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  • How I made Veterans’ Affairs a Priority Issue
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    When I assumed the role of Representative for Virginia’s 7th District, I knew that 54,685 veterans in my district would depend on me and my team for assistance. From the outset, I made serving our veterans a priority. I let these veterans know that they had access to congressional resources just by simply reaching out to my office. And not long ago, I hired a one-star general, Janice Igou, to oversee all veterans’ casework and communication. Since I came to Congress, my office has handled over 3... Read more

  • Why I Chose to Begin Working to Fight Human Trafficking in Congress.
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Trafficking

    When I visited Bon Secours in Richmond, the forensic nurses there detailed horrific, sad stories of human trafficking that happen right here in the 7th District. I was surprised to find the extent to which trafficking happens just under our noses, and we are often unaware of those being afflicted. After my conversation with the nurses, I met with local law enforcement to ask them more about this issue. In particular, I spoke with Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade and Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard. S... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: If Democrats take the House, the same folks who ruled during the Great Recession will be back!
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth

    This op-ed originally appeared on FoxNews.com on August 31, 2018. Elections tend to be all about slickly packaged words, which is unfortunate, because as George Washington’s motto “deeds, not words” made clear, words are a poor excuse for deeds. The United States is now enjoying a truly remarkable economic resurgence. Yet, it wasn’t all that long ago that we were trapped in the Great Recession, followed by the slowest and most anemic economic recovery since the Great Depression of the 1930s. And... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Get to Work, Senators
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    The following op-ed originally appeared in the July 30, 2018 edition of the Wall Street Journal. This week a congressional conference committee gets to work resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 farm bill, which authorizes the federal food-stamp program. Among the most contested issues will be the work requirements for able-bodied, single adults passed by the House. Republicans must stand up for fiscal responsibility and the dignity that comes with work. I a... Read more

  • Culpeper Star-Exponent: Opioid crisis needs to be addressed
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Opioid Crisis

    The following op-ed originally appeared in the June 14, 2018 edition of the Culpeper Star-Exponent. The opioid crisis is real, and it needs to be addressed. That is why I introduced a bill, H.R. 5889, the Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act of 2018. This legislation assists victims of the opioid crisis and provide professionals working with those victims the resources they need to assist. I am pleased to announce that H.R. 5889 passed on the House floor this week. ... Read more

  • COLUMN: When red states go blue
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    This column originally appeared in the June 3rd, 2018 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. People fed up with high-tax, slow-growth areas of the country migrate in large quantities to low-tax, high-growth areas of the country. Despite fleeing areas with less favorable economic conditions, when they get to the low-tax, high growth areas, they vote in favor of policies that undermine the economic environment they were attracted to in the first place! Simply put, flourishing red areas of the cou... Read more

  • Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: Americans are experiencing the benefits of tax reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    The following op-ed appeared in the May 7, 2018 edition of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. MEMBERS of the media are pushing the narrative that tax cuts are unpopular with voters. The truth is that they aren’t unpopular. American families like—and need—tax cuts. Taxes are unpopular because voters know they can spend their money better than Washington can. They can invest it, they can save it, and they can donate it to the causes they care deeply about. Taxes are also unpopular because Washing... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: NAFTA-linked visas for Canada and Mexico need a closer look before Congress passes NAFTA 2.0
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on April 30th, 2018. Very soon, Mexican and Canadian officials are going to push the Trump administration to approve and finalize a “NAFTA 2.0,” which is supposedly a renegotiation of the original 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement. The administration’s primary representative in this effort is the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. While we are being told by Ambassador Lighthizer and others that this will be a good deal for ... Read more

  • COLUMN: Let's keep our promises
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics, Healthcare, Immigration, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    The following op-ed appeared in the April 29, 2018 edition of Richmond Times-Dispatch. What voters hate more than anything are politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail, and then abandon those promises when they get into office — especially on big-ticket items. That’s why it was disappointing to see Gov. Ralph Northam go back on his word to Virginians about sanctuary cities. A 2017 Harvard-Harris poll showed that 80 percent of voters say, “Cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crim... Read more

  • Central Virginian: Tax cut work event celebrates long overdue tax relief
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    The following op-ed appeared in the April 19, 2018 edition of The Central Virginian. For those who waited until the last minute to file their taxes, they can take solace in the fact that Tax Day on Tuesday marked the end of the old tax code, which was outdated, confusing, and —most importantly ­— took too much of hardworking Americans’ hard-earned money. Because Republicans passed legislation late last year to provide long overdue tax relief to ordinary Americans, starting next year, filing taxe... Read more

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