For over two hundred years, the men and women of the United States military have protected us and defended American values at home and abroad. We must commit to a strong national defense in order to respond to challenges from countries like China and Russia, deter rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and defeat violent extremists who know no borders.
The men and women of our Armed Forces deserve the best resources and support possible to carry out their mission to keep America safe. I am committed to ensuring our troops have the tools and training they need to be effective wherever and whenever they are called upon.
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Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to provide emergency funding to meet the needs of the crisis on the country's southern border. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 305 to 102. Yesterday, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 84 to 8. The bill now goes to President Trump for his signature.
The legislation funds critical needs for border enforcement, including overtime for overworked law enforcement agents who have seen an influx in the number of migrants crossing the border over the past few months.
by Congressman John Moolenaar
This past month has been tremendous for the Great Lakes. There were developments on three different fronts: funding for constructing a new lock at the Soo Locks, funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and a new plan to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan through the waterways near Chicago.
On May 21st, I voted for legislation in the House Appropriations Committee that fulfilled President Donald Trump’s request for $75.3 million dollars to start building a new lock at the Soo Locks.
By Congressman John Moolenaar
In 2018, we made more progress on the Soo Locks than has been made in decades. From the end of April through the end of December, new developments have brought a new lock closer to fruition. In April, I joined Michigan Congressmen Jack Bergman and Paul Mitchell for a conversation with President Donald Trump about the Soo Locks.
In the past week, the House of Representatives considered two different immigration reform bills that would secure America's borders and improve the American immigration system.
Congressman Moolenaar voted for both bills. He made the following statement on today's legislative action: