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Human Validation

Good Morning,

Our hearts were heavy this week as we woke up Monday morning to a horrific reality, something we all wished was a bad dream. While I know the media wants to point fingers, I hope we can focus on those who need our immediate help. Thank you to the First Responders, Police, Nurses, Doctors and everyone in Las Vegas helping to make sure those who were injured or harmed get the attention they need. This weekend spend a few extra moments with your loved ones as these tragedies remind us of what is really important.

This week I was able to introduce two pieces of bipartisan legislation to the House of Representatives. One is designed to help small businesses navigate the ACA and better outline how to cover seasonal employees, as the currently language makes it difficult to understand how to comply. The second bill stems from a GAO study my Bipartisan Working Group undercovered about some major inefficiencies at the VA. My bill would help improve the retention and recruitment of nurses at the VA. It is important that members from both sides come together and work on solutions to problems facing everyday Americans.

Media Mashup

The Daily Record ran my weekly column discussing the unified framework to reform our tax code.  Read the full article here.

I joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business on Thursday to discuss standard deductions and the push for tax reform.  Watch the segment here.

Washington Wrap Up

My staff was pleased to meet with retirees from Ohio to get an update on the various proposals to address the Central States Pension Fund's looming shortfalls. This is an important issue for many Northeast Ohio families and is an issue that Congress must address prior to the fund becoming insolvent. Any solution must take into consideration the impact on retired and active members of the plan as well as the American taxpayers.

Also, my staff had numerous other meetings throughout the week.  They met with Progressive Insurance, Can Manufacturers from Ohio, and The Ohio State University to discuss the impact of tax reform on different industries throughout the state.  My staff also met with the Auto Care Association to talk about a variety of issues. 

District Doings

This week, my district staff attended numerous events across the district.  These events included the Wayne County Women’s Network’s Power Luncheon which featured Sarah Bolton, President of The College of Wooster.  Other meetings for the week included the Guilford Township Trustee Meeting, the Hickley Township’s Chamber of Commerce Meeting, and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

On Wednesday, my district office hosted our seventh Veterans’ Mobile Office Hours of the year, this time in Mogadore. During these events, my staff has been able to assist over 500 veterans.

Facebook Live

On Wednesday night I hosted a Facebook Live event and answered questions about the new tax plan as well as any other questions constituents submitted.  Thank you to all that participated.

My next Facebook Live will be Wednesday, October 11 th at 8:00P.M.  If you would like to participate, ask a question, or just watch the event, head over to my Facebook page at at 8:00P.M. on Wednesday. I look forward to connecting.

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 Leslie Edwards, Technical/Production Manager with Survitec Group.  Read more about her accolades here.  If you would like to nominate someone for our #WorkingWomenWednesday campaign, send your nominations to

As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital. 


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