News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Being home this past month in Minnesota has given me the opportunity to connect with constituents all across the Sixth District. This week as Congress returns to session to address some important upcoming deadlines, I will keep all of your thoughts and concerns at the top of my mind.

Fall marks a new beginning for many - back to school for students, the beginning of the holiday season, and some critical deadlines that Congress must meet. It is my job to represent all of you in Washington, and I am committed to addressing the priorities you have entrusted your government with. 

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Upcoming Congressional Deadlines

Government Funding

Before Congress left for recess - a budget deal was reached which will raise U.S. discretionary spending to $1.37 trillion in fiscal year 2020, up from $1.32 trillion this year. Due to the lack of spending reforms included in this deal, I voted against the budget agreement and against raising the debt ceiling. We cannot continue to spend at our current rate and pass this problem along to future generations. Our growing debt is a concern that needs to be addressed here and now.    

However, it is important to note that even though Congress has reached a budget agreement, there is still work to be done to fund the government beyond the end of our fiscal year, or beyond September 30. As my colleagues and I address this issue, I hope that a continuing resolution will not be the only solution. Government shutdowns are not an option, but continuing resolutions are another example of Congress avoiding their long term responsibilities. Congress must come together to find a long term solution to our country's financial situation.  

National Flood Insurance Program

Congress must also address the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which is set to expire on September 30. NFIP provides insurance for properties at risk of flooding and was intended to reduce the threat of future flood damage by aiding in mitigation and assistance efforts. Currently, the NFIP carries an annual $1.4 billion deficit on top of the $24.6 billion in debt it already holds on its balance sheet.

As the federal government continues to pay hundreds of billions in disaster recovery costs in addition to the subsidies provided by the NFIP, homeowners, lenders, and insurers agree: the program is in desperate need of reform. Since 10,000 policyholders in Minnesota face many of the same challenges and issues as those in Florida, New Jersey and Louisiana, especially in recent years - we must reauthorize this program and find reforms that make the program solvent again. 

Medical Device Tax

The medical device industry is vital to Minnesota's economy. Companies like Medtronic, Smiths Medical and Boston Scientific employ many Minnesotans. The medical device tax, mandated by Obamacare, stifled innovation and killed jobs across the country was not set to take effect until 2020. 

During my time in Congress, I have been proud to support numerous bills that would repeal the medical device tax. This Congress, I am a cosponsor of the  Protect Medical Innovation Act, which would repeal the medical device tax entirely. Congress has until December 31 to repeal the medical device tax entirely, or at the very least, delay it further. I hope my colleagues will work together to finally solve this problem.

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