Mar 23 2018
This week we voted on a massive spending bill which should have been finalized months ago. Unfortunately, as you heard me say before, this process is broken and we had 15 hours to review 2,232 pages, which included funding Planned Parenthood and didn't hold sanctuary cities accountable. Conservative policies are based on prioritizing dollars and spending within our means and what Washington did yesterday was far from conservative.
Washington Wrap Up
My Ways & Means Committee held a hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer which focused on the Administration’s Trade Policy Agenda. I spoke up about how soybean farmers, two in particular from our district, might be impacted if the trade dispute escalates with China, given that China has suggested it may target U.S. soybean exports.
I had another hearing this week with Secretary of Commerce Ross on tariffs. For this hearing, I discussed the implication for U.S. manufacturers further down the supply chain and highlighted the MK Morse Company in Canton, Ohio as an example of how competitors manufacturing outside the U.S., but then importing into the U.S. may be at a competitive advantage as a result of these tariffs.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority visited my office in Washington to provide an update on the state of public transportation in Northeast Ohio. I am encouraged that President Trump is committed to finding ways to spur infrastructure investment throughout the country and know that Northeast Ohioans are ready and willing to put in the work to improve our local infrastructure.
My district staff was able to attend the Buckeye Health Plan Luncheon at the Fatima Family Center in Cleveland this week. This event helps connect community members with resources, agencies, and organizations that they need.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library was also a destination for my district staff as they toured the facility to see the program Project Learn of Summit County and meet with Executive Director Marquita Mitchell. They learned about this free class program that assists more than 22,500 adults throughout Summit County.
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 th District. Please submit all entries here.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.