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Improving veterans’ health care

Last week, I introduced Robert McDonald, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The next day, the Committee –13 other senators and I – voted unanimously to approve his nomination. The full Senate must now vote on his confirmation.I voted in support of Robert McDonald’s nomination because I believe he possesses the skills and integrity needed to advo...

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Cracking down on human trafficking

My wife Debbie and I raised two daughters, and, like any parent, the stories of suffering and pain that follow from human trafficking crimes weigh heavily on me.Unfortunately, we see and hear the local stories about human trafficking nearly every day.According to a recent article in the Dayton Daily News, “During the past 12 months, 26 child advocacy centers across state identified 65 minors and seven adults who are potential victims of human trafficking, including...

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Honoring Our Vow to America’s Veterans

In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays. The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the need to address existing problems with the claims backlog, the suicide r...

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Pieratt family says thank you

Editor:On behalf of the Steve Pieratt family, we would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the 6th annual “Ratt Race” on Saturday, July 12.We had approximately 130 participants this year. Thank you to all our volunteers who help the race run so smoothly!

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Skills gap still exists

There’s a skills gap in our country that is preventing unemployed Americans from filling available jobs. Legislation I authored is going to help close that gap.

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PCHS says ‘thanks’ to supporters

Editor:On behalf of the Preble County Historical Society, I want to thank the Preble County Community for its response to our Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 6. The event is a huge volunteer commitment and we are so happy that the community responded with such enthusiastic participation. Over 65 volunteers celebrated with over 3,000 participants throughout the day and evening! It was a great turnout and celebration!

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Obama has ‘circumvented’ the American people

Over the past five years, President Obama has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold.We’re not going to sit idly by while this president chips away at the very foundation of our democracy, which is why the House is now initiating legal action to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the ...

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All-American made flags

As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses.That’s why I introduced the All-American Flag Act, which requires American flags bought by the federal government to be produced entirely with American-made materials. Right now, the federal government is required to purchase flags made from only a minimum of 50 percent America...

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Township gives thanks for help with tornado siren

Editor:The Gratis Township Trustees want to extend our appreciation to Dave Anderson at the Preble County EMA, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Thomas Electric Services, Bill and Sharon Bates of Tri-Mac Manufacturing, Gratis Eagles, the village council of West Elkton, John Cassidy, and Glen Deaton, for their contributions and work in securing and installation of our new weather/tornado siren located at the West Elkton-Gratis Twp. Fire Station.The old siren was over 60 ...

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Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax.

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New EPA rule is ‘nuts’

When I heard about the president’s new EPA rule, I said it was nuts – that’s because it is. The proposed rule would force new federal bureaucratic mandates on states and energy suppliers that will be passed directly to American consumers, causing energy prices paid by families and small businesses to, as the president has put it, “necessarily skyrocket.”The president is blocking American energy production and waging a war on coal, and this national ene...

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