News from Representative Tom Emmer
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Dear Friend,

Heading into Fourth of July weekend, I want to wish all of you a safe and happy Independence Day! As you fire up the grill and celebrate our great nation with family and friends, I hope you will take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by so many brave men and women over the last 244 years to ensure our country can flourish. 

Although these may feel like turbulent times, this Saturday we honor the history of the United States together as Americans united in preserving the enduring promise of opportunity our country can provide for generations to come. 

Before you head off to the lake, I want to share a few highlights from last week... 


Failure to deliver on Police Reform

Last week the House of Representatives voted on legislation named after George Floyd, on the one month anniversary of his tragic passing. Rather than working together on non-partisan solutions to address ongoing issues between law enforcement and the communities they serve, this effort was crafted behind closed doors with no opportunity for input from Republicans in Congress. This was a missed opportunity to provide increased transparency and accountability within our law enforcement community. Instead, House Democrats decided to make this a partisan issue. They ignored the hard work and experience of Senator Tim Scott and Representative Pete Stauber, who have authored the JUSTICE Act, and refused to allow ideas like my Minnesota-inspired Community Outpost (COP) Outreach and Engagement Act to even be considered in this discussion.

We all want the same goal: for everyone to feel safe and secure in their community. Everyone deserves a voice in this process. In a time where America must come together, I hope we can all come to the table and work towards justice for George Floyd and produce substantive police reforms that make our communities safer.  


Legal Services Corporation

I was fortunate to join an organization that I have great respect for, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), for a virtual briefing on the impact of COVID-19 on evictions. It was great to hear from Matthew Desmond, a professor and author of “Evicted." 

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a non-profit established by Congress to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. As an attorney, I am passionate about promoting access to justice for all Americans, and LSC is a huge part of that effort. They serve low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in 813 offices in every congressional district across our nation.  

Watch my remarks here.

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From Midwest Energy to Housing: Serving Minnesota’s Sixth District

Last week, I met with the National Biodiesel Board which included Minnesotans from the Minnesota Soybean Association and the Minnesota Soybean Council - to discuss our continued work on the Biodiesel Tax Credit. 

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I also met with the National Association of Homeowners and Builders to discuss my support for strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). I co-sponsored H.R. 3077, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, which expands and renews the LIHTC. This credit has been serving Americans for more than 30 years, providing more than seven million homes to individuals. H.R. 3077 is projected to increase the supply of rental housing by another 550,000 units.

As our economy begins to re-open, I am committed to supporting policies that promote opportunities for growth for Americans who need them. We will return to prosperity and economic growth together. 


SCOTUS Ruling on CFPB

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) leadership structure is unconstitutional. This ruling is a major win for federal accountability and the American consumer. Americans deserve oversight and transparency of the agencies that impact them. 

The CFPB is one of Washington’s newest federal agencies, created after the 2008 financial crisis. It has oversight of significant portions of our country’s financial services industry, from student loans and lending to housing and fraud. The CFPB has more than 1,500 employees and is led by a Director that, until this week’s ruling, could not be removed except in extraordinary circumstances, even by the President. The Supreme Court’s decision concluded that the CFPB’s structure violated the separation of powers, and that the CFPB Director can be removed by the President “for cause”. 

As a Member of the House Financial Services Committee, I have long argued that the CFPB would be better managed by a multi-member commission instead of a single director. I have supported legislation to alter the structure of the CFPB and signed on as a supporter of an amicus brief in support of this position to the Supreme Court in Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You can read the amicus brief here and my full statement on the ruling here


If you have comments or concerns to share with me, please visit my website to write me an e-mail, or contact my offices here.  

Stay safe and see you next week!

Sincerely,
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