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  • America and Israel Share a Strong Bond
    Posted in Columns on December 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    In March of last year, 28-year-old Taylor Force, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan from Texas, was in Israel for a school trip as part of his graduate studies. By all accounts, he was a young man with great potential. But tragedy struck during that trip when Taylor was brutally murdered in an attack by a Palestinian terrorist. The loss of this young man is heartbreaking. It’s even more disturbing when you learn that the family of his killer will receive payments from the Palestinian Authority as... Read more

  • Protecting the Public
    Posted in Columns on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Keeping Americans safe is one of the primary responsibilities of Congress. The House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, approved two bipartisan bills in recent days that will help enhance public safety. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and others remain intact even when crossing state lines, as long as an individual follows local concealed carry laws. Conflicting state codes and regulations have created a patchwork of reci... Read more

  • Thanking Those Who Serve
    Posted in Columns on November 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans' Issues

    For the freedoms we cherish and our security from foreign threats, it’s our men and women in uniform – both past and present – who we owe a debt of gratitude. Read more

  • Delivering Tax Relief to Virginia Families
    Posted in Columns on November 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the pro-growth tax reform America needs. Read more

  • USA Liberty Acts Strikes the Right Balance
    Posted in Columns on November 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Each day the United States is faced with a number of threats. For the most part we don’t know about them. That’s because the intelligence community is working behind the scenes to thwart terrorist threats against our country and keep our communities safe. At the same time, it is essential that the constitutional rights of Americans are not impeded in this process. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is commonly understood to be our nation’s most critical national secu... Read more

  • America Needs Tax Cuts and Jobs
    Posted in Columns on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Over the past 31 years, American ingenuity has pushed us far into advancements in global connectivity and medical innovation, and given us access to information in a way we never dreamed possible. But our tax code is still stuck in 1986. That’s why it’s important Congress seize the opportunity to reform the tax code in favor of a system that works for today’s taxpayers and means more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the starting point for this debate. At its... Read more

  • Creating a Workable Option for Agriculture
    Posted in Columns on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    It is important that Congress recognize the need for a stable, legal agricultural workforce that the agricultural industry can call upon when sufficient American labor cannot be found. Read more

  • Tour Highlights Challenges Faced at the Southwest Border
    Posted in Columns on October 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Securing the southwest border requires monitoring 2,000 miles of territory from the air, on the ground, in the water, and even below ground. Read more

  • The Congressional Mail Bag: What You’re Saying
    Posted in Columns on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Each week, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and visits from folks across the Sixth District about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received recently: Federal funding authorization for Community Health Centers lapsed on September 30. Will you support maintaining funding for Community Health Centers by supporting the CHIME Act? I have long been an advocate for Community Health Centers and the affordable health care options they pr... Read more

  • Trust But (E-)Verify
    Posted in Columns on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    In less than two minutes, E-Verify quickly confirms nearly 99 percent of work-eligible employees. Read more