News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

This past week I had the pleasure of helping to honor two of Minnesota’s finest with Veterans Voices Awards. The recipients of these awards- Matthew Boucher and Jolaina Falkenstein- have bravely served our nation and have continued their service to their communities and fellow veterans when they returned home. They are so deserving of this recognition.  

As both Matthew and Jolaina have equally demonstrated, our nation’s veterans have contributed and sacrificed so much, which is why they deserve to be taken care of after their service. That is why this week, I was proud to vote in favor of the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act. This important legislation will allow the VA to fire employees and senior executives for misconduct, further ensuring that our veterans receive quality healthcare. Much like Matthew and Jolaina, we must all speak up and be a voice for our veterans- and I promise to do so for as long as I hold this seat.  

Keeping Dangerous Terrorists Locked up in Guantanamo 

On Sunday, we mourned as a nation on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. We remembered the lives lost, the bravery of so many as well as the very real threats that our nation faces even today. 

Despite these threats, this Administration continues to recklessly gamble with our national security - which is proven by their stance on Guantanamo Bay. That is why this week, along with the majority of my colleagues, I voted in favor of a piece of legislation that forbids the transfer of any Guantanamo Bay detainee. To learn more about this legislation and why it is important, click here to watch my weekly Ask Tom video.

Honoring the Life of Jacob Wetterling 

Yesterday, the entire Minnesota delegation came together to introduce a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life of Jacob Wetterling and the entire Wetterling family.

The disappearance of Jacob Wetterling in October of 1989 shattered the innocence of families across Minnesota and the country. As parents, we all held out hope with the Wetterling family over the past twenty-seven years and we grieved with them after Jacob was found. 

Patty Wetterling and her family have been pillars of strength through a dark time in our state, and their efforts are absolutely commended. Through their tragedy, the Wetterlings have worked tirelessly to prevent child exploitation and abductions across the United States so that other parents do not have to suffer as they did over the past twenty-seven years. Click here to read the resolution. 

It’s Time for an App Challenge 

If you have not already heard, my office is once again participating in the Congressional App Challenge. This exciting competition invites high school students across the country to compete against their classmates in creating their own software application. If you enjoy science, technology, engineering and math- then grab a friend and start designing an app today! Click here to learn more. 

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



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