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.
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."
January 17, 2016 Editorial
In 2015, my office assisted with over 1,000 cases involving federal agencies, including Veterans Affairs, the IRS and the Social Security Administration. It also responded to 26,172 emails and letters from constituents and held more than 150 constituent hours in counties across the district.
October 13, 2015 Editorial
In Michigan, we see rising costs in our grocery bills, health care and, for those with young children, the cost of child care. However, while the cost of child care is increasing, the amount of this tax benefit remains the same. So, in an email to my office, this constituent suggested that our tax code should be updated to allow the tax-free benefit to increase with the rate of inflation. Now his idea is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
September 12, 2015 Editorial
President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is dangerous for the American people and our allies around the world. Across Michigan’s Fourth District, I have heard from thousands of constituents and they are overwhelmingly opposed to this deal. Along with a bipartisan majority of Americans, they understand what the Obama Administration does not; this deal is bad for America.
July 24, 2015 Editorial
With strong bipartisan support, the House has passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. As I write in my op-ed, Michigan shoppers will enjoy knowing that there is an easy to understand standard that will tell them whether or not a product is engineered because they will know what to look for when they are grocery shopping.
March 20, 2015 Editorial
Ten years is a long time to balance a budget, but it takes a long time to change the trajectory of our debt. From our nation’s founding it took more than 200 years for the government to accumulate $5 trillion in debt. In 2008, the debt was $10 trillion, and today it has skyrocketed to $18 trillion. Divided among 320 million Americans, a child born today inherits $56,250 in debt, or $225,000 for a family of four.