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  • 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

  • Rep. Brat Releases Statement on House Farm Bill Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dave Brat released the following statement following his NO vote on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act or 2018 Farm Bill, which failed to receive enough votes to pass the House: “Our farmers and ranchers feed the United States and the world. Since the beginning of time, weather and disease threaten crops and animals. And so, it is in the interest of all Americans to make sure our food supply is secure. Food security is national security. “While the 2018 Farm... Read more

  • Unemployment Falls to Record Low
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to the Labor Department’s April Jobs and Wages Report published today, which reported that unemployment has fallen to 3.9% -- the lowest it’s been in almost two decades -- Rep. Brat released the following statement: “Republican tax reform empowered employers to hire new employees and offer competitive wages for jobs that need to be filled. In my district, I recently sat down with two business owners who both explained they have been able to hire five new full-time emp... 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

  • Rep. Dave Brat Earns Award for Conservative Voting Record
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, Budget and Fiscal Issues , Tax Reform, Education and Opportunity

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) released its 47th Annual Federal Ratings of Congress and announced that Rep. Dave Brat is among the recipients of ACUF’s Award for Conservative Excellence. Each year, ACUF produces an annual scorecard based on the voting records of members in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. All members of Congress are issued a score and awards are presented to those members who score an 80 percent or higher. Rep. Brat (100% ACU... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Reacts to March 2018 Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dave Brat, member of the House Budget Committee and a former economics professor, released the following statement in response to the Labor Department’s March 2018 jobs report: “The unemployment rate (4.1%) continues to rest at the lowest rate it’s been since before the Obama administration. After Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employers felt more confident in the future than they did before. With their extra budget, over 500 companies and counting h... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Votes No On Omnibus Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, National Security, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Rep. Dave Brat voted no on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. In reaction, he released the following statement: “Republicans spent all year calling for spending to remain constant – the only exception was a small increase in defense spending to get our military back up to par. We were hoping to stick together and find a way to pass our spending bills with 218 Republican votes in the House. But, as usual, we needed nine Democrat votes in the Senate, so s... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Introduces Bill to Stimulate Travel and Tourism
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth

    WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a member of the bipartisan Travel and Tourism Caucus introduced H.R. 5000, the Free to Fly Act. The consumer-oriented Free to Fly Act repeals a restriction that hinders investment in U.S. airlines. This restriction, an outdated relic from the Great Depression, artificially caps foreign ownership in U.S. airlines at 25 percent, which increases the cost of capital and limits consumer choices. The Free to Fly Act would also require any foreign U.S. ai... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Statement on State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address. “Tonight we heard optimism for the future of our country. This optimism is rooted in the strength of the American people. “It has been over a year since Americans across the country gave Republicans control of the House, Senate and White House. The pro-growth agenda implemented by the President and Congress has set our country on a path of strong economic growt... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Votes to Fund Federal Government and CHIP
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) released the following statement following passage of H.J.Res. 123, the Continuing Appropriations Act. “Today we voted to keep the federal government open and ensure necessary funding is available for the Children’s Health insurance Program. This was an important step to maintain momentum, and it allows us to keep our eye on the prize and pass tax reform legislation that will produce economic growth. “During the course of GOP conference discussions on how to w... Read more

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