Category: Updates

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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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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A Look Back at this Session

Yesterday marked the last day of session for the U.S. House of Representatives until September. (The same does not hold true for the U.S. Senate, who will stay in Washington through August due to historic obstruction by the Democrats.)

As I headed back to Minnesota to continue working in the district, I reflected on the House’s accomplishments so far for you and your family. After years of struggling to not just get ahead, but to keep up, Americans are finally starting to see opportunity, jobs and confidence come back.

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Should We Abolish ICE?

In 2016, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) arrested nearly 2,000 human traffickers, more than 4,800 gang members (including nearly 800 members of MS-13, one of the most vicious gangs operating today), and intercepted more than one ton of fentanyl that was headed for our communities.

To show their gratitude, last week Democrats introduced a bill to “Abolish ICE.”

Once again, Democrats are out of touch. The majority of Americans disagree with their effort to dismantle the agency, whose agents put their lives on the line every day to protect our borders and this nation. Their effort makes clear that Democrats believe the United States should not have borders.

I disagree: I fully support ICE, our nation’s borders, and a safe America.

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