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  • Fighting Human Trafficking Starts in Every Community
    Posted in Columns on July 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Human trafficking is a problem in communities of every size, including here in Virginia. Read more

  • The End of Regulating Behind Closed Doors
    Posted in Columns on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Wouldn’t you want to know how the outcome of settling a lawsuit would impact you? Odds are that the answer is yes, especially if it means significant costs for the business where you work or changes in operations that could cost jobs. But through a legal maneuver called “sue and settle” used by activist groups and past administrations, settlements are often written behind closed doors without the input of those affected. By the time the settlements see the light of day, it’s normally too late fo... Read more

  • Some Big Things Are Happening
    Posted in Columns on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Veterans' Issues

    There is good news coming out of Washington. From major reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to seeing the end of a federal rule that flew in the face of federalism and economic realities, the fact of the matter is that some big things are happening. And you should know about them. Back in 2014, we learned of a nationwide scandal within the VA health system. Long wait times for medical care, false record keeping, and just plain negligence at the hands of VA employees were some of t... Read more

  • The House Acts to Curb Sanctuary City Policies
    Posted in Columns on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck – all three of these individuals were killed at the hands of individuals illegally present in the United States. This week, I participated in a roundtable at the White House where I heard from many who have lost loved ones as a result of crimes committed by unlawful immigrants. Any loss of life is tragic, but their deaths are especially devastating since they could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced. For years, the lack of immi... Read more

  • The Skills to Succeed
    Posted in Columns on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    An economy that can create jobs is a great thing. In fact, that’s the goal of the policies I support in Congress. But what if there is no one with the right skills to fill these jobs? Today, there are many open jobs in communities throughout Virginia waiting for highly-skilled, trained individuals. This means we have a skills gap, and that gap must be filled. Just days ago, the House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bill re... Read more

  • A More Civil Discourse for America
    Posted in Columns on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Just a few days ago, an early morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game at a field in Alexandria was the scene of a vicious, targeted attack. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four other victims were wounded, including two U.S. Capitol Police officers. At the same time, we also learned that it was the heroic actions of those law enforcement officers that subdued the attacker and prevented even greater tragedy. For this, and for their service standing guard over the Ca... Read more

  • Lights Out for DOJ’s Settlement Slush Funds
    Posted in Columns on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    It’s no secret. During the last Administration, with the help of President Obama’s trusty pen and phone, the power of the executive branch frequently stretched beyond the separation of powers defined by the United States Constitution. We saw the President frequently legislating without Congress and executive agencies flat out ignoring the intent of Congress when implementing laws. The Constitution isn’t a “choose your own adventure” story. One abuse of this power stems from the settlement slush ... Read more

  • The Paris Climate Agreement Is Not the Solution
    Posted in Columns on June 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    We all want a healthy environment to pass down to the next generation. There’s no argument there. But costly, flawed policies like the Paris Climate Agreement signed by President Obama last year are not the solution. President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement was the right move. I have had concerns from the beginning that this agreement was never ratified by the Senate, failing to get the scrutiny of the People’s elected representatives and flouting our constitutional treaty approval... Read more

  • The House is Getting Things Done
    Posted in Columns on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    The House of Representatives is getting things done. The 115th Congress gaveled into session on January 3rd, and the House immediately set to work to put forth positive, pro-growth solutions for America’s families, and encourage investment and competition in our economy. In the first two weeks of the new Congress, the House approved a package of bills, including the REINS Act and the Regulatory Accountability Act, to reverse the negative impact federal red tape has on our economy and hold regula... Read more

  • The First Step in Immigration Reform
    Posted in Columns on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    In the weeks since President Trump signed Executive Orders making sense of our nation’s immigration enforcement priorities, the combination of revised priorities and actual enforcement has yielded significant results. While some said that trying to control our borders was simply tilting at windmills, the realization that the Department of Homeland Security will actually enforce our immigration laws has made individuals think twice about violating our borders and immigration laws. But these promi... Read more