Editorials

July 13, 2018 Editorial
From my meetings with patients, families, health care professionals, and community leaders, I know there is an urgent need to fight the opioid crisis that has touched the lives of people across mid and northern Michigan. I have held roundtables on the opioid crisis, meeting extensively with residents across the district to receive their feedback on how to fight the epidemic.
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April 19, 2018 Editorial

Winter may never leave us in Michigan, but one thing is for sure, the old tax system is gone.

April 17 was the last day Michigan residents had to file their taxes under an old, outdated complicated tax code that had not been updated in more than 30 years.

December 22, 2017 Editorial
Lower tax rates, a bigger standard deduction, a bigger child tax credit, and bigger paychecks, means more money for Michigan families, small businesses and our communities. As one resident from Roscommon told me, “Any time a family can keep more of their own earnings and spend it as they see fit, it is a good thing.” I could not agree more and I am proud to support real tax relief for Michigan families.
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November 17, 2017 Editorial
Tax reform is tax relief for middle class families and Main Street, bigger paychecks, more jobs and a simpler, fairer system. This is the first major tax reform since 1986 and I will continue to fight for tax relief for hardworking Michigan families.
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November 9, 2017 Editorial

I believe our current and former service members deserve the utmost respect for their service and sacrifice for this great country of ours. Their dedication and commitment, along with that of their families’, ensures our freedoms and should never be taken for granted.

July 25, 2017 Editorial
This summer, I have been working hard to make sure Michigan’s priorities move forward in Congress. This includes protecting the Great Lakes, improving our infrastructure, strengthening our national security and helping our veterans. As the only Michigan member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have oversight of federal departments and agencies. Here is an update on some issues of concern to all Michigan residents.
May 26, 2017 Editorial
In Congress, there is bipartisan support for new investment in our country’s infrastructure, but all of those projects will need the iron ore that goes through the Soo Locks and the American steel that comes from it. Funding a new Soo lock is a necessary down payment to ensure these projects happen.
March 16, 2017 Editorial
I have written a new op-ed about my efforts to protect the Great Lakes.
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December 18, 2016 Editorial

One of the joys of serving as your congressman is honoring our current soldiers and veterans for their service to our country.

This month, I voted to give our troops their largest pay increase in six years. They make sacrifices every day to keep us safe and the raise they have earned is a small part of thanking them and their families for their service to our nation.

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."

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