Jul 13 2018
It has been a long but productive week in Washington, however, I couldn’t be happier to jump on this plane and head back to you. Since I've been in Congress, there have been 69 pieces of legislation that have been passed with my name on it. This week, I was able to pass a bill to honor Cleveland Indians legend Larry Doby with the Congressional Gold Medal. Remember, Larry Doby joined the Major Leagues just 3 months after the great Jackie Robinson and faced the same struggles and barriers without the same recognition. Every time I walk through Progressive Field, I am reminded of his contribution to Cleveland and America’s favorite pastime. I am pleased that my colleagues voted to award Larry Doby the Congressional Gold Medal and further recognizing his incredible life and career.
The Columbus Dispatched joined my Democrat colleague and me to tour the African American Museum and view Doby’s Indians jersey, Read her story here.
Washington Wrap Up
A legislative snapshot into my week in Washington.
My Tax Council met with AICPA to discuss tax issues of importance to their membership and I sat down with the Ohio Society of CPAs to discuss recent trade developments. I also was able to send a bipartisan letter to the Conferees for the annual Defense Authorization bill that promotes a section in the House legislation that would require stronger Buy America provisions for critical shipboard components – promoting and protecting Ohio jobs. The House and Senate are currently working on a Conference report and it is critical that we stand up for American workers.
My staff met with local employers regarding the H-2B visa program, which permits American businesses to hire foreign workers on a seasonal, non-immigrant visa after all efforts to hire American workers for their open positions have failed. They discussed my support for the program, as well as their difficulties keeping up with demand for their services due to the insufficient number of allotted visas. I look forward to working with my Congressional colleagues on making sure this program works for the American businesses it’s meant to help.
The Ways and Means Committee conducted a two-day markup of health-related bills to provide more consumer choice in health care decisions. We passed a number of bills to expand access to and use of Health Savings Accounts. Of note, these bills permit individuals to contribute more to their HSAs and continue contributing while enrolled in Medicare, as well as expand the number of HSA-eligible plans in Obamacare exchanges, which are currently limited in number. I am proud to see the Committee pass legislation that provides more Americans with greater flexibility when it comes to their health care decisions.
A peek into what is happening at home.
My Wadsworth office enjoyed visitors from the Concerned Veterans for America who stopped by to deliver a thank you card for my support voting on VA Mission Act of 2018
My staff also attended Greater Akron Chamber Morning Buzz to hear about the upcoming excitement for Enshrinement Week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Finally, I am thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an Opioid Action Panel on Monday, August 6 th at 4 P.M. at my Parma district office. This will be a great opportunity to hear from experts on how we can find solutions to fight this devastating epidemic.
As always I appreciate you allowing me to reach out and provide an update. My door is always open and look forward to being back in the district this August to hear your concerns.