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.

More on Budget

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."

September 13, 2018 Press Release
"I have worked to make sure Michigan's priorities for our veterans and the Great Lakes receive the federal funding they need. This legislation includes more support for veterans in rural communities and helps all veterans who might be at risk from the opioid crisis. Recent reforms at the VA have led to increased accountability and the funding passed today will do more to help our veterans receive the care they deserve for serving our country.
June 14, 2018 In The News

"Summer has begun and millions of Michiganders are enjoying boating and fishing on the Great Lakes, so it is crucial to preserve and protect them for future generations," said Rep. John Moolenaar, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports that goal and helps protect the Lakes from pollution and invasive species. I will continue to advocate for this funding and help it move forward in Congress."

June 8, 2018 Press Release
“Michigan families love the Great Lakes. They want to preserve and protect them for future generations. This legislation will hold the Army Corps accountable in the fight against invasive species, help develop Michigan harbors, and allow Michigan residents to enjoy our rivers and lakes."
June 6, 2018 Press Release
"Summer has begun and millions of Michiganders are enjoying boating and fishing on the Great Lakes, so it is crucial to preserve and protect them for future generations. Funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports that goal and helps protect the Lakes from pollution and invasive species. I will continue to advocate for this funding and help it move forward in Congress."

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