Author: Editor

It Doesn’t Add Up

This month, the National Center for Education Statistics released results from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.  It is an assessment of American students in the core subjects of reading and math.

Disappointingly, American students showed no improvement. What’s worse: the lowest performers fell even further behind.

Minnesota is no different.  We generally perform better than others, but our state’s scores remained nearly flat.

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“Hotdish of Champions” Recipe

Here is the recipe for my award winning entry in this year’s Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish competition.

Hotdish of Champions 

Ingredients:

  • Tater tot crowns –30 oz package
  • One can of Cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Vegetable oil
  • 6 Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cups of Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 Cup of Cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked crumbled sausage
  • Your choice of cereal (such as General Mills Chex or Total) for topping

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United States Chamber of Commerce Endorses Tom Emmer for Congress

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world, has endorsed Tom Emmer for the U.S. House of Representatives as he seeks his third term to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. The Chamber also endorsed Emmer for Congress in 2014 and 2016.

“We’re pleased to endorse Tom Emmer in his re-election bid due to his work over the last three years to advance economic growth, help create jobs, and promote small businesses and fiscal responsibility,” said Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President/National Political Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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It’s Not a Trade War

As we renegotiate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and redefine our relationship with China, many of the national and local headlines have warned Americans the United States is headed for a trade war.

After China put forth a list of potential tariffs on American pork, soybeans, corn and beef, President Trump responded aggressively by threatening to add an additional $100 billion on Chinese goods to his initially proposed threat of $50 billion.

Farmers in Minnesota and across the nation have raised the red flag – and for good reason. The tariffs on soybeans and pork in particular would add to an already highly stressful line of work, one in which there is quite a bit of anxiety due to low commodity prices and reliance on factors outside their control.

The President’s aggressive tone is unsettling, but let’s take a look at what’s happened just in the past few days.

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No to a Broken Process

Congress met another funding deadline last week, this time with a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus to fund the government through September.  The 2,200+ page bill was given to me and my colleagues approximately 17 hours before we were scheduled to vote.

When I came to Washington, I made a commitment to Minnesotans to uphold the fiscal conservative principles on which I was elected and do everything possible to fix the broken processes of Congress.

The commitment I made to you is why I voted ‘No’ on the omnibus bill last week.

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