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Huizenga Introduces Strategic PRC Port Mapping Act to Address Growing Economic & Military Threat from China

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Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) announced the introduction of H.R. 8683, the Strategic PRC Port Mapping Act. This legislation requires the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense to develop a strategy to monitor efforts by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to build, buy, or own strategic ports that provide capabilities for military, diplomatic, economic, or resource…

Weekly Column: Fighting For Southwest Michigan Farmers

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Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District is home to the world’s hardest working agricultural producers. It’s not just in spirit either. Specialty crop operations are extremely labor-intensive with nearly 40 percent of total cash expenses spent on just labor.  Our local agricultural industry drives our regional economy, feeds families throughout our nation, and is recognized across…

Huizenga Leads 120 Members of Congress in Effort to Save Family Farms, Enact H-2A Wage Freeze

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Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) was joined by 119 of his colleagues on a letter to House Appropriations leaders requesting an H-2A visa guestworker wage freeze in the upcoming appropriations process. This simple policy fix would help lower input costs for the agricultural community and save family farms across the nation. This level of support for freezing the H-2A wage rate is…

Huizenga Legislation to Strengthen Economy, Improve Military Readiness in Battle Creek Headed to President’s Desk

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Yesterday, the House passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 by a vote of 387 to 26. This measure is a five-year reauthorization designed to fix issues impacting air travel. Importantly, this measure includes two key provisions from Congressman Huizenga to strengthen economic opportunity in Battle Creek. First, it includes Huizenga’s H.R. 8272, the Runway Integrity and Military…

Huizenga Fixes a Million Dollar IRS Error, Saves Ottawa County Over a Quarter of a Million Dollars

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Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) announced the resolution of a dispute between Ottawa County and the IRS resulting in a correction of over a million dollars in favor of Ottawa County. Last year, Congressman Huizenga learned that the IRS was misapplying multiple quarters of payroll taxes for Ottawa County during the 2022 filing year. Ottawa County Treasurer’s Office sought an appeal…

Weekly Column: How I Am Fighting for Fiscal Responsibility

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Last week, I was proud to be named a “Fiscal Hero” by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget for my work to confront the National Debt Crisis and fix our broken budgeting process. I was one of only 39 members of the House of Representatives to be presented with this award. It is no secret that our nation is rapidly approaching a fiscal crisis.   Think about this:…

Weekly Column: Reining in the Tax Man

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April 15th is one of the most loathsome days for Americans: Tax Day. Last Congress, the Democrat Majority and President Biden increased funding for the IRS by roughly $72 billion. This included funding to hire over 87,000 IRS agents with a focus on so-called rich Americans. However, when you look past the window dressing, it’s clear the IRS is still targeting middle-class Americans at…

Weekly Column: Good Jobs and Lower Energy Costs

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Last week, the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert received a $1.52 billion conditional loan commitment from the Department of Energy to restart operations in 2025. This is great news! I’ve led the bipartisan charge in Congress behind this historic project because it will bring economic opportunity, lower energy costs, and greater energy security for Southwest…

Repowering Palisades Means Lower Costs, Greater Energy Security, and Good Paying Jobs for SW Michigan

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Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) released the following statement after the Department of Energy officially announced the conditional commitment of up to $1.52 billion for a loan to repower Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, Michigan. “Today’s announcement is a massive step towards restoring 800 megawatts of carbon-free energy generation and hundreds of highly skilled jobs…

Weekly Column: Strengthening Michigan Small Businesses

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Small businesses are the engine of economic growth here in Southwest Michigan. As a third-generation small business owner myself, I understand the challenges local job creators are facing in today’s economy. Last week, the House passed several bills to strengthen small businesses and improve economic opportunity in Berrien and Van Buren Counties as well as communities around the…

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