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  • President Obama’s shameful veto of bipartisan legislation to fund our military
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans Affairs

    The National Defense Authorization Act is part of Congress’ most basic and sacred duties, providing for a common defense as outlined under the U.S. Constitution. This year’s NDAA is the product of consistent bipartisan cooperation. House and Senate leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, put politics aside to do what is best for our troops, their families and our military’s best interest. The legislation was advanced in both chambers with bipartisan votes of 270-156 and 70-27, respectively, in ... Read more

  • Back to School
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Economy & Jobs

    Next week, thousands of Southwest Michigan families will send their children and young adults back to school. As a father of two, I understand the importance of ensuring that our youngest citizens receive a quality education. I have long been committed to the improvement of our education system and believe that an educated workforce means a stronger and more stable economy. Not only that, but a strong education remains the bedrock of civic life. Luckily, we are blessed with a quality educational... Read more

  • Thanking the Greatest Generation
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    This week I have the honor of presenting World War II veteran and Portage resident Robert Max Goldacker with nine service medals. My father also served in World War II so the opportunity to present another World War II veteran with well-earned medals is an absolute honor. Because of his outstanding service to our country, Goldacker earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Citation, the European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Combat Inf... Read more

  • Planned Parenthood Investigation
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    By now you likely have heard about the chilling video regarding the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood. I say alleged because the video shows a high-ranking official discussing sale prices of various fetal organs – hearts, livers, etc. – but the organization maintains the video were heavily edited to misconstrue its true activity in this area. On viewing the video, the contents can’t help but make you weep for the innocents who were sacrificed in such a cavalier manner for allege... Read more

  • Thank a local entrepreneur during National Small Business Week
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    This week, in communities across the country – and here at home – we are celebrating the hard work, determination, and persistence of small business owners and local entrepreneurs by taking part in National Small Business Week. First established in 1963 by Presidential proclamation, National Small Business Week celebrates and recognizes the critical contributions of America's small business owners and entrepreneurs. My top priority continues to be promoting job creation and economic growth here ... Read more

  • Opinion: A push for cures we can all get behind
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    It's been a year since we launched our bipartisan 21st Century Cures conversation, and this Monday, we are bringing it home again to Michigan. The 21st Century Cures initiative is uniquely personal, nonpartisan and transparent and is working to deliver hope to patients and families in each of our home districts and across the country. We began with a common goal: faster and better cures and treatments for patients. For too long, we have watched patients suffer from diseases without hope for bein... Read more

  • OPINION: Upton and McCarthy: Building the infrastructure for a brighter energy future
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    Our nation’s infrastructure system is critical to our national security, economy, and quality of life. Yet despite its significance, Washington frequently overlooks the necessity of energy infrastructure. North America is now the world’s leader in energy production—a seismic change considering hysteric warnings of peak oil several years ago. This transformation greatly benefits the American people by bringing lower energy costs and more jobs. But to fully realize our energy renaissance, more is ... Read more

  • Op-ed: Congressional proposal offers Internet rules of the road
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    For the past decade, a debate has raged in Washington and across the country about the best way to protect an open, unfettered Internet. The increasing use of smartphones and web-connected products and services make finding the right answer more important than ever. The House of Representatives and the Senate, working together, have come up with a working proposal. We plan to begin a public discussion of it this week. We need unambiguous rules of the road that protect Internet users and can help... Read more

  • CNN: Can We Find Cures for 7,000 Diseases?
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Energy & Commerce Committee

    Despite the conventional wisdom that Washington is a frozen island of partisanship, a hopeful thaw is underway. For the past year, we have been spearheading a bipartisan effort to update the process of discovering, developing and delivering medical therapies to help people live longer and better lives. After months of listening to experts and stakeholders, the path to faster cures is clearer than ever. We call it the 21st Century Cures initiative, and Congress is about to take a major leap down ... Read more

  • We will #NeverForget
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 11, 2014 | Preview rr

    Thirteen years ago this morning, our nation was shaken as nearly three thousand innocent men, women, and children lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks. We will never forget the horrific events of that fateful day, nor will we forget those lives lost and the countless loved ones they abruptly left behind. This Patriot Day, flags across the country will be displayed at half-staff as we remember the thousands of innocents tragically lost and honor those heroes who bravely answer... Read more