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  • Wenstrup Statement on Charlottesville
    Posted in Blog on August 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    “I'm as outraged today as I was yesterday, and the days before that. As I made clear this weekend and will continue to do so, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis or any brand of hatred and bigotry, should be universally condemned along with their acts of violence.” “The terror in Charlottesville was, without a doubt, carried out by white supremacists. I stand with Ohio's Second District, and the country, in condemning them in every way. The notion of one race or religion being superior to another is b... Read more

  • Tax reform in Peebles
    Posted in Blog on August 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    I just toured General Electric's (GE) test facility in Peebles, OH. This facility is the 'last stop before flight,' where engines are tested and must go through simulations of real-world hail and ice storms, typhoon conditions, and winds up to 100 mph. Take a look: During my discussion with GE employees, they stressed the importance of comprehensive and permanent tax reform to allow companies like GE, start-ups, and small businesses in Ohio and across the country to continue to provide jobs to o... Read more

  • Action alert: fighting Ohio's human trafficking crisis
    Posted in Blog on August 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Friend, Did you know Ohio ranks fifth in the nation in human trafficking cases? Last year, 375 Ohio trafficking cases were reported from 1,352 calls to the national hotline, according to Polaris, a non-profit organization tracking trafficking in America and across the world. We’re taking action. Here in the House, we’ve passed 15 bills to fight human trafficking and advance a range of reforms to how our country combats child abuse and exploitation. Get the details here. Today, our nation faces a... Read more

  • long overdue
    Posted in Blog on August 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Friend, Last night, Southern State Community College in Hillsboro was packed with friends and family as Lt. Col. Harry Shoop, a World War II veteran, received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star that he earned in the Philippines in 1945. Take a look: Photo Credit: Highland County Press Photo Credit: Highland County Press At the end of the ceremony, Harry left us with these words of why he believes America is always worth fighting for: "I give thanks, in my humble way, to the United States of Americ... Read more

  • fighting poverty is local
    Posted in Blog on August 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    Friend, Fighting poverty is a personal priority of mine as your representative here in Congress. I strongly believe that effectively empowering Americans who are experiencing poverty starts in our local communities. One of the best things the federal government can do is partner with local groups who have developed anti-poverty initiatives, and empower them to thrive. They know the community best -- and are positioned to provide the local solutions that are needed to help their neighbors. A grea... Read more

  • Made In America
    Posted in Blog on August 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    “Made in America.” Whether these three simple words are stitched inside a pair of jeans or splashed in bold letters across a banner outside a local car dealer, they invoke a sense of pride. It’s almost as if a small piece of our national identity has now taken tangible form. The same pride rings true in Ohio. Talk to any born-and-raised Ohioans, including me, for very long and you will discover that we love to enjoy Ohio-made products, food, and services. In fact, when you walk into my Congressi... Read more

  • Action Alert: #ForeverGIBill
    Posted in Blog on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Friend, I wanted to provide you with a quick update on my work with the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. You may not hear about it on the news, but we're continuing to take major bipartisan action to address issues that our veterans face across the board - including ensuring timely medical care, reliable child care, and increased education and job opportunities. This week, we passed 12 bills to ensure veterans receive the treatment they have earned and deserve, once they come home. Take a look... Read more

  • Enough is enough
    Posted in Blog on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Friend, North Korea, Russia, and Iran – these are three regimes that continue to threaten their neighbors and work to undermine U.S. national security and democracy. Here’s a quick breakdown: North Korea: Just this month, the Kim Jong Un regime conducted its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile which could reach Alaska if on the right trajectory, according to experts. Russia: Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, Russia has engaged in a series of aggressive actions th... Read more

  • 8 things that happened last week
    Posted in Blog on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    Friend, Last week was a busy week in the House of Representatives -- and I was honored to play a role in leading on several policy initiatives to make a difference in the lives of our local veterans, provide for our national security, combat Ohio's human trafficking crisis, and continue the dialogue on healthcare. Here are 8 things from last week that I wanted to make sure you saw: 1. Resourcing our military. The House passed the annual defense policy bill (FY2018 National Defense Authorization ... Read more

  • Top 10 Things to Know About the NDAA
    Posted in Blog on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Friend – One of the biggest pieces of bipartisan legislation to be consistently passed in Congress – the annual defense policy bill or National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) -- just passed the House today, with my support. This is big news for our national defense. This bill represents a down-payment on the strong military we need to face the threats to our national security both today and tomorrow, and begins the important work of reforming, repairing, and rebuilding our Armed Forces. Here a... Read more