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.
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Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, urged his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to include the restoration initiative funding in the spending bill.
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.
I consider it an honor to serve and believe it is an important responsibility to listen to my constituents. That is why I will continue to meet with constituents throughout the district in a variety of formats. Since taking office I have held countless small group and one-on-one meetings, as well as 26 listening sessions.
While I have been available to meet with and listen to my constituents at events in all 15 counties, many have requested a large district-wide listening session.