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  • 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

  • Pull the plug on the Ex-Im Bank: Opposing view
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform

    “I’m not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program, just because it’s there. Like … the Export-Import Bank that’s become little more than a fund for corporate welfare.” These are the words of Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign. As a liberal former congressman and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, and a Republican congressman who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, we agree with then-candidate Obama that the Ex-Im Bank is little... Read more

  • Congress must continue blocking 'risk corridor' bailout of insurance companies
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Healthcare

    During the debate on the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration made a series of statements that had a tremendous influence on the outcome of the legislation. President Obama told Americans that if they liked their healthcare plans, they could keep them. He said that if Americans liked their doctors, they could keep them. Americans were told that the Obamacare website would work. Americans were told it was secure. Americans were told that premiums would go down by $2,500 for a family. And... Read more

  • The Ex-Im Bank Is a Waste of Money
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Budget and Fiscal Issues, Taxes

    American families are fed up with Washington. And they have every right to be. They see their tax dollars being given to able-bodied people who can work but won’t. They see their hard-earned money being handed out to connected and powerful corporate interests. And they see a Congress that’s not willing to fight for them. But now Congress has an opportunity to change things for regular Americans. The Export-Import Bank is set to expire on June 30, and Congress should let it expire. This bank is a... Read more

  • Immigration: Obama’s executive actions could undermine elections in Ohio
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Immigration

    One of the best parts of a Congressman’s job is the opportunity to participate in a naturalization ceremony. I have had the honor of participating in several such events in Ohio, and I have seen the amount of time, effort and energy that goes into becoming a citizen. I also know that there is nothing like seeing the smile on people’s faces the moment they realize that they’ve done it – that they have just become a citizen of the greatest country in history. People from every country on earth wan... Read more

  • Supporting The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    One bright spot in the appropriations bill that recently passed Congress was a renewed commitment by the federal government to support the important work of upgrading tanks and building other armored vehicles at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima. Because of the critical role JSMC plays in our national security we have been urging the Department of Defense to guarantee the plants’ future. This year’s appropriation of $120 million in additional funding for the Abrams tank progr... Read more

  • Jonathan Gruber and health care deception
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Healthcare

    Last week, Jonathan Gruber testified before Congress. He’s of course the MIT professor who, in a now-famous series of videos, called American voters stupid. Or, to state it plainly, he’s the guy who took your tax money and lied to you about Obamacare, and then when it became law he made fun of you and bragged about it. Of course this is nothing new. In fact it’s just another sad chapter in the story of deception that surrounds the 2010 healthcare law. You might remember some of these statements:... Read more

  • Jonathan Gruber and the future of ObamaCare
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Healthcare

    Journalist Michael Kinsley famously said, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.” While not a politician, Jonathan Gruber is the most recent public figure to prove the point. Today, Gruber, a health economist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Before a series of now-famous videos surfaced, Gruber was described by The Washington Post as a “key architect” of ObamaCare. President Obama calle... Read more

  • Restoring fiscal sanity in Washington
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 14, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Budget and Fiscal Issues, Taxes

    As I travel the 4th District, I continually hear from people upset that Washington, D.C. seems completely out of touch with the problems the middle class faces in America today. Average Americans think the government is rigged against them. They see bailouts for big corporations and well-connected banks, and handouts to people who are able, but unwilling to work. I share these concerns, which is why I’ve spent my time in Congress advocating for a government that works for the people, not the oth... Read more