Right to Life 

There really isn't any other issue which reflects how our secular society has turned away from God and our Christian values as this nation continues in the business of funding Planned Parenthood...  allowing abortion. 

Every child has a right to life.  Period. 

Women, and men, do have a choice...  before they became potential parents.

 

2nd Amendment 

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is non-negotiable.  The Founding Fathers understood that a free society fundamentally depends on not only the ability to defend oneself and property but, a well-armed citizenry is critical in defending against a tyrannical government. 

It is in fact...  the 2nd Amendment that allows us to keep the rest of our constitutional rights.  We can NEVER budge on this constitutional right!

 

Immigration

 President Theodore Roosevelt believed that legal immigrants should ‘in good faith’ assimilate but, is predicated on the immigrant becoming nothing but an American.  “There can be no divided allegiance here.  Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.”

 Illegal immigration should not be rewarded with access to government assistance programs and a pathway to citizenship.  Legal immigration, especially those individuals seeking an elected office, should obtain full citizenship, not dual-citizenship.  An American cannot serve two masters.  There is one flag, one language, one Constitution and one culture—the American culture.  Assimilation and self-reliance are key to an immigration system that benefits Americans.

 

Refugee Resettlement 

Written during a time when refugees were fleeing communism, the Refugee Act of 1980 is outdated and must be reformed.  Until the President and Congress reform the law--the federal program must be terminated.

Minnesota is experiencing a growing influx of refugee resettlement.  Along with the new residents comes security concerns, unfunded federal obligations, unplanned impacts on schools, city and county services, as well as, unintended consequences to property values and rising poverty.   

The 6th Congressional District of Minnesota needs a moratorium on refugee resettlement until costs and associated issues related to transparency, accountability, and national security may be evaluated.  Babin bill (H.R. 80 formerly H.R.3314) Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2017--A bill Congressman Emmer has failed to support and get passed into law--provides a moratorium on refugee resettlement while the Government Accounting Office conducts an audit examining federal, state, and local costs.  

 

Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2017:  

This bill prohibits the admission of alien refugees into the United States unless Congress passes a joint resolution giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to resume admitting them.

The Government Accountability Office shall report on: (1) the national security impact of refugee admissions; and (2) specified costs of providing refugees with benefits under Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance under title II of the Social Security Act, the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program), and low income rental housing assistance.

I will support this act and work to pass it!  

Emmer has failed to support this act.  The question is--Why?  With the second largest Somali refugee community--not just the state of Minnesota... but, the entire country.  Why wouldn't Congressman Emmer support this act which gives control back to Congress, providing transparency and accountability to the gargantuan refugee resettlement costs??

 

Remittances and Fraud

Americans may be willing to help refugees who are here... to improve their lives but, funneling government assistance by a community highly dependent on tax dollars, and, as we are now aware, sending suitcases of cash to Somalia from  Daycare fraud--has to end.

February 2016, MPR reported, “Minnesota lawmakers have long sought a plan to allow money transfers to continue after banks in the U.S. stopped handling them.” –because the money could not be kept from corrupt Somali terrorist groups including Al-Shabaab.

 Tom Emmer partnered with DNC co-chair Keith Ellison to bring back Somali-American remittances with a new pilot program.

 It’s estimated $1.4 billion in remittances is transferred to Somalia annually—much of which originates as taxpayer funded public assistance.  Minnesota, having the largest Somali community in the country, a community heavily dependent on government assistance, largely bears the remittance burden.

 Whether through government programs, or fraud as we have recently become aware, suitcases of cash leaving Minnesota negatively impacts our state’s economy.

Undoubtedly fraud exists in other social welfare programs.  All programs should be audited.  The fraud must stop.

 

ISLAMIC TERRORISM

Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act:

I will support and work to pass this legislation.

This bill requires the Dept of State to report to specified Congressional Committees with 60 days indicating: (1) whether the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization; and (2) if not, which criteria have not been met.

The U.S. desperately needs to pass this Act in designating the Muslim Brotherhood and front groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim American Society (MAS) and Muslim Student Association (MSA), as the terrorist organization that they are. 

The Muslim Brotherhood is conducting civilization jihad within the United States--infiltrating government and political parties.  It must be stopped.

 

Education

 A well-educated and informed citizenry is vital to a thriving free society. 

 As the federal government has unconstitutionally interfered in public education, increasing costs, testing, and massive data collecting—the United States educational system has witnessed a decline in academic performance.  The U.S. Department of Education should be eliminated, power of the teacher unions should be greatly diminished, and supervision of education should be given back to the States and more importantly to parents, where it belongs. This steps allow teachers are to use their own professional skills to educate students as opposed to preparing them for endless standardized tests.

Congressman Emmer voted in support of Obama's unconstitutional Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) virtually cementing in the highly destructive Common Core.  

The state of Minnesota should opt-out of federal education funding/requirements, which never pays for itself but imposes unfunded mandates.

I will never vote in favor of any unconstitutional federal education program.

"I strongly disagree with Tom Emmer in his support of federal control of education.  Common Core education standards, within ESSA, places distant bureaucrats before parents.  I will never support unconstitutional education bills.  In fact, the U.S. Dept of Education should be eliminated."  AJ Kern

 

National Defense 

National defense is the foremost mandatory function of the federal government.   

However, under the Obama administration military preparedness has greatly deteriorated while the administration has virtually eliminated America’s borders, ignored immigration laws thus aiding and abetting illegal immigration, while growing the influx of refugee resettlement from countries that are terrorist hotbeds. 

Today Americans have surrendered privacy rights and freedoms to the federal government in the name of security yet are more vulnerable than ever to terrorist attacks.   

 

Trade 

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none.”  Thomas Jefferson

 Today, as a consequence to NAFTA, the American worker has witnessed the mass movement of manufacturing jobs to other countries like Mexico while simultaneously competing domestically with cheap foreign labor.  Burdensome trade agreements, like TPP and TTIP, consist of thousands of pages of rules, regulations and binding arbitration.  These trade agreements are controlled trade, not free trade--forcing submission to globalization benefiting multinational corporations while harming America's sovereignty and the American worker.   

Thankfully, President Trump is negotiating and improving free, fair and reciprocal trade.  

 

Foreign Aid

 Congressman Emmer joined forces with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to fight President Trump's proposal to cut 31 percent in foreign aid.

The U.S. provides aid to 96 percent of all countries.  FY 2019, $27.7 billion is planned for foreign assistance, despite the CBO forecast, "the return of $1 trillion-plus annual deficits and a ballooning public debt that will approach $29 trillion by the end of the next decade."

America has always been the most generous and compassionate country in the world but, neglecting our own veterans, seniors, disabled, and American students who cannot pursue their educational aspirations... while leaving the next generation with the worst national debt in history...  is not compassion!

The spending has got to stop.  We are literally committing economic suicide!

 

NATIONAL SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY

The border wall must be built.  A robust secure border and strict enforcement of our existing immigration laws must be addressed by the President and Congress.  

Mexico and Canada have a right to secure their borders...  Americans demand that we do too.  The United States spends billions securing borders of other countries.  We must secure our own.

Congressman Emmer voted against killing the funding for Obama's amnesty executive order.  Now we have the mess called DACA.  Congress failed to do their job.

Congressman Emmer has failed to support and work to pass the,  

Border Wall Funding Act of 2017

I will support and work to pass this legislation!

This bill amends the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to require a remittance transfer provider to collect from the sender a remittance fee of 2% of the U.S. dollar amount to be transferred to a recipient in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, Curacao, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, or Argentina.

Such fees shall be submitted to the Treasury to be expended for improving border security. By September 30, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shall provide a system for remittance transfer providers to: (1) submit such fees, and (2) retain a portion of such fees to cover administrative costs.

The bill establishes penalties for individuals who, with intent to evade such fee, request or facilitate an initial transfer of such remittance to a recipient located in a different country. Countries that aid or harbor an individual conspiring to avoid the fee shall be ineligible to receive foreign assistance or participate in the visa waiver program or any other programs at the discretion of the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, and State.

 

Government spending and debt

 It’s true—it’s not a tax problem, it’s a spending problem.  Washington D.C., Democrats and Republicans, are continuing to borrow and spend leaving the next generation with over $21 trillion in national debt.  The CBO forecasts the return of $1 trillion-plus annual deficits and a ballooning public debt that will approach $29 trillion by the end of the next decade.  

"Anyone who argues this course can continue is living with blinders," said Campaign to Fix the Debt Co-chairmen Judd Gregg, a former GOP senator, and Ed Rendell, a former Democratic governor. "CBO's annual report is a reminder that the situation is getting worse, not better, and the day of reckoning is fast approaching."

 I agree with Ted Cruz’s plan to downsize government by eliminating agencies such as the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the IRS by simplifying taxes. 

Finally, enact a 'real' Balanced Budget Amendment and conduct an audit targeting waste and fraud.  This would include eliminating government assistance programs to illegal immigrants and eliminating grants for refugee non-profits.