Justin Amash

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

Amash to host town hall in Byron

2016/01/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             January 15, 2016             CONTACT                                                           Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town hall in Byron   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Byron.   The town hall is open to the public.   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 2016     12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   WHERE: Byron Township Offices 8085 Byron Center Ave Byron Center, MI 49315                   ###

 

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Bipartisan House members introduce bill to remove discriminatory visa waiver restrictions

2016/01/14

  January 14, 2016   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Media Contacts: Jordan Bush (Amash) 202.225.3831 Stephanie Báez (Conyers) 202.225.5126 Hannah Smith (Dingell) 202.315.8446 Lorenz Isidro (Massie) 202.225.3465   Bipartisan House members introduce bill to remove discriminatory visa waiver restrictions   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) yesterday introduced the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (EPTA). This bipartisan legislation removes discriminatory limitations recently placed on certain dual nationals who might participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).   The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, added to the omnibus before its enactment in December 2015, tightened security restrictions on those traveling through the VWP by blocking participation by foreign nationals who have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan within the last five years—requiring those individuals instead to go through the longer process of obtaining a visa.   But it also prohibits nationals of participating VWP countries who would otherwise be eligible for the VWP from participating if they happen to be dual nationals of one of those four nations, even if they haven’t recently traveled to one of the restricted countries. This could be especially problematic for dual nationals of countries like Iran and Syria that pass on citizenship from the father, making it possible for someone to be a Syrian or Iranian national without ever having stepped foot in the country.   The restrictions could directly impact American citizens and other nationals because the VWP is based on reciprocity. If the United States discriminates against Europeans who are dual nationals, these partner countries are likely to reciprocate and enact similar restrictions on Americans. Prior to the vote on this language, ambassadors from 28 European member states—23 of which currently participate in the VWP—authored an op-ed warning Congress of exactly such legally mandated reciprocal measures.   “Without EPTA, the recently enacted visa law could harm countless Americans—even United States-born citizens—who have limited or indirect connections to countries of concern,” said Amash. “It’s not okay to subject Americans to different standards for travel on the basis of ancestry.”   “The most fundamental responsibility of government is to keep the American people safe,” said Dingell. “Strengthening the Visa Waiver Program is vital to meeting that goal, but provisions in December’s government spending bill unfairly target individuals of certain nationalities. Individuals seeking to enter the United States should be evaluated based on the specific security threat they pose. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure our laws judge people based on the content of their character.”                                                                                          ### Read More

Amash introduces measure to repeal anti-privacy cyber bill

2016/01/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             January 13, 2016   CONTACT                                                                     Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash introduces measure to repeal anti-privacy cyber bill   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), joined by a bipartisan group of cosponsors, introduced legislation to repeal the recently enacted Cybersecurity Act of 2015.   H.R. 4350 repeals the cyber surveillance measure tucked into the omnibus appropriations bill passed by the House and Senate and signed into law in December 2015. Amash was joined by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.).   “The Cybersecurity Act was negotiated in secret by just a few members of Congress and added quietly to the 2,009-page omnibus to avoid scrutiny,” said Amash. “Most representatives are probably unaware they even voted on this legislation. It’s the worst anti-privacy law since the USA PATRIOT Act, and we should repeal it as soon as possible.”   The Cybersecurity Act facilitates unconstitutional, warrantless surveillance on law-abiding Americans. The law grants immunity from liability to companies that share employees’ or users’ private information with the government or other companies, as long as they do so under the guise of cybersecurity. It places no limits on the type of information that can be shared, which could include individuals’ personal online communications, and it allows the government to use the information it receives for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity, including the investigation and prosecution of unrelated crimes. The law, which was modeled after the Senate’s controversial Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), has been panned by industry leaders across the political spectrum as dangerous to privacy and security.   Prior to the vote in the House of Representatives on the omnibus containing the Cybersecurity Act, Amash distributed a myth-fact sheet dispelling proponents’ inaccurate and misleading claims about the bill’s provisions. The myth-fact sheet is available here.   The full text of H.R. 4350, to repeal the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, is available here.   ### Read More

Amash to bring Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh to State of the Union

2016/01/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 January 12, 2016                                 CONTACT                           Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383                                   jordan.bush@mail.house.gov                            Amash to bring Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh to State of the Union   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced that University of Michigan Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh will join him as his guest for today’s State of the Union address.   “I am excited and honored that Coach Harbaugh will attend the State of the Union as my guest,” said Amash. “He’s a leader and a champion who is making a difference.”   Amash is a double alum of the University of Michigan, earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.   Coach Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah Harbaugh, also will attend the State of the Union as the guest of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.).   ### Read More

Amash, Polis urge House leaders to stop warrantless surveillance in year-end spending legislation

2015/12/05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             December 5, 2015                                                                              CONTACT Jordan Bush (Amash) (202) 225-3831 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Craig Frucht (Polis) (202) 503-7569 craig.frucht@mail.house.gov  

Amash, Polis urge House leaders to stop warrantless surveillance in year-end spending legislation

Bipartisan letter signed by 36 representatives asks for five House-passed measures to end civil-liberties abuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) sent a letter to House leaders yesterday calling for provisions restricting warrantless government surveillance in any upcoming government-funding legislation. Thirty-four of their House colleagues also signed the letter.

The letter – which is addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey – specifically requests the inclusion of five privacy-focused amendments that passed the House earlier this year with bipartisan support. The amendments would stop taxpayer dollars from being used to fund activities including warrantless bulk data collection and backdoor searches by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

“Though there are many divergent views among Republicans and Democrats on a variety of spending matters, the need to safeguard the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment and protect Americans’ rights is an issue on which there is far-reaching consensus,” the representatives wrote. “Republican and Democratic members of Congress – and, more importantly, the constituents we all represent – overwhelmingly agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund the warrantless surveillance of American citizens.”

The five privacy measures for which the letter advocates all passed the House of Representatives with far-reaching bipartisan support over the summer during consideration of H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, and H.R. 2685, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016. Three of the measures passed on voice vote, indicating that approval in the chamber was unanimous or near unanimous. The measures are as follows:

  • An amendment to H.R. 2578 to prohibit the DOJ or Federal Bureau of Investigation from using federal funds to require technology companies to weaken the security of their products for the purpose of government surveillance.
  • An amendment to H.R. 2578 to prohibit the DOJ from using federal funds to engage in warrantless bulk data collection (a practice the department says it is has suspended).
  • An amendment to H.R. 2578 to prohibit the National Institute of Standards and Technology from using federal funds to consult with the NSA or Central Intelligence Agency for the purpose of setting deliberately weak cryptographic standards that can be used to enable data collection.
  • An amendment to H.R. 2578 to prohibit federal funds from being used within the United States to warrantlessly operate or disseminate a cell site simulator or IMSI catcher, which can be used to collect information about individuals’ locations and telephone communications.
  • An amendment to H.R. 2685 to limit the use of federal funds for warrantless searches for information pertaining to U.S. citizens collected pursuant to Sec. 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

In addition to Amash and Polis, the letter was signed by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ), Morgan H. Griffith (R-VA), Andy Harris (R-MD), Mike Honda (D-CA), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Darrell E. Issa (R-CA), Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Ted Poe (R-TX), Bill Posey (R-FL), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Mark Sanford (R-SC), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Marlin A. Stutzman (R-IN), Mark Takano (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT).

The full text of the letter is available here.

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Amash to host Academy Night

2015/11/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2015   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host Academy Night   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced Academy Night for Third District high school students interested in learning more about the U.S. service academies. Academy Night is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2015, at Gaines Charter Township Hall.   Officials from the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy will provide information about the academies and the application process. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Senator Gary Peters will also be available to answer questions.   Admission to the academies, except for the Coast Guard Academy, requires a nomination from the vice president, a U.S. senator, or a U.S. representative. Students typically begin the admissions process in the spring of their junior year of high school. More information about the academy nomination process can be found at amash.house.gov.   WHO: Office of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash Officials from the U.S. service academies Representatives of U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters   WHAT:           Academy Night   WHEN: Monday, November 23, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   WHERE:         Gaines Charter Township Hall 8555 Kalamazoo Ave SE Caledonia, MI 49316   ### Read More

Amash to host town hall in Middleville

2015/11/06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             November 6, 2015                                                                              CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town hall in Middleville

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Middleville.

The town hall is open to the public.

WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:     Tuesday, November 10, 2015    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                       WHERE:         Middleville Village Hall 100 E Main St Middleville, MI 49333  

 

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Amash Presents Purple Heart

2015/10/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        October 16, 2015                                                                                CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383                                                                                             jordan.bush@mail.house.gov    

Amash Presents Purple Heart

Third District veteran receives honor for wartime service

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash presented six medals, including the Purple Heart, to retired Army Specialist Samuel N. Andres at a ceremony held at Kent County Veterans Services on Wednesday, October 14.

Spc. Andres is a veteran of the Vietnam War. On Friday, September 13, 1968, Andres and his four-man squad were attacked while on night patrol south of Pleiku. Over the course of the nearly hour-long firefight, Andres was struck by two bullets, sustaining injuries to his right leg. On the request and with the assistance of Andres’s family, including his wife Mary, the United States Army approved Spc. Andres’s medals, including the Purple Heart, in May 2015.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the president of the United States. First issued under the administration of George Washington, this prestigious award signifies that, as the result of hostile actions, the recipient was wounded or killed while actively serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.

Pictures from the ceremony are included with this release.

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Amash to host town halls in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, and Hastings

2015/10/09

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             October 9, 2015                                                                              CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town halls in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, and Hastings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, and Hastings.

The town halls are open to the public.

WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:     Tuesday, October 13, 2015    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                       WHERE:         Miller Stone Building 77 Capital Ave NE Battle Creek, MI 49017   __________________________________________________________   WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting                               WHEN:           Wednesday, October 14, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                     WHERE:         Kent County Building 300 Monroe Ave NW Third Floor Grand Rapids, MI 49503 __________________________________________________________   WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:     Friday, Octber 16, 2015    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                       WHERE:         Hastings City Hall 201 E State St Hastings, MI 49058   Read More

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids Township

2015/09/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             September 17, 2015                                                                              CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids Township

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids Township.

The town hall is open to the public.

WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:     Monday, September 21, 2015    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                       WHERE:         Grand Rapids Charter Township Hall 1836 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Read More

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Rep. Justin Amash - Debate on Amash Amendment/Department of Defense Appropriations (July 24, 2013)

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Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on Ron Paul's Audit the Fed (H.R. 459) (July 24, 2012)

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Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing on Ron Paul's Audit the Fed (H.R. 459) (June 27, 2012)

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Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on Smith-Amash Amendment/National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

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Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on amendment to CISPA

2012-05-07 15:36:39


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing questioning Postmaster General | 2 of 2 (March 27, 2012)

2012-05-07 15:36:29


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing questioning Postmaster General | 1 of 2 (March 27, 2012)

2012-05-07 15:31:56


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing on HHS contraceptive mandate

2012-05-07 15:19:12


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on amendment to cut $242.2 million in concert subsidies

2012-05-07 15:15:53


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech honoring former First Lady Betty Ford

2012-05-07 15:10:53


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on Libya Amendment

2012-05-07 15:08:46


Rep. Justin Amash - Why are we spending tax dollars on FECA beneficiaries well past retirement age?

2012-05-07 15:07:42


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing (March 9, 2011)

2012-05-07 15:01:35


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight field hearing in Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2011)

2012-05-07 14:49:35


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing on postal service (March 2, 2011)

2012-05-07 14:41:05


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on H.R. 2

2012-05-07 14:37:21


Contact Information

114 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3831
Fax 202-225-5144
amash.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Oversight and Government Reform

Representative Justin Amash (pronounced uh-MOSH) represents Michigan’s Third District in the 113th United States Congress. He was elected to his first term on November 2, 2010.

Justin was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.

Justin has never missed a vote in Congress or in the Michigan Legislature out of more than 3,000 roll call votes. He is leading the incorporation of Facebook and other social media into his work as an elected official by posting an explanation of every vote online, and he has set new standards for transparency and accountability.

Justin believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt. He supports a fair and simple tax code and a regulatory environment that promotes economic prosperity.

As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of theunconstitutional suspicionless mass collection of all Americans’ phone records, the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

When asked by a New York Times reporter to describe his voting methodology, Justin explained: “I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”

Justin is a member of the Joint Economic Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR). He serves on the OGR subcommittees on National Security andGovernment Operations. Justin chairs the House Liberty Caucus.

Justin lives in Cascade Charter Township with his wife Kara, a graduate of Calvin College and a former elementary school teacher. Justin and Kara have three children.


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