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.”
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:
“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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Amash to host town hall in Alpine Township
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Alpine Township.
The town hall is open to the public.WHO: Rep. Justin Amash WHAT: Town Hall Meeting WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Alpine Township Meeting Room 5255 Alpine Avenue NW Comstock Park, Michigan 49321
Conservative groups give Amash top honors
Club for Growth, Heritage Action laud Amash for conservative votes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) received top honors from two conservative groups this week. Club for Growth named Amash a “Defender of Economic Freedom” for 2013, while Heritage Action gave Amash the top score in the Michigan delegation.
“I’ve made it my mission since the first day in office to defend the Constitution and advance individual liberty,” said Amash. “I’m honored that my work over the last three years has been recognized by every conservative group that tracks Congress.”
Amash was one of 22 representatives to receive Club for Growth’s annual Defender of Economic Freedom award. He is one of only two members currently serving in the House to have a lifetime score of 100 percent from the group. The award is given to congressmen who consistently vote for lower taxes, less spending, fewer regulations, and school choice, among other free market issues.
“Congress looks for any excuse to spend our tax dollars and grow government, but in 2013, the people of Michigan’s Third District had Justin Amash standing up for them in Washington,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “If we had more pro-economic growth fighters like Justin Amash serving in Congress today, America would be a better place.”
Heritage Action, affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation, this week released its 2013 review of congressional votes as well. For the third year in a row, Amash ranked as its top congressman in the Michigan delegation.
In every previous year as a congressman, Amash has won FreedomWorks’s “FreedomFighter” award and the National Taxpayers Union’s “Taxpayers’ Friend” award. Those organizations will announce their awards for 2013 later this year.
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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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I now have voted 4,085 times in the U.S. House & Michigan House without ever having missed a vote.
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