May 2, 2014 Press Release
“As of April 1st, there are 14,505 claims pending and 8,094 are considered backlogged in Ohio. When our veterans have to wait years for the benefits they have earned or are even denied the medical care they need, we fail our veterans and our country."
May 1, 2014 Columns
As each week passes we are learning more about the inexcusable backlog within the Veterans Affairs agency. We must reduce the VA backlog and hold those within the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for their actions. This week my colleagues and I passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015. This bill will help to boost essential Veterans programs and fulfill our moral and legal obligation to them.
April 23, 2014 Press Release
After weeks of working with both the Ohio EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I am pleased with the decision that has been made regarding the Cleveland Harbor.
April 11, 2014 Columns
Right now too many Americans are feeling the effects of the reckless spending habits coming out of Washington. Americans feel it at the gas pump, the doctor’s office, the grocery store and when they pay their taxes. Families and individuals across the country must live within their means and it’s time the government did as well. A balanced budget will expand opportunities by growing the economy and creating jobs.
April 4, 2014 Columns
Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy and the further piling up of regulations continues to hold them down. Obamacare was only the beginning of those regulations, now the President would like to drop the 40-hour work week down to a 30-hour work week. Each new rule the Administration pushes out has an effect on the 7th district of Ohio and around the country in a negative way.
March 28, 2014 Columns
Anniversaries are typically thought of as a celebration and a time when people come together to celebrate success or good fortune. March 23rd marked the fourth anniversary of Obamacare and this was no cause for celebration. Rather, it was a stark reminder of how this law has made life harder for the majority of Americans.
I introduced H.R. 935 to clarify Congressional intent regarding how the use of pesticides in or near waters should be regulated. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (also known as “FIFRA”) has long been the Federal regulatory statute that governs the sale and use of pesticides in the United States, not the Clean Water Act. In fact, FIFRA has regulated pesticide use long before the enactment of the Clean Water Act.
March 7, 2014 Columns
If there is one thing every American family can agree on, it’s that they all depend on a budget that fits their family’s needs. They know how much money they can spend for the week, month, and year on gas, groceries, utilities, and living expenses.
March 7, 2014 Press Release
On January 15th I sent a letter to Governor John Kasich on the importance of improving and maintaining Northeast Ohio’s transportation infrastructure. After hearing the concerns of my constituents that Northeast Ohio was not properly recognized in the original draft plan, I am pleased that ODOT has adopted the recommendations contained in my letter.
Washington, DC - Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) today expressed deep concerns over the Administration’s recent push to dramatically expand federal jurisdiction over waters and wet areas in the United States.