February 1, 2022

Dear Friend:


Last week, I was out in the District. I met with my Agricultural Advisory Committees and was honored to have my friend and Republican Leader of the House Ag Committee, Congressman Glenn "G.T." Thompson, joining us to share his perspective. 


The photos later in the newsletter will show you some of the other great meetings I had while in Minnesota. I always enjoy my time there and learn so much, helping me better represent the 7th District.



In The News

On Wednesday, I joined the "Need to Know Morning Show" where we discussed the Dobbs v Jackson Supreme Court case, election integrity, and the upcoming Minnesota caucus. You can listen to the entire interview here.

Tips for Tax Filing Season

Tax season has begun! The International Revenue Service shared this information to remind us all about several key items to keep in mind when filing federal income tax returns this year. I hope you find this helpful!

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.

iSSNRC Now Available in Minnesota

Internet Social Security Number Replacement Cards (iSSNRC) are now available for Minnesotans! U.S. citizens age 18 or older and who are residents of Minnesota can request a replacement SSN card online by creating a my Social Security account. They must have a U.S. domestic mailing address, not require a change to their record (such as a name change), and have a valid driver's license.

For more questions, and to submit a request, please visit the Social Security Administration website.


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I had great meetings with my Northern and Southern Agricultural Advisory Committees. We were honored to be joined by my friend, Republican Leader House Ag GOP G.T. Thompson. Having his expertise added a lot to the conversation. It was great hearing from everyone as we get ready for the Farm Bill.

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Thank you to Arctic Cat and Textron for the discussion with me, Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer, State Senator Mark Johnson, and State Representative John Burkel. The workforce, housing, childcare, and educational issues currently faced by companies and communities are significant, and we will continue to work together towards solutions. I appreciate Arctic Cat’s commitment to Thief River Falls, its employees, and its products.


I was able to meet with the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Chair Jared Voge from Bolton & Menk, Inc. and President Ken Warner to discuss issues that are important to their members. I so appreciate their leadership and partnership!


I joined the American Crystal Sugar Company and the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Board’s Joint Breakfast to talk about the sugar market, COVID challenges, the Farm Bill, and more. I was grateful to all of them for inviting me and sharing their ideas and concerns with me.

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Thank you to Skaurud Grain Farms and Riverview LLP for the meeting, as well as a tour of the Waukon Dairy construction site! I appreciated the insights they shared on regulatory burdens, crop insurance, estate tax, workforce needs, and renewable fuels. Among my top priorities are policies that maintain farm family operations and encourage agricultural investments in our communities.



I was so glad to have lunch with my office's nominees for U.S. Service Academies. My committee nominated seven students to four military academies. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a nomination from my office, you can find resources on my website or reach out to my office.

Nominees: Laura Holmstrom (Roseau), Alaina Walsh (Alexandria), Carter Kostohyrz (Moorhead), Jeremy Murray (Moorhead), John Gulon (Detroit Lakes), Tarin Gatchell (Grainte Falls), Aaron Randazzo (Alexandria) (not pictured)

Nominating Committee: State Senator Jeff Howe, City of Marshall Administrator Sharon Hanson, Harry Merickel (not pictured)

The Week Ahead

This week, I'm in D.C. where most of the attention is on the America COMPETES Act, which is another attempt by Democrats to push a progressive agenda, this time under the guise of increasing competition with China. I'll share a few examples:

  • This bill has much more to do with the far-Left's climate change wish list than it does with China. For example, it would require the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and includes a lengthy section funding coral reef restoration in the Pacific. In fact, the bill mentions "coral reef" 383 times, and "China" only 373 times.
  • The bill also includes a lot of requirements for federal agencies surrounding diversity and inclusion efforts. Regardless of your thoughts on those programs, it's pretty clear they are not going to make us more competitive with China.
  • The America COMPETES Act would give the Department of Treasury  power over crypto currencies without oversight, allowing them to ban crypto currencies in secret, without giving public notice.
  • This bill also includes a number of BBB priorities. The Democrats were unable to pass BBB on it's own, so I won't be surprised if they keep trying to sneak pieces of it into legislation for the rest of the year.
I could go on and on about all that is wrong with the 2,912 pages of this bill, but the bottom line is: this bill is not a serious attempt to take on China at all, but a partisan wish list using the threat of China as a front. I'll be managing the debate on the Floor for this, encouraging a "no" vote.


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 week!








Michelle Fischbach

Member of  Congress