Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

WILX: Walberg Helps Local Veterans Get Their Benefits

2016/02/09


House Passes Walberg’s Medal of Honor Priority Care Act

2016/02/09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg’s bipartisan legislation, the Medal of Honor Priority Care Act, passed the House today along with a series of bills to support America’s veterans and their families. The Medal of Honor Priority Care Act would place Medal of Honor recipients in the highest priority group used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine eligibility for health care services. Currently, they are allocated to Priority Group 3 in the VA’s priority scale. The bill was included as part of a larger veterans assistance package, the Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act, which passed unanimously.

“We owe immeasurable gratitude to the men and women in the armed forces who have answered America’s call and defended our freedoms no matter the cost. These heroes deserve nothing less than access to timely, high quality care. Any type of delay is unacceptable, but it is fitting that those who have received our military’s top honors for bravery should be placed in the highest priority group,” Walberg said.

The House also approved several other bills today to enhance care and resources for veterans, including:

H.R. 677 - American Heroes COLA Act of 2015: Makes the annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment automatic, so veterans would receive the same COLA as social security recipients, without additional Congressional action.

H.R. 2360 - Career-Ready Student Veterans Act of 2015: Ensures that in order to be eligible for GI Bill benefits, an accredited or non-accredited program must meet state accreditation, licensure or certification standards.

H.R. 2915 - Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act: Directs VA to identify VA mental health care and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for women veterans, as well as those programs with the highest satisfaction rates among women veterans.

H.R. 3106 - Construction Reform Act of 2016: Requires VA to hire an Assistant Inspector General for construction projects, who would be responsible for assessing the planning, design, and execution of major construction projects and leases.

H.R. 3234 - Failing VA Medical Center Recovery Act: Requires VA to publish key health metrics for each VA medical center on the Federal Register and on VA’s website, and determine which ones are performing satisfactorily and which are underperforming.

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The Saline Post: Rep. Walberg Hosts 'Growing Jobs' Town Hall at Saline High School

2016/02/08

Congressman Tim Walberg will hold a “Growing Jobs in Michigan” town hall meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at Saline High School. In addition to Congressman Walberg, the event will feature a panel of community leaders who will talk about positive solutions for job creation and workforce development.

With February being Career and Technical Education Month, one of the key areas of discussion will be ways to help the next generation successfully enter the workforce and put more Americans back to work with 21st century skills.
 
“The best ideas don’t come from Washington—they come from men and women who, day in and day out, work hard to provide quality educational opportunities and grow small businesses in our community. This town hall will be an opportunity for members of the community to come together to hear from top-notch experts, provide feedback, and help develop the solutions we need to grow a healthy economy,” said Walberg.

WHO:   

Congressman Tim Walberg
Scot Graden, Superintendent at Saline Area Schools
Steve Jedele, Owner of Steve’s Custom Signs in Saline
Greg Cook, Toyota in Saline
Fred Piercy, President of R&B Plastics Machinery in Saline
Tom Preston, President of Precision Devices Inc. in Milan

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 9 at 9:00 AM 
 
WHERE: Saline High School; 1300 Campus Pkwy; Saline, MI

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Monroe News: River Raisin National Battlefield Park to receive several grants

2016/02/04

Grant money is rolling in for the River Raisin National Battlefield.

The battlefield recently learned it has received several grants from various funding arms.

Scott Bentley, park superintendent, said the battlefield will receive $514,902 this year to produce a new film about the history and significance of the Battle of the River Raisin.

An additional $30,000 will be awarded next year as part of the grant, which came from the National Parks Service.

"We are really excited," Mr. Bentley said. "We will start by hiring a company to produce the film."

The film will include information from a historic research study that concludes in June regarding the national and international impact of the battles.

"The film will explain why the battles happened," Mr. Bentley said. "Our main focus will be to tell of the ... years of war and what caused the battles to take place."

The film will span from 1795 with the signing of the Treaty of Greenville to 1843 when the last American Indian tribe was removed from the area, Mr. Bentley said.

"The National Parks Service has films playing for visitors when they come, so this will become our film," he said. "It will also be used for pre-visit materials for schools so they can watch the video in class before coming to participate in the hands-on activities."

Mr. Bentley anticipates it will take about a year to produce the film, which will include some older film footage as well as new materials.

The film should be finished in late 2017 or early 2018.

On Monday, the battlefield received $21,000 as part of the National Parks Service’s Centennial Challenge program to improve visitor services and outreach.

The grant will be used to help the battlefield conduct a hands-on maritime camp for students from Detroit to Toledo.

The pilot program will partner the River Raisin National Battlefield Park with Perry’s Victory in Ohio. Perry’s Victory honors those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, announced the grant.

"The River Raisin National Battlefield Park has done tremendous work to preserve the memory and sacrifice of those early patriots who fought and died during the War of 1812 to secure the freedoms of a fledgling nation," Mr. Walberg said in a statement. "Thanks to this grant, more students in Monroe County and beyond will have the opportunity to visit and learn about this important chapter in American history."

Mrs. Dingell said the battle of the River Raisin marked a turning point in the War of 1812.

"Two hundred years later, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park stands as a lasting tribute to the soldiers who died there and a reminder of the courage and resilience of the American people," she said. "This grant will provide more students an opportunity to learn about this important chapter in our history."

Mr. Bentley said the grant will be matched by local partners to create the maritime academy. Because it is new, not a lot of details have been discussed but the goal is to reach 300 kids and will include a component where students will visit Perry’s Monument on Put-In-Bay.

"We have just begun the conversation on this," Mr. Bentley said.

A third grant, for $9,000 through the National Parks Foundation, is part of the Every Kid in a Park program launched to get every fourth-grader into a national park. Provided with support from Disney, the money will be used to provide transportation scholarships for schools to connect students to the park.

An additional $66,000 was awarded by the National Parks Service as part of its Centennial Challenge to hire additional staff. Mr. Bentley said about three or four positions will be added to help with preservation planning, interpretive programs and the kayak programs.

The battlefield received $26,188 from the NPS Foundation to provide a youth conservation corps, which will act as a paid internship for high school students ages 15-18.
"They will be able to work on a project like our trails and programs while learning about the National Parks Service and getting paid for it," Mr. Bentley said.

Finally, the battlefield received a $10,678 grant to develop a driving tour, mapping the various battlefield sites from S. Otter Creek to Detroit.

In some cases, battlefield staff applied for the grants years ago while others recently were submitted.

Mr. Bentley said the local national park is "fortunate" to have earned the grants it has been awarded.

"We have great momentum," he said. "We also have had tremendous support locally, from our partners, the RRNBP Foundation and the National Parks Service and NPS Foundation."

This article originally appeared in the February 4 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

WLNS: Walberg Introduces Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

2016/02/03



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Walberg: Flint Water Crisis is a Human Tragedy

2016/02/03


Walberg Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

2016/02/02

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation that strengthens congressional oversight of U.S. sanctions against Iran and prohibits the Obama administration from lifting sanctions on individuals or banks until certifying they are not involved in terror financing, human rights abuse, or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

“Since the Obama administration sealed the Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s rogue regime has continued to act provocatively, including giving medals to commanders who captured American sailors and twice testing ballistic missiles in violation with U.N. resolutions. Ignoring those provocations and providing sanctions relief to groups who have records of supporting terrorism will only add to the instability in the region. While the President may turn a blind eye, the House is taking bipartisan action to protect the American people and our interests at home and abroad,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. Read More

Walberg Introduces the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act

2016/02/01


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) introduced today H.R. 4406, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, legislation which ensures the Department of Labor effectively trains its employees to recognize and respond to the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. According to recently released data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), Michigan reported 152 human trafficking cases in 2015, a 16% increase from 2014. Since 2007, the NHTRC has received reports of 556 cases of human trafficking in Michigan.

“The injustice of human trafficking knows no political party or geographical boundary—it happens right in our backyards and will take close coordination from stakeholders at every level to eradicate this unthinkable crime that targets the most vulnerable among us. The Department of Labor often has behind-the-scenes access in the course of investigating workforce law violations. This bill would ensure those employees on the front line have the necessary training to detect the signs of human trafficking and framework in place to refer cases to law enforcement for prosecution,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
 
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Walberg, Dingell Announce Grant for River Raisin National Battlefield Park to Aid Student Education

2016/02/01

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that the River Raisin National Battlefield Park was awarded a $21,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS). Administered as part of the NPS's Centennial Challenge program to improve visitor services and outreach, this new grant will help the River Raisin National Battlefield Park conduct a hands-on maritime camp for students from underrepresented communities.

“The River Raisin National Battlefield Park has done tremendous work to preserve the memory and sacrifice of those early patriots who fought and died during the War of 1812 to secure the freedoms of a fledgling nation. Thanks to this grant, more students in Monroe County and beyond will have the opportunity to visit and learn about this important chapter in American history. I'm grateful for Congresswoman Dingell's continued efforts to support the River Raisin National Battlefield Park and encourage more people to visit this historical site,” said Walberg.

“The events at River Raisin marked a significant turning point in the War of 1812 that helped shape our nation’s history,” said Dingell. “Two hundred years later, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park stands as a lasting tribute to the soldiers who died there and a reminder of the courage and resilience of the American people. This grant will provide more students an opportunity to learn about this important chapter in our history, and I look forward to working with Congressman Walberg to ensure Americans can visit this site for decades to come.”
 
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Walberg Bill to Reduce Wasteful Spending Signed Into Law

2016/01/29

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, President Obama signed into law Congressman Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) bipartisan bill to increase government accountability and reduce wasteful spending. The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act, introduced along with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) in the House, requires federal agencies to take action to identify thousands of expired grant accounts with a zero balance that should be closed out.

“As the debt clock ticks higher and higher, it is imperative that the federal government starts living within its means. The GONE Act is one common sense way to reduce wasteful spending and ensure taxpayer dollars are not languishing in expired grant accounts or squandered maintaining empty accounts. I’m proud President Obama signed my bill into law, and I will continue championing bipartisan solutions to get Washington’s runaway spending under control,” said Walberg. 

In 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled “Grants Management: Action Needed to Improve the Timeliness of Grant Closeouts by Federal Agencies,” which evaluated the grant closeout process.  The GAO report identified nearly one billion dollars remaining in undisbursed funds within expired grant accounts. It is also estimated that federal agencies spend $2 million dollars per year to maintain accounts with no funds in them.

The Senate companion bill, S. 1115, was introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

More Background on the GONE Act

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. Read More

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WILX: Walberg Helps Local Veterans Get Their Benefits

2016-02-09 19:44:00


WLNS: Walberg Hosts Veterans Fair in Eaton County

2016-02-08 19:59:43


WLNS: Walberg Introduces Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

2016-02-03 22:42:09


Walberg: Flint Water Crisis is a Human Tragedy

2016-02-03 17:31:46


Walberg Introduces Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

2016-02-02 17:17:43


Walberg Responds to the President's Last State of the Union

2016-01-13 03:43:02


Walberg Champions Bipartisan Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

2016-01-11 23:33:55


Walberg Bill to Cut Government Waste Heads to the President’s Desk

2016-01-11 23:33:29


Walberg Asks Agencies to Explain Unfulfilled Document Requests

2016-01-08 20:14:48


Walberg: Pro-Life and Pro-Women Go Hand in Hand

2016-01-08 15:58:19


WILX: Fighting Heroin and Drug Addiction a Top Priority for Walberg

2016-01-07 22:01:24


Walberg Champions Amendment to Highlight Impact of Regulations on Wage Stagnation

2016-01-07 21:05:12


Walberg: Behind Tragic Heroin Statistics are Real People

2016-01-07 15:06:30


2015 Rewind: Getting Things Done

2015-12-21 18:10:24


Walberg Presses DHS About Vetting and National Security Concerns

2015-12-17 20:09:37


WLNS: Walberg Votes to Strengthen Visa Waiver Program, Protect National Security

2015-12-09 20:04:03


Walberg Chairs Hearing on How Burdensome Regulations Affect Workers and Job Creators

2015-12-09 19:54:44


Walberg Works to Protect Retirement Security

2015-12-04 15:55:38


Walberg Works to Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic

2015-12-02 18:51:26


Walberg: Safety of our citizens is top priority

2015-11-20 19:13:42


Contact Information

2436 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6276
Fax 202-225-6281
walberg.house.gov

Tim Walberg is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan.  The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County.  Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute.  He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

In the 113th Congress, Tim serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee.  In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 39 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.


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