Feb 09 2018
It feels like Groundhog Day in Washington, as we spend another week trying to avoid a government shutdown because Congress cannot manage our country’s finances like Americans do every day. We received over 600 pages of legislative text on Thursday at midnight and then at 4 A.M. this morning they asked us to vote on a backroom deal which adds more than $3 billion in additional debt. I voted against this bill because it is fiscally unsustainable for our country to keep spending money we don't have. I fully support funding our military and voted for that funding just two days ago. However, this bill does not represent a path to fiscal sustainability.
On Tuesday, I spoke with my pal, Stuart Varney, on Fox Business about President Trump’s visit to Ohio and our tour of Sheffer Corporation, which gave bonuses to all 126 employees thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. You can watch my segment here.
Washington Wrap Up
The week started with a triumph as I welcomed President Trump to Ohio to see the massive positive effects tax reform is having on our state. We visited Sheffer Corporation, a hydraulic and custom cylinder manufacturing company outside Cincinnati, that was able to reward their employees for their hard work by giving bonuses to all 126 employees. It was an honor to have the opportunity to show the President of the United States our state’s positive outlook thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. This being his third visit to Ohio since taking office, it is clear that the President understands how important our state is to the success of our nation.
On Wednesday, my Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the opioid epidemic and how certain Medicare policies and proposals act as barriers to treatment or help in the fight against abuse. We received testimony from a wide variety of stakeholders, who offered their recommendations and spoke about their work in addressing the opioid epidemic in their state or community. I spoke with the witnesses about my legislation, the Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research, and Recovery Act, and the similarities between it and recent proposals by Medicare to combat addiction.
My staff also met with two constituent groups who were in town for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s conference. Both groups discussed the need to focus not only on addiction but also on prevention and reducing diversion of opioid prescriptions to unintended recipients. It was moving to see how many individuals were dedicated to solving this problem in their community.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.