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It's a new Congress

January 6, 2017
e-Newsletter Archive

Getting to Work in the 115th Congress

It was a high honor to be sworn in for the 115th Congress this week, beginning my fifth term representing Michigan's 7th District. It's a humbling experience to once again bring your voice and values to the halls of Congress. As we embark on the new session, we have a meaningful and exciting opportunity to come together to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to continuing to advance solutions to create good-paying jobs, reform our complicated tax code, and make health care more affordable. I'm also excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee this Congress, which has responsibility for important issues like health care, energy, manufacturing, and more.

Transparency Bill Passes in First Week

In the first week of the 115th Congress, I introduced and passed through the House my first piece of legislation for the new session. The Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act will provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent. This bipartisan bill requires each federal agency to annually report online an inventory of its federal programs and provide a description and cost of each program. Washington must be held accountable, and shining a light on overlapping and inefficient federal programs is a common sense way to save taxpayer money.

Looking Back at 2016

There's plenty of work ahead in 2017, but we made some significant strides in 2016. Watch this video for a look back at some highlights from the past year. In the 114th Congress, we enacted bipartisan laws to tackle some major issues facing our nation, including:

  • Landmark legislation to accelerate the development of cures for rare diseases
  • The most significant mental health reform in over a decade
  • Reforms to fight human trafficking and expand services for its victims
  • Landmark legislation to combat opioid addiction and support long-term recovery
  • The largest pay raise for our troops in six years
  • Reforms to return educational control to the local level
  • The first long-term highway bill in more than a decade