News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

As it is National Police Week, I want to begin by thanking the brave men and women in blue for their service to our communities. Police officers patrol our streets, at times putting themselves in harm’s way, so that the rest of us remain safe. Since they do so much for us, I feel it is important to return the favor. That is why this week, my colleagues and I passed the Thin Blue Line Act. This vital legislation would increase the punishment for anyone who targets or kills a police officer, firefighter, or any other first responder. I was proud to support this legislation.

I ask that you thank the police for all that they do, and always keep them in your prayers as they carry out their jobs. Pray for their safety and hope for their success, because while their job is important, it is certainly not easy.

Keeping Minnesotans Moving

This week is also Infrastructure Week, a time designated to highlight the importance of safe and effective infrastructure. One of the main roles of our government is to maintain this nation’s infrastructure, but unfortunately, we have fallen massively behind in this area. Minnesota’s roads and highways are a testament to that.

That is why this week, I reintroduced my legislation, titled “the National Interchange/Intersection Safety Construction Program Act of 2015.” This legislation would establish a national program that would set aside a portion of federal highway funds every year for interchange and intersection development and allow projects to compete for those funds on a state-by-state basis. This legislation will not only improve the safety of intersections and interchanges, but it will also help relieve congestion so Minnesotans can keep moving and our state’s businesses can thrive.

The Time is Now for Tax Reform

The stars have aligned and for the first time in a very long time, we have the opportunity to enact real tax reform. This week, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to examine just how much tax reform will help American families and businesses. It has been determined that by simplifying our overcomplicated tax code, lowering taxes for hardworking families, and cutting business tax rates, we will create an environment where every American has the chance to succeed. In fact, our tax reform plan would create 1.7 million new jobs and increase incomes for middle class families by an average of $5,000. We cannot be a nation that punishes hard work, innovation and creativity, which is why I am so happy that the first steps have been taken to fix our broken tax code. 

Source: Ways and Means Committee 

Congratulations Elizabeth, Mason, and Esther!

Congrats to the winners of the Congressional Art Competition. We had many amazing submissions this year, which made choosing a 1st place winner a very difficult decision for the judges. A huge congratulations to the first place winner Elizabeth Eggers, a sophomore at Blaine High School for her charcoal and acrylic painting entitled “Soul Dance.”

Second place went to Mason Chartier, a senior at St. Michael-Albertville High School, for his ink drawing entitled “Running on Empty.”

Third place went to Esther Stoy, a junior at Blaine High School, for her acrylic painting entitled “Little Miss Sunshine.” Esther was also the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

Apply Now!

I just want to remind young women in my district that the deadline to apply for the Young Women Leadership Program is rapidly approaching. If you or someone you know is interested in meeting with some of the best and brightest professional women in Minnesota for the opportunity to learn about different careers, network, and develop leadership and communication skills- then apply here today!

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


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