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A Look Back at this Session

Yesterday marked the last day of session for the U.S. House of Representatives until September. (The same does not hold true for the U.S. Senate, who will stay in Washington through August due to historic obstruction by the Democrats.)

As I headed back to Minnesota to continue working in the district, I reflected on the House’s accomplishments so far for you and your family. After years of struggling to not just get ahead, but to keep up, Americans are finally starting to see opportunity, jobs and confidence come back.

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Should We Abolish ICE?

In 2016, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) arrested nearly 2,000 human traffickers, more than 4,800 gang members (including nearly 800 members of MS-13, one of the most vicious gangs operating today), and intercepted more than one ton of fentanyl that was headed for our communities.

To show their gratitude, last week Democrats introduced a bill to “Abolish ICE.”

Once again, Democrats are out of touch. The majority of Americans disagree with their effort to dismantle the agency, whose agents put their lives on the line every day to protect our borders and this nation. Their effort makes clear that Democrats believe the United States should not have borders.

I disagree: I fully support ICE, our nation’s borders, and a safe America.

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#ConfirmKavanaugh

On Monday evening, President Trump announced his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh.

Judge Kavanaugh has served 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, one of the most prestigious courts in the nation as it oversees many of our top federal agencies. By comparison, Antonin Scalia was on the D.C. Circuit for only four years when he was nominated for the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh has issued more than 300 opinions, 11 of which have been affirmed by the High Court, and clerked for the very man he has been nominated to replace, Justice Kennedy, on the Supreme Court.

Without a doubt, Judge Kavanaugh is extremely well-qualified for this position and should be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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Happy Independence Day

In a 1961, President Reagan said this in a speech to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

More than ever, our nation needs to hear (or read) these words.

Around the country, the idea that government is more trustworthy than the individual to do what is best seems to be catching on. Our ancestors fought against this 242 years ago, and the great American experiment was the result. While it is not always perfect, the United States continue to show the world that a democratic republic and capitalism allow Freedom and Liberty to flourish most abundantly, and that it is the Individual, not the government, who should lead the way.

This Independence Day, I wish you and your family a safe and happy celebration of everything this great land stands for: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

NFIB Endorses Tom Emmer

National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Tom Emmer

Emmer has strong record in support of small business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) for backing Main Street businesses in Congress.

“Small business owners drive our communities and our economy,” said Emmer. “Business confidence is at an all-time high, but challenges, like a tight labor market, remain.  I am pleased to receive the NFIB’s endorsement as I intend to keep working on legislation to get the government out of the way of the ingenuity and risk taking of entrepreneurs.”

Congressman Emmer earned the endorsement based on his voting record in the 115th Congress on the issues important to small businesses, namely health care, regulation and taxes.  This is the third endorsement for Emmer by the NFIB.

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