It has been just over three months since I took office as your representative for the 3rd Congressional District, and we have been working on many issues, both big and small. These are truly historic times for our nation, and I am honored to be working on your behalf as we tackle the critical issues before us.
I invite you to read the following update on recent developments and issues affecting the Third District. I also encourage you contact my office with your questions, concerns and ideas by visiting my website HERE or via phone at 952-405-8510 or 202-225-2871. You can also sign up for my YouTube page, Twitter account and Facebook to follow the work I am doing in Congress on your behalf.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve each of you in Congress and I hope to see or hear from you soon!
Member of Congress
Increasing Transparency and Oversight of Taxpayer Dollars:
There is no question that oversight of federal bailout spending has been grossly inadequate. To address this, I co-sponsored and helped pass legislation that will dramatically increase oversight of taxpayer dollars being spent through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). This bill creates broad authority for a Special Inspector General (SIG) to oversee, audit and investigate any remaining bailout funding in order to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.
While I continue to have serious concerns about the sweeping government intervention in the private sector, it is critical we have stringent oversight when the government is literally spending billions of taxpayer dollars. As the lead Republican sponsor of this bill in the House, I was proud to play an important role in passing this important measure. You can read more about this bill HERE.
Advocating for the Transportation Needs of the 3rd District:
The 494/169 interchange project is one of the top transportation priorities for the entire metro area. This project is currently under consideration for federal funding, but remains in jeopardy due to differing proposals at the state and federal levels. In an effort to move this project forward, I teamed up with Congressman John Kline in sending a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, asking him to intervene in this matter. It is my hope that Secretary Lahood and federal transportation officials will grant the Minnesota Department of Transportation the flexibility it needs to move forward with this project in a safe, but timely manner. More information is available HERE.
Getting Our Fiscal House in Order:
I came to Washington with a major goal of getting our fiscal house in order, and my first few months in Congress have only reinforced the need to do so. In just three months, Congress has already spent over $1.5 trillion, all of which has been deficit spending. The recently-passed budget plan will only make things worse. The budget hurts job growth by raising taxes – largely on the backs of small businesses. It will lead to record spending and deficits this year alone. And it will nearly triple the national debt over the next 10 years.
This runaway spending is putting our country on the fast track to bankruptcy. Each of my four daughters already owes $35,000 as their share of the national debt — and that figure will double in the next five years. We need serious change to get our fiscal house in order and I will continue fighting to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington.
Local Business Owner Testifies About Job Growth at Congressional Forum:
My top priority in Congress is getting this economy moving again. One way we can do that is by empowering our small businesses, which account for the overwhelming majority of job growth in our country. The importance of this was illustrated recently by Paul Robinson of Sterling Critical Products in Bloomington, whom I invited to a recent forum in Washington that examined the impacts of current and proposed tax policies on small business. Paul talked about how higher taxes on his business harm his ability to expand and grow jobs. I will continue fighting for measures that will help business owners like Paul create jobs – and against harmful tax increases and other measures that make that growth more difficult.
Additionally, if you are a business owner and want to share your thoughts on this important issue, please contact me HERE and write “SMALL BUSINESS” across the top of your email.