This afternoon, I had the privilege of meeting Al Johnson and Keith Cole, two heroes from West Michigan who served our country during WWII as members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Today, the House and Senate presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow, to Al, Keith, and members of the OSS to honor their enormous contributions in the effort defeat the axis forces. Thank you both for your incredible service!
"Positive sentiment dominated" the most recent consumer survey from the University of Michigan. An all-time record number of people (59%) stated they are seeing improved financial progress while the number of people citing income gains rose to a five-decade high. This is another clear sign that tax and regulatory reform continues to deliver positive results for hardworking individuals in Michigan and across the country.
The latest study by the NFIB shows small businesses are "optimistic, ready to hire, and prepared to raise wages" because of tax and regulatory reform. Greater opportunity, bigger paychecks, and more jobs is great news because small businesses play such a critical role in West Michigan!
Congratulations Hope College on bringing the first hockey national championship back to West Michigan!
This morning, I joined WOOD Radio to discuss the bipartisan Dodd-Frank reform bill that recently passed the Senate and how it will impact West Michigan. This legislation is a good start, but should be viewed as a floor, not a ceiling. The House has passed dozens of bipartisan, noncontroversial measures (sometimes unanimously) that can be added to the Senate bill to improve it and make it more effective!
The federal government should never force or attempt to coerce medical professionals, employers, or resource centers to perform or promote abortions against their beliefs. Our basic freedoms and founding principles were established to protect us from this exact sort of intimidation. These pregnancy resource centers work. They offer compassionate care to those who need it most and should be treasured by the government, not targeted by it.
BREAKING: The House just passed bipartisan legislation to protect students and improve school safety by a vote of 407-10. Ensuring students have a safe learning environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I am glad to see Republicans and Democrats support common sense bipartisan legislation that empowers local school districts to determine how best to improve school safety. The STOP School Violence Act takes an important first step in improving ways to identify signs of violence, enhancing intervention resources, and strengthening coordination between local law enforcement, school personnel, and students.
This is a tremendous story and achievement from over the weekend. Thank you for your service Mr. Cnossen and congratulations on bringing home the first men's biathlon gold!
This morning, I had a wide-ranging conversation with Kenowa Hills educators, Kent ISD administrators, and local law enforcement officials on potential ways to improve school safety. Next week, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 4909 which will provide resources to help school staff recognize and respond to signs of potential student violence.
“Blockbuster” job growth in February as the labor force participation rate increases along with wages and optimism. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is helping hardworking families, increasing job creation, and growing the economy. Even the New York Times is admitting the economy is very strong with the potential to get even stronger!
Thank you for your service Mr. Cole. We owe the men and women who served in the OSS an enormous debt of gratitude. I am glad to see Congress honor and recognize these heroes with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal later this month.
Congratulations Carter on receiving the very prestigious Medal of Merit! Your quick response and brave action to help your fellow camper in need is incredible!
Take a moment this morning to read this great piece by Vice President Mike Pence on how tax reform is already having a positive impact on hardworking Michiganders and job creators!