News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

After a short trip back to Washington, D.C. to vote on the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” we’re back in Minnesota. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn-Wharton Budget Model, and several other apolitical budget surveys, this partisan bill will do nothing to ease inflation. After reviewing the bill, the Penn-Wharton Model noted: “The impact on inflation is statistically indistinguishable from zero.” Instead, this legislation will raise taxes on hardworking Americans, hire 87,000 new IRS enforcement agents, and funnel hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars toward Democrats’ radical climate agenda.

I along with the rest of my colleagues opposed this legislation because we remain focused on adopting real solutions focused on addressing rising inflation: reducing federal spending, returning our country to a place of energy independence, and protecting our businesses and communities from rising crime.  

In this week’s newsletter, we will touch further on our vote against the Democrat’s Inflation Reduction Act, recap my recent trip to GameFair, discuss our efforts to celebrate Rural Broadband Month, and highlight the Gabriella Miller Kids First Act which recently passed the House of Representatives.

Read on to learn more…

The so-called “Inflation Reduction Act”

Democrats’ partisan “Inflation Reduction Act” recently passed both the House and Senate and heads to President Biden’s desk today. Although Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would like you to believe they drafted this bill as a new way to tackle inflation, it is instead a scaled-down version of their Build Back Better legislation that will do absolutely nothing to combat the rising prices American families are seeing in the grocery store and at the pump.

This nearly $750 billion legislation will raise taxes on working Americans and facilitates the creation of a new army of 87,000 IRS enforcers to comb through their tax records. The legislation establishes arbitrary price caps on medications which will hinder the development of new drugs. Finally, it commits our country to a Green New Deal future by imposing new taxes on oil producers, subsidizing inefficient alternative energy sources, and extending EV tax credits that most Minnesotans will never benefit from.

As I mentioned, I voted NO on this legislation last week. You can read my statement regarding my vote here:


Celebrating Minnesota Sportsmen and women

Every year in Ramsey, Armstrong Ranch Kennels puts on one of my favorite events of the year: GameFair.

Minnesota’s outdoor tradition is integral to our state’s history. As a lifelong sportsman, it is always a pleasure to spend time with like-minded individuals who treasure our state’s traditions.

So far this Congress, we have worked to advance sportsmen’s priorities by:
  • Cosponsoring the RETURN Our Constitutional Rights Act to repeal excise taxes on firearms and ammunition, as well as bows and arrows;
  • Cosponsoring a resolution to maintain the protections established in the 2020 Navigable Waters Protections Rule and reverse the overly burdensome Waters of the United States regulations implemented by the Biden Administration;
  • Sending a letter in support of returning management of gray wolves back to the states.
As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and as a lifelong sportsman, I will continue to advocate for policies that preserve our way of life in Minnesota.

Celebrating Rural Broadband Month

August is Rural Broadband Month when we draw attention to the significant gap in high-speed internet coverage that Americans in rural areas face.

As a member of the Rural Broadband Caucus, I have worked to expand and deploy broadband access in our rural communities and ensure that everyone has access to fast, affordable internet. However, this goal cannot be achieved without encouraging private investment in broadband networks.

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Congressman Emmer celebrates Rural Broadband Month

Connecting rural America will be a defining challenge over the next decade. It is a goal that transcends party lines. We can get this done, but we must work together.

Gabriella Miller Kids First Act 2.0

Recently, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Act 2.0, which we cosponsored, passed the House of Representatives. The bill is named for Gabriella Miller, who tragically passed away in 2013 at the age of ten with an inoperable brain tumor.

In 2014, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act was signed into law, establishing a pediatric research initiative through the National Institutes of Health. Since 2015, the program has studied more than 44 childhood cancers and birth defects for genome sequencing, representing 28,000 patients and 48,000 genomes. 

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 will build on these efforts and direct additional resources to aid in the race to cure childhood cancer and other diseases. It now heads to the Senate where it awaits consideration.

Until next week, if you are in need of assistance or would like to share your thoughts with me, please write me an e-mail here.

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