I made a commitment when I decided to run for congress and that commitment revolves around three core principles: cutting spending, creating jobs, and protecting life. The past few weeks in the House of Representatives have afforded me the opportunity to deliver on these principles on behalf of hardworking families across West Michigan.
Two weeks ago, I was proud to stand for the life of the unborn by voting to defund Planned Parenthood for a full year and support the expansion of criminal penalties for those medical professionals who fail to give all of the necessary and appropriate care to a baby that survives an abortion. Taxpayer dollars should not be going to organizations that seek to destroy the greatest gift of all – life. In that same vein, doctors and nurses who refuse care to babies who are ‘born alive’ should face criminal charges. All life is precious and must be protected.
On Monday, the House passed my legislation to cut spending and create jobs right here in West Michigan by reforming how the federal government manages its motor pool. The Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015 directs the federal government to take the commonsense step of using remanufactured parts which are often cheaper and just as reliable as new parts. The fact that we spend nearly a billion dollars annually on maintaining the federal governments’ fleet of vehicles is ridiculous. This bipartisan legislation can save millions of taxpayer dollars, create jobs across Michigan, and make the federal government more efficient by using made in Michigan remanufactured parts. I am happy to announce this bill is now heading to President Obama’s desk … and he is expected to sign it!
While saving millions is a good start, there is so much more work that needs to be done and I need your help. Please consider donating $25, $50, or even $100 in support of my effort to find commonsense solutions that protect life, create Michigan jobs, and cut Washington’s bloated budget. The road ahead is long and will likely be difficult, but I am relentless and I will not stop until the values that have made West Michigan great have taken hold in Washington.
Thank you for your continued support, as well as your thoughts and your prayers.