Remembering their Sacrifice
Honoring the Fallen
As we spend this Memorial Day with family and friends, let us remember the freedoms that we hold so dear came with great sacrifice. Brave men and women have answered our nation's call to service and many have paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the ideals of our country. Please take the time to find a veteran or active service member and thank them for their commitment to protecting the liberty that we all enjoy.
Helping our Veterans
This week the House passed 9 bipartisan veterans bills which will help prevent veteran suicide, improve transition programs, provide a cost-of-living adjustment, and more. Additionally, I was proud to attend the grand opening of the new Welcome Center at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. It will be a valuable resource for veterans right here in our community.
Enhancing Retirement Security
My bipartisan bill to increase access to a secure retirement passed the House earlier this week as part of a broader piece of retirement legislation. America has a retirement income crisis on our hands, and helping people from all walks of life prepare and save for this stage of their life is critically important. Under these reforms, hardworking families will have broader and better options to plan ahead and set aside money for the future.
Combating Child Abuse
Bipartisan legislation that I cosponsored to combat child abuse and neglect passed the House this week. Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) modernizes and strengthens the original CAPTA law, giving states necessary resources and programs aimed at prevention, assessment, and treatment. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children and this legislation will help stop the heartbreaking trend of increasing child maltreatment cases.
Increasing Workforce Development
With millions of unfilled jobs across the country, we need to better align what's taught in the classroom with the skills employers are seeking. The Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing this week examining the barriers to employment that Americans face; including the need for increased career and technical education opportunities. I also highlighted an innovative partnership between Adrian College and Google. You can watch my questions here.
News and Pictures
- Speaking at Dundee Middle School on preventing cyberbullying
- Presenting a Congressional Tribute at Olivet College in recognition of their 175th anniversary
- Welcoming students from Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools to the US Capitol
- Giving the commencement address at Jackson Preparatory & Early College