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  • 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

  • Tax Reform Framework Heads Us in the Right Direction
    Posted in Columns on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    The goals of tax reform are simple: more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for hardworking Americans. Read more

  • It’s Time to Turn Up the Pressure on North Korea
    Posted in Columns on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    North Korea’s blatant defiance of the international community says it all. Under the leadership of the increasingly volatile Kim Jong-un, North Korea has aggressively pursued nuclear advancements and conducted a series of weapons tests, including launching two ballistic missiles over Japan in the past month alone. This brash behavior is not just a threat to South Korea and Japan. These are threats to the peace and security of the United States and the international community as a whole. This reg... Read more

  • Protecting Our Communities from Gang Violence
    Posted in Columns on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Turn on the TV, and odds are that you can find a program or movie about gangs playing at any given time. While we’ve seen it on TV and in the media, gang violence seems more like a problem you’d find in New York or L.A. – not smaller cities and towns. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Transnational criminal gangs, like MS-13, have made their presence known in almost every part of our country and are on the radar of law enforcement in communities throughout Virginia. The Department of Homeland ... Read more

  • Second Amendment Rights Don’t Stop at the State Line
    Posted in Columns on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Law-abiding citizens should not forfeit their Second Amendment rights simply by traveling to another state. Read more

  • Taking Action Against Opioids
    Posted in Columns on September 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Opioid addiction knows no boundaries. Age, income, education – there are no real criteria for those who become addicted. Right now, many communities in Virginia and across the country are in the midst of a drug epidemic fueled by opioids, like heroin and fentanyl. They’re cheap and easy to come by, and that makes them all the more dangerous. More than 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. These drugs are destroying lives, families, and communities. Just a few days ago, I met with a ... Read more

  • We Need Pro-Growth Tax Reform Now
    Posted in Columns on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Why reform the tax code? The answer is simple – what we have today is not working for American families, workers, job creators, and the economy. Today’s tax code just doesn’t compete on a global level. Instead of bringing jobs and company headquarters to our communities, this lack of competitiveness has driven American jobs overseas. This, along with outrageous compliance costs and time devoted to navigating the tax code, holds back job creation. Most of all, it’s our friends and neighbors who d... Read more

  • 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