News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

I began the week by leading a trip to Northern Minnesota with my colleagues Congressman Rick Nolan, Congressman Paul Gosar, and Congressman Bruce Westerman to highlight the value of mining in our state. The first stop of our trip was United Taconite in Eveleth, Minnesota to learn about iron ore production and the hard work our miners put in every day.

The second leg of our trip included a roundtable with local government leaders, industry, and worker’s groups to discuss how future mining projects will bring much-needed jobs and resources to Minnesota and this nation. Over the past years, the Obama Administration stifled numerous industries with regulations, and Twin Metals is a prime example. In Minnesota, the Obama Administration proposed the withdrawal of approximately 425,000 acres of land previously designated specifically for mining, which would be a huge blow to Minnesota’s economy and lead to a loss of thousands of good-paying jobs in a region that greatly needs them.

These setbacks absolutely cannot continue. It’s time to get government out of the way and I am excited to work with my colleagues and President Trump to ensure that our miners can get back to work!

Getting Our Students Job Ready

As a father of seven, I can tell you that a four-year university is not the only path that can lead to a successful future. In fact, there are so many other wonderful educational options available, ranging from community college, technical college, or vocational training. That is why in my time representing Minnesota’s Sixth District, I have made it a point to visit and learn about different educational institutions around Minnesota. I have been incredibly impressed, but not surprised, by programs at places like Anoka Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College, whose faculties make it their mission to get their students “job ready” by offering them skills they will need to compete in the workforce.

That is why this week, I was proud to support the Strengthening Career and Technical Educations for the 21st Century Act. This legislation will help our students enter the workforce with all the tools necessary to be successful by supporting programs that give each student hands-on experience in a broad range of fields. If our nation is to be a prosperous one, we must change the way we approach education and ensure there are enough capable workers for each industry and field!

Improving Flood Insurance

Even though Minnesota is not a coastal state, Minnesotans still face the same flooding issues as folks in Florida, New Jersey, and Louisiana. That’s why on Wednesday, those of us on the Financial Services Committee were proud to approve a series of bills that will reform and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). While the NFIP provides insurance for properties at risk of flooding, this program is currently not performing to the best of its ability as it carries an annual 1.4 billion dollar deficit on top of the 24.6 billion dollars in debt that it already holds. Homeowners across the nation agree that improvement is vital, and I am proud to say that we took a step towards that improvement this week. To learn more, click here.

Hope to See You in Our Nation’s Capital!

It is officially summer, which means that some of you might be taking your families for a trip out to Washington in the next few months. If you are planning to visit our nation’s Capital, then click here to visit my website and request a tour, or contact Catherine Lenz in my Washington D.C. office, and she will be sure to help. I love meeting Minnesotans in Washington, so I hope to see you out here soon!

Once again, thank you for keeping up with the work I am doing for Minnesota. Until next week…


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