Jun 29 2018
Like I always seem to say, this week in Washington was a big one. From testifying in front of the Joint Select Committee on Budget to working to resolve our nation’s immigration issues, this week’s focus was multi-faceted to say the least.
We also had a few special guests visit Washington this week. I was lucky enough to congratulate Sydney Greven of Green High School as our 16th district's winning artist for the Congressional Art Competition. I'm a big believer in pursuing your passions and working hard to achieve your dreams, which is why I'm so happy to have been able to congratulate Sydney on her award-winning artwork which will be displayed in the Capitol for a year.
While I am happy to see my legislation, the Strengthening Partnerships to Prevent Opioid Abuse Act, passed the House earlier this month, there is still work to be done to combat the opioid epidemic. The 50-plus bills we pushed this month may help, but if we can start limiting some bad actors who are overprescribing, we can make a small dent in the fight. That fight, that drive, that passion that Americans collectively share, is how we are going to protect our children and grandchildren from our mistakes and allow them to continue to strive for exceptionalism. Read my Op-Ed here.
Washington Wrap Up
This week, I testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget to note the importance of budget process reform. As someone who spent my career in the business world, I believe it is important that we pass a budget and then follow the budget. As lawmakers, we have a moral responsibility to address these challenges and work together to find bipartisan solutions. Watch me give my statement here.
My health care staffer, Shane met with Richie Montgomery, his family and the University Hospital Rainbow Babies advocates this week. Richie took his first airplane ride to D.C. to discuss funding for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program. Earlier this year, I signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee in support of strong funding for CHGME. These dollars strengthen the pediatric healthcare workforce by supporting resident training and alleviating some of the costs hospitals incur in training residents.
The commitment my district staff has to our community always impresses me. This week, my Wadsworth office spent the day packing food for 900 families and preparing over 1,100 pounds of liquid soap with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.
My staff conducted another Veterans History Project interview for our intern Allen, who served four years in the U.S. Army. Allen was a part of the Operation Enduring Freedom and served in Afghanistan. Thank you, Allen, for your service to this country. The Veterans History Project (VHP), through the Library of Congress, allows our veterans to have their story recorded and preserved so future generations can learn from their example and experiences. If you are a veteran and would also like your story recorded, please reach out to my Parma office at (440) 882-6779.
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As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.