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Amash Presents Purple Heart Medal


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2015   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash Presents Purple Heart Medal

Third District veteran receives honor for wartime service

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash presented the Purple Heart Medal to Daniel James Vander Molen at a ceremony held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Thursday, May 28.

Retired Specialist Vander Molen is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He sustained injuries on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1970. Because the multiple shrapnel wounds to his back were treated on site and Specialist Vander Molen courageously returned to his duties as the platoon leader’s radio telephone operator, his injuries were never noted in his military records. After considering the eyewitness accounts, including those of his company commander, the platoon medic, and several of his platoon members, the United States Army approved Specialist Vander Molen’s Purple Heart in April 2015.

The Purple Heart Medal is awarded in the name of the president of the United States. First issued under the administration of George Washington, this prestigious award signifies that, as the result of hostile actions, the recipient was wounded or killed while actively serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.

Pictures from the ceremony are included with this release.


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Amash, Lewis, and House colleagues send letter to Senate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       May 20, 2015                                                                                                                                                                                               CONTACT                                                                                        Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash, Lewis, and House colleagues send letter to Senate Urge stronger surveillance reforms to protect privacy   Washington, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. John Lewis, and 58 of their House colleagues sent the following letter to the Senate this morning.   The text of the letter and list of cosigners are attached and below.   May 20, 2015 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell United States Senate                    Minority Leader Harry Reid United States Senate   Chairman Charles Grassley Senate Judiciary Committee                                                Chairman Richard Burr Senate Select Committee on Intelligence   Ranking Member Patrick Leahy Senate Judiciary Committee                                         Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein Senate Select Committee on Intelligence   Dear Senators:   On May 13, 2015, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (H.R. 2048) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 338 to 88. We, the undersigned representatives, opposed the measure because its reforms do not adequately or appropriately reform surveillance practices or address privacy concerns. Many of our colleagues felt similarly, supporting the bill only out of concern the Senate would be unwilling to engage in more comprehensive reform.   The American people deserve congressional action that secures their constitutional rights. While we recognize the government's legitimate interests in certain surveillance activities intended to protect the United States, these intrusions must be carefully limited and overseen in order to avoid encroaching upon the freedoms they are intended to preserve. The recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit declaring the government's interpretation of "relevant" unlawful underscores that Congress must do more. We urge you to join us in ensuring the federal government’s surveillance practices comport with the U.S. Constitution, are conducted under effective congressional oversight, and are limited to efforts proven effective at safeguarding our country.   Congress has had ample time for debate. We must not kick the can down the road with a short-term reauthorization. Nor will we acquiesce to any effort to weaken this legislation. Indeed, there is strong support for real reform in this chamber, and we hope you will work with us to improve the legislation, such as by incorporating the reforms contained in the original USA FREEDOM Act of 2013, which was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 152 representatives in the House, and the reforms embodied in the Massie-Lofgren amendment, which was overwhelmingly adopted by the House last year.   We look forward to working together to better protect the rights of all Americans.   Sincerely,   Justin Amash (R-MI) John Lewis (D-GA) Thomas Massie (R-KY) Jared Polis (D-CO) Tom McClintock (R-CA) Raúl Labrador (R-ID) Jim Jordan (R-OH) Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) Jeff Duncan (R-SC) Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) Diana DeGette (D-CO) Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Mark Sanford (R-SC) Andy Harris (R-MD) Ted Poe (R-TX) Dave Brat (R-VA) Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Mark Pocan (D-WI) Keith Ellison (D-MN) Walter Jones (R-NC) Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) John Duncan (R-TN) Alcee Hastings (D-FL) Rod Blum (R-IA) Ted Lieu (D-CA) Jim McGovern (D-MA) Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Richard Nugent (R-FL) Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) Bill Posey (R-FL) Chellie Pingree (D-ME) John Fleming (R-LA) Mark Meadows (R-NC) Michael Honda (D-CA) Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Barbara Lee (D-CA) Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Curt Clawson (R-FL) Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) José Serrano (D-NY) Mark Takano (D-CA) Jody Hice (R-GA) Alan Grayson (D-FL) Michael Capuano (D-MA) Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Ted Yoho (R-FL) Tom Graves (R-GA) Christopher Gibson (R-NY) Scott Perry (R-PA) David Schweikert (R-AZ) Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) Phil Roe (R-TN) Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) Maxine Waters (D-CA)     ### Read More

Amash opposes latest USA FREEDOM Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    May 13, 2015                                                                                      CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash opposes latest USA FREEDOM Act

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash released the following statement regarding Section 215 of the Patriot Act and H.R. 2048 - USA FREEDOM Act of 2015:

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the bulk telephone metadata program run by the National Security Agency (NSA) is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act and is thus unlawful. The ruling is a big win for privacy and civil liberties advocates who have long argued that Section 215 clearly does not contemplate the type of mass collection we now know is occurring. But the win will be short-lived if H.R. 2048, the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act that’s scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives this afternoon, becomes law.

Section 215 authorizes the government to collect records and other “tangible things” that are "relevant" to a terrorism or foreign intelligence investigation. To support the bulk collection of data pertaining to millions of law-abiding Americans, the government has effectively claimed that all records everywhere are potentially relevant to a current or future investigation, and thus all records are fair game for collection. In its ruling, the Second Circuit had little choice but to reject the government's broad interpretation of "relevant," given that the rest of the statute gives no indication Congress ever contemplated collection on such a mass scale.

So far, so good.

But H.R. 2048 threatens to undo much of the progress resulting from the Second Circuit’s opinion. The bill's sponsors, and unfortunately some outside advocacy groups, wrongly claim that H.R. 2048 ends "bulk" collection. It's true that the bill ends the phone dragnet as we currently know it—by having the phone companies themselves hold, search, and analyze certain data at the request of the government, which is worse in many ways given the broader set of data the companies hold—but H.R. 2048 actually expands the statutory basis for the large-scale collection of most data.

H.R. 2048 does this by authorizing the government to order the production of records based upon a “specific selection term” (i.e., like a search term used in a search engine). The records sought still must be relevant to an investigation, so it’s possible the court’s ruling will continue to restrain the government in some fashion. But it’s more likely a court looking at H.R. 2048’s language will see the “specific selection term” as defining the outer limits of what Congress considers acceptably “relevant” under Section 215.

Indeed, the Second Circuit encouraged Congress in reforming Section 215 to make a “congressional judgment as to what is ‘reasonable’ under current circumstances.” Unfortunately, “specific selection term” is defined so broadly under the bill as to have little effect on narrowing the scope of items the government may obtain through a 215 order.

A “specific selection term” may be a specific person (including a corporation, such as Western Union), account, address, or personal device, but it also may be “any other specific identifier,” and the bill expressly contemplates using geographic regions or communication service providers (such as Verizon) to define the records sought, so long as it's not the only identifier used as part of the specific selection term. In other words, the bill doesn't let the government require Verizon to turn over all its records without limitation, but nothing appears to prevent the government from requiring Verizon to turn over all its records for all its customers in the state of New York. Only a politician or bureaucrat wouldn't call that "bulk."

H.R. 2048 gives our intelligence agencies, for the first time, statutory authority to collect Americans’ data in bulk. In light of the Second Circuit’s opinion that the NSA has been collecting our information in bulk without statutory authority for all this time, it would be a devastating misstep for Congress to pass a bill that codifies that bulk collection and likely ensures no future court will ever again be positioned to rule against the government for over-collecting on statutory grounds.

H.R. 2048 falls woefully short of reining in the mass collection of Americans’ data, and it takes us a step in the wrong direction by specifically authorizing such collection in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Americans, and members of Congress, should demand that Congress instead pass the original, bipartisan version of the USA FREEDOM Act from 2013, which strengthened—not weakened—Section 215’s relevance standard to end bulk collection, while still allowing the government the flexibility it needs to pursue genuine threats against the United States. 



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Amash praises Second Circuit ruling


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2015   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash praises Second Circuit ruling

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash released the following statement in response to the Second Circuit’s ruling that the NSA’s bulk collection program is illegal:

From day one following the revelation of the NSA's bulk collection program, I have said that the warrantless collection of records on all Americans violates both the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and the plain reading of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Today's Second Circuit ruling makes clear that the executive branch's interpretation of the statute—interpreting records "relevant" to a terrorism investigation to mean all records everywhere—is "unprecedented and unwarranted." In light of this ruling, Congress must not proceed with the latest version of the USA Freedom Act. While limiting certain types of bulk collection, the latest USA Freedom Act would authorize bulk collection of Americans' records for the first time, thereby undoing some of the progress resulting from the Second Circuit's decision. Instead, Congress should pass, and the president should sign, the original USA Freedom Act, as introduced in 2013 before amendments, that protects the liberty and privacy of all Americans while providing the intelligence community the authority necessary to deal with those who seek to harm us.


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Amash to host town halls in Byron, Marshall, and Ionia


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             May 1, 2015                                                                              CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town halls in Byron, Marshall, and Ionia

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Byron, Marshall, and Ionia.

The town halls are open to the public.

WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:     Wednesday, May 6, 2015    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                       WHERE:         Byron Township Office 8085 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center, MI 49315   __________________________________________________________   WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting                               WHEN:           Thursday, May 7, 2015  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                     WHERE:         Calhoun County Building       315 West Green St Marshall, MI 49068                                                         __________________________________________________________   WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:           Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   WHERE:         Ionia City Hall 114 North Kidd St Ionia, MI 48846  


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Amash announces winners of art competition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 April 20, 2015                                                                                                               CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   

Amash announces winners of art competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced the winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Third District at an awards ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday, April 18.

Marissa Drew’s piece, Untitled, 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. Grandma’s House by Grace Meade (Hastings Area School) and Winter Night Scene by Meg Fanco (Caledonia High School) were the Member’s Choice winners and will be displayed for one year in Amash’s congressional offices.

Drew, a student at Caledonia High School, will visit Washington, D.C., this June for a reception honoring the winners. Pieces from Jack Corcoran (Caledonia High School), Savanna Skye Kittell (East Kentwood Freshman Campus), Natalie Tavarez (East Kentwood High School), Max Condon (East Grand Rapids High School), Anna Herscher (East Grand Rapids High School), Ryan Martin (Caledonia High School), and Rachel Glenn (Northview High School) were named honorable mentions.

Art Center of Battle Creek, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Kent Intermediate School District, Portland Community Arts Council, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts were sponsors and participated in the judging committee.

The Congressional Institute sponsors the art competition in cooperation with the House of Representatives. The annual competition is open to high school students and more than 650,000 have participated in the competition since it began in 1982.

A copy of the grand prize winning piece is attached to this release.


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Amash to host town halls in Albion and Hastings


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              March 6, 2015                                                                                     CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town halls in Albion and Hastings   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Albion and Hastings.   The town halls are open to the public.   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.   WHERE: Albion Community School 225 E Watson St Albion, MI 49224   __________________________________________________________   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   WHERE: Commission on Aging 320 W Woodlawn Ave Hastings, MI 49058   ###     Read More

Amash to host town halls in Portland and Battle Creek


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       February 13, 2015                                                                               CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town halls in Portland and Battle Creek   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced town hall meetings in Portland and Battle Creek.   The town halls are open to the public.   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting          WHEN: Tuesday, February 17 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m   WHERE: Portland City Hall 259 Kent St Portland, MI 48875                  


WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Wednesday, February 18 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m   WHERE: Miller Stone Building 77 Capital Ave NE Battle Creek, MI 49017   ### Read More

Amash to host town hall in Rockford


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       January 21, 2015                                                                                 CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov  

Amash to host town hall in Rockford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Rockford.   The town hall is open to the public.   WHO:      Rep. Justin Amash   WHAT:      Town Hall Meeting                                                           WHEN:      Saturday, January 24, 2015    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                                           WHERE:      City of Rockford Offices 7 S Monroe St NE Rockford, Michigan 49341


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Committee Assignments

Oversight and Government Reform

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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