News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend, 

This week began with a devastating and senseless attack on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada. My heart breaks for the innocent lives lost, for the friends and families in mourning, and for a nation seeking answers during such a traumatic time. 

I hope you will join me in sending our prayers to Las Vegas.

Restoring Responsible Mining in Minnesota

In their final hours, the Obama Administration enacted a series of harmful and reckless policies which have hindered our ability to utilize our state’s abundance of natural resources and bring jobs to a part of our state that badly needs them. But, like many Minnesotans, I know that we can responsibly mine and bring jobs back to this region without destroying the forests, lakes and streams that all Minnesotans hold dear.

That is why this Tuesday; I introduced the Minnesota Economic Rights (MINER) in the Superior National Forest Act, which will help safely restore mineral rights to Minnesota, so that our miners, the state of Minnesota, and nation can once again thrive. The MINER Act requires approval from elected representatives in Congress for any federal proposal to withdraw land from mining, or the establishment of national monuments in Minnesota. Additionally, this legislation would allow the renewal of mineral leases in the area and would ensure that future leases in the area remain valid and renewed, consistent with current law.

Lastly, this legislation includes language that specifically protects one of Minnesota’s natural treasures by stating, “Nothing in this section may be construed as permitting the prospecting for development and utilization of mineral resources within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or Mine Protection Area.” Additionally, all state and federal processes and environmental reviews would continue, to ensure any mining that will occur is done so in an environmentally sound way.

I am proud to introduce the MINER Act, which will allow mining as long as it meets strict environmental requirements, so that we can advance our state and local economies while protecting Minnesota’s beauty for future generations.

In Case You Missed It

The last time that our tax code was updated, I was modelling rollerblades with my wife. As you can tell from the photo below, that was a long time ago…

Our nation’s tax code, like the outfits above, is seriously outdated. That’s why last week, House Republicans introduced a framework for a new and improved tax reform plan.

This framework includes many provisions which are designed to help every single American. It will lower the current number of tax brackets from seven to three in addition to nearly doubling the standard deduction, so that Americans have the chance to bring home more of their hard earned paychecks.

Additionally, it will limit the amount that small businesses can be taxed to a maximum of twenty-five percent, so that business owners are able to invest money back into their business, allowing them to grow and create more jobs for American workers.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about how our tax reform plan will help you, click here.

Every Week Is Manufacturing Week

This week is Manufacturing Week, so I wanted to talk a little about the critical role manufacturing plays in Minnesota, and how we can better help this industry succeed. To hear my message, click the video below!

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


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