News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Every year on Memorial Day we gather together to honor the lives of the men and woman who accepted the call of duty, and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.

While we enjoy the extra day off from work with family and an excuse to dust off the grill, I encourage my fellow Minnesotans to also take a moment to pause and reflect on the magnitude of this day—and the people it represents.

Monday is a celebration of freedom, but also of the men and women who laid down their lives to make it possible.

Conflicts may end, and time may pass. But the memory of our fallen will never be lost.

Financial Services
On Wednesday, I proudly—and officially—joined the House Committee on Financial Services. 

Last week, the House Republican Steering Committee voted for me to join the committee to fill the vacancy left by Rep. Dold after his move to Ways and Means. I submitted waiver requests in hopes of continuing to serve on both of my former committees—Agriculture and Foreign Affairs.

I am thrilled to have been appointed to the Financial Services Committee and look forward to get to work defending competition, consumer choice and our free market system.

The financial industry is extremely prominent in the 6th District, with 146 banks, 8 credit unions and more than 57,000 of my constituents employed in finance related fields. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves to work on behalf of Minnesota’s robust and thriving financial sector.

Click here to view my introduction to the committee.

Foster Youth
May was foster care month, when we recognize the impact of youth, parents, and advocates in the foster care system, and work together to address the shortcomings.

My predecessor was actively involved in this issue while she was in office, having been a foster mother to 23 teenage girls. It’s important work, and although I don’t have the same personal involvement in this issue, I appreciate the opportunity to get involved.

Wednesday was Foster Youth Shadow Day, and I was privileged to spend my day with Maria from California. In and out of the system most of her life, she turned to schoolwork as her outlet. Now she is a biology student at Brown University. Next year she will be teaching math to under-served elementary students. I am so impressed by this young woman, and so thankful she shared her story with me.

Next week my video will go further in depth on the foster care issue. In the meantime, click here for more pictures from Maria’s visit. 

Ask Tom
This week's question comes from Benjamin in Monticello, who wanted to know if I support the American Research and Competitiveness Act. Yes, I do. And I'll do you one better--I cosponsored it, and I voted for it this week. Click below for my full answer to this great question:

Have a great weekend!

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