News from Representative Tom Emmer
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Dear Friend,

This week, Congress is back in Washington continuing to combat Coronavirus, and get our economy booming again. Last week, I worked with my colleagues from Minnesota to protect jobs in our state, met with Minnesotans from across the Sixth District, and announced a great new competition for students to test their technical skills. Take a look below for some of these items and more!


Telephone Town Hall

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I will be hosting another telephone town hall this week on Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30PM. This month, our focus will be on education and schools re-opening. Nothing is more pressing for families across Minnesota and around the country than what will happen this upcoming school year. As a father of seven, I can relate to the uncertainty parents are feeling now. Joining me for this town hall will be superintendents from schools in Minnesota’s Sixth District who will share how they are planning to navigate the fall and what they anticipate hearing from the State of Minnesota on Thursday. 

If you would like to join, you can call 855-962-1252. We will begin at 6:30PM! Learn more on my website, here.    


Protecting Minnesota Mining

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Last week, I joined my friend and fellow Member of Congress Representative Pete Stauber in fighting against anti-mining provisions that were added to an appropriations package for government funding. Ultimately, the bill included provisions designed to ban the operation of existing and future mines in Minnesota. I believe that America’s foundation was built by the American worker, and in Minnesota much of that work was done by our miners. 

The minerals we can produce by mining in Minnesota are components that build our critical infrastructure. They go towards parts of cell phones, computers, vehicles, and wind turbines – every part of modern life, including indoor plumbing - is sustained by American mining.

Minnesotans are environmentally responsible and have safely mined our land for more than a century. Without Minnesota miners, we would have to rely on nations like Russia, China, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to supply critical mineral resources. These countries have substandard or non-existent environmental protections, and some even utilize dangerous child labor practices. Americans should be reliant on their own mineral deposits in order to ensure our national security. 

I took to the House Floor to speak for the Minnesotans, and Americans who rely on these jobs. You can watch my remarks, here. Unfortunately, House Democrats passed this partisan bill, but I am hopeful the Senate will stand up for Minnesota. 


Congressional App Challenge

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Each year, my office has participated in the Congressional App Challenge. Congress established this challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, which are critical to the American workforce. 

This competition invites high school students around the country to compete against their classmates in creating their own software application, better known as an app. The application period has begun! To learn about how to apply and to learn the rules surrounding the challenge, click here


Fighting for the Unborn

I recently became a co-sponsor of Representative Ann Wagner’s amendment which is being considered on the House floor this week. The provision would ensure that no funds from this bill would be given to a facility that fails to care for an infant that survives an attempted abortion.

I am proud to stand with my fellow Republican colleagues in Congress to protect the rights of the unborn and honor the sanctity of life. 


I hope you will join me for my town hall on Wednesday, but until then, if you have thoughts you would like to share with me, please write me an e-mail here

To keep up with what we’re doing in Washington, follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

Sincerely,

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