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Thank You To Our Nation's Veterans
Posted by on November 11, 2015
Thank you to all the men and women who serve, and have served, in our nation’s military. Our service members and their families deserve our appreciation, our respect, and our gratitude for the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make, to defend the freedom we hold dear.

And so, as we celebrate Veterans Day, I encourage everyone to thank a veteran, and let them know you appreciate their service.

As the son of a World War II veteran, I understand the sacrifices that families of active duty soldiers and veterans make. And we, as a nation, owe it to them to provide all of the support and assistance we can.

Quite frankly, our government hasn’t done a good enough job, through the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), of providing veterans with access to the benefits and medical resources that they have earned and they deserve. That’s why I will continue to push for and support legislation to break through the VA’s vast bureaucracy and hold them accountable.

Additionally, I am always striving to both ensure the needs of veterans are taken care of and to find ways to make the transition to civilian life easier and more successful.  For example, as Chairman of the Small Business Committee, I recently led the effort to make it easier for veterans to obtain small business loans, through H.R. 2499, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act, which was signed into law in July.

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Cincinnati County Day School
Posted by on October 22, 2015

Thanks to the 8th grade (and one former 8th grader) from Cincinnati Country Day School for stopping by. 

It's great to see students so interested in learning more about their government.


I also get to answer their questions. What did I do before coming to Congress?
I was a councilman, teacher, lawyer, and even a hotel bellhop.

Thanks also to Country Day Alum, Senator Rob Portman, for stopping by. 
He's a great role model for these future leaders.

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Honor Flight
Posted by on October 20, 2015
This afternoon, I had the privilege of welcoming an Honor Flight of WWII and Korean War veterans from Cincinnati to our nation's capital. Each of them, and all of our veterans, deserve our gratitude for their service to, and sacrifices for, our country.

Here are a few pictures from the World War II Memorial.

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District Event Roundup
Posted by on October 20, 2015
On Monday and Tuesday, I visited a number of facilities throughout the First District.  Here are a few of the highlights.

I began the week with a visit to the Lebanon Early Learning Center, where I had an opportunity to read to the students.

Later, I discussed Social Security and Medicare issues with a great group of seniors at Bentley Woods Apartments.

And on Tuesday morning, I had the opportunity to visit Butler Tech's Colerain Career Center and talk with students about their vocational pursuits.

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Around the First District
Posted by on October 16, 2015
It was another busy week in the First District.  Here are a few of the highlights.

On Tuesday, I spoke to the seventh and eighth grade classes at St. James School, and the students asked some great questions.

On Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to speak to the Delhi Business Association about how we can help small businesses grow and thrive.

Later, I had a great discussion with the members of the Greater Cincinnati Insurance Association.

On Thursday, I had the honor of speaking at the annual memorial service at the Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial.  The men and women who serve in all the region's fire departments help keep our communities safe, and they deserve our appreciation, our respect, and our gratitude.

I also toured Hilltop Concrete's riverfront facility and talked with the company's management and employees about the importance of repairing our national infrastructure.

And on Friday, I spoke to an impressive group of women entrepreneurs about the tools available to help them compete for government contracts.

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St. James School
Posted by on October 13, 2015
On Tuesday afternoon, I had an opportunity to speak to the seventh and eighth grade classes at St. James School.  I really enjoyed hearing what the students had to say and answering their questions.

Here are a few pictures from the visit.

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DC Week In Review
Posted by on October 2, 2015
Here are a few highlights from another busy week in Washington.

On Tuesday, I met with representatives from several Cincinnati area car dealerships to discuss a number of issues facing auto dealers and the automotive industry.

Representatives from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati also stopped by this week to update me on their new facility in Price Hill which opened in conjunction with the All Star Game.

Additionally, I spoke to the National Association of Manufacturers about what can be done to ease the regulatory difficulties they face and improve economic conditions for manufacturers.

And I had an opportunity to meet with Tomomi Inada, a member of Japan's House of Representatives.

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District Event Roundup
Posted by on September 22, 2015
Before heading back to Washington on Wednesday, I had a couple of busy days, meeting with constituents and local organizations.  Here are a few of the highlights.

The week started with an extremely interesting tour of the U.C. College of Medicine's Neuroscience Laboratory.  

Monday evening, my office hosted a military academy information night for students (and their parents) interested in attending a military academy.  If you were unable to attend, or you would just like to learn more about the admissions process, please visit my  Service Academy Nominations  page.

And on Tuesday, I had the opportunity to tour the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, and meet with numerous former police officers who volunteer at the museum.

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Military Academy Information Night Recap
Posted by on September 21, 2015
We had a great turnout for the military academy information night this evening at Colerain High School.  Thank you to all the students and parents as well as the representatives from each service academy who made it out tonight.

If you weren't able to make it, or if you just want to learn more about the academy admissions process, please visit the Service Academy Nominations page  on my website.

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Around the First District
Posted by on September 15, 2015
Before heading back to Washington tomorrow morning, I had two busy days in the First District, meeting with constituents and touring local businesses and organizations.  Here are a few of the highlights.

After several constituent meetings on Monday morning, I had the opportunity to tour the new Clifton branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  The new branch is located in a renovated Parkview Manor, a house built over a century ago.

On Monday afternoon, I toured the early childhood learning center operated by 4C For Children in Harrison.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of visiting Eurostampa North America, Inc. and learning how they print specialty labels.

And I had an informative meeting with Ruah Woods in Green Township, during which we discussed their efforts to share the teachings of Saint John Paul II.

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