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

September 18-22

  • COMMITTEES    
    • People have been calling for greater NIL structure and transparency. I spoke in Small Business Committee about my bipartisan bill that would create one national standard for NIL in college sports.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • The Warren County Chamber Alliance visited us in DC to discuss bipartisan legislation, engaging town halls, and how we can be a reliable federal partner.
    • Bishop Michael Dantley of Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Walnut Hills visited the Capitol to serve as Guest Chaplain for the day.
    • We met with Ohio University’s president! As an OU alum, it was a cool moment.
    • We did our first Dad’s Night Out in Southwest Ohio at BlaCk Coffee Lounge to discuss out families and communities.
  • MEDIA

September 25-29

  • LEGISLATION 
    • We introduced The Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act with Representative Bonamici which would address the financial challenges faced by providers who use the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
    • We spent time voting on 104 different measures, but not preventing a government shutdown. When the Speaker did put together a stop-gap measure, it didn’t pass.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • As co-chair of the New Dem Coalition NextGen Staff Academy, I spoke with young Hill staffers about growing as leaders and advocates.

OCTOBER

October 2-6

  • LEGISLATION 
    • We kept the government open for the next 45 days by voting on a short term resolution to fund the government.
    • The House voted on a motion to vacate and Kevin McCarthy ended his reign as speaker of the House after serving for 269 days after pressure from far-right extremists like Matt Gaetz.
  • MEDIA
    • I was on MSNBC talking about the need to pass a full budget and fight back against the extremists in the House.
    • Roll Call did a feature on me and how my tattoos remind me of faith and my first job in politics.

October 9-13

Over the weekend, Hamas terrorists attacked Israel killing over 1,000 Israelis and taking over 100 hostages. The shock, confusion, and trauma in Israel are similar to what we experienced as a country during 9/11. This was the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.

  • LEGISLATION 
    • We didn’t vote this week in the House and don’t have a Speaker despite needing to pass a budget and deliver aid to our allies.

October 16-20

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We spoke with constituents who have family in Israel trying to get home. Our team is working closely with the Administration to get them home.
  • MEDIA
    • We went on WCPO to talk about the votes Congress needs to keep the government open, continue investments in our economy, and provide strength and support for our global partners in need.

October 23-27

  • LEGISLATION 
    • The House was stalled as we waited for a new speaker. After many rounds of votes, House Republicans selected Speaker Johnson as the new Speaker of the House.

NOVEMBER

October 30 – November 3

  • LEGISLATION 
    • Last night, the House voted on an emergency aid package for Israel. In an unprecedented move, Speaker Johnson put forward a version of this bill that pitted Israel’s security against efforts to make billionaires pay all their taxes.
    • I am hopeful that the Senate will send an emergency funding bill back to the House that includes support for Israel, humanitarian relief for Gaza, aid to Ukraine, and funding for border security. That bill would have broad bipartisan support.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I spoke at the 200th anniversary of the Rockdale Temple and met with over a dozen leaders from our Muslim community.
    • We toured Brick Gardens — a non-profit that works to turn unused land and abandoned buildings into urban farms and indoor vertical farm houses.
    • I got to be a part of the Miami Avenue Corridor Project groundbreaking, partially funded by the federal community project funds.
    • At this point in the year, we’ve returned over $11 million to the district and closed over 1,000 cases.
  • MEDIA
    • Read my opinion piece on why “Congress must marginalize the extremists, fund our government”

November 6-10 

  • LEGISLATION 
    • We joined with Representative Julia Letlow to introduce the bipartisan Child Care Smal Business Insight and Improvement Act.
      • This bill would designate a point person to focus on supporting for-profit care providers and require Small Business Association to conduct a study on the needs of providers.
  • MEDIA
    • I went on CNN to discuss the necessity of supporting Israel. If we stay together as a country, Hamas loses, Israel survives, and Palestinians in Gaza achieve self-determination.
    • GMA3 invited me on to talk about leaning into our shared humanity and experiences because both of our Jewish and Muslim friends are scared and hurting.

November 13-17

  • LEGISLATION 
    • 336 members of Congress voted to extend government funding until January to avert a government shutdown.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was proud to stand with the Jewish Federation of North America on the National Mall as they stood in support of Israel and the American Jewish Community.

November 20-24

This week, we were home in the district giving thanks for the important things. I’m thankful for our town halls, our veterans, all of our constituents, and of course my family – I couldn’t do it without them. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.


DECEMBER

November 27 – December 1

  • LEGISLATION 
    • We introduced a resolution to condemn calls from members of Congress to expel Palestinians from the United States. Trying to expel an entire community of people from our country is un-American. It’s not who we are. And it’s going to get people hurt.
    • The news this week of an extension of the temporary ceasefire is very encouraging. I absolutely support extending this pause to get all of the hostages home and meet all of the humanitarian needs in Gaza.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Our district office was vandalized this week by anti-Israel protestors. These protestors might dress it up and try to make it look cute, but really is just insidious language that makes us all less safe.
    • This week we toured the Workhorse Aero facility in Mason, an incredible company with over 400 zero-emission delivery trucks and working on building delivery drones.
    • I joined the Elie Wiesel Commission for a roundtable on the resurgence of antisemitism globally.
  • MEDIA
    • In Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill, we talked about how my background in theology impacts how I view my role in Congress.
    • I joined GMA3 to discuss the latest on the Israel-Hamas war and my thoughts on expelling George Santos – it should happen.

December 4-8

  • LEGISLATION 
    • Our Medicare PBM Accountability Act passed unanimously out of the Energy and Commerce Committee this week. This bill could save seniors millions in prescription drug costs, and I hope it will come before the full House for a vote in the coming months.
  • COMMITTEES     
    • This week, the House Veterans Affairs Committee voted on 11 bills including efforts to expand economic opportunities for veterans, reduce veteran suicide, and a major change to help families of vets with ALS—a service-connected disease.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • We held our first meeting of the What Works Caucus—a bipartisan group we launched in order to focus on evidence-based policy solutions. The caucus will pursue legislation and legislative language that ensures your dollars go to what works. More to come, but this could be a really powerful group.
    • Spent time with the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers. We talked all things Congress, bills we’re working on, and ways to invest in children and teachers. We’ve signed onto over a dozen education bills that are critical to our children and families.
    • I attended a press conference with the families of hostages being held by Hamas. It’s been two months since Hamas’ attack. There are still 122 hostages, including eight Americans and many children. Hamas must release each of them and surrender. They can end this nightmare and this war.
  • MEDIA
    • Listen to my appearance on The Takeout with Major Garrett where we discussed theology and Taylor Swift.

December 11-15

  • LEGISLATION 
    • President Zelenskyy was in the Capitol this week advocating for much needed assistance from the US. Russia wants nothing more than the U.S. to abandon Ukraine. We absolutely can’t. Global security is on the line, and House leadership must have the courage to bring this (and other critical investment needs) to the floor for a vote now.
  • COMMITTEES     
    • This week in the House Veterans Affairs Committee, we held a hearing on Fox Grants, an innovative program for nonprofits to help reduce veteran suicide in new ways, by using community resources and new approaches. We must do everything we can to give our veterans the support they need.
    • The House Small Business Committee heard from a variety of witnesses on how Congress can better serve our entrepreneurs. Dr. Tammira Lucas of Coppin State University testified on the negative impact of student loan debt and lack of access to child care on small businesses. Dealing with these issues are a big priority for our team.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Happy Hanukkah to all celebrating! We joined Rabbi Atzvon at the Mason Menorah Lighting this weekend. I loved being there to light such an incredible menorah.
  • MEDIA
    • I stopped by the Enquirer this week to record a podcast episode of That’s So Cincinnati! We talked all things Congress and what we plan to accomplish in the new year.

JANUARY

December 18 – January 1

  • LEGISLATION 
    • We signed onto a letter asking the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reinstate a mortgage forbearance program that kept thousands of veterans on their feet.
    • Through the end of 2023, I spent a lot of time in the community and with my family. I’m so honored to have gotten to represent Southwest Ohio for the past year. Looking forward to 2024.

JANUARY 8-12

  • LEGISLATION
    • It’s extremely important to honor and support our veterans. This week, we introduced the bipartisan Veterans Affairs Centennial and Heritage Act of 2024 with Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator J.D. Vance, and Representative Mike Turner. It would permanently house the National VA History Center in Dayton. The center would bridge the past with the present, attracting visitors to Ohio so they can better understand our veterans’ sacrifices and know they will never be forgotten.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS 
    • I was honored this week to speak at Cincinnati’s Holocaust & Humanity Center. They offered free admission in January in the hopes of fighting antisemitism and bringing awareness to Jewish history.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WVXU covering free admission at the Holocaust & Humanity Center.

JANUARY 15-19

  • LEGISLATION
    • In a major bipartisan vote this week, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to extend funding through March until we pass an annual budget.  The focus now shifts to securing the necessary support to bring an annual budget to the House floor to ensure full funding for federal programs.
    • This week, our office unveiled a bipartisan initiative alongside other Ohio legislators – the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Mauritania Act of 2024, aimed at safeguarding the lives of Mauritanians residing in the United States.
    • This bill proposes designating an 18-month temporary protected status for Mauritanians in the United States, protecting them from deportation and granting their eligibility to apply for work and travel authorizations.
    • Our district stands as a refuge for one of the largest diasporas of Mauritanians escaping humanitarian and political crises. Thousands consider our city and state a home, emphasizing the need to address the challenges faced by this community.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • On Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I attended the King Legacy Celebration breakfast at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
    • This week, we celebrated with 16 outstanding service academy nominees from across the district.  These bright students are prepared to represent SW Ohio and serve our country. Grateful for the chance to speak with them and share in their success.
  •  MEDIA

JANUARY 22-26

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • After two weeks in DC, I am back in the district. I love my weeks in Ohio, not only to be with my family, but to hear from you all and to see where we can make a bigger impact.
    • This week, I spent time with the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Lebanon. They do tremendous work supporting children and communities. During our meeting this week, we discussed some of the issues in Washington, but we also talked a lot about the projects and programs these groups sponsor right here in Southwest Ohio. We always appreciate the opportunity to connect with constituents and learn more about the organizations that make our community so special.
  • MEDIA
    • Warren County Post article about our office introducing a resolution in support of fully funding border measures

FEBRUARY

JANUARY 29 – FEBRUARY 2

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, the House Small Business Committee unanimously passed our bipartisan bill, the Childcare Insight and Improvement Act.
      • This bill would require the U.S. Small Business Administration to conduct a study on the needs and challenges of for-profit childcare providers, identify what resources the SBA currently provides to for-profit childcare providers, and make recommendations to address the challenges faced by for-profit childcare providers.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I went on a trip to the southern border this week with fellow House members where we saw firsthand a magnitude of challenges. We visited one of the busiest crossing points between the U.S. and Mexico. We also toured a local nonprofit and federal migrant processing center.
    • We brought home $15 million in funding through the Community Project Funding program. These funds support projects that are community game-changers like fixing roads, water line replacements, and improving public transportation. Over 80 folks attended our FY25 Community Project Funding Webinar this week to learn more about the process and how they can apply for 2025 funding.
    • We hosted our 15th town hall in Avondale this week, the first of many for the year. We loved answering questions, discussing many topics, and honoring the gun violence survivors in attendance.
  •  MEDIA
    • WLWT article about my trip to the southern border
    • Interview with Spectrum about launching the bipartisan What Works Caucus

FEBRUARY 5-9

  •  LEGISLATION
    • The majority chose to forego a bipartisan bill this week aimed at addressing the border crisis and supporting allies like Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as well as providing aid for Palestinians. It had bipartisan support and was rejected.
    • Our office proposed an amendment to ensure aid for Palestinians and funding for Ukraine and Taiwan’s defense. There’s a bipartisan majority in favor of these measures and because these folks need our help. Our amendment was denied from reaching the floor. However, with the failure of the bill in the House, the majority will seek alternative solutions. Our amendment offers a promising starting point for progress.
    • This week, the Speaker initiated a vote to impeach Secretary Mayorkas but lacked the necessary votes for success. The House narrowly rejected the impeachment. There were no examples of high crimes and misdemeanors necessary to qualify for impeachment.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I had the honor of speaking with Links Leadership Academy for Girls this week. Links Leadership empowers our next generation of leaders and teaches teenagers to step into their power.
  •  MEDIA
    • Interview with WVXU about what happened in Congress this week.

FEBRUARY 12-16

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, the House impeached Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, with a final vote of 214 to 213. I voted against the impeachment. Last week, the majority didn’t have the votes, but this week they did – every member and every seat matters.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I had a great visit with the folks at Bethany House. They offer comfort and support to at-risk families and the homeless, making sure no one has to spend a night feeling unsafe. Bethany House does so much for our community, and we’re excited to help them identify possible federal funding opportunities to support their vital efforts.
    • Mental health is so important. I spent time this week speaking with local leaders about their experiences and how their organizations are creating supportive environments for others to do the same. Thanks to Neighborhood Heroes, GRO Community, and Tre Unlimited for joining in. This is just the start of these discussions.
    • I met with veterans at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center this week to talk about ways we can support upcoming legislation. We also brought Valentine’s Day cards made by Rothenberg Prep students to give to our veterans in appreciation of their service.

FEBRUARY 19-23

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, we we’re only a week away from a reckless government shutdown. Millions of federal workers would go without a paycheck and our economy would be in shambles. There’s a bipartisan majority I’m proud to be a part of that knows we need to pass a full year of funding to keep the government open, keep investments flowing in our communities, and support our families. I’m hopeful we will come together to fund the government for the remainder of the year.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I went on a trip to the Middle East this week. We met with key defense, diplomatic, and humanitarian leaders in Egypt, Rafah, Jordan, and Israel. These meetings and experiences were incredibly informative and clarifying. We had the opportunity to reinforce what has to happen moving forward. We also visited the border crossing between Egypt and Rafah to better understand how to dramatically improve humanitarian aid getting into and throughout Gaza. The October 7th attacks and the war against Hamas have had a significant impact on us all – in the district and across the country. People here have loved ones in Israel and Gaza, and we all want this suffering to end.
  • MEDIA
    • WLWT story about my trip to the Middle East.

MARCH

FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 1

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, the bipartisan majority averted another government shutdown. We funded part of the government through March 8th, and the remaining agencies until March 22nd. Then, we do it all again. The bipartisan majority has passed four CR’s to keep the government open and we’re ready to fund it for the whole year.
      • The Speaker refuses to stand up to extremist members who threaten to oust him from the job, meaning he won’t bring the full budget bill to the floor.
  • The news this week out of Alabama’s Supreme Court was devastating. It declared that embryos created through IVF should be considered children and those who destroy them can be held liable for wrongful death.
    • Service providers in Alabama offering IVF stopped their services in fear of increased liability, leaving families going through the process without solutions. We co-sponsored the Access to Family Building Act to protect IVF and reproductive health care.
    • People in every state and territory should have access to healthcare to help them start a family. IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) are used by millions of Americans.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week, we’re joined by the Ohio Civil Air Patrol. These fliers are so important to our state and nation. As the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, they perform emergency services for state and local agencies, the federal government, and local nonprofits.
    • I held a town hall this week in Deer Park. With so much unfolding nationally and globally, these conversations allow us to listen to the perspectives of folks throughout OH-01. We discussed a lot of issues including the Israel-Hamas war, the Social Security Fairness Act, and a government shutdown.
  • MEDIA
    • Axios story on the threat of a government shutdown.
    • Interview with Local 12 on my recent trip to the Middle East and Alabama IVF ruling.

MARCH 4-8

  • LEGISLATION
    • I was back in DC this week and announced that all 15 of our local, community-led projects included in the budget, were approved by the House. Our bipartisan majority voted to pass six appropriation bills to fund major parts of our government including community projects and programs like WIC.
    • This vote marks a significant milestone for our district. This $15 million dollars in Community Project Funding addresses urgent needs across our district, spanning economic development, roadway enhancements, water infrastructure, and affordable housing. These projects will make a direct impact on the lives of the folks in our communities.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • President Joe Biden gave his State of the Union this week. He addressed a joint session of Congress, members of the Supreme Court, and Cabinet members. He reported on the condition of the country, the challenges facing our nation, and outlined priorities for the coming year. Every member of Congress gets to bring a guest and I brought Boom Swallen, a student and constituent, who prevented a potential mass shooting at Mariemont High School. He embodies an issue we’re committed to addressing – reducing gun violence.
    • I was grateful to help unveil the Harriet Tubman “Beacon of Hope” statue at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Harriet Tubman is known as the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. It’s a remarkable addition to our city, allowing us to help tell the stories of those who fought for freedom.
    • I visited the Blue Ash ICE Facility this week. Leaders are trying to manage an influx of folks arriving every day, and a significant number are from Mauritania. There’s a lot of work ahead to make sure these facilities are fully funded and functional, and it includes passing the bipartisan border fix.
  • MEDIA
    • Interview with WLWT with our State of the Union guest.
    • Enquirer story about our State of the Union guest.

MARCH 11-15

  •  LEGISLATION
    • This week we introduced the bipartisan Protect our Letter Carriers Act with Representative Brian Fitzpatrick. Over the past decade, robberies against letter carriers have increased. Last year, 643 letter carriers were attacked or robbed while doing their job. The number of robberies resulting in injuries doubled in 2023, reaching 61 incidents.This bipartisan bill provides important funds for the United States Postal Service to install high-security collection boxes, replace older versions of the universal arrow keys with electronic versions, and assign assistant US attorneys in each judicial district to supervise the investigation and persecution of crimes against the USPS and its employees, particularly letter carriers.
    • The House voted and passed a bill this week that would mandate ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, sell the social media platform to a non-US adversary within six months of the bill’s passage. The FBI has said for years that TikTok could pose national security risks, warning that ByteDance is beholden to the Chinese government which could demand access to the data of TikTok’s consumers in the US any time it wants.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • The Marian Spencer Scholars from the University of Cincinnati stopped by the Capitol to discuss the future of education, the importance of public schools, and how Congress can better serve our students. Named after Marian Spencer, the scholarship benefits the top 10% of CPS seniors, honoring her legacy in civil rights, politics, and education.
  • MEDIA

MARCH 18-22

  •  LEGISLATION
    • After five months and four Continuing Resolutions, the House passed the remainder of the budget, averting a government shutdown.
    • This week, Republicans proposed six bills to undermine our progress toward addressing climate change. One bill prohibits the President from banning fracking – a process that releases toxic air pollutants and greenhouse gasses. Another allows oil and gas companies to pay dirt cheap rates to use our land and harvest natural resources. There’s a bill to repeal the greenhouse gas reduction fund, which gives out grants to people working to combat climate change. Finally, there’s a bill that repeals part of the Clean Water Act.
  •  COMMITTEES
    • This week in Veterans Affairs’ Committee, we discussed a proposal by the majority for a cap on the cost of the War Toxic Exposure Fund. Thousands of veterans were exposed to toxic burn pits and other substances impacting their health while serving. To help our veterans, we established the Cost of War Toxic Exposure Fund, reflecting the acknowledgment that diseases are a direct consequence of warfare. The fund was created without a spending cap to support ongoing discoveries of new medical conditions linked to military service exposure. All spending from this fund is dedicated solely to assisting veterans affected by toxic exposures. Republicans have suggested we cap the amount VA can spend in concern over the budget, not our veterans.
  •  MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Students who lead the Olami Campaign for Zero Tolerance stopped by our office to discuss what they’re experiencing on college campuses and their efforts to empower students to take a bold stance against antisemitism.
    • I had a great visit this week with the National Down Syndrome Society discussing their priorities like expanding the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, combatting discrimination against organ transplants, and ensuring their inclusion in Alzheimer’s research.
    • The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers visited our office to discuss bills we’re backing, how to better support the future generation of farmers, and finding more ways we can help the Southwest Ohio agriculture community.
    • Back in the district, we spent time at the Springboro Hometown Expo. Small businesses play a crucial role in supporting communities and local economies. Dozens of local small businesses came together to showcase their products and share their expertise with the community. As someone on the House Committee on Small Businesses, it’s crucial for me to connect with local entrepreneurs from Southwest Ohio. We take their thoughts and needs back with us to DC.

MARCH 25-29

  • LEGISLATION
    • I spent my week working in the district.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week, we welcomed USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small to Greater Cincinnati to visit with our ag partners across the district. Our first stop was Jones Farms in Waynesville. They provide food to families across the country. Jones Farms recently received a USDA grant for an energy efficient grain dryer. Then we had a great roundtable discussion with Ohio Corn & Wheat and other regional ag groups. Back in the city, we showed the deputy secretary the Rothenberg School Rooftop Garden in Over-the-Rhine. It’s an outdoor classroom designed for students to learn about how their food grows. Lastly, we got a great tour at 80 Acres Farms showing off the operations of a successful vertical farm.
    • I met with Rishika, a Mason High School Student, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for dedicating hundreds of hours to serving others. We discussed her service to the community and how it’s shaping her interests.
    • I held a town hall in Lebanon this week. Our office is committed to hosting these consistently so we can hear from you and you get to hear from us. We discussed several topics including the Social Security Fairness Act, youth gun violence, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and the Israel-Hamas war.
  • MEDIA

APRIL

APRIL 1-5

  • LEGISLATION
    • I spent my week working in the district.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was grateful to be part of the grand opening of Altev Community Pharmacy, a black-owned business, in Avondale. It’s a new era of healthcare accessibility for folks in the neighborhood.
    • I had a great discussion at Lincoln Crawford Care Center in Walnut Hills about issues they face such as access to transportation, living on a fixed income, and Medicare.
    • I met with doctors and nurses at Kettering Health ER in Middletown to tour the facility. While on our tour, we got a chance to see what they’re working on, hear concerns, and discuss ways we can help in Congress. Some major concerns we discussed were ED boarding, workplace violence, and how Medicare can be improved for their patients.
    • I toured AtriCure, a fascinating medical device company headquartered in Mason. 1,300 employees globally develop, manufacture, and sell surgical devices to treat Afib and other related heart conditions. Our office successfully advocated for AtriCure to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about changing a reimbursement policy that could help save more lives.
    • I had breakfast with AJC Cincinnati where we had a productive discussion about the latest efforts in Congress to curb antisemitism everywhere, especially on college campuses.
    • I held a roundtable with local faith leaders reinforced the enormous role they play in our communities, and helping our children and families.
    • I attended the CPS Basketball All-Star Showcase, and cheered on talented high school athletes and met with career and community partners who were there as a resource for these students.
  • MEDIA
    • Axios article about passing a bill to support Ukraine aid
    • The Hill article on a bipartisan border fix

APRIL 8-12

  • LEGISLATION
    • The House passed a rule this week allowing Congress to pass a two-year extension on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as opposed to the normal 5-year extension. FISA is key to our national security and the ability for law enforcement to thwart acts of terrorism and other acts of aggression from foreign adversaries on U.S. soil.
    • This week, the Department of Transportation announced the City of Cincinnati was awarded a $10 million grant to support landslide mitigation efforts. I wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation in support of the City of Cincinnati’s grant request outlining the need for funding and how Ohioans rely on these frequently damaged roads.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I participated in the Walk to End Gun Violence, walking to honor Dominic Davis, an 11-year-old who tragically lost his life to gun violence. This gun violence nightmare won’t end until we pass common-sense reforms like universal background checks, red flag laws, safe storage requirements, and banning weapons of war.
    • I had a great visit with The Arc of Ohio in DC, a grassroots group dedicated to serving people with disabilities and assisting their families. We talked about how Congress can better support people with disabilities by providing avenues for greater independence and bolstering Medicaid.
    • The Ohio State Bar Association visited my office in DC. They advocate for more than half of Ohio’s Attorneys and work to improve access to justice for Ohioans. We discussed legislation most important to them and funding to support legal aid in Ohio.
  • MEDIA
    • Enquirer article on a $10 million grant to Cincinnati to support landslide mitigation efforts
    • Warren County Post article about visiting Warren County

APRIL 15-20

  • LEGISLATION
    • The House voted yesterday in an overwhelming bipartisan fashion (316 to 94) to bring four bills to the floor today for national security and global stability.
    • Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act: $26.38 billion to support Israel’s defense efforts, provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, and reimburse the United States for costs associated with recent military operations.
    • Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act: $60.84 billion in aid for Ukraine to defend themselves from Russia.
    • Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act: $8.12 billion to support Taiwan and ensure a strong deterrence in the region.
    • 21st Century Peace through Strength Act: Packaged bill combining several different proposed laws.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access had a hearing to discuss how we can best support startups and small businesses. As Ranking Member for the subcommittee, I play a unique role in running the meeting and working with the Chairman to select our priorities.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I held a community conversation in Avondale where we spoke with residents dedicated to transforming their neighborhood, whether through supporting small business development or advocating for affordable housing. It was a valuable discussion, providing insight to the challenges they face and how we can best address them together.
    • I held a nonpartisan voting rights roundtable discussion with End Citizens United and local leaders to raise awareness on Ohio’s restrictive voter-ID laws, and what every voter needs to know.
  • MEDIA
    • WLWT article about roundtable on state of Ohio voter suppression
    • Axios article on Republicans’ threat to oust Speaker Mike Johsnon

APRIL 22-26

  • LEGISLATION
    • I spent my week working in the district.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I was honored to give the keynote address at the AFL-CIO Workers Memorial Day dinner this week hosted by UAW Local 863, where we remembered those who tragically lost their lives while simply trying to earn a living. When unions succeed, American workers, the economy, and families succeed.
    • I attended a productive community conversation on immigration with Cincinnati folks dedicated to supporting immigrants and refugees.
    • This week, I got a glimpse into Save a Warrior, 72-hour intensive intervention that’s saving lives. The warrior-led program is one of the most effective suicide prevention programs in the country for suffering active duty, veterans, and first responders.
    • I had a great tour of the Cincinnati Head Start facility, and got see the newly installed playground. I’m proud to have passed a budget that invested $1 billion in child care and early learning programs like Head Start.
    • I toured Alloy Growth Lab in Norwood. It’s helping serious startups turn their ideas into investment-grade businesses providing them with capital, customer, and community connections. I discussed with a few of the startups about their concepts and how it could bring new dollars into our communities.
  • MEDIA
    • Politico article about the move by some Republicans to oust Speaker Mike Johnson

MAY

APRIL 29-MAY 3

  • LEGISLATION
    • This week, The Antisemitism Awareness Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, with a vote of 320-91.The Antisemitism Awareness Act directs the Department of Education to use the definition of antisemitism created by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance when enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws.
  • COMMITTEES
    • This week in the House Committee for Veteran Affairs hearing, we addressed the alarming rates of veteran suicides and discussed how VA can improve support for veterans in need. Our committee hearing was a continuation of our office’s efforts to support veterans in the district.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week was National Small Business Week. To support our small businesses, we partnered with local groups for a Small Business Resource Fair. We got to hear from small businesses across Southwest Ohio and how we can best support them in DC.
    • I held a community conversation in Madisonville. It was very powerful. We discussed protecting Social Security, increasing affordable housing, and further investing in local businesses. Meeting people in their neighborhood is really one of the best ways to connect.
  • MEDIA
    • WLWT article about ongoing college protests
    • NewsNation interview about college protests across the nation

MAY 6-10

  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I had the great privilege of being Cincinnati State’s commencement speaker. During my address, I emphasized three key traits that have been incredibly important in my own professional journey: grit, kindness, and presence.
    • This week, I announced the winner of our 2024 Congressional Art Competition. Congratulations to Maeve from the School of Creative and Performing Arts for her artwork ‘Falling Through Nature.’  This piece reflects the beauty and imagination of the adventures you can have living in small-town Ohio.
    • This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. As a former teacher and son of a teacher, we absolutely understand the importance of our educators and we’re dedicated to providing teachers with all the tools they need for success. Thank you to all the incredible educators who dedicate themselves every day to supporting our children.

MAY 13-17

  • LEGISLATION
  • Congress voted on several important bills this week:
    • FAA Reauthorization Act: Congress voted in a bipartisan manner to enhance aviation safety standards, invest in sustainable infrastructure, and strengthen consumer protections against delays and cancellations. I voted for this bill.
    • Israel Security Assistance Support Act:  I voted for this bill, like I did the vote on antisemitism because our support for Israel has to remain strong so we can bring an end to this war, surge humanitarian aid, and bring these hostages home.
    • Improving Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness Through Data Act: This week was National Police Week, so we took a vote that aims to improve the collection of data on assaults against officers, their mental health, and other relevant areas.  I voted for this bill.
    • TICKET Act: It mandates clear, all-in pricing for tickets, bans speculative ticketing and deceptive websites, and ensures full refunds for canceled events, among other consumer protections. I supported this bill.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • Earlier this year, I announced that $15 million was coming home for 15 community-led projects. This week, I visited The Beechwood where over $1 million dollars of that funding will go toward renovating all 140 units in the affordable housing complex.
    • I spoke to the Dayton Development Coalition. 200+ folks made the annual fly-in to promote economic development for businesses in the region.
  • MEDIA
    • WLWT story about our Congressional Art Competition winner
    • Axios article about a vote to force President Biden to unpause weapons shipments to Israel.

MAY 20-24

  • LEGISLATION
    • Earlier this year, I introduced the Protect Our Letter Carriers Act to support the United States Postal Service in installing high-security collection boxes and deploying electronic keys for letter carriers to more securely access mailboxes. The bill now has 75 co-sponsors and has just received a companion bill in the Senate, which shares similar language to our House bill. This development provides two potential paths for the bill to advance: it can proceed through either the House or the Senate.
    • This week, the Senate failed to pass a border fix again, and we haven’t even been able to vote on it in the House. The bipartisan border fix would pass with a big majority in the House, but the Speaker won’t bring it to the floor because the former president told him not to.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • I had a great visit with Cincinnati Metro to discuss the $1,000,000 in Community Project Funding we helped secure earlier this year. These funds are part of a larger effort to update and upgrade 4,000 bus stops across Southwest Ohio.
    • Team Landsman celebrated the end of the school year with students from Douglass Elementary. During their annual field day, our staff helped run stations and celebrated the students.
  • MEDIA
    • MSNBC appearance discussing the border and where I stand
    • WLWT story about our securing $1 million in funding for Metro bus stop upgrades

MAY 27-31

  • LEGISLATION
    • I spent this week working in the district.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS
    • This week, I met with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science to discuss the exciting Semiconductor and Microelectronics Workforce Development project. Our office secured $963,000 in Community Project Funding.  This project will equip over 500 new students with cutting-edge technology and innovative coursework, ensuring they receive top-tier engineering and technical education.
    • I toured the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum. Volunteers work with 150+ regional partners and have identified more than 10,000 law enforcement artifacts and archives.
    • I had a really good visit to Knowlton Place in Northside and a powerful conversation on how best to improve affordable housing for seniors.
    • I had a productive meeting at Indianspring of Oakley where 175+ folks provide specialized medical attention to patients after treatment or injury. We discussed how the skilled nursing facility can continue to make sure patients keep getting the quality of care they deserve.
  • MEDIA
    • WLWT article on Donald Trump’s conviction of felony crimes