Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg


Walberg: Safety of Our Citizens is Top Priority


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, which places a pause on the admission of Syrian refugees until the Obama administration can confidently assure the American people that the government’s screening processes are secure and terrorists cannot take advantage of our refugee system.

“Michigan has a long and rich tradition as a welcoming state, and we can provide humanitarian assistance while at the same time prioritizing the safety of our citizens. Given the recent terrorist attacks abroad and the very real threats we face, it is common sense to pause Syrian refugee admissions until a thorough review of our security processes is conducted. We need absolute certainty that rigorous vetting procedures are in place and enhanced safety measures are taken to protect the people of Michigan and all Americans. Ultimately, we need a plan to address the root cause of the refugee crisis—the President’s failed foreign policy in the region—and develop a strategy to destroy, not merely try to contain, ISIS,” 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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Detroit Free Press: What federal transportation bill will mean for Michigan


In going about our regular routines, we depend daily on our roads, bridges and public transportation to get us where we need to go. Our local businesses also depend on them to grow, create good-paying jobs and remain competitive.

While the deteriorating shape of our roads and bridges has been a hotly debated issue in Lansing, the federal government also must do its part to ensure states like Michigan can continue forward with funding and reforms for important projects.

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives took a significant step toward helping rebuild Michigan’s and our nation’s aging infrastructure by passing a six-year federal highway bill without raising taxes. After relying on short-term funding for far too long, the House was able to advance a long-term, bipartisan plan for the first time in a decade.

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, which passed by an overwhelming 363-64 margin, is the byproduct of both parties coming together to address the people’s priorities.

The legislation features a number of key reforms:

■It streamlines the environmental review and permitting process so we can remove unnecessary red tape and finish projects more rapidly.

■It returns more decision-making authority to state and local governments to help maximize our transportation dollars to best meet the needs of individual communities. Instead of Washington bureaucrats issuing top-down orders, those closest to the community should have greater flexibility and say in addressing their priorities.

■It reduces the maze of federal bureaucracies by consolidating and eliminating at least six offices within the Department of Transportation that have overlapping duties into one office, which will help expedite the project delivery process.

In addition to these and other reforms, the bill refocuses our national priorities on large-scale improvements that boost interstate commerce, which creates more opportunities for Michigan businesses to sell their products and create jobs.

This bipartisan legislation incentivizes innovation and encourages the use of new technological breakthroughs — such as vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies — to modernize our transportation system, improve safety and ease congestion.

A safe, efficient and cost-effective infrastructure system plays a pivotal role in moving people and products. It’s time we get the job done to keep Michigan moving.

Tim Walberg represents Michigan’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. This op-ed originally appeared in the November 17, 2015 edition of the Detroit Free Press. Read More

Ann Arbor News: Keeping the promise to our veterans


Michigan is home to an estimated 680,000 veterans. In exchange for their selfless service to our country, we have an obligation to provide world-class care when they return home from the battlefield.

Sadly, far too many of our veterans are falling through the cracks as they start the next chapter of their lives. In fact, many who qualify for benefits don't know they're eligible or aren't taking advantage of them.
To help raise awareness and ease paperwork and other barriers, I've held Veterans Fairs so far this year in Eaton County, Jackson County, Monroe County, and one in Washtenaw County along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, the Veterans Benefits Administration – Detroit Regional Office, and many other organizations were on hand to connect veterans and their family members to health care resources, compensation and pension benefits, and employment services.

On the legislative front, the House has passed numerous bipartisan bills to improve access to mental health care, put veterans back to work, and assist veteran entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses.

For example, President Obama signed the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act into law in July, which makes it easier for veterans to access capital to start small businesses by waiving fees when applying for an express loan through the Small Business Administration.

Earlier this year the President signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which expands mental health care and suicide prevention resources.

The Hire More Heroes Act, which unanimously passed the House, incentivizes small businesses to hire more of our nation's veterans. It exempts veterans already covered by the VA or TRICARE from counting towards a company's 50-employee threshold under the Affordable Care Act.

While these are just a few of the steps we've taken so far this year, much more needs to be done to ensure America's heroes have access to the high quality care and resources that they deserve.

Ultimately, we need to reform and modernize the VA for the 21st century to reduce wait times and cut red tape so veterans across the country are not trapped by the very system that is supposed to be helping them.

Caring for our veterans is an issue that knows no political parties. On Veterans Day, and every day, we must continue working together to keep our promises to the men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our freedoms.

Tim Walberg is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district. This op-ed originally appeared in the November 11, 2015 edition of the Ann Arbor News. Read More

Monroe News: Tenneco discusses competitive edge during first visit from Tim Walberg


Tenneco Inc. is constantly changing to stay competitive, officials said.

While standing at the Wall of Innovation, Joseph Bacarella, manager of product training and technical assistance, told Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, about the company’s long history in Monroe.

“We have hundreds of patents over the years dating back to the early 1900s,” Mr. Bacarella told the Congressman who visited the facility Monday. “We are constantly releasing new patents as vehicles change to stay competitive.”

Mr. Bacarella gave a brief history of the company, which was created by Charles S. McIntyre Sr. and August F. Meyer in 1926.

Formerly Monroe Auto Equipment Co. (MAECO), it was purchased by Tenneco Automotive in the late 1970s

Mr. Bacarella showed the congressman a display case with samples of old products including a brisk blast tire pump that was created back in 1916.

“It was so well designed it caught the eye of Mc-Intyre,” Mr. Bacarella said.

He talked about the evolution of the company from the tire pump to Monro- matic shocks, anti- sway bars, car jacks and more.

In 1937, the company employed 2,000 people. Today, it employs more than 17,000 worldwide, officials said.

During Congressman Walberg’s visit, he spoke with top company officials, visited test labs and hosted a town hall meeting with a few dozen employees.

“I grew up wrenching on cars,” Congressman Walberg said to the crowd.

He talked about growing up around cars and how his father turned their garage into a “grease pit.”

After brief remarks, Congressman Walberg took questions relating to roads, attracting talent to the region and cost of education, among others.

The congressman talked about the Highway Trust Fund, which he said will afford state and local municipalities access to funding to improve roads.

“We need to move in that direction by having more flexibility in funding,” he said.

As far as attracting talent, he talked about forming partnerships between Monroe County Intermediate School District, Monroe County Community College and manufacturing associations to have students better prepared for the workforce. He also talked about the Skills Act, which he said will boost grant money for states and local communities for talent. It was the congressman’s first trip to Tenneco.

“I am delighted to be here and meet the team and get a better idea of what you do,” Congressman Walberg said.

This article originally appeared in the November 10, 2015 edition of the Monroe News.
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Walberg Backs Bipartisan Transportation Bill to Improve Roads and Bridges


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a multi-year, fiscally responsible surface transportation bill to reauthorize and reform America’s highway and public transportation systems. 

This bipartisan legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 363-64 margin, while not perfect, will help bring much-needed certainty to roads and bridge projects in Michigan without raising taxes. It also streamlines and accelerates project delivery, provides greater flexibility to state and local governments to better address their priorities, maintains a strong commitment to transportation safety, promotes innovation and 21st Century technologies, and other important reforms. 

“This bipartisan transportation bill is the byproduct of both parties coming together to address the people’s priorities. With parts of my district being fortunate to have such strong and vital infrastructure corridors such as I-69, I-94, I-96, I-75, I-275, US-12, US-23, US-27 and US-127, it was important to take a critical bipartisan step forward towards providing the certainty and investments to strengthen Michigan’s roads and bridges. Improving our infrastructure will help ease congestion, increase safety, speed up delivery of goods and services, create jobs, and improve quality of life for working families,” 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, Roberts Fight for Affordable Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today introduced legislation in the House and Senate to ensure seniors and individuals with disabilities have access to affordable in-home companion care. H.R. 3860, the Ensuring Access to Affordable and Quality Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act, would reverse harmful Department of Labor rules that place costly regulations on families and caregivers.

“Millions of families depend on companionship services to meet their health care needs,” said Walberg, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. “Far reaching and costly regulations should not stand in the way of seniors and individuals with disabilities who are unable to care for themselves from receiving quality, affordable care in the comfort of their own homes.”

“Our bill allows those in need of companion care in the home to continue to arrange and pay for individualized care without getting tangled in burdensome and costly labor rules that were meant for other industries,” Roberts said. “We preserve the independence of the elderly and individuals with disabilities in need of affordable care and protect caregivers who want predictable employment arrangements.”

At issue is the Department of Labor’s rule narrowing the long-standing definition of companionship services under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule would void the companionship exemption and overturn a four decade old policy that has assisted elderly and disabled care recipients who need affordable care and caregivers who need stable work arrangements. Click here for a PDF of the bill.

The bill has the support of key industry groups and home care organizations including: the International Franchise Association, the National Association of Home Care and Hospice, the Home Care Association of America, and Home Instead, Inc.

House Cosponsors of the bill include: Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.).

Senate Cosponsors include the Chairman of the committee of jurisdiction, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), James Risch (R-Idaho), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John McCain (Ariz.), David Vitter (R-La.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). Read More

Walberg Votes to Provide Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses Relief from Obamacare


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which repeals some of the most harmful and unpopular provisions of the President’s health care law. The legislation repeals the individual and employer mandates, the Cadillac Tax, the medical device tax, and other burdensome demands on employers and employees that are hurting jobs and efforts to grow a healthy economy. Additionally, the bill redirects federal funding away from prohibited abortion providers for one year and instead increases resources for community health centers that provide comprehensive women’s health care.

“The President’s health care law has been one broken promise after another, and I hear from individuals, families, and small businesses everywhere I go who are looking for relief. The law’s top-down mandates have harmed Michiganders through higher premiums, canceled plans, and made it harder for small businesses to expand and hire new workers—just to name a few. Today we took action to move past the failed approach of government-centered health care and lay the groundwork for patient-centered health care solutions that lower costs, increase access to care, and promote consumer choice,” 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: President’s Veto of Military Funding is Reckless


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides vital funding and authorities for America’s military. The NDAA overwhelmingly passed Congress with large bipartisan majorities—in the House by a 270-156 margin and the Senate by a 70-27 margin.

“It’s reckless and wrong for President Obama to veto the critical funding our military needs at a time of escalating threats at home and abroad. In just the fifth veto of this entire presidency, the President has undercut our sacred constitutional responsibility to provide for a strong national defense. It's a sad day when a bipartisan bill to ensure our troops are equipped to carry out their missions and keep America safe is vetoed purely for political gamesmanship to force an increase of deficit spending,” 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

Coldwater Daily Reporter: Congressman Walberg has coffee hour in Quincy


QUINCY — Village of Quincy residents had an opportunity to talk with Rep. Tim Walberg (R) Monday morning at the village hall for coffee hour. He opened the hour with with discussion on Benghazi, the debt ceiling issue, and the signing of a spending plan that has "enabled us to reduce the deficit."

He also talked about communities working to grow the economy, and not Washington.

"Grow the economy, pay down the debt." Walberg said.

He also spoke of a limited government, and free people.

"Limited government has always worked," Walberg explained.

He also covered topics on regulatory costs and the Iran vote.

Rep. Walberg then opened the conversation to take questions from the constituents. There were about 15 people present.

Walberg answered questions on the EPA, drones, Medicare benefit increases, gas prices Keystone pipeline, Medicare fraud, and veteran care. President Obama has said no to Keystone, and Hillary Clinton does not support it either.

There are hearings and investigations ongoing regarding Medicare fraud, and regarding veteran care. Walberg said that they are working toward veterans being able to go anywhere for care, and not having to go only to the VA hospital.

"This will be a process we move towards," Walberg said.

He answered questions on executive orders and voting issues before concluding by saying, "It comes down to 'we the people' saying we have had enough. America is going through tough times, in the end we have to work together."

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Jackson Cit Pat: Making jobs a top priority is critical for America


As your representative, I always strive to be accessible and accountable to the people I have the honor of serving in Congress. Listening to your commonsense concerns and solutions helps me advocate more effectively for your priorities.

So far this year, I've held more than 30 coffee hours and town halls in every corner of the district.
Some of the areas of concern vary depending on the latest headlines, but there's one issue that I consistently hear about everywhere I go: jobs.

It's no secret why jobs and the economy are on the forefront of people's minds.

In the last six years, Americans have experienced the weakest recovery since World War II.

The median household income is at 1989 levels, which means wages are stagnant.

The labor force participation rate is at 1977 levels, which means millions of Americans have simply given up hope and stopped looking for work.

These sobering statistics are more than numbers — they represent real people who I hear from that are struggling to find work or are living paycheck to paycheck.

To increase opportunities for these hardworking families to get ahead, the House is focused on empowering local communities and small businesses instead of the top-down, Washington-centered approach that has stifled wages and job creation.

Some of the most onerous mandates facing small businesses are a result of the president's health-care law, which has made it harder to hire and forced employers to cut back hours for their employees.

In addition to voting to provide relief from many of these regulations, I helped introduce and pass the Save American Workers Act to restore the traditional 40-hour work week under Obamacare.

The House has also taken steps to simplify and create certainty in the tax code by making permanent the Research and Development tax credit, supporting small business expensing, and repealing the death tax so families can pass down greater opportunity to the next generation.

Ultimately, we need to reform the entire tax code, but these are important first steps toward a fairer, simpler tax code which will incentivize innovation and increase America's competitiveness.

The House is also working to boost responsible energy production here at home, a leading driver of jobs and economic growth.

From fighting to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to pushing back against the EPA's regulatory overreach, securing America's energy future will bring tremendous benefits to our economy.

In the 21st Century Workplace, job seekers need to be equipped with the right skills to find the right job for them.

We have begun to address this by passing the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and we will continue working to modernize the nation's worker training programs and give states greater flexibility to eliminate ineffective programs and expand the successful ones.

These are just a few examples of the work underway in the House to focus on the people's priorities to accelerate job creation and boost take home pay.

As I continue my travels across the district, I remain committed to listening to your concerns and advancing bipartisan solutions to build a healthy economy and create a better future for our children and grandchildren.

- U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, represents the 7th Congressional District, which includes Jackson County. This column originally appeared in the October 19 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Read More

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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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