Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

MINNESOTA's 6th DISTRICT

Washington Examiner: End U.S. aid to a Palestinian government that includes Hamas terrorists

2014/07/03

The savage murder of three innocent Jewish boys — Gil-ad Shaar, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, a duel Israeli-U.S. citizen — is a chilling reminder of the threats Israelis face every day.

The boys were kidnapped and killed by the terrorist organization and member of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and their bodies were found south of Jerusalem in Hebron.

As the three families and the Jewish people around the world mourn the boys' deaths, the Israeli government needs the support of the United States now more than ever.

In a statement, President Obama said: “I have offered our full support to Israel [and] the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel [and] the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort.” And he called for both sides to not “destabilize the situation.”

This statement is stunning because it fails to acknowledge that Hamas — thanks in many ways to the Obama administration — is now a member of the Palestinian Authority, and as a result, could become eligible to receive foreign assistance. It is also stunning for the fact that it urges restraint on Israel’s behalf after the cold-blooded murder of three of its citizen by terrorists.

Furthermore, the president neglects to condemn those in the Palestinian Authority and its official media publications who showered praise on the kidnappers, going so far as to call for further kidnappings of Jews.

The mother of one of the accused Hamas members said of her son, “They’re throwing the guilt on him by accusing him of kidnapping. If he truly did it – I’ll be proud of him till my final day.”

As the ambulance transported the three boys from their makeshift graves to prepare for a funeral, Palestinians threw rocks and attacked the vehicle. And during the funeral service, rockets were fired into southern Israel from Gaza.

This type of response should be unthinkable in a civilized world, but for Hamas, it is par for the course.

Hamas has instituted a culture of death aimed at the destruction of the Jewish people. Responsible for the murder of dozens of Americans and the launching of more than 12,000 missiles into Israel, violence is woven into the fabric of their society. Their sickening propaganda to children on Al-Aqsa TV seeks to dehumanize Jews and regularly contains stuffed animals and cartoon characters calling for the murder of Jewish “apes and pigs.”

Immediately upon unification with Fatah, Hamas claimed that an uprising would soon begin in the West Bank, and has sought to expand terrorist operations, including plans for kidnappings.

The United States had ample warnings this would happen, yet they were not heeded. In response, along with Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., I introduced a bipartisan resolution that calls for the immediate suspension of foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

Our laws are clear: The United States cannot fund a power-sharing Palestinian government that includes Hamas as a member, or one that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises “undue influence.”

Since the Obama administration immediately pledged support for the unity government, Hamas terrorists have intensified their attacks on Israel from both Gaza and now the West Bank, pushing us further from peace, not closer.

The United States cannot fund a unity government that will not adhere to the Quartet principles of recognition of the state of Israel, will not abide by all previous agreements with Israel, and will not renounce violence as a strategy. To date, Hamas is 0-3.

I join with the nation of Israel and Jews everywhere in mourning the horrific deaths of these three innocent boys. This most recent and incredibly heinous act must compel the Obama administration to immediately reverse course and defund the Palestinian Authority.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

This column originally appeared on the Washington Examiner on July 3, 2014. To view the original, click here

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Bachmann Breaks Ground for I-94 Expansion

2014/06/30

St. Michael, Minn. -- Today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) joined with state and local officials to break ground for the expansion of the I-94 West Corridor, a project she has championed in her final term in Congress.

“A little more than a year ago, this project was barely on the radar of statewide leaders. I made it one of my top priorities in my final term as the Representative of the Sixth District and I am proud to have been a part of the effort to ensure lane expansion on I-94. This project will increase mobility, enhance safety, create jobs and keep Minnesotans moving and I look forward to the continued expansion of the vital I-94 corridor all the way to St Cloud,” said Bachmann.

Click here for more pictures from the groundbreaking ceremony.Background on Bachmann’s support for capacity expansion of I-94 W Bachmann has been a long-time advocate of the capacity expansion of the I-94 West Corridor. Bachmann worked with businesses, advocates, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to urge the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Governor Dayton to award I-94 part of the of the Corridors of Commerce funds. Bachmann has had several constructive meetings with Governor Dayton and Commissioner Zelle regarding I-94.

KARE 11: Bachmann backs pair of Minnesota highway projects Associated Press: Michele Bachmann wants wider I-94 WCCO: Bachmann, Allies Pitch I-94 Widening To Dayton KARE 11: Bachmann, area coalition seek expansion of I-94 KNSI: Upgraded Highways A Priority, Bachmann Says St. Cloud Times: Bachmann: I-94 work would boost our potential 

Bachmann Coalition LetterBachmann letter consideration for MnSHIP 2033Bachmann letter consideration for COC fundsBachmann letter consideration for MnSHIP 2033(b)

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Bachmann Responds to Hobby Lobby Decision

2014/06/30

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby case:

“I am extremely encouraged by today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the religious liberty rights of the Green family of Hobby Lobby. At its core, today’s decision was about the right of individual and family business owners to be free from government mandates that force them to deny their sincerely-held religious beliefs. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, and there is nothing more fundamental than the First Amendment. This decision represents a tremendous victory for the basic constitutional rights of every American.”  

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Reps. Bachmann, Bass, Marino, and McDermott Introduce “Justina’s Law”

2014/06/27

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) joined with Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Tom Marino (R-PA), and Jim McDermott (D-WA), the co-chairs of the Foster Youth Caucus, to introduce bipartisan legislation that prohibits federal funding for medical experimentation on a ward of the State. The bill, H.R. 4989, nicknamed “Justina’s Law”, is a response to the recent case of 16-year-old Justina Pelletier, who was finally released from Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) back to the care of her family after a 16-month custody battle between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Justina’s parents. BCH and many other hospitals have an internal policy that allows for children who are deemed “wards of the State”, including foster children, to receive treatment or be involved in research that presents great risk even if there is no prospect of any benefit to the child. “Whether it is one child or thousands, it is our duty to guarantee that children are kept safe from harm while in the custody of their respective states. Not all these children have families like the Pelletiers willing or able to advocate on their behalf. Sixteen months ago, Justina was a figure skater. Today, she cannot stand, sit, or walk on her own. It is unconscionable what happened to Justina, and we must do all we can to prevent it from ever happening again. Removing federal funding from such experimentation is an important first step.” – Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06) "Children need to be loved and cared for, not treated as something to be experimented on. Foster children are particularly vulnerable because they may not have parents to advocate for them. This bill will make it clear that children are blessings, not guinea pigs." – Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) “The bonds between children and parents is sacred. The closeness and level of intimate understanding between them transcends our societal constructs. In Justina’s case, she was kept from her loved ones and essentially detained by the hospital and the state. She was lucky to have parents that fought for her and leveraged the support of the media and public officials. Yet too many children do not have parents to speak for them and look out for their health and best interests during times of physical and emotional vulnerability. That fact saddens me. It would sadden any person who knows the power of love and affection. That is why I am proud to support Reps. Bachmann, Bass, and McDermott on this legislation because no child, with parents or not, should be subject to medical experimentation under the legal designation as ward of the state.” – Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) “The strength and bravery that Justina Pelletier and her family have shown in the face of incredible hardship is a guidestar for us all. We must act to protect and cherish children in the care of a state and make sure that they are not the subject of risky medical experimentation. I look forward to working with Reps Bachman, Bass, Marino and countless other colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pass Justina’s law as quickly as possible.” – Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-07)Click here to view the full text of H.R. 4989.

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Bachmann Slams Export-Import Bank Cronyism, Defends Free Market

2014/06/25

Washington, D.C. -- Earlier today Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) spoke during a hearing on the Export-Import Bank in the House Financial Services Committee. In her statement, Bachmann outlines the four areas in which Congress has contributed to America no longer being in the Top 10 for freest economies. Click here to view a video of her statement, and see below for a transcript. BACHMANN: A lot of what I’ve heard here today is that we need to continue to provide subsidies and stay on the subsidy train because the rest of the world is on the subsidy train. And to continue that logic means that nations of the world have to continue one-upmanship on subsidy. So it's subsidy versus subsidy and it's a complete rejection of the free market. I don't think that's the direction we want to go. The free market has built up the most magnificent economies of this world. I remain a defender of the free economy. One of our former presidents said that nothing is more representative of eternal life than a government program. And I think we heard the defenders today here of this program, despite the mismanagement, despite the fraud, despite the failures. We have an executive summary in front of me that says, as a matter of fact, the Export-Import Bank operated a loss every year from 1982 to 1995. When reform was passed back in -- when reform was passed, the FCRA, that meant then that the losses were back filled by the taxpayer and Ex-Im Bank received $9.92 billion in direct appropriations from the government between '92 and '96. When we talk about free economies, the United States used to be considered under the category of a free economy. We’re not the freest economy in the world. We’re not the fifth freest economy in the world. We’re not even the tenth freest economy in the world. We have actually fallen out of the status called free economy. We’ve now dropped out of the top ten. We’re considered a mostly free economy. And while the fault isn't at the foot of the Ex-Im Bank, it is death by a thousand cuts. This is just one example. And I think that congress needs to look at itself in the mirror and see what we have done to contribute to a less free economy. And I think there are four areas. One is we have the highest -- look at the tax code in the United States. We have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, bar none. 35%. Then you add on to that the Obama new tax rate, the 3.8%, various state corporate tax rates, and you see how uncompetitive the United States is. We need massive tax reform. Then you look at the next factor. Regulatory burden. Dodd-Frank was brought up today. Obamacare was brought up today. The new EPA rules are new regulations. We have heaped upon American businesses the uncompetitive factor of a tax rate, you might say, through increased regulatory burden. That’s number two. Number three is the United States government, which has exceeded growth upon the taxpayers' ability to pay for government services. We are growing the cost of government. And number four, the lack of sound money. We have seen through what the federal reserve has been doing the increased inefficiency with sound money. Those four reasons alone aren't your fault. Those are the fault of the United States congress and this government. We are the ones that need to look in the mirror because we are the ones who have made this a less free economy. Regarding the Export-Import Bank and the four firings that just occurred, that doesn’t include the 74 cases since April 2009 when bank officials were forced to act on the basis of integrity investigations by the office of the Inspector General. There are dozens of other fraud cases involved in the Ex-Im beneficiaries that have now been referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution. I see that my time has now expired, but I enter into the record several recent stories about the fraud that is going on at this bank, and I want to stand on record—I oppose the continuation of this bank because reform hasn’t worked, and we’ve been ignored.  

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Bachmann Honors Cathedral High School Baseball Team on House Floor

2014/06/20

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) spoke on the House Floor earlier today to recognize the Cathedral High School baseball team for their comeback victory in the state Class 2A baseball championship. Bachmann's statement as prepared for delivery:

Mister Speaker I rise today to recognize St. Cloud Cathedral High School in Minnesota for winning the state Class 2A baseball championship earlier this week. After making a dramatic comeback, the Crusaders beat Fairmont 5-4. This victory marks the eighth championship for the team since 1977. With 44 seasons and 711 wins under his belt, Cathedral coach—and alumnus—Bob Karn has won more high school baseball games than any coach in state history. Congratulations to Coach Karn, the team, and all the assistants, administrators, family, and friends who made such a tremendous accomplishment possible. And with that I yield back.

Click here to view Bachmann's speech.

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'Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office' Passes House of Representatives

2014/06/17

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s (MN-06) legislation to rename the Cold Spring Post Office in memory of slain Cold Spring Police Officer Tommy Decker unanimously passed the House of Representatives today. Click here to watch Bachmann’s speech on the House floor. 

“Tommy Decker died while serving the community that raised him and loved him so dearly. Renaming his hometown post office the ‘Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office’ is a fitting tribute to a life well lived and a man greatly missed. Though he is no longer with us, his legacy and example of courage and compassion lives on,” said Bachmann.

Officer Tommy Decker was tragically killed in the line of duty at the age of 31 on November 29, 2012 and is survived by his wife and four young children.

All other seven members of Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation signed on to the legislation—which now moves on to the Senate—as original co-sponsors. To view the text of H.R. 43, click here.

Related links:Bachmann Introduces Legislation to Rename Cold Spring Post Office After Officer Tommy Decker

Bachmann Welcomes Cold Spring-Richmond Police Department to D.C.

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Reps. Bachmann, Franks Call on United States to Suspend Aid to Palestinian Authority

2014/06/12

Washington, D.C. --  Today Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) and Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) introduced House Resolution (H.RES) 622, a resolution in response to the foreign policy and legal questions raised by the recent unity government between Fatah and Hamas.

Current U.S. law states unequivocally that the United States cannot give foreign assistance to a government influenced by Hamas—a designated foreign terrorist organization. This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that in order to continue receiving USAID and other foreign assistance from the United States, the Palestinian Authority must dissolve its relationship with Hamas. Until that time, all aid must be suspended. 

“Hamas is a terrorist organization with American blood on its hands, and is also a direct threat to Israel, our nation’s closest ally in the Middle East,” said Bachmann. “It is foolish to compromise America’s national security interests, and that of our allies, by appeasing and funding our enemies. The United States must uphold existing laws and immediately suspend aid to the newly-formed unity government.”

“All U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority should have been be suspended years ago, but openly joining a terrorist organization that kills women and children simply because they are Jewish should convince even the Obama administration to wake up and defund this madness,” said Franks. “With the formation by Fatah and Hamas of a unity government, it is all too clear why recent attempts at peace talks have failed. Peace talks will never be productive while only one party is seeking peace and another is openly courting terrorist allies.”

Several organizations join Bachmann and Franks in support of their efforts to fulfill America’s obligation to peace in the region:

Herb London, President of The London Center for Policy Research: “The establishment of a unity government that brings Gaza and Hamas together with the West Bank and the PLO raises serious questions for U.S. Mideast policy. Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, does not conceal its desire to destroy the state of Israel. The outgoing Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has praised the new Palestinian unity government, as ‘advanced resistance’ towards the state of Israel. Solidarity in this instance will means terror aimed at the people of Israel. The London Center for Policy Research therefore urges those who agree with this position to take a stand against foreign assistance to this new Palestinian government."

Mort Klein, President of The Zionist Organization of America: “By concluding a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, a movement intent on a genocide of the Jews, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah/PA has shown conclusively that it is not only not a peace partner, but an avowed enemy of Jews and the Jewish state. It is very telling that Abbas is willing to have this alliance with Hamas, despite its continuing commitment to terrorism, the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. If the PA does not repudiate this alignment with Hamas, the Obama Administration and the governments of all free societies should terminate relations with the PA/Fatah/Hamas forthwith. ZOA supports this Resolution introduced by Rep. Bachmann and Franks and urges its immediate passage.”

David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United for Israel: “CUFI is deeply concerned about the new Hamas-Fatah Palestinian government. The fact that the ministers appointed to serve in this government are not themselves terrorists is meaningless. Whatever figureheads or fig-leaves they choose, the unrepentant terrorists of Hamas are now full partners in calling the shots. The United States should be condemning this government, not aiding it. We applaud Congresswoman Bachmann for calling attention to this tragic reality.”

Sarah Stern, President of The Endowment for Middle East Truth: “EMET strongly supports the Bachmann-Franks Resolution. Since September 13, 1993, the Palestinians have been playing a double, duplicitous and highly dangerous game of saying one thing to Western diplomats and journalists in English and quite another to their own people in Arabic. Right now, they have revealed their true colors to the world by choosing to align themselves with HAMAS, which is a highly anti-Semitic genocidal organization who make no pretense about wanting to destroy Israel and Jewish people everywhere. Our taxpayer dollars should not be funding such an alliance. Not only does it contravene U.S. law, but it is immoral.”

Bachmann is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Franks is the co-chair of the Israeli Allies Caucus, of which Bachmann is also a member.

Upon introduction, H.RES 622 has 15 original co-sponsors. To view complete text of the resolution, click here.

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The Hill: Nightmare for Middle East peace process

2014/06/12

By Rep. Michele Bachmann

The nightmare scenario of a Hamas-Fatah unity government is finally upon us.

This means Hamas, a terrorist organization with American blood on its hands, will soon become a member of the Palestinian Authority (PA)—an internationally supported, U.S. taxpayer-funded organization.

Given this new reality, and the fact that current U.S. law strictly prohibits funding to any government with undue influence from Hamas, Congress must reassert its constitutional authority and suspend foreign aid to the PA.

And in return for any assistance in the future, the U.S. must make clear, unequivocal demands.

The PA must immediately dissolve the unity government with Hamas, recognize Israel’s right to exist, promise to abide by all previous agreements, renounce all forms of terrorism, cease paying salaries to convicted terrorists, end its statehood process at the United Nations, immediately hold free and fair elections, establish protections for religious expression at all holy sites and places of worship, and abide by all applicable U.S. laws on foreign assistance.

Leading up to unification, policy experts and politicians argued that suspending funds to the new government would create a vacuum to be filled by Turkey, Iran, and Russia. This would only further alienate the U.S. and Israel from the international community, their argument went.

But Hamas’ words and actions demonstrate that this view is shockingly naive. 

As of the completion of the unification ceremony, Hamas—an organization that has launched thousands of rockets at civilians in Israel—had never renounced terrorism, nor had they recognized Israel. Regardless of PA President and Fatah Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ assurances to the contrary, this new unity government will embed Hamas’ culture of violence even deeper within the government, devastating the peace process more than ever before.

While PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claims to be establishing a “technocratic” unity government, it’s hard to overlook the fact that Hamas has already demanded that thousands of its militarized members be shifted onto the PA’s payroll, funded in part by American tax dollars.

Before unity, concrete results from the U.S and Fatah’s efforts to combat the influence of Hamas, combat corruption, and address the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians proved elusive.

For example, funding for the non-lethal security agreements must be immediately halted, and any potential future agreement cannot include programs such as the INL-funded PA Security Sector Reform Program (SSRP). This program’s sole purpose is to counter terrorist attacks from groups like Hamas, and if continued under unification, could end up directly benefiting Hamas.

In order to enhance democracy and build a “New Generation in the Middle East,” the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) also administered Economic Support Funds (ESF). But without the guarantee of fair and open elections, and with Hamas at the table of a unity government, this aim is impossible.

And despite U.S. contributions, including to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Palestinian refugee problem exists still today. PA President Abbas is extremely wealthy, yet millions of people perpetually live in slums and enormous amounts of aid money remain missing.

Aside from the corruption that plagues Palestinian institutional society, another troubling aspect of the PA budget is the Law of the Prisoner mandate. Already, PM Hamdallah’s first act in creating a unity government was to agree to head up a new Ministry of Prisoners which will continue to pay monthly salaries to convicted terrorists in prison.

Reports indicate that approximately 16 percent of the PA budget, including U.S. foreign aid money, pays terrorists convicted of murdering civilians, including Americans. The PA doesn’t deny it—they boast of the payments. This reprehensible program must end, and not one penny of U.S. aid can fund it.

Combining these factors with the creation of a Hamas-Fatah unity government, it is clear that America’s multi-billion-dollar policy towards the PA has failed.

A peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict takes two willing partners, and the PA has shown its true colors by forming a unity government with Hamas.

If America wants to remain on the side of justice and peace, then we cannot continue to assist our enemies at the expense of our allies.

Bachmann has represented Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District since 2007. She sits on the Financial Services Committee and on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Franks has represented southern Arizona’s congressional districts since 2003. He sits on the  Armed Services and the Judiciary committees.

This column originally appeared in the Hill on June 12, 2014. Click here to view the original. 

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Looking Back on Foster Care Month

2014/06/04

Last week the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth held its third annual—and most successful—shadow day on Capitol Hill.

Members of Congress hosted nearly 70 current and former foster youth from across the nation in Washington in an effort to help them understand the inner workings of the House of Representatives, learn about the legislative initiatives related to foster care, and share their stories with policy makers.

I had the privilege of spending time with my shadow, Jacqueline, an alumna of the Minnesota foster care system, and Lisa, a social worker from the Duluth area.

Jacqueline was in foster care from 6 months to age 17. I appreciated hearing about her experience aging out of the system, about her relationship with her family, her educational goals, and what she hopes Congress will address to improve the lives of those still in the system. She was most passionate about her experience living in group homes and the financial struggles for those who graduate high school before they are 18 but want to attend college.

Jacqueline has such a giving heart, and it’s encouraging to see such a motivated young woman. It won’t be easy, but she has a strong support system and I know she’ll reach her goals. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for her.

As part of the shadow day, Jacqueline and the other shadows visited the White House to share their experiences with staff, and toured the buildings on and around Capitol Hill. To cap it off was a luncheon at the Library of Congress featuring a visit by Dr. Phil, who was in town to testify before Congress on the use of psychotropic medications on foster youth.

His overall message to the attendees? "Sometimes you have to give yourself what you should get from someone else....Whatever happened, I've made it this far. I'm a survivior....If you face a challenge or a difficult decision ask if it will get you closer to your dreams and life goals. If it doesn't, say no."

Foster Care Month

Shadow Day came at the end of a successful Foster Care Month. Throughout the month of May, we highlighted an issue that is near and dear to my heart—foster care.

Nearly 400,000 children are living in the United States without permanent families. Of these, more than 100,000 are eligible for adoption.

23,000 each year will simply age out of the foster care system without finding the stability and love of a forever family.

A quarter of them will age out without a high school diploma. Unemployment, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, PTSD and homelessness are common.

The statistics are sobering. The challenges are often quite daunting. But there is reason for hope.

Thankfully, there are more resources than ever before for those in the foster care system, those aging out, and the families interested in helping vulnerable youth by fostering, sponsoring, or even adopting.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, children in foster care are not delinquents but are ordinary children who through no fault of their own have experienced abuse or neglect.

They are simply in need of the unconditional love, support, and care of a safe and permanent family.

Although May has come and gone, I hope you will join my colleagues and me in advocating for America’s forgotten kids.

Every child needs to know at least one person is crazy about them, and every child deserves the chance at a forever family.

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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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