News from Representative Tom Emmer



Dear Friend, 

As we approach the celebration of our nation’s independence, Congress recently took steps to ensure our nation’s military remains the strongest fighting force for democracy in the world.

One of the most important responsibilities of Congress is to pass a defense funding bill. Ensuring our nation can defend itself properly is a basic function of government. Last week, I supported, and the House passed, this year’s package H.R.4877, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

Here’s what you need to know about the bill:

  • It gives service members their biggest pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • It provides our troops, their families and retirees with the care they have earned and deserve. This year’s bill includes funding for cancer research, psychological health research, and sexual assault prevention and response.  
  • It continues last year’s efforts to stop the loss of precious lives due to outdated, subpar equipment, investing resources in training, maintenance and military readiness programs. After years and years of cuts to our Defense Department, posing a significant risk to our national security, we are restoring military readiness.
  • It ensures taxpayer dollars are spent wisely by streamlining spending and requiring a more efficient Pentagon.

There are more than 1.3 million active-duty troops and over 817,000 Guard and Reserve members, all of whom make daily sacrifices to protect this nation. Making sure they have the equipment and resources to do so is the very minimum Congress can do.

Tomorrow, on Independence Day, I encourage you to show your gratitude for our troops and their families for their service. A simple handshake or a ‘Thank you,’ is a small, but meaningful way to give back and let these Americans know you support them in their service.

Jacquie and I are incredibly proud of our son Joey who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. We are in admiration of his dedication to his country. Our experience has allowed us to never forget that the families of those who serve are also making sacrifices to support their loved one. Whether it’s a spouse, a child, a sibling, or a parent – these Americans play a vital role in the lives of our troops.

242 years ago today, on July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, this about the celebration of our nation’s freedom:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Tomorrow, on Independence Day, we will celebrate this great nation together, as one United States of America.


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