Category: Updates

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.

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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Let’s Return to Regular Order

Last week we left Washington D.C. to return to our favorite states, celebrate Independence Day and spend time traveling the district. I must admit I prefer to spend time at home speaking with Minnesotans, but there is important work that needs to get done, so we are back in our nation’s capital this week.

While healthcare is certainly the topic of conversation across the country these days, Congress does know how to multi-task. One of the big things is we are working our way through the appropriations process – this is how Congress decides to spend taxpayer dollars. (If you are interested in fully diving into this subject, here is an Appropriations 101 primer for you.)

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Minding the Skills Gap

As you have likely heard me mention, manufacturing is one of the two main drivers of our economy here in Minnesota’s Sixth District. My staff and I interact with manufacturers from our district every week. One thing we constantly hear is concern about the ability to fill vacant positions, particularly when it comes to skilled production work.

Somehow, we have gotten to this place where most American students think the only path forward in life or the only way to be deemed “successful” is to go to a four-year university. With this mindset, kids graduating high school are seemingly avoiding two-year colleges, tech schools, union apprenticeships, or other training much to the detriment of the crucial trades that keep our country’s economy humming.
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