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  • Making the Case for Industrial Hemp
    Posted in Columns on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Industrial hemp isn’t a new crop. In fact, hemp production was prevalent at the very beginning of our nation. Our Founding Fathers grew hemp for its fiber, and it was one of the largest cash crops in Colonial America. Thomas Jefferson even directed that “an acre of the best ground” at his Poplar Forest estate in Bedford County be kept as a permanent hemp patch. More recently, during World War II the federal government created a “Hemp for Victory” campaign to encourage cultivation of hemp fiber f... Read more

  • Encouraging a Robust Ag Economy
    Posted in Columns on August 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Over the past few days, I’ve made stops at farms and agribusinesses up and down the Shenandoah Valley to learn more from farmers and producers in my district about how the current farm economy and federal policies are impacting their operations. From walking rows of watermelons at the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction in Dayton to watching computerized machines milk cows in Rockbridge County, the agriculture industry in the Sixth District is as diverse as it is plentiful. One of the biggest take... Read more

  • Taking a Stand through Tougher Sanctions
    Posted in Columns on August 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The United States sent a strong message this week. The security of our country, and our allies around the globe, is of critical importance. That is why Congress took a stand against several countries that continuously threaten this security with aggressive actions. By signing into law tougher sanctions on North Korea, Russia, and Iran, the United States has sent a clear response that their bad behavior will not stand. Why sanction these countries? Open the newspaper almost any given day and you’... Read more

  • Getting the Budget Back in Balance
    Posted in Columns on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country. On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to send a balanced budget constitutional amendment to the states for ratification. The amendment had passed the House by the required two-thirds majority and the Senate vote was the last legislative hurdle before ratification by the states. In 1995, the gross federal debt stood at $4.9 trillion; today, it stands at nearly $20 trillion. If Congress had listened to the American people an... Read more

  • 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