U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi | Representing the 12th District of Ohio

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    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Relief, Jobs

    Congress now has just over 60 days until end of the year adjournment.There is a lot left to accomplish. Of key interest to taxpayers is the "tax extenders" package, several dozen tax relief provisions which expired in 2014 and need to be continued before the end of the year. The extenders package is a mixture of good and bad tax policy provisions. By far, the most important tax extender is the so-called "50 percent bonus depreciation" line item. What is bonus depreciation? Under tax rules, many ... Read more

    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Relief, Trade, Government Reform, Jobs, Responsible Government Spending

    The looming possibility of a U.S. government shutdown threatens more than the normal functioning of federal agencies. It imperils everything the Republicans have been trying to accomplish since winning control of both houses of Congress last November. Once again, the danger stems from the party's all-or-nothing stance on a divisive issue. The last time Congress failed to pass a budget on time, two years ago, House Republicans refused to approve any funding for Obamacare. This year, it's Planned ... Read more

    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski on Wednesday became the 34th Senate Democrat to announce her support for President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, enough to sustain a veto on a resolution of disapproval. So the deal will proceed, and Democrats had better hope it succeeds because they are taking responsibility for Iran’s compliance and imperial ambitions. Politically speaking, they now own the Ayatollahs. The Democratic co-owners include Vice President Joe Biden, presidential front-runner Hillary Cli... Read more

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: GEORGE WILL OP/ED: Ignore Obama and vote for trade-promotion authority
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Jobs

    Before presidential politics — the game of getting to 270 electoral votes — completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of Representatives to pass trade-promotion authority (TPA). This would guarantee a vote without amendments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Without TPA, any trade agreement will be nibbled to death in Congress by those eager to do organized labor’s bidding. So, Republicans who oppose TPA are collaborating with th... Read more

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY OP/ED: The Conservative Case For Passing Trade Promotion Authority
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Jobs

    he unions are out to kill a U.S. trade deal with Asia, and they are now joined in an odd-bedfellows alliance with the Pat Buchanan protectionist wing on the right. For this reason the coming vote in Congress on trade promotion authority represents an economic gut-check moment for the GOP. Passage of this law would allow the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement that would cover most of our Asian trading partners (excluding China). The U.S.-Asia trade zone would riva... Read more

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY OP/ED: Free Trade Deals Are More Important Than Ever For U.S. Economy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Jobs

    The world as we see it in 2015 is nothing like what it was 20 or even 10 years ago. Evolving industries and geopolitical shifts in the last few decades call for a new paradigm that protects American workers and consumers while also maintaining a robust economic output. Emerging markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region create abundant possibilities. But while nations like China take full advantage of these new economic opportunities, the U.S. has inexplicably fallen behind. A diminished Amer... Read more

    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Jobs

    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S chances of successfully negotiating a new trade deal between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations have improved dramatically with the announcement of a bipartisan compromise bill that would enable him to submit the proposed pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to Congress for a straight up-or-down vote. Not surprisingly, this new “fast track” legislation has been denounced by critics, most of them Democrats, who say that it traduces Congress’s right to su... Read more

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: PLAIN DEALER EDITORIAL: Congress should grant President Obama fast-track trade authority
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Jobs

    President Barack Obama reasonably wants what several presidents before him have had -- the temporary ability to negotiate international trade deals that can be fast-tracked through Congress on an up-or-down vote without deal-breaking amendments. Such fast-track authority -- or, as it's now called, Trade Promotion Authority -- has factored into the passage of many trade pacts in the past, most notably the North American Free Trade Agreement. Obama, who favors free trade, now has a good chance to ... Read more

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WALL STREET JOURNAL OP/ED: A Trade Deal With a Bonus For National Security
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade, Jobs

    On the Big Island of Hawaii beginning Monday, U.S. officials will host trade negotiators from 11 nations spanning Asia and the Americas to work toward completing what could be the most significant trade deal in a generation. Five years in the making, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would cover 40% of global gross domestic product and a third of world trade. Any such deal ultimately will have to make it through the U.S. Congress. In order to prevent lawmakers from amending the agreement and u... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal Op/Ed: A Misbegotten Shutdown Showdown on Immigration
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    Leave it to Republicans to do the right thing after exhausting all other options. Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House would vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security, even though some members of his caucus thought Republicans could withhold funding to protest President Obama ’s immigration policies and not pay a price politically. They were kidding themselves. Republicans may control both chambers of Congress, but their political opponents still control the news media. T... Read more