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The Huizenga Huddle
April 30, 2019
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U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga
The Huizenga Huddle: April 30, 2019

Standing Up For Life

Last night, I stood up in defense of children who survive an attempted abortion by asking for unanimous consent to bring up the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for a vote.

This shouldn't be a tough or partisan decision yet Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats blocked me from calling for a vote on this life-saving legislation.

The legislation at it's core is a very simple concept. This legislation would protect these born-alive babies by requiring these innocent lives to receive the same medical care as a child delivered at the same stage in life.

Below is the video of me calling for the House to hold a vote and stand up for these precious lives.

It’s time for the House to go on record and hold a vote. It’s hard to believe that in 2019, Democrats are openly denying an innocent child the ability to make their mark on the world. I would have never imagined that this would be a partisan fight. Speaker Pelosi and her lieutenants have blocked this vote from taking place 33 times now. I believe we should create a culture that respects and values life. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this truly life or death issue.

Coffee With Constituents

Recently, I have held constituent coffee hours at Frank's in Zeeland as well as Marge's Donut Den in Wyoming. This is a great opportunity for me to interact with West Michigan residents in either a one-on-one setting or small groups. 

In Zeeland, we had a good conversation about improving care for our veterans, immigration reform and the crisis on our southern border, and international adoption.

At Marge's Donut Den in Wyoming, we had a wide-ranging conversation on a variety of issues including the positive impact of tax reform, bipartisan action on PFAs, and my efforts to protect the Great Lakes. Be sure to check out the new Huizenga.House.Gov or Facebook to stay up to date on when and where the next coffee and conversation will take place. 

The Economy Continues to Roar

Over the weekend, I joined Fox News to discuss the excellent 3.2% first quarter economic growth numbers released on Friday. These GDP figures exceeded expectations and demonstrate that our economy is continuing to create jobs and new opportunities in West Michigan and across the nation!

You can watch my conversation about Democrats and the Mueller Report, areas of potential bipartisan agreement on infrastructure, and the economy by clicking the photo below. Be warned, there is a brief comment regarding Avengers End Game as well. 

Speaking of the economy, at the constituent coffee in Wyoming, Marge Wilson, owner of Marge's Donut Den, shared how tax cuts have helped her small business hire more employees, raise wages, and invest in a much needed new mixer. You can read more about Marge's story from here conversation with WKTV here

Welcoming New Americans

Earlier this month, naturalization ceremonies took place in both Grand Haven and Holland. I had the honor of welcoming more than 120 people from across the globe in becoming American citizens at Herrick District Library. The Naturalization Ceremony was packed with family and friends celebrating their loved ones coming from countries ranging from Bhutan to Zambia. Click the photo below to watch these newly minted Americans take the oath. 

Naturalization ceremonies are some of my favorite moments because you can see the sheer joy and excitement not only on the faces of those becoming citizens, but on the faces of their friends and families as well. It was an exciting day for West Michigan and we are thrilled to have these new citizens be a part of our community. You can see more photos from the ceremony in Holland here

To The Point

Recently I sat down with Rick Albin of WOOD TV to discuss the Great Lakes, some of the reasons why I believe Medicare For All is the wrong approach to health care, and prioritizing federal spending by adding a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. You can watch the full interview by clicking on the picture below

Protecting Taxpayers and Restoring Accountability

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to question the CEOs of the largest banks in America. Although I was not in Congress when the banks were bailed out under Dodd-Frank, I have continued to deal with the echo effects of that action to this day.

I told the the largest banks that they cannot count on this Congressman to ever allow that to happen again, or to vote for a situation like that. I then proceeded to ask the CEOs if they were properly capitalized to ensure taxpayers would not be on the hook for another bank bailout. You can watch my exchange during a Financial Services Committee hearing below. 

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