Creating Jobs and Restoring Economic Prosperity

When I talk to people about why they love living in Northwest and West Central Ohio, it’s because they value having deep roots in the area, knowing their neighbors, raising their children in a safe community, and living close to the land.

But I know that many families struggle to make ends meet. Many of our main streets struggle to attract and retain business. I know that many of our parents work overtime on two or three jobs just to put meals on the table. Our region has a strong history of manufacturing, and our workforce is second to none. We can work together to build on this proud tradition and bring more clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and tech jobs to our region and let’s make sure those jobs come with a living wage.

Let’s also make sure we have fair trade deals that put all countries on the same playing field. We can make high-quality, public education a top priority, so that our children have the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly competitive world. Let's ensure that adults who are already well into their careers have opportunities to train in new fields and with new technologies.

As we move forward, we will continue to add to our agenda.

Protecting Our Natural Resources

Northwest Ohio has some of the best farmland in the country, abundant water resources, and clean air. Our quality of life—and the economy—depend on conserving and protecting these resources, now and for future generations.

Winding through the heart of our district, the Maumee River is part of the largest watershed that flows into the Great Lakes. Thousands of area residents get their drinking water from the Maumee and use the river for fishing and boating. Yet, it is no secret that the Maumee and all our water bodies are threatened by pollution, agricultural run-off, and pipelines. We need to work together to solve water quality problems at the source, rather than spending millions of dollars only treating it at the water treatment plants. Farmers--who are often the best stewards of our land--need the tools and resources to capture run-off before it leaves their fields. We also need to make sure that new infrastructure projects, including pipelines, are adequately studied so that they won’t further threaten our water.

As we move forward, we will continue to add to our agenda.

Affordable Health Care for All

Quality, affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege.

With the passage of Trumpcare in the House of Representatives, millionaire politicians voted to reinstate pre-existing conditions and require people who are sick to pay more for health insurance. They voted to phase out the Medicaid expansion, which will not only leave millions of working Americans without affordable health care but also threatens to bankrupt the rural hospitals that rely on this funding source. They repealed key protections that keep health-care costs down and require insurers to offer plans that provide vital services, such as emergency visits, prescription drugs, maternity and newborn care, and preventive care, such as flu shots and cancer screenings.

There is no doubt that Trumpcare will take America backwards. However, there are real problems that the Affordable Care Act didn’t address that continue to plague our health care system. We need to insure more healthy people and create incentives for insurers to enter the marketplace to bring premiums down. We need to crack down on soaring prescription costs and explore ways to reign in medical malpractice suits.

We won’t be able to solve these problems as long as politicians continue to put partisanship over people’s health. Washington has been gridlocked on health care for too long, and it’s time to have an independent voice seeking real solutions.

As we move forward, we will continue to add to our agenda.