Accountability

Congress should lead by example to reduce federal spending and the national debt.  Since 2010, Congress has passed legislation to freeze the pay of legislators.  Members of Congress and their staff are also required to participate in the health care exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.

Likewise, Congress should continue to exercise its oversight authority of the Executive Branch.  I believe Congress must work to rein in expansion of Administrative power and uphold the legislative responsibilities given to Congress by the Constitution.

More on Accountability

December 6, 2017 Press Release
As always, I strongly support the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. Just as a driver’s license is valid across state lines, this legislation will allow those who have valid permits to carry across state lines. The bill also improves the background check system so states will submit more records and help stop those who are already legally prohibited from buying a gun.
September 6, 2017 Press Release
As well as its work in the South, FEMA is using the Disaster Relief Fund here in mid Michigan to help residents recover from this summer's flooding. More than 2,000 households have been approved for funding totaling nearly $4 million dollars. I hope the Senate will act quickly to approve this legislation.
July 28, 2017 Press Release
The Army Corps' Brandon Road report draft is long overdue. The taxpayers paid for this report and it will help us understand the best way to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. This is a critical step in protecting the thousands of Michigan jobs supported by tourism, boating and fishing, and in preserving the Great Lakes for future generations.
July 27, 2017 Press Release
I am proud to support the legislation passed by the House today. It supports critical priorities for our state including a pay raise for our troops, funding for our veterans, modernizing the Soo Locks and important scientific research at Michigan State that will bring more than one thousand good-paying jobs to mid Michigan.
July 25, 2017 Editorial
This summer, I have been working hard to make sure Michigan’s priorities move forward in Congress. This includes protecting the Great Lakes, improving our infrastructure, strengthening our national security and helping our veterans. As the only Michigan member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have oversight of federal departments and agencies. Here is an update on some issues of concern to all Michigan residents.
July 21, 2017 Press Release
I welcome the state's decision to ask for federal assistance to help rebuild following the severe flooding in mid Michigan last month. I have been in contact with FEMA since the flooding occurred and the agency has been very responsive, including its preliminary assessment. I hope federal, state and local officials will continue the exemplary work they have done in response to the flooding.
June 29, 2017 Press Release
I support Kate’s Law because it will keep dangerous criminals behind bars and the increased penalties will help secure the border by serving as a deterrent to those who want to reenter the country illegally.
June 23, 2017 Press Release

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced $9.7 million in funding will be used to begin the next phase in the clean-up of the Velsicol Superfund site in St. Louis. 

June 13, 2017 Press Release
This legislation is an important part of holding the VA accountable for the care of our veterans. While the majority of VA employees are hardworking, it is vital that we streamline the process for removing those who have failed our veterans. This legislation will help ensure the VA has the best people providing our veterans with the care they earned for serving our country.
June 7, 2017 Press Release
This legislation will make it easier for our veterans and law enforcement officers to pursue job opportunities and continue to serve our country. As a public servant, ensuring our national security is my top priority. Customs and Border Patrol needs to hire more agents to keep our country safe and this legislation will help do that.