Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Backs Bill to Protect Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions

2017/02/24

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) has cosponsored legislation by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02) to preserve health care access and protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. H.R. 1121, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act, aims to reaffirm guaranteed health care access, ensure that enrollees cannot have benefits excluded from a plan due to a pre-existing condition, and that patients will not pay more based on their health care status.
 
“We are taking a thoughtful, step-by-step approach to deliver health care solutions that lower costs, increase choices, and give greater control to Michigan families and small businesses,” said Walberg. “As we work to repair our broken health care system, one important component is maintaining protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. This bill will safeguard patients from being treated unfairly and provide peace of mind to families that they will not be left behind.”
 
Click here to read the text of H.R. 1121, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. Read More

Hillsdale Daily News: Walberg, Dingell, Johnson introduce legislation

2017/02/18

U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (MI-07) partnered with two other representatives Thursday to introduce two new pieces of legislation.

The first piece introduced with Debbie Dingell (MI-12) will help to reduce unnecessary paperwork burdens and bring down energy prices for Michigan families.

The second piece introduced with Sam Johnson (R-Texas) is part of a step-by-step process to replace the failed health care law with patient-centered solutions, the legislation would empower small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs) to provide their employees greater access to affordable health care.

"We are taking an important step toward providing a better way to access quality, affordable health care," Walberg said. "By allowing small businesses to band together through association health plans, we can lower health care costs for working families. Obamacare not only failed to achieve this important goal, it made our nation's health care challenges even worse. This bill is part of a step-by-step process to deliver commonsense health care reforms that put working families first. Representative Johnson has been leading this important effort for many years, and I look forward to working together to advance these reforms."

H.R. 1101 will increase small businesses' bargaining power, expand affordable coverage for working families and lower administrative costs.

H.R. 1109 amends the Federal Power Act to establish a minimum monetary threshold of $10 million before a merger or consolidation of facilities under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) jurisdiction is subject to a review. Adjusting this threshold brings mergers or consolidations into line with the same standard for other categories of transactions that FERC oversees and will allow energy producers to focus on providing affordable energy rather than dedicating time and resources to redundant government red tape.

"The cost of energy plays a big part in the family budget each month," Walberg said. "This bill will help free up energy producers to focus their resources on giving consumers access to affordable and reliable energy, instead of getting caught up in unnecessary and unintended red tape. It is a common sense legislative fix and an important step to help ensure affordable energy for families in Michigan and across the country."

This article originally appeared in the February 18 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News. Read More

Walberg, Johnson Introduce Legislation to Expand Health Care Coverage, Lower Costs for Small Businesses

2017/02/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, today introduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101). Part of a step-by-step process to replace the failed health care law with patient-centered solutions, the legislation would empower small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs) to provide their employees greater access to affordable health care.

Chairmen Johnson and Walberg released the following statements upon introduction:

“Due to Obamacare, fewer and fewer American small businesses are offering health care coverage, and that’s a problem for American families,” Chairman Johnson said. “Everyone knows that large employers are able to provide more affordable health benefits for their employees. That’s because they have strength in numbers and don’t have to adhere to costly rules and regulations that small businesses do. But this isn’t right. Small mom and pop businesses on Main Street shouldn’t be treated like second class citizens when it comes to being able to offer health insurance. Bottom-line: if it’s good enough for Wall Street, it’s good enough for Main Street. This bill would allow small businesses to band together for that same strength in numbers and free them from unfair regulations. It is one good step toward fixing our broken health care system, and I thank Representative Walberg for his support in this effort. Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care — and you can rest assured this remains one of my top priorities.”

“We are taking an important step toward providing a better way to access quality, affordable health care,” Chairman Walberg said. “By allowing small businesses to band together through association health plans, we can lower health care costs for working families. Obamacare not only failed to achieve this important goal, it made our nation’s health care challenges even worse. This bill is part of a step-by-step process to deliver commonsense health care reforms that put working families first. Representative Johnson has been leading this important effort for many years, and I look forward to working together to advance these reforms.”

BACKGROUND: Due to their size and economies of scale, large businesses and labor organizations have the ability to negotiate on behalf of employees for high-quality health care at more affordable costs. By offering a qualified group health plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), these large employers and labor organizations are also exempt from myriad state rules and regulations on health insurance.

Small businesses, however, do not have the same bargaining power as larger businesses. Small businesses are also unable to band together to increase their bargaining power in the health insurance marketplace. By allowing small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs), small businesses can have greater ability to negotiate for lower health care costs for their employees. 

Part of a broader effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions, Chairmen Johnson and Walberg introduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act. The legislation would empower small businesses to join together through AHPs to offer health insurance for their employees at a lower cost. Through these reforms, H.R. 1101 will:

  • Increase small businesses’ bargaining power with insurance providers and put them on a more level playing field with larger companies and unions.
  • Expand affordable coverage for working families who want to purchase health insurance through their employer.
  • Lower administrative costs for small businesses who face limited resources and want to provide health insurance to their employees.

For a copy of H.R. 1101, click here.

To read a fact sheet, click here.  

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Walberg, Dingell Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ease Paperwork Burdens, Lower Energy Costs

2017/02/16

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12), members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to help reduce unnecessary paperwork burdens and bring down energy prices for Michigan families.
 
H.R. 1109 amends the Federal Power Act to establish a minimum monetary threshold of $10 million before a merger or consolidation of facilities under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) jurisdiction is subject to a review. Adjusting this threshold brings mergers or consolidations into line with the same standard for other categories of transactions that FERC oversees and will allow energy producers to focus on providing affordable energy rather than dedicating time and resources to redundant government red tape.
 
“The cost of energy plays a big part in the family budget each month,” said Walberg. “This bill will help free up energy producers to focus their resources on giving consumers access to affordable and reliable energy, instead of getting caught up in unnecessary and unintended red tape. It is a common sense legislative fix and an important step to help ensure affordable energy for families in Michigan and across the country.” 
 
“This common sense bill ultimately helps consumers by expediting upgrades to the electrical grid while still providing important transparency,” Dingell said.
 
Representatives Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Jerry McNerney (CA-09) are also original co-sponsors of the bipartisan legislation.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. Read More

Walberg: We're Delivering Relief from Obamacare, Better Health Care Solutions

2017/02/16


WILX: Walberg, Kildee introduce bill to help families save for education

2017/02/15


Walberg Bill to Increase Transparency in Rulemaking Process Clears Oversight Committee

2017/02/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) legislation to provide greater transparency and help restore the integrity of the federal government’s rulemaking process advanced through the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today. H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act, requires agencies to post, in a central location, all communications they issue during the proposed rule stage so that the public can fully participate and trust that the rulemaking process is neutral and unbiased. Congressman Walberg introduced the legislation on Monday.
 
“Public input is a critical component of the rulemaking process and producing final regulations that are well thought out and effective,” said Walberg. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen federal agencies view the public comment period as a perfunctory step rather than an opportunity to receive constructive feedback from the very people who will be affected by proposed regulations. It’s important to conduct this process in an open and transparent way, and the Regulatory Integrity Act will help ensure the American people’s voices are heard.”
 
The Regulatory Integrity Act would increase transparency to help prevent future instances of misconduct like what occurred during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) covert campaign efforts during the public rulemaking process for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. In 2015, the New York Times reported that the EPA undertook “a campaign that tests the limits of federal lobbying law.” The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded the EPA overstepped and issued a report that said the agency undertook “covert propaganda” and “grassroots lobbying” during the process.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov Read More

Adrian Daily Telegram: Walberg, Kildee seek to expand education savings accounts

2017/02/14

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan members of Congress have introduced a bill that would help parents and students save for tuition and other education expenses.

On Friday, U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and Dan Kildee, D-Flint, reintroduced the Families Save for Education Act. The bill wants to expand the maximum annual contribution limit on Coverdell Education Savings Accounts from $2,000 to $10,000 and increase the age of eligibility from 18 to 22 years old.

The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

"Obtaining a degree provides such a valuable foundation for our children's future and a successful career," Walberg said in a news release. "As the mounting cost of higher education puts a strain on family budgets, we must tackle this challenge and give Michigan families greater flexibility to plan and save for college. The Helping Families Save for Education Act is an important bipartisan step to help expand saving opportunities as students pursue the best path for their education."

Introduced as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the Coverdell ESA grows tax-free and can be used on tuition, books and other education expenses for any level of schooling up to the age of 30, where, in order to avoid taxes and penalties, it can be transferred to another family member under 30.

"Our competitiveness in a global economy relies on ensuring Michiganders can afford to go to college," Kildee said in the news release. "Allowing families to save more money is one of the ways we can make higher education possible. The Helping Families Save for Education Act will make it easier for working families and students to save money in order to pay for tuition and educational expenses."

This article originally appeared in the February 14 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram. Read More

Walberg, Kildee Introduce Legislation to Expand Educational Saving Opportunities

2017/02/13

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Dan Kildee (MI-05) have reintroduced the Helping Families Save for Education Act, bipartisan legislation to give families increased opportunities to save for and afford the rising cost of education. H.R. 999 will expand the annual contribution limits on Coverdell Education Savings Accounts from $2,000 to $10,000 and increase the age of eligibility from 18 to 22 years old. Earnings in Coverdell ESAs grow tax-free and can be use on tuition, books, and other educational expenses.
 
“Obtaining a degree provides such a valuable foundation for our children’s future and a successful career,” said Congressman Walberg. “As the mounting cost of higher education puts a strain on family budgets, we must tackle this challenge and give Michigan families greater flexibility to plan and save for college. The Helping Families Save for Education Act is an important bipartisan step to help expand saving opportunities as students pursue the best path for their education.”
 
“Our competitiveness in a global economy relies on ensuring Michiganders can afford to go to college. Allowing families to save more money is one of the ways we can make higher education possible. The Helping Families Save for Education Act will make it easier for working families and students to save money in order to pay for tuition and educational expenses,” said Congressman Dan Kildee

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.

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Walberg Statement on Advancing Critical Energy Pipelines

2017/01/24

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action to advance the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.
 
“Moving forward with these long-stalled pipelines is welcome news for American workers. Construction of these infrastructure projects will put more Americans back to work, bolster our nation’s long-term energy security, and boost economic growth. Today’s actions are a promising sign that America’s abundant energy resources and job-creating opportunities will be unleashed instead of needlessly blocked under the new administration,” said Walberg.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
 
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Walberg Backs Bill to Protect Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions

2017-02-24 18:07:32


Walberg Takes Action to Protect Retirement Security

2017-02-20 17:53:52


Walberg: We're Delivering Relief from Obamacare, Better Health Care Solutions

2017-02-16 22:23:59


WILX: Walberg, Kildee introduce bill to help families save for education

2017-02-15 16:56:33


Walberg Discusses Ways to Close Skills Gap, Strengthen Workforce

2017-02-08 00:59:34


Walberg: Roll Back Misguided Blacklisting Rule

2017-02-02 20:35:52


Walberg Highlights New Auto Industry Jobs, Innovation

2017-02-02 18:27:22


Walberg Urges Senate to Confirm Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

2017-01-13 14:18:45


Walberg Highlights 2017 Auto Show on House Floor

2017-01-10 17:46:21


House Passes Walberg Transparency Bill to Begin New Congress

2017-01-04 18:06:25


Serving You in 2016

2016-12-16 15:53:32


Walberg Presses for Answers on Wasteful Defense Spending

2016-12-08 21:12:05


Walberg Questions DOJ, DEA Officials on Asset Forfeiture Abuse

2016-12-01 14:28:37


Walberg: 21st Century Cures Offers Hope, Healthier Future

2016-11-30 19:00:35


WLNS: Walberg Speaks at Human Trafficking Forum at Jackson College

2016-10-13 14:37:46


WTOL: Lenawee students hear about heroin epidemic

2016-10-11 13:55:27


WLNS: Walberg Honors Eaton County Vietnam Veterans

2016-10-05 16:11:54


Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

2016-09-29 00:00:57


Walberg Speaks in Support of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

2016-09-28 21:47:49


Walberg: Michigan Ports and Harbors Drive Economic Growth

2016-09-28 21:49:05


Contact Information

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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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