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  • 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

  • Honoring the Men and Women in Blue
    Posted in Columns on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Constitutional Rights & Personal Freedoms, National Security, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers around the country protect their fellow citizens from harm, keep the peace, and carry out justice. As they serve and protect us, we have a duty to ensure they have the tools needed to do their jobs and that our laws honor their sacrifices. Communities across the nation will observe National Police Week May 14-20 in honor of those lost in the line of duty. At the same time, the House of Representatives is slated to consider several bil... Read more

  • The American Health Care Act is a Better Way Forward
    Posted in Columns on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    The time to act is now. Since Obamacare was signed into law, I have told folks in the Sixth District that I would stand with them to repeal it. That is exactly why I supported the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With this bill, Congress has a real opportunity to fix the health insurance system and put patients back in charge of their health care. Why repeal Obamacare? If the double-digit increases in premiums and high deductibles as well as the loss of access to health care providers experience... Read more

  • Small Businesses Have a Big Impact
    Posted in Columns on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Two-thirds of all new jobs are created by small businesses. That’s a big economic impact. As we observe National Small Business Week, it’s a reminder that America’s 29 million small businesses do big things. Not only do they create jobs for many of you and your family members, but small businesses are the ideas of our friends and neighbors brought to life. America’s entrepreneurs are leading the innovation and creativity that we need in today’s global economy. One of the highlights of representi... Read more

  • Enforcing the Law Works
    Posted in Columns on April 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    What if the laws governing American citizens didn’t matter? What if instead they were merely suggestions? It’s difficult to imagine what our society would be like if our country’s laws were altogether ignored, but I doubt many would be happy with the result. Since its founding the United States has been a country of laws. Maintaining the rule of law is a critical part of our society. However, in recent years we have seen parts of America’s immigration laws disregarded. In many cases, President O... Read more

  • Protecting Our Children
    Posted in Columns on April 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    There are few crimes more jarring than those committed against innocent children. Much progress has been made over the past few decades in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting child exploitation crimes. Unfortunately, child abuse and exploitation still happens every day, and we still have a great deal of work to do, especially as predators exploit technological advances in order to hurt kids. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there is no time like the present to bring gre... Read more