For the Obama administration, with attention focused on the holidays, it is a prime opportunity to impose new regulations on Americans.
So far this year, I've held more than 30 coffee hours and town halls in every corner of the district.
Only in Washington can bureaucrats get away with spending money on nothing.
It's the very definition of government waste, and I'm fighting to stop it.
Currently, the federal government is racking up service fees to administer thousands of expired, empty grant accounts, costing taxpayers millions per year.
Michigan farmers are among the hardest-working individuals we represent in the U.S. House. They are also the original environmentalists, because no one takes better care of the Earth than someone who makes a living from it.
For many of us, we have a close friend or family member who suffers from this debilitating disease.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 180,000 people age 65 or older in Michigan live with the disease. Across the country, it's more than 5 million.
I come home to Michigan every weekend for many reasons. My wife, my farm, and my truck are all here.
It's also allows me the privilege of directly listening to your common sense concerns and solutions so I can effectively be your voice in Congress.
THERE ARE obscure but important issues in Washington, and then there's the reform of worker compensation for federal employees — where the importance-to-obscurity ratio is especially high.
"Kind of like pennies from heaven. It gets you a toy or something that you need, is the way we typically look at it."