Category: Updates

Notes on the AHCA

Last week was an incredibly busy week in Washington, D.C., so this is the first chance to update you on what we did and how I voted.

The passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was the first step to replace the disastrous Obamacare. While there is still much work to be done, this was a huge win to unwind the mandates, taxes and regulations forced on Minnesota families and businesses under the Affordable Care Act, and I was proud to support it.

The AHCA repeals the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the medical device tax and the Medicare tax. It also ends federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Additionally, the AHCA increases options for consumers across the country while allowing for a more open and flexible marketplace centered on the consumer’s, not government’s, choice. And, importantly, it gives control back to the states where it belongs.

There is still much work to be done but I am committed to doing what I was elected to do – rein in spending and reduce government involvement in our daily lives. I look forward to continuing our efforts in Washington to do just that.

High, Complicated and Unfair

High, Complicated and Unfair

(Photo source: Washington Examiner, Look at how many pages are in the federal tax code, 4/15/16)

Today is Tax Day. A day dreaded by everyone except the government.

Here in Minnesota, we are hit especially hard by our nation’s archaic, complicated and excessive tax code. According to the tax collectors themselves, Minnesotans fall among the top three states whose citizens pay the most taxes per person. And just last week, we found out that Minnesota has the 5th highest tax burden in the country.

Simply put: at nearly 75,000 pages, our tax code is out of control. Studies show that the IRS imposes more than 8.1 billion hours of paperwork on the American people and this year, total tax compliance is expected to top $400 billion. Thankfully, help is on the way. Read More

Toward Responsible Energy Independence

These days it seems everywhere you turn you can find someone on the left saying that President Trump has done nothing since taking office. While many of us can point to countless areas to prove this is simply not the case, one issue at the top of the list is the President’s efforts in the energy arena.

Four days after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order indicating he was committed to fulfilling his campaign promises through the advancements of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. Read More

More Red Tape Reform and Repeal

More Red Tape Reform and Repeal

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Republican Party of Minnesota’s Sixth District Convention. Like every convention in the past, I was encouraged and excited by the energy of the delegates and guests in the room.

I heard excitement about our Republican majorities and our opportunities for true reform. I also heard a lot of frustration with the failure of the American Health Care Act, the struggles of maintaining the status quo, and even some mentions of Congress and President Trump failing to get anything done. But, it’s quite the opposite.

This week, we took another positive step toward significant reform and repeal of regulations to continue our efforts to clean up the swamp.
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Military Readiness and Development

With the end of winter comes appropriations season in Washington D.C. Last week we kicked it off by passing Defense Appropriations.

During the eight years of the Obama Administration, our nation’s military and foreign policy both grew weaker, leaving the United States vulnerable. As the world grew more dangerous, we witnessed horrific attacks on our allies and our homeland.

Thankfully, President Trump has made military readiness and development a priority. In February’s Joint Address to Congress, the President highlighted the need to invest in our armed forces by saying, “our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.”
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