“Shall not be infringed.”

It’s a critical phrase in the 2nd Amendment. Our right to keep and bear arms is one held dear across North Missouri. Hunting, target shooting, and most importantly, self-defense, are just a few of the reasons why.

When President Biden ran for office, he promised to “defeat the NRA.” To me, it sounded like code for “get rid of guns.” Unfortunately, I don’t think going after guns was a campaign platitude. With his track record of actually banning some firearms for a time with the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, it shouldn’t have been...

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On March 29, 1973, the last US combat troops left Vietnam, ending 8 years of direct intervention in the war and decades of American involvement in the conflict. All told, the conflict cost more than 58,000 American lives, and tens of thousands more returned home scarred, wounded, and weary after fighting bloody battles in a country most had never heard of before the war.

Unlike their parent’s generation, who returned home to much fanfare and celebration in 1945, veterans of the Vietnam War returned home to an ungrateful nation, met with protests and insults....

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I believe in limited government because government works best when it stays out of our way—when it lets Americans innovate and succeed, thrive, and live free. That said, there are a few things the federal government should do—and should do well. One of those is infrastructure.

From our nation's earliest days, infrastructure has always been crucial. It started with roads, bridges, and waterways, but as our country grew, so too did the ways people and goods get from point A to point B. Today, railways and airports are just as critical for meeting our...

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There is a crisis at the border and President Biden has escalated it by halting deportations of illegal immigrants, trying to push unfair amnesty legislation, and unlawfully freezing border wall funding authorized by Congress.

In February, more than 100,000 individuals were encountered trying to illegally cross the southern border. That’s a 173 percent increase from February 2020. We haven’t seen illegal immigration numbers like this in decades. While Customs and Border Protection agents are overwhelmed by the flood of illegal immigrants trying to enter our...

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“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Those famous words were uttered by an Obama-Biden administration official not long before they jammed through an unneeded, partisan piece of legislation that spent a whole bunch of money we didn’t have. That was in 2009. 50 days into the Biden administration and here we go again.

This week, President Biden signed his “American Rescue Plan” into law. He billed this legislation as a silver bullet to cure America of COVID and get our country back on track—unfortunately, it’s anything but.

Instead of building on the work of...

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There’s some good news for all Missourians this week: COVID-19 is on the retreat. Missouri now ranks second lowest amongst all fifty states in average daily case rate over the last 7 days according to the Centers for Disease Control.

That’s good news for a couple of reasons. For one, it means fewer Missourians are getting sick, fewer are going to the hospital, and fewer are needing intensive care. I’m glad Missourians are healthier, but I’m also glad this is taking pressure off our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers that have been fighting on the front lines of this...

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It’s National Public Schools Week and I’m proud to once again serve as Congressional Co-Chair to honor the many teachers, administrators, staff members, bus drivers, board members, parents, and volunteers that continue to make our public schools a great place for our children to learn.

After all, more than 90 percent of Americans get their education in our public-school system. That includes me, my parents before me, and my children—some of whom have gone on to teach in our public schools. One of the things I’m most proud of is how our public schools in North...

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It’s been a rough week across North Missouri with bitter cold, snowstorms, and slick roads causing havoc. Many students have been at home for several days and temporary rolling blackouts and propane issues have made a difficult week even more challenging. We’re used to winter weather, but this has been tough.

While we work to assess how we prevent these challenges in the future, I’m reminded that a lot of folks simply don’t get snow days. That’s certainly the case for our many farmers across the district. There are no days off to escape the sweltering heat or bitter cold, no...

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On January 20, 2021, millions of Americans watched as Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. While the President spoke of unity and healing at the time, his actions since have failed to live up to his lofty words. Instead, we now have another politically motivated impeachment and we’re in the process of getting a hyper partisan $1.9 trillion spending bill rammed down our throats. The last Administration talked about promises made and promises kept. The hallmark of the first month of the Biden Administration has been promises made, promises...

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It’s no secret that we have an infrastructure problem in Missouri and there’s no place we’ve seen this failure more clearly than on our roadways. Particularly concerning is the state of our bridges with 900 bridges being rated “poor” by the Federal Highway Administration. Given that 60 percent of our bridges are currently beyond their originally intended lifespan and the average Missouri bridge is 48 years old, the maintenance, repair, and replacement problem is only going to get worse the longer we wait.  

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like this...

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