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  • TCJA Delivers New Opportunities & Opportunity Zones
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on November 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) last year, I have been meeting with workers and business leaders across North Carolina’s Fifth District to hear firsthand how this legislation is impacting my constituents. The vast majority of Americans is seeing more money in paychecks, and small businesses have been reaping the benefits of a fairer tax code. Furthermore, the economy is roaring with GDP at a 4-year high, unemployment at an 18-year low and a record 7.1 million job openings a... Read more

  • A $662 Billion Challenge: Transforming U.S. Grant Reporting
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    In 2017, the federal government awarded $662.7 billion in grants funding to state agencies, local and tribal governments, agencies, non-profits, universities, and other organizations. Roughly translated, this equates to the Gross Domestic Product of Switzerland – or more than the GDP of every country outside the G20. Within our federal government, there are 26 agencies awarding federal grants. And all of them continue to rely on outdated, burdensome document-based forms (PDFs) to collect and tra... Read more

  • A Way Forward for National Park Maintenance
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on September 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Americans have always loved open spaces, beautiful scenery and tranquil places to visit and we have created national parks, forests, conservation lands, and recreation areas for the enjoyment of all which indicates how important these values are to our national heritage. Residents of the High Country are especially proud to have the Blue Ridge Parkway and other wonderful places close to home. Unfortunately, those who have visited a national park recently, have probably noticed many buildings and... Read more

  • UMITA is the Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Americans Need
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on July 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    Each year, Washington imposes thousands of pages of rules and regulations on America’s commerce, our respective states, and local governments. Buried in those pages are costly, unfunded federal mandates that make it harder for businesses to hire and cash-strapped states, counties, and cities to serve their citizens. What’s more, under current law, the federal government can skirt public scrutiny in the rulemaking process, making it difficult for state and local leaders to plan and propose altern... Read more

  • Time to Count the True Costs of Unfunded Mandates
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on July 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    Every year Washington bureaucrats impose thousands of regulatory mandates on state and local governments and small businesses. These mandates always come with a price—which is usually not paid by the federal government. Unfunded mandates strain city and state budgets; who pass costs on to North Carolina taxpayers and businesses. Businesses are then often forced to choose between employees and compliance. This far too common deferral of costs points to missing factors in Washington bureaucrats’ r... Read more

  • U.S. Sugar Policy: A Bitter Pill for Americans
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on May 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    In Washington, D.C., “special interests” are like the weather: Everyone talks about them, but rarely does anyone do something about them. Politicians campaign against special interests and run ads promising to “drain the swamp” and “end corporate welfare.” And yet, again and again, small groups wield great political muscle to win subsidies and special deals for themselves at the expense of taxpayers and consumers in the 50 states. The special interests work Washington like an ATM: We pay; they w... Read more

  • Apprenticeships, technical education offer a path to a successful workforce – ‘college-only’ is a myth
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Workforce Development, Jobs and the Economy

    In making his impassioned speech on how our county’s economy can grow through tax reform, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Tuesday, “We need to connect people with the skills they need to get good-paying, in-demand jobs.” Speaker Ryan is absolutely right, and the House is immediately answering the Speaker’s call to action. There is a myth about success as it relates to education in this country. Too many Americans have come to believe that the pathway to a successful career lies solely on a c... Read more

  • Preserving Employee Wellness Programs
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    From the start of the new Congress and new administration, reining in the regulatory state has been a leading priority — and for good reason. In recent years, the American people have endured an unprecedented regulatory onslaught. Determined to advance an extreme liberal agenda, unelected bureaucrats of the Obama administration came up with new regulatory schemes impacting virtually every aspect of American life. They sure were busy. During President Obama’s final year in office, there were 18 n... Read more

  • Health Savings Accounts should not fund elective abortion
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Values

    Since 1973, at least 54 million children's lives have been tragically taken by abortion in the United States. It is unconscionable that in America, where we fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we tolerate this systematic extermination of an entire generation of the most vulnerable among us. The majority of Americans recognize this tragedy for what it is, and there is consensus among them that they do not want their tax dollars paying for a practice they sincerely oppose. A rece... Read more

  • Foxx wants to ‘set the record straight’
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    To the Editor, It’s a shame the Mount Airy News did not contact me before running their editorial “Foxx proposal a big step toward genetic profiling” because it’s filled with false and misleading information. Voluntary employee wellness plans have existed for decades and are currently available to tens of millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act, authored by Democrats, includes a provision that encourages greater use of these innovative wellness plans. However, steps taken by the Equal Emp... Read more

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