Newsletter: September 12, 2017
Busy Start To Fall
Protecting Our Great Lakes
Last week, the House passed my amendment calling on Canada to halt the nuclear waste repository along the shore of Lake Huron.
As I have long said, building a nuclear waste repository in close proximity to our Great Lakes is nothing short of irresponsible. A failure at this site would have devastating impacts on Michigan and Canada, who both rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water, tourism, and commerce. Since taking office, I have raised objections to the OPG project with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Canadian officials, and the leadership of OPG to no avail. My amendment is yet another escalation of my efforts to highlight to Canada the urgency and gravity of this issue.
Listen to my remarks during floor debate here.
Our tax code is too complicated, too costly, and too time consuming for most families to understand and file their taxes.
Workers and families should know how much of their paycheck they keep in their pockets when they are paid, rather than hope for a tax refund at the end of the year. House Republicans are working to fix that.
To read more about the House Republican tax reform plan, click here.
Be sure to also check out my latest in the Detroit News "Why tax reform matters," and my op-ed in Independent Journal Review "Despite Economic Recovery, American Families Still Suffer. Here's How Tax Reform Can Change That."
A Pure Michigan August
Dinner on the Farm
I had a great time at Dinner on the Farm at Don Wilson Farm in Clifford. We talked about the progress we have made in Washington to support our farmers, including the beginning of repealing the WOTUS rule and Secretary Ross' progress toward an agreement to end Mexican sugar dumping. Looking ahead, we talked about the 2018 Farm Bill, negotiating good trade deals for agricultural commodities, and ensuring that rural areas get their fair share of any infrastructure improvements that this Congress considers.
Celebrating Selfridge's Centennial
I was honored to join the men and women at Selfridge ANGB to celebrate 100 years of leadership and service to our nation. With its storied history and great promise for the future, it is my strong belief that the road to military readiness runs through Michigan at Selfridge ANGB, and I will work hard to ensure that it does.
In case you missed it, check out my op-ed in the Macomb Daily "The Road to Military Readiness Runs Through Michigan."
Saint Clair River Celebration
I joined the Saint Clair River Celebration to talk about the importance of our Great Lakes. I'm proud to stand with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as an advocate for the Great Lakes.
Read more about the Saint Clair River Celebration in The Port Huron Times Herald.
Congratulations to the Burtchville Fire Department
I had the pleasure of presenting the Burtchville Fire Department with a federal grant check for $285,715. This grant is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Chief Harrington, Assistant Chief Cummings, and their crew. While we run from danger, they run toward it. We are fortunate to have this dedicated team of first responders protecting us, our homes, schools, and businesses. The funds will be used to purchase a water tender truck to ensure the Burtchville Fire Department has the necessary resources to fight fires and keep our community safe.
Mitchell in the News:
- Detroit News Why Tax Reform Matters
- Independent Journal Review Despite Economic Recovery, American Families Still Suffer. Here's How Tax Reform Can Change That.
- Macomb Daily Road to Military Readiness Runs Through Michigan
- CTV Round Table
- Port Huron Times Herald A cleaner St. Clair River is worth celebrating