Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Announces Upcoming Events as Resources for Constituents

2015/04/23

Jackson, MI – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) announced today that his office will be hosting three events for constituents in the coming weeks:  a Military Academy Night in Monroe, Mobile Office Hours in Monroe, and a Veterans Fair in Eaton County.
 
“Being accessible and providing first class constituent services is of utmost importance to me and my office,” said Walberg. “I encourage residents of Michigan’s 7th District to attend one of these upcoming events if they want to learn more about military service academies, veterans resources, or to request assistance with a federal agency.”
 
For more information on any of the events, constituents should call Walberg’s Michigan office at 517-780-9075 or visit Walberg.house.gov.
 
Monroe Military Academy Night
Congressman Walberg will be hosting an information session for high school students interested in applying to a military service academy and learning more about the nomination process. Representatives from these excellent institutions will be on hand to share information and answer questions.
 
Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Monroe High School, 901 Herr Road
 
Monroe Mobile Office Hours
Congressman Walberg’s staff will be available to provide casework assistance on issues related to a federal agency, including Veterans Affairs, Medicare, Social Security, and the IRS.
 
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Monroe Court House, 2nd Floor Finance Conference Room, 125 E. Second St.
 
Eaton County Veterans Fair
Congressman Walberg will be hosting a Veterans Fair in Charlotte to provide veterans information and access to organizations that can offer resources earned from their service to our country. Veterans employment specialists, Veterans Administration counselors, and veterans service organizations will all participate.
 
Date: Thursday, May 7
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: VFW Maple City Post 2406, 695 Lansing St., Charlotte, MI   Read More

Michigan Farmers Back Walberg’s Flexibility to Farm Act

2015/04/23

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) introduced the Flexibility to Farm Act today to protect farmers from EPA overreach and restore common sense to farm regulations. H.R. 1993 would allow individual states to opt-out of regulations stemming from the Clear Air Act and Clean Water Act if the state’s governor finds them to be excessively burdensome to the farming community. The legislation is supported by farmers across the 7th District and also the Michigan Farm Bureau. During an agriculture tour earlier this month, Walberg visited farms across Jackson and Monroe Counties to hear firsthand from Michigan farmers.

“When the EPA wants to regulate mud puddles, it’s clear the agency is wading into territory that goes far beyond reasonable environmental protection and only adds more red-tape for Michigan farmers. The Flexibility to Farm Act gives states more say in the decision-making process so they can develop policies that appropriately balances maintaining a healthy environment and helping farmers successfully manage their farms,” said Congressman Walberg.

“I applaud Congressman Walberg for introducing the Flexibility to Farm Act. Farmers work in an environment of constant uncertainty from Mother Nature, commodity markets, input costs, and the always-shifting regulatory landscape. Allowing states ability to weigh in on new regulations and proposals from agencies like the EPA would help minimize those uncertainties and leave more decision-making in the hands of people here in Michigan,” said Doug Darling, a farmer from Monroe County and member of the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

“Giving states the ability to review new federal-level environmental regulation and estimate their impact on farmers just makes common sense. Farmers rely on clean natural resources--air, water and soil. We can't feed a growing world without them,” said Jennifer Lewis, a farmer from Hillsdale County and member of Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

“Farmers across the country work in a variety of different environments, each with unique needs and challenges. Rule-makers in Washington should listen to the states about their concerns and how proposed new regulations would affect their area. This bill will help states do just that,” said Brian Preston, a farmer from Branch County. Read More

WLNS: Congressman Working To Boost Economy, Middle Class

2015/04/17



U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg was in Jackson Friday to talk about jobs. Watch the video above or click here for the full WLNS report. Read More

Walberg: Protect Michigan Families, Repeal Unfair Death Tax

2015/04/16

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting to repeal the death tax. In a letter to Congress, 81 organizations in the Family Business Coalition write that this “legislation will help America’s family businesses create jobs, expand operations, and grow the economy.”

“Of all the countless unfair provisions in the tax code, the death tax ranks near the top. Family farms and small businesses should not be forced to pay the tax man at the same time they are mourning a loved one, for savings that have already been taxed once, if not twice. Repealing the death tax is the right thing to do for job creation, our economy, and all the hard-working families who pass down greater opportunity to the next generation,” 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 Votes to Protect Taxpayers, Rein in IRS Abuse

2015/04/15

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for a series of eight bipartisan bills to protect taxpayer rights, rein in IRS abuse, and increase accountability and transparency at the IRS.

“Tax Day is a vivid reminder of an ever-present truth: The tax burden on hardworking families is far too high and take-home pay is far too low. But it is also a reminder that the IRS is a mismanaged agency that has grossly abused its power, targeting citizens because of their political beliefs and unjustly seizing assets from innocent small business owners. Today’s bipartisan action will begin to clean up the IRS and make the agency more accountable to the American taxpayer,” said Walberg.

More details on the House-passed legislation:

H.R. 1058, Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015
Incorporates a taxpayer’s bill of rights into the core responsibilities of the IRS commissioner, including rights to quality service, to pay no more than the correct amount of tax, to privacy, and to challenge the IRS’s decisions and be heard.

H.R. 1152, IRS Email Transparency Act
Prohibits IRS employees from using personal email for official government business.

H.R. 1026, Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act
Amends the tax code to stop the IRS from using a provision that is designed to protect taxpayer privacy, but is instead used to protect government employees who improperly look at or reveal taxpayer information.

H.R. 1295, IRS Bureaucracy Reduction and Judicial Review Act
Prevents the IRS from targeting organizations because of their political or religious beliefs when filing for tax-exempt status. 

H.R. 1314, Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act
Amends the tax code to restore tax-exempt organizations’ right to appeal adverse IRS decisions.

H.R. 709, the Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act
Authorizes the IRS to terminate employees who target individuals because of their political beliefs.

H.R. 1104, Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act
Ensures fair and equal treatment for Americans who donate to tax-exempt organizations with the threat of a gift tax audit.

H.R. 1562, Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2015
Prohibits federal agencies from awarding contracts or grants above the simplified acquisition threshold to persons or companies that have seriously delinquent tax debt. Read More

Adrian Daily Telegram: Tax Day reminds why we need a simpler, fairer tax code

2015/04/15

As much as we dread the arrival of April 15 each year, thanks to the president’s health care law, Tax Day is getting even worse.

This Tax Day marks the first time that Obamacare’s individual mandate kicks in, forcing individuals to pay a penalty of 1 percent of their income or $95 — whichever is higher — if they failed to purchase insurance. Fines will grow to 2 percent of income or $325 for the next tax filing season. As many as 6 million Americans, many of them unaware of the mandate, could be facing this new penalty.

The health care law is so complex that the IRS sent 800,000 people incorrect information about their health care premium. Some will end up paying more, some less.

Taxpayers are also on the hook for the 18 different tax increases tucked inside Obamacare, which will amount to an extra $771 billion tax burden over a 10-year period.

While daunting, the health care law’s myriad regulations and tax hikes are hardly the only painful part of Tax Day.

As it stands today, our tax code is so replete with special interest carve outs it often takes a high-priced lawyer or accountant to understand.

For the rest of us, we are left to navigate the 70,000 page tax code on our own.

The average family spends 13 hours complying with the code’s complexities — everything from reading the rules, collecting the necessary documentation, and filling out the required paperwork. All told, Americans spend a total of more than 6 billion hours and $168 billion in an effort to comply.

The marginal tax rates are so high that families pay more in taxes than they do on their food, clothing and housing combined.

Our tax code is so complex, unfair and outdated, it’s no wonder the last time major tax reform legislation was signed into law was in 1986. It’s past time for a dramatic overhaul.

One area that hurts America’s economic competitiveness is our 39.1 percent combined corporate tax rate — the highest in the developed world. This high rate makes America a less attractive place to do business than our global competitors, and pushes away the investment and job creation we need here at home.

Independent economists estimate that comprehensive tax reform could lead to an additional $1,300 in annual take-home pay for the average family and create at least 1.8 million jobs in the next decade.

Modernizing our tax laws should lower rates for individuals, small businesses and large employers, create a level playing field for everyone, and simplify the complex code.

Together, these much-needed reforms will boost stagnant wages, provide relief for families and small businesses, increase America’s competitiveness, and bring in more revenue through economic growth and job creation.

A fairer, simpler tax code is a key component of growing a healthy economy, and I am committed to working in a bipartisan way to get it done.

Click here to read the original op-ed in the Adrian Daily Telegram. Read More

Paul, Walberg Applaud Grassley for Highlighting Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

2015/04/15

Washington, D.C. – Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI), and the lead bipartisan cosponsors of the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act (FAIR Act) sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to thank them for holding today’s hearing on civil asset forfeiture abuse and ask the Committee to embrace the principles contained in the FAIR Act.

On January 27, Paul and Walberg introduced the FAIR Act in the House and Senate, the most comprehensive forfeiture reform bill introduced since the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000. Among its many provisions, the FAIR Act would raise the level of proof necessary for the government to seize property, reform the IRS structuring statute to protect innocent business owners, ensure due process and property rights are protected, and increase transparency and Congressional oversight.  

The bipartisan letter was also signed by Senator Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME), Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Scott Garrett (R-NJ). The text reads as follows:

Chairman Grassley & Ranking Member Leahy,

Thank you for holding a hearing on April 15, 2015 regarding the abuses occurring in the federal civil asset forfeiture system.  As you know, current federal forfeiture laws create a financial incentive to pursue profit over the fair administration of justice, facilitate the circumvention of state laws intended to protect citizens from abuse, encourage the violation of due process and property rights of Americans, and disproportionately impact people of color and those with modest means.  For these reasons, we truly appreciate the Committee taking the torch to offer additional light on a legal process that infringes on the property rights and due process of Americans.  

We introduced the Fifth Amendment Restoration Act of 2015 (FAIR Act) to reform our civil forfeiture laws. We have been heartened to see the positive reaction within the public, in the press and now in Congress to reforming these laws.  While the Committee continues its efforts to build upon the bipartisan support in Congress, we ask that you pursue federal forfeiture reforms that embrace the principles contained in the FAIR Act such as: eliminating the profit incentive by shifting forfeiture funds to the General Treasury Fund, respecting the principles of federalism by eliminating equitable sharing, ensuring due process and property rights are protected, and increasing transparency and Congressional oversight.  

Although there are legitimate uses of criminal forfeiture, the use of civil forfeiture to go after property without charging property owners with crimes should not be accepted.  We appreciate your consideration of this matter and hope to work with the Committee in the future to ensure constitutionally guaranteed due process and property rights are protected.

 
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Walberg Responds to DOJ’s New Civil Asset Forfeiture Restrictions

2015/03/31

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) responded today to Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will restrict the government’s ability to use federal structuring statute to seize property without a criminal charge. On January 27, Walberg and Senator Rand Paul introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, the most comprehensive forfeiture reform bill introduced since the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000. One of the key provisions in the FAIR Act would reform the federal structuring statute to protect innocent business owners from seizure.

“Like the DOJ’s recent policy change regarding equitable sharing, today’s announcement is another step in the right direction to curb the seizure of innocent property. However, for meaningful reform to take place it must be codified into law and address the entire practice of civil asset forfeiture. That’s why Congress still needs to enact the FAIR Act to protect the due process and property rights of the American people,” said Congressman 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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Jackson Cit Pat: Politics shouldn't stand in the way of protecting human-trafficking victims

2015/03/25

It's far too difficult these days to find common ground in Washington, but when it comes to our moral obligation to eradicate human trafficking, we have a strong foundation for achieving it.

The scope of this heinous crime is not limited to faraway countries -- it happens right here in Michigan and across the United States.

Each year, as many as 300,000 children in the United States are at risk for sexual exploitation in what has become a $9.8 billion criminal enterprise.

It will take all of us -- federal and state officials, law enforcement, victims and advocacy organizations, and concerned citizens -- working together to combat the growing problem of human trafficking.

Last year, I hosted and participated in a series of human-trafficking forums in Jackson, Lenawee and Monroe counties.

The forums often brought together county prosecutors, sheriffs, the Michigan State Police, academics and members of the Southern Michigan Task Force on Human Trafficking to discuss how our communities are dealing with this epidemic and what additional actions Congress can take.

In January, the House took overwhelmingly bipartisan action and passed a package of 12 bills to help equip law enforcement officials with more resources to prevent human trafficking and provide victims with additional support.

One of the bills, the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act, will help protect child victims by improving practices within state child welfare systems to identify, assess, and document sex trafficking victims.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) estimates that 68 percent of likely sex trafficking victims were involved in the child welfare system at one time, and this bill will help ensure that victims don't slip through the cracks and receive the services they need to escape a life of abuse. 

NCMEC also estimates that roughly one out of six runaway youth are likely victims of sex trafficking and one out of three youth are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of running away from home.

That's why we also passed the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act to better serve our most vulnerable youth.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act was another of the 12 bills. The legislation includes several provisions to curb human trafficking, including boosting services for victims and enhancing the ability of law enforcement to further crack down on both buyers and sellers in the sex trafficking industry.

Sadly, progress stalled in the Senate last week because of the type of political maneuvering that frustrates so many, myself included.

Some Democratic Senators claimed language in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act that prevents taxpayer-funded abortion -- also known as the Hyde Amendment and previously enacted into law -- is the reason for filibustering this much-needed legislation.

Never mind the fact the exact same language was included when a dozen Democratic Senators decided to co-sponsor the bill and when it was unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

When it comes to protecting vulnerable women and children, we aren't Democrats or Republicans. We are moms and dads, aunts and uncles, siblings and grandparents.

I urge the Senate to end its filibuster, pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and take up the remainder of the House-passed anti-trafficking bills.

Every second consumed by politics is time that could have been spent helping the victims who don't have political parties.
 
To read the original article in the Jackson Citizen Patriot, click here. Read More

Walberg Votes for a Balanced Budget for a Stronger America

2015/03/25

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for a budget proposal that will help create jobs and grow a healthy economy, strengthen our national defense capabilities, save taxpayers $5.5 trillion, and balances in less than 10 years without raising taxes. The budget passed by a 228 - 199 margin and marks the fifth consecutive year the House has passed a responsible balanced budget. 

“In contrast to President Obama’s big spending plan, the House passed a fiscally responsible budget that balances without raising taxes. In our budget, we tackle our nation’s economic challenges with positive solutions to pay off our debt and make government more efficient and accountable to the people we serve. By balancing the budget, we are building a foundation for a healthy economy and greater opportunity for all Americans, while also strengthening the safety net for those who need it most,” 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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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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