News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

As we close out the year and begin another, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. It has been a busy yet productive year for the Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota, and I look forward to an even busier 2020!

This year, I have been fortunate to meet so many of you at my town halls throughout the district. In many ways, they have been the highlight of each district work period. I was able to host a town hall in every county of the district and hearing directly from you remains vital to my work in Washington. As we move into a new year, you can stay tuned to my newsletter or my Twitter and Facebook for updates about upcoming town halls!

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What’s more, in 2019 my caseworkers resolved over 300 constituent cases. Casework is the backbone of constituent service for a federal office, and I am proud to say we have the best caseworkers in the business! If you or someone you know is struggling to navigate a federal agency, and need assistance, reach out to my office here. My staff is always ready to assist you!

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In Washington, I introduced 10 bills this year and cosponsored another 134. I was proud to reintroduce legislation like the Abby Honold Act - to help law enforcement investigate sexual assault cases and improve care and treatment for victims – and usher it through the House of Representatives in April. More recently, I introduced the Expanding Access to Inpatient Mental Health Act, which will eliminate an arbitrary cap on mental health services which has served as a barrier to individuals seeking treatment. I was also named Ranking Member on the House FinTech Task Force, which will address emerging issues in the financial technology sector.

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We scored major wins for Minnesota by fully repealing the Medical Device Tax and passing USMCA! The medical device industry supports over 30,000 jobs in Minnesota, and although the tax has been suspended since 2016, 29,000 jobs were lost when the tax was briefly implemented between 2013 and 2015. The repeal of this tax will allow medical innovation to flourish! USMCA also levels the economic playing field for Minnesota’s farmers, producers, and manufacturers.

I’d be doing a disservice to the hardworking farmers in Minnesota and around the nation if I fail to mention our success securing full funding of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN). Times are tough for so many in the agriculture economy right now. Reauthorizing this program and having it fully funded will provide important resources for mental health services for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

We can also never forget the tireless sacrifice and service of the men and women who put everything on the line to defend our great nation. In particular, I hope you will take time to remember the three brave Minnesota National Guardsmen who were lost earlier this month. As Minnesotans, and Americans, we will never forget the selfless service of James A. Rogers Jr., Charles P. Nord, and Kort M. Plantenberg, and their families during the holiday season. We continue to mourn with their families and thank them for their service and sacrifice. 

As we ring in a New Year, I look forward to working with you to build on the successes of 2019. I am grateful that I have my wife, Jacquie by my side, in addition to our wonderfully blessed family. Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District is our home, and I am honored to represent you in Congress.

Sincerely,

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