Issues

Spending

Over the years, Washington has spent money it has not had and borrowed money it could not pay back, and because of that, our national debt currently stands at more than $17 trillion.  The current debt crisis our nation faces is a direct result of out-of-control spending.

As a member of Congress, I have been working to reduce funding and get our country’s spending under control. From small steps, like cutting my office budget by 20 percent, to large steps, like joining my colleagues in passing a budget that cut the deficit by $23 billion, I will continue the fight to end the runaway borrowing and spending of the past.


Every day, families throughout Ohio and the United States make decisions about how to budget and live within their means. We should expect the same thing from Washington. If you agree, sign the petition below and tell Congress and President Obama that we want responsibility and restraint in the federal budget. It’s common sense.

Jobs

As I travel throughout the district, I hear from Ohioans who are struggling to find a job. Getting Americans back to work must be the No. 1 priority, and to do so, we must get our companies and small businesses engaged in the fight to create jobs.
 
That means providing businesses with more certainty on taxes, regulation, healthcare costs, and energy costs. It is also important to get people trained for the jobs of tomorrow by linking unemployment benefits to workforce development training today.
 
I will continue to stand up for our small businesses, work to put a stop to out-of-control spending, and help create incentives for investment and job creation here at home.


Government will not create the jobs of the future; the private sector will.  We need policies that encourage entrepreneurs to take risks, create jobs, and invest in their businesses. We need government to foster hard work and innovation – not crush it. Stand with Steve as he fights to get our economy moving again and help our neighbors get back to work.

Health Care

Since the rollout of the Obamacare website on October 1, 2013, there have been serious problems surrounding this new, flawed healthcare system, including the inability to sign up on the web site, increased premium costs, and Americans losing their insurance or doctor.

The United States has the best medical care in the world. In fact, some of the latest medical research and cutting-edge procedures are being developed and performed right here in Ohio. Unfortunately, high costs often prevent people from obtaining this care.

I believe we each deserve access to quality health care at affordable costs, but Obamacare was not a responsible plan. That is why I have voted to repeal it more than 40 times. It kills jobs and hurts businesses, adds to our already out-of-control national debt, and puts government between you and your doctor.

Now more than ever, we need to focus on reforms that lower costs and increase access to care. I am committed to eliminating portions of the bill that stifle job creation and hurt small businesses. The American people deserve better than the current healthcare law and I will continue to work to find solutions that fit the needs of those I represent – not bureaucrats in Washington.


America is at a crossroads when it comes to dealing with health care. What do you think needs to happen?

National Defense

I support a strong national defense. My 28 years of experience in the Ohio Army National Guard and deployment to the Middle East in Operation Iraqi Freedom give me a “boots on the ground” perspective of what is going on in the war. Moreover, I believe our men and women in uniform must have at their disposal the tools necessary to do their jobs when called to duty. They should also have the resources available to support them when they return home.


If you believe our leaders in Washington need to support our troops, abroad and at home, take a stand by adding your name below:

Energy

To address increasing energy costs, the United States needs an all-of-the-above energy plan that includes everything from renewable energy to clean coal to expanding drilling here at home.  I am a co-sponsor of multiple bills that will help put an end to the Washington policies that are increasing gas prices. This legislation would expand American energy production to help lower costs and create jobs.

A few years ago, a trip to the gas station could cost almost $4 a gallon. However, we expanded off-shore drilling, and prices went back down. If we stop taking action, it is possible that we will see gas prices skyrocket again in the future.  We need American energy to address the American energy crisis and to stop relying on foreign nations for our energy supply.


 

Medicare

I am committed to standing up for our seniors and preserving Medicare in order to meet their needs. Promises made must be promises kept, therefore the plan I support does not change Medicare for anyone who is 55 years of age and older.



However, we need to act now to stop Medicare from going bankrupt in 12 years. 
Legislation I voted in favor of preserves and protects Medicare with true choice and competition for future generations, while also eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in the system.


Medicare is a large and growing part of the federal budget, with millions of retirees relying on the program for their health care. What do you think should be done to address the sustainability of the program?

Protecting the Second Amendment

As a proud, card-carrying member of the NRA, I am and will continue to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment rights afforded to us in the United States Constitution. While in the Ohio Senate, I co-sponsored the Castle Doctrine, was a co-sponsor of Ohio's concealed carry law, and supported educational programs about the use of firearms, marksmanship, and safety.  As a Member of Congress, I have supported Second Amendment rights by:

  • Voting for and co-sponsoring legislation to allow for reciprocity across state lines for concealed carry
  • Voting for legislation to stop the National Institutes of Health from using taxpayer money for studies designed to make legal gun ownership seem like a public health hazard or to promote gun control
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from banning firearms on water resources lands
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to allow collectible firearms to be imported into the U.S. without the approval of the Department of State or the Department of Defense

Our Constitution clearly outlines the right of Americans to bear arms. Stand with Steve by signing our petition below, and tell Congress and the Administration to support our Second Amendment Rights.