Newsletter - February 2020
Legislative update, Town Hall announced

Dear Friend,

It’s been a year since I took office, and we started off the New Year with several legislative wins.

On January 8, the House passed H.R. 5065, the Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act, a bill I co-led and introduced with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. This bill Imagewould provide small business counseling and training services to non-violent offenders. Some individuals who have paid their debt to society deserve a second chance at success, and this will prepare them to re-enter society and contribute to the workforce. The Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act follows another bill I co-led, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act, which passed the House in November, and later became law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act that the President signed into law in December. This legislation strengthens programs that enable employers to hire military reservists, and both bills speak to the effectiveness of bipartisan efforts that have the power to improve lives and strengthen our communities.

I’m committed to local investment and growth, which is why I co-sponsored H. Res. 815, Supporting Minor League Baseball. As you may have heard, Major League Baseball recently decided to eliminate 42 minor league clubs across the nation. This decision would affect six of Tennessee’s minor league teams. We’re fortunate to have the Tennessee Smokies nearby, and it would be a shame for towns from the East to West Coast to lose the local investment that minor league baseball provides.

ImageAt the end of last month, I was proud to introduce H.R. 5634, which would amend the Social Security Act so folks who are owed past-due Social Security benefits are paid first instead of their legal representatives. Since taking office, many of you have contacted me about your frustration with late Social Security payments, and I hope that this measure will enable those who have contacted me, as well as all Americans across the country who have worked their entire lives for Social Security benefits, to receive them in a timely manner.

As January closed, I joined my colleagues in remembering the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by paying tribute to the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. I was honored to attend a Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment Subcommittee meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee where I heard Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, professor of Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, speak. My dad fought the Nazis in World War II, and I am extremely concerned at the recent rise in anti-Semitism. I will continue to support initiatives like this one that fight anti-Semitism and honor the victims of the Holocaust.

I’m hosting a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jefferson CityImage Hall, 112 City Center Drive. During the meeting, constituents will be able to ask questions and learn more about my legislative agenda. The event is free and open to the public. 

Over the next month, my local team will staff Mobile Office Hours at three locations making it easier to get federal agency assistance and pass on your opinions. You do not need to make an appointment. Upcoming dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Public Library, 714 Thompson Street, Philadelphia
  • Tuesday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tazewell City Hall, 1830 Main Street, Tazewell
  • Tuesday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blaine City Hall, 220 Indian Ridge Road, Blaine

Have a question or concern? You’ll find my office contact info below. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Tim Burchett
Member of Congress