Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Jackson Cit Pat: 21st Century Cures Act aims to improve lives, offer hope

2015/06/27

June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

For many of us, we have a close friend or family member who suffers from this debilitating disease.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 180,000 people age 65 or older in Michigan live with the disease. Across the country, it's more than 5 million.

The cost to care for those with Alzheimer's is an estimated $226 billion in 2015 alone.

With no cure or way to slow it down, Alzheimer's takes a tremendous mental, physical, and financial toll on patients and caregivers.

Sadly, Alzheimer's isn't unique. It is one of many diseases that do not have a cure.

In total, we know about 10,000 diseases but only have 500 treatments.

That's why I'm proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, spearheaded by my colleagues Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO).

The goal of the 21st Century Cures Act is to speed up the research and development of a new generation of life-saving cures and treatments for patients.

We live in a time of incredible advancement in science and technology, but our laws and bureaucracies are stuck in the past. We need to modernize them for the iPhone age.

That begins with reforming the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval process. Right now it takes an average of 15 years for a new drug to go from the laboratory to the pharmacy. Removing unnecessary red tape will streamline the process and accelerate getting new breakthroughs to market.

Innovative medical apps that improve health care outcomes show remarkable promise but also face an uncertain and burdensome regulatory system. With the prevalence of smartphones, anyone can benefit from using apps that monitor patient data, improve communication with doctors, and provide other personalized care in real time.

To unleash these tools faster, the bill will establish common sense steps to remove the uncertainty for their developers caused by an outdated system.

Boosting research and removing barriers to collaboration will also help increase the rate of developing better cures.

To that end, the bill includes $10 billion in new resources for the National Institutes of Health, fully paid for by other savings. It also increases incentives for younger scientists to focus their research on making new discoveries.

The House is set to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act in the coming weeks, and I'm optimistic it will pass with overwhelming bipartisan support.

As the population ages, diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, and more affect a growing number of Americans. It often feels like there is no hope for families that are suffering. The 21st Century Cures Act can begin to change that.

By investing in cutting edge health research and our innovation infrastructure, we can find better cures to bring a healthier future in reach for patients.

At a time when partisan gridlock dominates the headlines, the 21st Century Cures Act is a unique opportunity to set aside party politics and enact bold solutions to improve the lives of the American people.

This op-ed was originally published in the June 26 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Read More

Walberg Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Decision

2015/06/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case:

“The debate and decision over this issue should be left to individual states and the millions of Americans who democratically addressed the definition of marriage at the ballot box, not nine unelected Justices. Religious liberty is a central protection of the First Amendment, and as we move forward in this debate, government should not force citizens to be in a position to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.”

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

Washington Times: Congress examines plans to reform justice system

2015/06/26

Lawmakers on Thursday peddled their ideas to the House Judiciary Committee on how to reform the criminal justice system, which spanned from preventing police departments from investigating their own officers to limiting the amount of property that cops are able to seize and sell for a profit.

More than a dozen Congress members showed up to a midmorning committee congressional listening session to pitch their reform proposals in the wake of the committee’s announcement that it planned to overhaul the nation’s system.

The House Judiciary Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over the U.S. Criminal Code, will be taking incremental steps toward revamping that system throughout the next several months, and Thursday’s listening session was a first step in that process.

Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan Republican, said that he wanted to see legislation passed that would keep police departments from making lucrative profits off of civil asset forfeiture, the practice of seizing personal property like cash and cars from criminal suspects. Cops then keep that property — which they often won’t have to return even if the person is never convicted of a crime — for the department’s use, Mr. Walberg said.

Police policing police also needs to end, said Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Georgia Democrat, calling for an end to the practice of law enforcement agencies investigating their own people. Those investigations need to be more transparent so that law enforcement officers who have committed illegal actions and tried to hide them pay for those crimes, he said.

“Most of us feel that our police officers, our sworn law enforcement officers, are always in the right,” he said. “But the fact is, you know, even though 95 [percent] to 98 percent — I would speculate — of our police officers are professional and trying to do the right thing and do a good job, there’s an element there among them that makes them all look bad.”

Other lawmakers brought with them tales of constituents who had experienced personal hardships due to laws often used against lower-income families who have no means of paying the fees and fines associated with the judicial system.

Rep. Grace Meng, New York Democrat, recounted how Kalief Browder, 22, spent three years in Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, being assaulted by fellow inmates and prison guards. Mr. Browder was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack.

He endured dangerous circumstances and spent months in solitary confinement because he did not have the financial means necessary to post bail and declined to enter a plea agreement, Ms. Meng said. He eventually committed suicide after the charges against him were dropped, she said.

“This is unacceptable,” she said. “Monetary bail has a disproportionate impact on lower-income individuals and their families.”

The inability to pay bail “significantly factors into an individual’s willingness to enter into plea bargaining,” she said. That is why she says the committee should consider updating federal guidelines on pretrial detention.

Law enforcement experts and organization leaders bristled at the idea of lawmakers crafting legislative plans that would alter the way the nation’s police departments function without first consulting with the individuals that their legislation would affect.

The “pie in the sky” feel-good ideas that legislators favor and academics tend to propose often do not translate well into real-world actions, said National Association of Police Organizations Executive Director Bill Johnson. Additionally, Congress needs to exercise great caution before making any decisions that might restrict the ability of police to defend themselves.

“I think it’s important to have rank-and-file’s input from the very start,” he said. “And I think that the recommendations that they may come up with or the changes that they may want to make won’t get any traction in the real world unless the police perspective is taken into account.”

Lawmakers need to engage police, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who has made police reform her priority, at the beginning of their criminal justice reform conversation rather than after they have moved forward with poorly planned legislation, said Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

“Embrace this law enforcement stakeholder up front rather than at the end,” he said.

Without that input, the dialogue between the nation’s elected officials could easily devolve into a “cop-bashing session,” he said.

Some lawmakers seemed to express similar concerns during the listening session about focusing less on the small issues and rather on committing to actions that are “really big.”

Meaningful reform needs to be made while the momentum is there to make it, said Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, Louisiana Democrat.

“I think that if you look at the synergy that has come together from the ACLU to the NAACP to The Heritage Foundation to the Koch brothers — I think we have spanned the gambit on both fringes, and we could really, really do something big and also make the country safer,” he said.

This article original appeared in the June 26 edition of the Washington Times. Read More

Walberg Statement on King v. Burwell Decision

2015/06/25

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell.

“The President’s health care law is inherently flawed, and today’s Supreme Court decision doesn’t change that fact. Far too often I’ve heard from families who have lost their doctor or experienced a jump in premiums under this unworkable law. Instead of a top-down bureaucratic system, we need to continue to work on positive solutions that put individual patients in charge and offer more choices for high quality, affordable care.”

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 High School Student Wins 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/06/24


Washington, D.C.
– Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) welcomed Zachary Binroth, the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art competition for the 7th District, to Washington, D.C. today. Zachary is a rising senior at Jackson High School and he received first place for his charcoal drawing entitled “Interference.” It features a woman who is spouting knowledge and a boy who struggles to remember everything he must learn. 

Zachary is the son of Michael Binroth and Alma Moncivais-Binroth, and his art teacher at Jackson High School is Linda Jacobs. He will attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall. His winning artwork will be part of a yearlong display in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol along with other pieces from high school students around the country.

“Every year I am impressed with all the dedicated and creative students that call Michigan’s 7th District home. Congratulations to Zachary for winning this year’s competition and I’m confident with his talent and work ethic he has a bright future ahead,” said Congressman Walberg.

Second place was awarded to Matthew Hurst, a rising junior at Monroe High School, for his graphite drawing entitled, “Lending a Hand.” It is a series of many hands and arms supporting a group of people walking together holding hands. Matthew is the son of Matt and Michelle Hurst, and his art teacher at Monroe High School is Amy McBroom. 

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

Hillsdale Daily News: Empowering Michigan farmers to succeed

2015/06/23

I come home to Michigan every weekend for many reasons. My wife, my farm, and my truck are all here.

It’s also allows me the privilege of directly listening to your common sense concerns and solutions so I can effectively be your voice in Congress.

From roundtables to coffee hours to town hall meetings, I frequently hear about the growing regulatory burden imposed by Washington bureaucrats who have little to no knowledge about what’s best for our communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a prime example.

Recently, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, in direct contradiction to legislative action already taken by the House to stop it.

The rule expands the Clean Water Act to give the federal government authority to regulate nearly all bodies of water in the United States, including waters that are privately owned or under a state’s jurisdiction.

Under the WOTUS rule, everything from backyard ponds to mud puddles are classified as “navigable water” and subjected to the same regulations as lakes and oceans.

It hurts our economy, threatens individual property rights, and interferes with a farmer’s ability to grow their crops and raise their livestock. It’s a stunning power grab.

Unfortunately, the WOTUS rule is only the latest example of the EPA bogging farmers down in unnecessary red tape.

That’s why I introduced the Flexibility to Farm Act, which protects farmers from EPA overregulation and restores common sense to the rule-making process.

The legislation would allow individual states to opt-out of certain EPA regulations if the state’s governor finds them to be excessively burdensome to the farming community.

While we still need reasonable policies to provide for a healthy economy and protect our nation’s waters, we don’t need a vast expansion of federal power to do it. Allowing more input from state and local leaders-those who know our communities best-will help achieve a balanced approach so farmers can successfully run their farms and create jobs.

I’m proud the Flexibility to Farm Act has the support of the Michigan Farm Bureau and farmers across the district.

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

Brian Preston, a farmer from Branch County, echoed that sentiment. “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,” he said.

Farmers should be spending their time raising animals, harvesting crops, and growing their business. When the EPA begins targeting mud puddles for regulation, it’s clear the agency is wading into territory that goes far beyond responsible environmental protection and is standing in the way of farmers doing what they do best.

The EPA doesn’t need more power. Michigan farmers like Jennifer and Brian do.

This op-ed was originally published in the June 23 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News and the Daily Reporter. Read More

Walberg Votes to Keep Promises to Our Seniors

2015/06/23

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, which repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established under President Obama’s health care law. The IPAB was created to consist of 15 members with sweeping powers to cut Medicare spending without any input from Congress. 

“The ability for unelected bureaucrats to hand down one-size-fits-all rulings regarding Medicare treatments is exactly the wrong approach to medical care. Each individual case is unique and personal health decisions should be made by patients, families, and their doctors—not by an unaccountable board. Regardless of political party, we need to keep our promise to seniors and ensure they have access to high quality care,” 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

Detroit News: Bill seeks to give pregnant women workplace protections

2015/06/17

A Republican congressman from Michigan is sponsoring a bill he says would protect pregnant women from potential discrimination by employers.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced the legislation Wednesday in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pregnant workers may sue over a denial of accommodations afforded to workers with disabilities.

“It’s important to ensure women are provided the same protections for pregnancy, just as they are for other health issues,” said Walberg, who chairs a House panel on workforce protections.

“Unfortunately, the law has been unclear on this issue, but our bill will affirm the intended treatment under the (Pregnancy Discrimination Act) and empower families and working moms-to-be nationwide.”

In her lawsuit, United Parcel Service Inc. driver Peggy Young cited a section of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that says employers must treat pregnant employees the same as others “similar in their ability or inability to work.” Young argued that because UPS did accommodate some employees who were similarly situated, it must offer her the same treatment.

Walberg’s bill would require employers to treat pregnant women the same as other job applicants or current employees in positions performed under similar conditions who are not pregnant but “similar in their temporary ability.”

The bill differs from a measure offered by Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and barring firms from forcing workers to take leave if they can be reasonably accommodated.

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Walberg, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Protections for Pregnant Women

2015/06/17


Washington, D.C.
– Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act in the House and Senate today to strengthen protections for pregnant women in the workplace. The bicameral legislation provides much-needed protections in light of a recent Supreme Court decision, Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., where the Justices wrote an unclear opinion related to a central provision of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978.

“It’s important to ensure women are provided the same protections for pregnancy just as they are for other health issues,” said Congressman Tim Walberg, Chairman of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. “Unfortunately, the law has been unclear on this issue, but our bill will affirm the intended treatment under the PDA and empower families and working moms-to-be nationwide.”

The Walberg-Murkowski legislation will modernize the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 by clarifying that a pregnant worker in a similar ability or inability to perform a duty due to the pregnancy shall be treated the same as a non-pregnant worker in terms of accommodation.

“Pregnant women must be protected from potential discrimination by employers, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 must be enforced,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “This bill clarifies and tightens the existing law to help ensure against unequal treatment in the workplace.”

“This legislation will make clear that expecting mothers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace. And it will ensure that pregnant employees have access to every accommodation given to employees in similar working conditions—providing the flexibility to continue working and supporting their families,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.  “This legislation will accomplish all of that without adding the unclear and duplicative requirements Senate Democrats are proposing that will cause confusion for employers and workers alike.”

Original co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Kristi Noem (R-SD), and Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Deb Fischer (R-NE). Click here to read a PDF of the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act. Read More

Walberg: Iran Must Release American Prisoners Now

2015/06/15

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after voting for a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) calling for the release of Americans who are imprisoned in Iran, including former Marine Amir Hekmati from Flint, Pastor Saeed Abedini, journalist Jason Rezaian, and Robert Levinson.

“Amir, Saeed, Jason, and Robert have been separated from their loved ones for far too long. The torture and unjust imprisonment of these Americans is an outrage and flies in the face of any attempt by Iran to be taken seriously. We must redouble our efforts to secure their safe return home—now,” 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 Testifies on Legislation to Curb Civil Asset Forfeiture

2015-06-26 13:16:33


Walberg questions IRS watchdog over missing emails

2015-06-25 15:55:07


Walberg introduces bill to give pregnant women stronger workplace protections

2015-06-18 13:31:57


WWMT: Walberg introduces legislation to strengthen protections for pregnant women

2015-06-17 23:01:50


Walberg Recognizes Hunter and Braden Gandee on House Floor

2015-06-11 16:19:28


Walberg Discusses Upcoming Overtime Rule on Fox Business

2015-06-10 17:42:19


WLNS: Hundreds attend Walberg's Jackson Job Fair

2015-06-10 14:43:18


Walberg: Reduce government so liberty can expand

2015-06-03 15:42:43


WLNS: Walberg Welcomes Mid-Michigan Honor Flight to WWII Memorial

2015-06-03 13:07:41


WILX: Honor Flight Takes Michigan Veterans To D.C. Memorial

2015-06-03 12:51:39


Walberg: We need a robust strategy to combat heroin abuse

2015-06-02 19:29:37


Walberg Champions NDAA Amendment to Save Taxpayer Dollars

2015-05-15 15:23:31


WILX: Post Office Dedicated to Fallen Officer

2015-05-12 13:14:00


WLNS: Jackson renames post office to honor fallen officer

2015-05-12 13:07:29


Fox 17: Walberg pushes forward on reforms for asset forfeiture laws

2015-05-11 16:10:22


Walberg Pushes for Veterans Job Training Amendment

2015-04-29 20:58:52


Walberg Questions Obamacare's Impact on Tax Season

2015-04-15 19:31:41


Walberg: Ambush Election Rule will Trample Worker Rights

2015-03-19 15:10:20


Walberg blasts Senate Democrats for blocking DHS funding

2015-02-25 17:41:33


Walberg presses IRS Commissioner on rehiring employees with history of misconduct

2015-02-13 13:28:10


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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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