Category: Updates

Another Step Taken for Mining

During the Obama Administration, Americans became accustomed to executive overreach and un-elected bureaucrats meddling in our daily lives. Minnesota was not exempt.  On their way out the door, the previous administration took actions detrimental to the future of our great state and mining exploration in Northern Minnesota.

All Minnesotans know of the “Iron Range” and how important mining is to our state’s history, as well as our economy and education funding. Thankfully, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives recognized that importance, and today, we passed the MINER Act, which I was proud to lead. Read More

Putting the Middle-Class First

I am happy to announce that today, for the first time in 31 years, the House of Representatives passed the first significant tax reform. Since 1986, Americans have been forced to stand idly by as our state and local governments took more and more of our hard-earned dollars.

Thankfully, today, the House of Representatives said no more.

After numerous conferences, meetings, committee hearings and public debates, we were able to pass major tax reform that puts American families and the middle-class first.

The final product isn’t perfect but gets us started and overhauling an archaic and overly burdensome tax code. And most importantly, Congress listened to the American people and made changes that were demanded.

But, we need your help to get it over the finish line. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act still has to pass the Senate, and as we saw with health care, that’s easier said than done. We cannot let the hard work of the house die in the Senate once again. So, in the coming weeks, let your Senators hear from you. Write them emails and call their offices, place letters to the editor in your local papers, and make your voice heard.

Simple is Better

There are big advancements occurring regarding Congress reforming our nation’s tax code.

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act after dozens of hours of debate and conversation. Chairman Kevin Brady introduced two amendments that were added to the bill to better reflect the demands of the American people – one big change is retaining the Adoption Tax Credit.

The Tax Foundation estimates that under this bill, 19,525 jobs will be added in Minnesota and middle-class Minnesota families are estimated to gain $3,090 in after-tax income.

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Budget Paves the Way for Tax Reform

Last week was a big week in Washington, D.C.  The House passed the budget, which is a fiscally responsible framework that garnered wide support from conservative groups across the country.  I was proud to support this budget, which paves the way for the first substantial tax reform this nation has seen in more than 30 years.

Yesterday, the tax reform text was released, and you can read the bill here.  Even before the proposed bill text was released, democrats were desperately working to fight tax cuts and reform.  Even the Washington Post gave “four Pinocchios” to Senate Democrat claims that it would be “a hefty tax hike” for the middle class and wrote “actually, it’s the opposite.”

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Two of My Bills Cleared Committee

Last November, Americans went to the polls and demanded we Make America Great Again. While the mainstream  media may not always tell you about our progress, we are working to make that goal a reality.

Last week, in the House Financial Services Committee we got a little closer to it. I am proud that two of my bills – the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act – were debated and earned support from the majority of my colleagues to pass out of committee.

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