News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

This week, Jacquie and I join people across our state and nation in sending our deepest sympathies to the Wetterling family. Jacob Wetterling's disappearance on October 22, 1989 shattered the innocence of all Minnesotans. Throughout this tragic ordeal, Patty Wetterling has been a pillar of strength and the ultimate example to me and many others of the love every parent has for their children. While this is not the outcome we hoped for these past 27 years, we now pray today that the Wetterling family is able to find some peace and comfort at this tragic time.

We Must Help the Businesses of Tomorrow

On Thursday, I supported a package of pro-growth, pro-business reforms which includes my legislation, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act. This bill was included in the Accelerating Access to Capital Act which passed off the House Floor with a bipartisan vote of 236-178.

As a disastrous result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, the number of credit unions and community banks in Minnesota have been reduced by nearly twenty-five percent, resulting in a nationwide trend of fewer business loans made each year. Small businesses are responsible for nearly 70 percent of new jobs, so if this current lack of small business lending and entrepreneurial access to capital continues, who knows what big business of tomorrow may never be realized.

That is why I was proud to see my bill included in the Accelerating Access to Capital Act. The Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act will reduce burdensome regulations that entrepreneurs face, making it easier for small businesses and Minnesota’s entrepreneurs to raise capital. By making it easier to raise capital, Minnesotans will have a better chance to launch their business ideas as well as encourage the creation of jobs. To learn more about my legislation, click below.

A Chance to Help our Veterans

Our soldiers and veterans are the best that this nation has to offer. They put their lives on the line and sacrifice so much so that the rest of us can live in a nation that is free. Since they risk their lives to take care of us, I believe that we must take care of them once they return home.

In order to help the men and women who have bravely served, I will be attending the Veterans and Military Town Hall on September 16 hosted by the Concerned Veterans for America. This great event will bring to light the issues facing veterans and their families, and will hopefully inspire great conversation between veterans and policymakers. Click here for more information. 

I will also be holding an upcoming Veterans Resource Fair on October 15th to assist veterans in many areas including the VA, job opportunities, educational opportunities and access to healthcare. I hope to see many of you at these great events.

Remembering September 11th

This Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of September 11th, and I would like to take a moment to remember the 2,996 lives that were lost on that tragic day. It was devastating to learn about the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters who never returned home to their loved ones.

Despite the horror that came that day, countless heroes emerged-  firefighters, police officers, first responders and civilians rushed into danger to save their fellow Americans, risking their own lives in the process. Nobody will ever forget the stories of individuals like the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick, Tom Burnett, and Mark Bingham; who courageously fought the flight’s hijackers to prevent the airplane from reaching its intended target – the U.S. Capitol. 

Even on our darkest day, the bravery of Americans was unwavering.

As President Bush so eloquently stated after the September 11th attacks, “We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail”—and I can assure you that this will forever remain true.

God bless America.

Once again, thanks for staying up to date on the work I am doing in Washington D.C. and Minnesota. Until next week…



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