Despite our divided government, I have found that through honest debate and discussion we can often find common ground.
While my first priority is to serve the best interests of Michigan’s 7th district and uphold the Constitution, I also look for opportunities to move good ideas forward by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
In the 115th Congress, I was ranked by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a non-partisan collaboration between Vanderbilt University and University of Virginia, as the most effective member of Michigan's congressional delegation. Read below to learn more about my record of bipartisanship.
Legislation Signed Into Law
- Wage Claims: Introduced the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act in July 2013 with Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) to improve the efficiency of the Davis-Bacon Act by moving responsibility for wage claims adjustments for federally-contracted workers from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Department of Labor. The legislation was signed into law November of 2013.
- Combating Human Trafficking: In September 2013, I introduced HR 3081 which assists the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in their ability to help law enforcement agencies and first responders identify, locate, and recover victims of child sex trafficking. H.R.3081 was signed into law as part of the bipartisan H.R. 3092, E. Clay Shaw, Jr. Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act.
- Post Office Dedication: Introduced a resolution with wide bipartisan support from my Michigan delegation colleagues to rename a Jackson post office as the "Officer James Bonneau Memorial Post Office Building." Officer James Bonneau was shot and killed in 2010 while responding to a domestic disturbance. The legislation was signed into law on December 16, 2014.
- Saving Taxpayer Dollars: Introduced the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act with Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) to require federal agencies to take action to identify and close out thousands of expired grant accounts with a zero balance. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law on January 28, 2016.
- Helping our Heroes: Introduced the Medal of Honor Priority Care Act to elevate living Medal of Honor recipients from Group 3 to Group 1 when enrolling for their VA health care benefits. H.R.272 was included as part of a larger Veterans Health Care and Benefits bill, which was signed into law on December 16, 2016.
- Eliminating Obstacles to Employment: Introduced H.R. 2155, the New HOPE Act, with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) to encourage state governments to initiate occupational licensure reforms to ensure bureaucratic requirements are not creating unnecessary barriers for those seeking to enter the workforce. H.R. 2155 was included as part of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law on July 31, 2018.
- Promoting Affordable Energy: Introduced H.R. 1109 with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to reduce unnecessary paperwork burdens which hinder the expansion of affordable energy. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law on September 28, 2018.
- Addressing Opioid Addiction: Introduced H.R. 5009, Jessie’s Law, with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and additional bipartisan support to ensure doctors have access to the information they need so they can safely treat their patients and prevent unknowingly prescribing powerful opioid medications to those struggling with addiction. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law on October 24, 2018.
- Preventing Opioid Misuse: Introduced H.R. 5041, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to help prevent the misuse or diversion of unused medications by equipping hospice professionals with the legal authority to safely dispose of unused drugs after a hospice patient’s death. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law on October 24, 2018.
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced
Great Lakes Stewardship: Introduced H.R. 2141, the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Act, with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) to promote conservation efforts throughout the Great Lakes region.
Fighting Human Trafficking: Introduced H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, with Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP) to ensure Department of Labor employees have the tools and resources they need to detect cases of labor or sexual exploitation while investigation workforce law violations. The bipartisan legislation passed the House on July 12, 2017.
Supporting Veterans: Introduced H.R. 2322, the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prominently print and display a list of rights that apply to every veteran at prosthetic and orthotic clinics around the country.
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform: Introduced H.R. 1895, the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act, with Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a bipartisan effort to curb abuses in the Civil Asset Forfeiture system, raise the level of proof, and increase transparency.
Saving for School: Introduced H.R 999, the Helping Families Save for Education Act, with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) to increase the amount individuals can contribute from $2,000 a year to $10,000 and increase the age of eligibility from 18 to 22.
- Government Accountability: Introduced H.R. 71, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, with Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) to make it easier to evaluate federal government spending by requiring federal agencies to identify their programs and provide basic information on what the program does and how much they cost. H.R. 71 passed the House on January 4, 2017.
- Protecting our Most Vulnerable: Lead cosponsor on H.R. 4843, the Improving Safe Care for the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect by strengthening and requiring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better ensure states are meeting current child welfare requirements. The legislation was signed into law on July 22, 2016 as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
- Caring for our Veterans: Introduced H.R. 501, the VA Transparency Enhancement Act, with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to enhance transparency requirements at VA hospitals to ensure our veterans have access to timely, high quality care.
- Recognizing Our Automotive Heritage: Introduced H.R. 4066, the National Historic Vehicle Register Act, with Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) to establish a standalone register that documents historically significant automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles.
- Increasing Transparency: Introduced H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act, to require federal agencies to post, in a central location, all communications they issue during the proposed rule stage so that the public can fully participate and trust that the rulemaking process is neutral and unbiased. The bipartisan legislation passed the House on March 2, 2017.
- Enhancing Retirement Security: Introduced H.R. 1439, the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act, with Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) to help more Americans have peace of mind in their retirement years. Our legislation passed the House on May 23, 2019 as part of the SECURE Act.
- Reducing Medicaid Fraud: Introduced H.R. 233, the Medicaid Patient Abuse Prevention Act, with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) to better identify Medicaid fraud and protect those who are served by the program.
- Securing our Energy Infrastructure: Introduced H.R. 362, Energy Emergency Leadership Act, with Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) to elevate the energy security and emergency functions to a senior point person in the Department of Energy’s leadership, which will enhance DOE’s ability to appropriately and quickly address energy-related emergencies.
- Protecting Seniors from Scams: Introduced H.R. 2610, the Stop Senior Scams Act, with Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) to enhace our ability to prevent seniors from falling victim to fraud or scams.
Bipartisan Amendments Introduced
- Protecting the Great Lakes: Offered a bipartisan amendment with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) to direct additional resources to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to bolster efforts to eliminate grass carp from Lake Erie. The amendment was included in the House-passed Interior & Environment, Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019.
- Civil Forfeiture Reform: Offered a bipartisan amendment with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Keith Ellison (D-MN) to H.R. 3354 that reins in the federal government’s power to seize private property without due process. Our successful amendment would prohibit funding to implement the Department of Justice’s recently announced expansion of civil forfeiture, which reversed a previous ban on the practice of adoptive seizures.
- Wasteful Defense Spending: Offered a bipartisan amendment with Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) to H.R. 5293, the fiscal year 2017 defense spending bill. Our successful amendment would stop future funds for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, a program which has been poorly run and is lacking in oversight. I also worked with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) to cut $50 million from the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund as part of the House-passed fiscal year 2016 defense spending bill, H.R. 2685.
- Expanding Resources to Combat Heroin and Opioid Epidemic: Offered a bipartisan amendment with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to increase funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and enhance partnerships at the local level to combat this epidemic. The amendment was included in the House-passed Financial Services and General Government funding bill for fiscal year 2017, H.R. 5485.
- Assisting Returning Veterans: Offered a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, to boost veterans’ job training and services to help them transition into the civilian sector. The amendment was included in the final House-passed version of the bill.
- Eliminating Wasteful Foreign Aid: Offered an amendment to H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to provide the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction with the ability to conduct effective audits to ensure the proper use of the remaining American taxpayer dollars appropriated for reconstruction efforts. The amendment was included in the final House-passed version of the bill.
- Protecting Hospitals from Government Overreach: Offered an amendment to the H.R. 2685, Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, to protect hospitals that administer TRICARE from government overreach by reiterating that treating private hospitals as federal contractors is poor public policy. The amendment was included in the final House-passed version of the bill.
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