Leading with Transparency

Our office is determined to demonstrate immediately that we are a new kind of national leader. This means being fully transparent, accountable, bipartisan, and highly reliable.

This page is updated with information on the legislation we’re working on, what’s going on in House committees and on the floor, folks we’re meeting with, media interviews, and more.


JANUARY

January 2-6

  •  LEGISLATION
  • COMMITTEES
    • The Rules Committee that establishes the rules for the House of Representatives was finally voted on after a speaker was elected. I voted against this.
    • The House Steering and Policy Committee determines which Representatives serve on which committee. I wrote a letter to Democratic leadership expressing my desire to serve on the House Small Business Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee this term, and the Appropriations Committee in the future.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Our office hosted an open house on the first day of our swearing in. It was wonderful to see my family, many constituents, and several former bosses despite the chaos of the Speaker’s election.
    • I hated being away from my city, especially for such a huge announcement from President Biden. Luckily, I did get a shout-out.
    • January 6th marked the second anniversary of an armed mob storming the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. I was honored to stand in solidarity with Capitol Police officers and our democracy during a memorial service.
  • CONSTITUENT SERVICES
    • Our Constituent Casework team took nearly forty open constituent cases from the offices of Representatives Steve Chabot and Brad Wenstrup.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WLWT covering swearing-in
    • Interview with WCPO covering swearing-in, Brent Spence Bridge, bipartisanship, legislative priorities
    • Interview with WKRC covering swearing-in, legislative priorities
    • Interview with WKRC covering swearing-in
    • Interview with Fox 19 covering swearing-in
    • Interview with Spectrum News 1 covering swearing-in, bipartisanship, legislative priorities
    • Interview with Cincinnati Enquirer covering swearing-in
    • Interview with Cincinnati Enquirer covering swearing-in, legislative priorities
    • Interview with Cincinnati Business Courier covering swearing-in, bipartisanship, legislative priorities
    • Story in Cincinnati CityBeat covering swearing-in, legislative priorities
    • Interview with WVXU covering swearing-in, legislative priorities

January 9-13

  • LEGISLATION
    • I outlined my top legislative priorities this term: capping the cost of insulin for children at $35 per month, renewing the Child Tax Credit and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, and increasing public safety grants to equip, hire, and train local police and firefighters. Each of these will be bipartisan common-sense reforms aimed at making life easier for children and families.
  • COMMITTEES
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Our team released the dates of our first congressional town halls in Evanston, Madeira, and Lebanon. These are key to ensuring transparency and building trust in our government.
    • I reached out to a number of Republicans to build relationships across the aisle. This week, I met with Representative Mike Carey of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
    • A huge event for everyone in the district, I cheered on the Bengals from home with my family as they took on the Ravens and remained AFC North Champions for the second year in a row.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with Cincinnati Business Courier covering swearing-in, bipartisanship, legislative priorities
    • Interview with 700WLW covering swearing-in, bipartisanship, legislative priorities

January 16-20

  • LEGISLATION
    • I was glad to be in Ohio all week talking with folks about what they want to see from the federal government. For example, I met with the Mayor and City Manager of Lebanon to talk about infrastructure projects that will make a huge difference in their community.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week was a district work week. Members waited for their committee assignments while the Steering and Policy Committee deliberated.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I attended the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center breakfast event and joined the march to Washington Park afterwards. In the afternoon, I joined folks in Warren County for their Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
    • Although I was officially sworn in around 2:00 AM on January 7th, I wanted to have a swearing-in ceremony with the folks at home. Judge Black swore me in at the federal courthouse downtown, and we had receptions open to the community in OTR and in Lebanon.
    • This week was also our first congressional town hall, held at the Evanston Rec Center. It was great to have so many folks together to talk about the issues that matter most from common-sense economic reforms to tackling gun violence to protecting Social Security and Medicare.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WLWT covering district swearing-in
    • Story on WLWT covering congressional town halls
    • Interview with WLWT covering bipartisanship, legislative priorities
    • Story on WCPO covering district swearing-in
    • Story on WCPO covering congressional town halls
    • Interview with WKRC covering district swearing-in, legislative priorities
    • Story on WKRC covering congressional town halls
    • Story on Fox 19 covering district swearing-in
    • Story in Spectrum News 1 covering support for Black-owned businesses
    • Story in Cincinnati CityBeat covering congressional town halls
    • Interview with WVXU covering district swearing-in, legislative priorities

January 23-27

  • LEGISLATION
    • Keeping families safe in their neighborhoods is top priority. We have to address gun violence, which is why I cosponsored the Bipartisan Background Checks Act.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week, it was announced that I was assigned to serve on the House Small Business Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. I am looking forward to working with our district’s vibrant small business community and world-class VA medical center.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • As a former teacher and education advocate, I know how crucial early childhood education is to our children’s outcomes. I was honored to meet with Hamilton County Head Start this week.
    • I continued to meet with my Republican colleagues. This week, I met with Representative Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd District and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania’s 1st District.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WLWT covering the Bengals-Chiefs game
    • Interview with WCPO covering the Bengals-Chiefs game
    • Interview with WKRC covering the Bengals-Chiefs game

January 30- February 3

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, I signed onto 12 pieces of legislation authored by my colleagues. Among these were a number of gun safety laws: Ethan’s Law which promotes safe gun storage, and the assault weapons ban. The safety of our children at school and families in their neighborhoods is top priority for me.
    • Another notable piece of legislation was the Access to AEDs Act, which came to light after the tragic accident at the Bills Bengals game in Cincinnati. Because of the work of the University of Cincinnati’s medical team and because of an AED, Damar Hamlin’s life was saved.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week, we had our first committee meetings, where we were assigned to sub-committees.
    • On the House Small Business Committee, I was appointed as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access and a Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Energy, and Supply Chains.
    • On the House Veterans’ Affair Committee, I was assigned to the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I continued my series of meetings with Republican Members of Congress. I got the chance to sit down with Representative Max Miller of Ohio’s 7th District.
    • We had our second in-person Town Hall this week in Madeira. It’s great getting to hear from folks in the community on what matters most to them. It’s also a great opportunity for constituents to meet our team on the ground in OH-01. They make everything happen.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WLWT covering the new 118th Congress
    • Interview with WKRC covering the new 118th Congress
    • Story on WKRC covering congressional town halls
    • Op-Ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer covering Social Security and Medicare
    • Story in the Cincinnati Enquirer covering the new 118th Congress

FEBRUARY

February 6-10

  • LEGISLATION
    • The big legislative event this week was the State of the Union, where President Biden came to outline his agenda for this coming year. The first piece of legislation I started working on was a plan to cap the cost of insulin for children. The President mentioned the same in his address, and I’m ready to get to work.
    • Another important issue for me is ensuring access to childcare, so I signed on as a cosponsor for the Child Care for Every Community Act. I led the charge to pass the Cincinnati Preschool Promise, which provides two years of quality preschool for three- and four-year-olds in Cincinnati, but parents should have access to quality childcare earlier as well.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week, we had our first meeting of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, which is focused on enterprise technology modernization projects, including the Electronic Health Record Modernization program, as well as enterprise information technology governance, cybersecurity matters, data management, and more.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was honored to have Isaiah Gentry with me as my guest for the State of the Union. Isaiah is a seventh grader who has Type 1 Diabetes. His mom had to switch jobs to get on an insurance plan that had better coverage for his insulin. Capping the cost of insulin for children is a huge priority for me, and Isaiah’s story hits home.
    • On Saturday, we had our third in-person town hall at the Warren County Historical Society. My daughter, Maddie, came along, which is always fun for me.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WLWT covering the State of the Union
    • Interview with WLWT covering cosponsorship of gun violence legislation
    • Interview with WCPO covering the State of the Union
    • Interview with WKRC covering the State of the Union
    • Interview with Fox 19 covering the State of the Union
    • Interview with Spectrum News 1 covering the State of the Union
    • Interview with Cincinnati Enquirer covering the State of the Union

February 13-17

  • LEGISLATION
    • I got to spend this week in Ohio, since there were no votes scheduled. This gave me the chance to spend a lot of time with local elected officials to get a better sense for what their community needs. In my meeting with Springboro Mayor John Agenbroad and City Manager Chris Pozzuto, who told me about how they plan to increase high speed internet access across the city. Projects like these are huge for our communities, and I want to be helpful wherever I can be.
    • A few decades ago, hundreds of trains a day came through Union Terminal in Cincinnati. I am very excited to be a part of restoring more frequent Amtrak service across Ohio, connecting Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Cleveland. I met with folks from Amtrak as well as the Mayor and Councilmembers from Cincinnati to discuss the opportunities that are available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • In addition to Springboro, I also met with local government representatives from Mariemont and Blue Ash. As a former Cincinnati City Councilmember, I know how important the federal government is when it comes to local projects. I want to be a reliable federal partner for our municipalities.
    • There are so many folks in OH-01 dedicated to making a difference. I was honored to visit Goodwill industries this week. From operating their stores to investing in people with disabilities, they are a real changemaker in the district.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WCPO covering the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio
    • Interview with 700WLW covering effort to expand Amtrak service in Ohio

February 20-24

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week was another district work period, so I got to spend a lot of time on the ground with folks in the community. One of my favorite stops was at a small business in Avondale called Saturday Morning Vibes. As a Member of the House Small Business Committee, I am a huge proponent of local entrepreneurs. It was great to see the folks at Saturday Morning Vibes hard at work.
    • In the aftermath of the train derailment and explosion in East Palestine, I joined forces with the entire Ohio delegation to call on FEMA and the Administration to act swiftly to support the residents of East Palestine.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We celebrated Black History Month with the children, parents, and teachers of Rockdale Elementary School in Avondale. From the preschoolers’ performance of “Lean on Me” to the 6th graders’ monologues, it was such an incredible experience to be with all of them.
    • My faith is a huge part of who I am, and the faith leaders in our communities are instrumental to supporting our most vulnerable. This week, I held our first Faith Leader Roundtable, where ministers, rabbis, priests, and imams, discussed issues of importance to them and their congregations.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WKRC covering the 1-year anniversary of Russia’s war against Ukraine

February 27- March 3

  • LEGISLATION
    • The REIN IN Act requires the Biden Administration to produce a report on spending as it relates to inflation. A report is a good way to analyze past decisions and inform our future choices. I voted with my Republican colleagues in support of this bill.
    • Another big vote had to do with government pensions. I voted against this bill because pension related investments have to prioritize returns as well take into account the effect on children and families.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week, the House Small Business Committee provided an update on the Small Business Association (SBA). The SBA is crucial to making sure our small businesses have the support they need from the federal level.
    • The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee used the hearing this week to get all of us up to speed on the operations of the VA Hospital System as well as the current state of Veterans’ Affairs. It was pretty broad, but also very informative.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • On March 1st, Ohio turned 220 years old. I was honored to join folks from our state’s delegation at Ohio’s Birthday Party. love Southwest Ohio and I am so honored to represent you all in Washington.
    • This week, I met with a few different groups of bankers. Small banks and credit unions do a lot to ensure access to capital for our communities, in turn growing our economy.

MARCH

March 6-10

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, the House voted on HR 140, which would prevent federal employees from reporting foreign interference. Free speech is vital, and the federal government shouldn’t interfere. I went to the floor for debate on this one and offered my first motion to recommit.
    • I testified before the Education and Workforce committee about how I believe our investments in the next generation should be framed. We have to invest along with brain development, from prenatal care to childcare to career training.
  • COMMITTEES
    • I am a Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Technology Modernization Subcommittee. We held a hearing this week on electronic health records. For certain hearings, including this one, those providing testimony take an oath like they would in a courtroom. As a result, a lot of preparation goes into this. This was my time asking questions in a committee hearing.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was honored to speak to hundreds of firefighters from Southwest Ohio and across the country this week. They were on the Hill to advocate against PFAs, particles in their fire-resistant gear that cause cancer. They put themselves in so much danger to protect our communities. I am so grateful for all that they do.
    • Folks from Huntington Bank came to our office to talk about Small Business loans. Huntington is the largest small business lender in the country, and their Lift Local program supports minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with CSPAN covering bipartisanship, legislative priorities

March 13-17

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, we introduced our first bill, the Making Insulin Affordable for All Children Act. This would cap the cost of insulin at $35 per month for those under the age of 26. No family should go broke paying for their child’s medication.
    • I also signed on to the bipartisan RAIL Act to increase rail safety standards in the wake of the East Palestine disaster. This is an issue that impacts folks across the country, so we’ve got to get to work.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • The Cincinnati VA is offering some of the best veteran care programs in the country for PTSD, mental health, suicide prevention, and more. They gave our team a very informative presentation, and it was an honor to be shown around their facilities.
    • In honor of Women’s History Month, we visited several women-owned small businesses across Southwest Ohio. One of them was The Cheescakery, owned by Liz Field and based in Madisonville.
    • On Saturday the 18th, we held our fourth town hall at Third Presbyterian Church in East Westwood. We had great conversations ranging from protecting Social Security and Medicare, to affordable housing, to public safety and reducing gun violence.
  • MEDIA
    • Op-Ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer covering Social Security and Medicare
    • Story in the WVXU covering Medicare
    • Interview with WLWT covering legislative priorities

March 20-24

  • LEGISLATION
    • Our office offered three amendments to H.R. 5—an incredibly controversial education bill that would subject teachers and school districts across the country to continuous and detrimental lawsuits. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee ruled nearly every amendment offered by a Democrat out of order, and my amendment did not make it to the floor.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee brought Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough to testify. I asked questions on how we can increase mental health care for veterans and on the backlog of claims under the PACT Act.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week, we held an informative town hall with partners from the IRS answering questions on the tax process. Tax season can bring unexpected challenges, and this was a great way to get some help.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Cincinnati Enquirer covering tattoos

March 27-31

  • LEGISLATION
    • I joined my fellow Ohio Representatives—Republicans and Democrats—to announce the bipartisan RAIL Act. In the wake of East Palestine, we have to pass 21st century rail safety legislation to prevent derailments and keep our communities safe.
    • This week brought yet another preventable tragedy: the shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville. I went to the House floor imploring Republican leaders hold a vote to ban assault weapons. As a parent, I am sickened by their inaction.
    • I participated in the floor debate on HR1 – a bill that would give Big Oil and Gas more money. These corporations have raked in record profits while price gouging all of us at the pump. The bill is designed to mislead our families, who just want lower costs.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week was the first hearing of the Small Business Committee’s Tax, Economic Growth, and Capital Access Subcommittee. I am the Ranking Member of this subcommittee, or the most senior Democrat. We heard from lenders on their efforts to improve lending to women- and minority-owned small businesses.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I stood with dozens of Democrats calling on Republicans to take action after the shooting at the Covenant School. At home, this isn’t partisan. Democrat, Republican, and Independent parents just want these military style weapons out of our neighborhoods.
    • This week, we announced the judges for our Congressional Art Competition. We have a panel of diverse artists from across Southwest Ohio who will select one of the high schoolers’ art for display in the U.S. Capitol.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in Cincinnati CityBeat covering Ohio’s First Congressional District

APRIL

April 3-7

  • LEGISLATION
    • The Appropriations Committee drafts the budget for the United States and brings it to the full Congress for a vote. Members of Congress can submit up to 15 community projects to this Committee for federal funding. These projects can come from local governments or nonprofits and can be anything from widening a road to building housing to restoring a park.
    • Every year, folks send their tax dollars to Washington. What we’re doing here is bringing those tax dollars back to our region. Our communities know what they need better than the people who write the budget in DC. That’s why the Community Project Funding process is so important. It allows us to invest in our own neighborhoods.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week was a district work week, so no committee meetings. However, in district, I make it a priority to meet with small businesses and veterans’ groups. Their input shapes the questions I ask and the legislation I support in Congress.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We attended the groundbreaking at Emerge Manufacturing, which will be a 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility that will provide good paying jobs to the neighborhoods of Roselawn and Bond Hill.
    • Our visit to the Kings Mill Army Reserve was so great. It was wonderful to say thank you to these men and women in person, and to learn more about what they do. One big thing they do: training on water purification. They can clean 1500 gallons of water each hour. It’s pretty good, too!
    • Our fifth in-person town hall at the Loveland Public Library was filled with folks wanting to discuss topics ranging from gerrymandering to social security to a ban on assault weapons. I love getting the chance to talk with you one-on-one.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Clermont Sun covering veterans
    • Story in the Cincinnati Business Courier covering Community Project Funding
    • Story in Cincinnati CityBeat covering Community Project Funding

April 10-14

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, I was honored to bring Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, to the district to talk infrastructure. From the Brent Spence Bridge to the Western Hills Viaduct to our local roads, I will make sure our district sees the results of these funds.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We held a meeting of the Regional Leadership Team, a group of local business, nonprofit, and community leaders, with Mitch Landrieu to discuss local concerns with infrastructure and how the federal government can best serve our community.
    • Our Walnut Hills office held an open house this week. It’s great to continue to meet the folks we represent. If you missed it, stop by anytime from 9-5 on weekdays—we’re here to help!
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WLWT covering Mitch Landrieu’s visit to Cincinnati
    • Story in Spectrum News 1 covering Mitch Landrieu’s visit to Cincinnati

April 17-21

  •  LEGISLATION
    • I testified at the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Member Day about how we can better support our airline workers through the FAA reauthorization.
    • We introduced legislation condemning calls to defund the FBI and federal law enforcement. This bill will work to marginalize and end this dangerous rhetoric.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Our Congressional Art Competition winner was announced this week! Grace is a senior at Mercy McAuley and her work entitled “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” was ranked highest by our panel of local artists. Congratulations, Grace!
  • MEDIA
    • Story on Spectrum covering our first 100 days 
    • Story on WLWT covering our first 100 days
    • Story on WVXU covering our first 100 days

April 24-28

  •  LEGISLATION
    • This week, Congress began to address the looming issue of defaulting on our national debt. The Majority brought a budget to the floor that would slash veterans’ care, school funding, food and nutrition programs, healthcare for children, and the budgets of first responders. I voted against it because I believe that Republicans and Democrats should pass a clean bill to pay our debts.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was honored to join the Village of Mariemont for their centennial celebration. After 100 years, Mariemont is looking towards the future by revitalizing parks and green spaces.
    • I joined Representative David Joyce and other members to hear testimony from leading advocates to end child abuse. This is one of the many bipartisan issues this Congress can act on.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WKRC covering defaulting on our national debt

MAY

May 1-5

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week kicked off Jewish American Heritage Month. We voted to officially recognize Jewish American History Month, and all of the contributions of Jewish Americans throughout our history.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was honored to join the bipartisan congressional delegation to Jordan and Israel, led by Speaker McCarthy. We got a much better sense for what is happening in the region, and how as a group of bipartisan lawmakers, we can further the strategic partnership with Israel and Jordan.
    • We held our sixth in-person town hall this weekend at Sinclair Community College in Mason! We had good conversations on the debt ceiling, Farm Bill & SNAP programs, trans athletes in schools, support for Ukraine, and competing with China.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Jewish Insider covering Israel trip
    • Story in the Enquirer covering Lunkenheimer project
    • Story on WKRC covering US Postal Service
    • Story in the Enquirer covering my reaction to another preventable school shooting

May 8-12

  • LEGISLATION
    • We continued to address the looming crisis of defaulting on our debt. Default would send unemployment through the roof, crash the global economy, and cost millions their jobs. This is pure chaos. I am continuing to work to avoid default.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • The Torah calls us to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I was honored to speak with folks from across the country and a few from Cincinnati on Reform Movement Day of Action on how we are called to protect future generations.
    • I joined Meet the Press on NBC to lay out three options for avoiding default: staying in negotiations with the White House until there’s a deal, use the Problem Solvers Caucus’ bipartisan plan, or five Republicans can join with Democrats to suspend the debt ceiling.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with Spectrum covering our small businesses work
    • Interview with NBC News covering defaulting on our national debt

May 15-19

  • LEGISLATION
    • We introduced a bipartisan bill to help our communities recruit and retain local law enforcement professionals. The Enhancing COPS Hiring Program Grants for Local Law Enforcement Act would allow local law enforcement to use existing grants for recruitment and retention purposes.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week in DC, I met with students and teachers from across Southwest Ohio. Seven Hills, Sayler Park Elementary, the Spencer Center, and Saint Ursula Villa sent students to the Capitol, and we had tons of great conversations on how Congress works.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WCPO covering gun control rally with Moms Demand Action
    • Story on WLWT covering our bill to increase law enforcement recruitment and retention
    • Story on WCPO covering our bill to increase law enforcement recruitment and retention

May 22-26

  • LEGISLATION
    • As we inch closer to default, I am continuing to advocate for a bipartisan solution. Default would be catastrophic for our families, and is simply not an option.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We welcomed our district staff to DC this week for a full staff retreat. We worked on goal-setting, team-building, and an overall focus on how we can better serve our constituents.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Washington Post covering antisemitism amongst conservative House members

May 29-June 2

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, I joined with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. Although I disagreed with several of the bill’s provisions, default would have been catastrophic to the families I represent. I hope that this bipartisan effort will last, and we can continue working together.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We visited Settlemeyer farm in Warren County with several local farmers. We talked about the Farm Bill, alternative energy, and how Congress can better serve our farmers.
    • This weekend, we attended a rally in downtown Cincinnati to end the gun violence crisis. Congress must act on an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, red flag laws, and safe storage laws.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WCPO covering defaulting on our national debt
    • Op-ed in the Enquirer covering the danger of defaulting on our national debt
    • Story in the Cincinnati Business Courier covering vote to avoid default

JUNE

June 5-9

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, votes were canceled because the Majority did not have enough support to pass the bills they had brought forward. This was a disappointment, because we have a lot of work to do in Congress and the far, far right continues to sabotage our work.
    • June is national gun violence awareness month. We have signed onto bills that would ban assault weapons, require safe storage and universal background checks, close the bump stock loophole, and establish an office of gun violence prevention at the federal level.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I met with students and advocates on the lawn of the Capitol protesting the lack of gun safety legislation. I met Sam, whose cousin was killed in the Parkland Shooting. It’s his mission to make sure no family has to go through what they did.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on Spectrum News covering our name, image, and likeness bill
    • Story in Politico covering former President Trump’s indictment
    • Story in Forbes covering former President Trump’s indictment

June 12-16

  • LEGISLATION
    • We voted on a number of messaging bills this week. Messaging bills are not designed to become law, they’re simply designed for folks to talk about them on cable news shows. For example, several of these votes were to protect the rights of gas stoves.
    • As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, it’s important to me that our veterans receive the highest quality of care. That’s why we’ve signed onto legislation that will shorten wait times at the VA, increase access to food for veterans, address PTSD, and provide more home- and community-based services for our veterans.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week, we held a virtual town hall. It’s important to us that we are as accessible as possible, making sure people can reach us and ask questions even if they prefer to stay home.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with Warren County Post on avoiding default
    • Story in the New York Times covering former President Trump’s indictment
    • Story on WKRC covering hidden fees

June 19-23

  • LEGISLATION
    • One year ago this week, the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade. This week, I signed onto a discharge petition to codify the rights to reproductive freedom afforded by Roe.
    • We have to do one more to cut healthcare costs for our families. I offered an amendment to a healthcare bill the House considered this week to cap the cost of insulin for children at $35 a month. While my amendment wasn’t included in the final bill, I will take every opportunity to cut costs for our families.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This weekend, we celebrated Juneteenth, the date when the news of emancipation reached the last of those enslaved in Galveston, Texas. We joined the Juneteenth festival in Eden Park and the Springboro Juneteenth Jubilee this weekend.
    • We welcomed our art competition winner, Grace, and her family to DC. Her artwork will be displayed in the Capitol for the next year. Seeing this piece is a great reminder of home while I’m in DC.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on Axios covering messaging bills
    • Story on Axios covering our bill to reveal George Santos’ bail co-signers

June 26-30

  • LEGISLATION
    • This was a district work week, which means there are no votes and I spend my time on the ground in Southwest Ohio meeting with the folks we represent.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This weekend, we celebrated Pride in Cincinnati. This is such a fun event, and I had a great time with everyone who came out.
    • We held another meeting of our Regional Leadership Team, an incredible and diverse group of stakeholders in Southwest Ohio. We discussed affordable housing, childcare and the workforce, and curbing gun violence during this meeting.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on FOX19 covering federal grant for Westwood Northern Boulevard
    • Story on WLWT covering the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

JULY

July 3-7

  • LEGISLATION
    • This was another district work week. More meetings with folks locally! It’s my favorite part of being your member of Congress.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Warren County Head Start invited us to their South Lebanon facility, where we spent time with students and staff. Every family should have access to quality childcare and preschool. This is one of our biggest goals.
    • We held our eighth in person town hall in Walnut Hills. Discussions included childcare and how the SBA can help providers, working across the aisle, and protecting our democracy.

July 10-14

  • LEGISLATION
    • Our public safety bill, the Enhancing COPS Hiring Program for Local Law Enforcement Act, was endorsed by the National Fraternal Order of Police this week. With dozens of Republicans and Democrats on this bill, we’re working to bring it to the House floor for a vote.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We welcomed Speaker Emerita Pelosi to Cincinnati, meeting with local Jewish leaders and law enforcement to discuss SAFE Cincinnati – a powerful effort that helps Ohio communities fight antisemitic threats and violent extremism. This is part of a larger effort to bring national leaders to Southwest Ohio to lift up the incredible work of ourr communities.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Enquirer covering our meeting with Speaker Emerita Pelosi on the rise of antisemitism
    • Story in the Warren County Post covering our amendments passed in the NDAA

July 17-21

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, the first drafts of several Appropriations bills were circulated. These bills included $14.5 million in funding for community projects we requested. We’ve been working closely with our partners to bring our tax dollars back home to support their work. These bills still have to pass before the funding is distributed, but this is a huge step forward.
    • The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House this week. It will go to the Senate, where some of the more controversial provisions will be removed, and it will get bipartisan support.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • The President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, addressed Congress this week. Israel is a critical partner of ours, and essential to our national security. It was great to hear from him again on the unique and special relationship our two nations share.
  • MEDIA
    • Op-ed in the Enquirer covering takeaways from our first 6 months in Congress
    • Story in the Cincinnati Business Courier covering federal funding for Central Parkway
    • Story in Cincinnati City Beat covering our Community Project funding requests
    • Story in the Hill covering the Small Business Administration

July 24-28

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, we launched our Federal Funding Database. This is a tool designed to help local organizations, governments, nonprofits, and stakeholders find and apply for federal funding.
    • The Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a markup this week. This is when we vote on bills and send them to the floor. I offered an amendment to protect VA workers, striking language in a bill that would deny VA employees due process. Our amendment was aimed at helping VAs hire and keep workers.
    • We introduced another bipartisan bill this week, the Employing Veterans to feed America Act. It is a measure to improve veterans’ quality of life and alleviate the USDA’s current labor shortage.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame grand opening was this weekend. This will inspire and educate folks from across the city, country, and globe. Congratulations to Hamilton County Commision President Alicia Reece and all involved in this historic grand opening.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WLWT covering our Federal Funding database
    • Interview with Bloomberg TV covering the government shutdown

AUGUST

July 31- August 4

  • LEGISLATION
    • This was another district work week. More meetings with folks locally! It’s my favorite part of being your member of Congress.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Warren County Head Start invited us to their South Lebanon facility, where we spent time with students and staff. Every family should have access to quality childcare and preschool. This is one of our biggest goals.
    • We held our eighth in person town hall in Walnut Hills. Discussions included childcare and how the SBA can help providers, working across the aisle, and protecting our democracy.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Enquirer covering former President Trump’s indictment

August 7-11

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week, I traveled to Israel with several other members, most were freshmen but some were in leadership. The trip was very productive, and as always, I came away with both hope and real concern. Read my full trip notes here.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in the Enquirer covering former President Trump’s indictment

August 14-18

  • LEGISLATION
    • The PACT Act was signed into law a year ago, expanding healthcare and benefits for countless veterans harmed by toxic exposure. More than 300,000 veterans have been granted benefits. If you served in the military, make sure you get screened.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We joined the Ohio Jewish Communities’ Annual Meeting alongside Rep. Mike Carey and leaders from across the state. We talked community safety grants, battling antisemitism, the Farm Bill and nutrition assistance, and the importance of real bipartisanship.
    • The residents and staff at Seasons Senior Lifestyle Community hosted us for a “Coffee with Congress” mini-town hall. We had a great discussion on better supporting caregivers, increasing education on aging and caring for seniors, reducing the workforce shortage, and improving the shortage of subsidized housing.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WKRC covering former President Trump’s indictment
    • Story in the Enquirer covering restored pensions for Carpenters
    • Story in the Warren County Post covering trip to Israel
    • Story in Newsweek covering Bidenomics

August 21-25

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I invited United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to visit our district. We toured the Oyler School in Lower Price Hill, which offers infant and toddler care, preschool, and grades K-12. This trip was meant to lift up some of the incredible leaders and work happening in Southwest Ohio, as well as to broaden our coalition.
    • It was also an honor to bring my friend Congressman Pete Aguilar of California, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, to town. Congressman Aguilar spoke to folks at the University of Cincinnati about the CHIPS and Science Act passed last year, and with labor, business, and faith leaders during our Regional Leadership Team meeting.
  • MEDIA
    • Story on WVXU covering Secretary Miguel Cardona’s visit
    • Story on FOX19 covering Secretary Miguel Cardona’s visit
    • Story on WKRC covering Secretary Miguel Cardona’s visit
    • Story in the Enquirer covering our federal funding request to alleviate Walnut Hills food desert

August 28- September 1

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Our UPS drivers do so much for our families. I toured the UPS Gest Street Hub and rode along with Carla, who’s been delivering packages for over 20 years. Her route downtown took us to City Hall! We owe Carla and all of the UPS drivers who deliver for us a huge thank you.
    • To do big things, we have to build strong coalitions. We invited the United States Small Business Administrator to Cincinnati to tour some of our small businesses and discuss issues of access to affordable capital and alleviating the workforce shortage.
  • CONSTITUENT SERVICES
    • As of this week, Team Landsman has returned over $10 million in tax refund to individuals and organizations in Southwest Ohio. We’ve closed over 850 cases for constituents- covering issues with passports, the IRS, Social Security, and more.
  • MEDIA
    • Story in USA Today covering Bidenomics

SEPTEMBER

September 4-8

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Our youth are facing significant mental health challenges, and it’s a critical concern. This week, we co-hosted a roundtable with the folks from Beech Acres on how we can better address the mental health crisis.We discussed everything from affordable housing to Telehealth appointments to specific legislation. This was a great start, and we’ll continue to work with our partners to address this crisis.
    • The 513 Relief Bus is an incredible resource for folks in Hamilton County. Commission President Alicia Reece showed us how the “one stop shop” on wheels is bringing health screenings, social services, and economic relief to so many neighborhoods. It’s making a difference in Hamilton County, and we’re excited to help.
    • One of our big priorities is public safety and reducing gun violence. We met with Hamilton County Police Chiefs this week. We discussed how to tackle mental health, hiring & retaining officers, and the fentanyl crisis. It was great to do this with Rep. Brad Wenstrup as bipartisanship is one of the ways we can get things done.

September 11-15

  • LEGISLATION
    • Prescription drug prices are out of control, especially for seniors on fixed incomes. We’re changing that. This week, we introduced bipartisan legislation to help lower prescription drug costs for seniors on Medicare with Rep. Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee. This bill would require Pharmacy Benefit Managers to report the cost savings they’ve secured, putting Prescription Drug Plan sponsors in a stronger position to ensure cost savings actually benefit seniors.
  • COMMITTEES
    • I serve as ranking member on the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. This week, we had an opportunity to talk with experts on how a proposed rule change might impact lending to small businesses.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We met with folks from the Ohio Credit Union League, who stopped by to discuss several bills that would impact their ability to lend to local small businesses.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WVXU covering access to childcare