News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

This week, we once again witnessed horrific attacks at the hands of the Islamic State. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the city of Brussels and the families of the victims both here and abroad. These coordinated acts of terrorism on innocent civilians are both cowardly and despicable, and also an unfortunate reminder that we live in a time where national security must be the highest priority for our nation’s leaders. I assure you that the safety and security of the American people is and always will be my number one priority.

On Wednesday, the House came together to condemn this disturbing attack with the passing of H. Res 658. We must all stand united against terrorism and work to defeat these animals. This is why last November, after similar attacks in the streets of Paris, I introduced a Declaration of War against the Islamic State. To learn about this Declaration of War, click here.

Promoting Human Rights in Cuba

As you have likely heard, my week began with a historic trip to Cuba. I joined members of Congress, business executives, state officials, and the first President of the United States to set foot on Cuban soil in 88 years.

Our efforts to lift the Cuba embargo are about so much more than advancing trade and benefiting our economy; it is also about promoting human rights. For the first time ever, members of the press had an opportunity to ask President Raul Castro tough questions and shine a light on Cuba’s human rights violations. By traveling to Cuba, engaging the people and improving relations, we will introduce the Cuban people to the many new opportunities that democracy can bring.

Improving Veteran Care

Today, following a request from the Minnesota Congressional Delegation, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visited the St. Cloud VA. I joined the Secretary and a few other Members of the Minnesota delegation in St. Cloud to reassure employees and the thousands of Minnesota veterans they serve that the VA and the MN delegation is committed to ensuring a healthy and productive workplace where we are able to provide the best health care possible. Our nation’s veterans have done so much for our country, and it is our job to ensure that they receive quality care when they return home.

Helping Small Businesses Prosper

On Wednesday, I introduced the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act which will help small businesses raise capital. This legislation would amend the Securities Act of 1933 by defining what qualifies under the “non-public offering” exemption, ensuring that small businesses can operate without worrying whether they are in violation of the law.

By clarifying an old law, more small businesses will be able to raise capital through non-public offerings, easing the burdens of paperwork, lawsuits, and red-tape. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and as a one-time small business owner, I understand how difficult it can be. I want our economy to be an environment where small businesses can grow and thrive, and I believe that this legislation is a step in the right direction. To read more about the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, click here.

Once again, thank you for keeping up with my work both in Washington D.C. and in Minnesota. Until next week…



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