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  • With Coronavirus, the Chinese Repeat the Soviets’ Chernobyl Failure
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The Daily Signal on March 12, 2020. Is the coronavirus China’s Chernobyl? It could be—but only if we hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their early missteps that allowed the virus to spread unchecked for weeks. Chernobyl is the site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. Many consider it a pivotal cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union. On April 26, 1986, a routine test at Chernobyl led to an explosion and the release of 400 times m... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Trump has given us a path to a balanced budget -- it's pro-worker, pro-family and pro-growth
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on February 12, 2020. In 2017, Speaker Pelosi famously cajoled Republicans to produce a budget, warning “show me your budget, show me your values.” She was understood to mean that you can learn about someone’s deepest convictions judging the way in which they spend their money. Ironically, she and her party never produced a budget when they regained control of the House in 2019. One could presume they failed to “show” their “values” because the values ... Read more

  • The Hill: Democrats should firmly commit to not bring back earmarks
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at TheHill.com on February 12, 2020. While impeachment, Iowa and the State of the Union dominate headlines, House Democrat leaders are quietly trying to overturn the single biggest victory for the “Drain the Swamp” campaign in the last decade – the earmarks ban. The moniker “earmarks” denotes a practice where House leaders buy members’ votes by guaranteeing funding for pet projects via must-pass government funding bills. An example: The late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) ... Read more

  • The Hill: Trump’s Trade Strategy: A Blueprint for a Bilateral Future
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The Hill.com on February 3, 2020. With the signing of last month’s historic “Phase One” trade deal between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, President Donald Trump sent a loud and clear message to the hard-working Americans who were previously left behind by bad trade deals: you are forgotten no more. A critical first step toward re-balancing America’s trade with China, President Trump made good on his promise to put “America First” by making s... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Rep Jim Banks: Trump should tout achievements in rebuilding U.S. military at State of the Union
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on FoxNews.com on February 3, 2020. During this year’s State of the Union, President Trump is expected to contrast his record of productivity with the Democrats’ crowning achievement; a wasteful, partisan impeachment. The only question for President Trump is, where to begin? Despite unprecedented obstruction, President Trump has appointed a record number of originalist judges, steered the U.S. economy to new heights and re-written the rules of global trade on fairer ... Read more

  • National Defense Magazine: Taking on China Requires a Strengthened Workforce
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the January 8th edition of National Defense. During my time in the Navy Reserves I saw the impressive capabilities the Defense Department could deliver to our men and women at the frontlines. It has seen enormous successes during the past several years: the fifth-generation capabilities of the F-35, the elaborate network of our satellite communication systems and advanced undersea detection capabilities. I am proud of our military and want to ensure that it is pre... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Trump’s Iran strategy is succeeding – Democrats should get out of his way
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on January 7, 2020. As someone who has deployed to foreign soil, I know how important it is to have a commander in chief that has your back. President Trump has communicated in the last few days to Americans across the world: “I have your back.” Americans are safer today because Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani is dead. Let’s take a step back, though, and evaluate what’s really going on here. The president isn’t merely reacting to Iranian provocations or r... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: Rep. Jim Banks: Pelosi guilty of withholding aid for political purposes
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 10, 2019 | Preview rr

    Something remarkable happened Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted she is guilty of the very accusation levied (without evidence) at President Trump. Except, instead of being guilty of withholding aid to Ukrainians, Pelosi is guilty of withholding aid to Americans. We had dual announcements made by Pelosi and Democratic leaders in the House Tuesday morning. First, they announced two articles of impeachment. Then, just an hour or two later, they announced we will finally pass President Tr... Read more

  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Impeachment-giddy Democrats ignore nation's true work
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the December 8, 2019 edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. House Democrats are so busy trying to impeach Donald Trump, they forgot to pass a budget. In 2017, Nancy Pelosi famously said, “show me your budget, show me your values.” Many took her words to mean that you can learn a lot about someone's deepest convictions by watching the way they spend their money. What does it mean if you don't produce a budget at all? When Speaker Pelosi declared by fiat in Sept... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Rep. Jim Banks: Subpoena Adam Schiff’s phone records – He did it to Republicans, we should do it to him
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on December 8, 2019. I join many Americans in being sick and tired of powerful, entrenched Democrats like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff breaking rules, crossing the line and never being held accountable. This is why I’ve called for a tit for tat. I want Schiff’s phone records to be subpoenaed by the only person in Washington with the power and opportunity to do it. On Tuesday we learned that Schiff, D-Calif., subpoenaed AT&T for the... Read more

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