adults with a mental health condition receiving care in the last year, our broken health care system has clearly failed to help those who need it most. Read more

  • In The Face of Adversity, We Remain #BuckeyeStrong
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    At 9:56 a.m. on Monday, November 28, The Ohio State University (OSU) Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Twitter Account sent an alert they hoped they would never need to use: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Read more

  • 21st Century Cures Act Will Unleash American Ingenuity & Save Lives
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care

    Frequently, I get letters from my constituents who either are struggling with or have a loved one fighting a disease or illness for which we do not yet have a cure. The diseases are wide ranging -- Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, among many others -- but their pleas are the same – they are asking for more support so that we can develop life-saving or life-changing treatments. Read more

  • This Holiday Season, Consider How You Can Give Back
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    From the beginning of our nation’s history, Thanksgiving has been that annual tradition where we set aside time to reflect and give thanks for the past year. For many, this marks the beginning of the holiday season in which family and friends look forward to gathering and celebrating with one another. Unfortunately, for too many of our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can also be a very difficult time. Read more

  • Honoring a Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    On New Year’s Eve 1862, then-First Lieutenant Frederick Phisterer, while under heavy fire in the Battle of Stones River (Tennessee) during the American Civil War, conveyed information to a battalion commander and ultimately protected the unit from capture or annihilation. Read more

  • Preventing Homelessness for our Former Service Members
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Veterans

    The men and women who have worn a military uniform have made incredible sacrifices to preserve our freedoms and keep us safe. Unfortunately, these same men and women have been particularly vulnerable to homelessness once their service is complete. Read more

  • Addressing the Growing Threat from North Korea
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military

    During the Korean War, the United States came to the defense of our allies in South Korea who were being invaded by the oppressive government in North Korea. Over six decades later, North Korea remains a great threat to the entire region. Read more

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