Budget

The hardworking families of mid and northern Michigan understand how to balance their checkbook and it’s about time the federal government does the same. Excessive spending in Washington has been unchecked for too long, and as a result, our nation faces over $20 trillion in debt. Plain and simple, our obligations are growing faster than our ability to pay them.

We must find a way to get the federal government’s spending under control and restore confidence in our economy. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I support legislation that promotes fiscal responsibility, accountability and puts our nation on a brighter path for our children and grandchildren. Ultimately, I believe the strength of our economy is the thousands of people and businesses like those in Michigan’s Fourth District, not with government spending.

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March 12, 2019 Press Release
“This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great Lakes and the American economy. Since Congressman Bergman, Congressman Mitchell and myself talked to President Trump about the Soo Locks last April, there has been more progress on building a new Lock than there has been in decades. This new funding will create jobs and benefit our entire state.”
March 11, 2019 Press Release
“Last year, we made incredible progress in funding the Army Corps, and having it include Soo Locks construction in its work plan. I successfully worked across the aisle on the Appropriations Committee to fund vital priorities including fighting the opioid crisis, expanding rural broadband access, and fully-funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. I look forward to continuing this important work for Michigan in the months ahead as Congress debates federal funding for 2020.”
March 8, 2019 Press Release
“Michigan residents work hard to provide for their families and they want their tax dollars to be used for protecting the Great Lakes, funding infrastructure, and keeping our country safe. They want their hard-earned money to be used for important priorities and not for political campaigns.”
February 15, 2019 Press Release
“It is vital that our nation has secure borders. I voted for tonight’s legislation because it increases funding for border security, which will help prevent the flow of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and deadly drugs, including opioids and fentanyl, at our southern border. President Trump supports this legislation because it is an important step forward in securing our nation’s borders and protecting the American people.”
February 15, 2019 Press Release
“The Soo Locks are a vital infrastructure priority for our state and in the past year we have made more progress than others have in the past decade and a half. The funding included in the Army Corps work plan last year is protected and cannot be diverted to a new project. Through my work on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for additional funding in the years ahead because a new lock at the Soo will benefit Michigan’s economy and support jobs.”
January 29, 2019 Press Release
“As our state’s senior leader on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to make sure Michigan’s most important priorities are funded in the years ahead. We must keep up the fight against the opioid crisis and give communities the resources they need to win the battle against addiction. We also need more funding to expand broadband access to residents in rural communities. I will also continue the work I have been doing for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and protect the Lakes for future generations. Finally, I will build on the historic success we had last year with the Soo Locks and work to fund design and construction in the years ahead.”
January 25, 2019 Press Release
“Thank you to the federal employees who worked hard to keep our country safe during this difficult time. As Americans, we all know with one party in the White House and one party controlling the House, leaders must work together to solve our nation’s most important issues. Democrats need to come to the table and negotiate serious solutions for border security to protect the American people and fix a broken system.”
September 18, 2018 In The News

Congressman John Moolenaar visited Cadillac Tuesday and updated us on current legislation directly affecting Michiganders.

The congressman spoke about the house’s Great Lakes Restoration initiative, as well as work on the opioid crisis, veterans issues, and the budget.

September 13, 2018 Press Release
"Today's legislation makes it crystal clear: President Trump, Republicans, and Democrats support a new lock in the Soo. After 50 years of harsh winters and extraordinary maintenance, we need to build a second lock to be ready in case the one lock we have fails. We cannot afford a disruption of the Great Lakes shipping that is crucial to American manufacturing jobs and the products enjoyed by millions of Americans. I will be working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to fund this vital construction for Michigan and the country."
September 13, 2018 In The News

"Today's legislation makes it crystal clear: President Trump, Republicans and Democrats support a new lock in the Soo," said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who has been pushing for authorization of the project and is likely to be a key member to secure funding as the state's only member of the Appropriations Committee. "After 50 years of harsh winters and extraordinary maintenance, we need to build a second lock to be ready in case the one lock we have fails."

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