December 19th, 2013
As 2013 comes to a close and families come together to celebrate the holiday season, it is important that we take this time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments. It has been a busy year, but my colleagues in the House and I continue to work for you and your families to provide solutions that will put people back to work, spur economic growth, and give everyone a fair shot to improve their standard of living and quality of life. We have a lot of work left to do, but we remain dedicated to serving our constituents to the fullest.
Although Congress remains divided, it is important to note times in which we have come together for the American people. An example of strong bipartisanship was the passage of my bill from the Water Resources Environment Subcommittee, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013. WRRDA passed with overwhelming bipartisan support with a final vote of 417-3. The House was able to come together and put aside our differences to pass a bill that will strengthen our maritime transportation systems and create jobs.
We were also able to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act in the House before Congress adjourned for the year. This legislation is an initial step forward to addressing mandatory spending which is essential to put us on a path to a balance budget and provides resources to protect our national security. This bill is not perfect; it is a compromise that does bring some certainty and provides confidence for businesses to grow their businesses and create jobs.
Our federal government has a long-term spending problem resulting in record deficits and debt that continues to stunt economic growth. However, in the past two years we have been able to cut spending from the previous year’s level for the first time in over sixty years. We have a long way to go, but this is a step in the right direction. Getting our fiscal house in order and instituting policies that encourage private sector growth such as regulatory reforms, tax reform and a domestic energy policy will grow our economy and provide opportunities for all Americans.
I also wanted to take this time to remind you of the services that my office can provide to those of you in the 7th District of Ohio. We now have a new office in Canton and continue to have our office in Ashland. If you would like to schedule an appointment at the Canton office, please visit my website, www.gibbs.house.gov for more information.
As always, please contact my office if you ever have any questions and we can assist you with issues ranging from assistance with federal agencies, military service academy nominations, veterans benefits, flag requests and more. My goal is to give the constituents of the 7th District as much access to the services my office can provide as possible.
Throughout this busy holiday season, it is important that we also take a moment to thank those in our Armed Services who are serving our country. Their dedication to our country everyday is something we must always remember. I look forward to what 2014 will bring both in Congress and within our district. We have much to be proud of and a lot to look forward to as next year approaches. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season from my family to yours.