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The Huizenga Huddle
July 25, 2018
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U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga
The Huizenga Huddle: July 25, 2018
Bipartisan Results

Last Tuesday, the House passed the bipartisan JOBS and Investor Confidence Act. This bipartisan package was made up of 32 pieces of legislation, including 3 bills I sponsored to strengthen capital formation, improve investment opportunities for West Michigan residents with 401K's and IRA's, and boost small business job creation. I am happy to report this important bipartisan package of bills passed by a vote of 406-4.

To learn more about how this legislation will positively impact our economy, click the image below. 

Helping Those In Need

Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in the number of individuals struggling to access mental health services and substance abuse programs because of the high cost of care and an overall lack of quality care. After working with the specialists and experts at Pine Rest for more than a year, I introduced H.R. 6343, the INPATIENT Act on July 12th. 

This West Michigan inspired legislation modernizes treatment available for Medicare and Medicaid patients to help individuals with urgent mental health care needs as well as those struggling with opioid and substance addiction. H.R. 6343 is designed to address treatment, access, cost and workforce challenges associated with high-need, high-cost patients with behavioral health and substance abuse challenges. To learn more about the INPATIENT Act click here

Time and time again, individuals who have just completed inpatient rehabilitation programs are forced to live in housing situations where they are surrounded by people that are using the same illegal substances that sent them to rehab. We have to change that.

A sober, safe, and healthy living environment is essential to recovery. To help people overcome their addiction, the House recently passed the THRIVE Act. This legislation promotes a proven evidence-based approach that has helped thousands of Americans to maintain sobriety after completing rehab, gain valuable jobs skills, obtain employment, and eventually transition back into society to lead independent lives. To learn more about the THRIVE Act and how it will help communities across West Michigan, click the photo above. 

Remembering President Ford

It was an honor to participate in the ceremony to commemorate the life and legacy of President Gerald R. Ford earlier this month at the Ford Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. July 14th would have been President Ford's 105th birthday.

President Ford dedicated his life to putting others before himself and when his nation called upon him, he answered the call again and again. Thank you President Ford for your leadership and for sharing the very best that West Michigan has to offer. 

A short while later, the new Betty Ford statue was unveiled at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It was very moving to hear the personal stories about how Betty Ford overcame her own struggles and went on to help so many more people overcome the challenges they faced in their lives.

If you haven’t been to the museum recently it is a great resource that demonstrates how both President Ford and First Lady Betty Ford led by example. I encourage you and your family to visit this wonderful piece of living history right here in West Michigan!

Happy Birthday Lucas!

On Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Lucas Warren, the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby. It was wonderful to spend the day with his parents, Cortney and Jason and help celebrate Lucas' second birthday. His smile was simply infectious. The photo above is from the dedication of a pea field here in Michigan in Lucas' honor! Click the photo for a few more pictures of the big birthday celebration or read more here

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