Mar 16 2018
As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, I want to celebrate the women in my office who organized and executed a successful event on Monday focused on an inspiring panel of NE Ohio women. About 300 women attending our lunch in Strongsville and I'm pretty sure all left feeling a bit taller and stronger, I know I certainly did. My favorite part was when Rear Admiral Ryan told us to be ASKholes -- meaning not to shy away from asking questions, as it’s the only thing holding you back from the answer. Since highlighting the female leaders in our community shouldn’t just happen in March, I use my Facebook page to highlight the fantastic women and their career accomplishments in our 16th District each Wednesday and have been doing this for months. If you would like to nominate someone for our #WorkingWomenWednesday campaign, send your nominations to RenacciNominations@mail.house.
Washington Wrap Up
Hosting hearings is my answer to many Washington debates. It's frustrating to hear members debating issues that they have no real-world experience in because too many times we create policies that we don't personally have to live with. This week I miraculously attending two hearings that were happening at the same time and am thankful to my staff for helping me get and participate in both.
Graduate students came by my office this week to speak on a wide range of issues, from the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, increasing access to academic research and journals, and funding for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. It's always encouraging to see young Americans active in the political process and expressing their priorities with their representatives in Congress.
The OHIO Youth Advisory Board also came in to meet with my staff. They discussed the housing barriers faced by foster youth who age out of the foster care system and talked about legislation I am cosponsoring to help reduce these barriers and ensure foster youth have housing once they become independent. I also had the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Corn and Wheat and Awake America in my office. The agriculture folks wanted to prepare for the upcoming farm bill and Awake America discussed the importance of faith in the community.
My district staff visited the Akron Area YMCA to meet with Helena Peters and CEO Jill Kolesar and to experience the YMCA Community Impact Tour, which included a tour at the Phoenix School, one of YMCA’s 8 Early Care & Education Centers, and learned about the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County, a program designed to increase grassroots leadership engagement by training leaders to promote positive changes in the country.
They also stopped by the Middleburg Heights Community Center for an informative presentation from representatives of the Greater Cleveland Foodbank. This meeting also included a small “Poverty Simulation” in which participants worked in groups to allocate limited funds throughout monthly expenses. Thank you for your efforts to feed those most in need and for the educational experiences they provide.
Finally, Cleveland’s BioEnterprise Building was able to meet with my district staff this week while they visited CWRU’s Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN). Researchers gave presentations on obesity prevention in collaboration with the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health. Included in this visit was our extern, Claire, who is a first-year student at John Carroll University studying Political Science and International Business.
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 16th District. Please submit all entries here.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.