Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Votes to Strengthen Great Lakes Economy, Invest in Waterway Infrastructure

2016/12/08

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted for the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a comprehensive water resources infrastructure bill to address the needs of our ports, harbors, and other waterway infrastructure critical to Michigan’s economic competitiveness. The bipartisan agreement also includes provisions to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, dedicate resources to the Great Lakes Navigation System, and provide support for the people of Flint.

“Maintaining and improving water infrastructure, including ports and harbors like the Port of Monroe, is incredibly important to the growth of Michigan’s economy,” said Walberg. “Our state’s livelihood depends on the long-term health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, and this bipartisan bill also makes continued investments in the preservation and rejuvenation of our precious lakes and waterways. In addition, with today’s vote, we came together to provide resources to help the Flint community recover from the heartbreaking water crisis.”
 
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 Raise Troop Pay, Strengthen Military Readiness

2016/12/02

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the House-Senate conference report to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which funds the military, gives our troops a well-deserved pay raise, and helps keep the American people safe. Congressman Walberg served as a member of the bipartisan conference committee charged with producing the final agreement that passed the House today by a 375-34 margin.

“In a world of dangerous and emerging threats, our nation's defense capabilities and military readiness must remain second to none,” said Walberg. “This bipartisan defense bill is a critical step towards rebuilding our military for the 21st century and ensuring our troops have the training, equipment, and resources in whatever they are asked to do. The men and women who protect our country deserve our unwavering support, and this legislation also gives our troops their largest salary increase in six years.”
 
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, House Advance 21st Century Cures Act to Expedite Life-Saving Medical Breakthroughs

2016/11/30


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the 21st Century Cures Act, a landmark initiative to expedite the discovery and development of new cures and treatments by investing in medical research and streamlining outdated bureaucracy. This bipartisan legislation, which passed by a 392-26 vote, also includes significant provisions to direct additional resources to fight the heroin epidemic and reform our nation’s mental health care system. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s speech on the House floor about how the 21st Century Cures Act will impact constituents in Michigan and across the country.

“The 21st Century Cures Act is a transformational initiative that will unleash an era of new innovation,” said Walberg. “By speeding up the rate of medical breakthroughs, we can save lives and offer hope to millions of patients and families suffering from some of the worst diseases. Additionally, by providing greater resources to tackle the heroin epidemic and delivering critical mental health reforms, this life-changing legislation will make a difference in people’s lives for years to come.”

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 Applauds Nomination of Betsy Devos as Education Secretary

2016/11/23

Jackson, Mich. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07), a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement in response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education.

“Betsy Devos is a tireless champion of children and a worthy selection to serve as Secretary of Education. A proven leader, innovator, and reformer, Betsy Devos has fought to empower parents and teachers at the local level and improve educational opportunities for all families. I look forward to working with her to ensure a high quality education is in reach for every student in every school in America.”
 
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

The Hill: GOP lawmaker targets labor regs in reform bills

2016/11/17

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) isn’t waiting for the next Congressional session to push for regulatory reform.

Walberg announced the introduction of three bills Thursday, each targeting the Labor Department, as the House was taking its last votes before the Thanksgiving recess.

The Regulatory Review Act calls for the creation of an independent regulatory review commission to remove a third of the regulatory obligations created by the agency.

The Regulatory Impact on Employment and Wages Act would require the Labor Department to study what impacts its major rules have on wages and employment and the Main Street Input Opportunity Act would direct the agency to convene small business review panels to provide input on regulations.

With limited time left, it appears unlikely the bills will be able to pass both the House and Senate this session. And with President Obama still in office, even more unlikely they would be signed into law.

But Walberg’s spokesman said the goal is to “lay down a marker" now.

“We wanted to get our ideas out there and we’ll be pushing them forward in the next Congress as well,” Dan Kotman said. “Clearly, regulatory reform issues will be top of the agenda.”

With control of both chambers and a Republican president, GOP lawmakers see next session as their opportunity to finally change the regulatory system and give Congress more oversight in the rulemaking process.

Walberg, however, is continuing his push for change until then.

“As the economy remains sluggish in far too many parts of the country, many Americans are feeling the pain of onerous regulations and stagnant wages,” he said in statement.

“These bills are an important step towards a more responsible and thoughtful regulatory approach that promotes opportunities for a healthy economy and the American worker.”

This article originally appeared in the November 17 edition of The Hill.

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Walberg Introduces Regulatory Reform Bills for a Healthy Economy

2016/11/17

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) introduced a series of regulatory reform bills aimed at providing relief to American workers and small businesses from the Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory onslaught that has burdened the economy with excessive red-tape. These bills are the product of Congressman Walberg’s extensive efforts as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections to conduct oversight of the DOL’s costly, top-down regulatory approach.  

“Some regulations are clearly important. Left unchecked, however, some regulations can move well beyond their basic purpose and become challenging obstacles to innovation, creativity, and economic growth,” said Walberg. “As the economy remains sluggish in far too many parts of the country, many Americans are feeling the pain of onerous regulations and stagnant wages. These bills are an important step towards a more responsible and thoughtful regulatory approach that promotes opportunities for a healthy economy and the American worker.” 

H.R. 6325, the Workforce Regulatory Review Act, creates an independent regulatory review commission tasked with removing a third of the regulatory obligations created by DOL.  

H.R. 6326, the Regulatory Impact on Employment and Wages Act, requires that the DOL study the impacts that major rules have on wages and employment.  

H.R. 6327, the Main Street Input Opportunity Act, directs the DOL to convene small business review panels to provide input on regulations. Current law limits these review panels to regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and this bill ensures small business input on all workforce regulations. Read More

Brooklyn Exponent: Honoring our best

2016/11/08

After many years following his service and subsequent death from Korean War-inflicted disease, U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Leander Rohr was awarded the prestigious Purple Heart Medal – received in his name by his sister Josephine “Nelie” Denny – last week in a veterans ceremony at the Onsted American Legion post. Denny was said to have been very close to her brother.

“After all these years to be going through this is heartbreaking,” said Denny holding back tears. “He deserves it.”

The medal was presented to Denny by Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, Commander of the Michigan Air National Guard and by Congressman Tim Walberg with several members of her family at her side.

The day began with the Jackson College Jazz Band performing patriotic music, an invocation by the Rev. Tom McMichael, and welcoming remarks by Walberg.

World War II U.S. Army Air Force veterans Charles Peart and Carlos Barricklaw Jr. were the first honorees, though Barricklaw was unable to attend the ceremony.

“I know it’s a rough life sometimes, but I enjoyed my time in the service,” Peart said.

“Thank you for your service and your willingness to stand for this country’s greatest ideals,” Walberg said in honoring them.

Next several local Vietnam veterans were honored and received lapel pins and certificates from Walberg, to recognized them and thank them for their service.

“It’s actually pretty special and hard to believe it’s been this many years,” said Vietnam veteran Tom Luck. “It’s an honor.”

Fellow Vietnam veteran William Ruttkofsky was pleased to get long overdue positive recognition for his service.

“I think it’s good. Vietnam veterans deserve something like this after coming home and getting rocks thrown at us when we got off the plane when we were trying to protect our country.”

Walberg acknowledged that when many Vietnam veterans returned home it was a dark day in America.

“I think we’ve learned from that,” he said.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, it is a privilege to present you with this symbol of thanks and to honor you for your service, valor and sacrifice when our country needed you,” Walberg said prior to handing out the pins and Purple Heart Medal.

“We need to take care of the folks who served us so well – our American heroes,” said Isabelle.

It was a special day for the Rohr family for the great honor bestowed upon Sgt. Rohr in the Purple Heart Medal.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President to members of the armed forces of the United States who are wounded or killed by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is often awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members.

Rohr was the youngest of five children, three years younger than his sister Nelie. Their mother died of complications from childbirth shortly after Rohr was born.

“He was so funny!” Nelie said with a smile on her face.

Born in 1930, when Rohr turned 18 he decided to enlist in the Army for four years. He was sent to Osaka, Japan, where he worked in the Army hospital. He loved it there so much that when the Army wanted him to re-enlist, he agreed with the understanding that he would return to Osaka.

However, while in Seattle awaiting transport to Japan, his orders were changed and he was sent to Korea. Then-Corporal Rohr was part of the 2nd Infantry Division and was involved in a combat mission in November 1950. He was taken
Prisoner of War on Nov. 26, 1950, and kept in captivity at Pyokong, N. Korea where he died on March 12, 1951, of disease incurred as the result of his capture. His remains were not recovered. Rohr was promoted to sergeant while in MIA status and awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United States Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

In his remarks, Walberg thanked the Onsted Senior Center for hosting the event.

This article originally appeared in the November 8 edition of the Brooklyn Exponent. Read More

Monroe News: Walberg honored with Congressional Steel Champion award

2016/11/05

There’s always been some import competition for U.S. steel — but what the industry faced in 2014-15 was considered unprecedented.

As Chief Executive Officer for AK Steel Corp. Roger K. Newport explained, suddenly an import ratio that historically hovered just under 20 percent spiked as Chinese steel flooded the market and drew down prices. At its peak in 2015, finished imports took up a record 29 percent of the U.S. steel market.

However, the cost to manufacture steel in the United States did not adjust, and as a result, industry leaders were concerned about the loss in market share and impact on jobs. AK Steel’s locations include its operations in Dearborn and a joint venture with JV Spartan Steel Coating LLC in Monroe.

While the import ratio is still higher than normal at about 25 percent, there have been significant steps from Congress to help ease the situation. The matters include foreign trade laws, environmental impact and workplace safety.

“We’re open to trade. We just want it to be fair,” Mr. Newport said about the steel industry’s concerns.

For his work on that effort, U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton was recognized with the 2016 Congressional Steel Champion Award. The honor was presented Wednesday at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office by Mr. Newport, accompanied by Brett S. Smith, senior director, government relations, for American Iron and Steel Institute of Washington D.C.

Although other national legislators also have been honored with this special award, Rep. Walberg is believed to be the only one who actually had worked at a steel mill.

“I’ll continue working in Congress to combat illegal trade practices, level the playing field and promote American-made steel products,” he said.

This article originally appeared in the November 5 edition of the Monroe News.
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Adrian Daily Telegram: Family receives Purple Heart Medal for soldier lost in Korean War

2016/11/05

A year ago, Paul Rohr’s family went online to research his service record and death in the Korean War.

Rohr died March 12, 1951, while a prisoner of war in Pyokang, North Korea. When the family was notified in 1951 of the U.S. Army sergeant’s capture and subsequent death as a prisoner of war, they never received his military medals.

On Wednesday, that oversight was corrected at the Onsted American Legion Hall.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg joined Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, to present Rohr’s sister, Nelie Denny of Adrian, with her brother’s long-overdue Purple Heart Medal and service medals.

Walberg said he appreciated the family conducting their research to ensure Rohr — whose remains were never found and sent home — is recognized for his service and ultimate sacrifice.

“Because of their efforts, he will not be forgotten and his service will be remembered in a special way,” Walberg said.

Denny said she appreciated the efforts to recognize her brother.

“It sure is a beautiful medal,” she said as tears came. “It’s a long time coming.”

Diane Denny, Rohr’s niece, said she did not know of her uncle’s pending list of medals until she went online and discovered his service.

The family filled out forms through the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to start the process.

This article originally appeared in the November 5 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram.


“People do not realize how many (soldiers) have been awarded medals and the family doesn’t know about it,” Diane said.

Prior to the Purple Heart Award presentation, Walberg recognized two World War II veterans for their service and presented Vietnam War-era veterans in attendance with a 50th anniversary lapel pin. The pin is authorized by Congress in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and is available to any veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

Walberg said he continues to push for improved services to aid those who need programs or care after combat or upon retiring from the military.

“We need to take care of those who serve us,” Walberg said. Read More

Jackson Cit Pat: Lofts on Louis development breaks ground in downtown Jackson

2016/11/05

JACKSON, MI – The Lofts on Louis downtown Jackson development emerged after an unassuming meal at the Grand River Brewery.

Ryan Henry, co-founder of development and construction group Kincaid Henry, came to the brewery with a friend for a meal and casual conversation about development in the area.

When John Burtka asked about their conversation, he told Henry he wanted to talk.

Now, Kincaid Henry and Burtka's Lofts on Louis are becoming a reality, with construction set to begin at 209 W. Louis Glick Highway next week. The groundbreaking ceremony was Friday afternoon, Nov. 4.

"John, you're used to making 'bubbly' happen, and excitement and partying," said U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, who attended the event. "This will be a party, here. I applaud you."

The four-story, 47,000-square-foot development is supposed to take about a year to complete. The $5.4 million project was helped by a $1.3 million performance-based loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Burtka and partner Detroit Entrepreneur Development LLC will also receive a nine-year property tax abatement from the city of Jackson.

The empty parcel at 209 W. Louis Glick Highway in downtown Jackson is another step closer to becoming a four-story urban grocery store and apartment complex.

"You have to have faith that this actually can happen," Henry said.

All city council members had a shovel for the ceremonial dig Friday. Others at the event included Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe, MEDC representative Dominic Romano and State Rep. Earl Poleski.

"These are the types of things in local communities that drive our state," Romano said. "We're here to support this project."

The Rev. Chas Canoy from St. John the Evangelist Catholic church blessed the property during the groundbreaking.

There's already been great interest in the 18 two-bedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units – which will include granite countertops, nine-foot ceilings, stainless appliances, individual washers and dryers and more.

The four-story mixed-use development was proposed as a first-floor urban grocery along with the 30 apartment units.

A four-story, 44,000-square-foot mixed-use downtown Jackson development project is starting to gain traction. Kincaid Henry Building Group Inc. announced the plans on Facebook, which included a rendering of the prospective building.

Burtka will offer hard-hit tours through the development once the construction moves forward.

This article originally appeared in the November 5 edition 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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