News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

I want to begin this newsletter by expressing my sadness over the shooting that occurred Wednesday morning while my Republican colleagues practiced for the Congressional Baseball game. I am absolutely horrified by this senseless attack on innocent lawmakers, staff and other individuals who were present at the practice. I ask that you all pray for everyone involved, including my good friend, Congressman Steve Scalise who is still in critical condition. I also ask that you pray for healing in our country, so that this kind of attack on democracy never occurs again. 

On another note, I want to express my gratitude to our Capitol police officers who work tirelessly each and every day to ensure our safety. I especially want to thank Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner for their heroic actions and quick thinking. Had they not been present at the scene, the situation would have undoubtedly been much worse.

Building Relationships Around the Globe

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking at a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition reception to highlight the important work that this organization accomplishes every day. The USGLC advocates for continued investment in diplomacy and development programs in order to ensure a safer, more prosperous world. We must also build relationships and engage with nations around the globe.

National security is not the only reason we must stay involved in the global community. With ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers living outside our borders and with U.S. exports supporting 11.5 million U.S. jobs, it would be detrimental for the United States to withdraw from the world. That is why I have long supported healthy funding for the International Affairs Budget, and spoke on the House Floor to voice that support.

A Misguided Move

Not long after I was first elected to Congress, I travelled to Cuba with several of my colleagues and my eyes were opened to the dramatic need for improved relations with our island neighbor. Not only would bettering relations with Cuba bring economic prosperity to the American people, but it would dramatically help the Cuban people as well. In sending American businesses and influences to Cuba, we would also be introducing the Cuban people to the ideas of capitalism and democracy.

That’s why I was incredibly disappointed to learn that President Trump plans to roll back all the progress that we have made with Cuba. By returning to the failed policy of the past 55 years, the Administration moves no closer to helping improve the human rights situation in Cuba and stands to violate the President's number one campaign promise and constitutional responsibility- to keep the American people and our homeland safe. To learn more about my stance on the President’s recent misguided actions, click here to read my recent press release.

Once again, thank you for staying up to date with the work I am doing in Washington D.C. Until next week…

Sincerely,

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