Economy & Budget

Bipartisan USPS reform legislation will strengthen agency

Bipartisan bills that address real national problems are rare these days.  Maybe it is not surprising that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) produced a bipartisan postal reform bill in July, given that the self-supporting...

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Highlighting contributions of entrepreneurs, startup companies

For many Americans, a cornerstone of the American Dream is the opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a successful business. Our nation’s economic prosperity was built on a foundation of American ingenuity and the drive to turn dreams into...

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Fixing what’s broken about payday lending

Given that my company will be affected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed payday lending rules, we were, perhaps not surprisingly, met with some initial skepticism after announcing our support of them. 

The rules...

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Achieving the American dream for generations to come

When I was sworn in to Congress in April of 2009, we were at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment shot up to 10 percent, median household wealth plummeted by almost 40 percent and nearly five million...

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The death toll rises

It is comforting to believe that when our military veterans return from the battlefields, they are home safe and sound. They have put their lives on the line for our security, and many of them did not make it back alive, but those that did get...

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Grassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions

These are interesting times. Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in the GOP convention. Sen. Bernie Sanders did endorse Hillary Clinton but his supporters tanked Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protested speakers at the Democratic...

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