Sep 08 2017
This week marked my return from the district to Washington as Congress came back to session on September 5th. Congress has a full plate these next few weeks and I hope my colleagues will be able to set politics aside and work together to support the policies the American people elected us to soulve. I also want to extend my sinceriest thoughts and prayers to any friends and family who may by in Irma's way this weekend.
The Toledo Blade ran my opinion piece on the threat sanctuary cities pose to the safety of our citizens. We should not live in fear that our children’s lives are at risk at the hands of someone who shouldn’t even be here. Read more here.
I discussed the need for Congress to work together and put away politics to get things done in the Columbus Alive. As a CPA, entrepreneur and member of the Budget and Ways & Means Committees, reforming our tax code has been and still is my number one goal in Washington. You can read my full column here.
I joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business this week to discuss the long-term debt crisis and how short term continuing resolutions and debt ceilings are not what this country needs. Watch my segment here.
Washington Wrap Up
This week, I was pleased to see my bipartisan amendment in support of our volunteer firefighters accepted to the FY18 Interior Appropriations Bill. As a former volunteer firefighter, it is important to me that we continue to provide our local volunteer firefighters with the resources that they need to help protect our communities.
Also, the Social Security Sub-Committee, which I serve on, held a hearing on the severe backlog at the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability cases. Nationally, the average wait time for a final decision on a disability case is over 600 days. That is simply unacceptable. I talked about the need for the SSA to be more efficient with the federal dollars that have been appropriated to them. An important part of my job as your federally elected representative is to make sure that federal agencies and federal employees are held accountable to Northeast Ohioans.On Thursday, my staff and I met with the Ohio State Legislative Board, which is a part of the Transportation Division of the Sheet, Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART) Union. This legislative Board is made up of 23 SMART Transportation Division Locals and their Legislative Representatives in the State of Ohio. They handle and process complaints or violations of all Federal Laws to the Federal Railroad Administration as well as processing safety complaints and issues from our members to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. It is important that the people operating in the SMART industries can go to work and have confidence in the safety of their work environments. Nike also came into my office on Thursday to discuss comprehensive tax reform.
Over the recess, my staff and I attended many events throughout the district. My staff held a Tax Problem Solving Day in conjunction with Community Legal Aid and Taxpayer Advocate Services in Medina. The event helped our constituents with any tax or IRS questions or problems they have encountered. I also met with the Ohio Manufacturers Association to discuss my goals as Congress resumes, as well as speaking to EnerVest at their end of summer company picnic.
My district staff attended a luncheon put on by the Medina Chamber of Commerce where Mayor Dennis Hanwell delivered the “State of the City” address. They also attended various events including the Medina Senior Walk, the DAV mobile service office event in Medina, and an event at the Wooster Community Hospital where they learned about a new Comprehensive Cancer Center that will be opening in October.
Each Wednesday, I like to highlight the fantastic women and their career accomplishments in our 16 th District. This week’s spotlight was Cheryl Kirkbride, an attorney for Kropf Wagner Law Firm in Orrville. Read more about her accolades here. If you would like to nominate someone for our #WorkingWomenWednesday campaign, send your nominations to Tax.Questions@mail.house.gov.
As always, thanks for allowing me to represent the 16th district in our nation’s capital.