News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

I’m happy to be back in the district after an action-packed week in Washington, D.C.!

One of the most memorable moments from this week was the St. Cloud Honor Flight. Honor Flight is a fantastic program dedicated to bringing World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. to view their memorials and honor those who didn’t make it home. It was a moving experience to welcome them to the World War II Memorial. I want to share with you more about that experience:

Click here for more pictures from their visit to our nation’s capital.

New Legislation
Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York and I introduced legislation this week-- H.R. 1921, the Grant Residency for Additional Doctors (GRAD) Act of 2015--that would direct the State Department to speed up the visa approval process for international physicians who are slated to work at hospitals in the United States.

Due to the complexity of the J-1 Visa process, applicants scheduled to serve their residencies at American hospitals are encountering delays obtaining their visas at U.S. Embassies. As a result, the hospitals – many in rural and underserved communities – at which the physicians are set to work are forced hospitals to withdraw offers to foreign physicians.

The GRAD Act would require the Secretary of State to relieve the backlog of such cases by conducting an expedited review of J-1 visa applicants for graduate medical education or training. In addition, the legislation would mandate that Foreign Service Officers at relevant embassies receive training related to medical graduates and medical graduate programs.

Click here to view the text of H.R. 1921, the Grant Residency for Additional Doctors (GRAD) Act of 2015.

As a member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya and Ethiopia earlier this month. While there, I met with farmers about USAID and with local authorities on their efforts to combat extremism.

Click here for more pictures from this visit.

On Monday, the Star Tribune shared more about what I saw overseas: “Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer’s eyes opened on congressional African trip”

Hotdish Competition
Each year, Senator Al Franken hosts the entire Minnesota congressional delegation for a friendly hotdish competition. Each of the Representatives and Senators brings in a unique dish, and they are required to have a starch, a protein, and Minnesota ingredients. Since I am the newest member of the delegation, I presented the “Fresh Meat Hotdish.” It’s a slightly altered recipe my mom used to make when I was a boy.

I enjoyed the opportunity to join in on this tradition and celebrate our state’s quirky and wonderful culture. Congresswoman Betty McCollum ultimately won with her Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish. For photos from this great event, click here.

A printable version of my recipe is available here.

Let’s Connect
I have always promised to be transparent, accountable, and accessible to you. As part of that promise, I am extending my accessibility on social networking. This week, I started a Snapchat account. You can find me at @RepTomEmmer.

It’s a chance for you to view what’s happening in Congress from my perspective. For example, I shared a story from the St. Cloud Honor Flight and from the hotdish competition. To view a Youtube-version of these videos, click on the screenshots below:

Snapchat: St. Cloud Honor Flight

Snapchat: Congressional Hotdish Competition

Have a great weekend!


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