News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

It is definitely summer here in the swamp, so I want to thank all of the Minnesotans who braved the D.C. heat and came to meet with me this week to discuss different ways in which we can improve our state and nation. I enjoyed meeting with various folks like the President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Kevin Paap to discuss how beneficial opening trade with Cuba would be for Minnesota’s agriculture industry and Board Members from Hazelden Betty Ford to talk about confronting the opioid crisis in Minnesota.

President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, Kevin Paap

Board Members from Hazelden Betty Ford

If you would like to request a meeting with me in my D.C. or district office, click here. I look forward to meeting with you.

This Evil Cannot Continue

It is safe to say we’ve accomplished a lot this week in the House of Representatives, which included passing legislation that will help to end human trafficking. It is hard to imagine how something as cruel as human trafficking could take place in our very own backyard, but it is a serious problem in Minnesota. In fact, because Minnesota will be hosting the Super Bowl in 2018, and with the amount of human trafficking that occurs at large sporting events, it is necessary we do everything in our power to prevent these inhumane acts from occurring. This evil cannot continue which is why I was incredibly proud to vote for three pieces of legislation that will give law enforcement the tools and resources necessary to end sex trafficking once and for all.

Providing Regulatory Relief for Community Banks and Credit Unions

This week, I had the honor of joining the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a series of legislative proposals that would provide regulatory relief to Minnesota’s community banks and credit unions. While I am not a member of this subcommittee, I was invited there to discuss the work I am personally doing to ensure that these smaller financial institutions get the help they so desperately need. It is so vital to highlight the fact that banks and credit unions on Main Street Minnesota are not like the big banks on Wall Street, and should not be regulated as such. To hear me speak at this subcommittee, click the video below.

A Promise Kept 

Perhaps our biggest accomplishment this week was passing the National Defense Authorization Act, also known as the NDAA. During his campaign, President Trump vowed to make America safe again, and those of us who now serve in Congress made that promise as well. In fact, last year the House promised to address military readiness and funding, and today, with the passage of the NDAA- we kept that promise. To learn more about the NDAA, and why it is so important, click on my video below.

I was especially proud that my proposal to properly recognize some of our veterans, the Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act, was included in the NDAA. The Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act authorizes the award of military service medals to veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation during nuclear testing and grants them the proper recognition they, and their families, deserve. To learn more about this proposal, click on my video below.

Once again, thanks for staying up to date with the work I am doing in Congress. Until next week…


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