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In Support of the Fourth Amendment

Recently, I voted in opposition to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Reauthorization of 2017 because I believe in the defense of every American’s constitutional right against warrantless search and seizure.

Unfortunately, our domestic surveillance has been dramatically expanded in recent years. While I fully understand that we are in an age of ever evolving threats to our national security, I simply disagree that Americans’ constitutional rights have to be violated in order to protect the United States from foreign threats.

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WSJ : Lawmakers Seek to Ease Mortgage-Disclosure Rule for Small Lenders

This article on H.R. 2954, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, was published in the Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2018. Read the full article here.

Excerpts:

The legislation would allow a significant proportion of community banks and credit unions to escape reporting requirements that came into effect this month. The new requirements fall under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, a law enacted in 1975 to curb discrimination against minority borrowers.

The bill introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer (R., Minn.) has a good chance of becoming law because a broad Senate financial-deregulation bill, introduced in November with bipartisan support, includes a similar provision. Mr. Emmer said he expected a few House Democrats to support his bill.

The bill is expected to cover roughly a quarter of the U.S. mortgage market, Mr. Emmer said in an interview.

“These thresholds will still require the Wells Fargos, Bank of Americas and JPMorgans of the world to report data but it will provide relief to little guys, community banks and credit unions,” he said.

Financial institutions, particularly community banks and credit unions, have complained about new disclosure requirements, citing compliance costs and data-security concerns.

Specifically, the legislation would expand the exemption to lenders that originate fewer than 500 closed-end mortgage loans in each of the two preceding calendar years, up from 25 loans currently. The threshold for open-end home-equity lines of credit would be raised to 500 loans a year from 100 loans currently.

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.

WWII Veteran and Ramsey Resident Recognized by Representative Emmer

WWII Veteran and Ramsey Resident Recognized by Representative Emmer

WWII Veteran and Ramsey Resident Recognized by Representative Emmer

US Representative Tom Emmer recently visited Ramsey to recognize resident, John Graw, a 97 year old World War 2 Veteran who served in Europe and North Africa as a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Force and as part of the Mediterranean Allied Air Force.  Representative Emmer presented John with a certificate of appreciation and a flag that had once flown over the nation’s capital.  John was also recognized by the Ramsey City Council and presented with a Key to the City in 2015.

[originally posted by the City of Ramsey]

Congressman Emmer Donates Care Package Items to Active Duty Military

Congressman Emmer Donates Care Package Items to Active Duty Military

Otsego, MN – Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) met with Becky Carlson of Saint Cloud to donate items collected for her Troop Care Package Project.  The snacks, activities and personal care items were donated by Republican activists at local conventions during the late winter.

“Our community is fortunate to have someone like Becky willing to serve those who serve all of us,” said Congressman Emmer. “On behalf of all who donated, we’re glad we could contribute in some small way.”

In thanking the Congressman for organizing the collection drive and raising awareness of the demands placed upon deployed military, Carlson said, “you touched a lot of hearts today.”

Becky’s Troop Care Packages is a non-profit organization that sends monthly care packages to troops deployed to foreign nations as part of their service to our country.  She includes a hand written note with every package to express gratitude for their sacrifice and have been sending monthly packages for over 14 years.  In July 2014, Carlson received the “Eleven Who Care” Award from Kare 11.

For more information on Becky’s project, visit www.facebook.com/beckystroopcarepackages

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