Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

WLNS: Walberg Discusses Great Lakes Protection Legislation

2015/08/12



Rep. Walberg sat down with WLNS to discuss the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act, legislation he introduced with Rep. Candice Miller to help protect the Great Lakes from harmful algae blooms. Read More

Jackson Cit Pat: It is time to hold Washington accountable for wasteful spending

2015/08/07

Only in Washington can bureaucrats get away with spending money on nothing.

It's the very definition of government waste, and I'm fighting to stop it.

Currently, the federal government is racking up service fees to administer thousands of expired, empty grant accounts, costing taxpayers millions per year.

Bipartisan legislation I recently introduced with Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) would reform the grant management process to help put an end to this fiscal malpractice.

It's called the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act, and the bill requires federal agencies to take action to identify and close out thousands of expired grant accounts with a zero balance.

When an agency shuts down a grant account, it essentially performs an audit to ensure the funds were used effectively and for their intended purpose. If done properly, the closeout process makes the grants less susceptible to waste, fraud, and abuse.

However, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the grant closeout process is plagued by significant delays and mismanagement. 

The GAO report identified more than $794 million in funding remaining in expired grant accounts, and it also discovered that agencies were paying roughly $2 million in annual service fees to maintain accounts with zero dollars in them. 

By streamlining the grant management process with the GONE Act, we can ensure taxpayer resources are not languishing in expired accounts or are being wasted to maintain accounts with nothing in them.

Another bipartisan bill I introduced to crack down on wasteful spending is the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, which I authored along with Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN).

It's based on the simple premise that the American people should know what their government does with their tax dollars.

The Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act makes it easier to evaluate federal government spending by requiring agencies to identify their programs, provide basic information like what the programs do and how they perform, and tell us how much they cost. 

Every successful business in America can tell you what their staff is spending their time on, the cost of their activities, and whether they are reaching their goals.

But the federal government doesn't have that ability.

If we get that data under the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, we can streamline or eliminate duplicative, outdated programs that have lost their intended purpose or impact so we stop throwing away the American people's hard earned tax dollars.

Both of these bipartisan bills are an important step forward to providing programs that are accountable, effective, and efficient. They recently cleared the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and await further debate on the House floor.

Faced with a $18 trillion national debt, it's past time to get Washington's fiscal house in order and responsibly manage our budget to eliminate wasteful spending—just like Michigan families and small businesses do every day.

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

Walberg: Veterans Need to Come First

2015/07/29

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which gives the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary increased authority to hold poor performing officials accountable, provides improved whistleblower protections, and reforms performance measures for senior executives. Last year, the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 after reports of the sickening mistreatment of veterans came to light. 

“Despite last year’s scandal, far too many veterans are still faced with navigating an outdated bureaucracy beset with lengthy wait times and inadequate care. The officials protecting failure and standing in the way of reform need to be held accountable. Our veterans sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today, and their care needs to be the VA’s top priority—not defending business as usual,” 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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Monroe News: Walberg hosts jobs town hall at MCCC

2015/07/28

Since vocational education training has been just about eliminated in all but two Monroe County high schools, students who want to learn about the trades will have an option this fall.

The 2-year-old, state-of-the-art Career Technology Center on the Monroe County Community College campus will be open for high school students. Business leaders and educators said training students for jobs waiting to be filled — even at the high school level — is vital.

“We have a new building,” said MCCC President Dr. Kojo Quartey, referring to the CTC. “( Students) don’t necessarily need to get a degree. All they need is credentials.” The discussion about creating jobs, increasing training, reducing regulations and keeping young adults here instead of watching them leave for other cities was held Monday morning at the college’s La- Z- Boy Center.

Hosted by U. S. Rep Tim Walberg, R- Tipton, the town hall meeting was called “Growing Jobs in Michigan” and included a panel of four community leaders, including Dr. Quartey; Dr. Oded Gur- Arie of Adrian College; Tim Lake, president and chief executive officer of Monroe County Business Development Corp., and Molly Luempert- Coy of DTE Energy.

With a chart nearby showing that there were 2,620 pages of federal regulations in 1936 compared to 79,311 in 2013, Rep. Walberg said for job growth, more competition and less bureaucracy are needed.

“I still think America leads in the area of innovation,” he told the audience. “We still have the capabilities of creating new ideas.”

Mr. Lake said skilled workers are needed and training at the high school level will help. Companies are looking for employees in the skilled trades, such as machinists. Job growth in 2015 is expected to be stagnant, he added, because not enough potential employees are available.

“It’s truly been a very, very big issue,” Mr. Lake said. “They need workers.”

Mr. Lake added that there are 83 positions open for truck drivers and 61 in the retail sales. Jobs, including CNC machin-ists, are also out there, he added.

One idea that could keep the brightest young minds from leaving the area is promoting and developing entrepreneurship programs. Dr. Gur- Arie, professor and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Adrian College, said having such a hub — or an incubator, as he calls it — to share ideas would be ideal.

“You need an environment to bring ideas to fruition,” he said. “Being an entrepreneur is a fulltime commitment. You’ve got to go all in.”

Dr. Quartey said MCCC is in the process of creating such a hub. Having business owners or product developers remain in the community should be a priority, he added. Also, developing agricultural programs also is vital since Monroe County has 1,100 farms.

“We’ve got to make things happen in this community,” Dr. Quartey said.

Since DTE is the community’s largest taxpayer and employer, Ms. Luempert- Coy, regional manager for DTE, said millions are being invested in job growth and partnering with education only can strengthen the workforce.

Rep. Walberg said having such a town hall meeting is necessary to share ideas about job creation. Then he can take those concepts with him to Washington.

“This is where creativity happens,” he said. “It happens at the grassroots sector.”
 
This story originally appeared in the July 28 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

Walberg Votes to Reduce Red Tape, Boost Job Creation

2015/07/28

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Regulations from the Executive in Needs of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would give Congress an up or down vote on any major new executive branch rule or regulation. Major regulations are those that produce an annual economic impact of $100 million or more, spur major increases in costs for consumers, or have other significant adverse effects on jobs and the economy.

“Excessive regulations are stifling the growth, expansion, and innovation of small businesses in Michigan and across the country. Far too often Washington bureaucrats unilaterally implement these costly regulations while ignoring their significant impact on job creation. The REINS Act would help hold the administration accountable and reduce unnecessary red tape so we can grow jobs and a healthy economy,” 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: Scandal-Plagued IRS Needs New Leadership

2015/07/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07), a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called on President Obama today to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from his position for obstructing Congressional investigations into the IRS targeting scandal. Walberg joined with Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and other members of the committee at a press conference to highlight Commissioner Koskinen’s breach of public trust.

“It’s past time for new leadership at this scandal-plagued agency. Targeting Americans based on their beliefs remains a stunning abuse of government power and it’s shameful the Obama administration has yet to fully come clean. All throughout our two-year investigation the IRS has repeatedly stonewalled, misled the public, and destroyed key evidence. Whatever modicum of trust the American people had in Commissioner Koskinen’s leadership was destroyed along with Lois Lerner’s missing emails,” said Walberg.

Specifically, IRS Commissioner Koskinen should be held accountable for:

  • Failing to comply with a Congressional subpoena and a legal obligation to preserve and produce Lois Lerner’s emails when back-up tapes containing up to 24,000 relevant emails were destroyed
  • Failing to examine five out of six sources for Lerner’s emails, despite testifying the agency went to “great lengths” to produce her emails
  • Withholding information for four months about the IRS’s ability to comply with the congressional subpoena for Lerner’s emails
  • Promising in sworn testimony the IRS would produce all of Lerner’s emails, despite already knowing emails were missing
Click here for an in-depth video timeline of the IRS and Commissioner Koskinen’s repeated obstruction of Congressional investigations. In a letter to President Obama, the Committee outlined the findings, thus far, of its investigation into the IRS targeting scandal. Read More

Monroe News: Walberg discusses Great Lakes protection legislation

2015/07/22

WILLIS — Two legislators hope to rally support to protect the Great Lakes and other waterways.

On Tuesday, U. S. Reps. Tim Walberg, R- Tipton, and Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, announced the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act at Darling Farms.

The legislation, created by Rep. Miller, builds off the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). It encourages states throughout the Great Lakes Basin to develop voluntary agricultural assurance programs to promote conservation and minimize agricultural pollution risks.

Among such risks are the algae blooms on Lake Erie and the toxin microcystin that shut down Toledo’s water supply last summer.

“This is so important to us, and we share the dismay last summer with Toledo shutting down its water supply because of the algae blooms,” Rep. Miller said. “ We have another problem besides the toxin. We all love Mother Nature but sometimes we don’t show it.”

She said pollutants and contaminants have been entering the Great Lakes for years, but it is not one entity that should be blamed.

“A lot of people want to blame the farmers, but Tim and I do not believe that,” Rep. Miller said. “Everybody who lives in the Great Lakes Basin is responsible to protect our Great Lakes.”

Rep. Walberg said the MAEAP program has worked well in Michigan and encouraged support from other Great Lakes states.

“Let’s do the right thing here that helps us to better protect our resources,” Rep. Walberg said.

Since its creation, 2,828 farms in Michigan have become MAEAP verified, said Josh Appleby of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“We have worked hard to develop a commonsense approach and farms in Michigan are doing their part for the right reasons because they care,” Mr. Appleby said.

The program has proved successful in reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff, he said.

“Nearly 1.7 million pounds of phosphorous has not gone into Michigan waters because of MAEAP,” Mr. Appleby said.

Rep. Miller said tons of algae has been prevented due to MAEAP.

“Over 1 million tons of algae doesn’t exist today because of the program,” she said.

Mark Sargent from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the DNR has a stake in this as well because of industries such as fishing.

“We need to keep Michigan waters fresh,” he said. “This impacts our state prosperity.”

Doug Darling, co-owner of Darling Farms, said he has been pleased with the MAEAP program, of which his farm is a verified participant.

“As farmers, our income comes from the environment,” Mr. Darling said. “I’m so pleased with its efforts. It is the premier volunteer program for farmers in the country.”

The legislators are hopeful the success of Michigan’s program will catch on and spread throughout the nation.

“Our hope is for all the Great Lakes states and beyond will get behind this,” Rep. Miller said. “We are very hopeful this will pass.”

This article originally appeared in the July 22 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

Bipartisan Walberg Legislation Passes Oversight Committee

2015/07/22


Washington, D.C.
– Two bipartisan bills authored by Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) to increase government accountability and save taxpayer dollars passed the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today.

H.R. 598, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, was introduced with Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) and makes it easier to evaluate federal government spending by requiring federal agencies to identify their programs and provide basic information on what the program does and how much they cost.

“The tentacles of duplicative, wasteful programs are far-reaching inside the federal government,” Walberg said about the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act. “This bipartisan bill will help identify and streamline those outdated programs that have lost their intended purpose or impact so we stop throwing away the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars.”

“Taxpayers watch what they spend, so why can’t Congress?” Cooper said. “The House has already passed our bill once, and I’m glad it’s picking up steam again. Now it needs to become law.”

H.R. 3089, the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act, was introduced with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) and requires federal agencies to take action to identify and close out thousands of expired grant accounts with a zero balance.

“The federal government is currently racking up service fees to administer thousands of expired, empty grant accounts, costing taxpayers millions per year. Only in Washington does spending money on nothing fly under the radar. It’s past time to get our fiscal house in order and responsibly manage our budget to eliminate wasteful spending—just like Michigan families and small businesses do every day,” said Walberg about the GONE Act.

Following committee passage today, both H.R. 598 and H.R. 3089 await further debate on the House Floor.  Read More

Detroit Free Press: Save Great Lakes from farm pollution the Michigan way

2015/07/21

By Reps. Candice Miller and Tim Walberg

Michigan farmers are among the hardest-working individuals we represent in the U.S. House. They are also the original environmentalists, because no one takes better care of the Earth than someone who makes a living from it.

Healthy and sustainable land, water and air are a necessary prerequisite for a successful farm. And a successful future for their children and grandchildren.

Farmers across Michigan have long led the way in conservation practices. Over the past several years, their efforts have been boosted by the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).

MAEAP is proven to help farmers voluntarily develop sound environmental practices aimed at limiting the impact of excess runoff from fertilizers and pesticides, protecting our water, our soil and air. The program provides farmers with official environmental certification accompanied by financial assistance.

It’s time to take the Michigan success story on the road.

Today, we introduced legislation called the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act to promote proactive measures in each of the Great Lakes states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) to minimize agricultural pollution risks.

Our legislation would authorize the federal government to assist the states and their agricultural producers in implementing voluntary procedures aimed at protecting our environment. Specifically, states would be able to apply for grants from the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program to administer and promote state-level assistance programs like Michigan’s. Agricultural producers would also be eligible for priority consideration in applications for federally funded conservation projects.

Neither of these provisions would require additional federal funding.

To understand the imperative of expanding voluntary environmental assurance programs, we need look no further than last summer’s experience in western Lake Erie, where a toxic algae bloom shut down the water supply for the City of Toledo for more than two days.

While the precise dynamic that led to Lake Erie’s condition is not fully known, there is no question that fertilizer runoff from agricultural land played a role. And the event served as a wake-up call for those of us who regard the Great Lakes ecosystem as a national and natural treasure. Ohio has responded with state-level legislation aimed at curtailing the risk from agricultural runoff.

But June’s heavy rainfall has prompted concern about the prospect of another, potentially damaging algae bloom.

We can reduce those risks going forward by expanding the Michigan model across the Great Lakes basin.

Farmers want to do the right thing. They don’t benefit from sending excess fertilizer into Lake Erie or any of our waterways.

Approaches like the MAEAP give farmers the tools to calibrate their use of fertilizer, manure and pesticides that maximize their benefits without jeopardizing the environment. They help farmers succeed and avoid the legal hazard of unintended consequences. They result in cleaner water, cleaner soil and cleaner air.

It’s time to spread those incentives throughout the Great Lakes.

Candice Miller, a Republican from Harrison Township, represents Michigan’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tim Walberg, a Republican from Tipton, represents Michigan’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. This op-ed originally appeared in the July 21 edition of the Detroit Free Press. Read More

Walberg, Miller Introduce Legislation to Protect Great Lakes from Harmful Algae Blooms

2015/07/21


Washington, D.C.
– Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today introduced the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act. They were joined by officials from the Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at a press conference in Monroe County to announce the bill’s introduction.

This legislation builds off the success of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and encourages states throughout the Great Lakes Basin to develop voluntary agricultural assurance programs to promote conservation and minimize agricultural pollution risks, like we’ve seen with the toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie.

“I’m proud to work with Rep. Miller to encourage neighboring states to follow the example of Michigan farmers and adopt better conservation practices,” said Rep. Walberg. “Responsible stewardship of our land and Great Lakes will help ensure the health of our economy and environment today and for generations to come.”

“Today, Rep. Walberg and I introduced the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act, legislation that helps Great Lakes states establish voluntary programs that aid farmers in adopting better conservation practices, like the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assistance Program (MAEAP),” Rep. Miller said. “Michigan farmers have voluntarily taken the lead in conservation efforts, reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff. With the help of MAEAP, their efforts have helped reduce algae blooms in the Great Lakes like the one we saw last year on Lake Erie that forced officials in Toledo to cut off the drinking water supply to nearby communities. Expanding this program to all of the Great Lakes states will further protect our Lakes and all of those who rely on them.”

“Michigan Farm Bureau supports the legislation and your effort to establish an environmental assurance program for each state within the Great Lakes basin,” wrote Carl Bednarski, President of the Michigan Farm Bureau, in a letter of support. “Michigan farmers care deeply about the natural resources they work with every day. Conservation programs have been implemented in your districts and across the state with a focus on water and soil quality. From filter strips to improving manure storage structures to utilizing technology when spraying, Michigan farmers are always improving conservation practice.”

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Detroit Free Press op-ed: Save Great Lakes from farm pollution the Michigan way

Monroe News: Walberg discusses Great Lakes protection legislation

Detroit News: Miller touts bill to fight Great Lakes farm runoff

Michigan Radio: Michigan reps introduce legislation to fight algae blooms

WTVB: Two Michigan-Based Congress Members Introduce Anti-Algae Legislation

Brownfield Ag News: Great Lakes Assurance Act models Michigan program

Toledo Blade: Lawmakers want programs to curb Great Lakes farm pollution

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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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