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  • It’s Time the Law Caught Up with Technology
    Posted in Columns on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    When James Madison drafted the first 10 amendments of the United States Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, he had no idea how technology would shape American life or that a thing called the internet would change the way we communicate. However, Mr. Madison did know that the rights of the American people must be protected. In today’s digital age and in the midst of a technology revolution, it is important that Congress ensure that our laws still provide protections for these rights. Thirt... Read more

  • Rolling Back Red Tape
    Posted in Columns on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Most people wouldn’t read the Federal Register on a daily basis – it’s not exactly light reading. But each business day, the Federal Register, kind of like a daily newspaper for the bureaucracy, is published with new federal agency regulations, executive orders, and proclamations. The 2016 edition of the Federal Register clocked in at 97,110 new pages for the year, longer by 16,000 pages than 2008’s edition of 80,700 pages. This growth in new rules and regulations from government agencies is pre... Read more

  • Gorsuch: A Great Pick
    Posted in Columns on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land. Established by Article III of the Constitution, the men and women appointed to the Supreme Court have the responsibility of deciding some of the toughest constitutional questions facing our country today. Just days ago, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The president’s power to make nominations to the Supreme Court is one that has lasting effects on the legal... Read more

  • Protecting Life
    Posted in Columns on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Few issues draw more passionate debate than that of protecting the sanctity of life. Yet most will agree that there is no greater or more precious gift than life. Life is a right that I am proud to stand in strong support of every day, and it is a right that must be fervently protected. However stark Americans’ differences of opinion may be on the matter of abortion, generally even here there has been long, bipartisan agreement that federal taxpayer funds should not be used to fund this practice... Read more

  • The Price Tag of Federal Regulation
    Posted in Columns on January 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Just about everything comes with a price tag: a gallon of gas, a cheeseburger for lunch, or a home for your family. The same goes for regulations passed down by the federal government. All regulations come with a price tag and hardworking Americans, as well as businesses large and small, must cover those costs. In fact, the cost of federal regulations clocks in at nearly $1.9 trillion annually. As more regulations add up, prices for goods and services increase, job opportunities and wages decrea... Read more

  • How We Repeal and Replace Obamacare
    Posted in Columns on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Unaffordable premiums, deductibles through the roof, losing a doctor you’ve had for years, being dropped from the coverage you need – these are just some of the ways Obamacare isn’t working for Virginians. No amount of patches or delays can resuscitate Obamacare from its failures. The calls, letters, and emails I’ve received about what families, seniors, and businesses have experienced only emphasize this fact. That is exactly why Congress is getting to work on the process to repeal and replace ... Read more

  • The United States Must Support Israel
    Posted in Columns on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Just 11 minutes – that is all the time it took for the United States to recognize Israel after they formally declared independence in 1948. Since then, the United States and Israel have had a strong relationship based on shared democratic values and common security interests. In a part of the world where some would seek to destroy our way of life, Israel stands strong as one of our greatest allies. That’s why it is so important to preserve and protect this relationship between our nations. Unfor... Read more

  • Welcoming the New Year
    Posted in Columns on December 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    With the flip of the calendar and the start of a new year come many opportunities to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing America. The House of Representatives is hitting the ground running in 2017. The 115th Congress will officially be sworn in on January 3, and House leadership has already signaled that lawmakers will immediately roll up their sleeves and get to work on the people’s priorities. As we embark upon this historic session of Congress, I look forward to advancing real soluti... Read more

  • Bringing Them Home Safely
    Posted in Columns on December 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    It’s a family’s worst nightmare when a loved one goes missing, especially if a child has autism or a family member has Alzheimer’s disease. Many of us know someone who has been impacted by these diseases, but unless you have gone through this situation firsthand, it is hard to imagine what these families have experienced. An estimated 60 percent of the 5.3 million individuals with Alzheimer’s and 49 percent of the 1 in 68 children with autism have wandered away, leaving safe areas and the protec... Read more

  • Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men
    Posted in Columns on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    For most, there’s a feeling of nostalgia at the holidays – it fills our hearts and souls with strong feelings of family, friendship, warmth, and comradery. However, at times, the holidays bring somberness as we celebrate Christmas without loved ones or continue to struggle with health issues or hardships. Despite all of these things, Christmas brings a hope that we cannot deny. In the darkest of times, Christmas brings light. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, which our nation recentl... Read more