Mar 02 2018
This week in Washington we mourned the loss of Rev. Billy Graham as he laid in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. Rev. Graham brought together the country with his inspiring message, and he brought our Congress together again this week.
On the legislative front, my office met with numerous banks from all over the state to talk about common sense, bipartisan legislation that is moving through Congress. It is important that we provide regulatory relief to community banks and credit unions who have felt the burden of Dodd-Frank. This will help small businesses and every day Americans have better access to financial institutions, all while ensuring that important protections remain in place.
On Thursday, I spoke with Jasen Sokol on 1590 WAKR about Akron’s economic development and gun legislation. I believe that we must strengthen our communication between federal and state law enforcement agencies. One of the bills I co-sponsored was to allow state law enforcement authorities to report to the FBI when a person attempts to illegally purchase a firearm. This should help local law enforcement and federal prosecutors to keep an eye on individuals who may have criminal intent. You can listen to my segment here.
Washington Wrap Up
This week my staff was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with members of the American Legion Department of Ohio. They discussed issues important to the veteran community and how improvements could be made to the services that our veterans receive. They also discussed legislation that I have been proud to introduce over the last few years that support our veterans. The brave men and women who were willing to sacrifice their lives for this country deserve to have access to the best care our country has to offer.
My staff also met with a number of constituents from cancer advocacy groups, who shared the importance of funding for a variety of NIH programs and the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. As a cancer survivor, I understand the importance of many of these programs and have championed funding for them during my time in Congress. Just last year, I voted to reauthorize many of these programs in the National Defense Authorization Act.
A coalition of Food Banks visited my office before their annual conference here in Washington. Participants included Greater Cleveland Food Bank President and CEO Kristin Warzocha, VP of External Affairs Mary LaVigne Butler, and Mary O’Shea, Director of Advocacy.
My staff in the district visited the Akron-Summit County Public Library for one of their “Reentry in Motion” events. This series was started by Simone Richardson, a librarian, who actively assists formerly incarcerated individuals in their job search and reintegration into society.
My district staff also met with North Royalton officer Jon Karl and Amy Kunitz, Coalition Director for the Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton (PNHR). PHNR is a group that works together to help maintain and better the North Royalton community by focusing on youth drug-prevention and good decision-making at any age. Through law enforcement, media partnerships, community education, and school collaboration, PHNR empowers youth and adults to make responsible decisions.
Congressional Art Competition
The 2018 Congressional Art Competition is now accepting submissions for the chance to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The contest is open to all high school students in our 16 thDistrict. Please submit all entries here.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.