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  • A New Tax Age
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    I believe one thing all Americans can agree on is that no one likes Tax Day. April 15 is the day when hardworking Americans focus on how much of their salary has been taken by the government at the expense of more important priorities, such as saving up for retirement or for a child’s college tuition. Tax Day is also stressful for many Americans because of the complexity of filling out your taxes – so complex, in fact, that millions of Americans have had to rely on professional assistance to cor... Read more

  • House Democrats’ First 100 Days: Politics Over Policy
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr

    Friday, April 12 marks the 100th day of the new House Democratic majority. In her speech accepting the Speaker’s gavel in January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “And I pledge that this Congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying; that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this Chamber and across the divisions in this great nation.” Unfortunately, the reality hasn’t matched up to the rhetoric. We have a divided Congress; therefore, we need to be working on a bipartisan basis to... Read more

  • Abortion Survivors Deserve Our Protection
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion

    In the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision, some estimates show over 61 million successful abortions have been performed in the U.S. since 1973. The fact there are elected officials in places like New York and Virginia – and the U.S. House – who are working to extend the timeline of abortion availability right up until the moment of birth sickens me to my core. In my over 31 years of practice as an OB/GYN, I delivered nearly 5,000 babies and remember holding them in my hands and giving them to thei... Read more

  • It’s Time to Build the Wall
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The ongoing national security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border is worsening and action is sorely needed to deal with it. Since October 2018, there have been 271,140 apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol, a staggering number of migrants that are overwhelming our border patrol agents and support personnel. Law enforcement officers have encountered 1,522 criminal aliens with outstanding wants or warrants out of 2,034 total criminal aliens encountered. On top of that, agents have also... Read more

  • The Damaging Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    All Americans deserve to be compensated fairly for the work they do. Having previously helped to manage a business for over 30 years, I know from firsthand experience nothing makes you feel better than knowing an employee will be able to live comfortably and retire with peace of mind about their financial security. Washington needs to get out of the way, keep taxes low, reduce unnecessary regulations, and pave the way for economic growth and job creation. That’s why I was proud to support the Ta... Read more

  • Looking Forward For Our Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 13, 2019 | Preview rr

    One of my top priorities and highest privileges is working to ensure those “who shall have borne the battle” receive the services and support they have earned. It is an honor to serve as the Ranking Republican Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) this Congress. While I chaired the Committee the last two years, we accomplished historic reforms to improve the benefits and support provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Now, I look forward to ensuring these reforms... Read more

  • H.R. 1 is Not “For the People”
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr

    Our country is a representative democracy, founded on the principle that all are created equal and every vote counts the same. Americans have the power to choose who represents them in our government, and it should stay that way. Democrats’ top legislative agenda item, H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People Act”, should really be renamed the “For the Politicians Act” since it is not actually for the people at all. I believe Congress can find a bipartisan campaign reform that benefits the people; ... Read more

  • Protecting Rights to Protect Our Citizens
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment

    The right to bear arms, laid out in the Second Amendment, illustrates a fundamental truth about our government – there are certain inalienable rights are given to the people by the Constitution of the United States. As a concealed carry permit holder myself, I am committed to protecting and defending Americans’ Second Amendment rights. This week, the House considered two bills, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, which would inhibit law-abiding Americans from exercising their Second Amendment rights. Supporte... Read more

  • I Support the Right to Life
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion

    I know abortion is an emotional topic for many, but controversial events have recently occurred, encouraging me to share my perspective. As an OB/GYN for over 31 years before coming to Congress, I had the privilege of delivering nearly 5,000 babies – each a unique gift from God. Last month, I was so proud to see and tens of thousands of people come from across the country for the annual March for Life protesting the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. In the month following that event, I’ve... Read more

  • The “Green New Deal” is a Green Nightmare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    Elections have consequences. Under the House Republican majority in the previous Congress, we focused on creating jobs, growing the economy, improving our security, taking care of our veterans, and making America energy independent. Now that House Democrats have the majority, they have replaced our agenda with an agenda much more closely aligned with socialist principles and government control over all aspects of life. As President Trump pointed out in his State of the Union speech, history is l... Read more