News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

I want to begin this week by praying for every American who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as everyone in Hurricane Irma’s path. It is devastating to hear the stories of loss and devastation, but it is uplifting to see so many stories of neighbors helping neighbors. I am especially happy to see so many Minnesotans lending a helping hand, with a few even heading down to Texas to assist in flood relief. It is stories like this that make me so proud to hail from Minnesota.

Due to the enormous amount of damage that was left behind by Hurricane Harvey, and with a Category 5 Hurricane heading rapidly towards Florida, it was imperative that those of us in Congress act immediately. That is why on Wednesday, we passed an initial aid package to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Rest assured, our work to help these folks is certainly not over, and we will be paying close attention as these events continue to unfold, but in the meantime, please join me in keeping our friends in the south in our prayers.

The Critical Need for Flood Insurance Reform

As we continue to see disaster in the south, it is going to be more vital than ever to reform the National Flood Insurance Program. The NFIP is a program under FEMA responsible for providing insurance for properties in risk of flooding. Unfortunately, this program is nearly $25 billion in debt and has been underperforming.

You all are well-aware that issues like flooding do not just affect states like Texas and Florida. As the land of ten thousand lakes, Minnesota has more shoreline than Florida, California and Hawaii combined, making flood insurance a must for many homeowners in our state. If you are a Minnesotan who has had issues with the National Flood Insurance Program, and would like to see reform, please click here in order to share your story.

A Win for Minnesota’s Workforce

This week I partnered up with my Minnesota colleague Congressman Rick Nolan to introduce a non-partisan Amendment that will halt a harmful policy implemented by the Obama Administration. In their final hour, the Obama Administration restricted all leasing, exploration, and potential development of more than 400,000 acres of land in Northeast Minnesota. This decision was a poor one, as the land that is subject to this ban contains approximately $500 billion worth of minerals, according to Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources.

Without action, this would have a devastating effect on our state’s economy, and our nation as a whole. Fortunately, with the passing of my amendment on Thursday, we now have an opportunity to ensure that this land is available for future development. Someday, we will find a safe and environmentally sound way to mine for precious metals in this area. It is only a matter of time and when that happens, Minnesotans deserve the jobs and prosperity that will follow.

To learn more about this Amendment, and what its passing means, listen to my speech below.

A Disappointing Decision

Earlier this year President Donald Trump tapped Justice David Stras to Minnesota’s Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. This was a fantastic choice by President Trump as Justice Stras is one of the nation’s premier legal minds. Unfortunately, this week Senator Al Franken chose to put up a roadblock.

As a current member of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Stras has been widely recognized as the most qualified person for the job, and is highly regarded on both sides of the aisle. Justice Stras’ qualifications prove that Senator Franken simply could not move past political ploys and partisanship to do what is best for the people he serves. I am incredibly disappointed with Senator Franken’s decision, which is why I sent him a letter this week urging him to reconsider his actions and support Justice Stras. To learn more click here

Thinking of Attending a Military Academy?

If so, please attend the Service Academy Night that my office is hosting on September 26th at the Ramsey City Hall. This event will give students access to representatives from some of these prestigious service academies, so that they can gain a better understanding of the application process and have any of their questions answered!

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


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