Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Votes to Strengthen Veterans’ Mental Health Care Resources

2016/09/26

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act, bipartisan legislation to bring critical improvements and quality control measures to the Veterans Crisis Line, the 24-hour support hotline for veterans seeking suicide prevention and crisis assistance. According to the hotline’s former director, more than one-third of calls are rolled over to a back-up call center and not being answered by the best trained staffers. Earlier this year, a VA Inspector General report also found instances where calls were transferred to a voicemail system and never returned.

“America’s men and women in uniform face many challenges when they return home, and when a veteran reaches out in a time of need, it is simply unacceptable to not answer their call for help. We must keep the faith with our veterans and provide timely, high quality care for wounds both seen and unseen. These bipartisan reforms will help make the Veterans Crisis Line more responsive and effective to ensure those seeking mental health care can get the immediate assistance they need,” 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: Block All Ransom Payments to Iran

2016/09/23

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted on Thursday for the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act to ensure there are no future cash payouts to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation was introduced in response to the Obama administration shipping $1.7 billion in cash to Iran in exchange for the release of American prisoners.
 
“When American hostages sit on a tarmac until pallets of cash secretly arrive on an unmarked cargo plane, it’s not merely a coincidence—it’s ransom, pure and simple. The administration’s dangerous ransom payment, in violation of longstanding policy, has put more American lives at risk and given the Iranian regime an enormous cash infusion to further escalate and finance terrorist activity. This bill prioritizes our national security and prohibits more reckless ransom attempts,” 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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Mohr Family from Lenawee County Recognized as Angels in Adoption

2016/09/22


Washington, D.C.
—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) recognized Matt and Sheryl Mohr from Hudson this week as the 2016 Angels in Adoption from Michigan’s 7th District. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg's remarks on the House floor honoring the Mohr family.
 
The Mohrs were nominated for this national award because of their selfless example and commitment to improving the lives of special needs and foster children in Lenawee County. In the past six years, the Mohrs have opened up their home to 26 foster children. In addition to their five biological children, they have also adopted five children and are in the process of adopting two more—for a total of 12 children. To support other foster and adoptive parents in the area, Sheryl currently serves as President of the Lenawee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association.
 
“What Matt and Sheryl have done for so many children is truly moving. Through their compassion and big hearts, the Mohrs have opened their home and provided these children with a loving, stable support system. The Mohrs exemplify a selflessness that inspires and challenge us all, and it is an honor to recognize such a remarkable couple,” said Walberg.
 
Angels in Adoption is a program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) that provides an opportunity for Members of Congress to honor constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans. The Mohrs were honored at the annual CCAI awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. this week along with other recipients from around the country. Read More

Walberg Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Delay Overtime Rule, Protect Michigan Workers, Students, and Small Businesses

2016/09/22

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) yesterday introduced the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094), bipartisan legislation to require a six-month delay in the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. Without congressional action, on December 1, 2016, drastic changes to federal overtime policies will take effect, resulting in harmful consequences for Michigan workers, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities.
 
“Small businesses, nonprofits, and colleges and universities nationwide have urged the administration to take a more responsible approach to updating our nation’s overtime rules,” said Congressman Walberg. “There is agreement that federal overtime rules need to be updated, and we’ve been working in a bipartisan fashion to find a reasonable consensus to modernize these rules. Unfortunately, the administration has refused to listen and too many hardworking people impacted by the rule are now struggling to prepare for drastic changes in just a few short months. The administration should go back to the drawing board altogether, but at the very least, it should work with us to delay the rule and provide much-needed relief.”
 
“One of the great rewards of owning a small business is creating opportunities for young people in our community to learn the value of hard work and help our team members pursue an education,” said Karen Richard, owner of Culver’s Restaurants in Ann Arbor and Jackson. “I am worried the new overtime rule will dramatically limit opportunities for the young people I employ to grow, advance in the workplace, and gain managerial experience. Delaying it would be a welcome development for small business owners and our employees.”
 
“Absorbing the additional costs resulting from the new overtime rule presents a tremendous challenge for institutions of higher education across the country, including Adrian College,” said Jeffrey Docking, President of Adrian College. “From the cost of tuition to provided services, this rule will have far-reaching implications for our students, employees, and community as a whole. Additionally, we are concerned with the limited time frame to implement such a sweeping change to administrative policy and encourage any efforts to delay the rule’s harmful consequences.”
 
“The Overtime Rule has not even gone into effect yet, and I have already opted to hire one less employee this year.  I am a classic example of how this rule is going to cost Michigan, and the entire country, jobs,” said Ernie MacEwen, small business owner in South Rockwood. “This rule was incredibly under publicized, and I have talked to many small business owners who don’t even know that it exists. If the looming December 1st deadline stands, many owners will be in violation of the rule and will face expensive fines.”
 
“On behalf of Bethany Christian Services, we are pleased to support the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act,” said Bill Blacquiere, President of Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids. “We appreciate Rep. Walberg’s efforts to delay the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule that would make drastic changes to federal overtime policies.  As an organization that is committed to family preservation, foster care, adoption, and child welfare, we are very aware that extreme changes to overtime rules can have a deleterious effect on our workplace flexibility and ability to perform services for children.  We encourage Congress and the Administration to adopt modernized overtime rules that help non-profits like ours work most effectively on behalf of those most in need.”

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 panel speaking about heroin epidemic

2016/09/20

Bedford High School seniors gathered Monday to hear a panel discussion about the ongoing heroin addiction epidemic in Michigan and the nation.

The panel, led by Rep. Tim Walberg R-Tipton, also included Lt. Marc Moore of the Michigan State Police; Vicky Loveland of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition; Mark Cochran of ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital; Monroe County Prosecutor William Paul Nichols and Vasco Tchakarov of Hope for Recovery.

Rep. Walberg began the panel by highlighting the fact that heroin addiction is a national issue that can affect anyone.

“Some good people and some good families have been changed forever because of opioid abuse,” he said.

Rep. Walberg suggested that headway could be made in combating the epidemic by promoting additional addiction training for law enforcement officers and to helping more people receive treatment for heroin addiction.

“We can’t arrest our way out of it,” he said.

Lt. Moore of the Monroe Area Narcotics Team and Investigative Services said the majority of cases the unit works with are heroin-related.

“The majority of cases we work on are heroin related,” he said, adding that the problem is seen across the county and not just in the city of Monroe. “We can’t just shut it off when we go home because it’s everywhere.”

Mr. Nichols said overdose deaths are one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States. He stressed the importance of helping those who are addicted to the drug through counseling.

“Those people who are addicted need help,” he said. “Treatment is the biggest component.”

Ms. Loveland spoke to the students about being cautious of prescription pill use.

“Prescription pills are heroin in a pill form,” she said. “Please be educated to make the right decision.”

Mr. Cochran spoke to the students about managing pain through ways other than prescription pills.

“You can become addicted to prescription pills in as little as three doses,” he said, adding that it is important for those with prescription pill doses to dispose of them properly once they are done with them.

Mr. Tchakarov spoke of his experiences as a former heroin addict, and how his organization works to help others in their recovery process.

“This is a serious issue. This problem is everywhere,” he said. “Take this seriously. Don’t think this can’t happen to you.”

Sammy Moore, a member of the Bedford High School Student Prevention Leadership Team (SPLT) said she thought the panel was thought-provoking.

“I think it went really good,” she said, saying that many of her fellow students did not understand the depth of the heroin problem in Monroe County.

“Now they can realize this is a problem real people face,” she said.

Rep. Walberg said the forum made an impact on the students.

“The people that deal with it every day, they have the answers,” he said. “The students were intent. It was a start.”

This article originally appeared in the September 20 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

Monroe News editorial: Our View: Education essential in heroin epidemic

2016/09/20

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, held a forum at Bedford High School to discuss the ongoing problem of heroin addiction in Monroe County and the nation.

Joining him were experts from around the county to shed light on various aspects of the issue and what potentially can be done to combat it.

The panel, which was hosted for Bedford High School seniors, highlighted an important part of what can be done to help — simply raising awareness of the heroin epidemic to both combat the current problem and stem further abuse of the drug.

Currently, drug overdose is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Students at the forum had an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists, spotlighting an important facet in this crisis — the need for the public to be educated about heroin and prescription pill addiction and that correct information to be readily available.

If armed with such knowledge regarding heroin addiction, people might recognize sooner that they should seek treatment or help others with such issues. Raising awareness and acknowledging the seriousness of the issue is an important step in fixing it.

Education is key in understanding the problem the nation is facing. Students play an important role in this. It’s a step in making sure that as many people as possible are knowledgable about heroin addiction.

By having a better understanding of the problem the county faces, people can better prepare for what comes next, including treatment and providing care for those who need it. Many local groups stand ready to help those seeking assistance.

As Congressman Walberg said at the panel, “ We can’t arrest our way out of it.” Education allows everyone — recovery groups, hospitals and law enforcement — to better serve the public and move forward to a solution.

This editorial was originally published in the September 20 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

WTOL: Forum at Bedford High School addresses heroin and opioid epidemic

2016/09/19


13abc: Walberg hosts heroin epidemic forum at Bedford High School

2016/09/19


Walberg Votes to Protect National Security, Prohibit Gitmo Transfers

2016/09/15

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted to protect America’s national security by prohibiting the transfer or release of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay. According to a new report from Reuters, two more terrorists freed from Guantanamo Bay have rejoined the battlefield in the first six months of 2016.

“President Obama’s last ditch effort to try to empty out Guantanamo Bay jeopardizes the safety and security of the American people. It simply defies commonsense to continue to release hardened terrorists who are a known threat to resume terrorist activity and put American lives at risk. With this bill, we voted to block this dangerous practice and prioritize our nation’s security over the President’s misguided campaign promise,” 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’s Bipartisan Good Government Transparency Bill Passes the House

2016/09/14

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) bipartisan legislation to provide greater transparency and help restore the integrity of the federal government’s rulemaking process passed the House of Representatives today. H.R. 5226, the Regulatory Integrity Act, requires agencies to post, in a central location, all communications they issue during the proposed rule stage so that the public can fully participate and trust that the rulemaking process is neutral and unbiased. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s remarks on the House floor.
 
“The people I represent in Michigan’s 7th district are ready to offer honest and thoughtful feedback on pending regulations, but they currently lack confidence that federal agencies are actually open to their insights and constructive criticism. Too often, we’ve seen federal agencies treat the rulemaking process as a perfunctory act with a predetermined outcome, instead of genuinely asking for and considering public feedback. This bipartisan legislation will increase transparency and help ensure that the American people’s voices are heard as significant rules that affect their daily lives are developed,” said Congressman Walberg.
 
The Regulatory Integrity Act would increase transparency to help prevent future instances of misconduct like what occurred during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) covert campaign efforts during the public rulemaking process for the flawed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded the EPA overstepped and issued a report that said the agency undertook “covert propaganda” and “grassroots lobbying” during the process.
 
“The GAO’s report last year about the EPA violating lobbying laws by funding advocacy efforts around the WOTUS rule further indicates why we must maintain integrity and trust in the process for all citizens,” said John Kran, Associate National Legislative Counsel of the Michigan Farm Bureau. “Congressman Walberg’s bill is one key step in helping to increase transparency in the federal rulemaking process.
 
“This administration has yet to miss an opportunity to force burdensome regulations on the people of Michigan and this country who are simply looking to grow their businesses and create jobs,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan. “The Regulatory Integrity Act will put in place reforms that will create the transparency and accountability necessary to ensure that those hardworking business owners and job creators are heard during the rule-making process.”

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 Recognizes Mohr Family from Lenawee County as Angels in Adoption

2016-09-22 17:02:56


WILX: Walberg, Lawmakers Grill EpiPen CEO

2016-09-22 18:06:14


Walberg Questions Mylan CEO About Rising Price of EpiPens

2016-09-21 22:52:01


13abc: Walberg hosts heroin epidemic forum at Bedford High School

2016-09-20 14:19:20


WTOL: Forum at Bedford High School addresses heroin and opioid epidemic

2016-09-20 14:19:15


Walberg Champions Bipartisan Good Government Transparency Bill

2016-09-14 20:30:50


Walberg Works to Boost Workforce Training, Create 21st Century Jobs

2016-09-13 19:18:01


Walberg Recognizes Spring Arbor Student Artwork on House Floor

2016-09-08 16:54:13


Honoring our Vietnam War Veterans

2016-08-26 13:00:06


WLNS: Vietnam War vets get a “thank you” at Jackson County Fair

2016-08-12 13:37:05


Walberg Recognizes Michigan International Speedway on House Floor

2016-07-15 14:48:58


Walberg Champions Amendment to Boost Resources to Combat Heroin Epidemic

2016-07-07 21:14:04


Walberg Questions Director Comey About Clinton Email Investigation

2016-07-07 17:55:06


Walberg: Empower Students, Workers to Succeed in Workforce

2016-07-07 17:56:26


House Passes Two Walberg Bills to Increase Government Accountability

2016-07-07 12:43:22


Walberg: Restore Local Control in Education

2016-06-23 21:02:33


Walberg Amendment Prevents Wasteful Afghanistan Infrastructure Spending

2016-06-16 12:24:14


Walberg Speaks About PTSD, Highlights Michigan Veteran's 1,000 Mile Walk

2016-06-14 17:06:39


Walberg Recognizes Croswell Opera House's 150th Anniversary

2016-06-09 16:42:42


WLNS: Heroin addiction stories shared at Jackson High School

2016-05-24 13:35:03


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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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