News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

My bags are packed and I’m just about ready to hop a flight back to Minnesota, but before I do, I want to fill you in on my busy week here in D.C.

In addition to fulfilling my weekly duties on the Financial Services Committee, my staff and I had many different meetings including Landscape Structures and Angels in Adoption. All in all it was a successful week. Here are a few highlights…

The Veterans Care and Reporting Enforcement Act

This week, Rep. Walz (MN-01) and I introduced H.R. 3686- the Veterans Care and Reporting Enforcement (CARE) Act. This bipartisan legislation was introduced after an unreleased report from 2013 surfaced earlier this year and demonstrated that there is a major need for more transparency around reports from the VA Office of the Inspector General. The Veterans CARE Act will do the following:

  • Improve Congressional oversight by requiring the release of OIG reports involving patient health and safety at VA medical facilities to the appropriate Congressional Committees and Members of Congress where the VA facility resides.
  • Provide for greater transparency by ensuring the public can access these reports not less than three days after the report is closed. Additionally, the VA OIG must make the report available on their website for not less than one year. 
  • Increase accountability by notifying employees if their VA facility has been investigated and how to access the report for a minimum of 30 days.

Veterans have made huge sacrifices on behalf of our country, and we owe them exemplary services once they return home. I believe that this legislation will help to ensure this.

Eradicating Breast Cancer

This week I spoke on the House Floor to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a cruel disease that tears mothers from their children, wives from their husbands and daughters from their parents. Having lost a sister to this disease, I know this pain to be all too real.

While we have made leaps and bounds in taking measures to prevent breast cancer, I believe that we must remain committed to preventing this terrible disease. Let us take this month to rededicate ourselves to eradicating breast cancer once and for all.

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Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

Mental illness is an incredibly important issue in our country today. While there is often a negative connotation surrounding mental health issues, what many people are not aware of is how common mental disorders actually are.

This is why mental health must be made a priority instead of consistently being swept under the rug by policy makers. To learn more about mental health and my stance on this issue, watch the video below.

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Calling All Photographers!

This week I launched a contest which aims to show everyone the true beauty that Minnesota has to offer. Our 10,000 lakes surrounded by the changing of the leaves create some incredibly vivid scenery. That is why I invite you to take a photo of Minnesota’s Sixth District and submit it to The winning photo will become the cover photo on both my Facebook and Twitter. Please remember that one photo can be submitted per person and the photo must be taken by the person who submitted the photo.

Mark Your Calendars

This upcoming Tuesday I will be holding a town hall in Sherburne County. I find these town halls to be incredibly valuable because I get to hear from the people who matter the most: my constituents.

When:              October 13th

Where:             Olde Main Eatery

                        313 Jackson Ave NW, Elk River, MN

Time:               7:00-8:00 PM

Please remember to mark your calendars and I look forward to seeing all you fine folks there!



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