News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

On Tuesday night, I attended President Donald Trump’s first Joint Address to Congress, where he eloquently laid out his plan for our nation. Given the uplifting nature of his speech, it is clear President Trump is committed to fulfilling his campaign promises to the American people.

I share President Trump’s dedication to rolling back the excessive and burdensome regulations that are hurting small businesses and the entrepreneurial ingenuity for which this nation is known. I agree with President Trump’s commitment to the rule of law - to ensure the safety and potential success of all Americans. I join President Trump in his desire to unwind the failure that is Obamacare and work to restore a working health care system that expands access and lowers costs for families across Minnesota and the country. Most importantly, I fully support President Trump’s optimism and request for all Americans, and Members of Congress, to work together so that we can restore the American Spirit once again.  

An Important Mission

On Wednesday, I had the great pleasure of meeting with the Disabled American Veterans and discussing ways in which we can better serve the courageous men and women who have served this nation.

It is because of our veteran’s bravery and sacrifice that we are able to continue to live in the land of the free. It is because of their dedicated service, that the United State remains a symbol of hope throughput the world. That is why the Disabled American Veterans are so important; they do excellent work serving disabled military veterans and their families. It is because of their advocacy, that we were able to improve upon legislation like the Veterans Choice Act; improve the recognition of the growing number of women in the military and the services they receive; and reform the outdated and frustrating veterans claims and appeals process. Their mission is an important one, and I look forward to working with them to improve the lives of American veterans.

Helping Law Enforcement Serve and Protect 

On Thursday, I met and spoke with members of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association about the many issues facing law enforcement. Our law enforcement officers go to great lengths to protect and serve our communities, and it is our job in the federal government to help them to do so.

The issues that were discussed included criminal justice reform, mental health and drug abuse, the Second Amendment, and transportation. As I told the police and peace officers, most of us in Congress recognize mental health and drug abuse as playing a large role in the crime that occurs throughout the United States. That’s why in the 114th Congress, I co-sponsored the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, which would help improve access to mental health services for individuals who enter the criminal justice system as well as give law enforcement officials the tools and training they need to identify and properly respond to individuals with mental health issues. The conversation we had was very productive, and I am looking forward to doing my part in the 115th Congress to further assist our law enforcement officers so that they can safely and efficiently perform their jobs. 

Once again, thank you for staying up to date with the work I am doing in Congress and Minnesota’s Sixth District. Until next week…


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