Standing up for Seniors
Standing up for Seniors
Social Security is a promise we must keep to Michigan seniors, many of whom rely on it for daily necessities like groceries, gas, or housing expenses. In recent years, I’ve heard from a number of constituents who have been frustrated that there has been little or no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to keep pace with these expenses. Under a new bill I introduced this week, seniors will be guaranteed to receive a COLA increase each year. Learn more about the Certainty for Older Living Americans (COLA) Act here.
Safely Returning to School
Over the past several weeks, I have spoken with educators and administrators across the 7th District about steps we can take to safely reopen schools in the fall. In addition, I participated in an Education and Labor Committee hearing this week on this vital topic, which you can read more about here. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but we must strive to minimize further disruption to students’ educational process, while protecting the health and safety of everyone involved in the education system.
Protecting 7th District Paychecks
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently released data that showed the personal impact of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been significant. This program has played an instrumental role in helping small businesses keep their doors open and supporting the livelihoods of upwards of 40,000 workers in the 7th District. Click here to read more about how it has helped retain jobs in our communities.
Supporting our Troops
This week, the House passed a bipartisan defense bill which provides funding authority for the military, supports military families, and gives our troops a pay raise. The legislation included a bipartisan amendment I authored with Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) to provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent. Click here to learn more about the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act and our amendment to promote greater transparency in federal spending.
2020 Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is back again this year and the submission portal is now open. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to explore and enhance their computer science skills. The winner from the 7th District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the Congressional App Challenge website along with winners from across the country. Students can register and learn more here.