Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Votes to Ease Financial Burden on Families

2014/07/25

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Walberg voted for a pair of bills to help ease the tax burden on families and allow them to better plan for their children’s future.   H.R. 4935, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, would simplify the child tax credit and make it available to more families. H.R. 3393, the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act, would make it easier for families to plan and save for their child’s education.

“Our outdated and unnecessary complicated tax code negatively affects many aspects of Americans’ lives, including the cost of raising children and saving for their education. Children are a priceless gift and these common sense reforms will help make it easier for families to keep more of their hard earned money to better care for their children’s future,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote. 

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Walberg Supports Congressional Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

2014/07/25

Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Walberg voted for a bipartisan package of bills intended to equip caregivers, states and local law enforcement with the tools and resources they need to prevent human trafficking crimes, better protect potential victims and help survivors.

“If we want to end these terrible crimes, we must devote the necessary resources towards preventing trafficking, identifying and protecting potential victims and supporting those in recovery. While we have more work to do, these pieces of legislation are another important step in combating these crimes in Michigan and across our country,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote.

Background:

  • H.R. 5081, Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (Rep. Bass, D-CA) – Ensures states are able to identify reports involving children who are victims of human trafficking and the services they need to recover
  • H.R. 5076, Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking (Rep. Heck, R-NV)Increases and improves support provided to runaway and homeless children who are victims of human trafficking
  • H.R. 4980, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Rep. Camp, R-MI)Encourages states to focus on reducing human trafficking incidences in foster care, and move more children from foster care into permanent homes
  • H.R. 5135, Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (Rep. Noem, R-SD) – Prevents and intercedes when trafficking or attempted trafficking occurs while also opening up additional resources for recovering survivors 
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Heritage papers: Work training programs can help jumpstart economy

2014/07/17

 For many Americans, the dream of a comfortable middle-class existence seems increasingly out of reach. I’ve heard from many people at my town hall meetings and coffee hours who are disappointed with the inability of a big federal government to help bring the dream back.  Washington is actually making it tougher to make ends meet through misguided policies which raise household costs while decreasing take-home pay.

For example, the President’s health care law has increased a family health plan in Michigan by 9.5% and the President’s new carbon regulations will, in his own words, “necessarily increase energy costs” for all households.   A recent Gallup poll showed that Americans believe the government is the second biggest problem facing this country – only trailing our continued anemic job market.  Meanwhile, household incomes are declining while everyday expenses like gas and groceries are going up.

Instead of settling for the status quo, I’ve been working with my colleagues to promote policies that will break this cycle of growing government and start growing our economy once again.  By focusing on the individually driven core principles of education, work and family, we can get not only ease the squeeze now, but can lay the foundation for a healthy economy.

As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I recognize the federal role in education should be in support of local and state policies that are focused on the needs of individual communities. For this reason, the House passed the Student Success Act last year to support local and state funding for education without creating overbearing mandates.  The House’s approach to education empowers local communities to fix our education system and provide opportunities for young individuals to learn the skills they need to have productive careers and lives.

However, there are also existing workers that have fallen behind in skills due to the struggling economy.  Consequently, Congress recently announced a bipartisan, bicameral policy to improve work training programs. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will help Americans attain the skills required for today’s workforce, while giving communities the tools necessary to meet their specific employment and workforce needs.  Retraining is especially important because there are currently 600,000 skilled job openings in the U.S. and 50,000 in Michigan alone.  The fundamental skills learned through Student Success Act and WIOA will bring much needed assistance for help putting Americans back to work.

Just as our workforce is training for existing and future jobs, Congress must also look to establish policies that support job growth rather than hinder it so there is a stable stream of new jobs being created for existing and future workers.   My colleagues and I in the House have already passed dozens of jobs related bills, including legislation to increase worker’s wages by restoring the 40-hour work week changed under the President’s health care law a bipartisan bill to invest in ports and waterway related infrastructure projects important to manufacturers and farmers in Michigan, and legislation which would make paying for college and getting a good education easier.

The federal government should focus on helping individuals attain an education and become trained for the modern workforce, while implementing policies that encourage hiring and economic growth. Congress needs to remain committed and show a good-faith effort to reforming federal policies which will help grow a healthy economy, expand opportunity and help more people find and keep a good-paying job.

 To read the original article at Heritage.com, click here. 

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WILX: Congress Votes to Honor Fallen Jackson Police Officer

2014/07/15


The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to honor the Jackson police officer shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute call four years ago. The House passed a bill naming the post office on Michigan Avenue in Jackson after officer James Bonneau. Bonneau was shot on March 9, 2010. He was able to radio for help to save the life of Blackman Township public safety officer Darin McIntosh, who'd also been shot. Congressman Tim Walberg sponsored the bill. "Officer James David Bonneau gave his life in service to the Jackson community. We acknowledge his ultimate sacrifice and we will never forget what he lived for, duty over self," Walberg said on the House floor Monday. The bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate. 

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Walberg Votes for Bipartisan Highway Funding Bill

2014/07/15

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Walberg voted in support of H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, to provide nearly $11 billion for highway funding and continue federal highway and transportation infrastructure projects through May 2015.  H.R. 5021 passed on a bipartisan vote of 367 to 55.    

“Many Michigan roads are in dire shape and this bipartisan legislation will help address the immediate infrastructure projects we have across our state and the rest of our country until a more permanent solution can be put in place. Michigan road repair and construction must not be shut down for lack of action from Congress,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote.  

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WLNS: Move To Rename Jackson Post Office To Honor Fallen Policeman

2014/07/15

(WLNS) - A U.S. Post Office in Jackson could soon could soon bear the name of a fallen Jackson police officer.

That's after the US House passed Congressman Tim Walberg's bill Monday to rename the post office that's located on West Michigan Avenue in Jackson in the officer's honor.

Officer James Bonneau was shot and killed in the line of duty in May of 2010 while following up on a domestic disturbance complaint.

In a statement released Monday Walberg said that while the events of that day remain a tragedy the House support for renaming the post office is a fitting tribute to honor Bonneau's memory and commitment to the citizens of Jackson. The bill will now make its way to the Senate.

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House Passes Bill to Honor Fallen Jackson Police Officer James Bonneau

2014/07/14

Washington, D.C.  - Today, the House passed Rep. Walberg’s bill, H.R. 3534, to rename the U.S. Post Office located at 113 West Michigan Ave in Jackson after police officer James Bonneau. 

On March 9, 2010, Officer James Bonneau was killed while on duty as he and a fellow public safety officer followed up on a domestic disturbance complaint.  Although he later succumbed to his wounds, Officer Bonneau was able to call for help and relay information about the scene that saved the life of his fellow officer who had also been shot.

“What happened that day is a tragedy and we can never erase the pain Officer Bonneau’s family went through and is still going through. We can, however, honor his memory and commitment to the citizens of Jackson and today’s vote is a fitting tribute. He gave his all to the Jackson community and his sacrifice will not be forgotten,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote. 

H.R. 3534 now proceeds to the Senate for further consideration. 

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Jackson Cit Pat: U.S. House passes resolution to name Jackson post office after slain officer James Bonneau

2014/07/14

JACKSON, MI – The U.S. Post Office at 113 W. Michigan Ave. is one step closer to being named after late Jackson police officer James Bonneau.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed Monday, July 14, a resolution Rep. Tim Walberg introduced that would change the building's name to the "Officer James Bonneau Memorial Post Office." 

Walberg and others in the Jackson community have made efforts to honor Bonneau since his death in 2010.

On March 9 of that year, 26-year-old Bonneau was responding to a domestic disturbance, and was shot in the chest by Elvin Potts, 63, of Jackson.

Bonneau was assisting Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Officer Darin McIntosh. Bonneau eventually died from his wounds, but he was able to call for help at the scene and save the life of McIntosh, who had also been shot.

In 2011, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow presented Bonneau's parents, Marc and Amy Bonneau, with the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. Stabenow said it recognized his "exceptional acts of bravery and presence of mind while in the line of duty."

Following the House vote Monday, Walberg said, "What happened that day is a tragedy and we can never erase the pain Officer Bonneau's family went through and is still going through. We can, however, honor his memory and commitment to the citizens of Jackson and today's vote is a fitting tribute."

The resolution will now go before the U.S. Senate. 

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Walberg Votes for Increased Investment and Job Creation

2014/07/11

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Walberg voted in favor of H.R. 4718, legislation to make permanent a tax provision that would allow companies to deduct half the cost of new business investments.  By permanently extending the 50 percent bonus depreciation, businesses will have better access to capital, invest in new facilities and create new jobs. H.R. 4718 amends the Internal Revenue Code to permanently allow businesses to expense half of the cost of new equipment purchases and lift some restrictions to allow certain tax credits to be used for reinvestment. The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 258-160.  

“Small business owners, farmers and manufacturers across my district have made it clear that extending bonus depreciation will help their business grow and create jobs. Permanently extending the 50 percent bonus depreciation is a step that will help grow a healthy economy, expand opportunity and help put more Americans back to work,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote. 

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Walberg Votes for Bipartisan Job Training Reform

2014/07/09

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Walberg voted in favor of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to reform the nation’s workforce development system and help workers gain the education and skills they need for today’s economy. WIOA is a compromise with the Senate based on the House-passed Supporting Knowledge and Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act passed in March 2013.  WIOA passed by a vote of 415-6 and now heads to the President for his signature.

“It’s been more than 15 years since our job training programs were last updated, leaving many job-seekers to fight against a maze of ineffective programs and waste, instead of finding a job. This bipartisan legislation is a much needed step in providing workers and taxpayers the job training opportunities they need,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will:

  • Eliminate 15 duplicative programs
  • Prevent the creation of costly new programs
  • Provide local leaders enhanced flexibility over the use of federal funds to help ensure the needs of local communities are being served
  •  Require an independent evaluation of all workforce development programs and activities at least once every four years
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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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Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Bill Huizenga

MICHIGAN's 2nd DISTRICT

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

Dave Camp

MICHIGAN's 4th DISTRICT

Fred Upton

MICHIGAN's 6th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

MICHIGAN's 8th DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Kerry Bentivolio

MICHIGAN's 11th DISTRICT

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