December 14, 2021

Dear Friend:


Last week, the world lost a great man. Senator Bob Dole from Kansas passed away at the age of 98. On Thursday, Bob Dole lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. He is only the 33rd person in U.S. history to receive this posthumous honor, with the honor guard standing vigil overnight. Senator Dole was a decorated World War II veteran, rose to Senate Majority Leader, and ran for President in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Senator Elizabeth "Liddy" Dole and his daughter, Robin.



This Week in Ag

We had a busy week of votes last week, and we were able to get some great legislation passed that will help our agricultural economy.

HR 5609: Cattle Contract Library Act is a bill I cosponsored. It establishes a cattle contract library to provide mandatory and anonymized reporting of contracts established between cattle producers and beef processors, which will help equip producers with information to negotiate a more fair price for their products. 

HR 5290: We also voted to extend authorization for livestock mandatory price reporting, which is a critical transparency tool for livestock producers that was only temporarily extended recently.

HR 5608: Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act. This is another bill I cosponsored, which will provide funding for research, management, and programming to combat the disease.

HR 4496: Ocean Shipping Reform Act gives Federal Maritime Commission new authorities to regulate shipping contracts between ocean carriers and American exporters, easing important cogs in the agricultural supply chain.

I'm very proud of the work the Agricultural Committee has been able to accomplish this week and throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding these bills, please don't hesitate to reach out to my office.


"What's On Your Mind" with Scott Hennen

This week, I joined guest host Chris Berg on "What's On Your Mind". We discussed the supply chain crisis and the STOP the GRINCH Act, inflation, and government spending. You can listen to the full interview here.


Virtual Capitol Tours

While in-person tours are still suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can now join online live virtual tours of the U.S. Capitol! Capitol Visitor Center Guides will present information normally delivered during in-person guided tours that has been tailored for online audiences. Participants will view images from the tour route while a Visitor Guide narrates the experience. You will be able to see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and Sanctuary Hall and ask your guide questions using a chat feature. Tours will run about 30 minutes with 15 minutes for Q & A. Tours are designed for all age groups.

Tours are available Monday - Friday at 9:00 AM EST, 11:00 AM EST, 1:00 PM EST, and 3:00 PM EST.

Click here to make a reservation through the Capitol Visitor Center.


Small Business Week Awards 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. These awards recognize achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation's economy. You can nominate for any of the following categories:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery (and all awards in this category)
  • Federal Procurement Awards (and all awards in this category)
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners (and all awards in this category)
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year

For more information, and to make a nomination, please visit the SBA website. Nominations can be submitted electronically by January 11, 2022 and awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards Ceremony in the first week of May 2022. For more information on SBA assistance, click here.



Coming Up

This week, we'll vote to extend the debt ceiling in order to avoid default. I certainly don't want to face default, but we can't allow reckless government spending to continue at the record levels we're seeing.

As always, my office is open and ready to serve constituents of Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything I can do to help. Have a great weekend!








Michelle Fischbach

Member of  Congress