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Congress Keeps Spending

Recently I voted NO on the minibus spending bills (H.R. 6157) and the FAA reauthorization bill (H.R. 302).
These were tough votes for me because there are policies in the bills I do support, including funding for our military and the largest pay raise in years for our troops, as well as funding for important medical research.  But here is the bottom line: both bills continue our government’s excessive and reckless spending and the billions in disaster relief are not offset.

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Taking Action on Opioids

The United States is in the grips of one of the most insidious addiction crises in our history, driven not by illicit drugs purchased in clandestine transactions, but ones made available in retail outlets by trusted professionals.

More than 63,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2016 – roughly 174 people every day. Two-thirds of these 2016 overdose deaths involved an opioid.  In Minnesota, the increase in drug overdose death rates from 2015 to 2016 was one of the most significant in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 672 Minnesotans died from opioid overdoses in 2016 alone.

We are losing our family members, friends and loved ones.  

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Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Endorsement

Today, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Political Action Committee announced candidate endorsements in federal political races.  It is an honor to have the support of nearly 30,000 member families to represent their interest in the future of farmers, their families, and the food they grow and raise in Minnesota.

From the MNFB Release:

Endorsement decisions are based upon candidate interviews and support for Farm Bureau policy. The PAC Committee is comprised of county Farm Bureau members from across the state.

Women Lead and Succeed in Business

It’s no secret that women have long faced obstacles in the business world.

Yet women are doing more with less as female entrepreneurship continues to skyrocket across the country.

Women are starting about 1,800 new U.S. businesses per day and the overall number of women-owned businesses has surged 3,000 percent since 1972.

Helping female entrepreneurs succeed means helping our economy succeed. Republicans have led the way.

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National Right to Life Committee Endorses Emmer

Otsego, MN – Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) announced that he has been endorsed by the National Right To Life Committee (NRLC).

“I am grateful to receive the official endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee,” said Congressman Emmer. “As a father of seven, I am a proud supporter of life. I will continue to support legislation that protects life and to be a voice for the voiceless for as long as I serve in Congress.”

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

“We strongly commend Congressman Emmer for his perfect 100 percent pro-life voting record in the 115th Congress,” stated Karen Cross, political director for the Committee.  “Voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to return him to Congress.”

In addition to the NRLC endorsement, Emmer has also been endorsed by the Sixth District Republican Party of Minnesota, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, and the National Federation of Independent Business.