News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Another week has come and gone, and once again it just flew by. This week was a little more hectic than usual as we are trying to wrap a lot up before the end of the year.

A New Way to Engage

One of my main goals when taking office was to remain accessible, transparent and accountable to my constituents. For this reason, I held my second Twitter town hall at the beginning of this week. Social media is a new way for my constituents to engage and ask me questions that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to ask.

People from all over Minnesota’s Sixth District sent in questions via Twitter, Facebook and my website and I responded to many of these questions live on my YouTube stream. The questions asked covered many issues spanning from healthcare to tax reform. If you are interested in watching the town hall in its entirety, click here

Passing the Visa Waiver Program 

With the tragic events that have occurred over the past few months, many questions regarding homeland security and travel have been brought up. This week the House passed H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries can more easily travel to the United States than citizens of non-Visa Waiver Program countries. This legislation will put in place numerous safeguards which will ensure that the security gaps in the Visa Waiver Program are closed.

These safeguards include denying VWP status to those who have connections to terrorist hotspots, demanding VWP countries to share counterterrorism information, enhancing screening of all travelers in VWP countries, increasing threat monitoring of VWP countries and taking steps to ensure VWP travelers do not falsify their background information. I am proud to have voted for legislation that will help protect the security of this country.  

Committee Work

As a member of the Financial Services Committee, a big part of my job is to attend committee hearings and hear testimony from and ask questions to members of various financial institutions. This week, I had the opportunity to question nine of the ten voting members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

To watch my questioning, click here


Congress designated this week as Computer Science Education Week. Computer science is becoming increasingly important to the economic success of the United States and to the global community. People trained in these fields will be better equipped to find work and advance their career in a world that is increasingly dominated by technology.

For these important reasons, my office announced that it will be participating in the Internet Education Foundation’s 2015 Congressional App Challenge. I invite high school students from my district to submit a software app of their creation by January 15, 2015. To learn more about the rules surrounding this challenge, click here.

Want to be a Hilltern?

I want to give a special thanks to my fall interns, Killian, Michelle and Aly, who had their last day this week. You will all be missed! 

If you are interested in interning for a congressional office, look no further. My office is now accepting applications for summer interns. There is no better way to learn about politics and government than by interning for a congressional office in Washington D.C. To learn more about intern responsibilities and how to apply, click here.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and until next week…



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