News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,  

As my colleagues and I head back home, I look back at all the progress we have made this week. Our last week in session for the year, and we were able to conquer some pretty big hurdles, from passing tax reform for the first time in a generation to seeing progress on America’s mineral independence. We have a lot to celebrate as the New Year approaches, with the guarantee that 2018 will bring even more progress on America’s most urgent concerns! 

ICYMI

Earlier this week I caught up with Dave Lee on the WCCO Radio Morning News program to discuss tax reform, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and my new legislation; the Home Mortgage Reporting Relief Act, which later this week prompted a positive decision from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We even managed to sneak in some hockey talk too!  

4 Moments You Can’t Miss 

1. “At the end of the day this is going to be a major tax cut for American families. It’s going to make a big difference with our economy.”

2. “It’s a tax cut for the middle class primarily, it’s for small businesses across this country, it’s for main street businesses, and it’s going to impact everyone.”

3. On what’s next after tax reform: “You really have to start addressing the spending side of government if you’re going to make this work. So, get an economy that’s pushing 4% or better in terms of growth, grow the revenues that government collects off the existing revenue streams and then start to control the spending and you’ll see this country get healthy rather quickly.” 

4. On delaying a burdensome Dodd-Frank data collection rule: “What we’re trying to do is help the smaller; you know our financial institutions on Main Street, the family-owned banks, community banks, credit unions so that they can provide mortgages to people that are looking to buy homes. My biggest concern is that young couple that goes out there looking and they want to buy their first home and they can’t access a mortgage because the local banker just isn’t in the business because they’ve chosen to get out because they can’t comply with all of these data reporting requirements.”  

CLICK HERE to listen to the full interview.

President Signs the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 

This week, the House and Senate agreed on comprehensive tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was sent to the President’s desk and signed into law today! I look forward to the positive impact this will have on my fellow Americans which we are already starting to see.

I was proud to vote to lower individual taxes, expand the child tax credit, double the standard deduction, provide relief from the Death Tax, and let businesses create opportunities for millions across the country. This once-in-a-generation tax reform package is a major victory for Minnesotans and Americans across the country. 

Read my full statement here

To read the full legislative text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, click here.

To read the policy highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, click 
here.

Introduction of the ‘Abby Honold Act’ 

After my first phone call with Abby, I knew that this legislation was vital in helping sexual assault victims across this nation. 

This week, Senator Klobuchar and I teamed up to introduce the Abby Honold Act. This bipartisan effort was inspired by Abby Honold, a former University of Minnesota student and rape survivor, as well as Officer Kevin Randolph, who helped Abby win her case against her perpetrator, and Linda Walther, the sexual assault nurse who examined Abby minutes after her attack. Abby’s experiences shaped a clear picture of reform and since then, she has been a champion for a legislative change to the way law enforcement officials interact and collect information from sexual assault victims. 

I am proud to support this effort to help law enforcement prosecute sexual assault while improving care and treatment for victims. This bill will use existing funds to train law enforcement in evidence-based, trauma-informed interview techniques to prevent re-traumatization of the victim, improve communication between victims and law enforcement, and ensure accurate and complete information is collected and submitted to law enforcement.

I am so grateful that Abby has trusted us to carry this legislation forward. Sexual assault is a heinous crime, and it is important for law enforcement to have accurate and complete information to prosecute it as such. For victims of trauma, a compassionate response in the immediate aftermath is paramount. 

Read Abby’s story here.

Read my full statement here.

Unleashing America’s Mining Potential 

This week, President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke both took steps towards unleashing America’s mining potential. I applaud these efforts to ensure America breaks its dependence on foreign minerals to ensure our national security. This is a step towards understanding America’s mineral resources, and utilizing those for the betterment of our nation. 

President Trump began by issuing an executive order to identify new sources of critical minerals, ensure miners and producers have access to the best data, and streamline the leasing and permitting process to expedite production, reprocessing and recycling of minerals. Secretary Zinke’s secretarial order followed, directing the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct the first nationwide geological and topographical survey of the United States in modern history. His actions were in accordance with the President’s actions earlier this week.

These combined efforts move our country towards a position of strength and self-reliance. Since the U.S. is currently reliant on imports of minerals that are paramount to our national security, we are putting ourselves at risk. I am grateful that the current administration sees the necessity of mining our natural resources at home to protect our nation.

This issue hits close to home for Minnesotans, as our state sits atop reserves of untapped copper, nickel, platinum and palladium, as well as other critical minerals. Access to these minerals has been limited due to government restrictions; my MINER Act passed the House last month, which protects the state of Minnesota’s right to explore our mineral reserves. I am grateful that President Trump and Secretary Zinke put the safety of American’s first and understand the importance our natural resources play in our national security. 

Read President Trump’s Executive Order here

Read Secretary Zinke’s Secretarial Order here.

Learn more about Emmer’s MINER Act here.


Sincerely,


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