Justin Amash

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

National business, free market groups give awards to Amash

2014/09/25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         September 25, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov

 

National business, free market groups give awards to Amash

Amash scores trio of accolades from leading economic advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three national business and free market groups in the past week gave awards to Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) for his record on economic issues.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) gave Amash its “Guardian of Small Business” award for his support of tax relief and domestic energy production and combatting Obamacare. The NFIB represents 350,000 small and independent business owners in the United States.

“The record shows that Rep. Amash is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) similarly gave Amash their “Taxpayers’ Friend” award for 2013. Amash scored second-highest on NTU’s scorecard in the entire House. NTU rates congressmen on every vote concerning taxes, spending, and debt. NTU is one of the oldest taxpayer organizations, and it advocates for “tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful [government] spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise.”

“With so many remaining doubts that our economy has completely turned a corner, it’s never been more important for Washington to change direction on fiscal policy,” NTU President Pete Sepp said. “Fortunately, the taxpayers of Michigan’s Third District could count on Rep. Amash to help put our nation on a saner path. Day in and day out, Rep. Amash earned the title of ‘Taxpayers’ Friend.’”

Finally, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) gave Amash its “Champion of the Worker” award for a “perfect voting record[] on key employment and workforce issues” in this Congress.

Referring to the 28 House members who won the award, CEI’s Aloysius Hogan said, “These lawmakers resisted all of the accounting gimmickry, unfunded government handouts that burden future workers, and additional federal mandates that put people’s jobs and economic well-being at risk.”

“I’m honored to receive awards from the major business and free enterprise groups,” said Amash. “I work for ordinary Americans and against the inside deals hatched by special interests and Washington politicians. I will continue fighting for smaller government, less regulation, and more freedom for the American people.”

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Amash to host town halls in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek

2014/09/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2014   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov

 

Amash to host town halls in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek

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

The town halls are open to the public.

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting               WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   WHERE: Board of Commissioners Chambers Kent County Building, 3rd Floor 300 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   WHERE: Battle Creek City Hall 10 N. Division St. Battle Creek, MI 49014

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Amash supports Labrador for majority leader

2014/06/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        June 13, 2014                                                                                        CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov

 

Amash supports Labrador for majority leader

Conservative needed to lead House conference, expand Republicans’ reach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced his support for Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) for majority leader of the House.

“The majority leader’s main job is to set the agenda for House Republicans. We must have a solid conservative set that agenda, or we’ll risk being out of step with our constituents,” said Amash. “Raúl Labrador is uniquely prepared to be a conservative voice on the Republican leadership team and to articulate and defend our principles in the media. I can think of no one more qualified to be our next leader.”

“Washington Republicans can bury what happened last Tuesday with piles of excuses. But if they view Tuesday as an anomaly, they do so at their own peril,” continued Amash. “Ordinary Americans are frustrated that their representatives aren’t listening to them. They desperately want Republican leadership they can identify with, that speaks to their beliefs, and that will forcefully make our case going into the next term.”

“We can’t respond to a stunning loss by giving a pat on the back and promotion to the same team. It’s time for someone new, someone conservative, someone who will put forward a fresh agenda, and someone we know is a proven and talented spokesman. That man is Raúl Labrador.”

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Amash casts 2,500th consecutive vote

2014/06/04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        June 4, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov  

Amash casts 2,500th consecutive vote

Congressman continues perfect voting record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) cast his 2,500th consecutive vote in Congress last week, extending the longest active voting streak of any sitting representative.

“I never have missed a vote, and I publicly explain every vote I take,” said Amash. “Through diligence and transparency, I’m trying to show Congress what some West Michigan hard work can accomplish.”

Amash is the first and only congressman to explain every vote he has cast, which he does on his public Facebook Page:

http://facebook.com/repjustinamash

“Technology allows me to be more transparent and accountable to the people who elected me. My vote explanations have spurred members of the Michigan state House to increase transparency, and I hope the same will happen in Congress,” said Amash.

Amash began posting vote explanations while a state representative. He began his perfect vote record there, too, totaling more than 1,300 votes in a row in the state House.

The 2,500th congressional vote was on an amendment to H.R. 4660, the appropriations bill for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, science programs, and related agencies. His explanation was:

For my 2,500th vote in Congress (and 2,500th public vote explanation), I voted no on the Cicilline of RI Amendment to #HR4660, which transfers $8.5 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program. The Project Safe Neighborhoods program sends federal funds to local governments to help reduce gun violence.

Funding NASA is more appropriately a federal function than funding state and local law enforcement. Instead of directly funding local law enforcement functions, the federal government can improve the budget flexibility of local governments by eliminating the unfunded federal mandates that affect them.

The amendment was not agreed to 196-212.

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Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

2014/05/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2014      CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

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

The town hall is open to the public.

WHO: Rep. Justin Amash   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting               WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014         10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   WHERE: Grand Valley State University's Richard M. DeVos Center Room 136E 401 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49504   

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Amash to host town halls in Caledonia and Marshall

2014/04/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       April 11, 2014   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town halls in Caledonia and Marshall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Caledonia and Marshall.

The town halls are open to the public.

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Monday, April 14, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   WHERE: Charter Township of Caledonia 8196 Broadmoor Ave. Caledonia, MI 49316   __________________________________________________________________________________________________   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   WHERE: Calhoun County Building 315 W. Green St. Marshall, MI 49068  

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Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients

2014/03/31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       March 31, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov  

Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday.

“I am honored to recognize these deserving students for their outstanding achievements. I wish them great success in their future endeavors,” said Amash.

Applicants to the service academies require a nomination by a Member of Congress. To assist with the nomination process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who interviewed potential nominees, reviewed their applications, and made recommendations.

In addition to the 10 service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 39 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.

Service Academy Appointments   Name                                 School                                                          Service Academy   Noah Becker                     Comstock Park High School                  United States Naval Academy                                                                                                                   United States Air Force Academy   Ethan R. Cook                  Marshall High School                              United States Military Academy   Daniel J. Davis II              Portland High School                              United States Military Academy   Alexandra Hoiles              Forest Hills Central High School         United States Naval Academy   Monica Lubis                    Marshall High School                              United States Air Force Academy   Timothy Naski                  East Grand Rapids High School          United States Naval Academy                                                                                                                 United States Air Force Academy   Devin Price                       Marshall High School                              United States Military Academy                                                                                                                 United States Air Force Academy   Turner Andrew Shaw       Harper Creek High School                    United States Military Academy   John Jurrien Veldkamp     Calvin Christian High School              United States Military Academy                                                                                                                  United States Air Force Academy   Ryan Whitlow                   Forest Hills Central High School           United States Air Force Academy   Congressional Medal of Merit Recipients   Name                                 School   Yuliana Alcauter               Union High School Jackson Bennett                Forest Hills Northern High School Kyle Beyer                        Lakeview High School Georgetta Booker             East Kentwood High School Travis R. Cole                   Douglas R. Welch High School Daniel Davis II                 Portland High School Carley Dibert                    Union City High School Scott Ely                           Byron Center High School Tatyona Fields                  Ottawa Hills High School Ethan Fletcher                   Battle Creek Central High School Ethan Guis                        West Michigan Lutheran High School Victoria Hager                  Lakewood High School Frederick Hallacy              St. Philip Catholic Central High School Ebony Haynes                   Byron Center Charter School Carl Herdegen                   Forest Hills Eastern High School Aimee Kalczuk                 West Catholic High School Steven Kopf                      Thornapple Kellogg High School Allison Lang                     Rockford High School Nick Lorencen                  Calhoun Christian School Monica Lubis                    Marshall High School Taylor Mackey                  Forest Hills Central High School Josiah March                     West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Sally Marsh                       East Grand Rapids High School Asia Nguyen                     West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Alena Olsen                      Caledonia High School Katie Oomkes                   Northview High School Lennox Gill Ramsey         West Michigan Aviation Academy Tyler Ridgeway                Homer High School Keirstyn Romesburg         Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center Nicholas Rossi                  Catholic Central High School Bailey Sarka                      Ionia High School Turner Shaw                      Harper Creek High School Jessica Shier                      South Christian High School Kellie Spahr                      Cedar Springs High School Daniel Stapley                   NorthPointe Christian High School Joseph Warner Van Harn  Grand Rapids Christian High School Kailyn Wales                     Hastings High School Andrew David Webb       Barry County Christian High School Cynthia Xiao                     City High Middle School

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Amash announces winners of art competition

2014/03/31

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2014   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov  

Amash announces winners of art competition

Pieces to be displayed in U.S. Capitol and Amash’s congressional offices

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Third District at an awards ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday.

Jessica Swanson’s piece, Human Environment, was named the grand prize winner and will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside winners from other congressional districts. Let It In by Alexis Hoffman (Caledonia High School) and Tag It by Amanda Klaasen (East Kentwood High School) were the Representative’s Choice winners and will be displayed for one year in Amash’s congressional offices.

Swanson, a student at Northview High School, will visit Washington, D.C., this June for a reception honoring the winners. Pieces from Andrea Beary (Caledonia High School), Jasmine Bruce (Northview High School), MacKenzie Erwin (East Kentwood High School), Meghan Onak (Rockford High School), Madeline Ostrowski (Forest Hills Central High School), Oo Reh (East Kentwood High School), and Keaton Smith (East Grand Rapids High School) were named honorable mentions.

The Battle Creek Society of Artists, Calhoun County Arts Council, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Kent Intermediate School District, Portland Community Arts Council, and UICA were sponsors and participated in the judging committee.

The Congressional Institute sponsors the art competition in cooperation with the House of Representatives. The annual competition is open to high school students and more than 650,000 have participated in the competition since it began in 1982.  

A copy of the grand prize winning piece is attached to this release.

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2014 Art Competition

2014/03/25


Amash announces mobile office hours in Caledonia

2014/03/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2014   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov

 

Amash announces mobile office hours in Caledonia

Staff available to assist Third District residents

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today announced that his staff will hold mobile office hours at the township hall in Caledonia from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25. Members of Amash’s staff will be on hand to provide constituents assistance with casework and other federal issues. No appointments are necessary, and questions may be directed to Amash’s staff at (616) 451-8383.

“I understand that not every constituent has regular Internet access and some may have difficulty making it to our district offices in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. I want to bring our office to them,” said Amash.

WHO: Rep. Amash’s staff   WHAT: Mobile office hours   WHEN: Tuesday, March 25 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   WHERE: Caledonia Township Board Room 8196 Broadmoor Ave. Caledonia, MI 49316  

Note: The Grand Rapids office will remain open as usual during mobile office hours.

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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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