Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement after voting in support of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018. Passage of this government funding legislation marks the first time in nearly a decade that the U.S. House has passed all 12 appropriations bills on time.
“For years, some in Washington have worked to prevent Congress from using the power of the purse to right-size government. Today, the House took a major step forward by completing the appropriations process for the first time in nearly a decade. By following regular order, the House was able to eliminate wasteful programs and rein in bureaucratic overreach by agencies across the federal government, while ensuring important programs such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are fully funded. Additionally, this bill protects the sanctity of life by defunding Planned Parenthood and prohibits the federal government from discriminating against Americans who object to participating in an abortion.”
The appropriations package passed by the House today also included an amendment put forward by Congressman Huizenga that prohibits funding for a section of Dodd-Frank that addresses conflict minerals. Earlier this week, Congressman Huizenga discussed his amendment that was adopted today by a vote of 211-195. Congressman Huizenga's speech on his amendment is available below.
The latest consumer survey from University of Michigan confirms growing support for and additional benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As taxpayers see larger paychecks and the economy continues to strengthen, “consumers now think the labor market is turned in their favor, that they can demand higher wages and they can more easily shift jobs to follow a position that would pay them more, said Richard Curtain who directs the survey.
Yesterday, I had the a great discussion with leaders from the The Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan about the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. I also entered the following document into the Congressional Record to recognize the important contributions Frederick Douglass made to move our country forward and how the Douglass Leadership Institute works to apply biblical principles to life while promoting justice, liberty, and virtue. https://huizenga.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2.14.18.frederick.douglass.congressional.record.pdf
This morning, I joined 1450 WHTC and The New 99 7 FM to discuss yesterday's tragic shooting, strengthening our mental health system, the Senate searching to find 60 votes on immigration reform, and building bipartisan support to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
It was great to join Brian Kilmeade on FOX News Radio this morning to discuss the Senate beginning debate on DACA and border integrity, the Securing America's Future Act sponsored by Reps. Goodlatte and McCaul, and prioritizing Great Lakes infrastructure.
So much for Nancy Pelosi's tax reform "Armageddon." Job Creators Network's Alfredo Ortiz does a great job discussing how tax reform is strengthening the economy, raising wages, and improving benefits for hardworking employees while also exposing the false rhetoric being used by Democrats.