News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

I want to begin again by thanking so many groups and families for braving the D.C. heat to visit me in my Washington office. I had the pleasure of visiting with various groups including the Minnesota Retailers Association…

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as well as Robert, Dan, and Mitchell Teich, who I had the honor of accompanying to the White House.

Dan and Robert are brothers, who surprised their father Mitchell, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, with a trip to Washington D.C. It was Mitchell’s first visit to our nation’s capital, and it was an absolute honor to assist him during his visit to the buildings and monuments that represent his brave service to our great country.

Discussing Mining with Secretary Sonny Perdue

On Tuesday, I hosted a meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-08) to discuss the reversal of the Obama Administration’s harmful actions on mining. In their final hour, the Obama Administration withdrew more than 400,000 acres of land previously designated for resource development.

It is imperative that the Trump Administration reverse the previous decision, and I am grateful for Secretary Perdue's willingness to partner with us on this important issue, to get government out of the way, and to allow our economy to flourish in Northern Minnesota and across the country.

Targeting Terror Financing

This week, I had the honor to participate in, and co-chair, a Terrorism and Illicit Finance (TIF) Subcommittee hearing entitled “Managing Terrorism Financing Risk in Remittances and Money Transfers.”

Every year, billions of dollars in remittances and other value-transfer payments are sent around the world, and play a vital role in the lives of millions of families around the globe. While these remittances are mainly used to help support relatives, this system is at times exploited by criminal and terror organizations.

As you all know, Minnesota is home to one of the largest populations of Somali-Americans in the country, and this population relies heavily on the use of Money Service Businesses. That’s why it is critical that we keep the lines of transfer open to ensure that these dollars are used for good and not evil. Destroying funding streams to terrorists and keeping families connected do not have to be mutually exclusive, and I have no doubt that we can improve our regulatory system as it relates to remittances to accomplish both of these goals. To learn more about this hearing and to watch my questioning, click here.

Giving America a Fighting CHANCE

Our state and nation is facing a skills gap crisis that has shown no signs of slowing down, and unfortunately, the tech sector has been hit hard. In fact, the United States is expected to have 1.8 million unfilled tech jobs by 2024, which would have detrimental consequences on our nation. That’s why I cosponsored the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology Act, otherwise known as the CHANCE Act.

The CHANCE Act would combat the skills gap crisis in the tech sector by fostering the creation of private-public partnerships as well as creating new apprenticeship programs that will give the generation of tomorrow the tools they need to bring the United States into the 21st century and beyond. To learn more about this vital legislation, click here.

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

Sincerely,

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