May 25 2018
In honor of Memorial Day, it only seems fitting that the House passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act with a bipartisan 351-66 vote. This defense policy bill is just another promise delivered by our President to build up our military might and keep our freedoms safe.
To continue to provide military power, we have to be an economic power, which is why I was proud to support providing community banks and credit unions relief from Dodd-Frank. Remember, Dodd-Frank was the worst response our government could make to the housing crisis which is why I’m pleased President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act yesterday.
This week, the Ways and Means Committee, which I serve on, held a hearing on small businesses and the impact tax reform has had on their operations. Among the panel of witnesses was Mike Baach, President and CEO of Philpott Solutions Group, which is a small, local, industrial company that makes fabricated custom rubber parts headquartered in Brunswick, Ohio. Mr. Baach talked about how the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allowed Philpott Solutions Group to provide their employees a $1,500 bonus and create more jobs in Northeast Ohio. Watch my statement and questioning here.
The House Ways and Means Committee also passed the JOBS for Success Act that reauthorizes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program through 2023. This legislation strikes the right balance between promoting work and ensuring TANF recipients receive the individual attention that they need. I am pleased that this legislation includes my bipartisan legislation, the Preparing More Welfare Recipients for Work Act, that provides states more flexibility to work with TANF recipients so that they can earn their GED or obtain additional job training. This legislation will help lift Americans out of poverty and provide new opportunities for individuals who want to achieve a better way of life. View a clip here.
Washington Wrap Up
My Strengthening Partnerships to Prevent Opioid Abuse Act continues to gain momentum. In addition to garnering additional cosponsors this week, companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Toomey and McCaskill. I am proud to see bipartisan support for my legislation in both chambers of Congress, and I look forward to its passage not only in the House but also in the Senate.
The Concerned Veterans for America came in this week to discuss the VA MISSION Act, a major VA reform bill that overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate this week. This legislation would initiate a review of aging and underutilized VA facilities and reauthorize and revamp the VA Choice Program to help veterans without timely access to VA medical facilities to receive care elsewhere. The VA MISSION Act enjoyed the support of numerous Veterans service organizations, and I was proud to vote in support of this legislation.
My staff also met with the Lions Club of Ohio who discussed the various programs and services that the Lions are doing throughout Ohio. One of their key missions is to help individuals with pre-diabetes and diabetes receive proper treatment and care as diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness. Around the world, the Lions are known for their passion for helping the visually impaired and I am grateful for their work.
We had another Library of Congress recording this week for the Veterans History Project as Tom Cardello came in to my district office to share his story. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War and worked aboard the USS Nimitz. Thank you for your commitment to this country through your military service.
My staff attended the Invest in Children 2018 event at the Independence Holiday Inn. This event is hosted annually by Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children Office, which focuses its resources on improving early childhood development. This year’s speaker was Art Rolnick, a Federal Reserve Economist who sees the benefits of investment programs for young children.
The Empowering Women in Business event in North Canton was conducted this week, and my staff was pleased to be able to attend. This event included a vendor expo featuring products and services of interest to women and workshops for business-minded women to help them excel and succeed.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.