Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg


Walberg Responds to DOJ’s New Civil Asset Forfeiture Restrictions


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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Walberg Votes for a Balanced Budget for a Stronger America


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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Jackson Cit Pat: Politics shouldn't stand in the way of protecting human-trafficking victims


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.
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Chelsea Standard: Walberg tours renovated facility at St. Louis Center of Chelsea


The St. Louis Center welcomed Congressman Tim Walberg to show off its new facilities for developmentally disabled people.

The lawmaker visited the center March 20 and saw what the new facilities looked like and interacted with many residents and staff members. Center officials also met with Walberg to discuss concerns about recent legislation that could affect the center.

The 55-year-old facility has been growing over the years as it assists and cares for people who are developmentally disabled. The new wing will allow the center to offer assisted living for its residents.

The need is rising for people whose main caregivers are their aging parents. As many as 75 percent of the people who have been caring for their developmentally disabled children and are in need of care themselves, Joe Yekulis said.

The problem is becoming more acute the Baby Boomer population ages. Yekulis related a tale of a couple who around 70 years old and has a daughter in her 40s who is developmentally disabled, but who lives on her own.

“They are saying ‘what is going to happen when they are gone,” Yekulis said. “There’s nobody else to take care of her.

“So they are knocking on our door, saying there nowhere else we can go.”

While some people can be set up to live independently and succeed, others do not have a social life and end up being isolated from society, he said. The center offers a place that is clean, safe and has an active social life for its residents.

The west wing of Father Guanella Hall has housed a woman’s program for 15 years named Our Lady of Providence which provides a community for its residents.

“They are close-knit, they are each other’s best friend,” Yekulis said. “They share games together, watch television together and go to events together.”

Anyone who would argue the residents are isolated by living out in the country would be wrong, Yekulis said. That’s because they are at school, going to doctor’s appointments or attending training.

“We’ve got 50 people living on campus and right now(1:30 p.m.) there’s less than 10 on campus,” Michael Kutas, finance director, said. “They will start rolling in around 2:30.”

Each of the wings at Guanella Hall has an added 1,250 square feet and is able to house 10 people. The independent living facility features single and double occupancy rooms with a separate bathroom. There is a special tub room as well for patients as well as a laundry, family room and a TV room.

The family room has a gas-powered fireplace and artwork by a priest who used to work at the center.

Each wing features tiled murals salvaged from a youth home on Hogback Road.

Walberg enjoyed the visit and meeting the residents in the women’s wing. One resident, Lisa, took Walberg around the wing and showed him the many amenities.

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Walberg Announces 2015 Congressional Art Competition


Jackson, MI – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) is seeking submissions from high school students in the 7th District for this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. The winning piece of art will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol, along with the winners from the other congressional districts across the country. 

“Michigan’s 7th District is home to many talented high school students, and I look forward to this time every year to see their creativity on display. I am pleased to sponsor the competition to showcase their abilities and wish all participants good luck,” said Walberg.

All materials must be submitted no later than Friday, April 17, 2015 and can be dropped off at or shipped to Walberg’s Jackson office at 110 1st St., Suite 2. For more information on exact guidelines for artwork submissions, please visit Walberg.house.gov or call 517-780-9075.
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. Read More

Walberg Responds to Netanyahu’s Address to Congress


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s powerful words clearly articulated the grave threat posed by a nuclear Iran. The stakes could not be higher for Israel, the United States, and our allies if Iran develops a nuclear weapon. At moments like this, party politics must take a backseat to the safety and security of our people. I hope President Obama will stop sending mixed messages about America’s longstanding and unwavering support for Israel and begin speaking with the same type of moral clarity that we heard today from Prime Minister Netanyahu.”
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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Washtenaw Now: Walberg listens to veterans' concerns at town hall


A small, but passionate number of veterans turned out Monday for a chance to ask questions of Congressman Tim Walberg about issues that concern them.

Walberg hosted the Veterans Town Hall at the VFW post on South Wagner Road. Local officials were unapologetic about the small turnout that totaled 16 people included Walberg staff and senior leadership from state organizations and the Veterans Affairs office.

The Republican lawmaker talked briefly about the work that is being done in Washington to improve the care for veterans, especially those requiring medical and mental health attention. Congress has been active in dealing with the oversight of the VA following discoveries of massive backlogs of disability claims at VA hospitals across the nation.

Legislation has become law to eliminating backlog, and making sure the VA administrators are doing their jobs.

Michigan used to be one of the worst states regarding disability claims, James Dempsey, state commander for Disabled American Veterans, said. The state used to farm out disability claims, but after reforms and an influx of new workers, it imports claims from other states, he said.

The VA hospital in Ann Arbor has become one of the top facilities in the nation. Staffing has risen sharply with current staffing at 2,400 full-time equivalent workers. The facility has been authorized to add another 124 people by 2016, director Robert P. McDivitt said.

The facility has hired 25 people so far and has another 30 under recruitment with the remainder to come in 2016. The new hires include doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and the like.

Both Dempsey and McDivitt have seen the growth first hand. Dempsey came to the DAV in 2002 and at that time the Ann Arbor hospital had only 1,625 staff members. For McDivitt, he has seen 600 full-time staff added in just five years.

Walberg said he never served in the military. The closet he came was having a physical at the induction center in Chicago done in 1970. He told the audience he hoped his time in the Michigan and U.S. houses of Representatives made up for what he didn’t do in uniform.

But veterans are seldom out of his mind as he walks to work and passes by the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington.

Walberg talked about efforts in Washington to protect whistleblowers that see something wrong going on at the VA; changing the rules regarding Obamacare that would exempt veterans who are getting medical insurance from the government, from having to be covered by employers. This would go a long way in getting veterans back to work and allow companies to grow.

The House passed the bill 412-0, but the Senate has yet to take it up, Walberg said.

He also talked about changes in the Choice card program that would make it easier for veterans who live far away from designated care centers to use a private source for service. As it stands now, the program limits veterans to those who live outside a 40-mile radius (as the crow flies).

“I want to make sure veterans issues stay at the top of the pile,” Walberg said.

Walberg faced questions regarding people who have lost limbs and what priority of care they are receiving. This question came up after Walberg said the nation’s 75 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients had been upgraded to Priority 1 for care.

Walberg said he would leave the other cases to the expertise of the VA.

Walberg, with assists from Dempsey and McDivitt were able to respond to questions about dependent care, single parent veterans and the homeless.

Walberg said the best way to resolve homelessness is by growing the economy so veterans can get jobs and off the streets.

Another issue was the low reimbursements for TriCare, a medical insurance program for active duty and retired military personnel. The problem is that many doctors won’t accept TriCare because of the low reimbursement rates.

Through changes from the Affordable Care Act, deductibles have doubled, tripled or quadrupled, Walberg said. A few people have experienced an improvement, but the majority has not.

“We have to fix, repair or replace Obamacare,” Walberg said.

Walberg was asked to go back to Washington and see what could be done to get federal agencies from hindering work done by private groups who seek out and return remains of lost servicemen from past wars.

“Just pull the roadblocks out and let us work together,” Paul Schwimmer said.

Walberg closed with a jab at the current and recent administrations methods of dealing with the war on terror and the Middle East.

“We could prosecute the battles in the Mideast if we listened to our ground commanders and not our military leaders,” Walberg said. “Military leaders are political.”

In related news:

Walberg’s office will host a Military Academy Day in Jackson March 10. Prospective students who want to be nominated for a slot in one of the nation’s military academies will be interviewed by a committee.

Walberg will not be involved in the interviews, taking the politics out of the equation, he said.

“I only make the phone call to tell the student he has been nominated,” Walberg said. “The Committee sits with poker faces while the kids sit answering questions.

“We get the highest percentage of nominees who get full nominations.”

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Walberg Votes to Expand Veterans’ Health Care Choices


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted for bipartisan legislation today to expand health care choices for veterans and increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. H.R. 280 would allow the VA Secretary to recoup bonuses from employees who collected them under false pretenses. H.R. 294, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, would provide eligible veterans with the option of choosing medical foster home care.

“America’s veterans deserve nothing less than timely, high quality medical care in return for their service to our country. A VA system that fails to live up to that standard is simply unacceptable and in dramatic need of reform. Today the House took several additional steps to improve the lives of veterans, expand their health care choices, and bring much-needed accountability to the VA,” 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 Expand College Savings Opportunities


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve 529 college savings plans. H.R. 529 would add computers to the list of qualified expenses, allow any refunds to be redeposited tax-free, and update the tax code to eliminate unnecessary paperwork burdens.

“With student loan debt in America nearing $1.2 trillion, we should be making it easier for families to plan ahead and save for their children’s future education. Today the House took important steps to strengthen and modernize 529 college savings accounts, instead of taxing them like President Obama proposed,” 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 Responds to President Obama’s Keystone Veto


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline. According to the State Department, the pipeline, whose application was filed six years ago, would create more than 40,000 jobs.
"For a President who pays lip service to ‘middle class economics,’ his veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline is hurtful and disappointing. Middle class families lost today. The economic benefits the pipeline’s construction would generate, from good-paying jobs to increased energy security, are now farther out of reach. From labor unions to small business owners, the Keystone XL Pipeline enjoys strong support from the American people, and I share their disappointment at the President’s actions," 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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