News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

This week began with a few inches of snow, which by D.C. standards apparently equates to a snowstorm. While many Congressional offices shut down or had delayed start times, my staff and I didn’t let a little snow stop us. We were here early - ready to serve Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District.

One of the ways in which we serve Minnesota is by supporting the many great veterans in our state. Our nation’s heroes have sacrificed so much and deserve the absolute best, which is why they deserve timely and quality care from the institutions designed to help them. This week, my colleagues and I supported several bills that would ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs are hiring the best of the best, and that their employees are being held accountable to those they serve. To learn more about these important bills, check out my Ask Tom video below.

Read the Bill

Every day my office receives letters and calls from constituents who are struggling because of the Affordable Care Act. These complaints range from parents who have to decide whether to pay their mortgage or for health coverage for their families, to healthcare providers who have lost patients because they can no longer afford going to the doctor. It is clear that changes must be made. The House recently released the Affordable Health Care Act which has been working its way through House committees and will be coming for a vote soon.

I believe it is important to know what is in the bills I am voting on, which is why I am currently reviewing the full text of this bill. However, it is also important for me to hear from you, you haven’t already, please go to Readthebill.gop to find the full text of the bill. Once you have looked it over, be sure to share any opinions, comments, or concerns that you have with me at healthcare.emmer@mail.house.gov. Your opinions are very important to me. 

Increasing Oversight and Accountability 

During the Obama Administration, control of various government agencies were given to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. One prime example of this is the Financial Stability Oversight Council, otherwise known as FSOC. In fact, a recent review by the Financial Services Committee found that the FSOC’s actions only highlighted the need for improved oversight and review of federal regulators. That is why last week, my office reintroduced the Financial Stability Oversight Council Reform Act, which would increase oversight, transparency, and accountability by subjecting the FSOC to the Congressional appropriations process.

Since the financial services industry plays such a large role in creating the capital and opportunities that drives Minnesota’s, and the nation’s, economy forward, I strongly believe that the regulators in Washington need to be held accountable to the American people. To learn more about how this vital piece of legislation will accomplish that, click here. 

Come Visit!

Spring is right around the corner, which means that thousands of families and school groups will be descending on our nation’s capital in the next few months. If you happen to be among the many folks planning a trip to Washington D.C., please do not hesitate to reach out to my office so that we can set up a Capitol or White House tour for you! Many of these tours fill up quickly, so be sure to reach out as soon as possible. To set up a tour, click here.

Once again, thanks for staying up to date on the work I am doing for Minnesota’s Sixth District. Until next week…

Sincerely,

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