Working in Congress, it’s easy to get caught up in the noise—the headlines, the Facebook comments, the tweets. But what's often overlooked are all of the stories—both uplifting and heartbreaking—that we witness: the mother who gives her time helping others after both of her sons battled an opioid addiction; the factory worker who is able to send his child to summer camp thanks to his tax reform bonus; the leader who returns to his position on the House floor and the baseball diamond.
Every person has a story to share, and we are humbled to be able to hear them every day. Here are eight noteworthy stories we witnessed during the month of June:
1. Whip Scalise – For Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), this year’s Congressional Baseball Game was especially meaningful. One year after being shot at baseball practice, Whip Scalise started the game at second base. Prior to the start, Speaker Ryan celebrates the Whip’s return.
2. American Manufacturers – American manufacturers are already seeing the benefits of tax reform—and it’s only been six months. Jamison Door in Hagerstown, Maryland has given its workers bonuses and initiated plans for expansion. At an event marking the six-month anniversary of the House’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Speaker Ryan highlights their story, as well as those of other local manufacturers.
3. Our Office Interns – For many college students, internships are an opportunity to get a glimpse into a possible career path. The same goes for our office interns. Speaker Ryan sits down with his first group of summer interns to hear about their experiences working in the office and learn more about their career goals.
4. Rep. Sam Johnson – A former Prisoner of War and dedicated public servant, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) is a hero to many in these halls and around the country. Speaker Ryan formally accepts the portrait of Rep. Johnson, from his time as Interim Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, into the House’s Portrait Collection.
5. Firefighters – Firefighters put their lives on the line each and every day. Smoke inhalation and other hazards encountered on the job take a toll on the health of these first responders. Speaker Ryan signs Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-NY) bill to aid researchers in the study of these hazards, sending it to the White House to become law.
6. Lives Affected by Opioids – From a former high school athlete who was prescribed opioids following a simple sport injury to a single parent whose addiction escalated to heroin use, the opioid epidemic is taking the lives of 115 Americans each day. Speaker Ryan and House Republicans hold a press conference highlighting the faces of this epidemic, and what Congress is doing to fight it.
7. Red Hawks – Miami University students participating in the school’s Inside Washington program spend the semester test-driving various careers and participating in discussions with alumni in the DC area. A Red Hawk himself, Speaker Ryan meets with the summer session students for a discussion on current events.
8. Southeastern Wisconsin Community – The Badger State is a great place to do business. Foxconn’s new facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin will help bring jobs and opportunities to local families. Speaker Ryan joins President Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Foxconn Founder and CEO Terry Gou, and Christopher Murdock (the first Wisconsin Foxconn employee) for the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead