Jun 08 2018
I know I always have something negative to say about Washington, but this week we did something pretty productive. You won't find this in the news, but House GOP members spent two hours going over immigration. It’s something we don't do enough, laying our cards on the table, coming together as a party, having frank conversations that the media can't use against us. So I was pleased leadership brought us together and look forward to moving forward in solving our immigration situation.
Last night, we also voted to hold Washington accountable and recover 15 billion in unused funds. This historic rescission package is the largest to have ever passed the House and I was proud to be a part of the effort. This legislation addresses the short-term while creating a framework for future reforms to shrink the size of the government, reduce spending, and restore accountability to Washington.
Wills and Snyder in the Morning had me on their show earlier in the week to discuss that, for the first time since such record-keeping began in 2000, the number of available positions exceeded the number of job seekers in America. We also talked about the economic growth that has continued to be impressive over the past year since the passage of tax reform. Listen to more here.
Washington Wrap Up
I had the opportunity this week to testify before the International Trade Commission on the Korean dumping of steel tapered roller bearings into the U.S. at below fair market value. The Timken company, who employs thousands of constituents in our district, is one of many companies that are affected in our nation. An anti-dumping order is desperately needed to protect our domestic producers from unfair trading practices that distort the market.
On Thursday, I, along with my colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee, met with Ambassador Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative, to discuss the current status of NAFTA negotiations and tariffs. It is great to have a seat at the table and take part in these important discussions that impact our country’s well-being.
My office also met with members of Miami University’s College of Education, Health, and Society who were participating in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Day on the Hill. Thanks for coming in and discussing policy and appropriations issues impacting teacher preparation programs.
This week, my district office staff had the pleasure of interviewing three veterans for the Veterans History Project (VHP) through the Library of Congress. First, we interviewed Rear Admiral Ryan who served for 36 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and is the first woman to advance from enlisted to rear admiral. Next, we spoke with Fred Stinson, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Lastly, we heard Craig Beidler’s story from when he served in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate. Soon, the interviews will be sent to the Library of Congress for future generations to watch and learn from their story. Thank you all for your service and commitment to our country.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital and go CAVS!