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  • The Story of a Warrior on Veterans Day: William Smith
    Posted in Columns on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Milledgeville, GA – In my time as your Representative in Congress, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and honor incredible veterans and hear their extraordinary stories. In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who have faithfully served our country, I want to share the account of William Smith of Sandersville, Georgia, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1974. Through the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress, a member of my staff sat down with Mr. ... Read more

  • Merit-Based Policies
    Posted in Columns on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – In light of the grievous terror attack in New York earlier this week – perpetrated by a terrorist who entered the country through the Diversity Visa Program – it’s becoming more evident that our flawed immigration system needs to be addressed. Let me start by expressing my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families who were impacted by this horrific act of violence. I’m keeping all those affected in my prayers, and we need to be mindful of this event as we move fo... Read more

  • Onward with Tax Reform
    Posted in Columns on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Conservatives in Congress are focused on one thing right now: Tax relief for American families. For months, we have been developing a plan to benefit all Americans – and we are excited to finally get it rolling. A major step in accomplishing a substantial overhaul of our complicated and burdensome tax system is passing a budget. It has been over 30 years since we have passed comprehensive tax reform. For too long, we’ve watched the American middle-class struggle and many busin... Read more

  • Reaching out to community as your U.S. congressman
    Posted in Columns on October 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    One of my most important responsibilities as your Congressman is to be an advocate for you when you encounter problems dealing with a federal agency. That assistance may come in the form of a mediator, a red-tape cutter, or even an expediter. Most often, my staff and I help 10th District residents with Social Security claims, federal disability filings, Internal Revenue Service headaches, veterans’ benefits and immigration requests. So far this year, we’ve handled nearly 1,100 requests for assis... Read more

  • Talking Taxes
    Posted in Columns on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Economic opportunities are abound in Georgia, and the 10th District certainly is no exception. In the Covington-Newton County area, the explosive growth of the film and manufacturing industries is welcoming new ventures, like Three Ring Studios, Shire Biologics, and General Mills, to its community. I’m also encouraged by expansions that are happening in Milledgeville and Monticello such as the development of Norton Packaging. But progress shouldn’t be limited to certain areas,... Read more

  • Curbing Excessive Spending Little by Little
    Posted in Columns on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Fiscal responsibility. Politicians talk about it frequently, but it seems like none are willing to take action to make it a reality. When it comes down to it, these two little words are all about identifying government waste and eliminating it, which is exactly what my colleague, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, and I are doing. Last week, the two of us introduced companion legislation in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, called the Presidential Allowance Moderni... Read more

  • Open for Business
    Posted in Columns on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Over the past few years, the State of Georgia has distinguished itself as a powerhouse for business with its growth of its manufacturing, film, and tourism industries. Among others, these trades are spurring our economy and enriching our cities and local neighborhoods. For example, Georgia has consistently snagged top spots in CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” rankings. The 10th District’s very own Newton County is home to the Three Ring Studios, which is on it... Read more

  • Legislative Update
    Posted in Columns on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – With all the noise coming out of Washington lately, big-ticket items, like health care and tax reform, have been on the forefront of most of our minds. While these are important issues that we’re tackling, they’ve also drowned out some of the other valuable things that Congress is doing. With that in mind, I want to take the time to outline a few of my own legislative proposals that I’m very proud to be introducing in the coming months. Just a few short weeks ago, the House pa... Read more

  • A Focus at Home: Made in America
    Posted in Columns on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Americans have always been on the forefront of innovation, creating new ideas and growing businesses from the ground up. Our work ethic and quality craftsmanship are the heart and soul of our Nation. That heart – present in so many of our small business owners – is one of the things that makes America great. Not only do American companies provide high-quality goods and services, but they also provide much-needed jobs in our communities. On Monday, President Trump kicked off “M... Read more

  • Foreign and Domestic
    Posted in Columns on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense & National Security

    Washington, D.C. – The day I was sworn in as your Representative in Congress, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. There is no promise that I take more seriously than this one. For too long, our military has struggled to complete the tasks they’ve been given – not because of a lack of skill or dedication, but because the government has failed to provide our men and women in uniform with the tools and resources neces... Read more

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