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  • The Hill: Why we will oppose spending bills that repeal or weaken the Hyde Amendment
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2021 | Preview rr

    The following article appeared at thehill.com on February 3, 2021. On Tuesday, I led a group of 200 House Republicans in a pledge to oppose any legislation that weakens or removes the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of taxpayer’s funds for abortions. Since it first passed Congress in 1976 on an overwhelming 312-93 veto proof vote, the Hyde Amendment has been one of the few policies that unite both Congress and the American people. In poll after poll, most Americans oppose the use of public, t... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: GOP is only party to tackle our national debt – Dems don't have the guts to try
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following article appeared at FoxNews.com on December 8, 2020. By no measure has the Republican Party been successful at eliminating the national debt. But we’re the only party in Washington with the political guts to try. With Democrats, it’s a foregone conclusion that they’ve given up. Yes, Republicans and Democrats have both contributed to the problem of our national debt and deficit. But no, the blame is not evenly shared. In every negotiation over spending packages, you will find Republ... Read more

  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Make teachers priority for vaccine
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on December 6, 2020. Thanks to the success of President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed, a vaccine is on the way. Now it's time for Indiana to start planning how best to distribute it. On Nov. 20, Pfizer requested emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its candidate coronavirus vaccine. On Nov. 30, Moderna took the same step. Both vaccines are estimated to be around 95% effective, and if the FDA aut... Read more

  • The American Mind: The Riot Party Comes for the Court
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at the American Mind on September 24, 2020. We now have a Supreme Court vacancy, and President Trump and Senate Republicans are moving to fill it before the 117th Congress begins. According to the White House, we’ll learn the nominee’s name Saturday. But whomever is chosen, we know they will apply the law and interpret the Constitution as written. The Left is apoplectic, threatening all forms of retaliation. They’ve launched a second campaign to impeach the president... Read more

  • National Review: Congress Must Act Now to Counter Chinese Propaganda in the U.S.
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on September 18 at National Review. In March, as we learned of COVID-19’s lethality and the global community’s inability to contain it, more and more leaders expressed outrage at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Where did the virus come from? How long had the CCP known about it? Could China have contained it earlier? Why didn’t the Chinese government follow international protocols and allow the WHO or CDC to come study the virus when they requested to do so in Janu... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: Anonymous sources aside, Trump's record on the military is solid
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at the Washington Examiner on September 10, 2020. Actions speak louder than anonymous sources. Pictures and quotes can be fabricated or taken out of context. What’s much harder to spin are actual policies. And if you look at President Trump’s record on the military, there’s only one conclusion: He holds the military in the highest regard. As a veteran of the Navy who has served on the House Armed Services Committee since 2017, I have been proud to help Trump rebuild ... Read more

  • The American Mind: Rep Jim Banks on the Portland Riots
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following appeared at The American Mind on July 28, 2020. There have been non-stop riots in Portland for 60 days. The media still calls them “George Floyd protests,” but if you actually ask the protesters, they’ll give you unrelated answers. Some say they’re fighting against homelessness, some are fighting for immigrant rights. Others say they’re fighting “systemic racism.” Still others want Medicare for All, defunding the police, protesting climate change, etc. The protesters want you to th... Read more

  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Democrats pick politics over police reform
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the July 24, 2020 edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. After the death of George Floyd, there was historic, national consensus that we needed to make sure an episode like it never happens again. The American people took to the streets, sending a message loud and clear – and Congress was listening. Immediately, we went to work on legislation to make prudent reforms to policing guidelines. I think both Republicans and Democrats were surprised to find we agreed... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Reopen schools or risk losing this generation of American children
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on July 9, 2020. Millions of Americans dutifully pay taxes with the promise that their children can get a first-rate education in the United States. The right to a publicly-funded education is an integral part of our social contract—it means any child can grow up to follow their dreams. If we fail to reopen our schools in the fall, we will fail to deliver on that promise for the 55 million students who depend on our public school system. We are at risk... Read more

  • The American Mind: The Revolutionary Elite Eats Their Own
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The American Mind on July 2, 2020. Let’s quit pretending that the riots which swept the country this June, and the ongoing mob assault on statues of our natural heroes, have anything to do with George Floyd or even race. The chaos in our streets is emblematic of something much deeper happening in our society. America is clearly undergoing an existential struggle. The important question we need to ask is: What is that struggle? The struggle is designed to appear li... Read more

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