News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Whether it’s an email, a phone call, or a comment on social media, I appreciate you sharing your concerns about my votes. We won’t always agree, but I will always listen to what you have to say. Because many of you have strong opinions for/against my vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security, I wanted to speak to you directly regarding my decision:

If you have further questions about this vote or anything else I do in Congress, please never hesitate to contact my offices.

Netanyahu
On Tuesday, I had the honor of sitting on the House Floor and listening to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His visit was controversial, but as I said last week, it’s important to keep our minds—and ears—open to other perspectives, and attend. While we represent individual districts, our votes and our policies have a global impact.

With the Iranian nuclear deal approaching, this is not some faraway issue for the Israelis—it’s a matter of life and death. Israel has every right to defend herself, and I applaud the Prime Minister’s decision to come before Congress to reiterate this point. His speech was a sobering reminder why the United States must stand with Israel.

Committee Work
It was a busy week for the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

In a full committee hearing on the situation in Ukraine, I had the opportunity to question Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about the administration’s broken promises and failure to act. Click here to watch this exchange. 

In the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, we discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the importance of free trade agreements for the United States. Click here for video.

Art Competition
Calling all teenage artists! My office is now accepting submissions for the annual Congressional Art Competition from high school students living in Minnesota's 6th District. All artwork must be submitted to my Otsego office by Friday, April 17, 2015. Interested students should visit my website for more information.

Sincerely,

P.S. Thank you for all the birthday greetings on Tuesday. It was a great day with frosting, FaceTime, and foreign policy

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