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  • Daily Signal | My Bill to Expand Education Options for Military Families
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    All across America, military families are making personal sacrifices to keep our country safe. As a veteran who served overseas and away from my family, I know the toll service takes on those who wear the uniform and their families. But military families should not have to sacrifice the quality of their children’s education to serve our country. Currently, more than half of military families live in states with no school choice options whatsoever. For these families, if a child is assigned to a ... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal | Military Families Deserve School Choice
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    As a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves and the most recently deployed member of Congress, I know firsthand that serving in the armed forces requires tremendous sacrifice. As a husband and father of three young daughters, I know the decision to serve is never taken lightly. As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently said, “We need to grow in order to meet the demands that the nation expects at the readiness levels it expects.” Military readiness includes recruiting and retaining the bes... Read more

  • National Review | We Must Improve Our Military Readiness
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    America’s military must be ready to fight and win on every battlefield, in every domain, on every day. That daunting task is more challenging than ever. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated in the Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy that “free men and women in America’s military will fight with skill and valor to protect us.” As a nation, we must be equally willing to support our military with the resources necessary to be ready for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s uncertainties. The s... Read more

  • Townhall | Equal Justice for All Includes Our Unborn
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather in Washington to advocate for the cause of life. The United States was founded on the universal principle that all people have a God-given right to life. All includes every single human-being, regardless of race, gender or age. However, since the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 60 million innocent lives have been lost. Every single one of those lives was important and unique. Since the time of Roe, growing ... Read more

  • The Hill | America must support Iranian protesters seeking freedom
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Last week, citizens in Iran’s second largest city – Mashhad – took to the streets for what began as protests over Iran’s economy and the rising cost of basic goods such as milk and eggs. These frustrations illuminated the reality that Iranians desire more than basic goods. They thirst for basic freedoms. Demonstrations have since multiplied, spreading to dozens of cities across the country. While it’s currently unclear how long these protests will last or how big they will become, the government... Read more

  • Journal Gazette | Plotting military's restoration to readiness
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Hoosiers across the state know this has been a particularly divisive political year. Republicans and Democrats have hotly debated everything from taxes to health care. When there is this much disagreement, it's easy to miss the occasions when bipartisan consensus is reached. One of those points of agreement concerns the state of America's military, and the funding needed to repair it. As a naval reservist who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015, I read reports of America's declining mil... Read more

  • Washington Examiner | Rep. Jim Banks: Ditch the medical device tax by New Year's
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    Last November, the American people sent a message to Washington: Get things done. With Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the Oval Office, the time to enact pro-growth, pro-innovation policies that benefit American workers and businesses is now. This month, Congress and the Trump administration have the opportunity to significantly boost one of America’s most vibrant and growing industries by suspending the federal excise tax on medical devices. This misguided tax is set to go b... Read more

  • BLOG: Banks' Washington Update - June 30, 2017
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    OP-ED: Medical Device Tax Repeal Important Part of Health Care Reform By Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) Just as in every part of our country, northeast Indiana has felt the effects of Obamacare over the past seven years. While some Americans have benefited under the health care law, far more have faced skyrocketing premiums, decreased coverage or loss of a doctor. But in our region, Obamacare’s negative impact has extended even further. The law’s inclusion of a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical d... Read more

  • BLOG: Banks' Washington Update - June 23, 2017
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    I authored language encouraging the transition from A-10s to F-16s at the Air Force Base in Fort Wayne. Language on F-16s at Fort Wayne Air Guard Base Included in 2018 NDAA The 122nd Fighter Wing at the Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne is an important part of northeast Indiana. As policymakers consider the long-term future of the 122nd Fighter Wing, I have strongly advocated for the transition from A-10s to F-16s at the base. On Tuesday, language I wrote encouraging this transition was inc... Read more

  • BLOG: Banks' Washington Update - June 19, 2017
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Last Wednesday, a shooting occurred at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. Congressman Steve Scalise was among five wounded. Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice Last week was an emotional and tragic week on Capitol Hill due to the shooting that occurred during a Republican practice for the annual Congressional baseball game. While I was not at the practice and do not play on the team, an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. I continue to pray for a swift recove... Read more

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