Amash congratulates Betsy DeVos on nomination as secretary of education
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) issued the following statement upon President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education:
Congratulations to Betsy DeVos on her nomination as secretary of education. She is a friend, a resident of Michigan's Third District, and a longtime community leader. I can think of few people as prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
Betsy is intelligent, creative, experienced, and passionate about reforming education. I look forward to working with her to empower parents and local communities, advance school choice and competition, protect the right of homeschooling, and stop federal mandates and harmful initiatives like Race to the Top and Common Core.
Representatives renew demand for briefing on Yahoo email searches after inadequate response from administration
Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence ignore briefing request
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and dozens of their colleagues today responded to a letter from Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that failed to address a bipartisan request for a briefing to resolve questions raised by recent reports that Yahoo had searched all its users’ incoming emails at the federal government’s request.
On October 14, 2016, Amash and Lieu led a bipartisan coalition of 48 representatives on a letter requesting information and a briefing for all members of Congress. In response, representatives of the Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence wrote that a briefing was to be provided only to certain committee staff.
The new letter is attached.
“The administration’s flippant response to a bipartisan request from members of Congress is unacceptable,” said Amash. “When elected representatives ask to be briefed on a matter that may impact Americans’ constitutionally protected rights, we expect action.”
In addition to Amash and Lieu, the letter was signed by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rod Blum (R-Iowa), H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Dave Brat (R-Va.), Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (R-Ariz.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jared Polis (D-Calif.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Michael M. Honda (D-Calif.), Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Suzan K. DelBene (D-Wash.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).
Amash receives top award for fiscally responsible voting record
Amash earns an “A” grade from the National Taxpayers Union for support of taxpayer-friendly economic policies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) received the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” from the National Taxpayers Union this week in recognition of the “A” grade he earned for his 2015 voting record. This is the fifth consecutive year Amash has received the organization’s highest grade.
“Economic freedom is essential to liberty,” said Amash. “Our national debt is an astounding $19.7 trillion, and our tax code is riddled with corporate welfare. Congress can promote competition, innovation, and prosperity by defending free markets and fighting cronyism.”
The National Taxpayers Union awards an “A” grade to U.S. representatives and senators who consistently support lower taxes, less spending, and fiscally responsible governance. Amash has earned this distinction each year he has served in Congress.
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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.