A Time for Unity and Healing
A Time for Unity and Healing
It has been an emotional week in our nation's capital following the horrible shooting at a congressional baseball practice. My friend and colleague, Congressman Steve Scalise, is still in critical condition and we are praying for his full recovery. Another one of the victims is Matt Mika, an Adrian College graduate and former staff member during my first term in Congress. Matt has remained a close friend ever since, and I was able to visit his family in the hospital on the day of the shooting. He continues to remain in our prayers as well. The brave actions of Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey saved so many lives, and we can't say thank you enough for their heroism.
As Speaker Ryan so eloquently said: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us." It is my hope that this is a time that could be used for unity and healing in our country. We'd like to change the circumstances, but maybe the circumstances will change us. We are all Americans and there is more that unites us than divides us. We will not let evil prevail, but we will join together in civility and decency towards our fellow Americans.
Bipartisan Energy Bill Passes House
Bipartisan legislation I introduced along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell to help reduce unnecessary paperwork burdens and bring down energy prices for Michigan families unanimously passed the House this week. The cost of energy plays a big part in the family budget each month, and this bill will help free up energy producers to focus their resources on giving consumers access to affordable and reliable energy, instead of getting caught up in unnecessary and unintended red tape. Click here to watch my remarks on the House floor.
Improving Care for Veterans
This week the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act by a 368-55 vote. While most VA employees are dedicated and hardworking, bad actors who abuse their positions and fall short in their duties need to be held accountable. These bipartisan reforms are absolutely critical to help clean up the VA, usher in a new era of accountability, and ensure America’s veterans receive high quality care worthy of their service and sacrifice.
Expanding Apprenticeships and Workforce Development
It was encouraging to see President Trump take action this week to help expand apprenticeships and educational opportunities for American workers. Through my work on the Education and the Workforce Committee, I've been a longtime advocate for career and technical education. Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the Branch Area Careers Center, one of the many places in the 7th District providing valuable hands-on work experience.
In The News
- Jackson Citizen Patriot op-ed | Taking Action to Tackle Human Trafficking
- WLNS | Reps. Kildee, Walberg, Kaptur, Joyce: We Must Protect the Great Lakes from Threat of Invasive Species like Asian Carp
- Daily Telegram | Adrian College grad among rifle shooter’s GOP victims
- Monroe News | Walberg says his former aide shows ‘feistiness’ after shooting
- Washington Examiner | Rep. Tim Walberg says congressional baseball shooting victim 'like a third son'
- Detroit News | Mich. native wounded in Va. shooting