FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today introduced the Eminent Domain Just Compensation Act (EDJCA) to ensure private property owners are fairly compensated if the federal government takes their land for border security or enforcement activities.
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution permits the federal government to take private property for public use—provided the property owner receives “just compensation.” But in some cases, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies are using “quick take” condemnations to take possession of private property before just compensation has been determined. If the preliminary payment the government makes when it takes the property is not fair, the property owner is left fighting for full compensation while dealing with the immediate practical and financial consequences of losing their property without adequate payment.
EDJCA ensures private property owners are justly compensated for takings by DHS by requiring that court proceedings settling compensation be completed prior to the government’s taking possession of the property.
“It is unjust for the government to seize someone’s property with a lowball offer and then put the burden on them to fight for what they’re still owed,” said Amash. “My bill will stop this practice by requiring that a property’s fair value be finalized before DHS takes ownership.”
The bill is attached.
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November 9, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today announced Academy Night for Third District high school students interested in learning more about the U.S. service academies. Academy Night is scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2018, in the Ryerson Auditorium at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Representatives from the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy will provide information about the academies and the application process. The offices of Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters also will be available to answer questions.
Admission to the academies, except for the Coast Guard Academy, requires a nomination from the vice president, a U.S. senator, or a U.S. representative. Students typically begin the admissions process in the spring of their junior year of high school. More information about the academy nomination process can be found at amash.house.gov.
Office of Rep. Justin Amash
Representatives from the U.S. service academies
Offices of Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters
Monday, November 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the 2018 service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday, May 5.
Applicants to the service academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. To assist with the nominating process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who reviewed applications, interviewed potential nominees, and made recommendations.
In addition to the seven service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 34 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.
Service Academy Appointments
Congressional Medal of Merit Recipients
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced the winners of ArtFest 2018, the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Third District, at an awards ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday, May 5.
Nick Ensing’s piece, Classy, was named the grand prize winner and will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside winners from other congressional districts. Harmony by Elijah Beasley (Kent Career Tech Center) and Point Cabrillo by Hannah Van Wert (Kent City High School) were the Representative’s Choice winners and will be displayed for one year in Amash’s congressional offices.
Ensing, a student at Northview High School, will visit Washington, DC, this June for a reception honoring the winners. Pieces from Mallory Jarrett (Rockford High School), Sophia Layton (East Grand Rapids High School), Claire Shaffer (Northview High School), Keauna Hayes (Thornapple Kellogg High School), Willow Barnes (Kent Career Tech Center), Nisa Brooks (East Kentwood High School), and Ivan Reynolds (Lowell High School) were named honorable mentions.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Kent Intermediate School District, Portland Community Arts Council, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, ArtPrize, and the Kellogg Community College Art Department were sponsors and participated in the judging committee.
The Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition in cooperation with the U.S. House of Representatives. The annual competition is open to high school students in participating congressional districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition since it began in 1982.
A copy of the grand prize winning piece is attached to this release.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) today introduced the Readable Legislation Act of 2018 and the Searchable Legislation Act of 2018.
The Readable Legislation Act requires every bill to show the changes the bill makes to the full text of existing sections of law the bill repeals or amends. Without context, provisions to strike text, repeal sections, or insert new language provide little meaningful information about what the bill does. Requiring that bills reproduce amended sections of law and show how the bill would change them—similar to the “track changes” feature in Microsoft Word—will allow members, staff, and constituents to better understand federal legislation.
The Searchable Legislation Act requires every bill, resolution, and document produced by Congress to be created, transmitted, and published in searchable electronic formats, consistent with recommendations from a congressional data task force the bill codifies. These new standards will open up the legislative process by increasing access to congressional documents.
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Coalition said: “Bills and other legislative materials are largely drafted and published in static documents, like PDFs, instead of open, structured data. The Searchable Legislation Act will set a presumption in favor of open data: searchable, transparent, and machine-readable.”
Alexander B. Howard, Deputy Director of the Sunlight Foundation said: “The Readable Legislation Act and the Searchable Legislation Act would both make meaningful, tangible improvements to public access and understanding of the raw materials of democracy: bills before Congress. If enacted, this legislation would build upon a decade of progress opening the first branch of government to the people it serves."
Upon introduction, the bills were cosponsored by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.Dak.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Luke Messer (R-Ind.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Dave Brat (R-Va.), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.).
The bills are attached.
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Representative Justin Amash (pronounced uh-MOSH) represents Michigan’s Third District in the 113th United States Congress. He was elected to his first term on November 2, 2010.
Justin was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.
Justin has never missed a vote in Congress or in the Michigan Legislature out of more than 3,000 roll call votes. He is leading the incorporation of Facebook and other social media into his work as an elected official by posting an explanation of every vote online, and he has set new standards for transparency and accountability.
Justin believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt. He supports a fair and simple tax code and a regulatory environment that promotes economic prosperity.
As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of theunconstitutional suspicionless mass collection of all Americans’ phone records, the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
When asked by a New York Times reporter to describe his voting methodology, Justin explained: “I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”
Justin is a member of the Joint Economic Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR). He serves on the OGR subcommittees on National Security andGovernment Operations. Justin chairs the House Liberty Caucus.
Justin lives in Cascade Charter Township with his wife Kara, a graduate of Calvin College and a former elementary school teacher. Justin and Kara have three children.
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