Newsletter: April 7, 2017
Washington Update for Michigan's 10th District
Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians was morally reprehensible. I support President Trump’s decision to take action to protect innocent lives and demonstrate that the United States stands firmly against these atrocities.
Mitchell Cosponsored Legislation Signed by President Trump
I went to the White House for the first time in March to join President Trump for a bill signing ceremony for H.J. Res 37, which I cosponsored. This legislation blocks the Obama administration’s flawed and unnecessary “blacklisting” rule under the Congressional Review Act.
The blacklisting rule would have unnecessarily increased compliance costs for businesses competing for federal contracts, putting small businesses who are unable to absorb these costs at a disadvantage to large businesses. For more information on H.J. Res 37, visit my website.
Click here to watch the video of the bill signing.
Click here to read “Mitchell visits White House for labor bill signing” in The Detroit News.
I am disappointed that the House of Representatives has been unable to reach agreement thus far on the repeal of Obamacare. However, I remain committed to securing quality health care for everyone, regardless of age, income or health status. Obamacare has failed to achieve these goals. Insurance premiums, deductibles, and copays that are too high for families to afford isn’t true access to health care.
Our plan has always included a series of efforts to directly address the issues facing our health care system. Despite recent setbacks, we have made progress in the last few months to improve access to health insurance and decrease costs.
The House recently passed the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act to reign in health insurers by ensuring they are subject to the same federal antitrust laws that all other businesses are required to comply with.
The House also passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act to allow small businesses to band together to increase bargaining power and negotiate lower prices. It is the first step toward allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines. Listen to my remarks on the Small Business Health Fairness Act here.
Most recently, the House passed the Self-Insurance Protection Act, a common-sense solution to protect self-insured employer benefits. Listen to my remarks on the Self-Insurance Protection Act here.
These measures are a step in the right direction, but we must continue to look for solutions, keeping in mind the damage that has been done to families, businesses, and health care by Obamacare. I remain dedicated to restoring quality health care in America.
Mitchell Recognizes the Michigan Convoy
Too often, we focus on negative stories in the news and fail to recognize those selflessly giving aid behind the scenes.
In early March, wildfires spread through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado, devastating families and destroying crops and livestock - farmers' income for next year. Hearing of the devastation, Michigan farmers, truckers, and volunteers mobilized quickly to bring aid to the farmers in need of immediate assistance.
I had the opportunity to share their incredible story on the House floor, I am proud to highlight their efforts, and was happy to be of assistance in obtaining permits for their travel.
Click here to watch the video.
ICYMI: Check out the profile mLIVE did of me and my friend, Rep. Jack Bergman.
MI-10 in D.C.
It's been my pleasure to welcome families from Michigan's 10th district to D.C. over the past couple weeks as schools have been on spring break.
If you or your family are planning spring or summer travel to D.C., contact my office. We're happy to set up tours of the Capitol, Supreme Court, the White House and more!
2017 Congressional Art Competition
High school students from across Michigan’s 10th District have submitted artwork for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year in an exhibit that will include all the winning artwork from participating districts around the country.
1219 Military St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Tuesday April 18th – Saturday April 22nd
Tuesday April 25- Friday April 28th