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  • Making History by Recognizing History
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on December 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act which called for officially moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support; however, it has been ignored by every President since it was signed into law - each promising to follow through, but failing to do so. That’s 22 years of broken promises to America’s greatest ally, Israel. President Trump made history this week when he announced the United States will formally recognize... Read more

  • Tax Cuts for the Heartland
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, President Trump returned to the place where he started his push for historic tax cuts three months ago, right here in Missouri. This time, the President spoke in detail about the proposal which I had recently helped advance through the U.S. House of Representatives known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - our plan to allow American families, small business owners and farmers to keep more of what they earn and more of what they deserve. In August, the President was in Springfield, the home... Read more

  • Reining in a Rogue Regime
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on November 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    The era of strategic patience and capitulation symptomatic of the Obama Administration and their approach to North Korea finally ended this week. President Trump has now formally declared and labeled North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. What does that mean? It’s simple, President Trump is holding North Korea accountable for actions that aim to terrorize and destabilize society - standing up for America and fighting for our interests across the globe. When President Trump announced his de... Read more

  • A Time to be Thankful
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on November 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    Giving thanks, saying grace, blessing the food. Whatever your household calls it, praying before a meal is something I grew up doing with my family and still do today. In my family, we call it “saying the blessing.” This is a time of fellowship that provides me with reflection, restoration, and gives me hope for the future. In a few days, folks across Missouri and America will join with their families and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. As I have done every year since childhood, I will spend ... Read more

  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on November 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    “The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrents to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system…The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.” Most would guess this quote came from President Trump, maybe President Bush, or even President Reagan. While good guesses, they would all ... Read more

  • Honoring Sacrifice and Service
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    As a grateful nation, we pause this week to honor America’s veterans. These brave men and women leave family, friends, careers and the comforts of home to fight and defend our freedoms and values. They’ve fought for us; it is incredibly important to fight for them now. From servicemen like my uncle, who fought in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart, to those recently enlisted beginning their first tours of duty, we owe a debt of gratitude. I consider it a great honor to help our military heroes. W... Read more

  • Protecting What’s Yours, Not Theirs
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    With Halloween only a few days away, unfortunately American taxpayers were greeted with the wrong kind of ‘tricks’ this week. On Tuesday, it was uncovered that the Department of Justice under then Attorney General Eric Holder was picking and choosing what organizations to make settlement payments to, based on if they were liberal or conservative. That’s right, more rouge agency heads and bureaucrats picking winners and losers to award your tax dollars to based on if they were liberal enough to a... Read more

  • Stalled in the Senate
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on October 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area. This week, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to more than half of the counties in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, and have met with everyone from parents, teachers and students, to doctors, farmers, local small business owners and community leaders. During my travels this week, the folks I visited with consistently told me they were frustrated with Washington. “Why is Congress failing to act on President Trump’s age... Read more

  • The Power of Prayer
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    Whenever I am working in Washington, my fellow Republicans and I open our weekly meetings with prayer before declaring our allegiance to the American Flag. This time of reflection sets our intentions and reminds us that we are truly “one nation under God.” Opening with prayer is a long-held practice in our great nation. In fact, Benjamin Franklin began the Constitutional Convention by reminding his fellow founders to bow their heads in prayer. In 1776, when crafting the United States Constitutio... Read more

  • Protecting the Unborn’s Right to Life
    Posted in Weekly Capitol Report on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Forty-four years have passed since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, and as a result more than 59 million innocent lives have tragically been lost. To put that into perspective, that would be like aborting every baby born in the United States since 2002. Every representative, every physician and every American must be reminded that at the center of our Pro-Life struggle is the protection of innocent lives. Life is precious. Just this week, we were reminded of the fragility of life yet a... Read more

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