September 6th, 2013
Throughout the month of August, Congress is not in Washington which provides an opportunity for me to spend time back in the district. When I am in the district my days usually start with meetings and visits with constituents and businesses. Through the multiple town halls I have held throughout the district, to my visits to county fairs and numerous other functions I was able to touch base with many of you face to face on issues affecting you and your family.
I also had the opportunity to show Congressman Shuster around the 7th district for a day. He is Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was able to see the hard work and innovation coming out of northeast Ohio. Chairman Shuster and I took part in the Build Up Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting where we were able to meet with various groups and talk about the importance of the Great Lakes to our region.
We also had the opportunity to meet with various groups in the trucking industry in Canton, Ohio later that day. It is important that Chairman Shuster joined me in the district because he was able to see firsthand what Ohio is doing to become more efficient and up to date in terms of our transportation and infrastructure around the state.
I was pleased to have hosted General Bostick and other leaders of The Army Corps of Engineers to the district for their tour of the historic town of Zoar. While they were in the district they also talked about other flood mitigation issues. By having The Army Corps of Engineers to these areas they were able to see that these projects are vital to protect lives and properties along with creating economic growth in our area. The Zoar levy as well as the Dover and Bolivar dams are ongoing projects of the Corps and were all visited by the top leadership of the Army Corps during their visit. I continuously work with them to ensure our concerns are addressed as well as other flooding issues in the district.
The August work period is always beneficial because I am able to meet with many of you face to face and have a hands on experience with the issues facing our district. Each time I visit a new place in the district I am constantly amazed of the productivity from hard working families in our area and our business's innovative initiatives to be competitive and provide jobs. I am working in Washington to cut back on the red tape that is causing so much strife for many small business owners in Ohio. The middle-class deserves to be able to have the certainty of a fulltime job and enough take home pay to provide for their family. These are the concerns I hear from you throughout the district. There is so much that this area has to offer and it’s important for me to touch base with you so that together we can work together for the 7th district of Ohio.