Oct 13 2017
I got to start my week off by celebrating the groundbreaking of the Dental Clinic at Case Western Cleveland Clinic. It’s exciting to see our city blossom into the center of medicine and medical education. I headed back to D.C. to continue my push for tax reform. Pushing for a pro-growth tax code is vital in supporting our small businesses and creating more take-home pay for middle-class Americans. On a different note, I led a letter along with 121 members of Congress to Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Hargan and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Verma expressing concern about a rule updating the Requirements of Participation for skilled nursing facilities. Our nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities care for our nation’s most frail and elderly. We must ensure that our nursing facilities are able to provide the highest standards of care and give them the flexibility to most effectively implement policies that focus on patient safety and quality outcomes.
Watch my week in review here.
Columbus CEO ran my opinion piece on the tax reform process and push for a unified framework. Read full article here.
I spoke with Melissa Francis on Fox Business on Thursday about President Trump’s tax reform speech in Pennsylvania. Watch the segment here.
Washington Wrap Up
My staff joined a Congressional Coal Caucus meeting where Secretary Zinke discussed the RECLAIM Act, bipartisan legislation, which I am proud to cosponsor. The RECLAIM Act accelerates the disbursement of $1 billion from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund to assist local communities in mine land reclamation. Ohio has over $305 million worth of abandoned mines, and this legislation would help communities throughout Ohio reclaim them and develop new uses for the land to spur economic growth.
This week, my district staff attended the Women of Our Community & Athena Awards dinner in Medina on Wednesday evening. This program honors exemplary women leaders who are improving the quality of life for others in the community. This year, Debbie Boehmke was selected and honored to receive the Athena Leadership Award for her achievements in professional development, personal growth, and improving the lives of others. Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners.
Also, my staff attended the monthly Senior Voice Meeting to hear the concerns of our seniors in Northeast Ohio. In attendance was AARP Ohio’s Executive Councilwoman, Semanthie Brooks, who spoke to the group about the upcoming changes in Medicare planning. Semanthie is now visiting dozens of sites to share her knowledge and to advise seniors on what to expect in the upcoming year.
FBI Citizen’s Academy Foundation Unsung Hero Award
I would like to congratulate Bryan Bowman, in my district office on being selected to receive the 2017 Unsung Hero Award by the FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation (FBICAF). Each year, the FBICAF recognizes a Community Leader, Safety Forces, Unsung Hero, and Citizen. I am thrilled that his exceptional work has been recognized by the FBICAF. Congratulations and keep it up, Bryan!
Working Women Wednesday
Each Wednesday, I like to shed a light on fantastic women and their career accomplishments in our 16 th District. This week’s spotlight was Heidi Matthews, the District Director in my Wadsworth office. Read more about her accolades here. If you would like to nominate someone for our #WorkingWomenWednesday campaign, send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.