Category: In The News

Weighing Words and Actions

In a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, the writer observed “thoughtful conservatives” can agree with most everything President Trump has done and disagree with almost everything he has said. It’s an interesting point.

I fully support the policies this President has enacted: appointing Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, rolling back countless harmful regulations for small businesses, expanding vocational and technical education, opening the Keystone Pipeline, establishing a National Vetting Center, signing the largest tax cuts in 30 years into law, and putting America and its citizens first, to name a few.

Now if only when we turned on the news we heard more about what’s working and not what’s being tweeted. Of course, the liberal media doesn’t want to report on anything that would paint a picture of success for this president. Like most Americans, you probably missed:

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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]