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How to Support “Made By Hand”

Last week was manufacturing week – a time dedicated to celebrate the men and women across the country in the manufacturing industry.

I may sound like a broken record, but the manufacturing industry is one of the two main drivers of our state’s economy. It accounts for more than 10 percent of our state’s private sector jobs and is responsible for nearly 15 percent of Minnesota’s GDP. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, this industry contributed more than $2 trillion to the U.S. economy last year.

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Life is a Gift and a Value to Defend

On Tuesday, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to ban abortions
after 20 weeks. The unborn are the most vulnerable, and I was proud to cosponsor and vote for
this legislation that will protect the innocent.

To learn more about this important bill, read this op-ed by Chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee Bob Goodlatte.

As a father of seven, I am a proud supporter of life. I always have been, and always will be pro-
life and for as long as I serve in Congress, I will act to give a voice for those who are unable to
speak for themselves.

Emmer bill prohibits excluding federal land from mining

From The Duluth News Tribune:

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., has introduced legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Forest Service from excluding any National Forest land from mining without approval from Congress.

The bill, HR 3905, also would prohibit the establishment of any national monuments in Minnesota without Congressional approval.

The bill also would restore mineral leases to Twin Metals, the company which had been planning to build a large underground copper mine along the Kawishiwi River near Ely. Similar legislation to restore those leases already has advanced in the House.

The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. And Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn. It does not apply to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where mining is prohibited.

The bill is a reaction to a last-minute Obama administration move to withdraw the Twin Metals mineral leases and also exclude parts of the Superior National Forest from future mining until after a comprehensive environmental review is done on the impact of copper mining on the forest, including the BWCAW.

Undoing Overreach on Mining

Congress has been working to undo some of the overly burdensome and highly unnecessary regulations imposed on American families, businesses and states over the past eight years. We’ve had many successes in this area, and last week our efforts continued.

I was proud to gain unanimous support for my amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill. This amendment will roll back a lame duck action from the Obama Administration and give us the opportunity to bring much-needed jobs and revenue to the great state of Minnesota.

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NDAA Will Provide for our Military

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an incredible bill to uphold and ensure the national security of this great country. Through the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we are one step closer to fulfilling our promise to the American people: to keep them and this country safe again.

Unfortunately, over recent years, our armed forces have been depleted and currently sit at the lowest levels of troops since World War II. Pilots are not able to get their necessary flight hours logged, and recent reports show that Marine and Air Force pilots have had to go to military museums to find parts to fix their planes because the funding and resources simply have not been available. This is unacceptable – especially when we live in an increasingly dangerous world.

Thankfully, the NDAA is crucial to ensure the United States military has the necessary tools and resources at their disposal. The NDAA will fill those gaps in military readiness so our troops are able to safely and efficiently execute their missions. And this bill will give our service men and women a pay raise that they so greatly deserve.

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