Justin Amash

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

Amash to host town halls in Albion and Hastings

2015/03/06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              March 6, 2015                                                                                     CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town halls in Albion and Hastings   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Albion and Hastings.   The town halls are open to the public.   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.   WHERE: Albion Community School 225 E Watson St Albion, MI 49224   __________________________________________________________   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   WHERE: Commission on Aging 320 W Woodlawn Ave Hastings, MI 49058   ###     Read More

Amash to host town halls in Portland and Battle Creek

2015/02/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       February 13, 2015                                                                               CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town halls in Portland and Battle Creek   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Portland and Battle Creek.   The town halls are open to the public.   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting          WHEN: Tuesday, February 17 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m   WHERE: Portland City Hall 259 Kent St Portland, MI 48875                  

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WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Wednesday, February 18 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m   WHERE: Miller Stone Building 77 Capital Ave NE Battle Creek, MI 49017   ### Read More

Amash to host town hall in Rockford

2015/01/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       January 21, 2015                                                                                 CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town hall in Rockford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Rockford.   The town hall is open to the public.   WHO:      Rep. Justin Amash   WHAT:      Town Hall Meeting                                                           WHEN:      Saturday, January 24, 2015    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                                           WHERE:      City of Rockford Offices 7 S Monroe St NE Rockford, Michigan 49341

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Amash announces U.S. service academy nominations

2015/01/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         January 15, 2015                                                                                   CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov  

Amash announces U.S. service academy nominations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced he has nominated 12 students from West Michigan for appointment to the U.S. service academies. The nominees will be considered for the class of 2019 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy. Nominees are not guaranteed appointment to an academy, but applicants must receive a congressional nomination to be considered.

An Academy Advisory Board assists Amash with the selection of his nominees. Criteria considered by the advisory board when recommending a student for nomination include academic excellence, leadership experience, and a strong commitment to a variety of extracurricular activities.

Amash nominated the following students:

U.S. Air Force Academy

Lauren Jette Axelrod – Forest Hills Northern High School

John Bigham – Lowell Senior High School

Brian Erhart – West Michigan Aviation Academy/Michigan Technological University

Henry Haight – Guam High School

Jordan Herald – Rockford High School

Samantha Price – Marshall High School

U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

Zachary Hoiles – Forest Hills Central High School

Samantha Price – Marshall High School

Jeano Williams – Lakeview High School

U.S. Naval Academy

Lauren Jette Axelrod – Forest Hills Northern High School

Blake Driscol – East Grand Rapids High School

John Faulkner – East Grand Rapids High School/Davenport University

Henry Haight – Guam High School

Zachary Hoiles – Forest Hills Central High School

Jacob Sendzik – Rockford High School

Aaron Watson – Union City High School

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Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

2015/01/07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       January 7, 2015                                                                                   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, January 10, 2015                               11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon)                            WHERE:      Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum     303 Pearl St, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504                                                                      

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House adopts Amash transparency reforms

2015/01/06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        January 6, 2015                                                                                     CONTACT Will Adams (202) 225-3849 will.adams@mail.house.gov  

House adopts Amash transparency reforms

Changes to House Rules make legislation easier to read, searchable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House adopted a set of transparency reforms written by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) this afternoon. The reforms were adopted as part of the House Rules, which passed 234-172-1.

“For the second Congress in a row, the House has adopted my reforms to make Congress more transparent and accessible to Americans,” said Amash. “Writing legislation in a way that’s more readable will help representatives and their staffs fulfill their responsibility to review legislation before they vote on it, and it will empower our constituents to hold Congress accountable.”

The first two reforms aim to make legislation easier for representatives and the American public to read. Legislation must be printed with references to the portion of the U.S. Code, public laws, or statutes at large that the legislation amends. These references will make it easier to figure out what proposed legislation does because the references often point to sources on the Internet and in other locations available to the public.

Another reform from Amash requires legislation that is reported by House committees—where some of the most complicated bills originate—to include the entire sections of law that the legislation amends. Already, committee-reported bills include the equivalent of “track changes” in reports accompanying the bills to help make clear what laws the bills amend. However, those track changes often don’t include enough surrounding text to make the legislation’s impact obvious to readers. Amash’s second reform will help contextualize committee-reported bills’ changes to existing law by requiring the inclusion of that surrounding text in committee reports.

Finally, Amash wrote a provision in the House Rules that instructs appropriate House officials to work toward producing machine-readable documents. Those documents include embedded tags that let computer programs quickly and easily make sense of the contents of those documents.

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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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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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