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Jul 30, 2014

The Hill: GOP rep says House should call off August recess

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) on Wednesday argued that the House should not leave for its August recess at the end of this week. Instead, Ribble suggested that the House stay and pass its regular appropriations bills to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Jul 28, 2014

Washington Times Op-Ed: Keeping our waterways flowing: and making Congress work at the same time

Issues: Transportation

It seems like Congress just can’t get anything done these days, even when there’s broad agreement that a problem needs to be solved. Instead, the important issues tend to get punted until “after the next election.” And then, once the next election passes, it’s on to the next election. And the next. And so forth.

Jul 17, 2014

The Hill: Lawmakers to OMB: Consider biennal budgeting

In a letter to OMB Director Shaun Donovan, the lawmakers argued that biennial budgeting would be easier for Congress to manage. The letter was signed by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), as well as Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).

Jun 24, 2014

Wispolitics.com: Ribble legislation would ban recesses without budget passage

U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble today announced legislation that would require Congress to pass a budget prior to taking a recess. The measure would also apply to annual spending bills and would require that the approved federal budget balance within 10 years. Ribble, R-Sherwood, said he's "willing to lock the doors and force Congress to do its work." "Congress has gotten too comfortable running a budget deficit every year and shying away from tough spending decisions," Ribble said. Ribble had previously sponsored legislation that would suspend members' pay...

Jun 24, 2014

The Blaze: Lawmaker: No recess for Congress until it behaves

Kids who are bad in school often get punished by staying at their desks while the other kids play at recess. Now, a House Republican is hoping to impose that same punishment on members of Congress.

Jun 9, 2014

Post Crescent Op-Ed: Rep. Reid Ribble: Veterans need options for health care

Recent national events have called into question the way we provide care to our nation’s veterans. As I’m sure you’ve seen, many veterans have been forced to wait months to get an appointment to receive basic medical care, such as fitting a hearing aid.

May 30, 2014

Wispolitics.com: Ribble offers legislation allowing vets to get care outside VA

U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble has introduced legislation he says would give veterans greater access to health care outside the embattled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

May 27, 2014

Fix the Debt: Ribble Named 'Fiscal Hero' By National Budget Group

Issues: Budget, Taxes

The Campaign to Fix the Debt recognizes the important work of the many Members of Congress who have and continue to work to improve the nation's fiscal situation. Fiscal Heroes have distinguished themselves by taking fiscally responsible votes, pushing their party leaders to make debt a priority, leading bipartisan efforts to work through policy options to fix the debt, using their town hall meetings to engage and educate constituents, delivering floor speeches to raise awareness about the issue, advocating to keep tough choices on the table, and introducing legislation to improve the...

May 23, 2014

Health Affairs Blog: Traditional Budgeting Fails To Account For The Changing Face Of America

The United States has been undergoing a major demographic shift over the past four decades, and by 2042, the various “minority” communities will in the aggregate make up the majority of our country. That has real implications not only for things like immigration policy, but also – and critically – for population health considerations. And it’s time that Congress started thinking about its health policy decisions in ways that recognize this coming demographic reality.

May 8, 2014

The Hill: Current Budget Law Makes Congress Too Near-Sighted

The gridlock that has persisted on Capitol Hill in recent years has largely stemmed from fundamental disagreements over how to address our country’s major health and economic challenges.

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