News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Three weeks ago I placed my left hand on the Bible, raised my right hand, and swore to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

With the exception of my marriage and the birth of my children, it was one of the most significant moments of my life. I want to thank you again for the opportunity to take that oath of office and represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives. It's a responsibility I don't take lightly.

In my op-ed in the St. Cloud Times, I outline the early successes of the 114thCongress, and my priorities for the rest of this year. It has been a productive start to the new Congress, and I have no intention of slowing down.

Passing the Keystone XL Pipeline
In our first week, the House voted to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. I was proud to throw my support behind this important legislation, and to use my first speech on the House Floor to urge its passage. Construction of this pipeline will support thousands of jobs while also decreasing our dependence on oil from volatile foreign nations. Additionally, we will also see some relief for road and railway congestion currently plaguing cities across Minnesota.

Working to Repeal the Medical Device Tax
The medical device industry is a vital component of Minnesota’s economy and I am proud to be an original cosponsor on the repeal of the medical device tax.

This tax, mandated by Obamacare, has stifled innovation and killed jobs across the state of Minnesota and it is imperative that we take the steps necessary to prevent further damage. I look forward to working with my colleagues, particularly fellow Minnesotan Rep. Erik Paulsen and Rep. Ron Kind of neighboring Wisconsin, to bring renewed hope to repealing this tax.

The State of the Union
Despite our differences, it was an honor to hear from the President on Tuesday night. However, he needs to learn to work with, not against, Congress to find solutions. The Republican majorities were not elected to fall in step with President Obama’s agenda—the American people are demanding change. If he’s ready to get to work on the change that voters demanded last November, Congress will be here waiting.

It’s an honor to serve you in the U.S. House, and if you have any comments or concerns, or need help navigating a federal agency, please don’t hesitate to contact my D.C. or Minnesota offices.

Sincerely,

Tom

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