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  • Op-Ed: No more excuses, Republicans
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Healthcare, Taxes

    Too often, Washington puts the concerns of the politically connected before those of ordinary Americans. Imagine this scenario. A man who works a second shift walks out to get in his truck to drive to work. Now remember, when you work second shift you’re forced to miss some of your kids’ after school activities and their summer little league games. But like most Americans he’s willing to do the hard things for his family. As he pulls out of his driveway, the second shift worker sees a guy two ho... Read more

  • Op-ed: Hillary Clinton: Above the law?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform

    For those who wonder why the vast majority of regular Americans think Washington, D.C., is rigged against them, just look at today’s headlines. They show that the elite and well-connected in Washington play by a different set of rules. When testifying before the Benghazi Select Committee in October of 2015, Hillary Clinton said to us under oath, “there was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received.” We now know that statement is patently false, according to the FBI. Sadly, ... Read more

  • OPINION: Our five Benghazi conclusions
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Defense

    By Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan On Sept. 11, 2012, as fire engulfed the State Department’s temporary mission facility in Benghazi, Libya, the survivors and a CIA security team who had come to their rescue made a desperate dash for a CIA annex located nearby. From there they would fend off a continued and determined jihadist attack. Despite heroic efforts that night, four Americans lost their lives. For the first time in more than 30 years, a U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, was assassinated. Anothe... Read more

  • Op-ed: Rep. Jordan: Impeach IRS commissioner
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Taxes

    Since then-IRS official Lois Lerner first revealed in 2013 that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations for their political views, the American people have sought justice in the matter. President Obama appointed John Koskinen as IRS commissioner to clean up the agency and help Congress get to the bottom of the targeting scandal. Koskinen has instead stonewalled and impeded congressional investigations into the matter. With two subpoenas and three preservation orders in p... Read more

  • Reps. Jordan, DeSantis: The case for impeaching the IRS Commissioner
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform

    Last week the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on whether to impeach Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen for obstructing justice, providing false testimony to Congress, disregarding Congressional subpoenas, and stonewalling a congressional investigation. Civil servants like Mr. Koskinen have historically been held to a higher standard than private citizens because they have fiduciary obligations to the public. Under Mr. Koskinen’s leadership, the IRS has bre... Read more

  • Making Welfare Work Again
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Budget and Fiscal Issues, Pro-Life and Family Issues

    The key to understanding America’s social-welfare system today — and why it needs to be reformed — is not its bloated annual budget but its tendency to undermine the two most dependable routes out of poverty: work and marriage. For many Americans struggling to make ends meet, our safety net works as it was intended, providing a temporary lifeline when they fall on hard times and need help getting back on their feet. But for millions more living in or on the edge of poverty, our welfare state fun... Read more

  • Fiscal discipline can’t wait
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Issues, Taxes

    In life, the sooner you get about fixing a problem, the easier it is to solve. The longer you put it off, the more dramatic and drastic measures you have to take. The same holds true for problems facing the country. That’s why a number of us conservatives in Congress oppose the current budget plan being proposed in the House of Representatives. Since the beginning of the year, conservatives have called for a budget that reflects the will of the American people. This means a budget that begins to... Read more

  • Leadership needed to undo attacks on patent rights
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform

    Intellectual property rights are fundamental to the type of economic growth, competition and innovation that our economy requires to thrive and to increase the standard of living for all. Strong IP rights — and patents in particular — are critical to the success of ideas and products. This is true whether they come from the individual inventor in his garage or the largest company competing in the global marketplace. Yet, the Obama administration’s antitrust agencies are attacking patent rights a... Read more

  • Keeping young athletes safe
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 2, 2016 | Preview rr

    As a former athlete at the University of Wisconsin, I know the positive impact sports can have on a young person’s development. During my high school wrestling years at Graham Local Schools in St. Paris, Ohio, my coach Ron McCunn taught his athletes many important lessons. Most important was his emphasis on discipline. He used to say, “Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.” In simple terms this meant doing things the right way when you’d rather do them the c... Read more

  • The Stonewall at the Top of the IRS
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Taxes

    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen needs to go. When it was revealed in 2013 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for exercising their First Amendment rights, President Obama correctly called the policy “inexcusable” and pledged accountability. He even fired the then-acting IRS commissioner because he said it was necessary to have “new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.” Unfortunately, Commissioner Koskinen, who took over in the wake of the IRS t... Read more