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  • Weekly Update - Defense bill boosts national security, grows Navy, includes local priorities
    Posted in Weekly Updates on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget

    Dear Friend - One of the fundamental duties of the federal government is to "provide for the common defense." As a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), I work every day to ensure we take that duty seriously and that the members of our Armed Forces are supported as they do the difficult job we ask them to do. Last week, the HASC advanced the major bill through which Congress provides for the defense of our nation. This bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), equips, s... Read more

  • The Case for the American Health Care Act
    Posted in Weekly Updates on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friend, This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, with my support. It is clear the Affordable Care Act is failing and must be fixed. Having reviewed the text of the bill and the Upton and MacArthur Amendments, I believe this legislation does what is necessary to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, meets the principles for health care reform I laid out several months ago, and puts in place policies that will expand health care choices, i... Read more

  • Restoring Internet Freedom
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Hi Friend- Knowing of your interest in maintaining a free and open internet, I wanted to update you on the recent announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, to roll back net neutrality regulations. These heavy handed regulations, ushered in by the Obama Administration, gave the FCC unlimited powers to not only control the price and speed of the internet, but also content. This set a dangerous precedent and restricted the freedoms of the American people. Elimi... Read more

  • Weekly Update: Congress faces budget decision
    Posted in Weekly Updates on April 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Budget, Reforming Congress

    Dear Friends - It's spring time in Washington and that means you can count on two things: the cherry blossoms returning to bloom and Congress renewing the budget and appropriations process. The season always kicks off with the release of the president's budget, which serves as a recommendation to Congress. The House and Senate Budget Committees then produce budget resolutions of their own that, if passed, guide the Appropriations Committee in drafting the 12 actual spending bills that fund feder... Read more

  • Staying focused on national security
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Friends - Knowing of our shared interest in defense and maintaining national security, I wanted to share an article with you that highlights my efforts to grow the size of our Navy as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. My goals for the subcommittee are to lay out a reasonable path to a 355 ship Navy, boost the base defense budget, and ensure our ship and submarine building industrial base can handle that increased capacity. A larger Navy will better allow our military t... Read more

  • Update on my work to support veterans
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend - Knowing that you share my concern and interest in supporting our nation's veterans, I wanted to update you on my latest work in this critical area. Earlier this week I convened a meeting of my First District Veterans Advisory Council. This gathering was part of my ongoing efforts to hear directly from veteran constituents who have first-hand knowledge of the issues facing veterans in our community. We had a productive meeting and I received a lot of great feedback to take up to Was... Read more

  • Keeping fish management in local hands
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Friends - On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the creation and management of marine monuments and sanctuaries. The panel overwhelmingly objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process. I pressed the panel on issues surrounding marine monuments and sanctuaries that take fishing management decisions away from states and transfer them to federal bureaucrats... Read more

  • My thoughts on the new health care bill
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Friends - This week House Republican leaders unveiled the American Health Care Act, legislation that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. In my view, the ACA has fallen well short of its own stated goals to expand choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs. That is why I voted to repeal all or parts of it numerous times. All across the country insurance providers are leaving the ACA-created exchanges, resulting in less choice and higher costs. In Virginia, pr... Read more

  • My message to the White House: protect the Bay
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend - Last week I sent a letter to the White House. My message was simple: protect the Chesapeake Bay. Specifically, I, along with a bipartisan group of concerned members of the House, asked President Trump to include $73 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The letter also states how critical federal funds are for the continued health of the Bay, and I hope the White House takes our request seriously. You can read the rest of the letter we sent to the W... Read more

  • Continuing to reduce regulatory burden
    Posted in Weekly Updates on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Reforming Congress

    Friend - Unnecessary regulations are continuing to strangle the American economy. Instead of protecting consumers, workers, and the environment, these regulations are increasing the power of government agencies and driving up the costs of compliance for Main Street. In fact, we have so many unchecked regulations, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all and there is red tape everywhere that prevents companies from growing and hiring. That is why the House worked to pass three bills this... Read more

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