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  • National Review | The Public Deserves an Afghanistan War Progress Report
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    On August 21, 2017, President Trump announced a renewed focus on Afghanistan as he unveiled his administration’s South Asia Strategy. Today, the question on the minds of Americans is whether this strategy has made a difference, as we have heard almost nothing from our nation’s leaders about its effectiveness. At the time Trump announced the new strategy, I applauded his decision to change course and said, “We must continue taking the fight there to prevent terrorism from returning to our shores.... Read more

  • Journal Gazette | Constituent services boost district's quality of life
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    I often tell people that northeast Indiana is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Hoosiers in our region work hard and are committed to serving their neighbors and communities. One of my goals as your congressman is to provide outstanding constituent services to 3rd District residents. I am proud of what my staff and I have been able to accomplish over the past two years. The constituent services team in my Fort Wayne office coordinates dozens of inquiries to federal agencies every m... Read more

  • Washington Examiner | Helping patients without ending lives
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    Saving lives is the top priority in healthcare, and that goal must never come at the expense of others’ lives. Our nation’s founding principles recognize that all persons are of equal worth and dignity. Despite the clear value of life, taxpayers are currently forced to fund life-ending research to the tune of $200 million every year. This is through an organization run by the government itself – the National Institutes of Health. Not only is the research in question unethical, it is immensely wa... Read more

  • The Hill | An opportunity to improve the technology of health care for veterans and the nation
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    Opportunities to serve are often unexpected. Serving in the House of Representatives is immensely rewarding for so many reasons, and to one extent or another, you learn about a range of issues. Like many Americans, I had never spent much time thinking about electronic health records. When the opportunity to serve as the chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization was presented, overseeing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ massive EHR modernization program, I embr... Read more

  • Journal Gazette | Streamlined records big boost to vets
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 27, 2018 | Preview rr

    If you only read the headlines, you'd think today's political climate is particularly divisive. But as a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, I've seen firsthand the bipartisan work of this Congress, which has been the most productive in decades in securing victories for our nation's veterans. Republicans and Democrats in the House have worked together to pass more than 70 bills addressing the needs of our veterans, 26 of which have been signed into law by President Donald Trump. ... Read more

  • Stars & Stripes | We can give GIs seamless, lifetime medical records
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    When our servicemembers wear the uniform, they make a commitment to serve our country. In return, our country makes a commitment to them: to take care of our heroes when they come home. This Congress has been the most productive in decades in delivering results for our veterans. We’ve sent bipartisan legislation to President Donald Trump’s desk that brings accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs, increases transparency in the timeliness and quality of care, and streamlines the broke... Read more

  • Indy Star | Indiana and Israel partnership serves as a model
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    As Israel continues to face threats from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, U.S.-Israeli relations are as important as ever. The Hoosier state plays an integral role in this relationship and can serve as an example for the rest of the country. Indiana is one of three states that lead the National Guard's partnership in homeland defense cooperation with the Israeli Defense Force’s Home Front Command. The Indiana National Guard specializes in joint urban... Read more

  • Journal Gazette | A Strong Foundation
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Recent news surrounding a potential President Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit revives an alternating cycle of provocation and negotiation that started more than 30 years ago. It should encourage our policy, strategy and planning developers to shift into overdrive to address the complex problems we will face someday, possibly soon. However, the complexity of these problems has been overcome before by strong Hoosier leadership. Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar had the keen foresight to look over the horizo... Read more

  • RealClearWorld | Responding to the Complexity of China's Challenge
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Crafting U.S. policy toward China is one of the most complex challenges we face today. Strategic competition from China on the world stage is growing in every possible dimension -- diplomatic, political, informational, military, and economic. Particularly troubling is Beijing’s strong-armed approach favoring regional dominance over cooperative regional growth and security. This is evidenced by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s continued efforts to centralize political power at home, such as by abol... Read more

  • The Journal Gazette | Swamped by bureaucracy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    With a 17-year-low unemployment rate – 4.1 percent – and a spike in labor force participation, our country is currently experiencing its strongest growth since the end of the Great Recession. Tax reform and regulatory rollback have contributed to this progress, but even more can be done to ensure that our economy continues to prosper, including removing unnecessary barriers to growth. One action Congress can take to ensure this growth continues is to permanently repeal the harmful Waters of the ... Read more

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