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  • An Update on the Health Care Debate
    Posted in Columns on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, became law. With it came the unaffordable premiums, higher deductibles, and lack of choice and access that far too many folks in the Sixth District and across the country have experienced firsthand. Now, more than ever, it is clear that Obamacare is collapsing. Many insurers are leaving the exchanges and costs for families continue to rise. That’s why I have voted dozens of times to defund, dismantle, or repeal Obamacare and ... Read more

  • The VA Must be Held Accountable
    Posted in Columns on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Veterans deserve respect. It’s as simple as that. For generations, men and women have answered the call of duty to serve the country they love. They have defended us from our enemies and advanced the ideals of freedom and democracy around the world. However, their service has not come without sacrifice. Many have suffered the physical wounds of war, while others suffer from wounds we cannot outwardly see. It’s often said that we can never repay our veterans for their service, but we do have a re... Read more

  • Introducing the American Health Care Act
    Posted in Columns on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Today’s health care system is in need of bold reforms. For many Americans, Obamacare has failed. Premiums have reached unaffordable levels, insurance exchanges have collapsed, and consumers have been forced to buy coverage that they just don’t want. That’s why over the past several years, I have joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in working to repeal and replace this broken law. Just a few days ago, committees in the House released a new health care plan, the American Health Ca... Read more

  • Agriculture is a Vital Part of America’s Economy
    Posted in Columns on March 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Driving through the Sixth District, it’s hard to miss the rows of crops, livestock dotted pastures, and barns and silos that represent the local agriculture community. The impact of agriculture is much larger than just the farms you see – it’s also agritourism stops like farmer’s markets, wineries and breweries, and food stands that are drawing more and more people to our part of Virginia. With roughly 46,000 farms and 311,000 related jobs in Virginia, the agriculture industry plays a particular... Read more

  • Judiciary Committee Agenda Promotes a More Competitive and Free America
    Posted in Columns on February 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility, Immigration, Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Earlier this year, I was honored to begin my third term as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee is one of the most active in Congress and plays a particularly critical role in advancing pro-growth policies and protecting the individual liberties of hardworking Americans. Under my leadership in the 115th Congress, the Committee will continue to advance an agenda focused on making America more competitive and free. When the American economy is thriving, there are more... Read more

  • 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