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  • Free Lance-Star: Republican health care bill works to reduce costs
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    This op-ed appeared in the Free-Lance Star. LAST WEEK, I voted to roll back key components of Obamacare. My vote was consistent with the promises I made to constituents since I first ran for office three years ago. The American Health Care Act is a start to keep the promise Republicans have made for the last seven years. In fact, House Republicans voted 50 times to repeal part or all of Obamacare. Since Obamacare became law, it has been a string of broken promises and yearly double-digit premium... Read more

  • The Hill: Putting the American Worker First
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    This Op-Ed appeared in The Hill. One thing is clear: the United States’ immigration policy should serve first and foremost the interests of the American worker. When I came to Congress, the promise I made to my constituents was to examine where our immigration laws are falling short. This was the same message Donald Trump carried during his presidential campaign: Our laws should always put the American worker first. The current system for H-1B visa workers does not put the interests of our count... Read more

  • Newsmax Exclusive: Rep. Dave Brat on Why MLK's Message Still Matters
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    This op-ed was posted in Newsmax. I have long admired the work and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He inspired generations with his message of freedom and gave voice to millions of Americans that had been unjustly denied their God-given natural and Constitutional rights. Dr. King's legacy shows it is possible to fundamentally transform a country – not through government regulations – but through the hearts and minds of the people. This work never ends. His words and actions serve as an ev... Read more

  • Obama Did Not 'Fix' Economic Mess Left by Republicans
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    This op-ed was posted on Newsmax. It's time to put an end to the media-backed myth that President Barack Obama "fixed the economic mess left behind by Republicans." Every day, liberal talking heads and narrative spinners continued with their fictional account of what caused the financial crisis. Was it caused by the financial industry? By the Republicans? By deregulation? No, no, and no. And now, Larry Summers is weighing that President-elect Donald Trump's deregulatory efforts will cause yet "a... Read more

  • Rep. Dave Brat: Ryan Should Explain Agenda Before Holding Speaker Vote
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    This op-ed was posted in Newsmax. In two days, the members of the House of Representatives are being asked to vote for a Speaker who will push through an agenda in 100 days. The question remains: what agenda? I will not vote for any speaker until I know the complete answer to that question. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Trump has turned politics on its head and that Trump "heard a voice in this country that no one else heard." Not quite. Some of us were listening to the voices of the forgotte... Read more

  • When free trade isn't free
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    This op-ed was posted in the Washington Examiner. On both the right and the left, Americans are ticked off that Washington has been captured by an elitist establishment that appears unconcerned by the struggles of the disappearing middle class. Take this week's news that Obamacare premiums are set to go up over 20 percent across the country. Yet leadership in Washington is determined to take up the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership in the December lame-duck. Will TPP benefit middle-... Read more

  • 5 ways the next Congress can protect gun rights
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment

    This op-ed was shared by Conservative Review. President Obama’s famous words on executive actions, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” was not reflective of a temporary mindset. No, this is how all future liberal presidents plan to govern. Hillary Clinton, if elected president, will need to be checked by a Republican Congress in every issue area. She will especially need to be checked on the issue of firearms. Hillary Clinton sadly misunderstands our fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Ea... Read more

  • Congress needs to say ‘no’ to Obama’s lame duck spending bill
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Issues

    This op-ed was shared by TheBlaze. The American people have demanded action and accountability from Washington. Yet Congress is preparing to negotiate a big, unaccountable spending package during President Barack Obama’s lame duck — while we ignore our $600 billion deficit. Lame duck sessions historically pass some of the worst legislation. That’s why they’re called lame. Last year, the House produced what Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) called a “crap sandwich.” This year we look likely to approve ... Read more

  • America needs an economic recovery from its ‘recovery’
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    This op-ed was shared by The Hill. It has been eight years since our housing market bubble burst, and despite a “recovery” presided over by President Obama, the U.S. economy is still sputtering instead of picking up steam. Americans instinctively know this, because they do not have more in their paychecks or bank accounts, and 63 percent of us cannot cover a $500 emergency. A recent report by the Congressional Research Service found that real gross domestic product (GDP), the value of the goods ... Read more

  • Hypocritical Left Has Own Version of ‘Apocalyptic’ Rhetoric
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    This op-ed was shared by TheBlaze. Journalists and media pundits roundly mocked the “apocalyptic” tone of the Republican National Convention, while conveniently forgetting how often the left hails the end of times in its own dark and stormy rhetoric. Secretary of State John Kerry recently stated that air conditioners and refrigerators pose as big a threat to “life on the planet” as terrorists. And lest this appear like an accidental over-statement, the Obama administration has repeated the claim... Read more

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