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The Huizenga Huddle
December 6, 2019
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U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga
The Huizenga Huddle: December 6, 2019
Protecting Seniors, Teachers, and Those Saving For Retirement

On November 18th, I am happy to report the House passed my bipartisan legislation, the Investor Protection and Capital Markets Fairness Act, by a vote of 314-95. I worked hand in hand with Ben McAdams, a Democrat from Utah, on this legislation designed to hold criminals accountable and help Main Street investors who are victims of fraud recover their losses.

The latest report from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) found that more than $1.1 billion swindled from investors through fraudulent activity is unable to be recovered because of a 2017 Supreme Court decision. The Investor Protection and Capital Markets Fairness Act, strikes a delicate balance to solve this by ensuring the SEC has the necessary tools to go after bad actors and prevent these sophisticated fraudsters from keeping the money they have stolen from our teachers, military service personnel, seniors, and religious-affiliated groups. To learn more about this bipartisan bill, click the image below.

Improving Healthcare Accessibility Using West Michigan Solutions

I believe policymakers in Washington should be looking for ways to increase the well-being of Americans, promote upward mobility, and improve outcomes for families.

With those core tenants in mind, on November 4th I joined health care professionals in Muskegon to unveil new legislation, the Community Multi-share Coverage Program Act, to address health care affordability and accessibility.

By using a unique approach to deliver quality health care at affordable prices to populations that are either underserved or uninsured, this West Michigan inspired legislation can improve health and financial security while helping more people climb the ladder of opportunity and achieve success.

To learn about HR 4925, the Community Multi-Share Coverage Program Act, watch the Fox 17 coverage above or click here

Standing Up For Michigan Farmers

When Michigan farmers have a level playing field, they can compete with anyone in the world. However, current federal law fails to provide seasonal, perishable, and specialty crop growers with adequate means to bring forward claims against illegal trade practices being used by other nations.

This is why on November 22nd, I announced my support for the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act. This bipartisan bill will increase the ability of Michigan farmers, especially asparagus, blueberry, and cherry growers, to petition the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate illegal subsidies and dumping of fruits and vegetables in the U.S. market.

I am proud to be the first member of the Michigan Congressional delegation to support this important legislation, click here

Thanking West Michigan Veterans

Over Veterans Day Weekend, I joined West Michigan veterans in Allendale, Grandville, Hudsonville, and Wyoming to honor and recognize their service to our community and our country.  If not for these incredible men and women, we would not have the freedoms we currently enjoy. 

On Saturday the 9th,  I had the honor of celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary with members of the auxiliary, veterans, and their families at the Roger B. Chaffee American Legion Post 154 in Wyoming.

While we can never repay the debt we owe our veterans, let us strive to improve the mental and physical care our veterans receive as well as strengthen support for the families of those who have answered the call to serve.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Update

You might not have heard, but the EPA has announced a $6.6 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant to clean up a 12 acre site located on the shores of Muskegon Lake known as  the Ryerson Creek Outfall.

As Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, I have consistently worked to fully fund the GLRI and worked to build bipartisan support to protect the Great Lakes. This announcement is another example of how the GLRI is having a direct impact in West Michigan and helping clean up legacy pollution, restore Muskegon Lake, and preserve the Great Lakes for future generations. To learn more about this important project, click here

Serving West Michigan

On the evening prior to Thanksgiving, my family and I joined an army of volunteers to make sure all members of the Holland Community could enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered for this wonderful event!

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with the leadership team at Pine Rest to learn more about their emergency behavioral care and mental health treatment and how it is helping members of the community. Thank you to the staff at Pine Rest for all that you do to improve the quality of life and support mental health in West Michigan!

On November 26th, I joined Sawyer Hendrickson at the Ludington Post Office to help her deliver and send out her latest shipment of "Holiday Cheer" for our men and women serving overseas and around the nation. Sawyer's goal is to send more than 10,000 care packages in support of our troops who will be away from their families and loved ones. It's incredible the difference Sawyer is making and the example she sets for those her own age as well as adults. It was great to be able to join her again this year to support our troops!

I also want to say thank you to the post office staff for helping Sawyer carry out her mission! The holidays are an extremely busy time for everyone and the team at the Ludington Post Office made everything look easy.

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