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

March 2, 2017 Press Release
“Attorney General Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from any current or future investigations into the 2016 presidential election is an important step toward ensuring that the FBI’s investigation is independent and has the trust of the American people.”
March 2, 2017 Press Release
The attorney general should have disclosed his contact with Russian officials at his nomination hearing, even though the contact came as part of his work on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He should clarify the comment he made during his hearing and he should recuse himself from oversight of the FBI's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election.
February 2, 2017 Press Release
"No hardworking Michigan resident should have their Second Amendment rights and due process rights taken away by unaccountable bureaucrats. Those rights are enshrined in our Constitution and I will always fight to defend them."
January 11, 2017 Press Release
"As a member of these subcommittees, I will have oversight of some of most important departments and agencies in the federal government, including the IRS. I will fight to hold them accountable to ensure that every taxpayer dollar is used effectively and that all citizens are treated with respect."
January 4, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) was named to the House Appropriations Committee.

He is the first member from Michigan to be a member of the committee since 2011 and the first Michigan Republican to serve on the committee since 2009.

The Appropriations Committee and its twelve subcommittees are responsible for writing the twelve funding bills that formally set the spending levels for every department, agency and program in the federal budget.

December 15, 2016 Editorial
"To be accountable to you, I have made it a priority to be available, meeting constituents in all 15 counties of the district in 2016. At listening sessions, we discussed current events and your concerns about issues before Congress. You passionately care about the future of our country and I appreciate your input while representing you in Washington."
December 8, 2016 Press Release
"I supported this critical legislation to keep the government open and to provide certainty to our troops and our seniors. I am glad this legislation included much needed federal aid to Flint to rebuild its water infrastructure. There was a failure in Flint by all levels of government and today the federal government does its part to assist in the city's recovery."
September 28, 2016 Press Release
"This is a step forward for Flint and the rebuilding of its water infrastructure. This legislation will help Flint heal and I want to thank the entire Michigan delegation and House leadership for their support of this legislation," said Congressman Moolenaar.
September 6, 2016 Press Release
The legislation ensures that sexual assault survivors in federal criminal cases have the right to a sexual assault evidence kit. It also allows victims to request that their kit be preserved so charges can be brought in the future.
May 5, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Moolenaar is the author of the Safe Water and Nutrition Access Act, which was introduced last month. The legislation makes Flint eligible for federal aid for water infrastructure and nutrition.