News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

This week began with a special day, dedicated to a very honorable man. Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and I was honored to join the St. Cloud NAACP for an evening event, and also attend the General Mills and the United Negro College Fund breakfast to commemorate Dr. King. He selflessly paved the way for a more equal and just nation, and we will forever be grateful for his lasting contribution to this world.

Recognizing A Hero

Today, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at a Bronze Star Ceremony for Vietnam veteran and American hero, Sergeant Earl W. Kothman. Earl was nominated for this prestigious award because of the bravery and leadership he displayed during high pressure situations during the war. I was extremely impressed by the stories I heard about Sergeant Kothman’s service, which included raising morale of his fellow soldiers and putting his life on the line for others.

Sergeant Earl W. Kothman is the type of individual that makes me proud to be American, and it was an incredible honor to watch him receive this award in front of his family and friends.

An American Tragedy 

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the monumental Roe v. Wade ruling. As the father of seven beautiful children, I strongly believe that every life is precious and should be protected. Roe v. Wade is one of the most tragic rulings made by the Supreme Court, which has resulted in the deaths of 54 million children since its implementation. The American public is determined now, more than ever, to maintain the standard and principle that every life is precious and must be protected, and we are listening.

Last week I gave a speech on the House Floor recognizing this American tragedy. To watch, click the picture below. 

ICYMI: Cuba Update 

Back in July, Kathy Castor (D-FL) and I introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 which would lift the trade embargo on Cuba. A majority of Americans agree that it is time to allow the Cuban people to learn firsthand, that democracy and capitalism are necessary for a better economy and overall way of life.

In December, I joined thirteen of my colleagues in launching a bipartisan Cuba Working Group and steering committee. The goal of the group is to “raise the level of understanding inside of Congress for the need to build a new policy framework for U.S. – Cuban relations.” I’m excited to see what we accomplish regarding Cuba in 2016. To learn more about my work on Cuba, click here

I hope you all stay safe and warm in this cold weather, and until next week…



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