Anoka, Minn. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) announced today that her staff would be available for Mobile Office Hours in Waite Park, MN on Wednesday, April 30.
Constituents are invited to come and speak with staff from Bachmann’s office for casework assistance on issues including Veteran’s Affairs, Medicare, Social Security, IRS and concerns regarding specific federal legislation. Those interested in attending should call Bachmann’s Anoka office at 763-323-8922 to schedule an appointment.
"It is an honor to represent the people of the Sixth District in Congress, and I encourage them to stop by my mobile office in Waite Park to learn more about my office's first-class constituent services. These mobile office hours will allow Central Minnesotans full access to my office so we can best serve their casework needs with a federal agency," said Bachmann.
Staff from Bachmann’s office will continue to hold St. Cloud area office hours through Mobile Office Hours at various times throughout the year. Watch for details at Bachmann.house.gov for future hours.
Date: Wednesday, April 30Location: Market Place Building, 110 2nd St S, 2nd Floor, Waite Park. Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm Please call the Anoka Office: 763-323-8922 for an appointment.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption co-chairs, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and U.S. Representative Karen Bass, D-Calif., led 169 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the President and Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that urged them to issue exit letters for the 460 stalled adoption cases of Congolese children who have either been adopted or are in the process of being adopted by American families. In September 2013, DRC immigration authorities announced a suspension of all exit letters, an immigration document required to leave the country, for all internationally adopted children.
“My office is coordinating a broad-based diplomatic effort to help the American families and children who are caught in the latest international adoption crisis in the Democratic Republic Congo,” said Sen. Landrieu. “We’ve sent a letter to the President and Prime Minister of the DRC with 169 Members of Congress signing. Time after time, Congress must engage in this type of diplomatic effort because the State Department is not structured to effectively advocate for American families and their children. This is why I and many others in Congress have introduced a bill – Children in Families First (CHIFF) – that will remedy this glaring gap. Once CHIFF passes, the Department of State will finally have the mandate it needs to do the real work that children in adversity deserve. But for today, those of us here in Congress will fight for our families and their children.”
"With more than 450 American families waiting to bring home newly adopted children from the DRC, I join my colleagues in urging the Congolese government to process exit letters for those children whose health is at risk and for those families who have finalized the adoption process,” said Sen. Inhofe. “Our first priority should be to ensure that children who are in need have every opportunity to be placed in a loving, stable home. I hope that we can work with the DRC to ensure deserving families are able to bring these children home."
“The DRC government’s suspension of pending adoption cases, many of which have already been legally finalized, creates deep distress not only for the families waiting to receive the children, but especially for the waiting children themselves,” said Rep. Bachmann. “The American people have been outspoken in their pleas on behalf of these families and waiting children, and I am encouraged that nearly 170 Members of Congress signed onto our letter, urging the DRC government to act expeditiously to complete the 460 pending pipeline cases. We welcome an ongoing dialogue about our mutual child welfare laws and systems and ultimately continue to hope that the DRC will reopen its intercountry adoption program in the interest of finding a family for every child who lacks one.”
“After doing everything that the American and Congolese governments asked them to do, hundreds of families are now unfortunately in limbo—not knowing whether or not they will be able to bring their new child home after dedicating time and resources to open up their homes, their lives and their hearts to their son or daughter,” said Rep. Bass. “Children need to be a part of a loving family, and I hope that we can work with the Congolese Government to find a solution that ensures these children and families can be united to begin their lives together.”
In September 2013, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Immigration Authorities announced a suspension of all exit letters, an immigration document required to leave the country, for all internationally adopted children. The State Department approximates that there are 460 adoption cases of Congolese children who either have been adopted or are in the process of being adopted by American families, yet who are unable to obtain exit permits due to this suspension. Approximately 50 of the 460 pending adoption cases are fully finalized—approved by the DRC courts, the DRC Ministry of Gender and Family, and the US Embassy in Kinshasa. Though DRC officials promised to consider applications for exit letters for completed adoption cases that had been approved by before September 25, 2013, these documents have not yet been issued as promised.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption letter requests the following of President Kabila and Prime Minister Matata Ponyo:
1. Allow for the expedited processing to completion of pending adoptions of children whose health is at risk.
2. Recommence exit permit issuance for families approved by the Ministry of Gender and Family’s Interministerial Adoption Committee prior to September 25, 2013.
3. Provide the families who have finalized adoptions on or after September 25, 2013 with a means for obtaining exit permits.Read More
Anoka, Minn. -- On Saturday, April 12, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) presented 13 high school seniors with the Congressional Certificate of Merit, and honored the 7 students nominated to service academies.
"The students recognized this weekend should be very proud of their accomplishments," said Bachmann. "I am honored to represent them in Congress, and I know I speak on behalf of the Sixth District in saying I can't wait to see what they do in the years ahead."
Congressional Certificate of Merit The Congressional Certificate of Merit is awarded each year to high school seniors that have demonstrated academic achievement and exemplary citizenship during their high school career. The students listed below were nominated by a school faculty member or administrator. Each school may nominate only one student.
Spencer Clark, Andover High School Kevin Bloch, Immaculate Conception Academy, St. Cloud Brooke Volpone, Monticello High School Brandon Fabel, Central High School, Norwood Young America Carissa Nelson, PACT Charter School, Ramsey Grant Tesdahl, Elk River High School Cole Anderson, Becker High School Natalia Velenchenko, Buffalo High School Austin Schmitt, Royalton High School Abbey Halonen, Dassel-Cokato High School Jiahui Jiao, Delano High School Gino Fraboni, Princeton High School Luke Anderson, Legacy Christian Academy, Andover
Service Academy Nominations Letters of Nomination are awarded to students who undergo a rigorous application process. Students started the process by submitting academic scores, recommendation letters and an essay on the topic, “Why I want to Attend a Service Academy”. They then underwent an interview with current military officers before receiving their nomination. There are five Service Academies: The United States Air Force (USAFA), Naval (USNA), West Point (USMA), Merchant Marine (USMMA) and Coast Guard (USCGA) Academies. A nomination from a Representative or Senator is required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition. The following students received service academy nominations:
Daizjah Morris, Circle Pines (West Point) Destinee Morris, Circle Pines (West Point) Jacob Crippes, Zimmerman (Navy) Alexander Miller, Anoka (West Point) Alicia Neuman, Avon (Air Force) Sophia Fillmore, Delano (Air Force) McKenna Ekholm, Annandale (FALCON program Air Force Academy)
Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement after Scott Leitz, Interim CEO of the Minnesota health insurance exchange, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
“It is mind boggling that Mr. Leitz tried to convince Congress today that MNsure is ‘stable, secure and successful’, when an independent assessment of the exchange conducted earlier this year deemed MNsure in ‘crisis mode’ and called the management structure ‘nonexistent.’ Even after the $155 million in funding from the federal government, MNsure is riddled with an insecure website and woefully underperformed its private enrollment goals.
“With thousands of pages of federal regulations and a complicated design contrary to free market principles, it is no wonder that Minnesota and other states are having difficulty implementing Obamacare. The state exchanges are by their nature doomed to fail. Federal government control of health plans, benefits and patient care is not a marketplace.
“If we want to see real health care reform that lowers costs and increases choice, we should start with patient-centered reforms rooted in free markets."
Washington, D.C. -- Earlier today Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) questioned former acting CIA Director Mike Morell during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
Click here to view a video of the exchange, and see below for a transcript.
BACHMANN: Mr. Chair, thank you. Mr. Morell. On September 11, we know that there's a fair amount of activity that was going on at the compound that day in Benghazi. Chris Stevens was active that day; the Turkish ambassador had come to visit Ambassador Stevens at the compound that day. We know from eyewitness testimony on the ground, contemporaneous in time, from the RSO who was there, that the Turkish ambassador, when he was there and all through the day, there were no sightings, no indication in any way of any gathering of any protesters around the compound, around Benghazi. There was close circuit television; there was the February 17th brigade. There were people there offering security. No one at any time, prior to the attack, gave any indication that there was a protest going on at the compound. The RSO himself said there was nothing going on at the compound. The Chief of Station in Tripoli had no indication of any protest going on. The political officers had no indication of anything going on. The GRS officers coming from the annex over, no one, anyone involved in this situation, no one had any indication of a protest going on and yet, the Obama administration allowed its spokesman for the first time and the first public disclosure, five times on the Sunday morning shows, made a false narrative that a YouTube video was the reason that explained that there were protesters that we now know were apparitions that never existed were there. This is a false narrative. That is why this is not a small issue this is a big issue, Mr. Morell. Because we have emails in front of us, cables in front of us that don't lie. That’s not a conspiracy. And the emails and the cables are very clear about what we knew and when we knew it. We know that while the attack was going on, that there was already from the State Department at 4:05 p.m., an alert that was put out from the State Department that the compound was under attack. The second was at 6:08 p.m., that Ansar al Sharia, an al Qaeda linked terrorist group operating in Libya claimed credit for the attack. we also know that a cable that was sent on September 12th, by CIA station chief in Libya reported, eyewitnesses confirmed the participation of Islamic militants and made clear that U.S. facilities in Benghazi had come under attack, even your first draft from the CIA prepared, distributed internally showed, this was 11:15 a.m., we have date stamps on it, that the CIA and the U.S. government knew that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda participated in the attack. All of that we knew. What changed is when the talking points, prepared again by your office, when those talking points intersected with the White House and those organizations within the White House, included senior State Department officials, senior national security officials--all of those that you talked to us about, Robert Cardillo, Lisa, Matt, Ben--the only change that happened were senior White House officials. And we know from the emails, particularly from Victoria Newland, that has been referenced by my colleagues from the date stamped time against at 9:24 p.m., she wrote that the problem remains. Her superiors were unhappy. The changes that were made did not resolve my issues or those of my building leadership. We also know Ben Rhodes from the national security foreign policy further advised the group, issues will be resolved in a meeting with meeting administration officials the following morning at the White House. At the White House. Saturday. Before Ms. Rice went on the Sunday morning shows. They were resolved all right. They were resolved in the favor of the White House. What’s odd here is that the false narrative that was given on Sunday morning, on the Sunday morning shows, somehow it strangely added up with the view of the White House six weeks before the presidential election that al-Qaeda was nearly defeated and the global war on terror was over. Everyone knows that wasn't true. That al-Qaeda wasn't defeated. Everybody on this committee, both sides of the aisle knows that the global war on terror was not over. That was the narrative of the White House and the run-up to the presidential election. How weird that that ultimately was reflected in the talking points against all knowledge from people on the ground and knowledge that this committee had. That’s why we're upset. Because the American people from my perspective, were intentionally misled by this administration as to what happened in Benghazi. MORELL: Chairman, can I respond? I’d make two points, ma’am. Number one, the narrative that the attack evolved spontaneously from a protest was a narrative that intelligence community analysts believed, not just CIA but intelligence community analysts. That turned out to be incorrect but that is what they believed at the time. So there is no politics there whatsoever. That’s point number one. Point number two is let met actually give you the facts of what the State Department changed in those talking points and what the White House changed.
The White House changed three things. The first thing the White House changed was to add Cairo in front of the word embassy for the sake of clarity. The second thing the White House changed was to rearrange a couple of sentences—purely stylistic. And the third thing the White House changed was to change the word “consulate” to “diplomatic post” for accuracy. Those are the only changes the White House made.
The changes the State Department made, just two, they wanted to change the word “consulate” to diplomatic post for exactly the same reason. The second change the State Department made was to remove the entire bullet on Ansar al-Sharia because State Department said it was premature to single out a specific group and the CIA agreed because the only unclassified evidence we had at the time was Ansar al-Sharia’s public statement which they then retracted. So the State Department and the White House made five changes only, all of them in my view, fairly and significant. BACHMANN: Mr. Morell, they didn't have to change because you made the changes for them. That’s the point. That's why you're in front of this committee today. You made significant, substantive changes for the White House, whether it was on behalf we don’t know, but we know you are the one who made the changes. MORELL: Ma’am, if you look at the record, what you will see is that my changes were fully consistent with what our analysts believed at the time. Period. BACHMANN: The analysts that were part of the bureaucracy, not the individuals who are on the ground who had eyewitness testimony and who as early as September 12 that sent you a cable that it was not a protest, that it was in fact an attack. Those were intentionally ignored. MORELL: So, ma’am, do you believe that we should have accepted the Chief of Station's view without question that there was a protest. BACHMANN: I believe the totality of the information was obfuscated and there was an intentional misleading of the public. MORELL: Because if you believe we should have accepted his explanation of what happened, then you also need to accept his view it to could have been a video that motivated the individuals that attacked the diplomatic facility that night. BACHMANN: We spoke with him yesterday behind closed doors. He was adamant from the very beginning that this was not a spontaneous protest. We heard from him directly yesterday, that at no time did he believe it was based upon the video. It isn't just him. It’s the RSO. It’s the Chief of Base. It’s those who came from annex. It is the political officers. All of them agreed. You take that versus some press reports and one signal versus -- the weight and balance aren't even equal. It isn't even equal. The evidence overwhelming pointed to an attack that was al-Qaeda or jihadist related. MORELL: It wasn’t just one piece of SIGINT, ma’am. There was also reporting from the station. BACHMANN: More than one SIGINT? That wasn’t our understanding. MORELL: There was reporting from the CIA station that there was a protest as well as from the Department of Defense. BACHMANN: SIGINT? MORELL: There was a HUMNIT piece, there was SIGINT, and HUMINT from the Department of Defense. There was [sic] multiple intelligence pieces.
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In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a self-proclaimed “Constitutional Conservative,” Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending and supports limiting the size of our government. She also is devoted to the repeal of Obamacare, a legislation she believes is an example of government’s recent uninhibited growth. In Bachmann’s view, the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.
Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bachmann has been given keen insight into the current housing crisis and credit crunch. This insight has led her to be a staunch opponent of the taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the Dodd-Frank legislation.
As the federal government continues to grow under the current administration, Bachmann was honored to establish the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She is proud to stand with the Tea Party to call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and smaller government.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Through her experience as a tax attorney, Bachmann came to understand firsthand the need to simplify the current tax code and reduce taxes on families and small businesses. Yet, it was her role as a mother of five and foster mother of 23 that led her to call for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and the Profiles of Learning and start a charter school for at-risk kids in Minnesota.
Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.
She is proud to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, which contains parts of seven counties, stretching from Scandia to Saint Cloud and Waconia to Waite Park.
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