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  • Women and the power of "anything is possible"
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    March is Women’s History Month, which honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States. Since 1917, when Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve in Congress, 313 women have served as U.S. Representatives, Senators or Delegates. Many Americans might assume that their congressional representatives come from exclusive and rarified backgrounds. Well, my story could hardly be less rarified. As a child, my... Read more

  • New VA Facility Will Improve Access to Care
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans

    America is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave. When you stop to think about it, it’s amazing that men and women choose to serve in our armed services, knowing full well that their sacrifice could be tremendous – and even require their life. But still they volunteer. They do so because America – her ideals, her people and her way of life – is worth defending. The entire nation owes our military personnel and veterans a huge debt of gratitude, and ensuring that debt is prope... Read more

  • Replace No Child Left Behind To Improve Education, Empower Parents
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on November 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    As a child, my family’s home didn’t have electricity or running water. My parents, while dedicated and hardworking, were poor with little formal education. Fortunately, I was pushed by the right people – teachers and administrators who wouldn’t let me settle for less than my best. In the mountains of North Carolina, I learned firsthand the power of education and its vital role in the success of individual Americans. Unfortunately, today’s K-12 education system is failing our students. Decades of... Read more

  • Time for health care solutions that lower costs and empower patients
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on July 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    For the past two years, my email inbox, mailbox and phone lines have been flooded with reports of cancelled health insurance plans, soaring premiums, increased deductibles and exasperated constituents trying to navigate the confusing Washington bureaucracy that is Obamacare. Members of Congress have to buy their health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges along with millions of other Americans, and I have experienced many of the same frustrations, including the nightmare of navigating a confusin... Read more

  • Honoring sacrifices for the cause of freedom
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans

    As a country, we are uniquely blessed. We live in a nation where each one of us has the opportunity for nearly limitless fulfillment and prosperity in the world’s finest democracy. That freedom and opportunity has been made available to us because of the sacrifices of those who have fought for and defended America. On this Memorial Day, we ought to remember in particular those who made the ultimate sacrifice and through that sacrifice blessed us with liberty and unparalleled possibilities. Unfor... Read more

  • Time to reduce federal footprint in classroom
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on May 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    The current K-12 education system is failing our students. Just 36 percent of eighth-grade students read at grade level and only 35 percent are proficient in math. Unfortunately, state and local attempts to improve student achievement have been hampered by an enormous federal footprint. Parents and education leaders have lost much of their decision-making authority to Washington bureaucrats, and the Secretary of Education has bullied states into adopting the Obama administration’s pet projects. ... Read more

  • Balancing the Budget Isn’t Just a Priority, It’s a Requirement
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Reform, Social Security & Medicare

    Most of us understand what it means to balance a budget. We work hard to get a paycheck. We use that money to feed and clothe our family and keep a roof over our heads. If we’re able, we put a little aside in case of emergency or for a rainy day. We all know the feeling of sitting at the kitchen table, long after the kids have gone to bed, shuffling through bills and pay stubs. But we only spend what we earn. In my family, balancing our budget isn’t just a priority, it’s a requirement. We need t... Read more

  • Shining a Light on the Regulatory Process
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    Each year Washington imposes thousands of pages of rules and regulations on America’s local governments and small businesses. Hidden in those rules are costly mandates that stretch state and city budgets and make it harder for employers to hire. In 1995, members from both parties got behind, and President Bill Clinton signed, the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), which sought to expose Washington’s abuse of unfunded federal mandates. However, over the years, weaknesses in the original legisla... Read more

  • Reduce the Federal Footprint in America’s Classrooms
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    The current K-12 education system is failing our students, and state and local attempts to make it better have been hampered by an enormous federal footprint. Parents and education leaders have lost much of their decision-making authority to Washington bureaucrats, and the Secretary of Education has bullied states into adopting the Obama administration’s pet projects. Unsurprisingly, student achievement levels remain worrisome – just 36 percent of eighth grade students read at grade level and on... Read more

  • Getting back to work
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on January 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans, Energy and Gas Prices, Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

    On Jan. 6, I was sworn in to my sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Serving the people of North Carolina is a profound honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the 5th District in Congress. It is always a tremendous privilege to take the oath of office and pledge to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States. The first month of the 114th Congress has been a busy one as the House has gotten right to work tackling the difficult issues facing the nation... Read more

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Thank you for keeping us informed about the Washington situation...I sincerely hope that you will try your very best to de-fund Obamacare." - Bill, Mocksville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"The federal government needs to rein in spending and re-work the tax code...There needs to be real changes." - David, Kernersville

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"The only way to ensure a meaningful education is to provide students with teachers that are dedicated to them and their individual needs." - Mary, Hickory

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"The number one issue that Congress should be working on is the economy, the smothering regulations and the mounting debt." - Jeff, Lewisville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Please support our 2nd amendment rights at all cost." - Robert, Lewisville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"We MUST continue to send a message...that [government] cannot pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they will adhere to." - Patricia, Taylorsville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Our children deserve a world-class education that will equip them to compete in the global economy." - Lorrie, Kernersville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"The right thing is not easy, pleasant or popular. It's hard work - just like what Americans do every day." - Jeff, Advance

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Paying for college is already hard enough for many students, increasing the borrowing rate is only going to make a bad problem worse." - Amy, Kernersville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Stand firm to cut and eliminate waste!" - Joseph, Clemmons

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